Everywhere I Go

In all your ways, acknowledge Him. He has given the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Don’t be so sure that you currently have all truth. Hold your theology loosely enough that the Holy Spirit will be able to correct you if you’re wrong. Knowledge can only come through Divine revelation. Without Divine revelation, you can’t ever have proof for any statement or conclusion. Otherwise, how would you prove your proof. Yet, Jesus is with you everywhere you God. He is even in you; halleluia!

 

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What is a Christian?

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“Christian” is a term with many meanings. I think it should mean one who has Christ living within. If someone has Christ living within, that person is actually two persons who don’t agree. An inner conflict exists. The flesh is contrary to the Christ. The two can’t be reconciled. The flesh can’t be reformed. It must die. It must be transfigured by the renewing of the mind.

If someone is born again, what happens in the process? We know, from Scripture, that we are created as spirit, mind, and body. Something changes, and it appears to be in the spirit and partly in the mind. We know that we are suddenly seated with Christ in the Heavenly Places. We’re pretty sure we aren’t there bodily, since the flesh is the enemy of God waiting to be redeemed. It appears that the present battle is over control of the human mind. As I said, these are good questions. While denominations are built on solid answers to these questions, denominations disagree because their solid answers depend on interpretations of Scripture. Interpretations of Scripture come from one of two sources. Either they come by extra-biblical revelation from the Holy Spirit or they come from human speculation. There are no other alternatives. Well, they could come from doctrines of demons, I suppose.

Being born again is the beginning of salvation. Some people teach that being born is all that God has for us. However, God tells us, through Scripture, that we are to grow to be adult sons of God, not just babes in Christ. When you are born, you are born a baby. The word, “saved,” is often used as a synonym for “born again.” It seems that it is sometimes used that way in Scripture and sometimes used to indicate a future state. I don’t know anyone who has had Jesus Christ fully formed within. Some people seem to think that when they learn a certain denominational doctrine they are then mature in Christ but that God has finished His work in them the moment they are born again.

I think part of your original question had to do with what it takes to be born again. I don’t think it takes too much. The thief on the cross was born again. The jailer who turned to Christ was born again. The eunuch was born again and then was baptized.

God has a process for righteousness. It’s simple, and He lays it out in Scripture.

The Father draws us in the first place. Hearing His Voice, whether through another Christian, a tract, the Bible, or the dreams and visions that are becoming commonplace in Muslim countries, causes God’s faith to come. Faith is belief, yes. It’s an imparted belief. God says it’s the gift of God lest anyone should boast. It’s the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. That’s a lot of information there. Substance is translated from a Greek word that means it’s part of reality as opposed to a concept. It’s not just a figment of mind. It is of substance, like a physical object. The Greek word from which “evidence” is translated indicates absolute proof and certainty.

We don’t have capability in ourselves to believe in this way. God must impart it. We can believe in things, but we make ourselves believe things. A simple way to think of human faith is that it is make-believe. That’s very different from imparted faith. We have a part in the process of faith coming. We have a will. We can acknowledge our own mind, the minds of others, or the mind of God/Christ. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Faith comes when we acknowledge God’s leading. God says, in Romans, that we go from faith to faith. There are levels of faith. Jesus spoke of greater or lesser faith.

“the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (Acts 5:32) Note that this doesn’t say that God gave the Holy Ghost to us because we obey Him. Does the Holy Ghost cause the obedience or does the obedience result in the impartation of the Holy Ghost? It could be that both of these are true in some sense, and I think that may be the case. I can only tell you what I know. Theology tends to go well beyond what God reveals, but that’s not fruitful.

First, we need to know the nature of obedience and righteousness. We know all about self-righteousness. We know what it is to have righteousness that consists of filthy rags. We know about dead works.

Righteousness leads to holiness. Holiness opens the eyes. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. The heart is the mind. In this case, it’s the Greek word, “kardia,” which seems to be a specific part of the human mind. It’s likely the innermost mind rather than the reasoning mind. I know that worldviews are impure and blinding. I’ve experienced this in myself and in others, and God has spoken to me and warned me about this a lot. Worldviews tend to keep us from dealing with reality as it really is. They act as filters in each person, and we each have a worldview.

The Holy Spirit is given to lead us into all truth. Truth is reality. Jesus Christ is the Truth. He leads us moment by moment. He reveals the way we ought to walk. When we acknowledge Him, He makes straight paths for our feet. We are to acknowledge Him in ALL our ways. He leads using many means. They are mentioned in Scripture. Perhaps, He leads through some that aren’t mentioned in Scripture. If He does, I don’t know about that.

So, for example, you say something that hurts someone, and the Holy Spirit immediately impresses you that you need to say that you are sorry and wrong and you are to ask for forgiveness. Your own mind justifies what you said. In a split second, you listen to the Holy Spirit rather than your self. You turn your eyes to Christ so to speak. When you acknowledge Him, He imparts His faith into your heart and you know for certain that this is the right thing to do. Satan tells you how you’ll look like a fool and your apology will be rejected. You again listen rather to the Holy Spirit. Faith gives you access into the grace of God, and you yield the members of your body to God’s righteousness that He does through you as you raise your eyes to look into the eyes of the person you hurt and you yield your mouth to the Holy Spirit Who says, “I was wrong to say that. I’m so sorry. Please forgive me.” He says this through you. You speak this by the Holy Spirit. You are just the vessel of God’s grace. The love of God is being shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost.

You have obeyed God, but you have not done the work. God did the work. There’s none good but God. This is not self-righteousness. You have worked the work of God.

In this process, part of the fleshly veil dies within you. Christ is more fully formed in you. You have been transfigured to some degree by the renewing of your mind. Your senses have been exercised by reason of use to discern between good (the Holy Spirit’s leading) and evil (your own selfish desires). In this sense “obedience is the opener of eyes.”

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Intellect Worship

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It seems that the most faithfully-worshiped idol in Christianity is the human intellect. Intellectuals are held in high esteem. Each Christian seems to want to be regarded as an intellectual at some level. This destroys the simplicity of Christ. Christianity is, after all, about knowing Christ. It’s not about knowing information. It’s not about being religious. It’s about being led and taught by the Holy Spirit and responding in submission. Divine revelation makes the human intellect look very foolish indeed. The human intellect responds by challenging the very existence of Divine revelation. “The heart (mind) is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

Reason” is a book that is presently in the review phase. When this phase is completed, a release-date will be announced.

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Pray with Power

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We are learning about prayer. God is revealing the nature or prayer and the order of prayer. He is revealing the power of a prayer that He originates and prays through His people. We need to learn to seek God about His will before we pray, so that we can pray His prayers in the Name of Jesus Christ.

 

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Why Are Young People Really Leaving the Church?

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Many have come forward with the solution to keeping young people in the Church. God, through Scripture, says that if you train up the child in the way that he or she should go, that child won’t depart from it when he or she is old. What does it mean to train up the child. God says a lot about this in Scripture. How many parents follow the pattern of Scripture, though?

“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:” Deuteronomy 11:18-20

If you look at God’s pattern for the home, you are to speak to the children constantly about what God is saying to you. This requires that you walk closely with the Holy Spirit leading you constantly into all truth. The kids often get put into Sunday school once a week, but do the parents speak to the child when the child wakes up, all day long, and when the child goes to bed? Parents hope the kids get some kind of experience in Church services in some cases. Maybe, there is some mention of Christ and what He’s doing in the home during the week, but often not. By the time kids are 12 or so, parents would like to approach some subjects, but those subjects are foreign to the home. Often, there isn’t even a daily time of prayer and Bible-reading as a family, so it’s weird to pray or mention God in the home. These things seem strange and boring to the kids who have centered their lives on things other than Christ. It’s an uphill battle at that point, Secularist schools or not. If these things have been discussed openly from an early age, and if it’s not just an intellectual exercise but a constant spiritual (not emotional or intellectual) experience (experiment), and if the kids have learned the power of God and if they have a robust two-way communication with God, there is very little that can come against them. In fact, they are likely to be a force for good in the schools and in the world.

What will young people say if asked this question: “Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?” Kids may know the theory of God and the theory of Jesus, but we wonder why they don’t make it through the tax-supported onslaught we label as “education.” It’s because they never knew Him. They never developed their spiritual senses. They have never eaten spiritual meat because they never had their spiritual senses exercised by reason of use.

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14

There is often great emphasis placed on scientific reasons to believe in God. As a result, the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus is sometimes lost. Some Christians have thought that we must all have a PhD in the sciences in order to come to Christ. That’s just not true.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

The simplicity is in Christ, not in theories or theologies about Christ. You have to know Him to experience this. Note that this Scripture isn’t about a simplistic view of Christ. Christ isn’t simple. Knowing Christ is simple. Theology becomes complex and boring. The Holy Spirit speaks to each of us in simple ways that can be understood. Following Him results in having your senses exercised to discern both good (there’s none good but God) and evil (the natural human intellect is deceitful and desperately wicked to the point where it can’t be figured out).

While there’s nothing wrong with teaching the scientific reasons to believe in God, intellectual exercise isn’t what is needed. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your child through the Creation. Teach your children to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, to hear His leading, and to respond in submission to do His will. This is the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. He lives within. He flows out through thoughts, prayers, words, and actions. Whatever is not Him living through us is sin. Whenever we fail to hear His Voice and yield to the Spirit, we have slipped or stepped off the Way. That’s what sin is. Jesus is the Way.

Teach your children that there are only two sources of knowledge in the final analysis. One is centered in Christ. The other is centered in Satan. The human mind is deceitful and desperately wicked to the point that we can’t know it. God is working with whoever is willing to overcome this. The process is dying to self and living to Him. Faith, grace, and works are central to this whole issue. God is setting us free from self. God speaks. We acknowledge Him. His faith comes. Faith gives access to grace. Grace thinks His thoughts, speaks His words and does His works through us. That is the definition of righteousness. That is the narrow way Jesus spoke of. It’s very constricted since everything must start with God speaking and faith (imparted certainty) coming. “Whatever is not of faith is sin.” The word, “sin,” is translated from a handful of words. One of those words means “leaving the way” or “missing the target.” Another means, “stepping across.” Another means, “slipping across.” Whatever doesn’t start with God speaking is either stepping off the way or slipping off the way. Righteousness leads to holiness. Holiness is Christ in us, the hope of glory. Righteousness is Christ working through us by the process of grace through faith. This is a moment-by-moment thing. When you are in the presence of the Holy Spirit and alert to His leading, you can do your job better than if you are just leaning on your own understanding.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8

God speaks of the double-minded person through the Book of James in the Bible. When we were born again, we found ourselves with two minds. We have a natural mind. We are the mind of Christ. The problem we all have is a problem of the heart, the innermost mind. A part of this has to do with worldview. A worldview is a complete inner representation of reality. Everyone has a worldview. Worldviews are created from what we once thought of as true. Worldviews also tend to be internally contradictory. We generally try to preserve our worldviews and not allow them to be subjected to the scrutiny of others. Jesse Nirenburg, in his book, “Getting Through to People,” wrote about how people become defensive if asked too many questions that expose their inner conflicts and contradictions. Your children need to have their senses exercised by reason of use. They need to look into the mirror of the perfect law of liberty and see the Christ in themselves and see how they fit into the Church as a member in particular. This doesn’t happen automatically. If you, as a parent, are not there to guide and direct them, someone else will certainly step in to lead them. Remember that God speaks through multiple confirmations of His Divine revelation. One of the ways that He speaks to children is through their godly parents who speak by the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. If your children aren’t taught to discern the Body of Christ to see that it is Christ speaking to them, they will think that it’s a matter of wills–the parent against the child.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7

We can’t trust our own minds. Teach this to your children. Teach them how to seek the Lord and to know His will. Teach them at a very young age. Show them by example. We can try to trust our own minds plus God’s Mind, but that’s being double-minded. Another option is to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not lean on our own understandings. It’s a choice. Even when we do this, we’re still plagued with the natural mind that wants its way and doesn’t want to die out. The process of dying to self and living to Christ is one of maturity. Each obedience, each time we trust the Lord rather than our own mind, is a step toward spiritual maturity. The reverse is also true, however. We can actually go toward spiritual immaturity. The light in us can become darkness.

The human mind has a limitation in knowing the difference between reality and make-believe. Thought would need to start from an absolute standard, but there is no absolute Secular standard, so Naturalists must base thought on assumption. We live in a Naturalistic world. Even much of the Church is convinced of the philosophy of Naturalism where there can be no absolute standard and all thought must be based on assumption. A chain of thought is as strong as its weakest link, so assumptions are hidden beneath many smokescreens. There’s only one solution for this. Get close to Jesus Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. Be humble enough to hold your opinions and theologies loosely enough so that the Holy Spirit can do His work. Teach your children to do the same. Teach them humility and respect for God.

The human mind is corrupted since the fall of Adam and Eve through listening to Satan rather than God. There’s a spiritual principle: “Whoever you yield yourself to obey, that’s whose servant you are.” This slavery has been passed from generation to generation. Christ came to set us free, and He’s done the work. We just have to accept the work He’s done. That means dying to self, to this inner slave that each of us have. It’s a transfiguration process by the renewing of the mind. The Holy Spirit does the renewing. There’s much more to this. You can read about it at http://www.SeekFind.net.

God speaks through Scripture and through every means mentioned in Scripture. He speaks through His creation. He speaks through Christians who are giving Him the glory.

“…or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.” Job 12:8.

God speaks through Scripture, prophecy, a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, dreams, visions, a still small voice, godly counsel, and His peace that He imparts when you are in His will. He speaks by opening and closing doors. He speaks to the saved and the unsaved. In fact, through Creation, God tells every Secularist everything that can be known about the Godhead. In Christ is hidden all knowledge, and God imparts knowledge even to those who refuse to acknowledge that the knowledge came from Him. That’s how Secularists can know that natural laws are dependable. However, in their worldviews, they must attribute this knowledge to assumption, so, to them, it’s assumption, not knowledge. It’s an opinion based on nothing–they think. Yet, they wouldn’t say that. They would say that they know. They can’t explain how they know, but they say that they know. If your child has not been taught the difference between assumption and Divine revelation, how will he or she be able to discern reality when confronted by a Secularist. Without Divine revelation, every thought is based on assumption. Assumptions turn into stories. Stories seem real and become worldviews. Worldviews seem like reality, though they are vapor. The child can’t tell the difference between reality and make-believe. Your task as a parent is to make sure that this doesn’t happen. The way to keep this from happening is as follows:

“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:” Deuteronomy 11:18-20

God is speaking to you. The Holy Spirit is leading you. Listen. Pray for a submissive heart. Teach your children to do the same.


 

Soon to be released: “Reason,” a book about the basis of thought and how to be rational taken from the Ken Ham-Bill Nye debate.

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God Speaks Many Ways

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Rationalism is make-believe. The human mind can’t really self-generate knowledge without the benefit of observation or Divine revelation. There’s a difference between reality and make-believe. Rationalizing blurs the difference.

When looking at things in the present, there are two ways to try to know how they got the way that they are. One is rationalism. The other is Divine revelation. Rationalism can go anywhere. Divine revelation is restricted to what God is saying. Faith (certainty of belief) comes by hearing and hearing by the rhema of God. “Rhema” is a Greek word that means “utterance.” God speaks through Scripture and through every means mentioned in Scripture. Our part is to acknowledge Him. When He speaks, certainty comes regarding whatever He said. As soon as we add anything to what God said or take anything from what God said, we are rationalizing, and our thoughts are based on vapor.

Soon to be released: “Reason,” a book about the basis of thought and how to be rational.

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Righteousness to Holiness

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“Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.” Romans 6:19b This is how it works. “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” Romans 14:23b “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous” 1 John 3:7a “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15;10 “gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:2 in part) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word (literally, utterance) of God.” Romans 10:17 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

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