spirit

HUMAN has a body, soul and spirit (Genesis 2:7) and today I want to help you understand the nature of each of these.

On the lowest level is the body, people who are living a “body” existence (meaning that their body is very much in control of them) manifest no self-control or discipline….  whatever their body wants…. they do (usually) right away… and this is no different from all the other animals on the planet.

On the next level is the soul… people who have “developed” their soul (meaning brought their body under the control of their soul)…. do not automatically “give in” to whatever their body wishes (food, sleep)…. their body does what their soul wants (instead of the other way round)…. sometimes they give it what it wants , other times they do not and still other times they make it wait until it suits them to give it what it desires…. most people have achieved some level of “soul control” otherwise they could never be “successful” in this present world.

On the highest level is the spirit…. very few people (statistically speaking) are aware of the functioning of their spirit….. and their spirit remains “underdeveloped”…. spiritual people (people whose spirit rules soul and body) are either “very good” or “very evil”…. they are very “powerful” people and lead a life of “miraculous” happenings outside the experience of the “average human”.

WHY must they be EITHER “very good” OR “very evil”….. and not somewhere “in between” (like the rest of mankind ?) ?????

Because these “spiritual people” interact with the spiritual world where the INVISIBLE WAR is still going on….  they are either in communication with God Himself or one of the many “evil spirits” trying their best to “entice and seduce” any human spirits that dare to enter the realm of the “spirit world”.

Humans who seek to develop their own spirits are doing so to gain “an unfair competitive advantage” over the rest of “ordinary mortals” and are already being led by “EVIL entities”.

The CORRECT attitude towards “SPIRITUAL” development is  NOT SEEK IT APART FROM GOD…. you let GOD control the when, if and how… otherwise there are risks for you…. the PRIDE that caused Lucifer’s downfall is waiting to swallow you up and place you right where the “evil entities”  want you to be.

Let us examine the life of Elijah…. 2 Kings 1:9 – 10

“Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spoke unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, IF I BE A MAN OF GOD, THEN LET FIRE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND CONSUME THEE AND THY FIFTY. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

And this happened a second time also.. verses 11 – 13… until the THIRD captain BEGGED for his life and the lives of his men (verses 13 – 14)…. then the LORD told Elijah, he could go with them. (verse 15)

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT DISPLAY OF POWER would have done to an “average” person…. their head would have swelled with PRIDE immediately… I can consume ANYONE…. I am the GREATEST human on the planet…. I am INVINCIBLE…… I AM GOD on this planet…. it did not have that effect on Elijah BECAUSE… GOD Himself had SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN Elijah and equipped him to handle such POWER.

Let us see what Jesus had to say to His disciples (who were quite eager to do the same thing and THEY had PRIDE issues (Luke 9:46-48))……. “And when his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven , and consume them, even as Elijah did ? But he turned and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of; For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” (Luke 9:54 – 55)

JESUS had ALL POWER but consistently did NOT USE it “to show off” or “defend Himself”….. GOD is the SAME … FOREVER….  BOTH these episodes happened for OUR instruction…. it was GOD’s WILL to burn up the people in Elijah’s day and it was GOD’s WILL NOT to burn them up during Jesus time on Earth.

People today IMAGINE that GOD is no longer in the “burning business”…. they need to read REVELATION…. GOD will burn them up when HE is “ready”….  it does not mean that He does not “love them” or He is “cruel” (that is a HUMAN viewpoint) and GOD does not view things according to our standards (Isaiah 55:8 – 9)…. HE is GOD and we are not (although quite a few people would LIKE to be god…. just like Lucifer wanted to be god).

So what does God want for YOUR “human” SPIRIT ?? …. I will reveal this in the days to come…. enough for today.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, there is only one “safe” place for us, your little children…. the place of HUMBLE worship and adoration of YOU… help us to see that this is NOT a “pathetic inferior idea” as the heathen regard it…. but is actually the HIGHEST and MOST EXALTED “occupation” in the entire Universe (Revelation 4:8 – 11, Revelation 5:11 – 12)…. thank you for looking after us today and delivering us from evil… in Jesus Name. Amen.

Faith – Part 2

1 Kings 17 …. the whole chapter

First, the OBEDIENCE of Elijah… He did everything the Lord told Him to do…

Second, the provision of God for all the physical needs of Elijah…. Can you imagine, the birds brought him food every day, twice a day ?…. he did not question, as we might do, where did it come from ? it might have germs or make me sick ?… NO… God sent it for him and it was for his health and well-being, no matter what our doctors and scientists might have to say about that.

When the brook dried up…. God sent him to a woman that he did not know…. the woman told him that she was going in to make the last meal she had for herself and her son…. and Elijah says, “feed me FIRST”…. the sheer impertinence of that demand… but he also told her that God would provide for her and her son.

She exercised FAITH in her WORKS…. by OBEDIENCE, she did what she was told to do… and God worked a miracle and they all ate for many days from the very “small meal”…. but the story does not end there…. her child dies…. imagine that !

After both her and Elijah have been totally obedient to God… why should this catstrophe happen ???…. she was upset and so was Elijah….. but in FAITH, he took the child and prayed for him to live…. and God brought back the child from the dead….

Finally…. at the end of the chapter the woman “gets it”… and gives glory to God for his awesome power.

The Jews saw miracle afer miracle after miracle…. but each time they were confronted by another tragedy, they murmured and complained…. INSTEAD of exercising FAITH in GOD’s ability to do the impossible (when He had already shown them what He was capable of).

What about us ?  Do we believe that God is able to do anything ? …. or do we only believe He can do the “easy” things ?

We run to the doctor and/or swallow pills every time we feel sick….. we buy insurance policies for everything…. and only when all these fail do we call out to God “as a last resort” (since we have no other choice) and just MAYBE He will help us….. what do you think ?…… where is your FAITH ?…. and in what do you TRUST ?…. do you have any FAITH at all ?

FAITH can only grow if it is tested…. testing is never pleasant…. testing is a frightening experience to go through….. we dont want to be tested…. we just want everything to go along smoothly, perfectly….. unfortunately, the real world is not like that and there WILL be problems in the lives of everybody…. what do you do when you have a problem ? look for a human solution ?

You know the heathen say that GOD is a crutch for weak-minded and inferior people….. but what does God say about them:

“He hath shown strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.” (Luke 1:51 – 53  and then read also 1 Samuel 2:1 – 10)

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father,  O that we would trust you more… and really BELIEVE that you care for us…. we are your little children and we want to obey you…. please dont be angry with us and keep us from failing you when we are tested …. in Jesus name we pray. Amen

angels

Angels are created beings and they have (or had in the distant past) free-will….. some of them chose to follow satan in his rebellion against GOD (2 Peter 2:4, Matthew 25:41).

They are spirits but can appear to men in various ways (sometimes they appear as “not completely human…. probably they glow or have non-human powers” (Luke 2:15) and sometimes they appear completely human (Hebrews 13:2)).

The Angel of the LORD… was not an “ordinary” angel….. but an appearance of Jesus Christ in “angel-like” (glowing with superhuman abilities)  form in the Old Testament …. in Judges 13:18 , He said His name was “Wonderful”… which is one of the names ascribed to Jesus in Isaiah 9:6… other appearances of Jesus in “superhuman” form (Daniel 3:25, Judges 2:1 – 4, Judges 6:11 – 24, Judges 13:6 – 23)…

In our human state, angels are much more powerful than we are (Psalms 8:5, Matthew 13:39, 2 Peter 2:11, Revelation 7:2, Revelation 9:15, Revelation 12:7- 9, 2 Samuel 24:16 – 17)

But apparently, our ultimate destiny is higher than theirs (Hebrews 2:7 – 9, 1 Corinthians 6:3)

Angels are assigned to churches, nations and individuals (Revelation 3:14, Daniel 10:13, Matthew 18:10)…. in the case of nations, satan assigns his evil angels (evil angels are called demons) to influence them… in the case of Israel, GOD sent Michael, an archangel (very powerful) to protect and guide them… the above Scripture gives us an insight into the angelic war that is being fought constantly.

The angels (and demons) can observe everything that we do…. (1 Corinthians 4:9, Ephesians 3:10)

Despite their great power and authority, God uses them to look after us Christians, “the heirs of salvation and children of God”…. ensuring our physical safety and well-being…. and this care begins in infancy and extends throughout our lives (1 Kings 19:5, Psalms 34:7, Psalms 91:11, Daniel 6:22, Mathew 2:13, Matthew 4:11, Matthew 18:10, Hebrews 1:14)

We are forbidden to worship them (Revelation 22:8 -9)

Prayer for today:

Loving Heavenly Father, thank you for caring so much about us that you rescued us from evil  (when the fallen angels have no such option).

Thank you for the gift of your Son, to be our saviour, lord, friend and guide…. grant that we may overcome the world, the flesh and the devil through your Holy Spirit… and be pleasing in your sight… both now and forevermore. Amen.

WARNING: In our “technological” age…. it is thought that the ancient humans were visited by “aliens” posessing superior technology that they did not understand….  therefore good and evil are reduced to impersonal concepts or “forces”….  the aliens are “gods” only because they have the technology and they “manipulated” ancient humans easily…. this FAIRY TALE (concocted out of human pride and arrogance started with satan) makes a mockery of both the Bible record, the Way of Salvation and even the Holiness of GOD….. the program “Ancient Aliens” that airs on the History Channel asks lots of questions which nobody can answer and the whole purpose of it is to cast DOUBT on the Word of God….. and cause people to QUESTION their FAITH in GOD and His revealed plan for mankind.

prayer

Prayer is talking to God (either by speaking or in your mind)…..  He may answer us by thought, voice, vision, dream, miracle….  or He may not answer us at all….. but whether He answers us or not He has “heard” our prayer….. so why would He not answer ?

1. Sin and insincerity…  sinners “mock” God and may say things to Him out of anger or unbelief… they have no reverence for His Holiness and so He just ignores such insolent behaviour.

2. Unbelief and Lack of Faith….  if you do not believe that He hears you and/or you do not believe He will do what you are asking Him for…. why should He answer you or pay any attention to your prayer ?

3. Patience and Testing – If He does not answer right away, it does not mean that He will not do what you have requested of Him… if you love Him and are genuinely sincere you must continue in faith believing that He has your good in His Heart…. there was nothing “wrong” with Mary and Martha’s dedication to Jesus….. but He did not respond to their request until Lazarus had been dead four days…. the final result was a “greater” miracle… Mary and Martha got what they wanted (Lazarus alive and well)… and many of the Jews believed on Him as a result of the whole episode (John 11:45)….. my brothers and sisters, who love the LORD, you MUST believe that God has your BEST ULTIMATE GOOD in His Heart even when He appears to ignore you…. your dedication to Him must be absolute EVEN when you dont understand His ways.

4. Free will – God has given every person free will, and if you are praying for somebody other than yourself, their free will may delay the answer… for example… it pleases God when you earnestly pray for the salvation of your unsaved relatives (and He will bless you for doing so)… however, their salvation also depends on their own free will and although God can make circumstances favorable to “turning to Him”….  ultimately it is THEIR choice…. God does not want robots, so the answer to your prayer remains uncertain even though it is good and right for you to pray such prayers.

Consider the following:

Psalms 102:17 “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”

Proverbs 15:8 “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”

Proverbs 15:29 “The LORD is far from the wicked, but he heareth the prayer of the righteous”

Matthew 6:7 tells us not to use “vain repetition” (like chants in prayer books) but to pray from your heart BELIEVING that He hears you…. Matthew 21:22  emphasizes the importance of FAITH (believing) in getting an answer… praying to God without believing that He will hear or respond…  is surely an INSULT to Him…. I mean, why bother ?

Mark 11:24 “Therefore, I say unto you, Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” ….. this is a favorite with the prosperity preachers, they use it to justify their immense mega-million fortunes….. but does all this wealth mean they are pleasing God ? will this wealth get them into Heaven or prevent them from ever going there ?…. through faith, He gives us what we want, but it is our RESPONSIBILITY to have “wants” that are in keeping with His Word….. a Spiritual life that has eternal value….. not a life filled with material abundance that glorifies our flesh…. “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34)

While in His human body, Jesus needed prayer just like us, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went  out into a mountain to pray, and CONTINUED ALL NIGHT IN PRAYER TO GOD” (Luke 6:12)….. you can be sure, He was not asking God for land, houses and plenty money in the bank to spend upon Himself.

Phillipians 4:6 …. I have used this before in previous posts… look it up, this is a good one to learn by heart and always remember.

James 5:15 – 16  … shows us the power of prayer for health and forgiveness…. the doctor is NOT the first thing that should come into your head when you feel sick…. prayer is where you should start seeking an answer about your sickness…. God sometimes uses sickness to get our attention (people are usually a little more receptive to Him when they are sick) or to build our character… but sickness is not part of His plan for His servants (in the majority of cases)… and He is well able to heal you and keep you well when you are in His service.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing” ….. does not mean 24 hours a day….  but it means “do not give up on prayer”…. do not allow regular prayer (during the day)  to slip out of your life (or you will backslide for sure).

Prayer:

Loving Heavenly Father, thank you for hearing our prayers and guide us as to how we should pray… let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight… both now and forevermore. Amen