Friday, July 29, 2011

How God is My All

Aside from what we see in the bible as God being our God, King, Lord, Savior, Shepherd, Friend, etc., I have discovered Him to be my all in many other ways.

Here they are, how God is my all, in radical and extreme ways.

I've discovered my Jesus to also be...

My Food

God is not just my food Provider so that I and my family always find something good to eat on our dinner table. The fact is, he is my Food. I find that I literally live on Him. Without Him I starve, and I don't want to starve to death. And He's the kind of Food that is always within reach anytime I'm hungry, and I even snack on Him when I'm not hungry but just want to nibble on Him. Also, I've realized that since I discovered Him as my Food (and Drink), I never get hungry (or thirsty) again, but instead develop an appetite for Him, not instigated by hunger anymore, but by mere love for him, or what I call severe indulgence or extreme fondness. I eat God. That's how God is my all.

My Cure

God is not just my Physician and Healer, He is my very medicine and cure. I take Him not just 2 or 3 times daily--I overdose. Even when not sick, I take God so that the Cure and Medicine stay in my body 24 hours a day, and I make my family do the same. 

My Bed

God is not just my Comfort, and He does not only put me to sleep and guard me and my family during sleep--He is my Bed. I lie down on Him--on his palm. And He is my chair, too, and anywhere I take a nap (on the bus or plane or in my favorite rocking chair), I sit on Him, on the palm of His hand.

My Money

God is not just my Provider, He doesn't just give me money for spending, He is my Money. I buy things and pay for bills through Him. He is my check and the Signature on the check--I buy things and He signs the check with Himself. Because God is my Money, in this sense I worship Money, my Spiritual Mammon. Nope, I don't "use" God to buy things, I buy things through Him. I possess things I need through Him. Even if I don't have material money, I still can have and possess things I need because of God. By the way, He is my Salary, too. I look forward to having more and more of Him each 15th and 30th. And He is my Commission Pay Check, too. That's how God is my all--to the extreme. And that's genuine being God's flesh.

My Car

I don't have a car, or any vehicle. I enjoy commuting to places, or taking a cab. I don't mind if others have cars (even posh ones) and I don't. As long as I have my Car. God is my Car, not just my Driver. I reach places as I ride on Him. He drives for me and is actually the car itself--so that I never experience flat tires, engine troubles, or traffic accidents. I'm never late in my spiritual appointments, because God is my Car. God is my all.

My Vitamins

I'm a health buff, and God is my ultimate Vitamins. He is my natural Food Supplement, too. He is my macro and micro Nutrients. He makes my body stronger and healthier each day (same for my wife's and kids' health), even in the times I can't take my material health supplements. He doesn't just strengthen my immune system--HE IS MY IMMUNE SYSTEM.

My Immunity

God is my immune system, both spiritually and physically. The moment foreign bodies or free radicals come, God attacks them and kills them. The best thing is, there is no immunity malfunction. God will never attack my good cells. God is my Anti-Cancer defense system.

My Cell and DNA

Each one of my cells is God, so that my DNA is God Himself through Christ. I no longer live but Christ lives in me, 100 percent. I no longer exist. I no longer say, "I'm just human," or "I'm not perfect," because I no longer have any right to my body or life--God is my life and I am God's flesh. What Words I claim from my mouth comes only from God's own mouth. I cannot say anything on my own. Being a son of God through my Jesus, I'm no longer just human--I'm God's son. God is not just a part of me--God and I are one, through Jesus Christ in me. Jesus said "I and the Father are one," and that Jesus is the same Jesus living in me now, 100 percent. No, I'm not God nor have I turned into God. But God and I are one--we are one flesh, as Paul wrote in Ephesians. Radically, that's how God is my all in life. He is my all; He is my Life. He is my Portion.

I love you God!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In Him is No Sin

In him is no sin.

Wow! I love to hear the sound of that. I love to meditate it till it becomes me, till I and my fleshly desires melt away and that Word starts living my life. I want to do it daily, each moment, by God's enabling grace.

The doctrine of holiness has been taught and preached for centuries, but its real power has never been fully realized. All we have seen through church holiness history is a faint idea of what it can do for us. Church people themselves have always downplayed the real power of genuine holiness.

Some years ago, we saw some holiness preachers, teachers, and theologians tried a measure of holy living in Christ. But they never went beyond. They never did it as radical as my Jesus did it. They still reserved a little something for the flesh, adding to their doctrines some room for sin, in case the believer got carried away again by sin unnoticed. They placed somewhere in their teachings some justifications for sin, saying God understands that we are mere dust, still in the flesh, and thus susceptible to sinning. They stubbornly maintained that they were "saved sinners."

They were afraid to go radically all-out for Jesus in holiness, afraid to take seriously what Jesus commanded his disciples--"Be ye perfect like your Father is perfect." And the church has been like that through the years--always timid to go radically all-out, 100 percent daily holy living in the power of the Holy Spirit. But John realized the spirit potential in Christ when he declared with full assurance that, "In him is no sin."

In Jesus is no sin. If you are in Christ, you should have no sin. Anyone in Christ is a new creation, THE OLD IS PAST...the new has come.

Yes, those holiness preachers of long ago did manage to have a measure of holiness in them, being good, sounding good, and looking good, keeping out of sin, but that's all they demonstrated about holiness--keeping yourself good. Some went further and showed themselves Mr. Nice Guys. But my Jesus was never a Mr. Nice Guy. He was crucified for living a holy life, and very few experience that today. Why? Because they water down genuine holiness.

Real holiness, the same brand of holiness God has, gets you crucified. People hate you for it. You don't become Mr. Nice Guy. You live it daily and people get judged and condemned by your life, ways, character, and words, without you intentionally doing it. They see you as dangerous and mad. They see you as a threat. They want you eliminated. They marvel at your daring spirituality in Christ--they see your spiritual stature--and yet hate you for it, too. Thus they treated my Jesus. Thus they will treat anyone who is dead serious and radical about living a genuinely holy life in Christ, without ifs or buts.

They can't live without sin. They hate the idea of living without sin. These Christians will be the first to stand up and defend sin in Christians. They will never believe that sin can be eliminated in this life, in this flesh we have on. They will cite all their denominational doctrines and sacred literature to nullify real Jesus-holiness, and yet at the same time declare that they belong to a holiness church or that they believe in holiness. It's a holiness with a big "but." Yeah, they believe in holiness, in fact they are a holiness church, but...

Theirs is a holiness the world understands and likes. They designed it to attract more people to their membership and keep them. It's what Paul called, "a form of godliness, but they deny the real power of holiness." They keep on learning, Paul added, but they never really change. John put it this way:

"They are from the world and speak from the world's point of view. Sure enough, the world listens to these 'Christians.' [1Jn.4.5]. Their brand of holiness is designed to be liked by the world. Yeah, you can be born again and still be a sinner, a "saved sinner," whatever that is.

Genuine born again Christians are NOT "saved sinners." They are saved saints--people saved by Jesus from sin and made holy by God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Saved saints! In him is no sin. Saved saints don't continue to sin. They are in Christ and have no sin. Anyone born of God cannot continue sinning. Those who continue to sin are children of the devil, John powerfully declared. Anyone born of God overcomes the world! That is truth written by God in his Word--not some biblical doctrinal invention written by some theologians considered great by their denominations.

These fakes would render it this way: "Oh yeah, anyone born of God overcomes the world, BUT you see, we are still in the flesh, and as long as we're like this, we'd be susceptible to sinning. We cannot really be holy. That verse in the bible should not be taken literally."

And you know why they say such things? Because they want to defend their own sinfulness. They defend their life experience (they do this using bible verses) and trash God's truth.

Experience should adjust to God's truth, not the other way around.

And the truth is, we can stop sinning forever. God's Word declared that it is possible in Christ. If we let my Jesus live our lives daily--if it is HIM who lives in us, not us anymore--we get rid of sin forever. IT IS POSSIBLE! And this truth the church has not realized fully. In its timidity, it keeps watering this powerful truth down to impotence. It always plays safe by giving sinners a comfort zone. And not only this.

The church also forfeits itself of the true tremendous power of holiness by consistently negating its real power. Real holiness from God in Christ can make us do awesome, supernatural things in the realms of God, just like what Jesus did. We can operate straight from God's own realms and from there launch big spiritual maneuvers to win wars in the Spirit. Remember, the Son of Man appeared to destroy the works of the devil. The church has not done that. The devil has even perpetrated his evil works right inside the church, even through many denominational church leaders. If your ministry does not destroy the works of the devil, it is not a genuine Jesus ministry. It is the work of the devil.

With genuine holiness lived daily in Christ, we can launch major attacks against the enemy and destroy his works. That's one of the awesome powers of real holiness--if we take holiness seriously, and not just teach it and make denominational doctrines out of it to lure people to our membership.

Be aware: This is now the age of the glorious church of Jesus Christ, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. God is now spiritually destroying "Christian" churches that do not believe Jesus has come in the flesh. Jesus coming in the flesh means we should have Jesus Christ living our lives daily to the full, 100 percent. And this means genuine holiness. Jesus in our flesh cannot sin. That's genuine God's flesh!

How About God Making Power Perfect in Our Weakness?

God makes power perfect in weakness (if you do not believe in perfection in Christ, you cannot understand and experience this powerful Word). Weakness here does not mean fallibility to sin. It means our full reliance on the power of God, 100 percent, with zero reliance on our efforts and capacity. A holy life in Christ plus full reliance on God equals perfect power in Jesus! Many churches rely on their own efforts when they plan and make programs and sermon outlines and rely on their titles, degrees, and seminaries. God wants raw Holy Spirit supernatural power. The Kingdom of God is not talk but power, said Paul. Many churches never stop doing their own thing in their own efforts for years, hence, they remain weak churches, without any stature in the spirit realms.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Father, Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do."...Well, Did He?

There can be no forgiveness without repentance. That's Kingdom principle taught by God himself in the bible. Yet, Jesus prayed on the cross: "Forgive them for they know not what they do." Well, did God do it? Did he forgive them? Did they repent?

Obviously God didn't. Countless times in the bible, God never forgave anyone without repentance. It's his righteousness principle. But why did Jesus still pray to the Father about forgiving the unrepentant? It was to demonstrate to us for all time the proper attitude when being persecuted for righteousness' sake. You want them forgiven in your heart and their misdeeds not counted against them, as Stephen later also prayed.

Yet, know for sure that God does not forgive without repentance.

How do I know they never repented (at least majority of them didn't)? Well, take the soldiers who guarded Jesus' grave, for instance. They saw the resurrection with their own two eyes, and saw mighty angels rolled away the stone covering, but later opted to tell a lie for a sum of money. The Pharisees also never repented because they sought a cover-up story to belie the Resurrection. And there was no traditional mass ash-covering that happened to show people's repentance. There were only 120 disciples when Jesus resurrected and ascended to heaven. No mass conversion.

Saying in your heart, "Forgive them," even if your detractors and persecutors do not repent is really for your own soul's sake, not theirs. This makes your heat pure so that you see God more. God tests our hearts.

But What if God Did forgive Them?

Let's say, everything Jesus prayed for was answered "yes" by the Father--even forgiving his unrepentant persecutors. Did that benefit the unrepentant any? No. Because salvation is not just being forgiven of sins--it's first and foremost surrendering your life to Jesus, receiving him as your Lord and Savior. That never happened to Jesus' persecutors at the time of his crucifixion.

Listen: you can be forgiven of sins and still end up in hell after your die IF you never surrender your life fully to Jesus. In fact, many people live good moral lives (even "holy" lives) and yet end up in hell. The rich, young ruler lived a pleasing life to God (Jesus "loved" him on hearing that he was so religious about the bible) and yet rejected Jesus, so that Jesus commented how "impossible" it was for rich people to enter God's Kingdom.

Yes, you can be forgiven and at the same time be rejecting the Savior. Thus, there are millions of "forgiven" souls in hell.

I'm not belittling the importance of forgiveness. It is vital for real holiness. And I deeply believe in living a holy life daily, each moment for and through Jesus. And yet, a form of holiness without total surrender to Jesus is a waste of everything. It's zero. Null. Void. Pfft! Paul said certain people in his time had a form of godliness while at the same time denying its real power.

A hardened criminal has better chances of going to heaven than one who lives a "holy" but unsurrendered life to Jesus. If the hardened criminal repents of sin and receives Jesus as Savior and Lord just moments before succumbing to lethal injection or firing squad or even decapitation, he is saved and will go to heaven after dying.

Holy and yet unsurrendered to Jesus? Is that possible? Well, the rich, young ruler seemed to be like that, and so were Jesus' persecutors and killers--if they were forgiven by the Father as Jesus had requested on the cross. At the moment of being forgiven, you become holy.

Another way of looking at it is, they were probably forgiven of a specific sin, and that was killing Jesus on the cross. But they were never forgiven of their other sins. It's possible that the Father may have granted Jesus' request of forgiving his persecutors, Jesus being the Mediator between man and God. A sort of Jesus asking a special favor for them. And we know (as Paul said) that in Christ all things are "yes." However, Jesus never said, "Please forgive them of all sins." He delimited it to "what they are doing." Remember, he put it this way:

"Forgive them because they don't know what they are doing." It talks about a specific sin, not sins in general.

Now, what if the Father didn't forgive them? Does this mean the Father said "No" to Jesus? Does the Father also give a NO answer to his Son, the One in whom he is so pleased with? If the Father didn't forgive them, it didn't mean he said "No" to his Son. As I've said, Jesus merely demonstrated what was in his heart--that he had no hatred for his persecutors and in fact wanted forgiveness for them. I'm sure both the Father and Jesus Christ knew the Kingdom principle of forgiving and repentance well.

So, what was it really--did the Father forgive them or not?

Well, you decide in wisdom. Make sure you use the Spirit's mind. If you think the Father did, you're right. If you think the Father didn't, you're still right. In Christ, all things work together for good--if you love Jesus and do his will. If not, truth will twist you into a creature of hell and make you believe you're doing okay. Evil heart plus God's truth equals damnation in hell.

The vital lesson here is that Jesus showed us what our hearts' content should be when being persecuted for his Name's sake. Have a forgiving heart. But if you sin, God won't forgive and have anything to do with you unless you repent and totally surrender your life to Jesus, and do his will to the end.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Silly Discipleship

You'll hear of churches today doing what they call a discipleship. At first glance you'd think that they've finally gotten the whole point. But on closer look, you'd see that it's all nothing but trash. Their discipleship is just another church program.

Why did they decide to have a discipleship? It's often for two reasons:

1.     They're losing their membership.
2.     They want to increase church membership by trapping people to what they call discipleship.
What do they do in their discipleship? ANSWER: Bible studies. They look for a good "discipleship" material to use and they study the bible following that guide. It all look spiritual and nice. But if you're spiritually sharp. you'd see that it's just another man's program, a result of the devil's deception.

Genuine Jesus Discipleship

The Jesus discipleship was not just a bible study. It never was a program to up membership or to tie down people to the church. In fact, genuine Jesus discipleship frees people from man's churches and religious or "Christian church" activities. The Pharisees also had disciples, and this is what most churches have today--Pharisaical discipleship. If your discipleship is just bible studies to keep people in church, it's Pharisaical. It's demonic. The true Jesus disciple is a LIFE. 

Here are marks of a genuine Jesus discipleship: (For being genuinely God's flesh)
1.     It has no program. Jesus was minutely led by the Holy Spirit and moved as he heard the Father speak. There was no pre-planned program. He and his core group didn't sit together to plan for their discipleship program and then prayed for it. Churches today cannot do anything without man's plans and programs because they don't know anymore how it is to be led by the Spirit of God. Jesus heard the Father's voice each moment and he was guided accordingly. He never just did his own thing and then prayed for it. "I don't do anything on my own. I speak only what the Father tells me to," [Jn.8.28]. "I don't speak what I feel like saying--the Father who sent me tells me what to say and how to say it," [Jn.12.49].
2.     It has no bible study materials. The genuine Jesus discipleship is all spiritual. Jesus never went to a bookstore and bought a bible study material. They didn't do that in the Acts church either. The Holy Spirit gave him fresh revelations each moment straight from the Father's mouth and that was what he taught in his discipleship.
3.     It is NOT a bible study group. A Jesus discipleship is not a bible study group. Some people call it a cell group. Well, if they mean splitting and duplicating and multiplying cells to make more numbers of healthier cells (as God does it in the human body), then they're doing it correctly. A true Jesus discipleship is life impartation and life duplication. It's all about duplicating the Jesus DNA. Jesus did not just conduct bible studies in his discipleship. They roamed around together, they lived together, and did things together. They cooked and ate together. Particularly, they "ate" Jesus' flesh and blood. When the other "disciples" started realizing what true Jesus discipleship was all about, they stumbled and left Jesus. Jesus discipleship is a life. In fact, it is the LIFE. It's where your discipler imparts to you his heart, spirit, and life through being one with you in Christ (so that you can say "I am in you and you are in me. I am in the Father and you are in me, so we are one), and that's the heart, Spirit, and life of Jesus Christ himself. A discipleship church program is nothing but trash.
4.     It makes disciples radical like Jesus! You cannot remain "tame" and claim that you are Jesus' disciples. A genuine Jesus disciple becomes radical in faith and righteousness or holiness. You cannot remain saying, "I'm only human. I'm not perfect. God understands my weaknesses. No one can be holy," and at the same time claim that you are a disciple of Christ.A true Jesus disciple has Jesus living in him 100 percent literally. It is Jesus living and talking in him. You will never hear Jesus say, "I'm only human. I'm not perfect. No one can live a holy life."
5.     A Jesus discipleship makes your discipler your discipler for life. Your discipler becomes your discipler as long as you live. Thus, true Jesus discipleship will NEVER work for a church that changes its pastor every 4 years through an election. Churches like this run counter to God's ways and will and are demonic. When they do a discipleship, they make their members loyal to their denomination, not to Jesus Christ. Jesus NEVER said anything like that. He sends his servants, his shepherds (not denominations or church organizations), and his sheep should obey them. "Then, I will send you shepherds who are hungry for my heart who will be your wise and understanding leaders," [Jer.3.15}. Even when Jesus had been taken up to heaven, the disciples still called themselves Jesus' disciples. They never went and look for another discipler after Jesus was gone. They never "elected" a new pastor. Your discipler later becomes your father in faith. Thus, your discipler is your discipler for life. So be careful that you choose a discipler who has Jesus really living in his body 100 percent.
6.     A true Jesus discipleship will keep away from men's churches and church organizations. Jesus said, "Keep away from Pharisees; they are blind guides. What my Father has not planted will surely be pulled up from the roots," [Matt.15.13].

Some church people who have had a lot of pastors say all their pastors became their disciplers or fathers in faith. They do not know what they're talking about. You cannot have many fathers, though you may have a thousand teachers, said Paul. You can only have one discipler, who will also later become your spiritual father for life.

So keep away from silly discipleships because they will only make you worse. Look for a genuine Jesus discipleship. "My sheep (true followers) hear my voice--they follow (only) me." That's true God's flesh!

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