Monday, July 23, 2012

Deadliest Punishment of All!

"I'm quite sure of this--evil folks will not get away with their sins unpunished. But those who live right before God will be set free." [Prov.11.21]

The wicked will surely be punished. Well, honestly, we see so little of this going on today. I've seen people and families and clans who have been in position of power and wealth but who have been doing a lot of wickedness for ages. They seem never punished. They even seem to grow richer and more powerful, enjoying comfy and convenient lives--even those in church. While many of those who genuinely serve God seem to get poorer and weaker by this world's standards.

But make no mistake about it--the Word of God is true. God makes sure the wicked do not go scot-free unpunished, and that's on a daily basis. And they get the deadliest punishment of all. If you don't realize this or don't see this happening daily, you're spiritually myopic--you see only what's under your nose--or do you?

It's an ultra terrible thing to be thrust out of God's presence. But the wicked do not realize this. The only thing they realize (and fear) are punishments through  material loss or physical pain. Spiritual loss is something their dead spirits cannot understand. They've been suffering it but they do not see its effect.

They read the bible but get nothing (they even hate the bible). They go to church faithfully but do not genuinely experience God. The "God" they claim to experience in their churches are really gods, or the other Jesus that Paul talks of in Corinthians. You'd see that years of church and the bible have changed nothing in them. They're the same people they were 10 or 20 years ago, rotten, made sophisticated only by their titles or positions. Worse, they grow more rotten (just growing old in church). They do not realize that they're being punished with the deadliest punishment of all--being thrust out of God's presence.

If you read the Word and don't get deep revelations at once and don't get changed from glory to glory, your spirit is dead and being punished with the deadliest punishment of all. But if you read the Word and at once (and each time) get deep revelations that change you in ever increasing glory, your link with God is alive and you're highly favored--and that means your spirit's free to connect with Him--as Proverbs 11.21 says--though you may have difficulties in life and deprived (for a while) of physical and material comfort. 

Well, there are folks who are deprived of physical and material comforts and yet become more rotten and cannot get any revelation when they read the Word. They also receive the deadliest punishment of all.

If you're just a beginner in faith--only about 3 to 6 months in Jesus--you may have to seek the Word with some difficulty. That was my problem the first 6 months in faith in 1980. But after a year or less, by God's grace, I started getting deep revelations, more so in 1998. Each time I open the Word, God starts pouring deep revelations on me like opening the gate valves of a huge dam full of water. Sometimes, I have to close the bible awhile to just let everything sink in before I open it again.

You become a newer and more unique creation in Christ each time you open the bible. That only happens if your connection with God is a live spirit in you, always a willing receptacle, daily connected with God and his heavenly realms. If you don't get any revelation that changes you to reveal Jesus himself in you (God's flesh) when you open the bible, you're probably getting the deadliest punishment of all--being thrust from his presence. 

The same punishment is suffered by wicked souls in hell.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hosea: Old Wine and New Makes You Dull

Old wine and new--you've got to decide what you really are. You cannot be both. Anyone in Christ is new. The Word is clear that the old is past, and there's only the new. You cannot be an old and new creation at the same time. And yet, if we look around churches, this is what most Christians are. They claim to be born again and yet look and live the same way they did when they were yet non believers--well at least they've gotten rid of their statues and idols and they're now active in church.

But that's garbage, too, if you're not a genuine new creation getting newer in Christ each day so that you yourself are no longer seen by people but they see Jesus. God's flesh. Yes, God is spirit, but we are his flesh on earth. They should see God in you, and you cease to be seen any longer.

Here's how Hosea put it: "..they've left the Lord in favor of prostitution, to old wine and new, which make them dull (spiritually) and given to idol making and worship (though they are in a born again church). That's the spirit of prostitution; it deceives them to be unfaithful to God so that they keep worshiping the wrong way and always preferring comfy worship places ('where the shade is very comfy')," [Hosea 4.10-13]. My version.

No wonder church people always prefer mega comfy church buildings.

Old wine and new makes you dull spiritually. No wonder many believers today do not get what the Word is really saying. It's something like what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3: a veil covers their hearts so they cannot see. Having that veil removed is the key to reflecting God's glory on us. That's when Jesus is revealed on our bodies. That's God's flesh.

As long as Christians remain being both (new and old creation) they will never understand. Old wine and new makes you dull. They will never have the Lord's glory reflected on them. And revelations says if you remain lukewarm (neither hot nor cold), the Lord will spew you out.

According to Hosea 4.10, if you're an old wine and new believer, you really:
  1. are a prostitute.
  2. are controlled by the demon or spirit of prostitution which makes you unfaithful to God no matter how active you are in church.
  3. cannot be fed spiritually by the Word of God and are actually dying of starvation even if you enjoy good sermons in church and always read the bible. "These people will eat but never have enough."
  4. cannot increase spiritually because of your prostitution. Also, though you engage in prostitution to increase in church membership--and indeed physically you may be increasing in number and are even a mega church--you do not increase in God's eyes. Very few, if any, get born again genuinely. You do not have genuine Jesus disciples. All you have are church members.
Prostitution, in Hosea's context, is saying you love God and yet rely on another or have other loves. Or, giving the love and devotion due God to others [1.5 and 8]. This is what church denominations do. They build their own empires, not God's Kingdom. They use worldly systems, not God's supernatural ways. They devote a great deal of time, effort, and money to denominational expansionism and church building, not on God's genuine glorious church which is without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish--and which is without any denomination.

Church denominations are guilty of idol worship. Their denominations and church buildings have become the idols of their hearts. They worship them every Sunday.

Jesus said all believers should be one as the Father and Son are one. That means perfectly one (because the Father and Son are perfectly one), no denominations that have different doctrines and teachings and policies and manuals. Yet, church denominations stubbornly insist on doing things their own ways and keeping their own little empires. That's the demon of prostitution that keeps their members like old wine and new.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Perfection is Resting in Jesus

Steady unbelief in perfection makes people want to do things more perfectly their own way. It's ridiculous seeing people stubbornly insist on refining their church programs and activities to perfection, insisting that what they do for God should be done with the best of all they have.

They practice repeatedly their songs, special numbers, presentations, etc., until they "perfect' it for God. Sometimes they do that from afternoon to night to dawn. Losing sleep for what? And yet, these same people maintain that we cannot be perfect because we're only human.

Fleshly perfection like that ends up in spiritual burnout and exhaustion. Revelations says these churches look alive but in reality they're dead. But genuine perfection is resting in Jesus.

Funny people.

They believe with all their hearts they cannot be perfect in this world--and add God understands them because they're only human--but they exhaust all means giving God a perfect church ministry. Have you seen how they build their fabulous mega churches, complete with all the hi-tech gadgets and equipment, perfect as far as the world's standard is concerned? They have to build them perfectly magnificent for God

And have you seen how they make their church worship services perfectly solemn or perfectly wild? They exert all-out efforts on that because they say God deserves nothing but the best. How come they don't see the same principle in presenting the body (your life) as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable (perfect) to God? 

God's standard of perfection is different from how the world (and the church today) see perfection. They think perfection is the absence of error. The Pharisees and law teachers saw everything wrong in Jesus, but Jesus remained perfect in God's sight. And the church today often uses the Pharisees' and law teachers' gauge of perfection. 

Perfection is Resting in Jesus

Jesus showed us what perfection is--resting in God. And the Hebrews writer said he who rests in God rests from all his own works. What programs and activities and presentation they try to perfect in church today are all dead and useless human efforts, man's own works he should cease from to rest in the Lord. You cannot rest in God while doing your own works--more so perfecting them. Anything you do for God, though you try to perfect it, is in vain. What HE wants is for us to simply rest in HIM. Because perfection is resting in Jesus.

Hebrews further warns: "Make sure that none of you fall short of resting in God." It's among the few things in God's Kingdom that really matters. Our efforts don't count one bit. They're zero as far as Kingdom building is concerned. When we learn to just rest in God, God starts to do things himself in and through us. That's real Kingdom building on earth.

We don't need to perfect what we do in church for God. What we need is to perfect our lives for God by letting Jesus live out our lives totally. And among the first things that should happen is being free of any church denomination--to give way to the genuine Jesus glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish (in short, without denomination)--aside from being totally surrendered to my Jesus.

And then Jesus starts manifesting in our lives and bodies. The LIFE begins to be seen among men--that LIFE is the light of men, says John. Peter said, "(The Jesus LIFE) will make sure that you're effective and productive in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you fail to manifest that LIFE, you're useless to God--nearsighted and blind--(ineffective and unproductive no matter how you try to perfect what you do in church), oblivious that you've been forgiven of your sins," [2 Pet.1.8-9]. That's my version.

Genuine perfection is Jesus' business alone, not yours. You cannot make yourself or what you do for God in church perfect. All you need to do is simply rest in Jesus. Genuine perfection is resting in Jesus and ceasing from all your own works. They're nothing but works of flesh, anyway. Simply "be"! My Jesus said be perfect like your Father in heaven is perfect!

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