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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Jesus Christ-Take the Stand

A battle ensues whenever the enemy brings an accusation or an "observation" against you. An especially sensitive area is the one concerning your faith and walk with the Lord. Jesus, Himself, was accused of having a demon. He didn't bite the bait, and try to show His accusers that He was who He said He was, because He knew that His Father had given Him the power to raise up and to throw down, and that He could use it if, and only if , His Father directed Him too. If He didn't, than the accusations would have to rest, and false accusations would have to stand, even if the accusers felt justified and "sure" of their accusations. He knew that at the right time, His Father would vindicate Him.
So it goes with us, his own. As the enemy can't gain ground in other areas, he will try and make us doubt our sonship with our Father. I heard a man say once that if satan can't make you give up your salvation, that he will try to take away the assurance of your salvation. And I'm not talking about "once saved; always saved." I'm talking about the fact that you know you are His, and that He is the One keeping you as you stay opened to hearing and doing His will.
Satan will want to make you doubt your sonship just for the torment of it, if nothing else. Below is something I wrote as a result of him trying to do that to me this morning. I was really walking a precipice over it, and almost fell for his bait, which would have resulted in ramifications that would have been irreversible. Even as I began, I wrote something entirely different, as the Lord, through me "took the stand" on my behalf, exposing the lies of the enemy, for my protection. How does He do that? It is just amazing!!!! The following is what "He wrote":

There is nothing we can give as proof of our being in Christ. We can point to no fruit to "prove" our kinship with Him. We dare not defend ourselves by ourselves. "A champion comes to fight, " as He only approaches the bench on our behalf. We are only one with Him as He claims us as His own. We have no other defense. If He is for us, who can be against us? We do not stand on our own "proofs" and dare not. Whether or not we have the Spirit of Christ in us, is "proven" only by faith that tells us He gave it to us when we opened ourselves up to Him. He also tells us that He has put His love in our heart. If you can’t see it, I can’t help it. But, we know, that it’s in there, by faith in what He has told us. "If you are the Son of God, come down from that cross," said the enemy through man. He is still trying to make God’s men and women prove themselves by themselves. We dare not succumb to this temptation. If we do, it will have no end, but to trap and ensnare, raising the standard of proof higher and higher, and bringing doubt and fear with each "proving." "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Remain Unspotted

The following are some comments I made on a blog in response to a post about watching TV and our "sanctification." Praying our Lord may use it to quicken His children to true religion "feed the widows and the orphans and to remain unspotted by the world."

My husband and I haven't had T.V. for about 10 years now. We do have a monitor to watch DVD's, which we are very selective about. It's not particularly the watching it that is the central problem, although that can become one too. It is the content of most of the shows; it is the effect it has on one's growth in the Lord.
Aren't we wanting to not fuel our fleshly desires and lusts? Isn't that what God wants for us? The word says: "Put no unclean thing before your eyes." That is really plain to me. Could it be that a person's flesh just really wants to be indulged, and so they justify their watching unclean things, and then label people who aren't watching as "legalists"? Could it be that if they can get others who are abstaining to watch, that they will feel better about their own watching, which they know, deep inside by the spirit, is not profitable to them, in an attempt to assuage their guilty conscience?
Taking those images, words, and actions into our minds is choosing to engage one's soul (mind, will, and emotions) and involve itself in unclean things, which the Lord calls sin. So, why the light treatment of this? It also becomes a part of you on a level that can't even be detected. All of this is really spiritually discerned, and if you've been engaged in watching these shows and movies for a long period of time (viewing magazines, etc. not to mention what one might listen to) then your spiritual senses have probably been dulled, and you probably can't even hear or believe this. But, the Spirit of truth leads us into all truth, and He will validate and quicken this in your spirit if you will listen and acknowledge Him.
One of the worse things about taking these images into someone, who calls himself the Lord's, is that they are bringing DISHONOR to Him. Another thing is the message it sends to the world on what it means to follow Him. The message is: It's not really any different, except you get to be forgiven and go to heaven, but you can really indulge your flesh like everyone else. Have we really received the grace of God if that is our belief?
Lots to pray about in all of this; not a subject to be treated lightly. How about praying to our Lord, who we've surrendered our lives to saying: Lord, what do you say about watching these shows? What is your Will concerning this? And then , truly listen, wait, and respond likewise.We might want to pray also that He would not let our fleshly desires get in the way, as we listen so that the answers would not be filtered through them, thinking we've heard from God. If we tap into the Spirit within us, if we are born-again, we know the answers for He has shown us.
We are to help one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, to not indulge the desires of the flesh , and draw closer to God. We can't do this if we try and make the hard truth palatable. In fact, the fleshly nature abhors the truth, but by the power of the Spirit of God within us, we can overcome and walk in that Spirit.