Friday, December 2, 2011

FIGHTING THE FLOW - "PROVE"


        In order to properly conduct restoration in our souls, the LORD insists that we separate ourselves from the flow of the fallen world. This is essential to your survival as a believer in Christ. It is an abuse of His grace to receive what He has done for us without expecting to make dramatic changes in our lifestyles.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as He Who has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.



Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


  • That YOU may prove His will in your life by walking away from the wicked flow and being abundantly blessed! How? By renewing your mind, changing your thought patterns until they are conformed to the flow of the Spirit and not the wicked flow of the fallen world.  This takes diligent study of the word of God on a daily basis.
    
Exo 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

  • God provides AND gives very specific direction to test US. The fallen world flows away from the tests of God and turns to human means for provision.


2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are reprobates?

  • Without faith, the God kind of faith, it is impossible to please Him. If it isn't faith it's sin and therefore separation from God. We are to prove ourselves by examining the condition of our faith. God is administering the tests and He knows our answers before we do. He wants US to recognize in ourselves that life changing seed of faith that keeps us fighting the world flow to get closer to Him and everything He has promised. The reprobate mind represents that wicked flow.


Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.   


  • What is acceptable to the fallen world is darkness and is unacceptable to God. Light has no part with darkness. He is light, and in Him is NO darkness at all.


 1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.


  • God provides this verse as a life preserver. Hold fast to the good things that are proven in the Word. Hang on tight because the wicked flow will try to drag you under! This endtime flow is like undertow. Hold fast to that which is GOOD!  God is the source of everything good.  Find out what He says by digging deeper and deeper into His word.


Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove Me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, says the LORD of hosts.
Mal 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightsome land, says the LORD of hosts.

  • Prove ME now herewith, says the LORD of hosts! Here is the one place where God says hold ME to My word. I AM the covenant-keeping Almighty God, and as you fight the flow of wickedness and overcome I will pour out your reward straight from heaven! We overcome by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and by not loving our lives to death. (Rev 12:11) This walk is a serious commitment, but the rewards of having a direct relationship with our Creator are limitless. Like days of heaven on earth. Don't just tithe your money, tithe yourself!


     I chose "PROVE" as a keyword for this meditation. I use a searchable Bible tool and find all the verses that pertain to that word, letting the Lord lead me to the ones He would like for a focus of my study. SEE JOSHUA 1:8.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BUILDING SPIRITUAL HOUSES


        There is only one foundation that will prevail: Jesus Christ. He is the Chief Corner Stone, the stone which the builders rejected.


1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.
1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

     We are lively stones being built up into a spiritual house, placed upon the foundation of the Living Stone and Chief Corner Stone, and we are growing into our position as the dwelling place of God on the earth.

        1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
        1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.

        Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
        Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;
        Eph 2:21 In Whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the Lord:
        Eph 2:22 In Whom ye also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

        Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands;
        Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He gives to all life, and breath, and all things;

        Zec 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of his place, and He shall build the temple of the LORD:
        Zec 6:13 Even He shall build the temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and He shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

        Exo 20:25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

         Christ shall place us where He will as He builds the temple, and He shall bear the glory and be a priest upon His throne. We are not to be "hewn" stones, not a temple made with hands but molded and shaped by our Maker, Who gives us life and breath and all things.
         So therefore it becomes apparent that Zec 6:12-13 refers to the period after the Judgment Seat of Christ in 1Co 3:13-15 above, at which time the nature of our works in building a spiritual house on the Foundation are judged and our position in the eternal temple of God is set. At this point Christ, the Master Builder, places each of us in position within the temple of the LORD. We ARE pillars in the temple of God. Rev 3:12
         Now referring back to Eph 2:19-22: we are "of the household of God" – quite literally the raw material of which the temple will be constructed. Lively, stones that are living. Read a little further: "fitly framed together grows" (stones that grow; change shape; emerge and ripen). "You also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit." As Jesus Christ Himself IS the chief corner stone then we also ARE stones set on Him, a dynamic living temple! KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD? 1Co 3:16