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Monday, November 29, 2010

Seducing The Elect

1 Jn 2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.

The anointing is the power and PRESENCE of the Holy Spirit. The Lord promised in the Gospel of John He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to us and He would teach us, guide us, prepare us, inform us, and empower us. He will convict and convince us. When you have a group of believers who are all Spirit taught the Word of God, they all say the same thing. There's no division over what this Scripture means-they agree. Only the Holy Spirit is qualified to interpret the Word of God because He wrote it. We all have the privilege to take this Holy Bible and get alone with Him and ask and trust Him to teach it to us. We all have His abiding Presence offered to us, we all can lay hold of Him because He was promised. We must have Him. We may all obtain the promise of His Presence in us and with us. He was sent to stay with us. To live with us, and in us. We do not need man to teach us what the Word of God means and how it applies to our lives. HE is well able to do that if we will present ourselves to Him, with hungry hearts, and give Him time. The same ability, and gift of the Spirit's presence in our lives will instruct and learn us what we must know. And when we go to church if the man in the pulpit is truly hearing from and seeking God, he will preach truth we are learning at home. There will be no confusion. There are so many different religions, doctrines, denominations, belief systems and teachings out there we must be taught by the Spirit of Truth or we will be deceived.

Mat 7:13 Enter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there:

Mat 7:14 Because narrow is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.

We can only go in through the only entrance there is. It's a straight and narrow entrance. The word for gate here means entrance, it figuratively means condition. There is a condition we must enter into. It's a condition only the Holy Spirit can make reality in our lives. What condition must we enter into? Being hid in Christ. We must be IN Christ for HE is the Door into this condition, this way which leads to life eternal. Jesus Christ alone is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. IN HIM all the Godhead dwells. In HIM is the only access we have to life and to God-and that means to heaven, too. Every human being is on a journey in this life, but there are only two paths, only two destinations. In Christ, and not in Christ. Heaven and hell. There is a wide path and anything goes on that journey. It's flat, broad, and the journey on that path is easy. That's not to say life on that wide path is easy, for all experience loss and suffering, pain and confusion at times. But that way is the path of least resistance. It's a way of thinking, feeling, acting, deciding, by the means of human wisdom, follow your own thoughts and pursue your own desires, and it leads to death-to absolute destruction.

HOW can you say that? Because all of humanity has been born infected with a sin nature. We are naturally inclined to want any and everything but God. Left to our own devices we will take up destructive habits, and live selfish lives. To go that way will cause that person to be ruined and end up in eternal misery in an eternal hell where there are many ways in but no way out. Just like the law of physics is if you jump up you will come back down, if human beings live for themselves, and serve the desires of their flesh they will perish. There isn't more than one way to abundant life, to heaven, JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY way. Only the Holy Spirit can put us in the Body of Jesus Christ. The way is very restricted to fullness, to resurrection life. It's a life devoted to God and few will be able to understand, or see it. Few will recognize its value and press in to obtain it. It's a struggle, and to enter demands we deny ourselves and embrace HIM.

Luk_13:24 Jesus says "strive to enter in, for many will try but few will be able to enter in". It's a fight to enter in here because it's the only true entrance. Satan does not resist those heading to death, only to life. This is where some people get offended. You hear the questions "there are so many faiths out there, how do you know Christianity is the right way?" Because CHRIST is Christianity and when HE lives in you, His Holy Spirit will teach you truth. The Creator can't live in you and you not know it. Most of what passes or professes itself to be Christianity today is not the real thing.

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

A false prophet is a person who says things, prophesies things, such as future events, and pretends God has told them what they claim. We know sheep are the people of God, His true children. They are clothed with His righteousness, with meekness, gentleness, humility, kindness. So you have a wolf come in with this same appearance, same outward demeanor. They appear righteous on the outside, they speak and act kindly, in an attempt to worm their way in among the flock. So let's focus on wolves a bit. What do we really understand about wolves and their behavior? Jesus compared false prophets to them so let's learn why.

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Excerpt: The River of the Spirit-Lee Shipp

Excerpt from a message preached by Pastor Lee Shipp, First New Testament Church, Baton Rouge LA, concerning the day in Nicaragua he had to travel through a parade full of cross dressing trans-genders who were painted up demoniacally)

The presence and power of darkness doesn't teach, it demonstrates. It's great authority and power is in its demonstration not just simply its instruction. The effort the powers of darkness go to to demonstrate their reality is so profound because this earth is filled with the glory of Satan right now. There's coming a day when Jesus comes back this earth will be filled with the glory of God. Right now there is the presence of Satan and wherever you go in this world though you will find pockets of Christians who are loving Jesus, worshiping Jesus. But mostly what you will see, even in your own culture, is the power of Lucifer. That is the stronghold of his kingdom and his darkness. You see pestilence, disease, you see poverty. You see the fruit of the demonic stranglehold that is upon people and cultures everywhere. The Holy Spirit asks what do you think it will take to deliver these people who are so bound in darkness, who know only this way of life, what do you think is even going to bring them into your churches to even listen to what you have to say? And who has the audacity and authority and the anointing to walk into their culture and into their darkness with such confidence in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to bring liberty? Who is going to do that?

This isn't just in Nicaragua, it's in every city, every culture, it's everywhere. And this is the call of Christ upon our life.
He has not called us to go into pretty places. He has not called us to go into pleasing situations. He has not called us to simply go where we are welcomed. He has called us to go everywhere and preach to everyone the gospel of Jesus Christ. If they reject you, then shake the dust off your feet, and leave. But if they receive you bless them. In a lot of places we will not be accepted or welcomed because the Bible tells us in John 3 that men love the darkness because their deeds are evil and they run to the darkness. But in every pocket of darkness there are those in it that are craving light. They want light, they want deliverance and freedom. I believe every man does. But it's the blindness Satan has put upon men so they don't see the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

All we have to do is open our eyes in our culture and society to see this. We see Christian programs everywhere. We see Christian Literature, Christian radio stations, Christian TV, Christian cable networks, we have Christian everything.
We as a culture in the United States are inundated with the Christian message. But for all intents and purposes it has fallen powerlessly at the feet of this darkness that is sweeping our culture, and that is strangling our nation from the life it has had-that is the life of Christ, the truths of God. We have to understand that. It's not our preaching that is going to be the answer. It's not our ability to quote Scripture at the proper time and place or our Bible Studies. This won't bring about the defeat of this darkness. The only thing that is able to contend with the spirit of darkness is the Spirit of Christ. And that is the Holy Spirit. He's the only One. He is ready and willing to come upon us with power and might and courage and boldness to be able to do through our lives what He alone can do.

The problem is we are so confident in our churches, in our programs, we are so confident in our methods that we've practiced how to witness to people (I.E. The Way of the Master-my thought here) We practice what to say. That's fine, but we have to leave the plan at the door.
We have to be led by the Holy Spirit because we don't know what needs to be dealt with. The power of darkness doesn't just teach, it demonstrates itself from every possible avenue of our culture from our education system to our scientific institutions to our entertainment and even our government institutions. This is where all the efforts of the kingdom of darkness are concentrated to demonstrate its reality. And for the last many decades the church has done nothing but get together behind the walls of its buildings and TALK.

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2Ch 7:14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

He's not talking about the U.S. That isn't the land He will heal-it's the church that needs healing and restoring. It's the church that for the most part has lost His glory, and the reality of His Presence and what He alone can do.

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