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Thursday, December 18, 2014
How many times have you read in the Bible that God is a jealous God?
And you thought that is ridiculous, God is not that petty, someone must have mistranslated that statement.
So you just pass over the statement without giving it much thought or attention.
The actuality of the statement is central and pivotal to everything that we do and are.
How we understand that statement and apply it to our own lives is crucial to our walks with God.
Todays lesson will go in depth concerning the jealousy of our God and how it affects us in our walks with Him.
We read in I Corinthians 10:22:
Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?
One thing about God is that He gets away with things that you do not.
Many Jewish people say, "He's entitled."
That means He is worthy of the honor or the privilege He has.
This is true of God.
He is entitled to be jealous.
Jealousy stems from the inability to cope with something you cannot work out: a desire to possess, yet not being able to possess; a desire for something you feel you would like to have.
It does not have to be about persons.
You can be jealous over another person's car or house or any such item.
Certain instances in the Scriptures describe jealousy.
For example the story of Joseph and his brothers tells how jealous the brothers were because of the position Joseph had with his father Jacob.
They wanted to possess that position.
In this case it was just a favor of the father that they did not have, but Joseph had it.
They wanted it: therefore, they became jealous of him.
They sold Joseph as a slave into Egypt to be rid of him.
In fact, one of the brothers talked them out of killing him.
We must understand the nature of jealousy. Another clear illustration of the force of Jealousy and what it leads people to do is in the story of King Saul in the Old Testament.
After the killing of the giant the people sang, "Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands. What more does he need than to have the Kingdom?"
The people saw the favor of the Lord upon David and how the Lord had departed from Saul.
So Saul became keenly jealous.
Time and time again he tried to pin David to the wall with his spear in an attempt to kill him.
He sought his life with a spear, but it came back to him and he died on his own sword ( I Samuel 18:11;31:4 ).
Jealousy has a way of bringing back the exact thing intended for someone else.
Another example of this is in the story of Esther in the Old Testament when Haman built the gallows for Mordecai, her uncle, watched the gallows being built, but when the time finally came, Haman and all of his sons were hung on his gallows ( Ester 9:25 ).
Hatred does not seem to be so complicated, but that which is sent out in the viciousness of jealousy has a certain force which goes forth and comes back upon the head of the one who sent.
We have been speaking of human jealousy.
I do not know whether we would excuse it and say it is a virtue or whether we would say it is evil, but to some extent in the Scriptures, there is a jealousy which is very much vindicated.
For example, the sixth chapter of Proverbs speaks of the rage of jealousy in a husband when someone has committed adultery with his wife.
It says he will not be satisfied with many gifts, nor will there be any way to appease him until the jealousy that rages has taken its course ( Proverbs 6:35 ).
It speaks about the simpleton involved in such a trespass.
Jealousy appears so many times in the Scriptures and almost seems to be justified.
Then again it comes forth in places, for instance, where Saul was jealous of David, because the anointing of the Lord was upon David and it was not upon him any longer.
That kind of jealousy is defiled.
It is something Satan has usurped and is using for a destructive purpose.
God's jealousy is something else. God has taken many names upon Himself.
We read in Exodus 34:12-17, Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, lest it becomes a snare in your midst.
But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherahs-for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous ( one of the names of God ), is a jealous God ( He calls Himself that because it is true; He is a jealous God)-lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they play the harlot with their gods, and sacrifice to their gods, and someone invite you to eat of his sacrifice; and you take his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods, and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods. You shall make for yourself no molten gods.
This same idea is repeated in Exodus 20:1-6.
It is the chapter which also contains the giving of the Ten Commandments.
Then God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me
( the escape does not seem to come for three or four generations ), but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
The Lord here is describing the jealousy of His own nature.
Almost invariably the references to jealousy speak of the Lord having a rival in the worship or service to Him.
They speak of this rivalry: "No other gods before Me- My name is Jealous.
You can have no other gods before Me-none whatsoever; no image-nothing."
Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?
We are not stronger than He, are we?
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table f the Lord and the table of demons ( we are to partake of the table of the Lord ). I Corinthians 10:22,21.
The next chapter describes the classic presentation of the Holy Communion which we partake of, but this Scripture is trying to bring out the fact that you cannot drink of two cups because God is jealous.
You cannot drink the cup of demons and the cup of the Lord.
What would it mean to drink of the cup of demons?
Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing of the blood of Christ?
We share in the blood of Christ.
Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the Body of Christ?
It is the sharing in it.
Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
I Corinthians 10:16-17.
The bread this is speaking of is the Body of Jesus Christ; you are the Body of Christ.
It is true that this verse is referring to the body that was given as sacrifice, but He gave His body in order to purchase us as the Body.
The first Adam had his side opened up, and a rib was taken out of him.
Out of his rib was a woman made, and she was presented to the man.
In a true sense, that woman was an extension of the man's body, because the rib was taken out of his side.
The Body of Jesus Christ, the Bride of Christ, came out of His side where the blood and water flowed from the Roman spear.
This verse contains a mystical meaning.
We partake of Him, but we all become one bread too.
Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?
What do I mean then?
That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
No; but I say that the things which the gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I Do not want yo to become sharers in demons.
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? I Corinthians 10:10:17-22.
Here we come back to jealousy.
What is God trying to teach us out of this passage?
This should frighten you.
You may think it is all right to go into the world and partake of some of the things of the world.
But you will find various spirits there that rule over everything.
When you become involved with something in the world and with its lusts, you also begin to partake of the spirit behind it.
It is easy for the young people to say that certain things of the world do not mean anything: "Just a little of the occult, just a little fortune-telling, just a little pot is all right, its legal now; they do not matter much-a little of this or that-just for the lusts of the flesh."
Wait a minute!
You are partaking of the table of demons.
It is not the thing itself, but it is the rivalry to the Lord.
It is what you turn loose.
What you turn loose goes beyond what you can control.
After you minister in this walk with God a certain amount of time, you find that the old order, the fundamentalist world, was missing it completely.
They would say, "Come and accept Jesus, and now your sins are all forgiven."
But who is going to deal with the spirit of what they picked up-that table of demons of which they became partakers?
The demonic harassment that is going to come against Christians who try to straddle a walk with God and the world is going to be disastrous.
I am not trying to establish old-order holiness standards, but I have watched the spirit that comes in people, and I am convinced of the jealousy of God ad the way He deals with people.
Some of you young people sometimes wonder if you are being oppressed.
You are trying to have two lovers; you are trying to serve God and Mammon (Matthew 6:24).
No man can serve two masters.
Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3.
Thou shalt worship the lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10.
Whenever something enters into your spirit, then He has rivals.
What is your motivation behind the prayers in your intercession?
Are you praying for the Lord to do something, because in a selfish sense you are going to benefit from it?
Do you want God to work something out for only one reason-so that you can be free of obligations and responsibilities?
Are you believing God to break the dominion of Mammon over money so that the Kingdom of God will be free, or because you want some money selfishly for a personal reason?
The ultimate motivation, the motivation deep in your heart, may not be honest.
You may have set something else in your heart that you really desire, and the Lord has a serious rival.
You should search your heart in this.
Why do we want divine order?
Are we out to build a movement?
Let's be sure we are not.
It would be disastrous for this walk with God to grow to fast.
I do not want the pure spirit of this to be lost.
A flood of people would dilute the beautiful, pure spirit that is found in it.
We do not want to stay small, but we want to stay pure in our motivation.
God has to constantly ask you if He has any other rivals.
Do you love the Lord?
Is there anything that could make you flip out and not serve God?
What is your price?
What is your consecration level?
If you had a disappointment, a disillusionment in this life ( think of what could disillusion you-some expectation you would find shattered), would you go on serving the Lord?
Would you want anything so much that not having it would automatically cause you to rebel and turn back from the Lord?
I have watched people whom I thought had more from God than to do that.
Over some disappointment they drop out from walking with the Lord.
You might think, "Well, the devil sure got his licks in."
No, God got His licks in: "Let's see the ground on which you stand," and He pulled the rug out from under them.
Because they were not standing with Him as Lord, it had to be revealed to their own hearts, for He is a jealous God.
Many people go through heartbreaking experiences for only one reason-they have not put the Lord first.
They have had other gods-other rivals.
Suppose you say,"That backslider went down to the depths of sin. What an awful thing!"
Yes, what an awful thing.
But I think it would be even worse for that individual to keep fooling himself into thinking that he has something of a walk when he has a motivation that is not completely the Lord.
He wants what he is after.
If he does not get that, then that is it!
I do not think we can be deceitful with the lord.
Sometimes a boy has a call of God on his life, and a girl who wants him can be so pious, so religious, so spiritual, right in there pitching until she gets him.
Then she drags; she is always late for services; nothing is going right; she isn't with it anymore.
She got what she was after.
God should smite down something like that.
There was a young girl who had gotten taken over by some pornographers who exploited her body until she became born-again.
She gave up the porn, she attended church faithfully, learning about Christ.
She met a man who seemed spiritual, he was always at church when she was there.
They started to go to church together and to read the Bible together.
They got married, he changed almost overnight, he no longer wanted to read the bible or go to church because he had gotten what he wanted.
To try to walk in deception like that is the worse kind of hypocrisy.
Now with prophets who have revelation, not much of that occurs anymore.
Even when God is in a marriage, they can back off from walking with Him and say,"Well, I have responsibilities."
They get what they want, but it is not a walk with God.
He is a jealous God; He wants you to love the lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength ( Luke 10:27 ).
You will have no other gods before Him.
There is going to be nothing that you want more than walking with God.
No matter what anyone else takes away from you, your walk with God remains intact because you are not serving Him for other reasons.
What does the lord do when people want to serve Him for other reasons?
He has compassion on them, He blesses them, and He gives them everything He can.
And if they are in the wilderness He seats them in tiers of fifty and feeds them with just a handful of biscuits and fish, and they have twelve baskets left over.
But when they seek Him out and say, "Oh boy, bread and fish every Tuesday; this is a good platform for Him; let's make Him king."
He goes the other direction, saying, "You did not seek Me for the true bread that comes down from heaven.
You are after something else.
You are after filling your belly, not for doing the will of God.
Do not labor for the meat that perishes" ( John 6:26-36 ).
"Unless you eat my flesh and drink My blood you have no life in you" ( John 6:53).
That horrified the Jews.
The idea of drinking blood was completely abhorrent in the Law of Moses, so they all left Him.
He turned to the twelve and said,"Are you going, too?"
Why did He have to bring something so insulting, something so disastrous to their own prejudices?
Why did He thrust it on them knowing what they would do?
He did that because they did not have the right motivation; they were not there for the right reason.
Sometimes people come into the Walk, receive ministry, and suddenly they flip and are gone.
Do not worry about it.
God is bringing in the ones He wants, and He is kicking out those He does not want.
This walk as been kept pure, not because we have had any standards of membership, or any regulation over people's lives, or conformity to some pattern of behavior; this walk is staying pure because of what God is doing.
He is saying it is all going to be the Lord.
You are going to serve Him.
He is a jealous God.
And if you do not put Him first, He has a way of getting down to the source, and when He hits that nerve, you start running.
You had better run because God will get you out where He can deal with you.
When He is through stripping you down, you will want nothing but His will.
Then you will begin to rejoice in doing the will of the Lord.
This does not mean that everything that happens to you is God's dealing.
That would be over-simplifying the whole matter.
I am only talking about the jealousy of God being provoked.
Do you want to provoke that jealousy?
In this cup of blessing that we share, in this that God does for us, He will have to be first.
The Lord told me that behind every relationship that comes forth in the Body-behind the relationship that exists between the Body and its elders, deacons, pastors, foundational ministries, and the interrelationship of ministries-God is looking at every single thing.
There is no lighthearted adhesion to one another.
There are no simple rules of membership.
We have to have the same care for one another.
There is to be no personal striving.
There are to be no individual ambitions and no ulterior motives.
Those have to be out.
God is demanding that we be pure in our relationships to each other.
The same thing will happen in the homes between husbands and wives, parents and children.
They will have to seek and find the will of God together.
They must want it above everything else.
If you have already prescribed the boundaries of your dedication, the Lord will kick your fence down and say,"Come and follow Me," and you will come and follow Him.
There will be days in which, if you can be rocked out of the boat, you will be rocked out of the boat.
If this is a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ over your life, that is what the walk is all about.
It is a walk with the Lord.
You must sense He is the Lord of your life, until nothing can rival it.
He is a jealous God.
We pray so often: "Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever" ( Matthew 6:13).
Be sure you do not build yourself a Kingdom, because He is a jealous God.
The denominations are kingdoms, all Babylon, and they will have to come down.
"What is wrong with Babylon? Why does Babylon have to come down?"
Babylon has to come down for the same reason that every kingdom you build has to come down.
"Well, aren't they doing a good work?"
Wood, hay, and stubble, but it can look pretty good.
"Aren't all the good works that they do fine? They are getting this job done and that job done."
Yes, they are building a kingdom, but not His kingdom.
That is the only reason.
You cannot look at it and say, "They're doing a better job than we are."
Very likely they have more Sunday school than we have in Church at study.
We are still struggling.
But only one thing is different-programs, promotion, loyalty Sunday, the founding fathers-they build it all up.
What do we have?
We do not have that, of course, but we have a constant seeking of Him to be Lord over our lives.
For the Kingdom is His Kingdom.
I know that God has a divine order and He is planning authority, but I do not want a kingdom.
The walk may become a very great movement of the remnant fulfilling God's will in the earth.
But I have already predetermined my action.
I have prayed about it and fasted over it.
If this has the tendency to become a kingdom, and the people tend to exalt me until it takes on the resemblance of one man's kingdom, that day I will resign from all of it and walk away.
You would be better off without me.
I will not allow the jealousy of God to be raised against you.
That is my dedication.
You may say, " What a terrible thing to do."
No, it is the only thing to do.
If this walk is not going to be what Gad wants it to be, God will judge it.
And if a simple action like my walking away could determine that it would go on with God, that is what I would do.
That is in my spirit.
We cannot build another kingdom.
There is no time to see those things come up anymore.
The Walk cannot revolve around little kingdoms here and there.
The rotation of pastors and elders in the different churches, and shifting people around, is good.
It is not good for anyone to be too deeply entrenched in something.
Everyone starts looking to him and gravitating around him.
People force leaders into an unhealthy position.
We have to fight that, because He is a jealous God.
There is no place for a pope or an archbishop.
There is no place for these things in this Walk.
It must be brethren that are led by the Lord.
We must come together for a great deal of prayer during these days.
We must have a new awareness that the people are not coming out to hear what certain brothers have to say, but all are coming out as brothers to seek the mind of God.
He is Lord over His Church, and He is still capable of revealing His will.
He is capable of revealing what He wants: the policies He wants; the principles He wants.
And those who have the voice of God must speak it and speak it humbly.
Either He becomes the exalted Lord over this whole Walk or He will be nothing at all to it.
That brings us back to what He is trying to say to you.
His name is "Jealous" for He is a jealous God.
He is not even going to share the throne with you.
Think about the old self sitting on the throne.
It is the antichrist "whom the Lord will slay with the brightness of His presence" ( II Thessalonians 2:8 ).
"Slay him Lord."
More and more you will find a conscience about the Lord Jesus.
"But Lord, if you will just work this out for me, then I'll do such and such for you."
Wait a minute.
The days of Jacob are over.
No bargaining now.
"Lord, I'll tithe, if You'll do such and so."
I have noticed what God demands now.
He is demanding to be Lord over your money, and you are going to tithe whether He blesses you or not.
You are going to do it because of His Lordship over you.
You are not bargaining with God.
Nevertheless, see if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing.
He will be faithful to His Word, but He is not going to be faithful to make a deal.
Only one thing: who is the Lord?
"You are, the Lord."
Any other contenders?
"No, no one else, Lord.
You are the only One on the ballot" ( not that He needs to get elected; He is going to be Lord whether you vote for Him or not ).
Every knee is going to bow.
Every tongue is going to confess.
He is going to come out all right; t is you we are worried about.
You do not want to be kneeling because He broke your legs; you want to worship Him because it is in your heart that He be absolutely first.
What happens when a home observes that?
No matter how much two people love each other, when the motivation is on a selfish, human plane, even thought they are believers in the Walk, that marriage is a rival and a challenge to God when it is an end in itself.
but when a marriage and family are dedicated unit, aware of their function and purpose to serve the Lord, they are living for something bigger than their own self~interests.
Families in such a situation are those whom God blesses because they are little segments or cell blocks of His Kingdom.
He is the Lord.
He is the King.
And every church, every home, every individual is to serve Him.
We should have premarriage counseling to deal with one thing: "Why do you want to get married?"
"Well, we're in love and we are male and female and we might want children.
It is a good idea, and this is the way it is done."
That is an obvious answer, I suppose.
But there should be a more important answer than that.
If all you want to get married for is just your own happiness, ask the first thousand married couples you find, "Are you happy?"
The odds may be about five to one of those are not happy.
Because they have nothing bigger than themselves to live for.
They say, "We're getting married for our own desire for each other, for our own self interest.
We will shut the world out and walk on together, hand in hand, into the sunset." That is not life.
However, God will bless the couple that says, "No, we won't get married, as much as we love each other, unless we can be dedicated to really do the will of God.
We are going to live for something bigger."
The woman must say, "Never will I stand in the way of what my husband wants to do for God.
I will give my life to see that he accomplishes what God wants him to accomplish, that he becomes what God wants him to be, that he serve the Lord with all his heart."
And the husband says the same: "As Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it, unselfishly will I give of myself to see her brought into a perfect walk with God."
This is the answer, fr His name is jealous.
He is a jealous God.
Watch the nations, the things that come and go, the businesses that make money, the people who get the money:what do they do?
Stop and think-there is futility because people are living without a great enough purpose.
For awhile in this generation we have watched some dedicated people who are called comrades, Communists, and fellow travelers.
It is rather strange to look in a satanic world-largely atheistic-and find people who will say, "Our situation isn't much, but we're dedicated to something greater.
We'll go out and lie, cheat, and cause revolutions.
We'll shoot, assassinate, spread propaganda, and give our lives for it."
What made it seemly work?
Because they were living for something they thought was more important than they themselves were.
The individual could not be as important as the cause.
That is Satan's world.
Let's talk about God's world.
What happens when people stop using God-planting Him on the dashboard hoping He will prevent an accident, mumbling over the food, hoping they won't get ptomaine poisoning, crossing themselves before they go for a swim so they won't drown-"O Lord, we need you: we need Your help"?
As much as you can be blessed more by the idea that you need God, you will be blessed more by the idea that He owns you.
He possesses you.
You are His.
"To be a Christian as I understand Christ means the absolute acceptance of the authority of Jess in all my life.
It means that I am no more my own man but Christ's man."
And His name is Jealous.
I Corinthians 10:1-22.
Can people become a sharer with demons?
You ask, "You mean I could become demon possessed?"
What happens when Christians violate their walk with God, and the next time they come for ministry or help they have a demonic oppression upon their lives?
What causes that?
It is because they have partaken of the table of demons.
If you partake f the Communion Table, you are going to be a partaker of Christ.
If you partake of the things of the world: sin, rebellion, and wickedness, you will be a partaker of demons.
Posted by Surfer51 at 6:33 AM
Monday, December 15, 2014
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
How many times have we heard,"buy our materials and register for our seminar or our conference."
How many times have we heard,"buy our materials and register for our seminar or our conference."
"Sign up for our special what-ever; special pricing for a limited time. Sign up for our special cruise."
What are your thoughts on this?
Do we monetize everything in our churches?
Or do we just trust God to provide without our monetizing efforts?
Is the church Jesus' Father's house, is your church Jesus' Father's house?
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Money). Matthew 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Money). Matthew 6:24
Posted by Surfer51 at 10:48 PM
I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it...
"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Hebrews 5:12-14 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…
Hebrews 5:11,12 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing …
Some of you are able and ready to receive. Mature in Christ, capable of understanding and receiving because of your long life in Christ and life experiences in Him.
Today's lesson is not for babes in Christ!
If you are not understanding you might take this wrong and do great harm to others.
This is a lesson for the fathers and mothers in Christ, not for the young babes in Christ.
Once the Body of Christ is in a significant step toward total, absolute victory in the end-time battle against antichrists, false prophets, false Christs, and nephilim spirits.
Let us determine to settle for nothing less than that.
The book of Revelation tells about three unclean spirits that come to pervade the whole earth.
we face a number of phenomena that God is causing to come forth, for the purpose of seeing the complete deliverance of God's people.
Therefore we need the significant and timely scriptural teaching, some of it from the book of Revelation, which will show us where we actually stand in this hour.
The teaching of the Fundamentalists is confusing, because they follow a system of prophecy created by a man named Darby.
This teaching was fostered by the Scofield Bible, and in reality it is based upon a counter-reformation teaching enacted by the Roman Catholic church.
The Darby system is based on the work of two Jesuits who were trying to discredit the idea that pervaded the teaching of all early reformers who identified Rome as the antichrist spirit, the beast of Revelation ( Revelation 13:1,11 ).
Those two Jesuits proceeded to create another line of doctrine that took the events of Revelation out of an historical application and placed them in the future.
A careful reading of the book of Revelation reveals an emphasis of this phrase, "...the things which are...."
In Revelation 1:19 Jesus told John to write about the things which are and the things which are to be.
This clearly indicates that some of the events were actually taking place at the time John was writing the book.
John, on the Isle of Patmos, experienced this revelation approximately at the time when the first spirit of antichrist was entering into the scene.
It is an historical fact that some twelve hundred years of Dark Ages were introduced between 200 and 300 A.D.
In John's time, apostasy was in motion, and it continued to gain momentum afterward.
Much of the book of Revelation has already been fulfilled, but people have not known it.
For instance, it speaks about the rivers turning into blood ( Revelation 16:4 ).
People wonder when that will be fulfilled.
Attila the Hun, who lived between 406 and 453 A.D., was called "The Scourge of God," or, "The Scourge of the Rivers."
So great were the numbers slain in his conquests that he actually succeeded in turning many rivers to blood.
When he finally died, his followers diverted the river long enough to bury him beneath the riverbed because he was known as "The Scourge of the Rivers."
This obscure fact of history becomes important when you realize that it is the historical fulfillment of what is known as the curse of the rivers which was prophesied in Revelation over 300 years earlier.
If only we could understand that we are right on the threshold of the Kingdom.
It is not necessary to look to the future for the fulfillment of many of these prophecies.
It is also historically true that the antichrist came forth in the papacy, and he was recognized as such many years ago.
Nearly all of the book of Revelation has come to pass, and we are now facing the final battle.
A study of the battles of the ages, of even the Old Testament times, will reveal that the warfare against God's people was infiltrated with certain demonic forces which we call nephilim spirits.
Whenever total judgment is coming, Satan uses those who are direct contacts through whom he can operate and control things.
At one time Satan offered to Christ all the kingdoms of the world if He would bow down and worship him.
Most people do not understand that had Jesus accepted, from that time on the Spirit of Jesus Christ would have been open to Satan.
Christ would have become a nephilim, a son of Satan instead of the Son of the Father.
He would have become the operative channel through which the nations of the world would have been governed, controlled, and judged by Satan.
But of course He said, "Thou shalt worship the Lord God, and Him only shalt thou serve" ( Matthew 4:10 ).
In order to become a nephilim spirit, a person has to give willing consent at some time (Video) to the rebellious spirit within, to the extent that there is either an unconscious or conscious rejection of the will of God and a submission to the will of Satan.
A Nephilim spirit is created not to be possessed but to be absolutely controlled and used by Satan at will for a distinct function.
Many famous men were nephilim, and the history of their lives were completely under the control of Satan.
At other times they were most humanitarian, as the other side of their lives came forth.
A biblical illustration of this is Judas Iscariot, whom Jesus called Satan, saying, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? John 6:70.
This statement clearly indicates that Jesus knew that the devil came and went within Judas.
On the night of the betrayal, Satan entered into the heart of Judas who then went to accomplish the betrayal ( John 13:27).
Satan completely controlled his motivation and his desire.
Afterward, Satan withdrew from Judas; and when Judas became aware of what he had done, he returned to the sanctuary, threw the money on the floor and cried, "I have betrayed innocent blood."
He then went out and hanged himself, but the rope broke, dashing him down a precipice on the sharp rocks below where his bowels gushed out ( Acts 1:18).
This was the ignoble end of Judas, the son of perdition.
The son of perdition is also the name given to the antichrist in the writings of Paul ( II Thessalonians 2:3 ).
Whether they be the son of perdition, false Christs, false prophets, antichrists, they are all a type of nephilim spirit which Satan brings forth as sons to frustrate the purposes of God.
That are Satan's sons in the only sense that he can have sons.
He cannot fill them.
He can only have channels in which he can come and go at will.
Satan does not have the omnipresent capacity that God has, but he does have many channels and an infinite amount of wisdom and cunning that enables him to move through any one of all the millions that he controls in the world at any split second.
Whenever the occasion arrives for the plan of God to come forth in people's lives, Satan is constantly set to frustrate it.
He uses millions of spirits in the earth for one purpose; to try to control and wreck people's lives who are doing the will of God.
He marks those whom God marks for favor, from the time of their birth many times, and begins war against them, bringing all kinds of persecution against them.
This is found even in the Old Testament where men were born to be great kings and there were extensive efforts to destroy them.
It is found in that satanic effort in the attempt to destroy Jesus Christ at the time of His birth.
Herod gave the word to destroy all the children under two years of age, so that without question he would destroy the one who was God incarnate, God in the flesh, while He was still in a helpless state, not having the protection and immunity that would develop in His life as the Messiah ( Matthew 2:16 ).
It is imperative that God's people be very much aware of what God is doing and of what the devil is doing as a counterattack.
Satan always tries to work within the boundaries of what God is doing, transforming his ministers, his antichrists, into ministers of righteousness and he himself into an angel of light, so that if it were possible he would deceive the very elect ( II Corinthians 11:14,15; Matthew 24:24).
Jesus spoke of this to His disciples, saying,"The time will come when religious people will think they are doing God a favor if they kill you" ( John 16:2).
The deception will be great in this end time.
Satan moves through channels who have a false sense of religious motivation.
Look at the obvious truth of Jesus' statement to the Jews, "You are of your father, the devil."
But they were furious, and they picked up rocks to stone Him ( John 8:44,59 ).
Indeed, they were of their father, the devil.
They yielded to a lie, and Satan is the father of a lie.
When a lie became incorporate within their being, they had assumed a parent.
In the spirit realm, a man can choose whom he wants to be his father.
Everyone starts out with a spirit that is dead in trespasses and sins.
At that point a man is already under Satan; but as he comes to an awareness, he can choose who is to be his father.
He can believe a lie and become a son of Satan, or he can believe this truth: "To as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God" ( John 1:12).
A man can choose who is to be his father.
Christ saw that those Jews, while professing to be children of Abraham and never in bondage to anyone, were actually believing a lie.
They proved Him correct within a matter of minutes when they became so motivated and controlled by Satan that they picked up stones to stone Jesus Christ.
Who connived to put Jesus on the cross?
It was not the Romans, nor the sinners, but the scribes and the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the Jews.
Likewise the enemies of the people who walk with God in this end time are not out in the world.
The enemies of God's remnant are to be found among those who call themselves Fundamentalists and Pentecostals and Charismatics.
They are still living their own lives according to their own discretion and not at the leading and direction of the Lord.
This places them just beyond the pale of sonship.
Those who align themselves with God's plan for this hour believe all that such groups believe and more, which brings them into an active position that makes Him Lord over the Church and Lord over their lives.
Their true submission brings them exactly into the realm of sonship.
True sons believe the truth of His Lordship and submit to it.
That is the chief point of division and the reason that those who limit themselves with creeds will eventually end up in the army of the antichrist- as much or more than most of the modernists and the emergents.
Who are the people who began opening up to the Holy Spirit and are now moving on with God?
They are not the Emergents, the Fundamentalists, nor the Charismatic people, nor the Pentecostal people ( who tried to move in and to a large extent succeeded in organizing what was known as a Charismatic movement ).
They are hungry men and women who have never been caught by the attempts of those who would put a brand on them.
God began to meet them.
Many of them were modernists, emergents.
Many of them did not believe anything, but they were hungry.
They were too honest to go along with just saying that they believed something unless they really believed it.
Many of them will come forth to walk in the Kingdom, just as Christ said, "The first shall be last, and the last shall be first" ( Matthew 19:30 ).
It is important to realize that at every great point in God's dealings with men, the nephilim spirit ( or the Antichrist spirit, as some may call it), the false Christs, and the false prophets make their appearance; and they always have a purpose.
There are outstanding scriptural examples of this.
In the days before the flood, there was much corruption in the world because the nephilim ( translated in the King James Version as "sons of God") saw the daughters of men and entered into a promiscuous sexual relationship with them ( Genesis 6:2 ).
That same evil force today is behind the sudden abandonment of morals in the United States, resulting in a new era of immoral permissiveness.
It has been caused by the same forces that caused corruption in the days of Noah ( Matthew 24:37,380.)
In those days, the nephilim went into the daughters of men and produced a race of giants ( men of renown), perverted, destructive hybrids who had such demonic, devilish twist in their natures that God said, Noah, thee alone have I seen righteous (untainted by angelic blood) before Me in this generation" (Genesis 7:1 ); and the flood, in which the nephilim were largely destroyed, became a necessity.
The reestablishment of the nephilim spirit appeared in later times, however, especially in the days of Joshua.
Satan, anticipating what God was going to do in Canaan, positioned his sons there.
They were the sons of Anak, a race of nephilim ( Numbers 13:33).
Consequently, when Joshua went in to possess the land, he could not react as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had done in earlier times.
They had attempted to live peaceably with the people around them, but God told Abraham that He would send his seed down into the land of Egypt for 400 years because the iniquity of the Amorites had not yet come to the full ( Genesis 15:13,16 ).
God allowed this to happen so that He cold justify His later command to Joshua that every man, woman, and child, along with their animals, were to be destroyed ( Deuteronomy 7:1; Joshua 6:21 ).
The wars of conquest were wars of annihilation because the people in Canaan had completely corrupted themselves.
The Israelites were sent by God to destroy thirty-two nations mightier than themselves (Deuteronomy 9:1).
The land was so filled with corruption and wickedness that once again, as in the days of Noah, the nephilim defiled the whole land.
The Israelites were told to loose that land and take it back for God.
Today, God's end-time believers must also face the nephilim who are positioned throughout the earth, who stand in high places of government and science, uncovering the keys of self-destruction for the human race.
Everything is being manipulated by these forces in so many realms that "unless these days be shortened, no flesh would be saved alive. But for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:22).
The prophetic community of believers of this day must have deep revelation by the Spirit that enables them to see who is coming against them and to discern the presence and the tactics of spiritual wickedness in high places.
They must understand the infiltration methods of nephilim who come and work within the Body of Christ.
They must understand how the nephilim operate, how it is possible to check them out spiritually and find no devil power, only to be confronted with it at a crucial moment of an important decision regarding the Body of Christ.
Realistic believers must also understand how the nephilim spirit moves in to defile and corrupt the will of God where the government is concerned.
Pray for the purity of the Body, believing for the defilement within to be corrected, but with a realization that the nephilim spirits ( the closest beings that Satan can have as sons ) will be pitted against you.
The battle is between the sons of God and the offshoot of Satan himself, the nephilim spirits in which he can come and go at will.
Those are the agents who are coming around the remnant of believers now.
People who are possessed of demons do not come around this walk with God as they did in former years.
That again is by satanic wisdom.
In former days, demons were cast out of people frequently, but the Body has now reached a spiritual level in which any mere demon is immediately discerned and cast out.
Therefore, Satan does not bring them because he knows that immediate deliverance from them is forthcoming.
In his subtlety he tries to find the open channels within the Body through whom he can work at will.
It is not unusual to discern satanic spirits affecting two or three people in the midst of a worship service, just enough to stop the flow of worship.
Consequently, the Body must fight for liberty even in a worship service.
It is interesting that God's people seem to be open to whatever the Spirit leads, whether it be an intense, jubilant praise or a quiet, awesome hush before the Lord.
But people who are channels of Satan rise up against the worship.
Of course, some people do not particularly care for the more exuberant rejoicing; but it is amazing how they still open up to it.
Not everyone may prefer loud worship, but all should understand that God is bringing something through it.
The scriptures themselves command God's people to "Shout aloud for joy" and "Praise Him with loud cymbals" (Psalm 150:5).
It is not to scare the devil away, but to break the spirit of lethargy and heaviness that comes upon them as a result of what Satan does.
Satan creates a climate that is suppressive to the people of the Lord, and they must break through that.
What is the purpose of using drums, cymbals, and tambourines in worship?
Such instruments are nothing in themselves.
If their noise could scare away demons, God's army could fire off strings of firecrackers as some peoples do on their holidays.
Believers do not beat drums and clash cymbals to scare away the devil, but to combat the effect of Satan's constant pressure against their spirits.
Coldness comes to men's hearts; the heaviness and indifference of this age comes because they are surrounded by a climate of evil.
"Because iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold" (Matthew 24:12).
God's people live in a climate of Satan's raging, and after awhile it causes a cloud to rest upon them.
Break loose from that coldness!
Command your spirit to obey God and worship Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
Be determined to rise up and not become victims of the spirit of this age.
Be free from the spirit of the age, and the reaction against you will be interesting.
Pharisees may sit back and accuse you of being a spiritualist or being under so much devil power that you are deceived.
In reality, the deception is in those who make such accusations.
They are lukewarm, half dead, not alive to God, not breaking through, yet look who are calling who names!
They are not open, but filled with unbelief.
Like the church in Revelation 3:1, they have a name that they live and are dead, saying that they are Fundamentalists who believe the whole Bible while rendering it inactive and inoperative through their unbelief.
They say there can be no miracles, no deliverance, and no exploits today.
What kind of faith is that?
They believe that Jesus was, but the Lord says,"I Am" ( John 8:58).
Believe that the Lord Jesus is and that He will move now.
Struggle to contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints ( Jude 3).
The walk of believers that God has raised up in this end time is the truest expression of faith that God has brought forth in centuries.
It is a pure movement led by God's Spirit.
Should you rush out to win souls and tell people,"Come on, this is the real thing"?
But it is also the time to eliminate the corruption and the inroads against the Body that come in through nephilim spirits.Right now is the time to build walls and come into the immunity that belongs to the people of God.
Is it being done?
That is exactly what is happening.
Many are praying and interceding with no intention of letting up-they will keep right on crying out to God.
If it takes a year, it does not matter.
Many in the Body of Christ knew that the spirit of this age was already beginning to settle upon them before they joined together in a intensely determined expression of praise, worship, intercession, and prophetic proclamation.
They were in the Body, but the passivity was still getting to them.
The spirit of the age is an insidious, deadly force that reaches right into the church where the restoration is preached, where truths of the Kingdom are taught, where beautiful songs and creative new things are coming.
With all this, many were in jeopardy of going under.
There is no valid reason why God's people should conform to a certain kind of worship just because some people like it.
That which is important is not what you and I like, rather it is what will be effective in helping us to break through to what God wants.
This is the day in which something is being revived that was prophetic in the first Feast of Passover.
Looking back at the first Passover, it is found that the last event in the deliverance of God's people was God's destruction of the enemy.
There was complete release from Pharaoh and all his chariots forever.
They were buried in the Red Sea.
When that happened, all the people of God sang a song known as the song of Moses ( Exodus 15:1-18).
That song is revived once again in the book of revelation ( Revelation 15:3 ).
Once again God's people will sing the song of Moses, for they too will have passed through tribulation.
They too will have passed through the assault and the efforts of Satan to destroy them.
Those efforts will be completely frustrated and Satan will be totally defeated.
The people of the Lord in this day will be dancing on the shores of the Kingdom and singing the song of moses and the song of the Lamb.
Once again there will be the sounds of tambourines and dancing for joy because of God's great victory.
Freedom is coming more and more to God's people every day.
A remnant is pressing in.
They have left the trenches and are not looking again to be entrenched.
They do not look for a foxhole in which to sweat out the coming days.
Instead they take the aggressive role and bring down strongholds.
Their weapons are mighty through God to bring down strongholds and to bring every thought and imagination of men's hearts into subjection to Christ ( II Corinthians 10:4-5 ).
There is authority behind the Word.
Position yourself in the complete, absolute victory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Be determined to have that victory without any doubt.
Determine to relentlessly pursue everything that the enemy throws at you.
He comes against you one way, and he will flee seven ways ( Deuteronomy 28:25 ).
Pursue him seven ways.
Defeat him as he comes against you, and break the nephilim spirit.
Then pursue him.
Pursue the enemy into the realm of politics and government, and bring him down there.
Pursue him into the realm of finances, and bring him down there.
Pursue him into the realm of sciences, and bring him down there.
Pursue him into the realm of the arts, everything from pornography on up, and bring him down there.
Everything of arrogance shall be pursued and destroyed.
Every place in which he has planted his nephilim shall be destroyed.
By this judgment, the Kingdom comes.
Transference is probably the deadliest weapon that Satan has which to assault the Body of Christ.
That is why witchcraft is a very predominant manifestation of Satan in this end time.
Witchcraft has become more prevalent now then it has been throughout the centuries of the Christian Church.
Witchcraft never existed on the large scale that it does now.
It is based on the principles of transference: taking something from one thing and moving it to another.
However, transference cannot work for a devil-possessed person outside the Church who tries to hit a godly person on the inside.
That is the reason why nearly all witchcraft, voodoo, and other satanic cults are made up of professing Christians-usually Roman Catholics.
Witchcraft in Brazil is called macumba.
About seventy-five percent of Brazil's population profess to be Catholic and about seventy-five percent profess to practice macumba.
Demon spirits are effective when they harbor within a religious host, especially among people who love the Lord.
In the Body of believers that God has raised up to walk in this end time, Satan does not succeed in using witchcraft against them through channels that are outside the Body.
Any witchcraft against them is always focused through a point of contact, someone who is inside the boundaries of the Body.
In order to reach God's people in the Body, Satan tries to use a triad, at least one of whom is in the Body.
He often motivates two demon possessed people to use witchcraft against the Body, but they have to use someone within the Body as a point of contact.
In order for transference to be effective, there must be someone bordering on a religious spirit who can be used by Satan as a channel.
Satan can also use a family relationship to establish contact.
Sometimes when people in the Body are being spiritually assaulted a great deal, it can be traced to transference from a relative- father, mother, brother, sister, children- who, by the strength of a blood tie or bond, become a channel for transference.
Sometimes transference is effected through a person who is not technically in the church, but within the scope of the sanctifying forces.
For instance, I Peter 3:1 tells a woman to be submissive so that without a word she can win her unbelieving husband, and therefore, he is included in the sanctification of the Body of Christ.
Children can receive the transference of sanctification through either parent ( I Corinthians 7:14 ).
Often a bond created by marriage is used by Satan to assault the Body with transference, especially when someone outside the Body is married to someone in the Body.
Satan is concentrating now to use transference to strike within the Body of Christ.
To combat him requires an eternal vigilance to find the bonds and the contacts who are his channels to get at God's people.
Satan is out to destroy God's people, but immunities will come when those contacts in the spirit can be broken.
Then they will be able to reach into God, drawing His blessing and anointing, and proceed to be the effective, aggressive army of the Lord that God ordained them to be.
The book of I Corinthians contains valuable teaching on immunity for the Body.
Chapter 5 tells how Paul had received a report of immorality taking place in the church.
It was an immorality in which a man had sexual intercourse with his father's wife.
It does not say that it was the man's mother, so it could have been his stepmother; nevertheless, it was immorality.
Paul wrote, And you have become arrogant, and have not mourned instead, in order that the one who had done this deed might be removed from your midst. I Corinthians 5:2.
There is to be a mourning of repentance by every member of the Body which will vicariously accomplish much in the purifying of the Body.
God's people should really be sorry that Satan has any power to hurt the Body.
How can they deal with the problem?
Some have a tendency to get angry and want to fight.
Why not repent?
Why not mourn?
Why not take an impersonal attitude toward it?
Do not be angry at another member of the Body who is being used as a channel.
Instead, mourn that the Body of Christ is not pure.
Take upon yourself the repentance and the mourning.
This is one of the most effective ways of dealing with satanic transference within the Body.
Rise up in intense determination, but at the same time humble yourself before God so that you can continue to flow with the Body as it comes forth in the last days.
Take upon yourself the repentance for any defilement so that it will not be true today as it was with the Corinthians, that the Body had not mourned.
For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. I Corinthians 5:3.
In this day, foundational ministries, who move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are sometimes accused of practicing astral projection.
That is not true, for the Scriptures clearly show the ability of apostles and prophets to tune into situations by the Spirit of the Lord.
They had capacities to see into spiritual conditions that existed in places which were thousands of miles away ( II Kings 5:20-27; 6:8-12 ).
Paul did that in dealing with the Corinthian Church.
He wrote to them, In the name of our lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and i with your spirit, with the power of our lord Jesus, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit mat be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. I Corinthians 5:4-5.
The contamination in this case was being channeled through the flesh of the man.
Paul sad that the soul and the spirit of that man could be saved; therefore, he was willing to believe God for a deliverance.
Let God deal!
With the same attitude as Paul had, there would be more effectiveness in the Body.
The devil will be put in the pt shortly, but there is an immediate action that can be used effectively to deal with the defiling spirit within the Body.
Believe God to deal with such a spirit.
The Scripture says to "deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh."
In this context it is important to know that because of the nature of Satan, God often uses him as the "hatchet man."
He is a murderer; he was a murderer from the beginning ( John 8:44 ).
Another Scripture speaks of two people who were delivered to Satan by the apostle because of their blasphemy ( I Timothy 1:20 ).
They were delivered over that they might be taught not to blaspheme, for the idea of their ultimate salvation was in Paul's mind in their case too.
In such cases, the flesh must be destroyed so that the spirit can yet be saved in the day of the lord Jesus.
Some may wonder how they can make the devil do what they want in those cases.
He cannot keep from it.
Regardless of what anyone may think, Satan is still the unwilling servant of God.
Another illustration of this principle is found in the Old Testament.
After King Saul had sinned, an evil spirit from the presence of the Lord came to drive him into madness ( I Samuel 16:14 ).
An evil spirit from the presence of the Lord came ad terrorized Saul because he had sinned against the kingship and the anointing the Lord had given him to lead the people of God.
Paul said,"My spirit will be with you to deliver that one to Satan."
The purpose was for the destruction of his flesh so that his spirit could be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The second letter to the Corinthians tells how that same man repented and mourned very deeply, but the church would have nothing to do with him because of Paul's apostolic orders.
In that second letter, Paul said that he was not ignorant of Satan's devices, and that the offender had repented and should be received back lest he be swallowed up by excessive sorrow ( II Corinthians 2:5-11 ).
The Scriptures do not reveal whether that man was crippled or what had happened to him in the judgment of his flesh.
But evidently the ultimate destruction of the flesh, which would have resulted in death, had not been executed, because he was restored by Paul.
Some might think that God intervened because Paul's action of judgment was too cold blooded, but that is not true.
Drastic measures must be taken in order to see the nephilim spirits broken.
They must be confined outside the Body until the areas being used as channels are broken.
This must be done so that God can accomplish His will and bring salvation of the spirit.
Satan can have access through the human mind and human emotions on the soul plane, or he can come into a person on the physical plane as was the case in the Corinthian church.
In either case, that person becomes a channel to speak and to act with great force in whatever the enemy wants him to do within the Body.
By putting that person in a place where there can be a destruction of part of his being, as Paul did, the possibility remains that his spirit can be released.
Most likely in his spirit he will still want to serve God.
Many people are like that.
In fact, have you noticed in your walk that when Satan really gets to you, you cry out,"This is not me. It is not in my spirit. I don't want this, but something is hitting my flesh!"
This happens because of some point of access that Satan has to your flesh.
The Lord's way of dealing with such a problem is to destroy the point of access within the individual that is being used to contaminate the whole Body.
Paul went on to say, Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? I Corinthians 5:6.
Just one individual can render ineffective and nullify the spirituality of the whole Body.
( When I first accepted the Lord Jesus at 17, Greg Laurie and a few others of us used to run a Bible book store by the Newport beach pier.
We would gather in the back garage of the store and worship the Lord in a circle.
Every now and then there would be someone present who was not entering in, until we could get them to enter in the Holy Spirit would not manifest.
Being prophetically gifted I would always just know who was the one not entering in.
Over the many years we men who would go out to the desert places to seek the Lord, found out the same thing.
If we did not prescreen who was allowed to come out there with us the whole weekend could be ruined by one individual with unbelief in their heart.
Believe me it takes a lot of effort on anyone's part to prepare for the desert, drive out there, sacrifice a whole week end, only to have it completely ruined by one individual!)
That is a true principle, whether you want to accept it or not.
During the days of the conquest of Canaan, Achan sinned and brought defeat to all of Israel.
Many people became casualties as a result of Achan's sin.
When the Israelites went against Ai, several died who had not committed any sin, but the sin of Achan resulted in the transference of guilt and responsibility to all of Israel.
Then Joshua cried out to God, "Why are You doing this to us?"
The Lord replied,"Because you touched the accursed thing."
Finally Achan and his entire family were stoned and buried under a pile of rocks which became a monument of the defilement within the camp forever ( Joshua 7:1-26 ).
Such a transgression never happened again in all the conquest of Canaan.
They learned a lesson, and from that time on, throughout the days of conquest, there was a purity in Israel.
That same fear of the Lord must be taught to the Body of Christ before it can effectively break into the Kingdom.
They must fear, above everything else, the defilement that can come against them from within.
I Corinthians 5:7-8
If we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged ( I Corinthians 11:31).
This principle applies to the entire Body of Christ as well as to each individual in it.
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world.
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so called brother, if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler- not even to eat with such a one ( because of the transference that occurs within the Body).
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? ( It was not the time for such judgment; the time is coming in which outsiders will be judged.)
Do you not judge those who are within the church? ( The word church did not occur in the original. The more correct meaning would be, "Do you not judge those who are within?")
But those who are outside, God judges.
Remove the wicked man from among yourselves. I Corinthians 5:9-13.
In other words, rise up in faith, saying,"This one has become a channel of leavening to the whole Body, must be set on the outside where God will deal with him."
Judge such individuals only to the extent that you refuse to be exposed to the contamination within the Body.
Set them on the outside, for the Body of Christ must be pure.
Do not hold to the old idea of church discipline in which people's attitude was that of throwing someone out of the church.
Merely set the channels outside the realm of defilement and close the walls against them until they are shut off.
Put them on the outside where God judges.
Paul did that in setting the offender on the outside so that Satan could work away at the destruction of his body.
Nothing but judgment could happen to him until he repented, which he did, and so he was saved.
In no way does the Body take God's prerogative to judge.
They do not suddenly sit on the throne to determine the right or wrong in a man.
They only determine whether transference is working in the Body and whether they are being assaulted by Satan.
If so, they must find and deal with the source of the oppression that comes to bind them.
Transference has been a problem to us for some time.
In one of the first churches to come into the end time restoration of New Testament order, a great deal of witchcraft came against the Body.
At one time God removed a large segment of people from that church.
Then the church began to grow and prosper.
From that time on it became effective as an instrument of God.
As soon as that defiling element was removed, the stalemate was broken, and that church began to move in God.
One of the key churches that God raised up was hindered in its effectiveness because of a nephilim spirit that was coming against it.
A church that should have been packed to the doors nearly stopped growing because of the hindrance within.
( Pastor Tilson Shumate had a nephilim spirit in his church that operated in one of the woman who would sit in the back of the room.
She hindered his church until the day she left.
Her presence kept the church from ever growing into what it could have been while she was present).
After months of trying to break forth in worship, there finally came a breakthrough to the liberty that should prevail in a New Testament church.
But with the freedom came a few complaints that the church should be careful and quiet down.
Who wants to be careful and tone down the liberty God gives?
Do not be too careful; just be dedicated and consecrated!
Get the complete victory!
See an end to the truth being defiled by just a little leaven!
That has to end!
Be cautioned, however, not to start on a witch hunt.
The devil will be pleased if you start wondering who are the channels.
We can hurt people if we are not careful.
If you look at someone with this attitude:"No, the devil isn't there right now, but he might come back any minute," that can place you in line for judgment.
Do not judge after the flesh!
We pray over people, we never hurt people!
The only way to effectively deal with the defiling leaven is to do what the apostle told the Corinthians to do.
Then the action of the Body remains impersonal and not something by which they enter in to judge one another.
Satan is pleased if you have a wrong spirit in this matter of judgment.
You can almost hear him goading, "Do you want to judge nephilim?
Everyone be a judge.
Look around until you find eight or ten nephilim to get mad at."
Falling for that is judging on a human plane, only to become victims of the principle which says that you will be judged in the way which you judge ( Matthew 7:2).
Paul said, For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. II Corinthians 10:4-6.
Here Paul was saying that not much will happen until the Body comes into full agreement, until they are really dedicated to do the will of God with no misgivings and no reservations.
Purification is the prelude to immunities.
Purge out! That is the key. That was the teaching of the Passover. Sweep it all out! Get rid of it!
Get rid of every defilement in your own spirit.
Then the Lord will work out the perfection in the Body.
Then will come the ability to pull down everything that exalts itself like a fortress against the Body.
Whether it be in the mind, in the spirit, or in the soulish realm- everything that comes against God's people will be pulled down.
When they are purged, then they will pull down the fortress.
Be encouraged to press in with all your heart.
Take the impersonal view, and allow the love of God to fill your heart until you can say, "Lord, Thy will be done.
We love You, Lord.
We want to be the pure Body You want us to be, and if this is the way You say it is to be done, then this is the way we will do it.
We will set the defiling channel out where You can deal with it.
We will do it impersonally and realistically, knowing that there is no other pattern for us,"
There is no other procedure for dealing with defilement.
God will be the One who deals with it, but it is up to the Body to set it out.
On several occasions I have seen a contaminating force dealt with in this way.
As the Body began to pray that God would loose such a person, soon God picked him up and set him outside the Body.
He was unable to reach the Body in any way.
The Body could then bless him and believe God for him, because he was no longer in a place where he could contaminate the people.
There must be no revenge in dealing with such people.
Simply set them out where God can deal with them, and then pray for them and bless them.
That is the only effective way for the love of God to move.
As long as cancer remains in a body, the entire body will suffer and eventually die from it.
Cancer must be removed and dealt with, so that the Body can live.
With such guidelines, believe God and love.
Do not be motivated by hatred or malice.
Only the desire to do the will of God must be in your heart.
Paul's disciplinary action was not accomplished with a spirit of animosity; it was done out of full obedience.
Paul said that God is ready to avenge all disobedience the minute our obedience is complete ( II Corinthians 10:6 ).
When we are completely obedient to God, He will deal with everything else that is disobedient.
That throws a little of the responsibility back on us.
We may be praying, "God why aren't You doing something?
We are taking the initiative, God.
Now You do something."
He is doing something.
God is working all the time.
Much is being done, but that which we want done, the final pulling down of the last fortress, that has to be done when our obedience is fully complete.
We are not obedient until we pursue the evil that comes against the Body.
We are not obedient until we do what God sets before the Body to do.
Purge out the old leaven so that the Body can be free.
Declare your liberation in every area-not just from Satan, but from the impasse, from the fortress that is created by the nephilim spirit that would render the Body ineffective, that would tie ti up and keep it from the flow of miracles and from the work that God wants to do through it.
Posted by Surfer51 at 8:44 PM