Immortality, Fact or Fiction?
We are the only ones that can hinder our process into the fullness of love. Is this statement too hard to believe? We must resist the warring of our mind against the reality of the Word. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
The carnal mind, the faculty that guided us through our former years, was the only natural compass we had to direct us even though the main concern of the carnal mind and all of his activities were and still are geared toward preservation of the flesh and its will. Do not assume that the old adamic nature is going to give you the unction to ignore his whims. If we practice giving into our whims, we will eventually drift from active salvation into a passive religious system that protects the flesh.
After we have glimpsed the higher principle, we can easily become double minded or continue on into carnality. All we have to do is to learn how to operate in two opposite systems with opposite principles at the same time; one system operating for our religious person and the other operating for our humanity. This is the problem with many of our modern church leaders. The Bible becomes a classic piece of literature that furnishes intellectual orators with an ample supply of quotable quotes. This is a great deception, but it produces a very comfortable religious system. It allows us to take care of our human needs and relationships quite nicely, because we never feel called upon to do anything that troubles the waters. With both sides working for us, we can fit comfortably into most social situations, preserve former relationships, and keep our former social status. With this system, we can make room for worldly indulgence in our daily lives and still look good in the congregation. We read of this religious system in Proverb 16:25: “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
It is very rare to meet a Christian who believes that the principles Christ taught can be applied in real life situations. I remember the first experience I had at applying his principles to my actions and reactions. I felt that surely we were supposed to love our enemies and pray for those who choose to despitefully use us—in my thinking that involved nothing more than the emotions. But giving my goods to people who asked and turning the other cheek to those who have smitten me, demanded more than loving and forgiving. Even a new Christian could understand the implications here. I wasn’t sure how “I” could do it, but if it took this to follow Yasha I was willing to try.
These scriptures were on my heart and I shared them with my neighbor. I told her it was my duty to follow Christ no matter what the cost. She was happy to hear of my commitment and decided to borrow regularly from me. Since my obedience to Christ would not permit me to turn her away or demand that she return the borrowed items, my storeroom doors were opened to her. The situation grew worse until it was fast coming to a place where my husband was going to be supporting two large families. Though he was a Christian at that time, he saw no reason to go to this extreme in our obedience. He said I was overreacting to the Scripture. He stepped in and put a stop to the grocery sharing bit. I felt bad, but I never felt condemnation, though I should have. I reasoned that I was willing to give. But I realized later that I was not truthfully willing to give to the extent of her demand. I was faithful to give, but I was giving under law. I did not see that by giving, I was allowing the principle of Christ to rule over his Kingdom. Through giving, because it was coming through faith and genuine love for her, I was defeating the enemy. Had I understood the Kingdom principles, I would have known that the enemy was doing his daily research to see if he could resurrect my flesh, but he would not find anything in me.
As long as we feel we are a losing victim of the flesh, we are a losing victim of the flesh. And when we get a true revelation on Yahweh’s Kingdom principles so that we trust them every time, we will have the power to defeat the enemy and he cannot use or abuse us. I do not know how my faith in his Kingdom principles would have stopped my neighbor from borrowing from me, but I do know that if I had operated in the Kingdom realm she would not have had the power to abuse our friendship and I would not have lost her as a friend.
Soon the Master tested me in turning the other cheek, and I did. Not in the Spirit Christ did it in, but I turned it in obedience to a law of turning the other cheek. I did not resist outwardly, but my actions were an effort of obedience and my thoughts were not in line with his Kingdom principles. My thoughts were only on the day that Christ would defend and reward my obedience to his word. I had something to learn and he was faithful to keep me in the Master’s school until I made passing grades.
It took me about thirteen years of meekly turning the other cheek and getting it battered for me to finish that course and truly experience victory. But I thank Yahweh for the law that kept me struggling until I awakened to reality. Had I refused the law, it would not have had the power to lead me to Christ, the living principle of the law.
I was studying the scriptures one day when a revelation of the Word was suddenly implanted in my mind. The answer came like a bolt out of the blue. I sprang from my chair and went about in my home praising and worshipping Yahweh. He had given me a sword, decked me in his armor, and filled my heart with faith in his promise in a moment’s time. Now I could face my enemy, turn the other cheek, and win the battle every time.
For the first time, I saw the effectiveness of the sword of the Spirit and understood that my shield of faith would quench “all” the fiery darts of the enemy; not one of his darts could slip by and strike me. My problem was over. I had a shield that would protect me. That was in 1974 and I can now confirm it was the end of my physical abuse.
The Lord spoke to my heart and told me that I owed no man anything except to love with a pure heart. My faith in the power of Love (Word) was my protection. Faith in the power of Love would be a hedge around me. I was not to defend myself with my own fleshly efforts: the Lord was my shield and exceeding great reward. I have not suffered physical abuse since I understood the principle. This principle will work every time without fail, but this power cannot flow from an angry and frustrated mind. The second we feel anger, resentment, or threatened, we have been hit with the enemy’s arrow and wounded. I am not talking about door mat experiences; I am talking about rising up in the power and the attributes of Love and letting our light shine in the darkest places. If you do not believe that his Kingdom principles work, you simply do not believe in the message Yasha taught. You are not a follower of him, nor are you being led by his Spirit. His Spirit led him to the cross.
Study Abraham’s life. Notice he lived in the midst of some very corrupt people. He was very rich, yet he was not robbed, slapped, or knocked around. Abraham was protected by his faith: “After these things the word of Yahweh came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward,” Genesis 15:1.
We, the believers, can, by faith, stand as one with Abraham, we are sharers with him.
Christ faced the wicked multitudes daily; he was neither fearful, perplexed, nor harmed until it was time to fulfill that which he had been chosen to suffer. I may be bruised again, but if I am, I will know that it is not Yahweh’s punishment upon me nor is it from the satanic forces. Only Yahweh’s hand can touch me now. Anything he allows me to experience will reap a glorious harvest and is in accord with his perfect will.
Someone might challenge me here and say that Paul, who was our teacher of the Kingdom message, suffered throughout his ministry. I will reply that he did, but I also say that Yahweh had a purpose in Paul’s suffering, “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake,” Acts 9:15-16.
Do we have scriptures indicating that Paul did, of a truth, understand why he had been called to physically suffer for Christ? We do! Please read his testimony carefully, “…whereof I Paul am made a minister; who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of Yahweh which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of Yahweh; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Yasha; whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily,” Colossians 1:23-29.
I do not claim to have put on immortality, but if I stand on the Word by faith with my heart filled with Love (His presence) for my fellowman, whether friend or foe, and let go of the spirit of self-defense, and if I truly believe that my steps are ordered by the Lord, as was Paul’s, then and only then is my shield of faith in position to stop the darts.
Love is a superpower. Love builds a hedge that cannot be penetrated; it will “never fail.” It has never lost a battle, and it never will. It just cannot be defeated. Love is power; it is the Master, the King. Love is God (deity). Yahweh is Love. If I understand this by the Spirit of truth and yield to the Spirit of Love (Yahweh) in all my confrontations with all people, I cannot be defeated, used, or abused. But that love must be the kind that is as strong after a cross situation as it was before.
We may feel that we love, and we do love with human love, but there is a love that reaches far beyond self. If we can hang on a cross as Yasha did, with our hands and feet torn and bleeding, bearing a crown that is made from thorns, if we can endure while the flesh on our back is torn to the bone by the cat-of-nine-tails while the heat of the day bears down upon us, and when human spittle mixed with sweat pours into our eyes and into our mouth, yet love our persecutors with a compassionate love that is strong enough to continue to plead for them until our dying breath is breathed, we have tasted of the Love that had the power to roll the stones away from his tomb.
If we experience the love that removed the grave cloths from the body of our Lord and awakened him from death’s sleep, we are, at last, experiencing Yahweh in our Spirit, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you,” Romans 8:11. Please notice, we are dealing with a change in the mortal body here. In the above scripture, the change takes place while there is still a mortal body to deal with (not the dust remains of a body) and while His Spirit is yet dwelling (abiding) in that mortal body.
The whole concept of immortality and reigning in Christ overwhelms the human mind. It is too much for the human intellect; we must receive faith for it by revelation or through the revealed word. “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” 1 Corinthians 2:14. We must add to our faith and allow it to expand until we are transformed by the renewing of our mind.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh,” Romans 12:2.
Miracles are ever present, but we take too many of them for granted: for instance, did you know a person’s heart pumps faithfully three billion, nine hundred and ninety seven million, two hundred and ninety six thousand times before he is a hundred, and many people live to be over a hundred? Our only way of computing this overwhelming thought is to think on these things. We are wonderfully and marvelously made. Miracles are not something that happens on rare occasions, miracles are happening in our body every moment of the day. We are not strangers to miracles.
Think about this. Adam’s heart beat more than thirty-eight billion, three hundred and seventy-four million, forty-one thousand, and six hundred times non-stop. Man’s heart is one fantastic machine. The very fact that we are here is a miracle. Entering into a body is our very first miracle and our greatest. All must confess that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; we are supernaturally created. Everything about the human body, in fact, everything about the whole plan of the ages, is too glorious for the natural mind to grasp. It is far above human imagination. But why is it so hard for us to allow ourselves to believe that which we see with our eyes on everyday bases?
Religion teaches a religious system that is easy for the human mind to conceive. The anointed truth must come to us through revelation. And when it does, it raises us above the human experience and brings us into the realm of immortality. Immortality, the benefit that Adam spurned, is as sure to come as our first birth was. It was preordained to be before the beginning of the ages. It must, and it will, come, but it will come to each of us as we experience a higher revelation of love. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Ephesians 4:22-24.
It is impossible for the natural mind to understand the born-from-above experience. To the natural mind, conversion is only an extension of our first life with forgivingness added. The carnal man says, very piously, “There are just two kinds of people, a sinner lost and a sinner saved,” and he means that literally. “Man,” says he, “will always be a sinning creature.” And we are if we do not have faith to believe differently. If we cannot see ourselves elevated above the rebellious evil creature that they envision, we will remain chained to that image of a sinning sinner. We must see ourselves capable of putting on the fullness of the characteristics of Christ. We must have faith.
Some folks out there are teaching that “pre-ordained” speaks of puppet creatures; they deny that we are free to make choices. In this case, what should we do with the forth chapter of Hebrews? “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith” (NIV). In our words, that would be, “They did not believe what they heard; therefore, they did not receive.” It is a simple fact—I profit from the information that I accept. No matter how valid the information is that is given to me, I will profit only from that which I believe. I am a new creature if I believe it. The word of Yahweh is creative. It says, as a believer I am a new creature in him. I believe that!
Yasha taught us to knock, seek, and ask. Paul said to “put on the new man.” Hundreds of other scriptures are compatible with this line of thought. If the puppet theory is to be believed, all these scriptures mean absolutely nothing. We all know that an individual’s attitude is created by his spiritual education. On the day we graduate from the spiritual school of all knowledge and wisdom, we will have succeeded in putting on the new man—we will be possessed by Yahweh’s love.
The old man is dead. He exists only in death, which is the understanding of the carnal mind. He does not exist in the life realm or in us if we are participators in the life realm. There is no part of me that is a sinner, a transgressor, nor am I rebellious against my Father’s will. No brags, just facts. Yahweh does not see me in that image. Why should I?
I refuse to identify with my former self. She was not the person that I am now. I am not that person anymore. I am a new creation in Christ: the former me is dead, passed away, died. Behold all of me has become new. I am swallowed up in truth, I have been covered with a new covering, and I have put on the life of Christ. We cannot claim the new nature as long as we identify with the old one. But remember, I am laying claim to my new nature by FAITH, and faith is the substance of that which I hope for but have not as yet received the material evidence.
The only way the religious system will allow us to lay claim to our new man is if we will acknowledge both the old and the new as present tense in the same temple with the old nature or old man as the predominant one. No way are they going to allow old adam to loose his throne rights. Oh they will casually confess that Yahweh is sovereign, but to pin it down that Yahweh is in control, they do not believe it.
As long as we claim the old nature, we cannot be made new in Christ. Yahweh has made the Light available. The Light is the Life; the light you see is the Life you have and the Life you are, for the light and life are one. If you cannot see this light, it does not mean it does not exist, it only means that you have not, as yet, attained it. We will though when we can comprehend that Love is the light and the light is the life.
We are hearing a lot about faith these days, and I am a firm believer in faith. But divine revelation must come before faith, because faith comes by hearing. We hear first and believe later. We have to hear Yahweh’s voice before we can receive his word.
I do not have too much faith in the “name it, claim it” theory, because it is pretty easy to claim some things we are better off without. My theory is, if I can “see it” I can “be it.” It is not material things that attract me. The Savior said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of Yahweh, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33. If we can excel unto Yahweh’s righteousness, the storehouse of heaven is open unto us.
Ephesians 3:14-19: “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Yasha Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of Yahweh.”
The way we will be able to recognize a person who has truly, in reality, received immortality, he will have mortified the deeds of his flesh. This too, must be done through faith. We must seek Yahweh’s righteousness through faith.