The Greater Goal
The Christian, whose goal is to become an effective soul-winner and problem-solver, must be willing to pay a far greater price to see his dreams materialize than those who envision lesser goals. We must understand that we can never exercise dominion over the difficult situations involving the lives of others, unless we first gain insight into our own environmental problems. We must learn to successfully war with and control the evil spirits that we are confronted with in our own lives. We can do this by diligently seeking Yahweh for spiritual wisdom and power. As we gain strength and learn how to defeat the enemies that war against us in our own surroundings, we are gaining the experience we need to release others that are in the same or worse circumstances. These evil forces which we war against are the same spirits that rob many Christians daily of their victory in Christ.
When demonic spirits are successful in devastating the lives of any of our loved ones, they will try to manipulate us through them by draining us of our time, energy, and resources unless we have already begun to exercise power over them. These spirits often take control of the lives of unbelievers by appealing to their lower nature. Then these spirits begin to entangle their lives in all sorts of confusion so that the Christian who is sympathetic and tries to help can easily become slaves to and controlled by the same spirits. For when the evil spirits fail to entangle the lives of Christians directly, they will attempt to control them indirectly by zapping their finances and energy in support of the addiction, appetites, and vices of the unbelievers with whom they are involved.
We do not become spiritually mature by yielding to the appetites of our lower nature, nor can we help others to overcome their problems by condoning their habits and catering to their whims, temperaments, immature demands, and excessive appetites. It seems that the only other way to deal with these situations that are now so common in our society is to avoid involvement with these people if possible. And when we are forced to react to them, do so by dealing with the victim directly, and rebuke them for their lack of self-control. Then try to steer clear of their chaos until they are willing to exercise more control. But this decision is not acceptable to the sincere Christian worker, because it does not offer an acceptable solution to the dilemma. For without Christian help and encouragement, the devil will destroy these confused souls for whom Christ died.
If we truly love Yahweh, our Christian goal will be to seek out and deliver these pathetic individuals whom satan has bound. But these goals cannot materialize for us until we are willing to abandon the inflated idea that we are qualified to successfully deliver anyone without complete dependency on Yahweh.
The requirements for total commitment to Yasha are stated in Mark 12:30: “And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.”
The heart speaks of our affections, devotions, priorities, and love. If we commit our heart to Christ and ask him to change our limited and carnal love to his deep and infinite love, then, and only then, can we love Yahweh with all our hearts.
The word “soul” speaks to us of our outward expressions, our personality and appearance. It is very difficult to fulfill this first commandment because of our desire to be accepted by society around us, but we can if we will commit our ways to Yahweh’s keeping.
Very few of Yahweh’s elect are willing to be used to introduce Yahweh’s Kingdom principles and his love to the world around them. They seem to feel less intimidated when they allow the world to set their rules and customs, while they quietly follow in their steps. They seem to feel that they have no right to deviate from the customs and standards that the world sets before them.
To love Yasha with our entire mind, we must center our thoughts on him, and allow him to impregnate our mind with his thoughts and energize us with the seeds of truth and faith.
We can truly say that we love Yahweh with our strength when we are willing to labor for him and allow him to direct our time and energy toward his Kingdom of Righteousness and its principle.
Those who refuse to follow the command given by Yasha in Mark 12:30 would do well to support the Church with their finances, leaving the problem solving and counseling to those who are willing to seek for the mind of Christ and manifesting his Word. This also includes those who are educated and qualified by the world’s standards, but do not understand the mind of the Spirit because they are either too busy or too confident in their own ability to allow the Holy Spirit to lead them.
“But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace,” James 3: 14-18