Wrath of God and Wrath of Man

I find myself wanting to defend the Creator when I hear Christians say that He uses the wrath of man, the work of the fleshly nature, to win His battles. Wrath, in the Old Testament means heat; figuratively, anger, poison (from its fever). To believe our God Yahweh used wrath as punishment or a method of spiritual warfare is to believe the verses below to be false.

Psalms 37:8, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Here we see wrath in direct connection to evil. If Yahweh himself is not capable of avoiding the works of the flesh, how could He expect us to be able to? From whom can we draw the strength to resist the urge to react in wrath/anger?

In Exodus 23:20, Yahweh said to Moses, “Behold, I send an Angel before you, to keep you in the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.”

In Psalms 78:38-40, David, speaking about this angel, says, “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and comes not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!” In this passage, we see compassion and understanding prevented wrath/anger.

Many of us today have learned the following verses to be so by experience:
“A soft [forgiving, respectful] answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” Prov. 15:1. This principle is the substance of the Holy Spirit.
“A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if you deliver him, yet you must do it again” Prov. 19:19. Wrath/rage is out of control negative emotions which one easily become in bondage to. Like spirits, evil spirits, are quick to adhere to those who are in such bondage.

“Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” Prov. 27:4

The negative, beastly wrath of man:

Wrath, in the New Testament is a force which is used for both negative and positive: #2372, passion [desire, urge] (as if breathing hard).

In Luke 4:28-29, we see the carnal man producing negative energy (wrath).
“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.”

In Acts 19:28, when those who worshiped other gods heard the message saying there was only one true God, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians.”

In Galatians 5:19-20, we read that the works of the flesh are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. If we take the freedom to make any one of them the works of the Holy Spirit we are in err.

More than 2,000 years ago Paul understood the difference between the nature and force of the Holy Spirit and nature and force of the carnal man, instructing them, saying, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor” Eph. 4:31-5:2.

Col. 3:8, But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. [Read also Romans 6:12-19.]

The positive, helpful, encouraging, wrath of God:

Revelation 14:9-12 is where most people get their concept that our heavenly Father has enough beastly wrath in Him that He can and will torture His creation for their failure to please Him throughout eternity.

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus [their Savior].

Beverley Holzkamper clarifies the wrath of man and the wrath of Yahweh in her Revelation 14: message on this site, saying, “The spirit of antichrist was any spirit that was against Christ. Anti means expressing or holding an opposing view in political or moral principles; therefore, “antichrist” is expressing or holding an opposing view of Christ’s principles of righteousness. The people that had the mark of the beast in their foreheads or in their right hands had an unrighteous spirit, and they walked in the power and influence of the beastly nature (1 John 2:18-22). [The wrath of man and the wrath of God (Yahweh) are like two magnets that repel from each other; never shall the two work together.]

While man’s wrath is manifest by the feeling of anger or vengeance with the desire to punish or retaliate, Yahweh’s wrath is always accompanied with love and with a goal to bring the disobedient into himself. Yahweh is Love, and his love emanates from him and is directed towards his creation at all times. Love cannot act or react contrary to that which he is—Love. Anything less than the principle of love is a deception coming forth from the carnal understanding of the natural mind.

Yahweh revealed his disapproval of sin through the Holy Spirit of Truth. While “drink” denoted the believer’s participation with the Holy Spirit, the “wine” signified the Holy Spirit’s influence as truth was revealed, exposing the deception of the carnal mind. Yahweh’s “wrath” was him making it known unto mankind that he disapproved of their sinful actions. Notice those who experienced Yahweh’s wrath were tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy messengers and the Lamb that dwelled in heaven; therefore, those in heaven were viewing those who were being tormented.
According to most teachings, this torment is never ending. If this were literal, those viewing the tormented would also be tormented because Love does not delight in evil (1 Cor. 13:6). Only the sadistic have pleasure in seeing another human burning and withering in pain. It is a part of our nature to want to save anyone from a burning fire. If this scene is to be taken literal, Yahweh would be worse than Hitler—at least he didn’t keep his enemies suffering throughout eternity.” You can continue reading Beverley Holzkamper’s writings on this subject under “The Book of Revelation.”

Christians should have faith in the principles of righteousness, in their heavenly Father, in the power of all powers, and should question their understanding if they are seeing the Father with a human, carnal, nature. If we seek understanding of the written word (Bible translations), we will find it, but we must seek. He that keeps Yahweh’s commandments dwells in him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us. (1 John 3:24)

Love and Happiness

If you’re seeking love, and to be happy too,
See if there’s something for others you can do.

You must give love away, don’t heap it on yourself;
Love cannot be kept in a bottle on a shelf.

When love is concealed it will not multiply,
And when it is held too tightly, it is sure to die,

But if you’ll give love to some lonely soul each day,
You will never miss the love you gave away.

Combine it with a smile, and spread it all about,
For when it’s done this way, love never will run out.

Evil Times Will Come

 

Trials and tribulations are the lot of common life.
The world is full of trouble, conflict and strife.
For the sinner and the Christian evil times will come.
It is not how hard the battle,
But it’s how the victory’s won.

The Glory of Our Infirmities

The Glory of Our Infirmities

Just before I got out of bed this morning an inspirational thought was bolted into my mind, though it is something we have always known, it was presented to me this morning in a particular viewpoint. We know that all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord. We do not always understand how this principle works. Some have gone so far as to say that no matter how evil our deeds become, we are not responsible because it is the Lord’s will working through us. Of course we know this is not true.

If we focus on creation as being one whole, we will see why suffering becomes a vital part of the operation of development of the whole. If we think of our situations apart from the whole, we will not be able to glory in our infirmities and therefore learn from them. The things we must experience in Christ are given to us for the furtherance of the Gospel. Paul expresses this thought in Philemon 1:12-14:

“I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

Paul looked beyond himself and his comfort zone. His main objective was the furtherance of the Gospel. Paul knew his calling. He had given himself to Christ.

I learned a great lesson about being a part of a greater whole when I read the story of our pioneer ancestors. They felt they were struggling for the survival of their offspring and themselves. I doubt very many understood their suffering. We now look back and clearly understand why their lack and loss was necessary for progress, not just their progress, but progress of the whole civilization including the Indians.

Now listen to Paul again in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

I must admit I have been feeling embarrassed in my illness. I know that illness in itself brings no glory to the Father, but if there was no faith healing the world would see no answers for their many woes.

Paul stood out front, all eyes were on him. The more persecution, abuse, and rejection Paul suffered the more attention he drew from the curious by-standers. So when a miracle occurred in Paul’s life, it stirred the minds of the multitudes.

Think on this for a second. If Christ had come as a quite man that made no waves, walking along the countryside and healing and delivering the people he met, but never made a noise about sin or the coming kingdom, he could not have been effective in awakening the multitude. But he was not quiet, even those that rejected him were aware that he had been there. We need to let our light shine, and we do by making waves.

It is obvious those who dwell in darkness imagine they are walking in light. When I was a child we did our home work by an oil lamp. When I stepped into a room that was lit up by electricity, I knew we had been living in darkness, but I did not know that until I experienced electricity.

People that have not been exposed to the light have no choice but to live in darkness. People that have always believed in eternal torment of the wicked have no way to choose the truth until they are exposed to it. I believed the torment theory for years; I never questioned it because I thought it was based on undisputable Bible truth. I had no idea that I had an option. I was convinced that rejecting eternal torture was rejecting the Bible and Yahweh. There are millions of folks out there that feel as I did; for their sake we must make waves. I honestly believe that we are entering an age that will not accept a torturing God. If we do not introduce a loving God along with our emphasis on loving our enemies, the Bible will be rejected. We who have the Spirit of Truth can ask and receive deeper truth, but the people that do not know that there is a Spirit of Truth to receive cannot drink from that fountain.

I learned as a child that Yahweh was a healer; this fact alone led me to a deeper truth. When I experienced him, I felt him as love; I did not know him as a torturing god. I never dealt with that—I couldn’t. It seemed blasphemous to accuse my God of torturing the blind. When I was spiritually blind, I accepted the blind man’s theory, but after I met the Savior I knew better. I found some comfort in the revelation that the fire, which the Bible speaks of, is not natural fire. But still, it did not make sense that an all wise, all loving, all powerful God would fail so miserably to fulfill his master plan.

We were taught a gospel that said in effect that God did not have an enemy that could overpower him, so he created one in a sinless heaven. How can a thinking saint believe that any force in heaven or on earth could separate the beloved from the lover? There can be no person on earth that can draw hate out of love. To me that would be like saying one could dip a spoon of gall out of the sugar bowl. You can only draw out the substance that is there in the first place.

Yahweh loved me before I sinned, even though he knew I would sin and even knew when and how I would sin. My sin was no shock to him; he loved me even though he had that information. Why would he then turn and torture me?
I praise and worship Yahweh for his correcting rod, I can say, with King David, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I live in a comfort zone, because I rest in the knowledge that Yahweh will watch over my steps and correct them when he sees me start to stumble. But there is a vast difference in correcting steps and eternal torture. One is the administration of love and caring, the other is the deepest act of revenge. No one can reconcile love with eternal torture, or truthfully present it under any other guise. It is the only weapon that the primitive mind could gender to hold his fellow man captive. But love did not birth it, nor did scripture proclaim it. It is found in the translation of the scripture only. Love will not bear witness of itself.

The Glorified Body of Christ

The Glorified Body of Christ

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many,” 1 Corinthians 12:12-14.

I was raised with the concept that God, a man-like creature, dwelled on a luxurious planet far above the earth. He was an awesome person in all of his facets of expression; he was so righteous that he could not tolerate the slightest appearance of evil. His son, being much more tolerable of his imperfect creation, or works, had placed himself between these sinful and worthless creatures and their disillusioned Creator.

When the Holy Spirit dealt with me in reality and opened my eyes to see the Holy One that inhabits the fullness of His universe and beyond, I had mixed emotions. On the one hand I was elated above description, while on the other, I suffered from the rejection of the greater part of my body. By the time I had accepted the rejection as part of the status quo, Yahweh opened my understanding and caused me to know that we were the temple of the Lord, and that the Most High dwells not in temples made with hands. The rejection of the indwelling of his Holy Spirit would classify me with the stiff-necked unbelievers that murdered Steven in Acts 7:48-60; I welcomed Him wholeheartedly.

I thought I had understood and accepted this truth in the fullness of its glory, but subconsciously I had only halfway accepted it. Yet the half that I received was strong enough to shake my earth and suddenly change the status quo. Since I no longer had to fear losing fellowship with my brethren; I had the liberty to give myself fully to the revelation. But the knowledge that all the established ecclesiastical systems, that I knew at that time, found fault with my concept had a devastating effect that I was not prepared to deal with. Thus I allowed it to hinder my ability to yield to the flow of truth that I could have otherwise thrived upon.

The most destructive weapon that I had to deal with in those days was the rejection of those who confessed to be walking in deeper truth. I understood why some Christians that were dwelling on a more materialistic plane would be blinded to that scope of truth, but I expected the enlightened ones to perceive a deeper spiritual understanding.

Since I no longer had a luxurious planet for my God to enjoy, in my half-truth revelation, I accepted the reality of the indwelling Christ. But in time of prayer and meditation, I subconsciously sought the favor of that deity that lived on the luxurious planet—the one who could not tolerate His imperfect creatures (one of them being me).

My subconscious problem was connected with the concept that “a Nobody” like me, could claim to be connected to and reflect the substance of the All Supreme, but invisible, Creator, a concept that was often considered blasphemous. Therefore, to some extent, through ignorance and fear, I unintentionally held myself aloft from Him. I believed he existed and that he dwelled in me, this I knew. I even accepted outwardly the reality that the indwelling Christ was my mediator. But I could not give the indwelling Christ the preeminence, nor could I recognize him as having power and authority. I suppose I must confess that I held him on about the same level that the safari guides in Africa share with their customers. His comforting position, in my mind’s eye, was that of a coddling grandmother. His teaching attribute was portrayed by a compassionate and wise schoolteacher, which I never had. A Christ that existed some place other than in me was the true objective of my adoration and my quest for acceptance. This Christ was the one I sought for wisdom and compassion. When things went contrary to my understanding of how they should go, little nagging doubts that questioned his affection for me tried to surface. Though they never appeared in their true light, they appeared as doubts about my merits. Somehow I never was able to connect the Christ within with the Christ without. My face was always turned toward the Christ that made his habitation somewhere in outer space.

I do not mean to imply that I rejected the presence of the indwelling Spirit, but fear prevented me from embracing the reality that my Redeemer dwells within me. Not just within, he also dwells without, but truly dwells within me, so that he is now never apart from me. Since I accepted him, he has identified himself with me and has given me his name. He has become the vital part of my existence—my Life-force. We, my Savior and I, have become a unit. Our house is not divided. He loves me; I am so much a part of him now that to reject me or to hate me would be to reject and hate himself. He loves me affectionately 86,400 seconds a day. He is never anything other than the Savior of my house; He is my life: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yahweh (God), which is in Christ Yasha (Jesus) our Lord,” Romans 8:38-39.

I almost never became aware of my confusion, and every attempt the truth made to penetrate my mind and isolate the problem, was met with a staunch rejection. Who was I to actually claim to be in Christ? I understood that though my blood cells are identified by a different name than the name I wear, they are me but not all of me, but are nevertheless, thet are a vital part of me. Somehow I had accepted I was in Christ, this I knew, and Christ was in the Church, or maybe I better say, the Church was Christ. But to actually pinpoint the concept that the power and righteousness I sought, the highest Revelation of Yahweh, the power that was able to change this mortal into immortality, already dwells in flesh, my flesh, was much too awesome to grasp. This proclamation almost sounded blasphemous to me; it was too hard for the carnal mind to accept. Actually it is a revelation that is almost too hard for people who try not to be carnally minded to believe. But the Father has finally got this across to me. Now, what do I lack? What greater revelation am I required to line up with?

It is a simple truth we have preached for years, but obviously have not understood. It is a truth we have openly taught as Paul did almost two thousand years ago; that is, we are the body of Christ. But have we, in the deepest part of our heart-of-hearts, comprehended that the body is one? Do we accept equality of the body parts? I very staunchly opposed this thought for years. Maybe it was okay to share your glory, but I dead sure was not going to identify with your lack. If you wanted to stick your head in the television, munch your treats and sip your pop while your body grew fatter and your Bible collected dust, that was your choice, but I was determined not to be held back by your indifference. And if you were indifferent, I was not about to say that you and I were one body. I did not have eyes to see that if I was not one with you, I was not one with Christ. Our perfection has never depended on me and my abilities, but it rather depends on the one who made Himself one with us and is perfect. My Head is perfect and he takes responsibility for the body; he inhabits it and he covers it. I am still just as determined not to be held back by the indifference of spiritually lazy body parts, but I now see this situation in a much greater scope.

I am reminded of a man that came to the shores of Galilee almost two millenniums ago. He came as an Israelite to the Israelites. He did not come to the Gentiles. He took on the seed of Abraham. He was fully man in his humanity. When he joined himself to Israel, he became one with them. According to his own declaration, the clan he was a part of was living according to the lowest ebb of their base nature. He was a part of that body; he was one of them. He saw their blindness; he understood their lack and he wept because of it. But he did not stumble because their hearts were hard and their eyes were blind. We all know the situation that he ministered in was a hundred times more difficult than our present time situation.

If we are in America, the people we have joined ourselves to are living on a much higher plane than the generation he joined himself to. Yet he saw only the high calling that was placed upon his life. He bowed to the cross, and instead of drowning with them in their despair and self-pity, he accomplished the task he was sent to do and exalted the believers of his day to the pinnacle he himself attained.

Some of us are prone to feel a bit neglected if someone says Christ came to the Israelites, but if we understand through his resurrection he tore down the wall of partition between the Jews and Gentiles, and we, the Gentiles, became partakers of His resurrected life, we will leap for joy.

The door is open. The land we conquer is conquered for the whole body. My body (my peers, the believers) can apprehend all that I can grasp. They do not hold me back, but I can lift them up. As individual members reach out in reality and truth, because the body is one and are members of that body, their victory is a victory for the whole. This is not to say some can come in without effort. They cannot, and will not, because we are dealing with accepting of higher realms of truth. However, the fruit is now being spread on their table; the wine is now in their glasses, because there are those of you who have tread the winepress and winnowed the grain. So if you have the spiritual ability to grasp more light, please grasp it quickly and invite me to your banquet, for Wisdom is building this house.

Maybe I can use the illustration of the enthusiastic batter at the ball game that was benched throughout the whole game but went home shouting, “We won the game tonight!”

If some lag behind, do not look on their lack. Give them a bushel or a morsel at the first opportunity. They are just as sure a part of you as you are a part of the body of Christ. And as the men who crucified the flesh-body of Christ could not dissect it as it was being offered up, neither shall his heavenly body be dissected before it is offered up as a living Firstfruit sacrifice that sanctifies the remainder of the harvest.

You are my mirror; therefore, when I take a quick peek, I behold my own image. But who is there? The body of Christ. From now on I will not be trying to see adam’s face shinning through my mirror. I am also looking with kinder eyes these days. I must say some of you are doing me proud; you’ve got me looking pretty tall. The body is now approaching the altar. In fact, it so close the smell of burned flesh is stinging my eyes.

Even though Christ, the head, came forth first, as is witnessed in every proper birth, He is destined to always remain the head. Sorry, if you are reaching for that position, you’re out of luck; we are yet one with him. I like being able to identify with Christ as the governing part of my being.

It is awesome when we actually understand that the body of Christ is one. Where can we find Christ now? In His body, of course! But some will say, “I am not a part of the body, the body is feminine. I am in the sonship company! I am now a manifested son.” We will never see the body of Christ as feminine if we are seeing the body joined to and one with Christ—the heavenly Anointing. And if we have eyes to see Christ and his church as one, it should become obvious to us that the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh will be the visible appearing of love, joy, peace, goodness, faith, meekness, etc. that gently flows from the inner most being of yielded members of that one body that has the power to fill the earth with the Shekinah of Yahweh. It is written: “… for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea,” Isaiah 11:9.

The Exalted Word

The Exalted Word—How Important Is It?

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Elohiym and the Word was Elohiym, The same was in the beginning with Elohiym, All things were made by him. And without him was not anything made that was made, In him was the life, and the life was the light (enlightening) of man,” John 1:1-5.

Here the Word is exalted to the position of Creator. How is it that many are proclaiming that the Word is not important? Truth (Word) is the substance of the Father (Spirit). The Word is the only visible expression of the substance of the Father. We must not ignore this fact and try to separate the Word from Spirit.

I have often heard it said that the Spirit is more important than the Word. The Son is declared to be the Word; He is also the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In the Scripture, Life and Light are interchangeable: therefore, the Word is Light. The Spirit cannot be separated from the Word, nor can the Word be separated from Spirit. Word expresses substance and Spirit gives life to Word.

The Word was first expressed on stone, but the people could not receive it because the dead stone was unable to reflect the Life of the Word. In other words, the stone could not express Love, which is the Spirit of the Word.
Reading the Bible is inefficient if we are resisting Spirit-Love. Love—that deep emotion that rises up within the heart while the Anointing is present—is Yahweh. Yahweh is Love.

Paul says our sufficiency is in Christ. But it is not sufficient in me if I hold Christ apart from my being, that is, if I refuse to allow Spirit to express love through my spirit. We cannot deny the need for the Word by saying that we can love without accepting the Word. Man cannot live by bread alone, he must embrace “every” word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh. We are not speaking of stone-inscribed law when we speak of Word. Word is the connector to Spirit-Truth, which is Life. Without the Word, man formulates warped concepts out of the carnal reasoning of his own mind. These imaginations are the instruments that separate and divide the family of Yahweh.

We must believe something is lovable before we can love it. We must have a reason to love the Father. He must appear lovely to us. The carnal concept of man does not create a lovely God because man’s nature is corrupt— he creates the only image he can see, which is an image likened unto himself (Rom. 1:23).

We have the ability to love, but love must be stimulated by an attraction. Fear cannot stimulate an attraction. Every misconception we have in our mind about the Father’s character leaves a space for the enemy to operate. This is why the truth can make us free. Truth gives us an attraction for Yahweh, it stimulates love. It stimulates love for the Father.
Strange as it appears, if we love the Father, the manifestation of it will show itself by our love toward his creatures. That is the only way it will ever be manifest. This Spirit-love flows continually and cannot be damned.

For every Spirit-breathed truth in the universe, there is a counterfeit. If Spirit-revealed Word is not flowing out of your innermost being, something is, and that something is the counterfeit expression of Truth. Now, tell me, is the Word important?

Inspired truth will not create a desire in us to push, shove, or cram dead letter down someone’s throat. Anytime we feel the need to force and push, we are in the wrong spirit and our message is unproductive. The person that swallows our words that are not anointed is in no condition to give life to our message. Inspiration from the Father is peaceful, patient, and easily to be entreated. If we cannot discuss scriptures without getting our feathers ruffled, it is because the word we have is not Spirit-born. We need to seek for inspiration in the Spirit-revealed Word.

Many people are confessing faith in Christ that knows nothing of the Spirit of Truth. Receiving the Spirit of revelation is as essential to the Spirit-born child of Yahweh as breathing. We must receive the Spirit of revelation so that we can understand, that is, get acquainted with Truth. We need the Spirit of revelation before we can teach others.

If we are not preaching, but sitting in a church pew waiting to be fed, we need the Spirit of revelation just as much as the one who is teaching. We must have the truth revealed, or made alive, in our spirit before we will be enabled to hear the inspired Word.

Every word we accept must be judged and made alive to us by the Holy Spirit within us. Seed-thought from the Father will be birthed out of our spirit if it is ever planted in our mind. We give the word we receive our very own spirit, therefore, we need our spirit to become metamorphosed, or changed, into the heavenly nature. We do not have to ask for the change, we need only to seek the Word of Truth and it will create the change automatically.

If we do not have the Spirit of Truth to rightly judge the messages we hear, we must depend on our carnal understanding. The carnal mind cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. If we have the wrong concept of what the Father is, we cannot receive the Spirit of Love. If we see a warped image of the Father, our mind warps to fit the concept. The nature of the Spirit is foreign to our nature. Without the Holy Spirit, the truth will not be attractive to us; it will sound foolish.

Strange as it is, we respond to the image we create in our mind and our character gradually changes to fit our concept. Paul confirms this in Romans 12:1 and 2. If we are able to behold the glory of the new creation (new man), we will change (be metamorphosed) into the image we are beholding.

When the people received the law in stone, their hearts of stone were not dramatically affected— they saw only the dead letter and their character remained unchanged. But when they received the Anointed Word (Spirit of the Word), it began to change their character.

I sometimes talk with people that speak of operating in love, and with the next breath they speak of the strength of their wrath and brag about their ability to man-handle others. They have a warped concept of the truth. Our words are the outflow of our spirit-substance, or state of being.

Under pressure, our words usually express the person that we are. Even when we speak differently than our real self, sooner or later we slip and make a double exposure showing our true person. In that case, we will have clearly shown who we are and that the Spirit of Truth has already revealed the folly of our wrong doings and convicted us of our sin. Yet, rather than forsake the self-life, the flesh will cower and hide the shame that it hoped it had camouflaged sufficiently.

The false church has effectively brought a message of, “sin now, pay later.” But the truth is, if we sin now, we pay now, and continue to pay later. If the world’s principle, with its pomp and vainglory, looks good to us, it is because we are yet carnal minded. To be carnal minded is death. We need to seek the Father until the glory of the world’s glitter fades away.

Love, I mean unreserved love, is not mindful of self. It crucifies self so love can flow out to others. This is the only action that exalts the Father.

Self is clever and ambitious. He will have us working our fingers to the bone to exalt him and deceive us into believing our work is benevolence personified. The Scripture teaches us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. The reason for this is that we must crucify the old nature.

Now as we begin to place ourselves on the altar (so to speak), we are sacrificing our old self. We experience this as we interact with the people around us. We will be called upon to love the unlovely, to apologize when we should be apologized to, and give to those that should be giving to us, etc. If you are in this kind of situation, and I am pretty sure you are, what is the voice of your sacrifice? Does the Lord hear praises and commitment coming from the heart of the New Man, the sin bearer that covers the sin of the victim? Or does he hear complaints and murmuring from the old man that has already been declared dead. What I am asking is, What kind of smell is descending up with your sacrifice? If it isn’t sweet and easy to be entreated, it cannot be accepted. Your scorching is of no avail to you or to the Father; you are not crucifying your old nature. You are just creating opportunities for it to vent its stubbornness and rebellion.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed (metamorphose) by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh,” Romans 12:1-2.

Reprogramming

Reprogramming

The subconscious mind is like a computer in which all the information vital to our wellbeing is stored. The information and impressions that are received through the five senses are passed through the conscious mind and judged before they are stored in the subconscious. This data is then used when needed. It is by this information, whether it is true or false, that our judgment and actions are controlled during a crisis.

Our spontaneous reactions and snap decisions are made under the influence of the impressions that the computer of the mind has stored. If we have previously stored data that tells us an individual is our enemy, we will react in a crisis as if he is. Television programs, news media, books, family, friends, and associates influence the information and the impressions we receive about ourselves and the world around us.

If we are loved and respected by our family and associates, especially at an early age, we usually receive favorable impressions of ourselves. But if we live with people who constantly belittle and criticize us, we are prone to have a very low self-esteem.

The child who is told repeatedly that he is sick, weak, ugly, stupid, mean, or lazy will react as if he is. What we are taught concerning ourselves often becomes the mold that shapes our character. We should be mindful of our comments to others.
Here is a little saying that I heard often during childhood years: “Sticks and stones may bruise my bones but words will never harm me.” This is a false statement. We wish cruel words could not hurt us, but they do. Words can separate friends and provoke violence. Cruel statements about us can linger in the mind and hurt long after they are seemingly forgotten by the conscious mind.

“As you believe, so shall it be.” These are the words of our Lord. But it is very difficult to appropriate a good self-image if all we have ever heard or felt from those who had authority over us was negative.

When we are born into the world, we are usually conditioned to accept the image of the first creation and identify with Adam. If we are to become free from that image, we must reprogram our computer. This task is not easy, for we are accustomed to thinking and acting according to the ways of the carnal mind.

Our first action is to accept the atonement of Christ and welcome the Holy Spirit into our life. Then we should read and reread of the lives and teachings of Yasha and the other holy men, allowing the force of these revelations to erase the false data we have previously stored. We cannot react upon the words of Christ until his principles have become our principles and we see ourselves capable of being transformed into his image.

Our carnal mind tells us that we are sinners, so we react as sinners. But the Bible teaches us that we have been redeemed from the curse of sin and that we are new creatures in Christ. We have been reconciled to Yahweh, but we cannot react to this truth until we receive it as true data into our subconscious mind. If we feel we are transgressors, we will feel that we are outside of Yahweh’s loving favor; therefore, unable to approach him by faith.

The Word warns us against having false images between us and Yahweh. The carnal understanding of man gives us a false image to worship instead of a true image of Yahweh. This is anti-God (anti means instead, in place of). It could also be said it is anti-truth, for it attempts to take the place of truth just as it did in the Garden of Eden with our first parents.
It is destructive to worship the image that the carnal man has given us of Yahweh. We must seek until we reach pure truth. Yahweh said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. We must pull out, cast down, and destroy all the false images that are set up in the temple of Yahweh (we are his temple) and replace them with the Spirit of truth—the unadulterated word of Yahweh.

Christ was in the image of the Father; this is the image we must see—“as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly,” 1 Corinthians 15:49.

Each of us has created an image of Yahweh in our mind; this is as it should be. We must create an image in our mind of everything we see, feel, hear, or hear about before we can understand its form or essence. If I am unable to create an image in my mind out of the data I am receiving, I will be unable to store information concerning it in my memory bank.
When something formless is being introduced to us, we will remain confused until we conceive an image of it in our mind.
We each see a different image of Yahweh, even when we use the same terminologies to describe him. The image we create influences the way we act and react to our surroundings. Our image also controls the love we feel and express to others.

If we do not believe in the existence of a god or of life after death, we are left without an image to guide us. In other words, we are left without a mirror to reflect our own image back to us; we are completely lost, we do not know who we are or why we are here and we have no concept of a life pattern or a rule book to guide us. No wonder our world has become so chaotic since Charles Darwin’s ignorant evolution theory replaced the truth in America’s governmental system. The Church of the living God needs to stand up and let their voices be heard. A world without hope is a dying world.
Get Wisdom

“Scolding and spanking a child helps him to learn. Left to himself, he brings shame to his mother. When rulers are wicked, their people are too; but good men will live to see the tyrant’s downfall. Discipline your son and he will give you happiness and peace of mind.

“Where there is ignorance of Yahweh, crime runs wild; but what a wonderful thing it is for a nation to know and keep his laws. Sometimes mere words are not enough—discipline is needed. For the words may not be heeded. There is more hope for a fool than for a man of quick temper.

“Pamper a servant from childhood, and he will expect you to treat him as a son! A hot-tempered man starts fights and gets into all kinds of trouble. Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor,” Proverbs 29:15-23 (TLB).

“Don’t refuse to accept criticism; get all the help you can. Don’t fail to correct your children; discipline won’t hurt them! They won’t die if you use a stick (switch) on them! Punishment will keep them out of hell (sheol). My son, how I will rejoice if you become a man of common sense. Yes, my heart will thrill to your thoughtful, wise words.

“Don’t envy evil men but continue to reverence the Lord all the time, for surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. There is hope for you yet! O my son, be wise and stay in Yahweh’s paths; don’t carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. And remember that too much sleep clothes a man with rags. Listen to your father’s advice and don’t despise an old mother’s experience. Get the facts at any price, and hold on tightly to all the good sense you can get. The father of a godly man has cause for joy—what pleasure a wise son is! So give your parents joy!

“O my son, trust my advice—stay away from prostitutes. For a prostitute is a deep and narrow grave. Like a robber, she waits for her victims as one after another become unfaithful to their wives. “Whose heart is filled with anguish and sorrow? Who is always fighting and quarreling? Who is the man with bloodshot eyes and many wounds? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new mixtures. Don’t let the sparkle and the smooth taste of strong wine deceive you. For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like an adder. You will see hallucinations and have delirium tremens, and you will say foolish, silly things that would embarrass you to no end when sober. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And afterwards you will say, “I didn’t even know it when they beat me up…. Let’s go and have another drink!” Proverbs 23:12-35 (TLB).

“The Lord preserves the upright but ruins the plans of the wicked. The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”

“A prostitute is a dangerous trap; those cursed of Yahweh are caught in it.

“A youngster’s heart is filled with rebellion, but punishment will drive it out of him. He who gains by oppressing the poor or by bribing the rich shall end in poverty.

“Listen to this wise advice; follow it closely, for it will do you good, and you can pass it on to others: Trust in the Lord,” Proverbs 22:12-17 (TLB).

“If you refuse to discipline your son, it proves you don’t love him; for if you love him, you will be prompt to punish him.

“The good man eats to live, while the evil man lives to eat,” Proverbs 13:24-25 (TLB).

Let Them Have Dominion

Let Them Have Dominion

How there can be so many confessing to be followers of our Lord, while his teaching and principle are so rarely accepted and practiced, is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Especially when we consider that his teachings were not introduced as a conglomeration of vague and varied opinions and confused ideas.

Unlike world religions that slowly developed over hundreds of years, the theology of Christ was lived, practiced, and presented in a positive and clear-cut manner—not only by the founder, but by his early disciples and followers. The message was so very clear that it should confuse none. Yet, because it is so inconsistent with the laws of nature, it is very seldom accepted as it was taught by Christ.

Mankind shrinks from any suggestions that he is directly or indirectly responsible for the circumstances that defeat him. Yet if we truly believe the teaching of Yasha, we must be willing to bear the responsibility of our failure, even as we so quickly accept the credit for any success.

Accepting the man, Yasha, as a religious leader to be worshipped is one thing, but to accept his philosophy as our own life-style is quite something else.

Considering the Bible is in the majority of the homes in the United States, it is unbelievable how few really accept or understand anything of the principle our Savior died for—even among the millions that claim to be his followers.

Yasha taught that our minds can and does control our environment. This teaching is very firmly denied by the majority of the “so called” believers. Yet, the Bible clearly states, “…if you have faith (if you are truly persuaded) as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you,” Matthew 17:20.

A mustard seed is a very small seed, suggesting that the very smallest measure of faith is sufficient to remove a mountain of problems. But doubts will almost always flood the mind when problems demand our attention.

Contrary to popular opinion, true faith is not a single act. Faith is a condition of the mind. Faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
If we wish to have faith, we must accept the Holy Spirit. If we do not have faith, it is evident that we are lacking in spiritual fruit bearing. If we accept the Spirit of Yahweh, the fruit of his Spirit will begin to manifest itself in our life. If we are grafted into the spiritual Tree (Christ), fruit bearing will become a natural process.

Water Baptism

Water Baptism

Is It Essential to Our Salvation?

We are told in First Peter 3:21 that water baptism is essential. The writer explains that the water does not wash away our sin, but is effective only because the Church is under a water baptism covenant; so we must perform the requirement to fulfill all righteousness. Baptism is the act of accepting our resurrection by faith. “The like figure whereunto even ‘baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward Yahweh,) by the resurrection of Yasha Christ,” 1 Peter 3:21.

Mark 16:16 says, “The one believing and being baptized shall be saved.”

Baptism in water was not a part of the old order as many people assume. There is no record of anyone practicing or teaching others to be water baptized until John the Baptist’s ministry began. The people of the Old Testament lived under the covenant of circumcision; we are under the covenant of the new creation through the symbolic acceptance of our resurrection.

Yasha was not baptized early in his life, though I am sure his parents were faithful to the law. He was baptized at the beginning of his last day revival, for it was at this time he began to announce the Kingdom of Yahweh was at hand. This was three and one half years before his crucifixion. Yasha taught in the synagogues before he was baptized (see Luke 4:16), “And as His custom was he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read.” This scene seemed to have taken place immediately after his baptism and temptation. We cannot believe that our Savior was converted at age thirty, but he asked to be baptized by John then. This indicated that baptism was a new thing and very important.

John did not want to baptize Yasha because he felt inferior to him (Matt. 3:13-16), yet Yasha insisted that John baptize him. He said he wanted to “fulfill all righteousness.” Should we do anything less?
One important question I would like to ask those who deny the legality of water baptism is, When did water baptism cease to be an act that fulfills all righteousness?

If water baptism was required under the law and doesn’t belong to the New Covenant Church, why were Yasha and his friends not baptized years before they were? The only conclusion I can draw is that they were not baptized because it was a New Covenant Church ordinance and not part of the Mosaic Law.

Some people think the practice of water baptism ended when Jerusalem was destroyed; hence it was only for Israel’s forty years of grace. They claim the ordinance was not for the Gentile church, but for Israel only. There is absolutely no ground to build this doctrine on, but there is much to refute it. The Ethiopian eunuch that Phillip baptized in water certainly was not an Israelite, neither was Cornelius, the Italian of Acts 10:27-28. The scriptures are very clear that Peter baptized the eunuch in water after he requested Peter to perform the ritual. The scriptures do not tell us what Peter taught the man, but we know that water baptism came into the discussion enough to convince the eunuch that it was a necessary element of his salvation; otherwise, he would not have been anxious to be baptized. We must also realize that an angel was instrumental in Philip’s ministering to this Ethiopian. After the Ethiopian was baptized, Philip’s mission was completed and the Spirit transported him to Azotus. So we must conclude that the only reason Philip was instructed to go to Gaza was to meet this man, instruct him about salvation, and baptize him. He talked to no other person, and after he ministered to the man, he did not continue his journey to Gaza.

In First Corinthians 1:14 and 16 Paul said he had baptized Crispus, Gaius, and the members of Stephan’s household. How can we justify Philip, Paul, Peter, and Christ if water baptism is not for the church age?

If there remains an honest question in your mind concerning water baptism, allow yourself to study closely Peter’s response to the men that murdered the Lord when they sought an answer to what they should do. Remember these men crucified the Lord in their ignorance. Their hearts were pricked deeply when they realized what they had done. But the Lord prayed for their forgiveness, and forgiveness had been granted. “Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized (Who is supposed to be baptized?) each of you (How do we get baptized?) in the Name of Yasha the Anointed (why should we do that?) for the remission of sins (then what will happen?) You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (How do we know that we are in on that promise?), Because the gift is for you and for your children and to all that is afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call,” Acts 2:38-39. I added some questions here in parenthesis to emphasize what Peter was saying; however I did no violence to the text.

I have never talked to one person that gave me one biblical reason for rejecting water baptism.

Some ministers teach that Christ only baptized twelve of his disciples and the rest of his converts were not baptized. This they read into the text found in Saint John 4:1-2: “Then when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Yasha made more disciples and baptized more than John, though Yasha himself did not baptize, but His disciples—he left Judea….” If we use this scripture to do away with baptism, we must make the last half of the verse contradict the first half or be content to preach that John only baptized eleven people in his lifetime. If Christ only baptized twelve people, yet he baptized a greater number than John baptized, this would say John’s converts remained less than twelve. Of course this is foolishness. If we have attended revivals where hundreds of souls are saved in one day, we understand the Evangelist could not possibly baptize all of his converts. Modern evangelists usually leave this responsibility for the local ministers to perform. In the ministry of Yasha, baptism was left to the disciples. In Paul’s ministry it evidently became the responsibility of the local church leaders, or it is possible he had companions with him that took on this responsibility.

Water baptism is so clearly taught in the Scripture that anyone who has a cheap Bible that does not have a center reference would immediately come upon the scriptures that deal with water baptism. To refuse the ritual is to defy the Church ordinance established by Yasha, his disciples, and the Church fathers. It makes no difference whether it is out of fear or rebellion; neither one is excused.

Every incident of water baptism in the Bible makes it clear that they were baptized in a body of water. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo (#907) and comes from the Greek word bapto (#911), which means to cover wholly with fluid, whelm, engulf, to submerge (to put or sink below the surface of water).

The vessels used in the Old Testament sacrifices were sprinkled with blood, but people were not. However, there are two scriptures in the Old Testament that might appear to teach the concept of sprinkling instead of baptism, but when carefully studied it becomes crystal clear that they do not. One is found in Isaiah 52:13-15: “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”

The other is in Ezekiel 36:24-28: “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

A Race Is Set Before Us

A Race Is Set Before Us

From time-to-time I pick up Aryana, my eight year old granddaughter, from school. Each time I ask her, “What did you learn today?” She will think for a few seconds and then tell me something that she learned. She is eager to learn and is very intelligent for her age. She is very much involved in our church. She sings, testifies, seeks prayer for her friends in need, and participates in Bible class. She is very thoughtful, kind, and helpful. I could go on and on, but I think this is enough to get my point across.

We, too, should ask ourselves at the end of the day, “What have I learned today?” If we cannot come up with something, we should remember that each day is given to us as a learning experience, an opportunity to grow. We are in a race to reach full maturity and there is a biological time clock that is ticking away our time.

Only the supernatural powers of our Creator can extend the time on our clocks, and the way he does it is revealed in these two scriptures:

“For the law of the Spirit of life in the Anointed SAVIOR has made me free from the law of sin and death,” Romans 8:2.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,” Romans 8:6.

There is more to life than just existing. None of us plot to be among the living dead. But then, on the other hand, some of us fail to plot to be made alive by the Anointing.

We should spend time every day searching for truth, for better understanding, and to become spiritually stronger.

I realize that Aryana is at school for seven hours and probably has five different classes to learn from. At that, we would hope she could learn more than one new truth every day. But we should be able to learn something new every day. If we don’t, then we might consider our priorities and think about where we will be twenty years from now. I am sure Aryana will be passing some Christians if they do not press on. Some Christians are like the hare in the fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare”— they think they have plenty of time, and before they know it opportunities and time have expired.

No matter how slow the process may seem, we need to ‘press’ toward the mark for the prize of the high calling (Philippians 3:14).

Hebrews 12:1 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

We could translate the above scripture as, There is help to win this race all around us, so let us resist the many distractions and the habits that so easily take up our time. Let us run with patience the race to full maturity in this life. Let us take advantage of the time and opportunities that we have to learn truth and then put it into action.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (a reject),” 1 Cor. 9:24-27.

We can learn by just looking around us; by taking the time to really see the poverty within the minds of so many people. If we look, we will see the chaos and sorrow that is produced from their spiritual conditions. We can see children suffering from the corrupt images they are entertained by. We can hear and see the fear that haunts the children as they try to survive the day without their parents’ comforting love. I see more children than not who are being pulled between parents with mental and spiritual battles without the armor of the Lord to conquer them. Many of them don’t even recognize that they are in a spiritual battle, because they have become so accustomed to corruption.

Each measure of knowledge, whether learned through experience or shared, opens new doors to us all. Every truth given in wisdom and every ounce of energy put into the furtherance of the Kingdom of Righteousness brings someone that much closer to maturity, to the place where they can experience peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

We truly can be a great cloud of witness within our communities, our churches, and our work places. “He that believes on me (the Anointed Word), as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (Jo. 7:38). These rivers nourish the runners. All we have to do is to be thirsty for the Spirit of Righteousness and we will be like magnets pulling together and adhering to the Holy Spirit.

If we dedicate ourselves to the training, we will have this same testimony: “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily,” Acts 16:5.

Being dedicated to righteousness should cover the whole of our day; our work, our entertainment, our fellowship, as well as our time alone with the Lord.

Paul said, in Acts 20:34, “You yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.” Here we find Paul doing manual labor, not only to support himself but to help those who traveled with him, yet he recognized it as a part of his witness of the Lord.

We can learn from the instructions given to the believers in First Peter 1:13-16, saying, “Wherefore gird up the loins (that which has procreative power) of your mind, be sober (cautious), and hope to the end (of the race) for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of the Anointed Savior (the Anointed Word); as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”