ARE WE SERVING GOD – OR OUR IMAGE OF GOD?
Remember, when people are truly born again they become ‘777’ not ‘007’ – we do not ‘have a license to kill’, i.e. ‘to continue pleasing our flesh’. Similarly we are no longer to partake in the ways of this world which will ultimately lead to spiritual deception of the worst kind where we have people like Joel Oosteen declaring Obama a ‘good Christian doing the work of God’.
Several others have also held to the same opinion. Most of these preachers belong to the false and wicked system also and for the sake of ‘filthy lucre’ give you lifestyle preaching mixed with error and are deceiving and fleecing a multitude of people.
Matthew 12:33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
We cannot have it both ways. We can only feed from the tree of life, not from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. See my illustration ‘ The Writing on the Wall’ at the beginning of these studies.
Satan conned Eve with that deception. First he put doubt or unbelief in her mind. ‘ Yea, hath God said..?’ then he deceived her.
Genesis 3:6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (pride of life), she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. V.7. And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
What happened? They discovered they could have their own source of knowledge and were no longer guided by the Spirit of God. They discovered they had lost their covering from God and sought to make their own. They were now living under the shadow of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, not the tree of life, which is Jesus. They believed they could have it both ways but it backfired on them. What they had lost and what they gained from their own knowledge led to literal and spiritual death and they became afraid of God (Vs9-11). We discover in verses 21 and 22 that God had already made provision for this and himself sacrificed at least two animals to make a covering for them. Revelation 13 and verse 8 tells us Jesus is ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’
We see in Luke 4:1-12 that Satan tried to tempt Jesus in much the same way. First the lust of the flesh ..v.3. If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
Satan also seems to be tempting with the pride of life here; If you are who they say you are, then you have the power… He was seeking to get Jesus to prove himself. How many people today feel they need to prove that they are children of God?
V.4. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Jesus is teaching all of us we do not live to satisfy ourselves. We live for God alone through every word he has given us by his Spirit and he will surely meet our needs (not wants), Philippians 4:19. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (the Word of God).V.20.Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever, amen.
Luke 4:5-6. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Psalm 24:1-6.The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob, Selah.
The kingdoms of the world have all been given to Satan but he is under the control of the living God. God has a purpose and he has declared his purpose right to the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
Let us read on in Luke 4. Satan is appealing to the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
V. 7. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. V.8. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
James 4:7-8. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.
Jesus in his 100% human form which ‘…was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin’ (Heb.4:15), humbled himself and stayed with that which was already written, i.e. the word of God.
Then Satan brought him to a pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem and tried again to incite Jesus with temptation of the pride of life.. Again he brings doubt or unbelief…’ If you be…”
Luke 4:9-1 0. ‘…If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee (Ps.91): And in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Read Psalm 91:11 and see how Satan has slightly changed the verse and it gives a different connotation to the verse. He is trying to pander to the ways of men (Matt.16:23) but Jesus makes it clear all scripture must be considered together to understand the things of God..V.12. ‘…It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Because Jesus humbled himself under the word of God and resisted the devil, the devil left him for a season.
Hebrew 5:6-9. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Remember Exodus 20:12…Honour thy father and thy mother (Ephesians 6:1-2. Obey your parents in the Lord): that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
The first commandment with promise – obey your Father which is in heaven. The land he gives is the Kingdom of God. The long life is Eternal Life.
Do not be deceived by preachers who need your money or their ministry cannot go on. God knows how to keep his people. Matthew 10 tells us we have been FREELY given the gospel and the command is to FREELY give it out.. Jesus drove the merchandisers out of the the temple of God. Today the true born again Christian is the temple of God and it seems they are all flocking to the house of the merchandisers and paying for it. That seems like a spirit of harlotry to me and that is exactly what Rev.17 talks about, the Mother of Harlots. A chief religion that controls all the other religions. If you are in full obedience to God, by his Spirit he will guide you, he will empower you, and he will enable you. That is God’s promise. God will set your hand to do, and God will support you. God determined long before you got saved that work that he would do through you after you got saved (Eph.2:10).
Psalm 37:4. (Read the whole psalm and live it) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. V.5. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
The key is we desire the things that give glory to God. Material possessions do not give glory to God. They are things of men. We desire to live in a manner pleasing to God. We desire to be used by God. We desire to obey God and be in his will. We desire to trust God. We desire to learn to pray according to his will, not just when we ‘break an arm’ and are looking for help.
1John5:14,15. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him..
How do we develop this kind of faith?
Romans 10:17. So then faith cometh (continually) by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
As born again Christians we (our bodies) are the temple of God.. not a man-made building anywhere, ever. We are Levites, priests of God (Rev.1:5,6; 5:10) and we reign with him already on this earth. We are vessels of ministry sprinkled by the blood (Heb.9:21). Our service is to wait on our great high Priest, Jesus. Aaron was a type of Christ and the Levites waited on Aaron (read 1Chronicles23:24-32). Jesus became the veil and we enter in through him (Heb.10:19-21).
Isaiah 30:7. “…Their strength is to sit still.” V.18.”…Blessed are all they that wait for him.”
Psalm 25:1-22. (read it through) we live a life of waiting on the Lord and learning his paths of mercy and truth, the word, which is a lamp unto our path (Ps.119:105).
Psalm 27:14(read the whole beautiful psalm). Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I have found this to be very, very true. I have also found that when we wait on the Lord we do not have a program. It is simple really. Isaiah 55 tells us God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Most so called preachers have programs and spend three days at least preparing a sermon or rerun those from the same time last year, or have canned sermons from headquarters. They are always begging for money to keep going but it seems to go to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life. Private jets(Copeland), 80 bedroom houses (Parsely), 40,000$ gold toilets(JoyceMeyer, a fleet of Mercedes – I want it now-Benny hinn…and the ugly deceitful merchandising of the word of God list goes on and on. Such is their deception that they believe the Judaic doctrine that Jesus is coming to rule 1000 years in the middle east at Jerusalem from a man made temple. Most of these people are members of CUFI. Some are masons. Rick Warren is on the council of foreign relations and is tied up with Bill Clinton, Cofi Anan, and Oprah Whinney.
What saith the scriptures?
John 3:8. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and wither it goeth:so is everyone that is born of the spirit.
Acts 3:6. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
What ever I do, where ever I go, if that is how the Spirit of God is leading me, then ‘such as I have’ is the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the gates of hell cannot prevail against this church (myself-the temple of God)
1Peter5:2-3. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint (force or co-ercion), but willingly; not for filthy lucre (I’m not asking your money), but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Hebrew 10:9-18. Then said he(Jesus), Lo, I come to do thy will, O God(Jn.5:19,30). He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will (of God) we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever(for eternity- it is finished, John 19:30), sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us (Rom.8:14-17): for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now, where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Don’t listen to all these people on TBN and elsewhere who sprout Judaic doctrines that after a 7 year tribulation Jesus will again sit in an earthly, man-made temple for 1000 years. That is absolute deception which God allows for those who have not the love of the truth –Jesus – the word of God (2Thess.2:1-12). Clearly when Jesus comes back, he is coming with a vengeance, with judgement, against an unbelieving world at the same time that he is going to be glorified in his saints.
2Thesselonians 1:4-12. (read from v.1)So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches (ecclesia-called out groups of individuals) of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: which is a manifest token of the righteous judgement of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints (O come Lord Jesus), and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore we also pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember John 18:36,37.- – we are not here to support a claim for a piece of middle-east real estate- -Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my kingdom not from hence (Christians do not carry guns, Isaiah 2:4; Eph.6:10-20). Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this caus e came I into the world, that I should bare witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith. In Jesus name, amen. Come out of Babylon – before it is too late ( Revelation 18:4).