Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thoughts are things

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
G3053 (imaginations)
λογισμός
logismos
log-is-mos’
From G3049; computation, that is, (figuratively) reasoning (conscience, conceit): – imagination, thought.
G1519 (to)
εἰς
eis
ice
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.: – [abundant-] ly, against, among, as, at, [back-] ward, before, by, concerning, + continual, + far more exceeding, for [intent, purpose], fore, + forth, in (among, at unto, -so much that, -to), to the intent that, + of one mind, + never, of, (up-) on, + perish, + set at one again, (so) that, therefore (-unto), throughout, till, to (be, the end, -ward), (here-) until (-to), . . . ward, [where-] fore, with. Often used in composition with the same general import, but only with verbs (etc.) expressing motion (literally or figuratively.
G5218 (obedience)
ὑπακοή
hupakoē
hoop-ak-o-ay’
From G5219; attentive hearkening, that is, (by implication) compliance or submission: – obedience, (make) obedient, obey (-ing).
Bring all your reasoning to the place and time of Christ’s obedience, His Blood at the foot of the Cross.

Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
G5207 (Son)
υἱός
uihos
hwee-os’
Apparently a primary word; a “son” (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship: – child, foal, son.

G3129 (learned)
μανθάνω
manthanō
man-than’-o
Prolonged from a primary verb, another form of which, μαθέω matheō, is used as an alternate in certain tenses; to learn (in any way): – learn, understand.

G5218 (obedience)
ὑπακοή
hupakoē
hoop-ak-o-ay’
From G5219; attentive hearkening, that is, (by implication) compliance or submission: – obedience, (make) obedient, obey (-ing).
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
G5013 (humbled)
ταπεινόω
tapeinoō
tap-i-no’-o
From G5011; to depress; figuratively to humiliate (in condition or heart): – abase, bring low, humble (self).
G5255 (obedient)
ὑπήκοος
hupēkoos
hoop-ay’-ko-os
From G5219; attentively listening, that is, (by implication) submissive: – obedient.

These Scriptures show that our thoughts not only should be taken captive if they exalt themselves above the knowledge that we are saved, the knowledge of God it also gives a sure direction. To think of the obedience of Christ.
I have always wondered how little ole me was supposed to take my thoughts captive. I did have some success, I thought by making my mind focus on Jesus, however, as I grew because He taught me in the Truth of what Jesus actually did at the Cross, my thoughts were easier to turned to the focus upon Jesus’ obedience, even unto death on the Cross.
I am not the issue, I am not the performer, I am the recipient of His Finished work, I am the receiver of His rewards from the Loving Father, I reap that which I did not sow, because Jesus paid The (my) Price.
His sacrifice, starting with laying aside His Deity and concluding with His entrance to hell and separation from God on my behalf, is the place of revelation and healing to our minds, bodies, finances, relationships. First and foremost with God Himself.
Pro 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Pro 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Pro 4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Gods Word is health to us.

Shame and Condemnation versus The Blood of Christ

Grace supersedes all rules and conventions, period. Our Heavenly Father is NOT bound by our getting the words right in our prayers and conversations with Him. His desire is to usher, (not pound!) us into the likeness of His dear Son, Jesus. The Father judges (not in the sense of judgment (punishment) but in the sense of looking at and seeing the Truth) the hearts of men, not the end result, or the perfection thereof. Do not be concerned that I am about to tell you where you fail. I WILL NOT!!! There is no judgment contained here, yet an explanation of how the human heart and mind operate, and how that is manipulated by our enemy to keep us in the LACK mentality is imperative.
We have been discussing the roots, the foundations for a more vibrant approach to Communion and with this in mind, we are going to explore prayer to find a much needed answer to our enduring questions, where is the Power? Where are the signs and wonders?
Before we embark, please remember that all humans are the same, we operate and think the same way, with the exception of Jesus. This is of paramount importance to understanding the Grace of Our Lord Jesus and the tools He forged for our benefit.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

These 3 verses would appear at the surface not to have much on common, however, they are the basis for the next leap of understanding we will make.
James, is the brother of Jesus, according to the scholars. He is the writer of this epistle and well acquainted with the subjects he talks about in his letter.
You ask amiss is the key, but not quite what you think. I sincerely did not understand my forgiveness in the Blood and Body of Jesus. I sincerely was only and always sorry for the person I had been and all my actions. I was unable to move from the position of sorrow and remorse. Why, you might ask?, because I had no understanding of the finished work of Jesus. You could and did tell me a thousand times, a thousand ways, and yet I had no root of it in me. I was ashamed. I felt condemned. My guilt was always face front and forward. I woke up with it, I slept with it. It was my center.
I was like the woman at the well…
Joh 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
I loved this story when I first heard it and wasn’t sure why, except the parts of her life discussed with Jesus resembled my own. What always struck me as odd was her statement to the townspeople that Jesus had told her everything she had done.
He had not done this, at all, but she was so consumed with her guilt and shame it was all she could focus on. It was her everything, it was her center and her reason for being so late in the day coming to the well in the first place. She was ashamed and feared judgment by the others at the well. Yet this day she found One who did not accuse, did not harass, did not judge, yet spoke Truth of her and her sins.
Jesus, ever so softly, kindly, lovingly, uncovered the thing that was covered, the thing that grew because there was no Light, no Truth shed abroad in her heart. How free she must have felt, the proof of this is she ran to the people whose judgment she was afraid of and said to them “He told me everything I have done”! Can’t you just see her, smiling with excitement and joy. She was free and no longer had any thought of her tormentors except that they too should be free. This is the True freedom paid for by Christ. Not that just I am free but I am so changed, so Blessed, I can’t wait to share it with everyone else.
Oh how I love the Word of God that sets us free. They are my most cherished verses in the Bible. I was under heavy burden, many chains and much bondage. Yet as I have been set free, by His hand I have found (been given) Peace, Joy and understanding.
I was under the delusion that I had to help God fix me. That I had to beat myself, a square peg into this round hole of obedience. As I attempted to be what I was told I should be, act this way, do this thing, say these things, pray this way, I found I no longer wanted to be anywhere near God. I found ways to avoid the closeness, the contact He so dearly loves and I was totally unaware of how desperately I need this as well.
I stopped reading my Bible, I stopped going to church regularly. I could not handle any more YOU MUST DO, because I was failing at them all. I could no more have fixed me than been the man in the moon. Oh, but I wanted to be fixed, I wanted desperately to be different. I was certain that because of all I had done and all I had failed to do God would not, could not and much less want to fix me.
As we read this next scripture we should remember that as Paul wrote it he did not use separating punctuation nor verses, so we are good to remember that all of this I have quoted is one thought.
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
1Ti 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Paul is speaking in verse 1 and 2 of people and how they shall be deceived and their consciences seared.
Shame and condemnation are 2 of the most powerful, natural thought processes of man. Our enemy would have us continue to believe that the Blood of the Son of God has less power than the sin I have committed. What a shocking revelation! Here I was truly sad and repentant, sincerely wanting to turn from my sin and in that sincerity I was holding my sin as greater than the Sacrifice and Finished work of Jesus at the Cross!
What, you may ask was wrong with me? Especially after hearing such a blunt statement as I was holding my sin in higher regard than the Blood of Christ. It is what I think James was trying to tell his readers. He was saying to them that they had themselves and what they feared or thought they needed, on their minds.

God Remembers Our Sin No More Part 3

Jesus was obedient and I couldn’t be. I have always wanted to be a “good kid” to do it right. Yet I can not. Even Jesus told us there is none good except the Father.
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

To give me right standing with the Father, so I could be a full Son again, with all of the rights and priviledges of a full fledged Son. I am a Son because Jesus lives in me and when the Father looks at me, He sees Jesus. God is Holy. Holy means Right! For me to be in Right standing with God I had to be made Holy. I had no way to do this, so Jesus did it for me and gave me His Right standing with the Father, by living in me.
Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

And that’s not all, either. The Father promises to never remember my sins. IF He doesn’t think about, contemplate, “see” or remember my sins, then there can be no judgment and no punishment. You may think I am on thin ice but I am not.
In Isaiah 54 lets look at what the Father promised Jesus as a reward for His obedience. There is much the Father gave Jesus, but we are going to concentrate on the first words of Isaiah’s description of the Crucifixion.
The key to this scripture is the last line of the text which reads…
Isa 54: 17 … This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Isaiah was repeating what he heard and saw from God. The Father told him that Jesus was to have many children. Isaiah knew he had just said Jesus had no children and His (Jesus’) line was cut off.
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
The Father, knowing the plan and its fulfillment, saw us. We are Jesus’ reward, His children, that’s the first thing the Father tells us about what He will give Jesus.
We also find in Isaiah 54 scripture where we base our double jeopardy rules for our courts of law.
Isa 54:9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

Jesus as we saw in Isaiah 53 has already taken the punishment and here the words show that the Father is saying that Jesus does not ever have to worry, this was a one time event, never to be repeated. Like the waters of Noah.
Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 10:16 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;
Heb 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

So, God was never angry with Jesus, God poured ALL of His Just, Right, Holy wroth on Jesus, God will never remember my sins because He already punished them fully upon His Son. With Jesus in me, the Father only sees Jesus and His obedience, even unto death on a cross.
Jesus’ Last Will and Testament was written on His body and signed in His Blood. HE made me His beneficiary, giving me ALL He has and ALL He is, just as the Father gave adam (red man) His very being ( as we saw in the Ancient Hebrew of Gen 1:27 in an earlier chapter) . And HE delivered it upon His Resurrection, to the Father, He is now seated AT THE Right Hand of the Father, waiting…

God Remebers our sin no more Part 2

The Forgiveness of Sins…
When we think of ourselves and others we tend to do so from the vantage point of Judgment. This is the way the natural mind works and what we have been taught, we forget that God does NOT think, speak, or view us in the same manner. We are like God, God is not like us
Isaiah has the one of the best views of what was taking place in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus and I am going to take from 2 chapters of this amazing work to help us understand what God was doing and could see.
As we look at these verses, try to see how they surpass time, he was talking about every encounter with God. We esteemed Him not; not just Jesus at the cross, but the Israelites in the Exodus, people today fighting for their own way to get what they think they need to be safe.
Isaiah starts this portion (chapter 52) of Scripture with… ‘Who is going to believes this, who will understand?’ (my wording) There was a point when I read this scripture and I could (in my mind) hear him asking, who is gonna believe that this is what was really going on? That is the basis for his description of the events taking place at the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus.
Isaiah goes on to tell of the people around Jesus and of how they treated Him (including the disciples). He was not a beautiful man, we did not honor or esteem Him. Even more than that, we hid our faces from Him. Ever do that, avert your eyes, or cross the street so you don’t have to encounter someone? This is what Isaiah is speaking of, the avoidance.
Also, they considered Jesus as being punished of God. As in: God was mad at His own Son. BUT, that IS NOT what was going on. Jesus took the wroth (read this word as the greatest form of wrath) of God for our sins. God was never and will never be angry with Jesus. Jesus upheld the perfection of the Law flawlessly. He did nothing to invoke the wroth (which is a greater anger than wrath).
Jesus was stripped, whipped, beaten, pummeled, mocked, humiliated, tortured, crucified, died, buried, forsaken of God (God turning His back on Him) because Jesus TOOK my sin as His own by an act of Faith and Obedience to the Father. In doing so, He TOOK my punishment. The Right, Just, Holy wroth of God, because I broke the Commandments of God.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jesus removed my sin and curse and punishment, long before I even knew I needed a Savior. Before I understood I needed to be in right relationship with the Father.
Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

It is all over the scriptures. Jesus TOOK my sin so I could have right standing with the Father.
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

God remembers our sin no more Part 1

Part of the equation for Communion is the basis of what was actually accomplished at the Passion, Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. So, very many things were really happening all at once, and we will look at just a few of them to further cement in our hearts why Jesus really is the Kings Feast.
When God first created adam, He knew all that was to happen. He understood, far better than we can, the power of understanding and choices.
We discovered earlier about how God views Bondage. He had a plan to relieve us of our bondage so we could continue to choose Him.
As God walked in the Garden with adam and eve, where is the indication or the words from him showing His knowledge and punishment of the sins they were about to commit and His judgement of them?
They don’t exist. Not until the actual fall does God in any way shape, or form discuss sin, judgment or punishment. It is important to note here that there is an order to this business of punishment, of the bringing on of the curse. First, to sin, then to be judged, then to be punished based upon the judgment.
God had a plan all along to redeem us from the curse of separation from Him, both in the natural now moments of life and eternity, from the curses brought by our not heeding the Law, and to give us better standing with Him than even adam and eve had. Better than adam and eve because their sins were held against them, God remembered them. Until Jesus at the Cross.
We are told that before time began we were chosen to be Sons of God. To be a Son of God with permission to use the entire resources of your Father, you have to be in right standing with God. Adam, at the Fall, lost his right to use all that the Father had given him. Jesus is called the second adam because He was the physical Son of God with all that was Gods and He did not lose any of it. He laid it down for my benefit and took what was mine and paid for it.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Words that describe Communion

Remembering: Logia

Luk 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Remembrance means 1. The action of remembering something.
2. The action of remembering the dead, esp. in a ceremony
A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event.
Logia, where we get the word Eulogy, means to speak good of the dead.
So a part of remembering Jesus is to speak well , good of him and to remember His death.