CALLING THOSE THINGS THAT DON’T EXIST, – AS THOUGH THEY DID!

t19                   WHO DOES THAT?

God… calls those things which be not, as though they were.” (Romans 4:17)

That is the method God used to create everything.

Can we do that too?

Jesus said, “...and shall believe in his heart…he shall have whatsoever he says.” (Mark 11:23) Jesus is called the “high priest of our confession” (Hebrews 3:1)

Jesus takes what we say and delivers it to the Father as an intercessor (attorney). God is looking for faith in my heart to correspond with what I am saying.

I asked the Lord on one occasion many years back, “Lord, what if I say what I want to see in my future, but my heart (faith) can’t really grasp it, – does that count? I continued, – Lord, I do believe it theologically because you said it, but I don’t think my faith is up there yet.”  This is what I heard in my spirit, “If you say it long enough and stick with it, your heart (faith) will begin to catch up to it.” 

CONCLUSION: If we always talk the way things are, instead of the way we want it to be, we will always have what we presently have, and it will probably get worse, – the devil will see to that. He lies wait to catch us in our words.

But if I talk what I want, instead of what I have,  (if what I have is not what I want), then things will move forward to that level, – the Lord will see to that!  “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” My power to change my life is in what I say and believe for!  Selah! *GD

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DOES SATAN WANT TO HELP?

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             Does Satan Want To Help?

 

   How is it that so many different doctrines (disagreeing positions) have developed from the same bible? The last I knew there were about 76 known different Christian denominations, all quoting from the same bible.

I have noticed how satan (the unseen enemy of man) will use the scriptures to confuse, and thereby restrict the many promises and benefits that God has arranged for his people in the scriptures?

God wants to bless his human beings!

Special illustration: Satan sought to confuse Jesus with scriptures when Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days.

This is amazing;  Jesus refused to claim the God given promises that satan quoted to him in His hour of temptation! And he clearly knew that what satan had quoted were the words of God. You may know that satan can appear “as an angel of light.”

Why did Jesus NOT claim those promises from God? –  I think I know!

It is because Jesus knew , if He claimed those promises, he would have had to violate some corresponding principles. And that would have cancelled those God-given promises; – ending in failure and death.  Jesus knew those principles, and He quoted those principles instead of claiming the promises which satan quoted to Him.  Jesus (who was the word in the flesh) knew that the promises which  satan quoted, would not work if he was in violation of the corresponding principles.( Let him that reads understand.)

I noticed that each time satan quoted scriptures to Jesus,-he quoted promises. When Jesus countered in resisting the temptation,- He quoted a principle, – all three times. My reader should study that portion of scripture in the life of Jesus if you are serious about understanding this very important bit of truth. Satan concentrated on promises, –  Jesus concentrated on principles. I have learned in my 80 years of living in this troubled world, that God has no problem performing and keeping His promises, if I will concentrate on keeping the principles.  Human nature is to embrace the promises, –  but ignore the principles.

The principles are God’s directives to us.  When God says; “do this”, human natures response is; – “Man,- I don’t want to do that”,  – or; When God says “don’t do that” human nature thinks, “Oh no! – but that’s what I want to do.”                                                                        THE PROMISES ARE;  – God’s offer to help us!  THE PRINCIPLES ARE;   God’s requirements of us!

This is a good place to re-read the 10 Commandments!

Human nature wants to do it their way and then cry; – “Oh God, could you please get me out of this mess I’m in?”  Fallen human nature doesn’t just naturally want to do things God’s way. But God says; “If you be willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land.”

Nothing changes things like doing things God’s way; ( keeping the principles.)

Satan uses the word of God to forward ‘his destructive methods’ and take us into defeat. Satan will help you interpret the scriptures if you are ignorant of his devices.” If I let satan interpret (mis-apply) the scriptures for me, I will end up confused, bewildered and dissapointed. Confused teachers pass on “their understanding” which helps promote the “doctrines (thinking) of devils”, which becomes “the doctrines of men.”  This is why so many people today are angry at God. They thought He should have intervened on their behalf when they were claiming some promises. God is certainly a merciful God. BUT -we can’t always benefit from God’s promises if we are ignorant of, and in violation of the principles.

I’ll be more specific, – 

We are told not to  lie, or cheat, or steal.

We are taught not to abuse one another, or take undue advantage of one another. We are told to always honor others above ourselves and not be dishonest in our dealings.

THE BUCK STOPS WITH GOD!  He causes His word to work for us if we will just trust Him and do it.

We are told to abandon selfish pride; “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty (prideful) spirit before for a fall.”

We are taught not to be selfish,- but to be humble, (not prideful) in spirit. 

We are warned to ‘not commit clearly sinful acts’ as defined in the scriptures, (not as defined by any other entity). Acts such as adultery, perverted sex, and idolatry, (putting other interests before God.)  We are told to abandon fornication (sex before marriage).

We are taught to maintain a controlled, even spirit; and guard against a backbiting tongue and a judgmental lifestyle.

All these items mentioned have negative consequences. When we violate these principles of life, and over-run God’s warnings and a gnawing conscience, it can interfere with our prayers for help. It makes no sense to be angry with God for delayed help, or no help,- if we are in willful violation of His advice to us. I don’t think God views himself as our servant to jump when we call, if we are not willing to cooperate with Him.

God made this following statement in the bible; My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)

I heard this following word of instruction from somewhere in my spirit;

“You don’t decide to believe my word because you understand it, you will begin to understand it after you first determine to believe it.”

Revelation (unusual insight) comes when I walk in faith, – not in doubt. Satan is behind any effort to make the scriptures conform to our understanding!

It has to be the other way. Our understanding must conform to what God says!

I do believe that God is smarter than we are. There are still things in the scriptures that I don’t understand in my natural mind, – but I understand far more now, than I did when I first determined to believe it!

I have learned that I can trust God when I’m in agreement with Him!

“You shall not add to my word… neither shall you diminish ought from it” (Deut. 4:2)

Example: I don’t understand everything about hell, – but I believe the devil deserves it!  And, – according to the scriptures, all who doubt God and disagree with God, will spend eternity with the one they agree with. * (think about it) *GD

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