Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Beauty of Holiness - Part 4







Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalms 29:2







This is the last in the series of the beauty of holiness.  By now, we should be able to see that worship is far more than church attendance.  Worshiping God is not merely the formality of bowing down before God.  We worship God through 


                                a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him, 
                                by following His statutes, 
                                by being submissive to His will for our lives.  

We observe His ways and we mirror them.  The  strength we need to meet our needs is found in none other than God; thus when we submit to Him, we worship Him; give Him honor and glory.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  1 Chronicles 16:29


During this dispensation, our sacrifice is not animals, but we present ourselves to God; a living sacrifice!

We have looked at areas of improper sex, tattoos, and lying/cursing,  The final in this series discusses drugs and sowing discord.

  
Drugs, alcoholism, nicotine, marijuana

First is the addictive nature of all. The idea of Scripture is that any habit (even of coffee or some other "legal" drug) that has mastered us puts us outside of the control and freedom of Christ. In short, if we live at the level of "carnal instincts", we put ourselves under condemnation rather than grace. The battle is between the carnal nature and God, and when we decide to cave to the lower nature we are spiritually rejecting the grace of Jesus Christ who came to "set us free" from all such.

Secondly, and more to the point of marijuana and alcohol, is using drugs to change our moods or improve our lives. Drugs are not sin in general, but using drugs and alcohol to solve, forget or lessen our problems instead of turning to Christ is not only forsaking the grace of God, but ignoring the faith that God is the only real sustainer. 

God offers all that we could desire in the Gospel: love, joy, peace, energy, power, fellowship, relaxation and rest, sweet sleep, and tranquility.  In the Gospel we lay our lives down and wait for His resurrection power in us; we don’t pop a pill or smoke something and "cheat" to get it.

Scriptures to consider:

Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;  Leviticus 10:9-10,
 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  Ephesians 2:1-3,

 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  Romans 8:5-8,

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  Galatians 5:16-17,
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Galatians 5:24-25  

Whispering/backbiting


WHISPERER:   A tattler; one who tells secrets; a conveyer of intelligence secretly. A backbiter; one who slanders secretly.

BACK'BITING:   The act of slandering the absent;

The primary source of such talk is a lack of fellowship with Jesus Christ. The Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks: 

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  Matthew 12:34

If a man or woman is not hiding God’s word in their heart, seeking the face of God in prayer, and continuing in a healthy fellowship with God, these actions will be common.

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.   I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.   For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?  (1 Corinthian 3:1-3)

Everybody wants to belong to something and associate with others. We must be certain, however, that within the household of faith, the common ground that we share is Biblical. 

And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. (Galatian 2:13)

The seriousness of whispering and backbiting is this:  While we are prone to think of sins of the tongues as minor, transgressions, the scripture paints a very different picture.  

Paul describes the depth of ungodliness that man has stooped to upon forsaking the knowledge of God, and he provides a list of sins.

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Romans 1:29-30

In the center of that list you see “whisperers” and “backbiters” tucked between “murderers” and “haters of God”.    These sins serve only to sow discord and never to edify and because of this the perpetrators are said to be the special object of God’s own hatred

Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.  These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.  (Proverbs 6:15-19)

These sinful acts are not of God and discount a lifestyle of holiness. God not only instructs us to be holy, but tells us to separate ourselves; to come out from among them. Who are ‘them’? Those who are not holy; those who have lent themselves to the works of the flesh.


(Biblical Study)

09/28/16

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Beauty of Holiness - Part 3









O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.  Psalms 96:9











There is much to say in the word of God regarding various sin acts and how God feels about particular sins.  It begins in the Old Testament and continues in the New.   God was very specific with the children of Israel when He instructed them to be holy even as He is holy:

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:1-2

The question becomes, how can we be holy as God instructs us to? Paul gave an illustration of various works of our flesh or sin nature that we should kill:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

These sinful acts are not of God and discount a lifestyle of holiness. God not only instructs us to be holy, but tells us to separate ourselves; to come out from among them. Who are ‘them’? Those who are not holy; those who have lent themselves to the works of the flesh. 


Piercings and Tattoos

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.  Leviticus 19:28


Many people say that was scripture that applies under the Mosaic law and does not apply now.  The habits, laws, customs of the 'other nations' were an abomination unto God and he hated it.
  
Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God.   When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;   Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.  Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to theLord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.  Deuteronomy 12:28 - 32

The custom of cutting and marking their bodies was a custom of the other nations.  Remember when God called the Israelites out, he said that thru them, ALL nations will know who He is. He told them that they had to be separate and holy unto Him; a peculiar [different] people. They COULD NOT do anything that the pagan, heathen, or gentile nations were doing.


For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  Deuteronomy 14.2

That same principle applies today - when we give our life to Christ, we are to come out from among them, be separate, peculiar and holy.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9


So, it does not matter that it was a mosaic law, the intent or the principle behind it still remains.   We cannot be, act or affiliate our self with the world because if we do, we are no longer separate or peculiar.


Lying and Cursing

Many passages rebuke the general concept of lying.



These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.    Proverbs 6:16-19

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  Exodus 20:16

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.  Ephesians 4:25

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 1 Timothy 1:10

Profanity is increasingly common in our society. Many movies, books, and television shows are filled with them.  However, this is what the bible has to say:

Solomon observes:


"The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse." Proverbs 10:32


Many people know what speech is proper and what is improper. But for those who do not, lets consider three kinds of speech that are Biblically improper.



 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guilePsalms 34:13

The first is cursing. The use of swear words, usually in an exclamation.  Cursing also involves stating that we wish harm would come to someone.

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
 (Romans 12:14)


A second form of immoral speech is profanity: the act of treating sacred things without proper reverence or respect. This often involves taking God's name in vain or using other Biblical words in very unbiblical ways!  


Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
(Exodus 20:7)


Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (1 Timothy 1:9)


A third form of unacceptable speech is obscenity: words or expressions that are intended to arouse improper sexual excitement or lust, such as suggestive jokes or use of terms that are offensive to decency.  Apostle Paul calls such speech "filthiness."



Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  Ephesians 5:4

In Galatians, he calls it "licentiousness," and says that those who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God.


 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  . . .  that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19, 21

Regardless of which type of cursing is being used, the bible states: 


But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8

Be sure to join me tomorrow as we continue to discuss what it means to worship God in the beauty of holiness.


Biblical Study


09/27/16

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Beauty of Holiness - Part 2






Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Romans 1:24










We are discussing the beauty of holiness.  Sin mars the beauty of holiness and we cannot worship God the way He requires when we are living in sin.  The word of God is very explicit in defining sin areas in our life.  My blog yesterday dealt with adultery.  Today, lets deal with some other forms of sexual immorality.


FORNICATION 

Another form of sin dealing with sexual immorality is fornication.  This sin includes adultery which is sexual intercourse by a married person with someone who is not their mate. Fornication also includes sexual intercourse between people who are not married. It includes sexual deviation such as homosexuality [with someone of the same sex] and incest.  Just as with adultery, God is very specific in His stance on fornication.  Here is what He has  say:

Fornicators will not inherit the Kingdom of God: 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.   (I Corinthians 6:9-10)

The Bible tells us to abstain [refrain] from fornication: 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication: (I Thessalonians 4:3)

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (I Corinthians 7:2)          

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand  (I Corinthians 10:8)

The body is not intended for fornication because it belongs to the Lord. For this reason, you must flee fornication: 

 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  (I Corinthians 6:13,18-20)

It is your responsibility to mortify fornication: 

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (Colossians 3:5)

Fornication is not to even be named among believers: 
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;  (Ephesians 5:3)

If a person continues in fornication, he finally will be given over to it totally. Eventually, his conscience will no longer be bothered by it: 

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (Romans 1:26,29)


Homosexuality

Homosexuality is the act of intercourse between people of the same sex. When the Bible speaks of homosexuality, its emphasis is on behavior, not condition. God loves sinners, but condemns sin. And the Bible's verdict on homosexual behavior, as with all sexual immorality, is that it is sinful. Some of what the Bible states about homosexuality:
 
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  Leviticus 18:22,

[The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire.  Jude 7 [Amp]


But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.  1 Timothy 1:8-11,

 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  I Corinthians 6:9-10,

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Romans 1:26-28


Masturbation


Sex is a part of God's creation. And we are told that everything God created in the beginning was "very good",

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31).

God instituted marriage when he gave Eve to Adam to be his spouse

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.   (Genesis 1:22-24)

In addition, God ordained that sexual activity is to be limited to persons of the opposite sex, and that sexual intercourse is to take place only within a marriage. He forbids adultery

Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

Unmarried persons who engage in sexual activity are guilty of the sin of fornication

 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (Galatians 5:19)

 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  Colossians 3:5;

God created sex to insure the propagation of the human race (Genesis 1:28), and to provide a special and unique bonding relationship between husband and wife.

 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

It is important to understand that sexual activity is God-pleasing when it is done selflessly rather than selfishly. In this way it mirrors Christ's relationship to his church

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  (Ephesians 5:22-25)

The question of masturbation, as with all other questions about sexual activity, has to be considered within this broader, Scriptural context. We have to begin by asking: What was God's intent when he created sex?  The Scriptures do not contain any specific or direct reference to masturbation. But it is clear that masturbation is an activity that violates God's intent. Masturbation is a form of sexual self-gratification. But sex is intended by God to be a means of mutual gratification between a husband and wife, not a means of gratifying one's self. Simply put, masturbation is an act of selfishness rather than selflessness. It is a sin that calls for repentance followed by the fruits of faith, coupled with a prayer asking God for help to see this sin in the light of God's intent, and for strength of faith to overcome the sin. 

While the Bible does not mention masturbation specifically, it has much to say about appropriate and inappropriate use of God's good gift of sex. And the Bible leaves no doubt about the fact that masturbation does not give glory to God.

Masturbation as a remedy for certain sexual problems. According to therapeutic theories, masturbation is a way to wean a person away from more serious sexual aberrations. But from a biblical point of view, both activities are sinful. Committing a lesser sin (e.g. masturbating once in a while) never justifies not committing a greater sin (e.g. being hooked on pornography). It is never God-pleasing to commit a "small" sin in order not to commit a "big" sin. The person who thinks that way is being deceived by Satan.


As you see, there is much to say in the word of God regarding various sin acts and how God feels about particular sins.  It begins in the Old Testament and continues in the New.   God was very specific with the children of Israel when He instructed them to be holy even as He is holy:

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.
Leviticus 19:1-2

The question becomes, how can we be holy as God instructs us to?   Paul gave an illustration of various works of our flesh or sin nature that we should kill:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21

These sinful acts are not of God and discount a lifestyle of holiness. God not only instructs us to be holy, but tells us to separate ourselves; to come out from among them. Who are ‘them’? Those who are not holy; those who have lent themselves to the works of the flesh.


Join me tomorrow as we continue this study on the beauty of Holiness!

(Bible Study)
09/26/16

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Beauty of Holiness - Part 1








Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.  Hebrews 13:4







When we are overcome and give in to sin, we cannot call our selves holy, let alone worship God in the beauty of holiness.


Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  
Psalms 29:2

There is much to say in the word of God regarding various sin acts and how God feels about particular sins.  It begins in the Old Testament and continues in the New.   God was very specific with the children of Israel when He instructed them to be holy even as He is holy:

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:1-2

The question becomes, how can we be holy as God instructs us to?   Paul gave an illustration 
of various works of our flesh or sin nature that we should kill:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

These sinful acts are not of God and discount a lifestyle of holiness. God not only instructs us to be holy, but tells us to separate ourselves; to come out from among them. Who are ‘them’? Those who are not holy; those who have lent themselves to the works of the flesh.

Below is a brief discussion on the works of the flesh:


Adultery

Adultery is sexual intercourse by a married person with someone who is not their spouse. One of the first ten commandments from God was: 

Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

When a person commits adultery he is sinning against his own soul: 

But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.  (Proverbs 6:32)

God judges those who commit adultery:

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.  (Hebrews 13:4)

Those who commit adultery do not inherit the Kingdom of God: 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  (I Corinthians 6:9)
  
Both Jesus and Paul repeated the warning against adultery in the New Testament: 

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother   (Mark 10:19)

 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Romans 13:9)

Jesus expanded the meaning of adultery to include evil sexual desires of the heart: 

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.   (Matthew 5:27-28)

Adultery also includes divorcing a mate and remarrying without Biblical cause: 

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.  (Matthew 5:32)

And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.   And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.  (Mark 10:11-12)

Being in an adulterous situation breaks the friendship with God:

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4

This blog is the first in a series that discusses various sins that cause us to be in a disconnected relationship with God.

Join me tomorrow for a look at fornication, and other acts of sexual immorality. 

Bible Study

09/24/16

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

We Need The Old Path

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.  Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. Jeremiah 16:15-17




It is sad to see that the body of Christ has gotten off the old path and have lost their way by following after the world and new technology presented today.  While there is absolutely nothing wrong with new technology when used for good, following the ways of the world, diluting and sugar coating the word of God has taken us so far away from God that we are now perilously close to being like those whom Jesus said worshiped with their lips but their hearts were far from God.    

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.   Matthew 5:18

God had made this statement to Isaiah regarding the children of Israel:  

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:  Isaiah 29:13 


When we consider that the old testament was a shadow of that which was to come, we can see how even as the children of Israel strayed from God, so has the body of Christ today.  Everything that we do for God is to be done with a God-first mentality and the anointing of God.  If God is not in it, we are laboring in vain.  It is not about how big we can grow our church; God is looking for quality, not quantity.  It is not about making a name for our self; God gets all of the glory and it is the name of Jesus that is to be lifted an praised. 


We need to get back to the old path of seeking God for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  It is only through the Holy spirit that the will of God can be completed through us.  The old network is inadequate, broken, and empty. It cannot accommodate the abundant harvest. The old yokes of tradition, denomination, self-effort, and unconcern must be broken. In order to get back to the old path, we need to ditch all of these new foundations, new yokes, new networks created by man in order to bridge the gap between sinful man and a righteous God. God's vision will only be fulfilled by men and women who have experienced the anointing, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which breaks the yoke.


It is God's desire that every yoke of sin, self, and man in your life be broken. 

It is necessary if you are to fulfill the intent of God!  What is the intent of God?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16


It is impossible to be effective or pleasing unto God when we are burdened down by sin and the cares of this world.  God expressly tells us to come out from the world, to be separate, to be holy, to be peculiar.  No doubt, for some, this is a difficult thing to do but with God it is possible to live a sin-free life with the help of the Holy Spirit within us. 


However Satan has defeated many with the deception of bright lights and the glitz of stardom, fame and fortune. Men and women of God have sold out to the new technology under the guise of reaching the masses and have sadly missed the mark because they are not letting people know that they need God in a personal way and that it is more than a profession and acceptance of God with their lips but the receipt of the Holy Spirit that gives us power to overcome.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me . . .   Acts 1:8


Peter describes us as 'strangers' or 'pilgrims' passing through this land' on our way to a place prepared for us and urges us not to partake of the things of the land.


Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;  1 Peter 2:11


Jesus himself tells us not to be concerned with the cares of this world:


Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is , and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Matthew 6:30



God shows us through His word that when He is for us, it doesn't matter what is against us.  In one Old Testament account, Israel was surrounded by the enemy army of the Assyrians. God spoke to Israel and declared:

The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: Then shall His yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. (Isaiah 14:24-25)

God wanted to break the yoke from off the neck of Israel. But His purpose extended beyond Israel to the nations of the world:  

This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: And this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. (Isaiah 14:26)

What was God's purpose? His purpose was that the yoke of bondage be broken from the nations of the world.

A few chapters later in Isaiah, it is recorded that:


The angel of the Lord went forth and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses. (Isaiah 37:36)

God wants every yoke in your life to become as a dead corpse. He wants to destroy it in order to bring you under the yoke with Him.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. (Isaiah 10:27)

*          It will not be destroyed by deep teaching. It will not be destroyed by psychology or education.
*          It will not be destroyed through counseling or through an organization or denomination.

It will be destroyed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit which is the power of God.

But God's purpose for breaking the yoke extends beyond your life to the nations of the world. He wants to break the yoke of bondage in your life to enable you to fulfill the vision of breaking the yoke from the nations of the world:

This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: And this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.  For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? (Isaiah 14:26-27)

God said:

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free and that ye break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6)

The after effects of the yoke being broken:

Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say Here I am...  Then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day; And the Lord shall guide thee continually and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places; thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.  (Isaiah 58:9-12)

When the yoke is broken the results are:

*         You will know the voice of God. We will call, and the Lord will answer, "Here am.” (Verse 9)

*        You will be successful in the fulfillment of your vision. Your light will rise in obscurity which speaks of success. (Verse 10)

*         The Lord will guide you continually. (Verse 11)

*          He will be your provision. (Verse 11)

*         You will be reproductive. (Verses 11-12)

*         You will be like a watered garden which is fruitful. You will be reproductive and those you produce in the spirit world will be reproductive. They will rise up to rebuild the old structures on the right foundation.

God promised Israel in the natural world:

And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.  (Ezekiel 34:27)

The same is true in the spirit world. The breaking of the yoke results in spiritual productivity.

Take Jesus at His word when He says:  

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.    (Matthew 11:28-30)

(Biblical Studies)

09/23/16