But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
2 Corinthians 3:7-11
Jesus said that the teacher of the law who was instructed in the ways of the Kingdom, that is, of the Spirit, would be like one who brought out of his storehouses old treasures as well as new (Matthew13:52). So too, today, the most important thing is to understand the life in the Spirit, but now like then, we can bring forth many more great treasures through the history of God’s litany.
The Gospel of John begins by drawing a contrast between the Law and Grace by saying this,
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
Yet, from the rest of the New Testament, we know that God still has a purpose and a desire for the Law, when understood in the proper spirit. In fact, Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus says clearly that whoever breaks and teaches others to break the least commandment of the Law of Moses will be the least in the Kingdom of God.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:2
What’s the good word, they ask the preacher?
Be instant in season and out of season. Always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you.
That day, there was a little bit of burning within me. We all want to see the floodgates of heaven thrown open, and revival sweep the land.
What’s the solution to getting it?
Well, there’s something that seems better than just getting the floodgates opened. It’s getting the dam out of the way.
That’s right, instead of just opening the doors to the thing, and letting all the water pour out, why not remove the whole dam, and see the river rush on for endless days.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
You see, it is, at least in part, up to us, how we will walk this Christian walk. Verse after verse, command after command, the writers of the New Testament, in the shadow of the cross, call, exhort, and train us to live godly, after our example and High Priest of the faith, Jesus Christ.
Not one moment may we forget that it is the pure in heart that shall see God. Nor, let us falter into the way of unbelief and die in the wilderness. But, in the same way, let us not make this journey of our own effort, or of the devices of the flesh, but by the power of the Spirit, we do put to death the misdeeds of the flesh, and so live unto God!
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For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
I think one of the hardest walks is the walk of Faith and Life in the Gospel, and yet, light and easy at the same time.
The walk is one by the Spirit, and not by the flesh, and requires faith to walk it. It requires a hatred and a crucifixion of everything of this life, but when done as a response to a revelation, it is always with joy.
But, he calls us to learn this way of His, and to call others to it.
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Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Revival and judgment often go hand in hand. Jesus Himself said that the city of Jerusalem was judged and set for destruction, although the actual destruction took another 40 years from His pronouncement, simply because they missed the day of their visitation (Luke 19:44). He, at the beginning, and notably in the midst of the greatest revival ever, announced judgement.
Judgment will come to America, and to the world. It must. There will be great revival, there will be great turning, but not all will turn. Many, many will choose the darkness, and many, many will persecute, and turn others from the truth.
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He told them still another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.
It is no large observation to note that people do not usually fully understand all aspects of the Kingdom immediately at the time of salvation. That which is planted grows, flourishes and multiplies, until greater and greater light is revealed within. For, surely, the path of the righteous is like the growing dawn, it grows brighter and brighter until the full light of day (Proverbs 4:18). So, the Spirit comes to reveal to us all truth, to be our counselor, and to help us.
Salvation is not an agreement with a doctrinal statement, but it is an introduction to a person, Jesus Christ. It is meeting Him, and realizing that there is no other name under heaven whereby men might be saved, and that living with faith in this man, belief in who He is, is the doorway to Eternal Life.
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For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Grace is God’s gift to men. It is His unmerited favor, it is His divine enablement, it is never deserved.
Grace and holiness always go hand in hand. His Grace teaches us to say no to sin, and by it we put to death the misdeeds of the flesh in the finished works. Any “grace” that is not intrinsically tied to real, practical holiness is not Grace. And by humbling ourselves and repenting and mourning, more Grace is given, submitting to God, resisting the devil, Christ within conquers all our foes.
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See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Colossians 2:8 NIV
You see, we are not of this world, if we will only believe.
This world consists of the things that can be seen, can be touched, can be handled. Hence, Paul writes of the rules and restrictions of this earthly life that we are no longer subject to, calling them, “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” (Colossians 2:21). These are the ordinances of this life, and have no bearing on the life of a Christian, having no proper benefit to any man, ultimately.
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We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 John 4:16 NAS
The place of the anointing is love. Without love, even the greatest faith counts for nothing.
This is the dominating motivating factor above all else in a minister. It was for love that God sent His servants the prophets and His own son to die. It was for love that Jesus obeyed, and suffered. It was for love that man was restored.
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If Jesus, in three and a half years of being anointed with the Spirit, produced such fruit, shouldn’t we, in a generation or two in the Lord, be able, as a body, to produce similar results, that is, if we are truly living after His Spirit?
The Spiritual Man, Christ, must live with us individually, as well as corporately. We must be the feet upon the Earth, whose head is in the highest heavens, namely Christ, where also we are seated. It is His call, the same as it was in the beginning, for His Word has not returned void.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
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