If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Desire is the key to self-discipline. If you want something, you are motivated to obtain it.
Consider the promises.
God will always guide you. He will meet all your needs, even when in dry places. You will never be in darkness–even in your darkest moments, it will be like noon day. You will be well-watered, prospering in everything. And, you will restore the things that had gone before, that have fallen, and been destroyed. That which was from generations past, you will rebuild.
If that is the promise, what is God requiring? The removal of the yoke. The removal of the pointing of the finger. An end to bad speech. And, instead, to assist those who are oppressed, and to spend yourself on behalf of the hungry. If this is the requirement for that, shouldn’t we be devoted to it?
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For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Jesus’ words on the subject of forgiveness are well known by many, and yet, still, the root of so many difficulties within the life of a believer stem from this issue of forgiveness.
The truth is, the heart is a complex, and very deep matter. As Jeremiah said, the heart is deceitfully wicked, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). But, speaking a little while later, the prophet wrote, “Heal me, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14). I do not believe we have a wicked heart, as believers, but we do have one that requires the faithful purification of a loving savior. Read more…
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Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The secret to the spiritual life is not in and of itself warfare, but rather in the Spirit Himself. Yes, we can learn the principles of warfare, and learn to bind and loose forces, yet if the reason that they are there, if there is some, is not dealt with, they will simply return, and often larger.
Consider for a moment Jesus’ life and ministry. He did have to confront satan in the wilderness, but, finding nothing in him, the devil left him for a more opportune time (Luke 4:13). The next time we read about the adversary directly opposing Jesus was at the end of his ministry, first speaking through Peter and then at the crucifixion, three and a half some years later.
What does this mean? It means that, unless there were other times in Jesus’ ministry where the enemy came to Him to test Him, Jesus spent most of ministry with the enemy driven back, not in open conflict with Jesus during His ministry.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:4-5
John the Apostle said that the victory that overcomes the world is our faith. It is the seed the produces the harvest, and as it is planted, it grows, and when it is ripe, it is harvested (Mark 4:26-29).
So, we see, as are sowing good seed into the soil, the Word of the Kingdom, the harvest should be determined upon the quality of the soil (Mark 4:3-9).
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Paul writes to Timothy, “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5). This is the end final product of our instruction.
Consider, for a moment, the working of miracles. Many have had miracle ministries in the church. Many have finished well, and many have not. Many have demonstrated the true heart and character of Jesus, while many have brought shame and disrepute, not intentionally but effectively, upon the body. But, let us remember, the end of our instruction, the goal, was never miracles or the demonstration of power, but was God’s love in our hearts, a good conscience with faith.
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But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
In Luke 11:20, Jesus said that if He was driving out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom had come upon those listening. While all the other miracles of the Old Testament had been done previously by other prophets, deliverance was unique to the New Covenant, and, by this verse, a distinguishing feature of the Kingdom being present. Despite a small faction in so call “liberal” theologians that attempt to say different, demons, or evil spirits, are presented as the primary cause for many ailments and behaviors. The basic difference between a Pharisee and Sadducee was that the Pharisee believed in the resurrection from the dead and evil spirits, while the others did not. Obviously Jesus believed in evil spirits, because He cast them out of people!
So, the understanding of the role of deliverance in the New Covenant is quite understood. So much as healing is the children’s bread, and Jesus said this in reference to casting out a demon (Matthew 15:26), this is just as necessary in the Kingdom as healing and salvation is (the Greek word for “salvation” generally indicates all three). But, where does this leave the place of inner healing in the New Testament? This was a stumbling block for a while for myself, until it suddenly occurred to me, as deliverance and the miraculous is the apparent half of the gospel, the inner work of the heart is its covered, veiled, or hidden work. The other “half”.
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