Friday, January 18, 2013

Emanuel, God With Us - by Gina Duffey

I'm not trying to teach anyone anything, I am sharing what I believe. You do not have to agree with me and if you don't, it's totally okay.

I don't perfectly understand it all, but this one thing I know. God did not send his little boy to die for least not in the sense that it is commonly taught. God came himself to save us.

We have such a hard time understanding how God and Jesus could possibly be the same, considering Jesus prayed to the Father, and called him Father, and so on. The way I understand it is that... it is God in human form that is the son. When he came as a man he chose to live as a man, so was a son with a father. God the Son, God the Father.

Explained another way...

God is a spirit.
This spirit has a voice.
This voice is the Word of God.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Word of God is Jesus.

This is why it says in John that the Word was in the beginning with God and was God, and everything was made by him. The spirit is God. The word (voice) is God. There was no "body" that was God. Yet.

God overshadowed Mary and caused her to conceive of his spirit. That was his very own spirit he placed in her womb. That's why Jesus was fully human yet fully God.

It's hard to wrap my finite mind around an infinite act. But I can't refuse to believe it because I can't wrap my brain around it. I also can't grasp how God "spoke" the sun and moon and planets into existence. But I believe it.

God gave me a picture years ago... If you take an empty bucket to the beach and scoop out some water from the ocean and set it on the shore, is the water in the bucket still the ocean? Does the ocean cease to exist? IF water could talk, could the water in the bucket speak to the water in the ocean? Do you get the picture? One day, when it is all over, God will be all in all. (Pour the bucket of water back into the ocean?)

God did not cease to be fully God even when he placed his spirit in a human body.

John 8
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Jesus could not have made this statement if his existence didn't begin until he was conceived in Mary's womb. His human body may not have existed before then but his spirit certainly did as it was the one and the same spirit of God.

Jesus repeatedly stated that he and the Father were one. Many say that means "of the same in spirit" but I think it means the same exact spirit. There are not two spirits of God, or three, there is only one. Jesus is Emanuel, God with us. He is the voice of God, the speech of God, the Word of God...talking to us in person.

This is what I believe, but I still pray that as I grow in faith and grace that he will continue to shed more light on who he is. I trust him to keep me in his way.

Is The Promised Land Heaven? - by Gina Duffey

The Promised Land is not Heaven when we die.

The Promised Land is...

a new heart
a purified heart
a circumcised heart
an undivided heart
a perfected heart
a new creation
a new nature

However you put it, it's when we have died to self and Christ has moved into our "heart land" and is seated there now, ruling and reigning. His kingdom set up in our heart ... that's the land of promise.

It's Heaven here and now. It's an invisible realm but it's citizens see and recognize it. Such people are done with sin and self and their will has been sacrificed and burned up on an altar. Self has been crucified by being denied to death!

One major thing most churches teach falsely is that all this applies at conversion. This is a deception. The truth is this promise is only available to the believer....this new life and new heart can only be pressed into by a truly converted, repentant believer. But they have a wilderness to cross first. They have a will and a self life that has to die first.

Ask God to know you and show you....and to lead you to his path of righteousness. Accept without defense what he shows you and obey him!

Follow the the truth.....deny your flesh...lay down your will.....strive to enter in! Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The goal is not Heaven when we die.....

The goal is the Promised Land.

The goal is Christ in us to the full.

The promise of the Father....

Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 36:25-28 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

If our heart is still divided and our nature is still carnal and soulish, and we don't do what we know we should and do what we know we shouldn't...then the goal is still ahead of us...PRESS IN!! take it by violence against the flesh life! Don't let the "but its a free gift so I don't have to work at it" false gospel keep you in bondage to sin/self and from the freedom the Lord was raised to share with us!!

But trust in the finished work of Christ...they say.

His work was finished on the cross, but it did not start there...

Jesus was laying down his will and taking up his cross every single day of his life (which is what he is telling us to follow by the way) until one day he took up a physical cross where he laid down his physical life. Then it was finished and the veil was rent in two. We know what the veil represented so we know what it meant when it was ripped in half by God.

A new and living way to the Father was made. The way into the new covenant. The way to the new heart, the new life.

Yes we have to trust in the shed blood for remission of sins...but please realize that this is not the goal, it's only the the starting point! Yes it's extremely important as the new life in Christ cannot even be grasped at by someone who has not trusted in the work of the cross.

There is a gospel of forgiveness of sins out there, but it's HALF a gospel. The FULL GOSPEL is that he died for our sins and was raised for our LIFE! Again...this does not mean Heaven when we die, it means an abundantly full life right here. (abundantly full means FULL of the life and spirit and nature and fruit of JESUS) (not houses and cars and jobs and positions, and blah blah BLAH)

When the Hebrew children "looked to the blood" on their doorposts, was that it, was that the finished work, was that the goal?... or did they still have to follow the leading of the spirit through the wilderness? At the end of the wilderness, was it now finished, was that the goal?...or did they have to believe that God would still yet bring them into the promised land of rest?

Remember that 10 people went in to spy the land, two said we can take it if we trust in God but eight said we can't take it. So many people died in the wilderness and never entered the promised land of rest because of their unbelief.

This is still happening today...many do not believe these precious things that few talk about. They instead choose to believe what the many talk about, especially church leaders and teachers, that all these promises apply to you when you "give your heart to Jesus" and "get saved". They say "we can never be set free from sin in this life...that happens when we get our new have to have faith that it's true in the spirit realm and that God only sees Jesus when he looks at us." DECEPTION!!! I know they say this as I heard it for years. NAYSAYERS. I never heard the truth until I got out of those high places!

MANY there be that are going to destruction....FEW there be that find life.
MANY there be that tell lies and FEW there be that reject them!!

GOOD NEWS!! Jesus came to forgive AND to set free.

We are set free (from bondage to sin and self will) by receiving a new nature and a new heart that has God's laws written on them. Until we receive this promise, we deny our flesh, continually looking unto the Lord to bring us in. And he will...but we have to believe!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

It Sounds like a lot of work.... - by Gina Duffey

Believing, submitting, yielding, surrendering, obeying, sacrificing (self), consecrating, separating, crucifying, denying (self), resisting, striving, pressing on, enduring, depending, and trusting are all biblical words written by the Holy Spirit.

It SOUNDS like alot of "WORK"...and it IS if you are depending on yourself to live it! But we are not supposed to be doing anything in our own power! We are meant to STOP depending on self (even our own wisdom) and totally and completely look to God for his grace which is perfectly sufficient to live the way he requires. Jesus said his yoke is easy...we make it hard because we try to do it in our own strength. Look to God. 

A "works based salvation" is when you are looking at your deeds and performance or even your morality to save you. We are meant to do whatever the Holy Spirit leads us to do...and when we do it's actually HIS WORK not ours! Deeds of any kind can save no one. This way of life IS NOT dependent on our ability to perform anything. Look to God.

If you are sitting under teachers that are telling you to relax (stop worrying) and "just have faith" when you are practicing sin and living out from self you need to run away as fast as you can. If you aren't intimately and actively involved with those words listed above but believe you have eternal life, chances are excellent that you are deceived and not even born again.

I know there is a HUGE and dearly loved teaching out there that once you "gave your life to the Lord" and you really meant it you are on your way to Heaven regardless of how you live... but that is a doctrine of devils.

All those words I named above describe a lifestyle of true repentance which is turning from a self directed life to a God directed life. Not just a proclamation or a confession and not a one time act. Those words have to do with taking up our cross daily which means laying down our self life and it's another way of saying "not my will but thine O Lord" ... every ... single ... day. 

I'm telling you, no matter what you believe, this is the truth. If we aren't living according to those words, we are NOT EVEN FOLLOWING (the real) CHRIST no matter how sincerely we think we are and our assurance is false. It's a deception. These words will not offend a true saint.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Christ paid the price and we have to pay a price too....our (self) life (our will) is to be laid down. The doctrine of the "free gift salvation" has become perverted. If we think we can keep our (soul/flesh) life AND follow Jesus, we only deceive ourselves. Our part is to repent and believe and LOOK TO HIM. If we submit and trust, his grace is sufficient for living the way he asks. (Which isn't to follow of list of rules but to follow his voice/his lead in everything everyday.)

Deception and delusion is abounding. Apostasy is rampant. This is speaking not of the world but of the church. So many people really believe all of this applies to others but not their church and certainly not them. Please pray for a love of the truth because truth will set us free from deception. 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to look unto God in and for all things.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Anxiety and Faith ~ G.D. Watson/Steve Bray

Anxiety and faith are just the opposite of each other. By contrasting the two we will learn how to lose the one and acquire the other. It will also help us to see how our faith has begun to recede as soon as anxiety begins to develop.

Anxiety has its center in the creature, but faith has its center in God. Anxiety can only occur when the soul has placed some of its trust in something other than God.
Reason is the parent of anxiety. Because it naturally looks at the creature, at friends or foes, at works of nature, at circumstances and probabilities, which are all unstable, it can never produce perfect confidence.

In contrast, faith pierces through all creatures, and all circumstances, and fastens itself upon an infinite, loving, and Sovereign God—a God who knows all and superintends all.
Faith is the eye of the human spirit looking at God; and, in a certain lofty sense, ignoring everything but God. In childlike faith it trusts in His promise to work out all things for the good of His children.

Anxiety originates in the unfulfilled desires that come out of the fallen state. Faith, on the other hand, has its origin in the fullness of the provisions of God. The fallen condition of the soul causes it to have many overreaching desires and excessive feelings of want. Its spiritual life is dependent on what is taking place around it in the natural realm. Reason is therefore always busy with these wants, constantly searching for ways and means to improve the situation and gratify its desires. It sees the many instances where its plans are hindered—where these wants are not supplied—and this creates anxiety. And since these wants tend to grow as they are brooded upon, the natural life eventually becomes an endless reaching out to do something about these unfulfilled desires, which continues to compound anxiety.

In contrast, faith goes out from the creature and looks upon the fullness of God. It searches into His character, His benevolence, and His inexhaustible power to supply whatever is needed, including His heavenly spiritual life, and then simply rests in Him.  This vision of the fullness of God destroys anxiety.

Anxiety is related to what it can see through the natural perceptions and is attached to how the human will chooses to deal with its immediate surroundings. But faith has a wonderful expansiveness to it, and is attached to God’s will wherever His will leads. It enters into His Sabbath-rest, ceases from its own works, and learns to trustingly live by God’s Spirit.

The natural reason is nearsighted and sees things only that affect the present hour and emergency. It sees things fragmentary, and so it becomes perplexed at the problems and complications of men and things. It attaches itself to this or that thing or enterprise, and when something does not work, or there is a disappointment, it is in consternation. 

In contrast, faith is long-visioned and is expanded whenever there is trust in God. It is firmly attached to the Divine will, so that it does not cling to any creature, or human plan, or circumstance, or nation, or position, or church, or earthly prop. It is internally united to
God Himself, and thus it can easily let go of all things and circumstances to be in harmony with God’s providences. And in this place where the will is in complete union with God’s will, it finds perfect rest of soul.

Faith looks at passing events from the standpoint of eternity, as they will appear thousands of years from now. On the other hand, anxiety results from seeing all creatures and events out of their proper proportion. With its microscopic view, it sees things to be giants—things that faith is able to look at in the light of eternity and regard as only tiny insects.

Human reason, which is the instrument of anxiety, fixes its hope first on this person, then on that, first on this party or government, or enterprise, or prospect, or plan and then on that. Anxiety is therefore like a person crossing a river of floating blocks of ice, stepping on one and hoping it will float them over, but when they find it is melting or sinking they step on another. The mind never reaches a solid rest and deep repose in God.

In contrast, faith has gotten down through the shifting sands on the earth’s surface and is anchored in the primeval rock of God and His promises. It never changes its object. Because it has learned to find its perfect rest in an infinite God, it spurns everything that is separated from God’s eternal purposes. It has complete assurance that the will of God is always accomplished. And the more it expands and apprehends God, the farther it gets from ever wanting to look to the temporal realm for hope.

Perfect faith in God reduces all things in life to a state of simplicity. The reason, the judgment, the affections, the words, the labors of such a soul all move in straight lines under the dominion of a deep and simple faith in God. It knows that nothing can occur that is not according to God’s will. It therefore shuns the complex where reason naturally goes in an attempt to work out its own results.

We should begin to see how those who still become anxious and uneasy have a mixed religion. “For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
(Jam. 1:6) It comes from trying in some way to depend on human reason rather than walking by the Spirit with faith in God. It results in chronic worry and distress. These souls find themselves continually caught up in a fruitless effort to accomplish their own will rather than simply trusting in what God is already working out for their good according His Sovereign will.

Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good  part {enjoying the peace of God}, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)

There is a sweet satisfaction when faith in God has become perfect. It drinks continually from the sun bright fountains of God Himself through the person of Jesus Christ and by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. With the soul always satisfied, and with the reason and the will always in harmony with God’s perfect will, it finds a heavenly rest. And nothing can take it away. It is able to wait on God to bring about His purposes,
without ever depending on the outward signs of apparent success or failure. It is set free indeed from all anxiety that originates in the laborious, demanding and tiresome struggles of the natural mind.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)