Jesus Christ is Lord of All

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Living in the Eternal Realms

Dear Father,
      I praise You that from everlasting to everlasting You are God. You have been our dwelling place through all generations. Please grant me grace to speak Your Words regarding the frailty of worldly life and the eternal mind/heartset that you are calling us to have. Please continue to instill the eternal perspective in all of us so that we may love one another in Your eternal Covenant of love, willingly undergo persecution, walk in Your holiness, receive Your strength, and be relieved of our fear of man. You are the faithful One who is able to do it.
In Jesus Christ's Name,

25  He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12

      God's purpose in this letter is to remove from our hearts the love of worldly life and to grant us an eternal perspective. The world in its present form is passing away with its earthly pleasures, wealth, splendor, persecution, trials, famine, poverty, sickness, pain, and the earthly tents of our bodies. Because God and His Covenant are eternal, God's people are able to live in the eternal Life that He has granted them through Christ. As God's people live in the eternal realms through their ongoing belief in the Gospel, their love is perfected, their lives are set apart in holiness, they willingly undergo persecution, their generosity increases, and their fear of man is removed. Complete acknowledgement of the Truth of eternity by the believer will result in a hatred of the worldly life and in a life lived in the eternal realms. 

I. The Fading World

     Because men have by default rejected the Truth in their conception into wickedness, they had no understanding of the eternal nature of God. For God is "the Alpha and the Omega...who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Rev 1:8). In their rejection of Divinity, they had no recognition of the frailty of their lives and their idols. They did not comprehend that all of their labor, wealth, possessions, self-righteousness, and bodies were soon to be destroyed in the fire. They had no knowledge of the eternal Home of righteousness where God will reign supreme over all those who have loved Him. They had no knowledge of the coming wrath upon them for their wickedness. "46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”Matt 25" For where there is an ignorance or rejection of Divine Truth, there can never be an understanding of eternity. And when one is blinded to the eternal realms, there is nothing else that can substantiate his purpose except a love and clinging to the worldly life with all of its temporary assets and promises of relief from its troubles. In the midst of his wickedness, mankind seeks to hold onto his earthly life. He seeks to prolong the days of his life. He seeks to protect himself from harm and earthly disaster. He seeks to accumulate more wealth, more honor, more fame, more earthly acquaintances with others who have similar mindsets...he seeks to establish himself here. He has made the world his home. The fulfillment of his deepest desires and longings involve the building of his earthly kingdom. He has believed the devil's lie and though God had written His Law on the hearts of mankind and revealed His "invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature" they have "suppressed the Truth by their wickedness" (Rom 1:18-19). God had 11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. Ecc 3 The inhabitants of the world could not fathom God's purpose from beginning to end in the revelation of His glory through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,  who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. Rom 2 Only with an understanding of the character of the true and Living God could mankind fathom eternity. Only with faith could mankind realize the frailty of his life, that the rich man fades away even as he goes about his business just as the sun withers the plant so that its blossoms fail and its beauty is destroyed (James 1:11). The Truth of eternity alone could set men free from their idolatry of created things for this Truth would convey to their hearts that these created things would soon be destroyed. 
Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will express my riddle on the harp.
Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay.
10 For he sees that even wise men die;
The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
12 But man in his pomp will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words.Selah.
14 As sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for Sheol to consume
So that they have no habitation.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,
For He will receive me. Selah.
16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His glory will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he congratulates himself—
And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.
20 Man in his pomp, yet without understanding,
Is like the beasts that perish.Ps 49
II. Belief in the Truth of Eternity: the Effect on the Mind and Heart

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3

     The faith that God grants to His children to believe that Christ has undergone the baptism of His death and resurrection leads them to live a life raised to walk in newness of Life. Christ's resurrection gave rise to an Eternal Redeemer and Intercessor. The believer who is risen with Christ and who lives by the Spirit is living in the Eternal Realms. At the very same time that the saint walks under the lead of the Spirit and in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, he is living in the eternal realms. In this sense the saint is "blessed in the heavenly realms with every Spiritual blessing in Christ" (Eph 1:3). Though the earthly bodies of the saints will soon fade away, their souls are raised immortal. 27 Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’Dan 7 Even as they continue to live their lives in this world, for them "To live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil 1:21) for their spirits have been brought to life once for all for all eternity. Though there is a glory that awaits them, they begin to live in the eternal realms at the present time by the faith that guarantees their inheritance in Christ.  The hope of seeing Jesus Christ face to face and becoming like Him as they see Him as He is purifies their soul in the present time. As the believer walks by faith and not by sight of the created fading world, he walks and lives in the eternal Realms. Every Spirit-led word of his mouth and act of his being is accomplishing work in the eternal Kingdom as he leads many to righteousness. 

 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Dan 12 

      His eternal purpose is based on no earthly asset or strength, but rather on the unchanging omnipotence of the eternal God. A supernatural strength resides in the midst of his faith as he "desires a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a City for them" (Heb 11:16). They do not seek an earthly country. "And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return." (Heb 11:16) That is, if the saints had lost their faith and the heavenly perspective, they could have resorted to their earthly idolatry and worldly kingdom building. Yet, their Shepherd is keeping their souls firm for all eternity. He is their dwelling place and His everlasting arms are underneath them though the assets of the world fall apart. "The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. " (2 Tim 4:18)
“ There is none like the God of Jeshurun,
Who rides the heavens to your help,
And through the skies in His majesty.
27 “ The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’Deut 33

     The people of God at the moment of belief are raised up with Christ. Their souls are made new to desire the glory of God and eternal virtues of love, worship of God, and sacrifice on behalf of Christ. Their deepest desire becomes the pursuit of eternal Life in the knowledge of Christ. And where is Christ to be found? He is found seated at the right Hand of God. They are eternal and anyone who seeks to know Him possesses a mind and a heart that are given over to the eternal realms. They are no longer possessed with the heart that succumbs to worldliness or the mind that is buried in dust of the fading earth. For the Kingdom of Christ cannot be found in the temporary realms. As Christ proclaimed, "My Kingdom is not of this world" and "My Kingdom is not of this realm" (John 18:36). In order to follow the eternal Savior, one must set their hearts and minds in the eternal realms rather than the earthly realms. 

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”Micah 5

     Furthermore, the saint is dead to the old self that had sought to establish an earthly kingdom. He is dead to every carnal desire that had been contrary to the will of God. Every evil inclination in the heart of mankind is based on the love of the temporary realms which will soon be destroyed. Only with acknowledgement of the eternal God could the saint behold the eternal glory and walk in obedience to Christ. The saint's life is hidden in Christ as he has faith in the Eternal Word. The saint has called the eternal Life of Christ as his own life and when this Life of Christ is revealed, he is revealed with Him in glory!

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.Col 3 

     The result of the setting of the heart and mind on Christ who is seated in the heavenly realms is the instilling of the purpose of God into the saint. And the work of the regenerated soul is to work for "the food which endures to eternal Life, which the Son of Man" gives. As Jesus told us, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent". There is much to be learned from this statement. For oft we have planned our days of discipleship as though our work consisted in the visible works of our hands, the number of souls that we had preached to, the time we had spent in service, prayer, etc... but Christ tells us that our work is to BELIEVE in Him. There is another deep mystery hidden in these Words of Christ. For in believing in Christ, we are believing in the Gospel. To believe in Christ as our work practically means that we are to live in grace. We are to work to maintain a heart that is broken and contrite beholding the love and grace of the Father shown in Christ. Though He has certainly given us the Great Commission to preach the Gospel, He has not given us specific commands as were given in the Old Testament. He spoke against legalism: 23 “ Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!" (Matt 23) The commands of Christ for His followers are always made in the heavenly realms and result in the obedience that accompanies our faith. Living in the Eternal Realms means that each day we work to continue in our belief in the Gospel of Christ. We were never meant to feel satisfied in the fulfilling of miraculous signs (without acknowledgement of the benefit of His glory for us personally) or in the acquiring of perishable items but rather in the eternal food. And what is eternal food? As Christ stated "I am the Bread of Life". Christ Himself is the eternal Food. Our work is to believe in His Gospel so that we may behold the love of Christ and the fellowship and comfort of the Holy Spirit. The types of food that we work for are: the "encouragement in Christ", "consolation of love", "the fellowship of the Spirit", "affection and compassion" (Phil 2:1). And any of us who have experienced the taste of this kind of food will understand why we work for this food and none other... In the belief in Christ's salvation we also acknowledge that we have no wisdom, knowledge, strength, or any other asset apart from Him that allows us to do the work that He calls us to do. We acknowledge that only God knows the future and only His plans and purposes will remain. We acknowledge that "His ways are higher than our ways" and "His thoughts are higher than our thoughts" (Is 55:9).

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
11 “I, even I, am the Lord,
And there is no savior besides Me.
12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And I am God.
13 “Even  from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?”Is 43

     We know that because His eternal plan involves turns and directions that we could never derive on our own, in our dependence on His guidance, we do the work of believing in Him. We do not strive on our own to commit acts of righteousness, but work to continue in grace. But through our belief in Christ, we are walking in the Spirit, and the Spirit will surely lead and counsel us. "Those who are led by the Spirit are Sons of God" (Rom 8:14). As we walk in His grace, we "put to death the misdeeds of the body so that we may live" (Rom 8:13). And in the process of this death to self we are certainly bringing forth fruit in the world. A man who does nothing more than die to his own flesh as he believes in the Gospel of Christ does more for the world than the man who conquers the world as he walks in his own schemes of self-righteousness. 

 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” 28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”John 6  

     As the saints behold the frailty of the earthly life and the secure home of righteousness that awaits them, they begin to sense unity with saints of every generation for their Lord has been the dwelling place in all generations and from everlasting to everlasting He has been a refuge and a Rock of salvation. In this sense, the days of the saints are seen by these saints as few and limited...precious gifts meant to be given over for the work of God (and we remember that the work of God is to continue in the belief of the Gospel and He will accomplish the rest). As the saints continue in faith each day, their God "works in them to will and to act according to His good purpose" (Phil 2:13). 20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21  equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.Heb 13 The saints are not seeking to build an abode in this world, but are aliens, who count down the days to enter the permanent home of glory. Their hearts are with the King of the eternal Kingdom.  
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may  present to You a heart of wisdom.Ps 9

III. The Eternal Covenant of Love

     As the saints believe in the Gospel, the eternal Covenant of God's love becomes their stronghold. They understand and believe that God's Covenant of love with them through Christ remains firm throughout all eternity. His Covenant of love extends towards all His people and brings to perfect unity the people of God. A deep belief in the aspect of God's Covenant of love that will someday bring to unity the people of God will relieve the saints of much of the distress of temporary stumbling among the people of God. For if no such covenant existed, then there would be many things which could separate us from one another. And indeed though we are eternally unified, there are many things that seem to separate us because we are still in need of His refinement in this area. For as our hearts and minds gain the heavenly perspective, we would acknowledge primarily the souls of each other rather than the outward appearances and statuses. We would no longer show favoritism to others because of earthly reasons. We would rather favor the people of God because their souls are loved by our Savior! "So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." (Gal 6:10) In our response of love to the love of God, we could not do anything else but love the people whom God loves. And even when we ourselves are the ones at fault in relationships and even when we ought to have shown love but withheld it in our fear, negligence, and apathy, when we continue in our belief in His love and grace, we will certainly be filled with His love for the very people that we failed. (I have failed everyone in the world this way, but there is no way I can comprehend His love for me, and not comprehend His love for you. How can I know Him without knowing that He loves you? And how can I love Him without loving those whom He loves? And though I have failed, how can I refuse to receive His purifying grace? And if He has purified me, then there is nothing that holds Him back from sharing with me the love that He has for you...).If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (I John 4:20)

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through  the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.Heb 9
      When we struggle to love one another as Christ has loved us, we know that there is forgiveness that we ought to receive from Christ so that we may show this same grace to one another. God in His grace has brought to me a peace regarding the status of the souls of the saints that I struggled to have for many years. He has taught me that I am allowed to have love that "believes all things and hopes all things". He has shown me so much of His own grace and forgiveness that I can no longer accuse believers for not understanding some of the training in righteousness that we all ought to have. For those who profess faith, God has called me personally to believe and hope for all good and blessed, Gospel-filled outcomes. I am called to encourage and pray for the people of God. And I have observed that the revelation of grace to a soul is transforming to the soul of a true sheep. Yet, if I were to forget His grace for a moment and have an accusing thought for even a moment, I would be the voice of the devil...I am done accusing and judging. He is the just Judge. His call to me is to show His love and grace and to speak His Words of Truth in these virtues. No matter what the people of God say or do that seems amiss to my discernment, I will pray, believe all good things, hope for His work in their souls, ask Him to help me show His love and grace, and to speak His Truth in love and grace if that is His will. May He grant us the remembrance of His eternal Covenant of love!

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” Rev 12

IV. The Life Set-apart in Holiness

    Another result of the eternal perspective is a disdain for unholiness. For everything that is eternal is holy (the devil and his worshipers will reside in eternal torment but we could hardly call them eternal in the sense that our God is the "eternal" God). The mind and heart that are set on the eternal God and His virtues result in a lifestyle that is holy and set-apart. The saint's lifestyle is no longer similar to the patterns of the worldly people. But they are distinct in holiness and purity in all areas. There are two items to consider in our lifestyles. One is the presence of those God-made earthly blessings which may turn into idols if our hearts sought satisfaction from them and they began to replace our exaltation of God. Examples of these things which are "lawful, but not profitable or edifying" (I Cor 10:23) such as the idolatry of food, family, natural recreation, etc. And we ought to regard all of these things things in moderation for the glory of God while thanking Him and knowing that He alone is the source of true pleasure and satisfaction. The second item is the one that will be discussed in this section and is the presence of lifestyle factors which are in essence contrary to the Truth of God and which require our complete abstinence from them. These lifestyle factors are not neutral or harmless but convey to our hearts the voice of the anti-Christ. And with the presence of such factors in our lives, we are closing the door to the holiness of God and the vision of the glory of God for we are called to pursue "the sanctification [or holiness] without which no one will see the Lord". It is God who works in us to see the damning nature of such immorality and to remove these idols from our lives.

10...He disciplines us for ourgood, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
14  Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Heb 12

    God is commanding His church to entirely abstain from secular media. A true hunger and thirst for His righteousness will help us to abstain from this destructive entertainment. You ought to call out in prayer to God to discern whether what I say here is from God. For I am truly stating here that God wants us to completely give up watching secular movies, TV programs, sports, etc. These items have been speaking the words of the anti-Christ to us and our children. Every word, every act, every plot, every ending in such items is claiming that the world, "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life" (I John 2:16) is the purpose and aim of our lives. These items teach us the ways, motives, rhetoric, body language, and deception of the world. The spirit of the anti-Christ which is already in the world claims that Jesus has not come in the flesh. The voices from secular media are from the world, speaks as the world, and the world listens to them. But you, dear saint, are from God and anyone who knows God will listen to you as you hold out His Words of Life. The spirit of the anti-Christ fails to acknowledge the eternal purpose and character of God. The voice of the anti-Christ exalts the temporary things of the world. God is telling us that if we truly want to see Him and behold His glory, we ought to abstain from secular media. Please ask God to direct you into His good eternal will. I am accountable to Him for conveying this exhortation to you. It may be very painful for you to give up this leisure activity; God is filled with grace, mercy, and compassion. He knows how much you can handle. He will mend you and restore you with a greater joy in the presence of His holiness than you have known before. He never cuts off the idols of His people without restoring them to His joy before they die of hopelessness.

 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.I John 4

V. Readiness for Persecution

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.2 Cor 5

     The eternal perspective allows the saint to not value too greatly the pleasures of this world which are temporary and fading nor to fear, dread, or reside in torment as a result of the temporary and fading trials and persecutions of the world. Earthly happiness is not too joyous and earthly sorrow is not too disastrous when God's final and eternal victory is in the mind and heart of the saint. For this reason, when the saint obeys the Great Commission, and the guaranteed persecution comes, they will not give up hope or faith in Christ. Their eternal perspective of Christ in the heavenly realms causes them to walk through persecutions without being shaken in their beliefs. These persecutions and temptations try their faith. But their Savior who is seated in heaven brings them out as pure gold. For through the Spirit, the saints are being brought an "eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison". 

16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.2 Cor 4

     Contrary to the enemy's desire, God always refines, purges, and purifies the saints throughout persecution. Persecution is coming, dear family, and we may fall by the sword, the flame, be taken captive, and plundered, even those who have insight among us, and only the faith in the Savior than causes us to live in the eternal realms will result in our standing firm and not being condemned with the temporary world. 

 33 Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days. 34 Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy. 35 Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them  pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time. Dan 11

VI. Increased Generosity

     At the present time, the love of many has grown cold. But there are still remnants of self-righteousness among the people of this country. There still is a common politeness or artificial kindness between many individuals. There is no unconditional sacrificial love among these people who do not know Christ. Specifically, they would be unwilling to give up their material possessions to another in need though they would be willing to speak politely and with human decency in an otherwise casual setting. The giving of material possessions is not the entire evidence of love, but it is very important in the Word of God. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?18  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. I John 3 As the resources of our country are drained (as many of us have come to understand may take place in our time), there will be a line drawn for us. Would we love our temporary earthly lives and resort to hatred, war, malice, and greed? Or would we hold up the beacon of Truth and pour out our earthly lives for one another to achieve eternal glory even if it means living in poverty? Live in the eternal realms, dear saints who love Truth and glory.

16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17  comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.2 Thess 2

VII. Removed Fear of Man

     As we behold the eternal souls of one another, our fear of man is removed. God will use us greatly for His Kingdom as our fear of man is removed. Those who have been taught by the Spirit to fear God and no man are granted great freedom in their lives to speak and to act according to the Truth. When we acknowledge that one day, all of the people of God will be unified and worship God for all eternity, and that all of God's enemies will reside in torment, there is no one left to fear but God Himself. 

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11  for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Tim 1

Message about these Writings: These writings are a gift of grace to me from the Spirit for the encouragement of the people of God. The broad theme of each week's message is usually given to me at the beginning of the week. Through-out the week, God will reveal Truths by the Spirit, the Word, other people, dreams, and events. The important aspect is that regardless of how the message is conveyed to me, it must always fit perfectly with the Word of God, and conveys to you nothing more than what has already been proclaimed in the Word.  At the end of the week I write the letter which takes about 2-5hrs and I thoroughly delight in this process. The prayer and introduction summarizes the letter. I ask for your forgiveness for my frequent typos and am praying that God helps me to be more diligent. I believe that when I write the letters, my mind is given over to the Spirit for much of the time. I trust that His grace has covered all of my typos and that you have understood the meaning of what was written. God consistently reveals His heart and mind to me as an act of gracious love because He knows that this is how I sense His love. I feel that in His grace, my love for you [the people of God] has increased over time. Because the Truths described here are from the Spirit's teaching of the eternal Word, I am accountable to the response of my heart to Them. And He is changing me through His teaching.


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