Deception

4b3f8992a1bd04613f0dc764c29a5d76

What is deceptive about this lady? She looks like she could be anyone’s mother, nanny, a dress maker or wife of a a banker or business man. Got you thinking? Okay, she’s a dance teacher, Mrs. Johannsen. I would not have guessed that, school teacher, perhaps.

Like a magician, the enemy distracts and disillusions us into believing some things are true or fact while minimizing God’s promises and words spoken over our lives.  Let’s look at verses about deception. James 1:21-24

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. ( You are saved once but, you will need saving from circumstances. ) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling ( deceiving ) yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

I read this last week and though I have read it before, I realized I was not always being a doer. How often do we sin, by not doing something we ought to, allow ourselves to get into fear or offense. It is quite easy to be a hearer only. We glance at Jesus who we should look like on Sunday morning, and go on off forgetting what we should look like. It is the same being a reader and not doing it, if you can quote it chapter and verse and are not doing what it says, you are a tinkling cymbal

1 Corinthians 13 is a good parallel to this for you to read. We do look into the glass darkly, but He wants to meet us face to face. Do we see Jesus in us? Do others? Mainly, does He? Perception and deception are both sides of the coin, the Holy Spirit is about perception and the enemy deception. There is no way they are equal. So are we fooling ourselves into thinking we are better Christians that we really are? Or worse? Or are we deceiving others while believing the enemy’s lie? The Holy Spirit cannot lie, and He is the best teacher and soul searcher.

Timothy writes about evil doers and imposters who deceive and are deceived. 1 Timothy 3:13 Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. You will reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7 Deception is intentionally misrepresenting something, to mislead, a cheat, fraud. Charlatan and shyster also come to mind.

Many people are quick to apply these terms to ministers, or faith ministers in particular.  Only God knows the heart. It takes money to run a ministry, it takes faith to be healed. Jesus did not take money for healing, yet people, and a lot of women gave to His ministry. It was Judas who was the deceiver, pretending to help the poor. Jesus said there would always be poor. And there are always people to help. Let’s not Judas ourselves or deceive ourselves out of healing or prospering our soul, by judgmental statements made in haste or restating someone else’s opinion. Study for yourself and let the Holy Spirit teach you and you will not be deceived.

Get rid of filth and evil and be humble, taking Jesus at His word, and be a doer. You will learn to distinguish the foolish from the golden. Rebecca Jones

Tune-In-Thursday-MasterCrystalStorms.me

Advertisements

Perception

 

And it is my prayer that your love may be more and more accompanied by clear knowledge and keen perception, for testing things that differ. Phillipians 1:9

This is the Weymouth translation, other versions will say insight, knowledge or something along the lines of spiritual understand. Daniel is said to have ” keen “, my word, perception and so did Joseph, Job also mentions it. But the person with the most keen perception for discerning or testing of spirits, is Jesus.

Jesus, being God in the flesh, by the power of the Holy Spirit, perceived everything with accuracy. He warned the disciples when the wicked one was coming, though he had nothing in Him. He warned Peter, but he was still sifted and denied Him. He saw Nathaniel in the Spirit before He met Him. He was always able to resist the devil, being in submission to the Father. he was the only perfect person and only one worthy to make the sacrifice.

The New Testament is full of teaching on spiritual gifts,word of knowledge discernment. That is perception. When I told a writer friend the title of her next book, she replied. ” You’re very perceptive. ” It is not rocket science nor guess work, it is the Holy Spirit giving you and intuitive gift to test spirits, good or bad and discern. It is not a familiar spirit nor a spirit of divinity, it is the Holy Spirit, if you are a believer and have  spiritual gifts.

Jesus asks the multitude about the loaves and fishes did they not perceive. Perception is a natural ability to receive impressions through the senses, spiritual perception is a lot more, higher and more keen insight from, the Holy Spirit.  It can be associated with a state of mind some would call trace like, however, deep prayer or praying in the Spirit is preferable, not to frighten or confuse, nor deceive anyone who seeks spiritual gifts. It is not the occult. Remember, Paul describes Himself as in and out of the body, as well as John, when the Holy Spirit moves your spirit, whether you are aware of it or not, you are safe. The opposite of this is more mind control, teleportation, and leaves you open to demonic influence. And Phillip was translated bodily, to minister to a eunuch.

Other definitions are intuition, insight and awareness. I might add sensitivity to that list. I believe many women are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and also enemy attacks, he will go after our thought lives, and who and what we love. So we must be wary of him and not ignorant of his devices. We can avoid the pitfalls of his making, spoil the spoiler, and thwart the troublemaker with keen perception. Rebecca Jones

Evil

We know what evil is, right? Let’s take another look at the Bible’s definition. Hebrews 12:3 says we can have an evil heart by unbelief. Unbelief in His Word or promises, it is different from having a few doubts. Jesus faced everything we did and came out of it, but He had a perfect confession. Those operating in spiritual gifts must discern and try spirits.

Sure, we know what evil is in a sense, it is all around us. But let’s get a definition. Pride, arrogance, corruption, perverse speech. God hates it. Proverbs 18:3. Psalm 37:1 says not to fret over evildoers, not to envy them. I know I have fretted a lot over them, that was wrong. 3 John 1:11 tells us not to imitate evil. We are not to copy those who do wrong but follow someone who sets a good example

Those who do evil hate the light. John 3:20, God sees everything from so called white lies to the under the table deals of corrupt leaders, the unforgiveness, the deceit, jealousy. He sees prejudice and hatred. Jeremiah 29:11 promises us that God has plans for our good and not for evil or harm.

We are to reject every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22, even abstain from the very appearance of evil. Some things are legalistic, like the way we dress, wear our hair or entertain ourselves. I know women who would not wear pants or make up, and do not walk in the Spirit, and others who wear shorts and are prayer warriors. There are people who profess Godliness, but would go home and hit their wives, God sees everything and hears every word. You may impress some people or fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool God any of the time. Money changers and tax collectors were also evil cheating people with false coins.

We should abstain from evil. I know people who can have a glass of wine, I refuse to judge them, as many have a good testimony. But being intoxicated, is an evil I would abstain from. God looks at your heart, but people do look at clothes, wearing shorts in the summer is fine, even a bathing suit. But you don’t want to advertise yourself or give off the wrong impression. Nice clothes are not a sign to get attacked. I knew a girl who didn’t wear make up, would not go to movie, but did other things.  People are quick to judge, God is a righteous one. He knows the thoughts and intent of the heart. And even Jesus had, ” deliver us from evil “, in the Lord’s prayer and while explaining why we shouldn’t worry, said there would be sufficient evil in every day, thank God He overcame so we can.

There are two words for evil in Greek, the word poneru, indicates mischief, refers to the evil or wicked one. And wicked means to twist, snuff out like a candle, and what is our spirit but the Lord’s candle? But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3.  Truthfully, I though mischief was a minor thing, but it is obviously more that a prank or fun but the troublemaker. Just today, I reminded someone that money wasn’t evil, just loving it too much.

The other word is kakon, which indicates a base nature, malicious. The devil enjoys this, he is constantly looking to devour someone. We know better, knowing what evil is. And finally, we are not to repay evil for evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:15, we are to overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:21. Don’t worry about decisions made in His grace, some may not understand as long as you and God know your heart. Rebecca Jones / actress Lily Elsie, her costume looks sinister

purposefulfaith.com

Prosper

 

The prosperity gospel takes a beating. There are some right and wrong interpretations and like most things the believer is to use wisdom and discernment. Let’s look at the word prosper, to be successful, fortunate or to the thrive. While it is used about finances, it can be related to other things as well.

Paul say he wishes believers to prosper and be in good health, even as their soul prospers. The Apostle is saying that health will prospers as the soul does. Of course we will have better health, walking in faith, hope and love and having the fruit of the Spirit. Joy is like medicine. So we can be successful, fortunate and thrive in health, our health prospers as our soul does.

And what is the soul? I believe it is the mind, will and emotions. God wants to help us not to worry, fear,not allow our hearts to be troubled. We can excel in health, that is a way of prospering, also to bless certain gifts, talents and anointings, He prospers that as well.

As far as money is concerned our soul prospers with wisdom, He inspire and give ideas. Our Creator is creative and able to bless. Proverbs 11:25 and 16:20 speak of prospering. One who is generous and one who listens to instruction, and it also says blessed. I think that is a good definition of prospering.

While many people prosper who are not believers or do not live a Godly lifestyle, their wealth can be wasted, lost or misspent and will not prosper them in eternity without knowing Jesus. Many of us like Jeremiah 29:11, about God’s plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Why would He say that? Maybe He knew that many people would wind up thinking He was out to get them, when in reality, He sent His only Son.

Our Heavenly Father desires us to have health and wealth is given to establish His covenant in the earth. People need to know the Lord, but remember, listen to wise instruction and be cheerful. You can sow God’s Word into your heart, and it will certainly grow and prosper in your heart if don’t let the devil and confusing and conflicting beliefs take it from you.

And of course there is Isaiah 54:17, that no weapon formed against you will prosper. You must be a believer and that promise is yours if you confess, He made you righteous.

I pray we prosper, God’s way, and in His love. In Jesus name. Rebecca Jones

Wait

 

One thing we all have trouble with is waiting, waiting in line or for a prayer to be answered. I realized that often I was confusing wait as wait on the Lord, as serve, much like a waiter or waitress. Keep serving the Lord and be of good courage, for instance. We will look at the verse in Hebrew it rhymes, ” qua-weh el Yahweh. ” Interesting, right?

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:4

I wait for the LORD my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40: 31, one of my favorites, the word is translated from wait to trust and hope in several other versions.

Psalm 33:20 speaks of waiting on Him. And when LORD is capitalized it is usually, Yahweh, God Almighty, Himself. Psalms is full of waiting. So wait does really mean wait, but also trust and hope as you serve Him. Psalm 37:7, evens says to rest in Him ans wait, and you can go back to December for my rest series.

Now for wait in the definition. To remain inactive or in repose ( rest ) until something happens. To be available and ready, not bad. To delay or postpone, I don’t that applies and finally to wait for something eagerly, which is by the way also a definition of hope, a word used to translate for wait.

So while I was beginning to think I was confusing serve, I guess not. Waiting and resting is serving. Rebecca Jones

Rapture

c8431e2e7686cb1c1926faf9ae202a30

First of all, rapture is not in the Bible, does that mean it is not a prophetic event? No. The word demon is not in the Bible, are there demons? Yes, Usually, they are called devils, and there is only one Lucifer, they are classified, like angels. But the Rapture, is a source of disagreement among believers.

There are three basic beliefs, that Jesus will return pre Tribulation, my belief. Mid and at the end. There are some people called Pretorists who believe it already occurred. it did not happen in 70 A.D.  Nero was not the Anti Christ. Some believe it became a doctrine in the 1800’s.

The spirit of Antichrist exists now, in hatred, prejudice, the evil that people do and in the deception of God’s love for them. Many are sure they can not be forgiven. There is still time, if only a short one. The tribulation we overcome as believer is a daily life or trial and following Him. The Great Tribulation is talked about in Matthew 24.

Jesus will send angels to gather the saints prior to the beginning of this terrible time. And He knows who they are. Many are called Christians, just because they are not Jews or Muslim. Many believe having gone to church, been dedicated as a baby or the repeat after me prayer enough and go on living any which way. That prayer, if sincere, is enough, but it must be from your heart and you do grow and produce fruit. So not everyone, who says Lord, Lord, knows Him. He is Lord and just.

When He speaks of one taken and one left, it implies that half the population will be saved. I do believe that many more will be before His return through the gospel, prayer and intercession, but that was an example not a number. Salvation is for anyone who believes on Him.

We are to be wise like five of the ten virgins and keep our light burning in anticipation of the bridegroom’s appearance. We are to be full of the Holy Spirit, a light to others. When He comes for the Church, it is the Rapture. His Second Coming is to put an end to war and destroy the Antichrist. He will reigns a thousand years and the devil loosed a season.eventually, we will all have eternal life or eternal damnation.

So let’s look at 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18 …16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17 After that we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18. Therefore encourage one another with these words.…

So you see instead of  fear we can have faith, the word harpazo in Greek defines a snatching away by force, seizing, even as if by robbery…aren’t we familiar with the description of His return as a thief in the night. The Jewish weddings have the bridegroom coming to take away his bride at night, the Marriage Supper. We have a lot of wonderful things to look forward to.

And I hope you have a better understanding of the word Rapture. Which by the way means ecstasy or passion. We should be ecstatic and passionate about Him. It is also a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion or a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things 

Come quickly Lord Jesus. Rebecca Jones

 

Salvation

 

Salvation, a word we hear often, assume we know it’s meaning and even take for granted. Salvation to a believer means being born again, believing in Jesus being crucified and risen, the Son of God. We are taught  John 3:16 early on. Acts 4:12, declares there is no one, no other name to save us.  The Greek word for salvation is soteria.

Welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety. These are a few definitions of the Greek word, and the root word is sozo. And sozo means to save or rescue. So salvation is a lot more than not going to hell and hoping to make it through life on a wing and a prayer. You can check the Strong’s Concordance.

Health as our soul prospers? Deliverance from evil? Preserve us blameless? Show us His salvation? Keep us in safety? We read these verses and do we think about salvation. Of course these verses range from The Apostle Paul back to Psalm 91, and even the Lord’s prayer.

So in 2018, we should realize how dependent we are on Jesus, and He wants us to be. Not helpless or hopeless, but sheep needing a shepherd, the Good Shepherd. And the next time you find yourself facing illness, a major decision, even danger, we can look to the Lord, turn our eyes on Jesus, and remember the price He paid for salvation.

And we also can remember, that we got a lot more than just being redeemed from hell, but from other things as well.  There are many more aspects to salvation, and our ionos zoe, eternal life is a continual learning process. Rebecca Jones

Faith on Fire | lylidunbar.com