That Reserve In Your Heart

February 28, 2014

_______,
To apologize for causing me (supposed) distress is not what you need to do or say. Instead you need to ask forgiveness from God for your treatment toward Him. (Heb. 10:29) You need to acknowledge to Him, and even to yourself, the case of your heart and genuinely repent of what is sinful there. For God has called and called you, but you, while requesting prayer that certain others give themselves up whole-heartedly to the Lord, have not done the same yourself. Your lack of 100% commitment to holiness and your refusal to renounce forever those things which tempt you reveal that you have tried to play games with the Lord’s Spirit. He has called you to an undivided heart, yet you reserve a small area in your heart for giving in to sin when you feel you must. He has called you to full, complete, total obedience, but you keep the spiritual “war” going so that you can excuse yourself whenever you choose to let sin win.

Quit all sin. Pluck out and cut off –forever and irreversibly– all that tempts you to give in to sin. (Mt. 5:29,30) Or do you not believe Jesus’ warnings that refusing to do so will send you to Hell? (same verses // Luke 13:3 // Heb. 10:26-31) Decide to do and say and think what the Lord commands 24/7, with no moment for yourself (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20), but to only do HIS will the rest of your life –24/7. (2 Tim. 2:3-5 // 1 Peter 4:2) If and when you do this, then God will give you His own rest and will give you His work for you as you walk in His will every single second –which will give you joy, freedom, and ease, as well as your requests granted. (Ps. 37:4 // John 15:16)

Your own words over the years have betrayed your lack of full commitment. For years God has called you to get serious and yet you seem to think that because you may be more serious than some others, you are doing well.

Consider whether or not you are being truthful when you say you chose to not read my posts for a time (which I never told you to read) because you felt you were following man. Maybe the real reason was that you were getting weary of feeling the conviction of the Spirit through His Word in my messages, especially once you realized that I had concluded your “holiness” to be inconsistent and not entirely genuine. Did you not ever find it strange in yourself that you eagerly sought from me help, encouragement, affirmation, edification, and prayer, but that my exhortations and rebukes to you were always met with excuses and/or denials? I never initiated any of our correspondence. You did, and you should have understood, especially considering that I preach God’s Word full time, that I was free to correct you in the Truth just as much as I was free to affirm you in the Truth.

Well, I did not plan to respond to your last email, but this morning, while in the Word, God impressed on me through Scripture after Scripture that I must warn when He tells me to warn. (Ezek. 33:7-9) And here is the main thing He says to you and so many others: “The righteousness of the righteous man will not save him when he disobeys.” (v. 12) This applies even to those whom God has promised Life to (v. 13), but who begin trusting in their righteousness and start committing sin. (same verse) Again: “If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it.” (v. 18) For the wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) For the mind of sinful man is death. (8:6) For living according to the sinful nature is death. (v. 13) For sowing to the sinful nature is death. (Gal. 6:8) Therefore, those who give in to things not pleasing to God do not inherit eternal life. (1 John 2:15-17)

Let’s remember who is righteous. They are those who do what is right –just as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6 & 3:7) This means doing what is right in the eyes of God all the time and in every detail. (3:5-10 // Luke 9:62 & 14:27,33)

I will keep praying for you and your family.
In Christ,
Rachel

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Return, Faithless One

February 27, 2014

Friends,
The Lord Almighty is continuously pleading with His faithless people to return to Him. He is our Father, our Husband, and our God. (Jer. 3:12-25 // 2 Cor. 6:16-18 & 11:2) Why do so many think that they can treat Him with such irreverence, and through their sin, violate the covenant? (Ma. 2:4-8 // Heb. 10:29) To defile God’s temple is abhorrent to God and He will, if they do not repent, condemn them with the hypocrites. (Mt. 24:48-51 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17)

God says, “Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” (Jer. 3:22) Many people teach that it is God who must be waited on to bring a person back to Himself. This is not correct. God has already been (patiently) drawing all mankind to repentance and to Himself, by what Christ did on the cross. (John 12:32 // 2 Peter 3:9) All day long, day after day, God has been holding out His hands to an obstinate people. (Isa. 65:2) Time after time He sends His messengers to urge the wayward to be reconciled to God through Christ. (2 Cor. 5:20)

When a sinner stops and tunes his ear to God’s voice, how does he come to, or return to, God? He must ask the Lord to restore him to Himself so that he may return. (Lam. 5:21) This is where God does do the work. But God must be asked. It is like any relationship needing reconciliation. One person initiates and the other responds. God has initiated reconciliation already –through Christ’s redeeming work, through the Word He has given us, through His Spirit who convicts, and even through the proclamation about God which creation itself shouts out. (Ps. 19:1-4 // Rom. 1:19,20) A person must respond to these, and in humility, ask God to forgive him and reconcile him. (Ho. 14:2)

But what else must a person do besides ask God for this ability to return to Him? The person must acknowledge his guilt. (Jer. 3:13 // Ho. 5:15) God requires this. He requires that a person acknowledge his rebellion, idolatry, and sin (same verses) and make a (genuine) pledge to Him to renounce these forever. (Ho. 14:3) This forsaking of wicked ways and evil thoughts (Isa. 55:7) while turning to the Lord and calling upon Him for pardon (v. 6,7), is what many –those who are disingenuously contrite– do not seem to understand. For God, most definitely, freely pardons only those who forsake their sin and their faithlessness. (v. 7)

So, “Return, faithless one,” declares the LORD. “I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful.” (See Jer. 3:12)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Israeliteindeed says at the end of her post yesterday,

“I want to encourage you to embark on the same journey I took. Jesus changes not. He will give you all things necessary for life and godliness through simply knowing Him (2 Pet. 3-4). You need no man to teach you; Jesus is the Teacher by His Holy Spirit, and His anointing illuminating the Word to your obedient and humble heart is enough (I Jn. 2:27). Do you believe that?

If you insist on seeking after emotional and spiritual highs, rather than seeking after Jesus (who, by the way, may lead you into some pretty LOW places), you will continue to be tossed to and fro, carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Eph. 4:14). If you insist on making a name for yourself, you may wind up in the entourage of a false prophet who is climbing that same ladder of self-gratification. Jesus taught self-denial, and unless you embrace it, you cannot be His disciple.

Yes, even in the Church, the following Scripture is true:

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Rom. 8:13

An emotionally-led or experience-driven form of Christianity is actually slavery to the flesh. It is death, death, death–no matter how many times it claims to be life.

And what is the fruit of a life lived in the Spirit?

Love, Joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness and self-control.”

The entirety of this powerful post, in which she gives us a testimony of her journey, can be read here:

http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/emotionally-led-christianity-is-slavery-to-the-flesh/

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
It is quite apparent that many who claim to be believers in the Gospel of Christ Jesus are not actually believers in His Gospel, nor in Him. Sure, they believe that they believe that Jesus is God and that He made atonement for their sins, but their faith is shallow or even something they merely imagine themselves to possess. This is obvious by the fact that they continue in weakness, still insist that they are slaves to sin (which a person is admitting if he claims to be experiencing that “can’t help but sin daily” syndrome), and cannot bring themselves to walk in “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph. 1:3) which God has granted to everyone who, through genuine faith (and thus submission), has learned to walk in the Truth. (same verse & 18-23 // John 8:31,32) For God’s power, which has been made available to us through the Gospel, and which is enacted by us through our obedience which comes from our true faith in Christ and His Gospel (Rom. 1:5,16 // Eph. 3:20), is certainly sufficient for living godly and victorious at all times (2 Peter 1:3,4 // 1 John 3:5-10 & 5:4,5) –a reality these “Christian” unbelievers deny.

God has definitely called us to be holy. This calling entails holiness in mind, heart, and spirit, which is to be displayed through our Christ-like conduct. (Mt. 5:48 // 1 Peter 1:13-16 // 1 John 2:6) This holy blamelessness is what God, before time began, chose by way of Christ to do for us –we who abide in Christ through obedience because of our faith in Him and His Gospel. (John 15:10 // Rom. 1:5 // Eph. 1:4 // 1 Thes. 4:7)

God calls us to this holiness (not a mere claim of Christ’s holiness imputed, but a holiness of being and behaving) because without this no one may be in fellowship with the Lord. (Mt. 5:8 // Heb. 12:14) Without separating oneself from all that is unclean, God will not receive us to be His own / to be His children. (Lev. 20:2-26 // 2 Cor. 6:17,18) It is our responsibility and choice to do this, obeying God’s commands to “purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1) so that we can perfect our holiness because, and through, our reverence for God. (same verse)

Therefore, due to our reverence and love, going back to anything of the dark realm (which endangers and can even sever our fellowship with God) is nothing a person clothed with, and abiding in, the Light of God (Jesus / Truth) does. (2 Cor. 6:14 // John 3:21 & 14:15,23 // Rom. 13:12 // 1 John 1:5-7) For we have made the pledge to live the rest of our lives for God’s will (1 Peter 3:21 & 4:2) by letting Christ live His life through us. (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20) Those who refuse this teaching are unbelievers. They do not believe in God’s all-sufficient power to bring true rebirth (true and full purity) to humans because they are not truly believing in Christ’s promises, words, or Gospel.

There are many unbelievers among us. Some are just pretending they believe, but most seem to really believe they believe. However, their actions, and even their teachings, prove that they do not and that they will be excruciatingly shocked when Jesus returns. (Luke 13:23-28 // 2 Thes. 1:7-10 // Jude 1:4) It would therefore be wise of the rest of us to view them as we should. (2 Tim. 3:5)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

We Sin Every Few Seconds?

February 24, 2014

Friends,
Oh, that the church would open its eyes and realize that God’s presence is not restricted to buildings (Acts 7:48), and is in fact often absent from them, even those which call themselves “A house of God”. Instead, God desires to inhabit people. For if He is allowed to do so, how conformed to Christ each individual is perfectly enabled to become.

If the Spirit of the All-mighty Creator God comes to in-dwell a person, how powerful, how loving, how wise, how righteous, is that person supposed to be? Still full of sinful thoughts? Still full of wicked desires? Still behaving with selfishness and in foolishness? Still unable to conduct oneself with consistent Christ-likeness? Absolutely not. Those who teach such inability are blaspheming God’s ability and power to transform. Those who teach such feebleness are denying that God, upon placing His Spirit into someone, does in fact give that person a new heart, mind, spirit –one that is completely new and clean and void of the old, dirty one. (Ezek. 36:25-27 // 2 Cor. 5:17) Contrary to the doctrine of these false teachers, God’s new creations DO follow God’s laws –carefully, consistently, joyfully, and in intimate fellowship with Him. (Ps. 119:14 // Ezek. 36:27 // Rom. 8:9,14 // Titus 2:11,12 // Heb. 8:10-12)

But alas, what wicked teachings abound from sin-loving deceivers bent on rebelling against God! These slaves of depravity cannot fathom a new, changed life (which they pretend to preach about), for in not being born anew (though they claim to be), the realities of the new life remain foreign to them. They and their teachings are to be left. They are the blind leading the blind. Claiming to know God while their actions deny Him (Titus 1:16), “they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.” (same verse)

A couple of days ago, I read a conversation about sin and holiness at a blog in which a guy responded to a preacher of Truth, saying, “Obviously, we have a sinful nature and, as Christians, we also have the Holy Spirit. So, we have a second by second choice to make: either submit to the Spirit, or live by the flesh. If you truly think you can live for more than a second or two (not speaking of sleeping) without having an impure thought or otherwise sinning, then I’d say you’re guilty of the sin of pride.”

There it is –the very prevalent false doctrine that most of “Christianity” promotes– stated concisely. How much more pathetically confused can their teaching get? They want us to believe that the Spirit of the Mighty God dwells in a believer, but He has not actually cleansed the person of filth –so much so that the person must have impure thoughts every other second. They want us to believe that God dwells in a believer, yet anyone who rejoices that he does not have impure thoughts (or words or actions) because Christ has set him free, should be informed that he is guilty of the sin of pride.

So let’s get this straight: We are to believe that we have both the Holy Spirit, as well as that vile sinful nature which God hates, abiding in us at the same time, that God’s promise to set us free from sin (Rom. 6:18) and circumcise off the sinful nature (Col. 2:11) is not true, and that every two seconds or so the sinful nature wins over the Spirit of God in us so that we cannot help but sin, at least in our minds? What weakness and nonsense. What a false gospel, and what blasphemy.

If other so-called “believers” will not stop their nonsense, their falsehoods, and their rebellion against God’s Truth, then we should definitely leave them. Bad company does corrupt good character (1 Cor. 15:33) and there is much going on in “Christian” circles that will prove worthless on the Day of Judgement. God’s wrath will certainly come on the disobedient and on all those who refuse to believe that impurity (impure thoughts included), are to be foreign to Christians. (Eph. 5:3-6) We are not to be aligned with them. (v. 7)

Israeliteindeed has also been writing about falsehoods “believers” are engaged in, even laboring in. She says:

“Laboring to put up a new, bigger building so we can believe we are doing the great commission even though we don’t know how to share the gospel, and never do, and don’t care to learn.”

How true! And how sad!

She goes on later to say this:

“So we complain to one another and speak of how we need a revival, and how other people are keeping revival from happening. And we keep doing our rituals and putting up buildings and inviting people to help us keep our pews warm and hoping it will all change, and encouraging one another that one day our labors will pay off.

But we don’t pray, we don’t weep for the lost, we don’t lay aside those labors that are going nowhere (or even recognize that they are going nowhere), and we don’t study to understand and speak forth the gospel in all of its powerful and life-changing clarity.”

True again. But most “Christians” are not proclaiming the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit because they are actually void of the Spirit. Instead of repenting of sin, obeying Christ’s words, and going forth in His power, they sit at their computers in the safety and isolation of their homes, chattering and arguing out their opinions from the power of that sinful nature they certainly do still retain!

Here is the link at which to read Israeliteindeed’s full article: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/laboring/

Here are her two recent articles concerning IHOP’s falsehoods: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/flee-from-international-house-of-prayer-aka-ihop-and-mike-bickle/ and: http://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/testimonies-freedom-from-ihop-international-house-of-prayer/

We all do need to be vigilant about discerning those counterfeits of the Truth. For there are many. No counterfeit will save. Only the Truth saves.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
“Therefore, anyone who knows what is right but fails to do it, is guilty of sin.” (Ja. 4:17)

Many people think that they are not guilty of sin because they are not committing those sins which they deem terrible –those things specified as prohibitions in the Ten Commandments. “I don’t commit murder,” they say. But they murder with their tongues and harbor hate in their hearts. “I don’t commit adultery,” they say. But in their hearts they lust after anyone they wish who they see on T.V., in the mall, or at work. “I don’t steal,” they say. But they cheat others out of promotions, swindle in sales, and through their lies, steal the truth from others. Would these sinners want to be treated as they treat so many others? Of course not. How they want others to treat them is the correct behavior they know everyone should be allowed to expect and receive. In other words, they are not ignorant about what is right. But, even while knowing what is right –the right way to act and the good they ought to do– they fail to do it. Such people are guilty of sin.

If a person is guilty of sin, he must repent. If he does not repent (which means to renounce the evil he is doing, turn from it, and live a changed life), Jesus says that that person will perish. (Luke 13:5) Repentance is a must.

But it’s not just about repenting from doing what is blatantly wrong. We must repent of failing to do what is right, righteous, and holy, and of not being proactive in these. We cannot just sit idle and think that we’re doing okay in God’s eyes. For in the same context of warning the unrepentant that they will perish, Jesus goes on to teach about the impending destruction of those trees (people) in His vineyard who, even after receiving much care, are still failing to produce fruit. (Luke 13:6-9)

Therefore, not only is repentance a necessity, but so is fruit. Good fruit. Fruit that is righteous and holy. Otherwise a person is guilty of sin. Those who remain guilty of sin remain guilty before God, which means they will not be given an inheritance in His holy Kingdom. (Heb. 12:14 // Rev. 21:27)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
We know that the Creator of the universe, He who is the Most High God, is good. (Ps. 135:3) He is a good God, and not only good, He is perfect and does no wrong whatsoever. (Dt. 32:4 // Mt. 5:48)

We know that anyone who shows partiality, doing so based on personal preference, at random, on a whim, or because of a bribe, is not acting with justice. We know that anyone who acts deliberately unjust is not good.

We know that Calvinists (those who adhere to the doctrines of John Calvin) insist that God decreed, from eternity past, that the majority of humans are to be irrevocably damned for their sins. This they teach in spite of the fact that God’s Word informs us that Jesus’ work on the cross atoned for the sins of all mankind, and that this atonement is applied to all who accept that pardon through faith. (John 3:14-16 // 1 Tim. 2:3-6 // 1 John 2:2) We know that God’s Word also informs us that Jesus not only paid the ransom for every human being (1 Tim. 2:6), but that God, who shows no favoritism or partiality (Dt. 10:17 // Rom. 2:11), deeply desires that all people repent and be saved. (Ezek. 18:30-32 // 1 Tim. 2:3-6 // 2 Peter 3:9)

Furthermore, we know that in spite of this simple and glorious Gospel, Calvinists are insisting to us that God has purposefully withheld from most people the ability to believe and repent. This, they say, God has done in order for Him to receive the most glory possible because He is then (supposedly) justified in sending most of mankind to Hell for their “refusal” to believe and repent.

So, we hear the Calvinists teaching that God is supremely good even while He has ordered that most humans not be allowed to believe and repent, and this, even while He repeatedly pleads in His Word that all mankind do so.

Well, another thing we know –besides the fact that All-mighty God is perfectly kind, patience, compassionate, and good, as well as completely just, impartial, and perfect– is this: That Calvinists adhere to a absurd doctrine which has been handed down to them by, no less, a murderer, and this, in spite of the Scriptures informing us that murderers do not know God, do not possess eternal life, are children of the devil, and are inheritors of Hell. (1 John 3:10-12 // Rev. 21:8) Choosing to exalt such a person, and in spite of the glaring wickedness and nonsensicalness of attributing evil to God while pretending they are extolling Him and proclaiming His greatness (and goodness), John Calvin’s followers continue their arrogant march of Falsehood, claiming all the while that they are the ones who understand God’s Word and thus have the ability to explain the meaning of its contents to the rest of us.

Little do Calvinists apparently know how off they are in their doctrine, how contrary to Scripture’s revelation is their analysis of God, and how wicked and evil they are to teach that which is so opposite of God’s beautiful and precious Truth.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel