Wednesday, October 25, 2017

First Things First




First Things First                                   

                                            B. Keith Chadwell; 2017


Luke 17:5-10 (NIV) The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!  He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.


As you read on, Jesus appears to ramble off the subject and one might even think that he had decided to ignore their request.  However, on closer examination of the text we see He did answer them.  The answer was not what they were expecting and probably not what they wanted to hear. 

Jesus taught them here; that a true servant does not serve himself FIRST.  A true servant lays aside his own desires and needs and makes his FIRST priority, the desires and needs of his master. Jesus wanted them FIRST to understand this critical lesson, so essential to being a faithful servant. 

As Christians, we have been given the measure of faith Rom 12:3.  So, since we already have been given a measure of faith, we too, should be able to command even nature to obey us.  However, FIRST, we need to have our priorities in order also. This FIRST requires that we insure that ANY requests we make are in accordance with Gods will.  FIRST, being led by the Spirit and having the mind of Christ. Then, if our hearts do not condemn us, we will be making a request, as a servant given the authority to ask on behalf of, or in Jesus name.



1John 3:21-22 “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”



1 John 5:14-2(NIV) “This is the confidence (say faith) we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything to according his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask―we know that we have what we asked of him.”



In Jesus name, we pray should not be a casual tag line at the end of a prayer; it should be an affirmation of our conviction that we have Jesus authorization and approval. 



If we are not confident that we have the authorization to pray in a specific manner on a specific issue shift gears!! 



We need not struggle, worry or be frustrated at our temporal inadequacies (infirmities). At this point we can shift gears and pray in the Spirit, which will assure that our inadequate understanding of the will of God will be bridged by the Holy Spirit praying through us.



Isaiah 28:11-12 “…This is the REST wherewith ye may cause the weary to REST…”



Rom 8:26-27 “ Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.



The question that begs for an answer at this point is; “Can Jesus trust us with His authority yet?”  Or, are we still making requests that seem good to us, but for which we are not fully convinced are the will of the Master?



James 4: 3. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”



The pattern Son is our example.  Following His pattern, exactly, is the only way we can build the old waste places, come to spiritual maturity, allow God to bring forth His Kingdom in the earth as it is in heaven, through us by His Spirit and glorify Father God, in the Earth, as Jesus did, once again.



John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me”.



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Behemoth and Leviathon


Behemoth and Leviathan   B. Keith Chadwell

Job, Chapter 40& 41
Biblical, mythical or legendary animals have often been associated with human behavior or other metaphorical applications, as opposed to the association with their actual existence.


Often legendary creatures came to symbolize vices or virtues, or the power of good or evil. In many cases, their actual existence was secondary to the moral of the tale in which they featured” (New Word Encyclopedia; “mythical creatures”.)


“Behemoth” is said to be an Oriental type of

Self Will”

Self-will definition: “persistent carrying out of one's own will or wishes, esp. when in conflict with others; stubbornness; obstinacy”

According to Wikipedia: The word “Behemoth” “is most likely a plural form of בהמה (bəhēmāh), meaning beast or large animal. It may be an example of pluralis excellentiae, a Hebrew method of expressing greatness by pluralizing a noun; it thus implies that Behemoth is the largest and most powerful animal ever to exist. Metaphorically, the name has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful entity.



According to (the Hebrew) “midrash recording traditions, it is impossible for anyone to kill a behemoth except for the person who created it, in this case the God of the Hebrews. (End quote)

Job 40:19 (Judaica Press Bible) V19 His is the first of God's ways; [only] his Maker can draw His sword [against him]. (“Behemoth”)

Leviathan” is said to be an Oriental type of

“Self-Love”

Job 41:34 ... (Leviathan)”... a king over all the children of pride”.

Job 41:1 …..” Who can draw out Leviathan......?”

Have we now further identified some of the principalities and powers,
that we war against in the Spirit, when we pray in the Spirit?


How can we pray only with our understanding and “draw out Leviathan..?

How can we pray only with the understanding of men and “draw His sword” and kill Behemoth?



Do we understand, yet, it is the enemy of our souls that fights to remain seated on the throne of our own desperately wicked hearts?


How helpless we are to even understand where our enemies are or who they are, let alone fight and defeat our spiritual enemies without the Holy Spirit working in us. 

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Do we, yet, understand what it means “to enter into that rest”?

Do we, yet, understand the relationship to “the sword of the Spirit” and “the word of God”?


Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.?


Eph 6:17-18 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


Much more could be said here by association.  However, in the coming times, I believe it will be imperative for those who are focused on knowing and doing the will of God to listen to what the Spirit is saying, and to earnestly seek His understanding. Seek, knock and ask. 

2Peter 1:19 (CEV) All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts.


Even for well-meaning Christians, the traditional, natural understandings which we may have embraced, in whole or in part, will not allow us to “see” more of this mystery.   Unless we can “SEE”, more and more with the eyes of the spirit how can we grow further to be trusted participants in the culmination of God's plan in these times unless we can SEE and HEAR and be LED by the Spirit?

This teaching is a glimpse, perhaps, into the hidden mystery of the Kingdom, deliberately hidden by God in the Holy Scriptures in parables, metaphors, similes, and dark sayings.


Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

A rough lesson; Behemoth and Leviathan apparently can't be killed by me......well, well I was pretty sure I knew how to deal with them.  Come to find out, not so.....  ....now what?
 
A friend of mine wrote the following some time ago;  
We have done the very same thing with the Grace of the New Covenant that the Jews of Old did with the Law through Moses. We have externalized Christ's commandments to us, according to our 'own understanding…”


The above quote is So true and not surprisingly, in that there is “nothing new under the sun”.   Unless we are changed by the divine influence on our hearts (true Grace), our efforts to reach the full righteousness of “perfection” set before us in Christ (our promised land), must, also, fail, just as the Jews failed to fully possess theirs. 

Christian experience, as far as I can tell, pretty much tracks the natural history of the Jews who came out of Egypt with a promise, also.  The promise set before them; was a promise that was, also, “at hand” but also, was conditional and involved choices to be obedient and to be led, not by man, but by God.


Like the Jews, the promise was “at hand” for Christians.   However, not heeding
Jesus warning of leavened doctrine, the “Church”, by and large, quickly lost
the true vision.  Then, not unlike the Jews quest for their promised land, “the
Church” has, for 2,000 plus years, reaped the fruit of what Paul indicated would
happen;  “ that God will send strong delusions to those that should believe a lie and not receive the love of the truth.”



    Thus; with no true vision set before us, now, with over two thousand years of this type of Christian experience we typically concluded that it is not possible, this side of heaven, to attain to the “Perfection” or the righteousness of Christ, except by faith (someday in heaven).  We have believed this leavened doctrine and since truth is non-discriminatory, the tares and the wheat have had to grow together.


     So, here we are, by in large, in the same place the Jews found themselves in at the Revelation of Jesus, by John in 30+/- AD.  And….I believe, we Christians are,
NOW, just as Matthew 9:36 described: “…. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”



     I don’t think any of us have a clue how pitifully far we have missed “the mark” that Paul spoke of. That is; “The mark of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus”.   
    There is no hope for us to ever see “The Day of Christ” except that the light of Christ floods us, by His Spirit and reveals “that man of sin” that sits in the throne rooms of our desperately wicked hearts.   Only, by His coming… only by His flooding of our hearts with His light can lasting, permanent, righteousness… His righteousness, ever be manifest outwardly, in its fullness from
our hearts (Manifest Sons of God).

     However, as pitiful as I am… we all are… there is the promise that He would leave
in the midst of us a poor and afflicted people….   So, somehow we must see that
the thorns in our flesh are, in fact, necessary for our chastening and correction.
Even Paul was given thorns in the flesh;……”lest I become exalted thru the abundance of revelation given me.”



There are many influencing factors that filter our viewpoints.   I have come to think of these as our “paradigms” and those influencing factors, must, of necessity, include the ongoing pruning and chastening process.  Because, it is written; we enter the Kingdom (Kings-dominion within our hearts) through much tribulation.


 I had no idea what that meant in the beginning, just as I had no clue of all that came with being, both, baptized with the Holy Ghost AND with FIRE.


Continue Lord to do whatever is necessary, do what only you can do, don’t let me (us) miss….”The Mark”.


   Mic 4:6-7  In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. 

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B. Keith Chadwell

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Labor to Rest?


Labor to Rest?  B. Keith Chadwell; updated 2017                                                                                 For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, (His rest) lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  (from; Hebrews, chapter four)

I have long been convinced that entering into “that rest”, “in one accord”, is imperative to the “perfection of the Saints”. 

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto  a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

That is; “Perfection” being the fullest manifestation of “Christ in us”.  Or, said another way; “Perfection” … the full manifestation or appearing of Christ in us that is set before us in so many ways in scripture.  The “Perfection” that is the fullness of what Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 13  as he set before us the goal or point aimed at  which we Christians have seen and do see but, generally, not very clearly: 
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Journey To Perfecton

THE JOURNEY TO PERFECTION

B. Keith Chadwell, 2017/7

We, like Jesus, must learn obedience through the things we suffer. This is the suffering which results from the death of self will.   Paul said, “I die daily…”   

Hebrews 5:8-9 Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by    the things which He suffered;
          And being made perfect He became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey Him;

I can only think of Jesus as He suffered in prayer in the garden, pleading with God the Father to take away the cup that was before Him.   The cup He spoke of was the agonizing death on the cross to come the following day, which was the will of God for Him.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Luke 22:44  And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His
sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

His agony in the garden was His mental and emotional suffering which was so intense; He “sweat as it were” great drops of blood.”  As agonizing as His death on the cross must have been, I believe there was as much suffering for Jesus in the garden as on the cross, as He brought His flesh and His mind into subjection to his Spirit and to the will of God the Father. 

In any event, He surely suffered much in the garden. He laid down his desires, His will, His intellect and emotions, to the will of God.  So shall we suffer likewise as we seek to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and give our old lives up in submission to the will of God.  This is necessary in order to have Him effect the mortification of our flesh through the power of the Spirit and then to resurrect in us the life and nature of Christ. 

2 Peter  1:2-4  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the
knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
According as His divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of
Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature

2 Corinthians 10:5 -6 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Romans 8:17 -19 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him that we
may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

I, like D.L. Moody, also think it is nearly impossible for us to comprehend the impact that one man or woman would have on mankind who would fully seek and allow Christ in them to mature them and then manifest Himself completely through them.   Manifesting to their families, their communities, their nation and finally to the world a fully mature, “Christ in them”.

You can, as a Christian, choose to humble your old mind, will and intellect to God’s Spirit and journey on towards perfection, to a transformed mind, will and intellect.  The Journey is from righteousness by faith, to righteousness in fact, or in deed, from immaturity, to perfection.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

No More Delay



No more delay…            B. Keith Chadwell, 2017



    Luk 17:20-21  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.



Eph 1:17-19 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto   you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power...

It is God's goal that we go on, beyond the elementary doctrines of Christ, to perfection in Christ, it is our individual and corporate destiny in this earth.  It is the “end” goal that God has purposed for His people in the earth.   Then, Him showing forth His righteousness from within our hearts to a dark and dying world and thereby allowing Christ in us to, in fact, be the manifestation of God's wisdom, power and love to the world, through us.

The truth is the truth, no matter what we believe.  However, as the Spirit of God opens the eyes of our understanding in these days, we may discover we have been stumbling over obstacles to the truth in the scriptures which have been placed there, by God.  The “strong delusion” described in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11, is clearly such a mysterious obstacle.     
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beyond the Blessing of Abraham




Beyond the Blessing of Abraham   (Part 1 of 2 parts)            
 B. Keith Chadwell

Gen 28:4 (Old Isaac speaking); “And give thee (Jacob) the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land.

The blessing was passed down the righteous line to the one seed to receive the fullness of “the blessing of Abraham”; which was; Jesus.

Therefore as we transition “the blessing of Abraham” we find it’s revelation by the Holy Spirit.   We find Paul, tells us in Galatians 3:14, clearly, why the blessing of Abraham was given:


·        Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


    The “blessing of Abraham” was given, as Paul states in Galatian’s 3:13-14, “that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”.  The “promise of the Spirit” was given because God knew mankind would not and could not do a work in their own hearts to perfect themselves or make themselves righteous by nature.  Therefore, since Adam’s fall, mankind’s bondage to their Adamic sin nature would continue into perpetuity unless God could save them from this fate


          So, through FAITH in Christ mankind would be able to receive the incorruptible Royal Seed of His Holy Spirit to be planted within their hearts (the land).  However, the incorruptible Royal SEED would only be the “earnest” of the full promis
         

Only after the Royal SEED would be planted could the process of Spiritual growth, unto full maturity in the Spirit begin, even unto the stature and measure of Christ.


God’s ultimate goal was; to FULLY manifest His righteousness and His divine nature from within the hearts of His people to family, neighbors and nations.  In this way all the nations of the earth are to be blessed.

The growth of the Royal Seed and the full manifestation of “His divine nature” in

those who would accept His offer of the promise of the Spirit, would not be an event but rather; a process.  So, the Royal SEED had to be received by FAITH in Jesus and what He had done.  Then, since the Holy Spirit was the only one who could make this happen, the Holy Spirit would, subsequently need to be allowed to, progressively work in believers to change their hearts until the full promise would be manifest. That would be Christ, fully formed in us. Or…“Christ in us; the hope of glory”.

FAITH is the substance of “the full promise” that is hoped for. The hope being that; the Royal SEED when planted in the land (heart) was to grow to “the fullness of the promise of the Spirit”.   

So, because we have this hope of the promise and FAITH that God will make this happen, in His time, God counts this FAITH as righteousness in the meanwhile.  This is  the ONLY hope for the descendants of Adam to  ever fully manifest God’s divine nature, from their hearts.  For we are; “the righteousness of God”…but only by FAITH in what CHRIST is doing in us, until the full promise is, FULLY manifest, in fact.       

What can we expect?   

·        Short of joining “that great cloud of witnesses” and waiting for another generation of Christians to catch the “vision” of the fullness of “the Promise, what are we to do now?

One of the analogy’s that holds the answer in the Old Testament, is the story of Abraham and Sarah and God’s promise of a child, which is well known.  However, this natural analogy’s application to the Spiritual may reveal more to Christians than we might have thought.


Abraham and Sarah struggled with their promise of the child: Isaac (the child of the Spirit).   In the natural it seemed impossible that Sarah could even conceive in her “old age” let alone give birth to this child, promised by God. So, they relied on works of their own flesh which produced; “Ishmael” (the child of the flesh).


We, like Abraham and Sarah, have come to rely on "Flesh" to manifest what we could believe for of  “the promise, in lieu of “Faith”. Therefore, for the most part, in one way or another; we Christians have produced an “Ishmael” (the child of the flesh). 


This “Ishmael” is the religious product of the seed we have planted. It looks like the real deal, at first, but like “the tares” planted in the parable, it will not produce the harvest of “the Royal SEED”.  We can’t circumvent the law of the harvest; “you reap what you sow”.

Look at our Pattern Son, for He was the firstborn of many brethren who were to follow Him and have the Spirit fully formed in them, also.

Jesus was born of the Spirit and of the flesh.  Likewise, we who are born of flesh and blood and follow after Him must be “Born again”.  Not of the corruptible seed of Adam, the seed of the flesh, (been there, done that) but rather of incorruptible SEED.  That is; of the Royal Seed of the Spirit of promise.  Born again, of “incorruptible SEED; then to grow and developuntil Christ is formed in us”.


·        Mar 4:26-27 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how.

·        John 12:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

·        Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Like a farmer planting SEED in “the land”; first the Royal Incorruptible SEED is planted, then begins a progressive work by the Holy Spirit working in us. The fullness of our promise is NOT accomplished by any works of our doing right things or trying to think right thoughts through our own efforts.  It is His Royal Seed, we are His land, and It is His work in us.  His “Beulah land”, as it were,

It is His “grace” or “divine influence on our hearts” (the land within us). We are instructed to just “REST” and have faith in HIM to do this work in us, UNTIL it is completed.  Until Christ is formed in us and His divine nature is always manifest, from our hearts.  Then…”when He shall appear, we SHALL be like Him”.

It is the law of the harvest,you reap what you sow”.


Works of the flesh to help God to manifest the fullness of His “promise” …won’t.   The promise of the fullness of the Spirit was and is “yea and amen” but as with the promise to Abraham and Sahah, only through the work of the Spirit.

As then, so it is now; it requires FAITH and obedience.  Then, in God’s time, by His work, NOT OURS, the full promise will be manifest.


“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God
by us.  For which cause I also suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, for I know
whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard my deposit
until that Day.  Hold fast a pattern of sound words which you heard from me, in
faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good Deposit given through the Holy
Spirit indwelling in us.”    


This concludes part 1 of a 2 part series titled; “Beyond the Blessing of Abraham”.

Both parts are posted, in full, on the Books/teachings page of the High Country Ministry website;







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