Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Early Rain and the Late Rain

“The Early Rain and the Late Rain…”                              

B. Keith Chadwell
      
“Eyes to see”, for Christians, means that we are born again of God’s incorruptible spirit and become new creations in Christ, enabled to be partakers of His Holy Spirit.  Enabled, then, to have the ability to see and understand things of the Spirit.
However, just having spiritual eyes to see does not mean that we can’t look at something spiritual and choose to see it or interpret it through our physical eyes and natural understanding and thereby miss the Spiritual import.
The Old Prophet Jeremiah gives us prophetic perspective in Jeremiah chapter 5; as he chides God’s people who have eyes to see and choose not to see; He tells us that these have a revolting and rebellious heart. Jeremiah goes on to tell us that those with eyes to see who choose not to see give no place, in their hearts, for a moral reverence and fear for their God who gives “rain” to them; both the ”Early Rain” as well as the “Late Rain”.
      Note, here, that in Biblical days the former or early rain; was understood to be; a lesser amount or a
Sprinkling” and the later rain or late rain was understood as; “shower violently”.
     Even people with eyes to see, may not see that this “rain” that is referenced
     by God’s prophets is, in fact, a metaphor or a symbol pointing to; God’s word.

Read these words of the prophets Hosea and then; Isaiah;
Hosea 6:3 then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth
not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

How will the Lord come to us? ”AS THE RAIN”!! And…AS THE RAIN effects a natural growth and harvest, so shall God’s word be with spiritual things.
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Committing our ways to Him



Committing our ways to Him
 

B. Keith Chadwell 3.18

Psalms 37:5-6
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.


We are instructed to commit our way or choose God's rule, within us, then have faith (trust) He will bring it to pass. If we are serious with God about walking in the Spirit, this is the way..."walk ye in it".

He, then, cleanses and changes our hearts… our thought processes, which begin to arise, “as the light” coming forth from a changed heart that He is changing.  Then, progressively, will come forth the manifestations of ”His righteousness” from our innermost being, which will be manifest, morning by morning.  Kind of like the daylight gradually rises each morning and progressively pushes out the darkness. 

This process (yes, I said “process”)  is not "instant potatoes". However, He is able to keep that which we COMMIT TO HIM against "that day".  The  day;  in which His full righteousness will be manifest through us, who commit ourselves to Him and His work in us.   So… by faith, we are the righteousness of God, until.... “His righteousness” is manifest through us, in fact, and those around us will see it and glorify our Father which is in heaven. 

Whatever light we are blessed to have been given during that process; let it shine. Let it shine until "that day" that "Christ in us" is fully manifest and we are "like Him".            

Matt 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


We choose & commit....Heaven rushes to our aid.  It is, then, God's work.  Like planting seeds, it is a process. It takes time from planting to harvest. In the meanwhile “FAITH”  will be the substance of the harvest  hoped for.....but not, yet, fully manifest.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Liturgy BC and AD


Liturgy, BC and AD                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                     

Jeremiah 8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

The Essenes were apparently an ancient Jewish sect of Dead Sea covenant community dwellers from about 200 BC to AD 68.  According to historical evidence they moved out of their Dead Sea community, perhaps coinciding with an earth quake about 31 BC and did not return until somewhere around the time of the birth of Christ, about 30 years later.  Archaeologists have found that they identified themselves, as “the Congregation of the Poor and with the "meek who shall inherit the earth”.

This Dead Sea scroll community called themselves "the people of the New Covenant or New Testament".  Although some of them may have become Christians after the Romans finally scattered them prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, scholars believe that they were, generally, in no sense Christian.


Historical evidence indicates that twice a day they celebrated a solemn communion meal, with the blessing of bread and wine. This, say Scholars; was "a liturgical anticipation of the Messianic banquet in the coming kingdom".  This apparently was a concept that was a common theme in the Judaism of the time.


Another regular practice of the Essenes was baptism.  On entering the community, individuals received a baptism upon their repentance of sins.  However, unlike the later Christian practice, the Essenes baptism was renewed each year and supplemented by other continued daily rituals, all purposed to make them spiritually pure by means of these liturgies.


Liturgy (plural liturgies):  A predetermined or prescribed set of rituals that are performed, usually by a religion. 



The Essenes were zealous for the law and arguably, to a fault.   However, they were a dedicated people, a religious people, who no doubt played some part in God's overall plan.  Perhaps, among other things, they were a part of helping to preserve and or validate some parts of the ancient texts of the Bible and perhaps other information.  Never the less; they were a people who came to a time of change and failed, without notable exceptions, to make the transition.
 

"Liturgies" or literal religious ritual adherence to established religious practices, whether passed on in writing or by oral tradition, were central to the Jewish religion before Christ.  Examples include; animal sacrifices, circumcision, observance of certain days and feasts, such as the Passover feast,  ritual cleansings of clothing, the body, and the list goes on.
 

These "old testament" literal practices are known by most Christians and well documented in the pages of the books of the law and referenced in other parts of the  of the bible.  The genuine liturgies or practices of the Jewish law were ordained of God, with purpose.  The purposes can be summed up simply but not completely as; "types and shadows" described and practiced in natural terms.  These were liturgies which flesh and blood could relate to during the times before Christ (BC), yet which pointed, mysteriously, to things to come in the Spirit (AD.)


No wonder, the Pharisees and Sadducees were at odds with Jesus, His message and His works.  Everything Jesus said and did was contrary to the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.  They knew it all.  Who was this vagabond, this carpenter's son from Nazareth?  He had no seminary credentials, no formal instruction or degree and the way He talked was even more maddening to them.  Nothing He said made any sense from their legalistic, liturgical or natural mind paradigms. And yet… he confounded them with His wisdom at every turn.


      John 7:46…, Never man spake like this man.


Let's look at a few examples of Jesus' use of their, then common, literal liturgical language with which He confounded and incensed them:


John 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.


Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:


John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

John 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?


John 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.


John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.


John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.


John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)


Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, (his followers) as they were able to hear it. 

Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.   


Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 


What then had a liturgical washing of the outer flesh (baptism) to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


What then had a liturgical cutting away of the flesh (circumcision) to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


What then had a liturgical observation of a day of the week (the Sabbath) to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


What then had the liturgical eating and drinking of a communion meal of bread and wine to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


Hebrews 9:9-10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which

were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal

ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 


Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.


With the coming of Jesus, the Christ, came a new creation, all things are become new.   In Christ we are a new creation, old things have passed.   A new covenant arrived over two thousand years ago. Why then, do we still continue to cling to the old? We came to a time of change over two thousand years ago.  Will we ever let go of the old religious traditions and finally, fully and completely, embrace the new?



Jeremiah 8:19-22 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? 







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B. Keith Chadwell

Highcountryministry.com


Monday, January 1, 2018

The Mystery of anti-Christ


“The mystery of anti-Christ”

2nd Thessalonians 2:                                       

V7 (Peshitta text): For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: until he who now is the obstacle is taken out of the way.

“The mystery of iniquity” in 2nd Thessalonians 2:7, above, could be compared and considered in the same light as the “The mystery of godliness” in 1st Timothy 3:16 or the mystery of Christ in Ephesians 3:4 and is further amplified by Col 1: 27; “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
 
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.

Col 1:27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

In considering the meaning of “the mystery” either of Godliness, of Christ or of Iniquity, we should see mysteries, by definition as; something hidden which may not readily be revealed; “a secret or mystery”.   For example, Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the Kingdom” and always spoke in parables and metaphor’s to keep the mystery hidden (a secret), except for those “with eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

So let us see these mysteries in the same way and ask the Lord to reveal them to us and not just rely on the traditional teachings of men:

The mystery of Godliness and of Christ deals with the manifestation of God in the flesh, the work of Jesus the Christ and the gift to His believers of the Holy Spirit, in order that we might become partakers of His divine nature.

Anti-freeze, by definition, could be anything that would prevent freezing.   By definition, then; “Anti-Christ” could be anything that prevents the perfection and manifestation of Christ in His Church.

Perfection and the manifestation of Christ in the Body of Christ is the goal that God has purposed for us and defined by Paul as; “Christ in us, the hope of glory”.

Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 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:

Oh…there is one more comparison we should consider, closer, as we inquire into “the mystery of iniquity”; “The mystery of the Kingdom”. Jesus warned His disciples that they were not to look for it, “here” or “there” because it was located WITHIN them.

So, again, the leavened doctrines of men have externalized, down through the centuries, the mystery of iniquity.   

Anti-Christ ? 

Rev_13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Incidentally and I think, not coincidentally, the medical community tells us that our flesh contains exactly six hundred and sixty six (666) skeletal muscles. 

Scripture tells us that “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God”, because it (the flesh) is by scriptural definition; Anti or; at war with the Spirit.  The flesh is contrary to the Sprit and unwilling to submit to Gods government, Kingdom (Kings-dominion) or rule of God.  (also; see Romans 7: and 8)

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

“That wicked”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:8)
Wicked: G3551; lawless, that is, (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile), or (positively) wicked: - without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

Our wicked flesh, surely, needs to be submitted to be crucified with
Christ and our faith, our trust is in Christ, is that He will do that very work.
His Dominion within us will, then, be manifest outwardly; A daily, progressive, resurrection unto His new life in us, until He is fully apparent in us.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

Eph 4:13 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:

If we, our fleshly desires and motivations, are crucified (not literally of course) with Him, we are also to be resurrected with Him.  His coming or appearing in us, His light, our new resurrection life, will destroy the dark motivations to sin or… “that wicked” in us. And then His light or his life will fill us and from the cleaned heart will come forth the manifestations of His righteousness in us.

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Luk 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. v6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Verses 9a & 10 of 2nd Thessalonians 2: describes “the working of
Satan" in this manner;

  “…the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

This is “ANTI-“ or In direct contrast to certain promises and expectations that true Christians have, which are:

 “…the workings of Christ”, with all righteousness in us that live, is because we do receive the love of the truth, that we might be saved!

Yet it does not appear what we shall be.  But, when He comes or appears or is manifest in us, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1Jn 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

The real target that the church should be zeroing in on to destroy the works of the devil is Ant-Christ for sure and certain.  That would be the desires and motivations of…OUR FLESH   And then for us to fully understand that it is not by our works that this destruction will be done, but rather by His work in us.   It is only “the brightness of His coming that will bring us to the final victory.

This whole passage in 2 Thessalonians 2: leaves no wiggle room for anything ANTI-Christ after the Lord shows up (2Th 2:8).  This is a total victory picture of; "the day of the Lord" (whatever and whenever that may be).

Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.


Let Him who hath an ear, hear

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B. Keith Chadwell




Saturday, November 25, 2017

Do not be deceived


Do not be deceived…


     Mat 3:1-2 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 

      Mar 1:14-15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

    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.

So, "the time is fulfilled", the Kingdom of Heaven/God is; "at hand" and has been for over 2,000 years.  However, the complete manifestation, in the earth, has not yet been apparent in Gods people as He has purposed it to be, to date. 
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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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Highcountryministry.com

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