bless the jews
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#7441 Jul 3, 2014
Titus 3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 Remind people to be submissive to [their] magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be prepared and willing to do any upright and honorable work,

2 To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.

3 For we also were once thoughtless and senseless, obstinate and disobedient, deluded and misled; [we too were once] slaves to all sorts of cravings and pleasures, wasting our days in malice and jealousy and envy, hateful (hated, detestable) and hating one another.

4 But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Savior to man [as man] appeared,

5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

6 Which He poured out [so] richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.

7 [And He did it in order] that we might be justified by His grace (by His favor, wholly undeserved),[that we might be acknowledged and counted as conformed to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action], and that we might become heirs of eternal life according to [our] hope.

8 This message is most trustworthy, and concerning these things I want you to insist steadfastly, so that those who have believed in (trusted in, relied on) God may be careful to apply themselves to honorable occupations and to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent and right [in themselves], but [they are] good and profitable for the people.

9 But avoid stupid and foolish controversies and genealogies and dissensions and wrangling about the Law, for they are unprofitable and futile.

10 [As for] a man who is factious [a heretical sectarian and cause of divisions], after admonishing him a first and second time, reject [him from your fellowship and have nothing more to do with him],

11 Well aware that such a person has utterly changed (is perverted and corrupted); he goes on sinning [though he] is convicted of guilt and self-condemned.

12 When I send Artemas or [perhaps] Tychicus to you, lose no time but make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.

13 Do your utmost to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they want for (lack) nothing.

14 And let our own [people really] learn to apply themselves to good deeds (to honest labor and honorable employment), so that they may be able to meet necessary demands [a]whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and uncultivated and unfruitful lives.

15 All who are with me wish to be remembered to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace (God’s favor and blessing) be with you all. Amen (so be it).
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#7442 Jul 3, 2014
v.34 ::

"Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."

Proverbs 14:34

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#7443 Jul 3, 2014
Zechariah 5 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Flying Scroll

5 I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.

2 “What do you see?” the angel asked.

“I see a flying scroll,” I replied.“It appears to be about 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.[a]”

3 Then he said to me,“This scroll contains the curse that is going out over the entire land. One side of the scroll says that those who steal will be banished from the land; the other side says that those who swear falsely will be banished from the land. 4 And this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: I am sending this curse into the house of every thief and into the house of everyone who swears falsely using my name. And my curse will remain in that house and completely destroy it—even its timbers and stones.”
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#7444 Jul 3, 2014
Romans 5:5Amplified Bible (AMP)

5 Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us..
spiritual visions realm

Pasir Gudang, Malaysia

#7445 Jul 5, 2014
Most Christians similarly see the heavens closed. Few see with open vision either into the heavenly realms or into their own hearts. The heavens are always "bronze" to a hardened heart. But the Lord promised, "You shall see the heavens opened, and the angels of God!"

God wants us to have true spiritual vision. One sign that the Holy Spirit is involved in a church is that, "young men...see visions, and your old men...dream dreams" (Acts 2:17). There is continuity between God's Kingdom in Heaven and His Kingdom on earth.

Out of a purified heart, out of his perfected holiness, came open vision of the glory of God.

Remember, we are not seeking experiences, we are seeking a pure heart. We are not running after visions; we want holiness. Even as the supernatural realm was an expected phenomenon in the primitive Church, so also was purity the expected condition in their hearts. Therefore do not be as the foolish ones who seek visions. You must seek sanctification, and when you are ready, if God wills, He shall speak to you in supernatural ways (see Acts 2:17-18). Do not seek to conjure up an "experience" with Jesus; seek to have a clean heart, allowing Christ to examine and purge you daily. And as He washes you with His Word and chastens you with His holiness, He will draw you into His presence. He will open your eyes to "things without and things within."

Because of our dullness of heart, we have come to expect spiritual blindness as an unfortunate condition of this world. The truth is, in the Old Testament, one of God's judgments against sin was that the heavens became "bronze" (see Deuteronomy 28:23).
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#7446 Jul 5, 2014
God Has Called Us To Holiness

What the Bible Says About Living A Clean Life

By Ken Raggio

Every born-again believer has been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ for cleansing. Every sin that he or she has ever committed has been washed away, never to be remembered against them again. You cannot get any cleaner than blood-washed.

So why does the Apostle Paul tell us, "...dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God," 2 Corinthians 7:1?

If I am clean by the blood of Jesus, why must I cleanse myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit?

Why must I be bothered with "perfecting holiness"?

Is Paul's admonition simply a redundancy, another way of saying "get washed in the blood of Jesus," or is Paul telling us to do something particular to cleanse our lifestyles and behavior of unclean or filthy things?

Modern Christianity is so flooded with easy-believism and "free grace" teaching, it would be very easy to believe that I have absolutely no responsibility for my behavior.

Some Christians nearly fly into a rage at any suggestion that there are ANY rules or regulations for Christians. "LEGALISM!" they object, even though they do not have a clue what legalism really is. Meanwhile, Christianity is suffering a scourge of smoking, drinking, cursing, carousing "Christians" who have little or no sense at all of wrong-doing.

Holiness and clean living is NOT legalism.

Consider this New Testament scripture:

"Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God," James 4:4.

How does the free-grace crowd react if I say emphatically that hanging out with a worldly, sinful crowd day after day is displeasing to God? This says that you are His ENEMY if you do.

Consider this one:

"Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 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," Romans 8:12-13.

He said "mortify the deeds of the body!" The word mortify means to kill - put to death.

That is very strong language to use on somebody if there is nothing fundamentally wrong with their behavior, as so many people believe. So quite obviously, the works of our flesh are so offensive to God that He demands that we KILL them! Do you have any habits or behaviors that God wants to DIE? What if He expects YOU to KILL THEM RIGHT NOW? You may be surprised at the truth of the matter.

The Carnal Mind and Enmity

When God first created Adam and then Eve, they had absolutely pure minds. Nothing whatsoever in their thinking was opposed to God. But when Lucifer came along, he began to supplant the words of God and introduce thoughts and a thinking process that GOD DID NOT CREATE. That was the birth of the CARNAL MIND. It is the mind of the flesh. It is a mind that is, by its very definition and nature, opposed to God. Satan is the father of the carnal mind.

Every man, woman, boy or girl who has been born since then has to deal with thoughts and desires and behaviors that are diametrically opposed to God and His will.

Our carnal mind persistently and perniciously perverts us with ungodly thoughts and deeds. Yes. The carnal mind is "enmity" with God - that means "opposed to God, hostile, or hateful." The carnal mind defiles us every day. It is hostile to God. We are filthy by nature. We have to get hostile against our own carnality to win this battle.

The carnal mind has to be repeatedly subdued, brought under subjection. In a manner of speaking, it must be crucified, mortified, put to death. Unfortunately, we wake up each morning with a revitalized carnal mind, and the battle begins again. That is one of the reasons why Paul said in one place, "I die daily," and admonished us to "cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
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#7447 Jul 5, 2014
What is uncleanness?

The Old Testament listed many things that were unclean under the law: unclean animals, unclean fowl, unclean sea creatures. In most cases, it was forbidden to eat of any unclean animal (or to even touch its dead body). Certain human conditions were listed as unclean, such as leprosy, menstruation, and death.

Why did God make such a list? Did he want us to recognize that some things are good and some things are bad? It is not difficult to understand why God would not want us to touch leprous flesh. He did not want the disease to spread.

But in Moses' day, around 1450 BC, medical science had not yet begun to uncover all the countless biohazards that exist in the real world. Nobody could possibly know all the reasons that God had for telling the children of Israel to abstain from this, or abstain from that.

Sometimes, it is necessary for people to take the word of someone who knows more than they do. It is impossible for every one of us to fully comprehend all the hazards of so many of life's exposures. So if God says, "Don't touch this," or "Don't touch that," we need to believe that He ONLY TELLS US THAT FOR OUR GOOD.

"That ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean," Leviticus 10:10.
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#7448 Jul 5, 2014
God revealed these core precepts to Moses

While in the wilderness with the children of Israel, God showed that His people should not touch unclean things, and if they did, they should be purified.

The divine precept of holiness is all about separation from unclean things. It is separation from forbidden things. Holiness is separation from things that are evil, filthy, or defiling.

If we could only realize, like Semmelweis, how many lives could be saved, and how many tragedies could be prevented simply by practicing holiness, we would gladly alter our ways. The absence of holiness is FATAL.

The Apostle Paul issued this injunction: "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord," Hebrews 12:14. This is extremely important. Without holiness, NO MAN shall see the LORD. Whatever it takes to maintain a life of holiness and separation from the world, the flesh and the devil - that is simply what we must do!
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#7449 Jul 5, 2014
Touch Not!

You are known by the company you keep and the things that you companion with. Paul articulated his very strong convictions about this matter of associations.

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Those statements are not difficult to understand. "Come out." "Be separate." "Touch not the unclean thing." Christians are meant to BE different and STAY different.

If you really believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate; and if you really believe the Bible is the infallible word of God; and if you really believe in the reality of Heaven and Hell, and the need to be saved from your sins or face eternal judgment, then what keeps you from wanting to live a holy, clean life, separated from the ways of the world?

Why do you think YOU CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT daily engorging yourself on the pig-pen of television and Hollywood entertainment? Why don't those things disgust and repel you? Why aren't you deeply insulted and angered by the continual onslaught of sexual perversions, filth, obscenities, hate, murder, violence, gore, and anti-God rhetoric that are the CONSTANT fare of television? How can a person maintain a right relationship with Almighty God while constantly feeding the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye and the pride of life?

Why do you think that you have to dress in a way that makes you blend in with the world? Why do you WANT to look like the world? Why does a woman want to dress like a man? Why shouldn't a godly woman have the MOST feminine appearance? Why shouldn't a godly man have the MOST masculine appearance (not effeminate)?

Why would anybody be willing to trade God, Church, Family and Eternal Life for nothing but a sexual experience with someone that God says "NO!" to? Why do you WANT to associate with the very people God forbids you to associate with, and AVOID the very godly men and women who would only bless you and do you good?
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#7450 Jul 5, 2014
Why don't you instead WANT to be different FOR GOD'S SAKE? Let it known that "I AM A CHILD OF GOD, and I AM DIFFERENT!!"
The very definition of HOLINESS is "set apart, consecrated, sanctified, dedicated to God, separated."

So, by definition, if you are not set apart from the world, consecrated and sanctified, dedicated unto God, and separated from the world - YOU AREN'T LIVING A HOLY LIFE!

Why would a person who is striving to be like Jesus spend hard-earned money and hundreds of hours every month on things that OFFEND GOD and promote ANTI-CHRISTIAN values? Why squander your substance on riotous living? Why not give your money and your time to the furtherance of the gospel and the kingdom of God?

Friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God.

How can we defend a desire to be like the world? The world hates God, and the world will hate you, if you are His.

Here is what Jesus had to say about the world:

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you," John 15:18-20.

That is certainly why John wrote what he did:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever," 1 John 2:15-17.

LOVE NOT THE WORLD!

I have been a preacher for over forty years, and have been a pastor for almost thirty years. I have argued both sides of this "holiness" issue, and have seen and heard all the arguments both for and against "holiness." But this eternal precept cannot be watered down. God demands that we "LOVE NOT THE WORLD."
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Tempe, AZ

#7451 Jul 5, 2014
It doesn't matter if it is houses, cars, clothes, TVs, movies, sports, recreation, styles, fads, or whatever else you find in the world. If it is the way of the world, it is an enemy of God.

This is such a simple premise. How can anybody miss it?
Even before God ever gave the Law on Mount Sinai, He told Moses to tell the people to sanctify themselves.

In Exodus 19:10, the LORD said unto Moses, "Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes." Verse 14 adds, "and Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes."

How incensed would you be if YOUR preacher told you to go back home and wash your clothes before you walk into the church house? But God wanted those people to learn something.

Nothing suggests that these people's sins were being taken away by that particular process, but there is certainly a connotation that God wanted the people to cleanse themselves before He gave them a powerful revelation of Himself. God does not want the filth of this world to stand in His holy presence. God is HOLY, and He requires HIS PEOPLE to be HOLY!

"As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy," 1 Peter 1:14-16.
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#7452 Jul 5, 2014
Separate Yourself, Even When You Don't Understand Why Charles H. Spurgeon wrote in 1863, "The true heading of all the books of Moses is to be found in the words of Jesus,'Moses wrote of me.' Take the Lord Jesus Christ with you as a key, and how ever difficult the riddles of Leviticus or Numbers may at first sight appear, there is not one enigma in the whole collection which will not speedily open and yield instruction.

To the Israelites themselves, these rites and ceremonies must have been rather an exercise of faith, than a means of instruction.'I cannot perfectly understand why this heifer is slain, or why yonder lamb is offered,' said the pious Israelite,'but though I cannot understand, I believe there is virtue in it all, and I reverently do, even to the smallest particular, that which God, through his servant Moses, has commanded me to do.'

To us, the types are not a dark mystery to perplex our faith, but an open vision to delight our eyes. Having believed in Christ Jesus, having received him as the Father's sent One, and being reconciled unto God by his death, we look back to the ceremonies of the old law as the patterns of heavenly things, to endeavor to discover some new light in which the Savior's beauties may be set, and to behold him from some different point of view, so that we may love him the better, and may trust him the more."

There was forceful symbolism seen in the Old Testament laws of purification that teach us today that we need to be cleansed, not only by the blood of Jesus and the waters of baptism, but also by holy, consecrated, separated living.

Even the Prophet Ezekiel could see that holiness was not just an Old Testament doctrine. He prophesied holiness to the New Testament believers, too.

"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them," Ezekiel 36:25-27.
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#7453 Jul 5, 2014
God does not automatically cleanse us of wrong-doing. We must cleanse ourselves.

We must consciously and conscientiously put away our sins.

Oswald Chambers said, "Beware of the pleasant view of the Fatherhood of God - God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That sentiment has no place whatever in the New Testament. The only ground on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ; to put forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive sin and reinstate us in His favour is through the Cross of Christ, and in no other way. Forgiveness, which is so easy for us to accept, cost the agony of Calvary. It is possible to take the forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and our sanctification with the simplicity of faith, and to forget at what enormous cost to God it was all made ours.

Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace; it cost God the Cross of Jesus Christ before He could forgive sin and remain a holy God. Never accept a view of the Fatherhood of God if it blots out the Atonement. The revelation of God is that He cannot forgive; He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God by the Atonement."
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#7454 Jul 5, 2014
In order for us to be fully clean when we stand before God, we must carefully and obediently follow the New Testament plan for holy, godly living. If and when we sin, we must put it away, and ask God for forgiveness.

This is NOT living under the law. Paul denounced any notion that Old Testament law-keeping can save, and I fully agree. Only the cleansing that comes through Jesus Christ can cleanse today. "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace," Galatians 5:4.

But at the same time, Paul did not dismiss our personal responsibility for practicing holy, separated living. Even though the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ can be freely received, we are ultimately responsible for presenting ourselves to Him sacrificially, and in full consecration. It is so important that we examine our entire way of living, submitting every unclean thought and behavior to the cleansing process.
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#7455 Jul 5, 2014
We are responsible for cleansing ourselves of every habit and attitude that would hinder the purpose of God in our lives.

"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice," Ephesians 4:22-31.

Fleshly Appetites Must Be Conquered

Where the Old Testament focused on physical contamination by death and disease, the New Testament focuses on spiritual contamination by the world, the flesh and the devil.

That is why we MUST be born again. Unless we are born again, according to John 3:5 and Acts 2:38, we always remain in the domain of the world, the flesh and the devil. Only by rebirth of water and spirit do we truly separate ourselves from the unclean defilements of earth and enter into the clean and righteous sanctified life of the Spirit of God. God's forgiveness only works in His supernatural dominion.

But, at the same time, it is commanded that "every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure," 1 John 3:3.

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God," 2 Corinthians 7:1.

"I am not asking anything world shaking.
I am merely asking you only to wash...
For God's sake, wash your hands."

Dr. Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis, 1844

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#7457 Jul 5, 2014
God Has Called Us To Holiness

What the Bible Says About Living A Clean Life......

Every born-again believer has been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ for cleansing. Every sin that he or she has ever committed has been washed away, never to be remembered against them again. You cannot get any cleaner than blood-washed.

So why does the Apostle Paul tell us, "...dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God," 2 Corinthians 7:1?

If I am clean by the blood of Jesus, why must I cleanse myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit?

Why must I be bothered with "perfecting holiness"?

Is Paul's admonition simply a redundancy, another way of saying "get washed in the blood of Jesus," or is Paul telling us to do something particular to cleanse our lifestyles and behavior of unclean or filthy things?

Modern Christianity is so flooded with easy-believism and "free grace" teaching, it would be very easy to believe that I have absolutely no responsibility for my behavior.

Some Christians nearly fly into a rage at any suggestion that there are ANY rules or regulations for Christians. "LEGALISM!" they object, even though they do not have a clue what legalism really is. Meanwhile, Christianity is suffering a scourge of smoking, drinking, cursing, carousing "Christians" who have little or no sense at all of wrong-doing.
God called us to holiness

Tempe, AZ

#7458 Jul 5, 2014
Holiness and clean livinThe Carnal Mind and Enmity

When God fg is NOT legalism.

Consider this New Testament scripture:

"Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God," James 4:4.

How does the free-grace crowd react if I say emphatically that hanging out with a worldly, sinful crowd day after day is displeasing to God? This says that you are His ENEMY if you do.

Consider this one:

"Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 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," Romans 8:12-13.

He said "mortify the deeds of the body!" The word mortify means to kill - put to death.

That is very strong language to use on somebody if there is nothing fundamentally wrong with their behavior, as so many people believe. So quite obviously, the works of our flesh are so offensive to God that He demands that we KILL them! Do you have any habits or behaviors that God wants to DIE? What if He expects YOU to KILL THEM RIGHT NOW? You may be surprised at the truth of the matter.
God called us to holiness

Tempe, AZ

#7459 Jul 5, 2014
God first created Adam and then Eve, they had absolutely pure minds. Nothing whatsoever in their thinking was opposed to God. But when Lucifer came along, he began to supplant the words of God and introduce thoughts and a thinking process that GOD DID NOT CREATE. That was the birth of the CARNAL MIND. It is the mind of the flesh. It is a mind that is, by its very definition and nature, opposed to God. Satan is the father of the carnal mind.

Every man, woman, boy or girl who has been born since then has to deal with thoughts and desires and behaviors that are diametrically opposed to God and His will.

Our carnal mind persistently and perniciously perverts us with ungodly thoughts and deeds. Yes. The carnal mind is "enmity" with God - that means "opposed to God, hostile, or hateful." The carnal mind defiles us every day. It is hostile to God. We are filthy by nature. We have to get hostile against our own carnality to win this battle.

The carnal mind has to be repeatedly subdued, brought under subjection. In a manner of speaking, it must be crucified, mortified, put to death. Unfortunately, we wake up each morning with a revitalized carnal mind, and the battle begins again. That is one of the reasons why Paul said in one place, "I die daily," and admonished us to "cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

What is uncleanness?

The Old Testament listed many things that were unclean under the law: unclean animals, unclean fowl, unclean sea creatures. In most cases, it was forbidden to eat of any unclean animal (or to even touch its dead body). Certain human conditions were listed as unclean, such as leprosy, menstruation, and death.

Why did God make such a list? Did he want us to recognize that some things are good and some things are bad? It is not difficult to understand why God would not want us to touch leprous flesh. He did not want the disease to spread.

But in Moses' day, around 1450 BC, medical science had not yet begun to uncover all the countless biohazards that exist in the real world. Nobody could possibly know all the reasons that God had for telling the children of Israel to abstain from this, or abstain from that.

Sometimes, it is necessary for people to take the word of someone who knows more than they do. It is impossible for every one of us to fully comprehend all the hazards of so many of life's exposures. So if God says, "Don't touch this," or "Don't touch that," we need to believe that He ONLY TELLS US THAT FOR OUR GOOD.

"That ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean," Leviticus 10:10
CONSUMING FIRE OF GOD

Tempe, AZ

#7460 Jul 5, 2014
Almighty God has made it abundantly clear that every one of us needs to be baptized in the fire of the Holy Ghost. John the Baptist introduced Jesus to his generation saying, "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire," Matthew 3:11.

I could write a book on this subject, but instead, I must make this very brief, so I beg you not to miss the point.

If you have never been baptized in the Holy Ghost,(which is always accompanied by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance), you have not been baptized in THE CONSUMING FIRE OF GOD.

The outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the 120 in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost was a consuming of the fleshly wills and ways of the believers, and was an endowment of the supernatural power of God. The baptism of the Holy Ghost set them on fire to do the will of God, and to burn up the vain, futile, worthless works of the flesh.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost will consume your flesh, your carnality, your pride, ego, selfishness, etc., etc. As you walk daily in the Spirit, led by the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, baptized in the Spirit, God will continually purge you from dead works.

The Holy Ghost baptism is a life-long purification process.

The Holy Ghost will burn up the dross (as the dross on silver in a refiner's fire). The Holy Ghost will convict and convince you of sin. The Holy Ghost will cause you to separate yourself from worldly, carnal, sinful ways. The Holy Ghost will draw you away from worldly, carnal, sinful people, to a life of holiness, godliness, righteousness and Truth. And the Holy Ghost will endue you with supernatural, miraculous power - the presence and power of Jesus Christ. Having been baptized in the Holy Ghost, you will become an ongoing witness to the mighty works of God - signs, wonders, and miracles that are rarely seen or believed in by those who have never received the Holy Ghost.

If you are not in an Apostolic Pentecostal Church where this Holy Ghost baptism is preached and practiced, you are in the wrong Church. Find a Holy Ghost-filled Church immediately, and be filled with the Spirit, in Jesus' name.

Oh, I could say so much! But I will leave you with these few thoughts.

Selah. Think on them!
a word on preachers

Tempe, AZ

#7461 Jul 5, 2014
A preacher stands in front of a TV camera and leads a million people in a 15-second prayer. "Repeat after me:'Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal savior. Forgive me of my sins. Amen."

Then he says, "WE BELIEVE YOU ARE BORN AGAIN AND YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN."

That preacher is a liar. He is a wretched deceiver. He would send multitudes to Hell unprepared to meet God. He is leading guilty, unregenerated sinners to believe that they are now saints of God. And it is JUST NOT TRUE!

Jesus said that if you are not born of both WATER and SPIRIT - that's water baptism in Jesus' name (Acts 2:38), and the baptism in the Holy Ghost (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:4,38-39)- you "CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD," John 3:5. Not one verse in the Bible negates those words. "If any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is NONE OF HIS," Romans 8:9. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Christ, and without the Holy Ghost, a man is NOT born again.

NOBODY ever got born again "accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior." What kind of Bible doctrine is that? Where did that nonsense come from? The Apostles never preached or taught anything like that. They cried out, "REPENT!" They COMMANDED them to be baptized "every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." And they KNEW when they received the Holy Ghost, because they heard them speak with tongues as the original 120 had spoken in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost.

SO why do we tolerate preachers lying to millions of people as we do? Why do we not scream to the high heavens, "DON'T LIE TO A MAN ABOUT HIS ETERNAL SOUL!!! Don't tell a man that he is going to Heaven, when by the Word of Jesus Christ, "he CANNOT see the Kingdom of God." That means he is going to Hell.

What bigger, more damnable lie is there in the world than one that comes from a man who purports to be speaking on behalf of Jesus Christ, CONTRADICTING one of the very most important doctrines that Jesus ever taught?

Modern preachers scarcely touch on the need for repentance, and then it is only a few words. Real, genuine, repentance that provokes remorse, and causes a person to quit his sins, radically change his ways, and live a holy, godly life, is almost never preached anymore. Asking for forgiveness is not repentance. That is asking for a pass. True repentance confesses all wrong doing, and QUITS doing it, evoking a life-transforming conversion. Most of these preachers NEVER mention quitting your sins, and if they do, they never name or define sins, and never rebuke them.

And the doctrine of the New Birth has been STRIPPED of all meaning. Almost NOBODY preaches the essentiality of water baptism in Jesus' name, or the essentiality of being baptized in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues - but the scriptural COMMANDS are still right there in your Bible, and Jesus Christ Himself taught them.

It is time to shut down lying preachers. It's time to boycott ALL their endeavors. Stop listening to their lying doctrines on TV and radio and YouTube. Stop buying their products, their books, their videos. Stop supporting them in every way. Stop LIKING their Facebook pages. It's time to expose them for the liars that they are. It's time to put them out of business. It is time to preach from the mountain tops, "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN OF THE WATER AND THE SPIRIT!" Nothing less is acceptable. A preacher who won't preach that is NOT a man of God. He is a liar.

It is time to revive the Apostle's Pentecostal message, and preach and pray until the multitudes finally realize that they have been lied to, and go to an Apostolic Pentecostal Church where they can hear the Truth preached, and genuinely be Born Again.

SEE: The Biblical Explanation of the New Birth

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