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Date:2017-02-19 23:36
Subject:Spirit Poisoning.
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What in us is of God? What in us is of Satan? What in us is of self? What in us is of spirit?

The person we are - those closest to us can reveal that to us, couldn't they? Ask the person closest to you what kind of person you are and see what they say. Tell them to be honest, that you don't want any sugar-coated answer simply given to stroke your ego. After they give you their answer then ask yourself if you believe what they've told you. Do you think you're worse than what they've told you, or better, or did they hit the nail right on the head?

Can you, right this moment, admit to yourself what kind of person you are?

Regardless of what our reply is- if it is erring on the side of believing you are wonderful, a danger lurks there; as well as believing you are the worst of the worst unable to belong to Christ. What the Bible tells us we as people in general are is…

Rom_3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Rom_5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned

1Ti_1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

We are all sinners in need of salvation.

Because we are all sinners we are in need of constant forgiveness as sin insinuates itself within our lives causing us to be contrary to God's will.

If you strive to belong to God, Satan and all his spiritual forces will war against you. Recognizing Satan attacking us is so important and something that isn't talked about enough. People may think you want to use Satan so you can excuse yourself from blame, and maybe that's true for some people but not for all. We can't blame Satan for our choosing to let sin be conceived in us. We can blame Satan for tempting us towards sin. When Satan attacks we can recognize that attacking for what it is and seek forgiveness when we succumb to the goading of the enemy.

Let's read more on this and what Watchmen Nee's comprehension is as He brings us his insight from studying God's word. Let US look to God's word for the truth! All through Christ Jesus our LORD and SAVIOR now and forever! AMEN.

The Spiritual Man- by Watchman Nee (Excerpt)

(3) Poisoning of the Spirit

Our spirit can be poisoned by the evil spirit. This poison is the flaming dart of the enemy, aimed directly at our spirit. Into it he shoots sorrow, grief, anguish, woe or heartbreak to cause us to have a “sorrowful spirit” (1 Sam. 1.15 ASV): and a “broken spirit who can bear?” (Prov. 18.14)

It is exceedingly hazardous for anyone to accept without objection or question every sorrow which comes upon him and take for granted that these are naturally his own feelings. He has not yet examined the source nor put up any resistance. Let us remember to never accept any thought or feeling lightly. If we wish to walk after the spirit we must be watchful in all points, searching especially the source of every notion and sensation. Sometimes Satan provokes us to harden our spirit. It can become stiff, unyielding, narrow and selfish. Such a spirit cannot work with God nor can it do His will. And so a believer will abandon his love towards men; he will shed every delicate, sympathetic, tenderhearted feeling towards others. Since he has lost the generosity of the Lord and has drawn a circle around himself, how can the Holy Spirit ever use him mightily?

Frequently the enemy entices Christians to harbor an unforgiving spirit—a very common symptom indeed among God’s children. Perhaps the fall of spiritual Christians can be traced chiefly to this very cause. Such bitterness and fault-finding and enmity inflict a severe blow upon spiritual life. If believers fail to see that such an attitude is distinctly from the enemy and not from themselves, they shall never be emancipated from the spirit of hatred.

At still other times Satan induces the spirit of God’s people to become narrow and confined. He seduces these Christians into separating themselves from others by drawing lines of demarcation. If anyone is blind to the concept of the church as a body he will be devoted to his “small circle,” proving that his spirit is already shrunken. The spiritual person, however, does not consider the things of God as his own but loves the whole church in his heart. If one’s spirit is open, the river of life overflows; should his spirit shrink, he hinders God’s work and lessens his own usefulness. A spirit that is not large enough to embrace all the children of God has been poisoned already.

Often Satan injects pride into the believer’s spirit, evoking in him an attitude of self-importance and of self-conceit. He causes him to esteem himself a very outstanding person, one who is indispensable in God’s work. Such a spirit constitutes one of the major reasons for the fall of believers: “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16.18).

The evil spirit infects the believer’s spirit with these and other venoms. If these poisons are not opposed instantly they soon become “the works of the flesh” (Gal. 5.19). At first these are only poisons from Satan, but they can be transformed into sins of the flesh if the Christian accepts them, even unconsciously, rather than resists them. If the venom in the spirit is not dealt with it shall immediately become the sin of the spirit, a sin severer than any other. James and John thunderously asked: “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them? . . . And he said, you do not know what manner of spirit you are of” (Luke 9.54,55 marginal). It is most essential that we know of what kind of spirit we are.

We often do not perceive that our spirit is prey to the instigation of the enemy.

Everything is wrong if it is wrong. From the experience of these two disciples we observe that an erring spirit can manifest itself easily through spoken words. Even so, the words uttered may not reveal nearly as much as the tone assumed. Sometimes the words are correct but the tone is wrong. To assure victory we need to watch even the sound of our speech.

Immediately the evil spirit touches our spirit, our voice loses its softness.

A harsh, hard, and shrill utterance does not spring from the Holy Spirit; it simply exhibits the fact that the one who speaks has been poisoned already by Satan.

How do we usually speak? Are we able to refer to others without any tinge of condemnation? Our words may in fact be true but lurking behind those words of truth could be the spirit of criticism, condemnation, wrath, or jealousy. Whereas we should speak the truth in love. If our spirit is pure and gentle, then are we able to voice the truth.

Now should the spirit of condemning be within us, we most assuredly have sinned. Sin is not only an action; it is also a condition.

What is hidden behind things is what matters the most.

How many times we sin while doing something for God or men, for darkly hidden away is an unfaithful, unwilling, or grudging spirit.

We must keep our spirit sweet and soft. It must be pure and clean. Do we consider an erring spirit as sin? Do we know when the enemy has attacked our spirit—when our spirit is poisoned? Suppose we do know, are we humble enough to eliminate such sin? The moment we notice our voice has turned harsh, we must stop instantly. With not the slightest hesitation we should turn to ourselves and say, “I am willing to speak with a pure spirit; I am willing to oppose the enemy.” If we are reluctant to say to our brethren, “I am wrong,” then our spirit remains engulfed in its sin.

God’s children ought to learn how to guard their spirit from being goaded by the enemy. They should know also how to preserve it in sweetness and tenderness. In ordinary times the Lord’s people should early take the shield of faith which quenches all the flaming darts of the evil one. This implies that we should swiftly exercise living faith to look for God’s protection and to withstand the enemy’s attack. Faith is our shield, not our extractor: faith is a weapon for quenching the flaming darts, not for pulling them out afterwards. But should anyone be hit by a flaming dart, he at once must eliminate the cause of the dart. He should maintain an attitude of resistance, immediately denying whatever comes from Satan and praying for cleansing.'

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Date:2017-02-18 23:48
Subject:Opening the Spirit.
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'(2) Blockage of the Spirit

The spirit requires the soul and body as organs for expression. It is like a mistress who must have a steward and a servant working for her to accomplish her wish. It can also be likened to an electric current which requires wire to show forth light. Should the soul and body lose their normality under the attack of the enemy, the spirit shall be shut in and denied any means of outlet. The adversary is familiar with the requirements of the spirit; therefore he frequently acts against the believer’s soul and body. When these parts cease to function properly the spirit is stripped of its means of expression and so forfeits its victorious position.

During such a period one’s mind may be confused, his emotions disturbed, his will weary and impotent to actively govern the whole being, or his body overly tired and temporarily lazy. He must resist these symptoms at once or else his spirit will be blocked in and he be unfit either to engage the enemy livingly in battle or to retain his ground of victory.

Shortly after his spirit is shut in, the believer loses his aliveness.” He seems to be bashful, seeks to hide himself, and seldom undertakes anything publicly. He likes to withdraw to the back, not wanting to be seen. Perhaps he fancies he has discovered something of himself, not realizing his spirit actually is being blocked. He appears to have no interest in reading the Bible and to have no word in prayer. His past work and experience, whenever recalled, appear to be meaningless, sometimes even laughable, to him. He feels no power in preaching—as though he were merely going through the motions. Should he allow this blockage of the spirit to be prolonged, he shall be attacked even more severely by the enemy. Were not God to intervene, due to his own prayer or that of others, the believer would be suffocated spiritually.

For lack of knowledge, his reaction may simply be one of surprise and he may thus assume the all-too common attitude of giving up.

Actually though, because no spiritual experience or sense occurs without a cause, we should search it out carefully and not permit any weight to persist in us.

Satan tries to imprison the spirit in a dark chamber so that the soul is without the guidance of the spirit.

As soon as the blockage is lifted, however, the believer once again can breathe easily and be restored to his normal liveliness. Whenever a child of God is in such a hemmed-in situation, it is vital that he exercise his will towards audibly uttering words against the foe, lifting up his voice to proclaim the victory of the cross and the defeat of the enemy. He must wholeheartedly oppose the work of the adversary in both his soul and body. Following such a proclamation he must employ his will actively to resist the blockage.

Prayer is one means of opening the spirit. But given the above described situation, one needs to pray aloud.

The best thing for the saint to do is to claim the victorious name of the Lord Jesus over every onslaught of the enemy. In addition to prayer he should exercise his spirit to run the blockade so as to reach the outside.'

Excerpt from - The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 
Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Mat 17:21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. 

Dan 9:3  And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: 
Dan 9:4  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 
Dan 9:5  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 
Dan 9:6  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 
Dan 9:7  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 
Dan 9:8  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 
Dan 9:9  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 
Dan 9:10  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 
Dan 9:11  Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. 
Dan 9:12  And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. 
Dan 9:13  As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. 
Dan 9:14  Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. 
Dan 9:15  And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 
Dan 9:16  O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. 
Dan 9:17  Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 
Dan 9:18  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. 
Dan 9:19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints

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Date:2017-02-17 23:33
Subject:Weights oppressing the spirit.
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'Laws of the Spirits'

'(1) Weights on the Spirit

The spirit needs to be kept in a state of perfect freedom. It should always be light, as though floating in the air; only so may life grow and work be done. A Christian ought to realize what the weights laid on his spirit are. Often he feels it is under oppression, as if a thousand pound load were pressing upon his heart. He can unearth no reason for this weight, which usually steals in upon one quite suddenly. It is employed by the enemy to harass the spiritual, to deprive him of joy and lightness, as well as to disable his spirit from working together with the Holy Spirit. If he does not recognize the source of this heaviness and the meaning of the oppression in the spirit, he cannot instantly deal with it and thereby restore his spirit immediately to normalcy. The believer may be puzzled by such a sensation, interpreting it to be something natural or something occasional. He consequently may disregard it and allow his spirit to come under suppression. How often he continues to work without paying due attention to the weight, and frequently giving the enemy ground to play his trick at will upon him. Many times when this one is supposed to be used by God, he instead is powerless to accomplish God’s work because he carries this heavy weight with him. The consciousness of his spirit grows very dull beneath such oppression. That explains why Satan and his evil hosts focus their assault on placing a heavy weight upon the believer’s spirit. Alas for the child of God; for he often is unaware that the source of the weight is satanic; and even if he is aware, he may not resist. With this load upon his spirit the Christian is bound to suffer defeat. If he encounters it in the morning and does not deal with it at once, he experiences defeat the whole day long. A free spirit is the basis for victory. In order to fight against the enemy and to live out God’s life, we must possess a spirit altogether untrammeled by weight. When it is oppressed the Christian is deprived of his power of discernment and naturally misses God’s true guidance. Whenever the spirit suffers oppression the mind cannot function properly. Everything comes to a halt or else everything goes awry.

It is of utmost consequence to deal with the heavy weight or oppression of the spirit immediately. Never adopt an attitude of indifference, for if you do you will suffer for it. The weight will grow heavier and heavier. And should it not be dealt away with, it will become a part of your life. Whereupon you will view all spiritual affairs as bitter and acrid, retarding your spiritual advance. In case you do not treat the weight the first time it will come upon you more easily the next. The way to handle it is to stop the work at hand at once, set your will against this weight, and exercise your spirit to oppose it. Occasionally you may have to utter words audibly against it; at other times with the power of your spirit you should resist in prayer. It is also indispensable to deal with the cause of such heaviness because the oppressive load shall remain as long as the cause goes unresolved. In addition to resisting the enemy’s work there should be the uncovering of the cause behind that work. And if successful, you will thereby regain the place you previously had yielded to the enemy. If you have the power of discernment you will come to see it was because of your failure to cooperate with God at a particular time with regard to a particular matter that the enemy gained ground to crush you with such a heavy weight. The lost ground must be regained. If we resist the enemy by discovering the cause of his working, he shall flee. ' (Excerpt from The Spiritual Man- by Watchman Nee)

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

(WEIGHT) Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 

(WEIGHT) Luk 12:15  And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 

(WEIGHT) Luk 21:34  And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 

(WEIGHT) Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 
Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 

(WEIGHT) 2Co 7:1  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. 

(WEIGHT) Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 
Col 3:6  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 
Col 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 
Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 
Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him

(WEIGHT) 1Ti 6:9  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 
1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

(WEIGHT) 2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 
2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 

(WEIGHT) 1Pe 2:1  Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings

(WEIGHT) 1Jn 2:15  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. 
1Jn 2:16  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. 
1Jn 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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Date:2017-02-16 23:46
Subject:May we learn.
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By the grace of God may we learn and never stop learning, may we ever be growing in His grace and His knowledge.

2Pe_3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

We can't stop learning. We can't stop seeking. We war with ourselves and the awfulness that we are in the light of the Savior. Place us in the light of His righteousness and we are nothing but the darkest, dirtiest, filthiest of beings and we will never be anything else of our own accord. Only when our Savior places the blood of His sacrifice over us can we be cleansed. We are NEVER cleansed by any cleaning we may try to do on our own. We must seek Him, believe in Him, choose Him. He wants us to learn of Him, to learn of His word, to walk in the light He has given us. As soon as we accept Him as our Savior we know that He will see us through to the end when we are finally with Him, totally and completely His. Our Savior seeing us through is teaching us through the Holy Spirit to live as He would have us live each and every single day. May we learn.

All in His love!

'The Laws of the Spirit

A Child Of God must learn to recognize the sense of consciousness of his inner being as the first condition for a life walked after the spirit.

If he does not discern what is the sense of the spirit and additionally the sense of the soul, he invariably shall fail to do what the spirit requires of him. For instance, when we feel hungry we know we should eat; when we feel cold we know we should be clothed. Our senses express needs and requirements. We must therefore know what our physical senses mean before we can know how to satisfy them with material supplies. In the spiritual realm, too, one must come to understand the meanings of his spirit’s various senses as well as their respective supply. Only after an individual comprehends his spirit with its movements can he walk by the spirit. There are a few laws of the spirit with which every Christian ought to be acquainted. If he does not understand these laws or fails to see the significance of recognizing the sensations of the spirit, he will miss many of its movements. His failure to discern its senses undermines the proper place of the spirit in his daily walk. Hence once we have known the various functions of the inner man, such as intuition, communion and conscience, we need to identify their movements which can then enable us to walk by the spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit, our spirit will be operating actively. But we shall incur loss if we disregard these operations. It is thus imperative that we observe the way the spirit habitually moves. A Christian should know more about the operation of his spirit than about the activity of his mind. ' Excerpt from The Spiritual Man- by Watchman Nee

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Date:2017-02-16 00:18
Subject:The Holy Spirit is a God.
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The Holy Spirit will work in us, with our spirit- this is truth! Our spirit truly is NOTHING without the Holy Spirit to guide it. We need this OUTSIDE Holy influence in us. We don't manufacture the Holy Spirit of our own accord. The Holy Spirit is GOD with us, the Holy Spirit is our COMFORTER.

Act 5:3  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 
Act 5:4  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

Lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to a God. The Holy Spirit truly is a God. And the Holy Spirit will live in us! We DO NOT become God, NOT EVER! But the Holy Spirit, God will live in us!

Joh_14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Joh_15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

Joh_16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

'In stressing the significance of the Holy Spirit we are at the same time emphasizing our own spirit since the latter constitutes His base of operation. Our danger, upon apprehending the work and function of man’s spirit, is to rely entirely on it, forgetting that it is merely the servant of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit and not our spirit is the One upon Whom we wait for direct guidance into all truth. If man’s spirit is divorced from the divine Spirit it becomes as useless as the other parts of man. We should never reverse the order of man’s spirit and the Holy Spirit. It is because many of the Lord’s people are ignorant of man’s spirit and its operation that we have presented in these pages a detailed account of it. This does not mean, however, that the position of the Holy Spirit in a man is inferior to that of his own spirit. The purpose for understanding this faculty of man is to help us to obey Him more and to exalt Him more. This should exert great influence on our guidance. The Holy Spirit is given primarily for the benefit of the whole body of Christ. He abides in each individual because He dwells in the whole body of Christ and each is a member of it. The work of the Spirit is corporate in nature (1 Cor. 12. 12-13).' The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 
1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 

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Date:2017-02-14 23:35
Subject:Power - Godly Power
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The power of God- the power of the Spirit- the power of our Savior. There is POWER in the Love of God.

Mat_22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Mar_12:24  And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Luk_4:14  And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

Luk_5:17  And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Luk_9:43  And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God.

Luk_10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Act_8:10  To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

Rom_1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Rom_15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Rom_15:19  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

1Co_1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1Co_1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1Co_2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1Co_5:4  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ

2Co_6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left

2Co_12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co_13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Eph_6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

2Ti_1:8  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God

Heb_7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

1Pe_1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Rev_12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

The following is an excerpt from - The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

'Do we not realize that the flesh craves priority even with respect to keeping the Holy Scriptures? The spirit has intuition; but it also has power. It is consequently null and void if we understand any doctrine in our mind while at the same time it remains unexecuted by the power of the spirit.

'Although the Word does emphasize the believer’s personal spirit, the Word also informs us that the significance of one’s spirit is due to the indwelling Holy Spirit. The reason why we must walk and live in the spirit at all is because our spirit, being the habitation of God’s Spirit, is where He expresses His mind.'

The power of God, the power of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, truly we can't ignore that there is power involved. The spirit has power. We truly may comprehend every single word written in God's word and yet it may have no effect on us or our lives. We can memorize word after word, scripture after scripture, verse after verse knowing them backwards and forwards and still not be touched by the power of the Spirit of the word of God.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

The SWORD of the Spirit. The power of the Spirit. The word of God.

If we don't have the sword of the Spirit we don't have the word of God- not the word of God as it is intended we have the word in our life - alive with the power of the Spirit.

There is power truly in the Word of God and the power of the Spirit will work in us by the grace of God. We need the power of the Spirit working in us with our spirit. We need our spirit intuition working only through the Holy Spirit, and not by any other power. Please, Lord, please let Your Spirit live in us.

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Date:2017-02-14 00:06
Subject:Spiritual Intuition and God's Word.
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'What we receive in the spirit’s intuition needs to be certified by the teaching of God’s Word. To follow intuition alone and not in conjunction with the Scriptures will undeniably lead us into error. The revelation of the Holy Spirit sensed by our spirit must coincide with the revelation of the Holy Spirit in Scripture. Since our flesh is continuously active, we must be ever vigilant against its intrusion into our keeping the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.' The Spiritual Man - by Watchman Nee

Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 

The word of God must be our standard in all things.

God will never contradict Himself, including His word. If you are being led down a road that is contrary to God's word then you are not on God's path at all. By the grace of God we will learn to listen to the spirit's intuition and in learning we take it to the Bible and know it's of God.

The Devil truly does use many evil strategies to attack us and he will even use God's word if it suits Him, He used it with Jesus-

Mat 4:5  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 
Mat 4:6  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

So while we must have any intuition we receive never contradict the Bible, we must pray for comprehension and truth, and protection from all the evil deception Satan would use against us.

All by the grace, the love, and the mercy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ now and forever!

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Date:2017-02-12 23:59
Subject:Faith in Forgiveness.
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Yesterday we studied an excerpt from The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee, yet did not discuss any of it. Truthfully the excerpt is extensive and says so incredibly much it needs slow digesting, at least for me.

We know our Savior would have us to be His.

1Co 3:23  And ye are Christ's…

1Co_15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

2Co 10:7  Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

Gal_3:29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Gal_5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Can you say you are Christ's?

We need to be able to say we are Christ's.

Satan would have us DOUBT that we are Christ's. If we believe that we are embroiled in a spiritual warfare then to comprehend that Satan can accuse us and make us feel guilty of sin to suit his purpose is paramount.

These words-- 'The child of God should adopt a neutral attitude towards every accusation. He should not take any action before he is assured as to the source of it. He must not be hasty, rather, he should wait quietly for assurance as to whether it is indeed the chiding of the Holy Spirit or but the charge of the evil spirit. If it originates with the Holy Spirit, he will then deal with it honestly. The believer’s present waiting is due to his uncertainty and not to rebellion. Nevertheless, he absolutely must resist making all confessions to men which are motivated by sheer force from outside, for the enemy often tries to compel him to do this. Real conviction from the Holy Spirit leads us to holiness while the aim of Satan is solely to accuse.'

This is an ACTIVE spiritual life, this duty we have to comprehend our own sins. Are they real sins? Or is Satan stirring us up to believe that we have sins that can never be forgiven? Does Satan bring to mind our past sins that have long been forgiven just to stir up our feelings to try and lead us to despair? Does Satan try to get us to doubt God's forgiveness? Why do we heed Satan and distrust God's word? If we have truly repented and confessed our sins the God has forgiven us. Do you feel a sense of disbelief because the wickedness is so great and seemingly unforgiveable? Then you are doubting Christ's sacrifice and the power of that sacrifice. If the sin keeps haunting us we need to use our shield of faith against it and as soon as the haunting begins counter it with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. We need to ask ourselves if we've repented, if we've confessed, and then ask ourselves if we believe in the forgiveness our Savior offers. If the answers are yes to all of those questions then we need to stop listening to the accusations. If we can't stop listening to them because Satan is badgering us, then when we hear the accusations we need to stop believing them. If a person is accused of something they didn't do and someone relentlessly accuses them of it, do they ever believe they've done it? Maybe if they are tortured to that end, brain washed, they might through sheer mental and emotional distress, but otherwise you can't convince someone they've done something they haven't. We have to believe just as strongly that we are forgiven, we have to be convinced of it and nothing Satan tries to get us to believe can affect us, can get us to believe otherwise. Faith, we need that faith. And by the grace and mercy of our Lord we will have that faith. We can't let ourselves be led by our feelings, but rather the truth as it is in our Savior Jesus Christ!

More on this tomorrow by the will of our Lord!

All in HIS amazing LOVE now and forever!

Amen.

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Date:2017-02-11 22:50
Subject:Satan Accuses Us- Guilty or Not.
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1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Dan 9:4  And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 
Dan 9:5  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 
Dan 9:6  Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 
Dan 9:7  O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 
Dan 9:8  O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 
Dan 9:9  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 
Dan 9:10  Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 
Dan 9:11  Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. 
Dan 9:12  And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. 
Dan 9:13  As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. 
Dan 9:14  Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice. 
Dan 9:15  And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 
Dan 9:16  O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. 
Dan 9:17  Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 
Dan 9:18  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. 
Dan 9:19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. 

(Excerpt from The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee)

'The Accusation of Satan

Satan has another way to assault those who set their heart on following the leading of the spirit’s intuition. This is by counterfeiting or fasely representing one’s conscience with all sorts of accusations. To keep our conscience pure we are willing to accept its reproach and deal with whatever it condemns. The enemy utilizies this desire of keeping the conscience void of offense by accusing us of various things. In mistaking such accusations as being from our own consciences we often lose our peace, tire of trying to keep pace with the false accusations, and thus cease to advance spiritually with confidence. Those who are spiritual ought to be aware that Satan not only indicts us before God but also to ourselves. He does this to disturb us into thinking we ought to suffer penalty because we have done wrong. He is alert to the fact that the children of God can make no progress spiritually unless they have a heart full of confidence; consequently he falsifies the accusation of conscience in order to make them believe they have sinned. Then their communion with God is broken. The problem with believers is that they do not know how to distinguish between the indictment of the evil spirit and the reproach of conscience. Frequently out of fear of offending God, they mistake the accusation of an evil spirit to be the censure of conscience. This accusation grows stronger and stronger until it becomes uncontrollable if not listened to. Thus in addition to their willingness to yield to conscience’s reproof, spiritual believers should also learn how to discern the accusation of the enemy. What the enemy charges the saints of may sometimes be real sins, though more often than not they are merely imaginary—that is, the evil spirit makes them feel they have sinned. If they actually have sinned, they should confess it immediately before God, asking for the cleansing of the precious blood (1 John 1.9). Yet should the accusing voice still continue, it obviously must be from the evil spirit. Here is a matter of serious consequence. Before one knows how to differentiate between the reproach of conscience and the enemy’s accusation, he should ask himself whether or not he really abhors sin. If this particular thing is wrong, am I willing to confess my sin and eliminate it? If we truly desire to follow God’s will, not having yet heeded the accusing voice, we can be quite confident in our heart for it is not in us to want to rebel against God. Then, having determined to follow God’s will, we should examine ourselves as to whether or not we have actually committed that sin. We must know beyond the shadow of doubt whether or not we have done it, because the evil spirit frequently accuses us of many unrelated items. If we have done it, then before we confess to God, we first must find out through the teaching of the Bible and the leading of intuition, whether or not this thing is verily wrong. Otherwise, though we have not sinned, Satan will make us suffer for it just as though we had. The adversary is skillful in imparting all sorts of feelings to men. He may cause them to feel happy or sad; he may induce in them a feeling of guilt or of none whatsoever. But a child of God should understand that his feeling is not necessarily accurate when he thinks he is not wrong, for often he feels right when actually he is wrong. Moreover, he may not be wrong even when so feeling; it may be just his feeling and not be factually grounded at all. Whatever he feels, he must test it out for sure so as to know where he really stands. The child of God should adopt a neutral attitude towards every accusation. He should not take any action before he is ascured as to the source of it. He must not be hasty, rather, he should wait quietly for assurance as to whether it is indeed the chiding of the Holy Spirit or but the charge of the evil spirit. If it originates with the Holy Spirit, he will then deal with it honestly. The believer’s present waiting is due to his uncertainty and not to rebellion. Nevertheless, he absolutely must resist making all confessions to men which are motivated by sheer force from outside, for the enemy often tries to compel him to do this. Real conviction from the Holy Spirit leads us to holiness while the aim of Satan is solely to accuse. He indicts us to make us indict ourselves. His motive is nothing other than to make Christians suffer. Sometimes after one has accepted the enemy’s imputation and confessed accordingly, Satan may next fill him with a false peace. This is no small danger for it deprives the believer of any real contrition over defeat. The reproach of conscience ceases once the sin is confessed and cleansed by the precious blood, but the accusation of the enemy continues even after what is accused has been dealt with. The former leads us to the precious blood; the latter drives us to despair, causing us to reckon ourselves irredeemable. The purpose of Satan is to engineer our fall through accusations: “Since we cannot be perfect,” sighs the believer resignedly, “then what is the use?” At times the accusation of Satan is added to the rebuke of conscience. The sin is real, but when it has been treated according to the mind of the Holy Spirit the accusation continues because the evil spirit has joined his indictment to the reproach of the conscience. It is therefore a matter of utmost concern that we preserve an uncompromising attitude towards sin: not merely yielding no ground to the enemy to indict but also learning how to differentiate between the reprimand of the Holy Spirit and the accusation of the evil spirit and learning how to distinguish what is exclusively the enemy’s charge from what is his charge mixed in with the reproach of conscience. We must realize most assuredly that the Holy Spirit never reproves further if the sin is cleansed by the precious blood and forsaken.'

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Date:2017-02-10 23:22
Subject:Self-loathing, or pride- traps of self-focusing.
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2Co_13:5  'Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith…'

We are to examine ourselves to what end? To KNOW whether or not we are in the FAITH. We aren't to examine ourselves to judge whether we are good or bad. If we examine ourselves to determine our own goodness, or badness, then we are convincing ourselves that we can be GOOD of our own self, and if bad of our own selves then we have the power to be good of ourselves and choose not to make ourselves good. In TRUTH- only our Savior, only our GOD, only the Holy Spirit can claim goodness. Jesus had this to say..

Luk_18:19  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

Why callest thou me good? (τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν)
But the true reading is, τί με ἐρωτᾷς περὶ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ; Why askest thou me concerning the good ?

God is good, Jesus is good because He is a God, just as the Father is a God and the Holy Spirit is a God.

Jesus asks- Why ask me concerning good? God is Good.

When the man called Jesus a Good teacher he was in fact at that moment giving Him the title of God. And Jesus was letting that man know that in calling Him good, he had to recognize the truth. The man did NOT argue with Jesus' reply. The man did not say that he didn't mean to call Him 'Good Master', the man knew.

In truth only God is GOOD. Not mankind. Not since we fell into sin. In fact all that we think might be good in us is filthy.

Isa_64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…

Truly we are NOT to examine ourselves for goodness!

Act 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and 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. 
Act 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 
Act 2:40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 
Act 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 
 
Save yourself- how is Peter instructing others to 'save' themselves? By REPENTING and being BAPTIZED in the name of JESUS CHRIST, receiving the gift of the HOLY GHOST.

They weren't being saved by BEING good, but by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior and repenting to receive Him and to receive the Holy Ghost- both OUTSIDE of self.

We do have a part to play in our salvation and that is turning to the ONE who saves us, not turning to ourselves.

Self-examination truly can be a vicious trap. Looking to our own goodness will only bring us despair or pride, both traps of Satan.

But if we 'search for the source of our thoughts, feelings and desires' to KNOW where they are coming from- the soul or spirit we are truly doing something profitable, not detrimental to us. We have to get our minds OFF ourselves! More on all this as we study further by the GRACE of God. We truly do need to know if our self-focus is to determine if God is working in us or Satan trying to lead us down his road.

'Believers ought to understand how the various parts of their being operate or they shall not be able to distinguish the spiritual from the soulical. When thinking, they should recognize the source of their thought; in feeling, they should detect the direction from which such feeling comes; and in working, they should be clear as to what strength they use. Only thus can they follow the spirit. We know our soul provides us with self-consciousness. One aspect of self-consciousness is self-examination. This is most harmful since it causes us to focus upon ourselves and thereby enhance the growth of self life. How often self-exaltation and pride are the consequences of such self-examination. But there is a kind of analysis of incalculable help to the spiritual pilgrimage. Without it we are incompetent to know who we really are and what we are following. Harmful self-examination revolves around one’s own success or defeat, stimulating attitudes of self-pride or self-pity. Profitable analysis searches only the source of one’s thought, feeling or desire.' The Spiritual Man- by Watchman Nee

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Date:2017-02-10 00:12
Subject:Examine Yourself.
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'Believers ought to understand how the various parts of their being operate or they shall not be able to distinguish the spiritual from the soulical.

When thinking, they should recognize the source of their thought; in feeling, they should detect the direction from which such feeling comes; and in working, they should be clear as to what strength they use. Only thus can they follow the spirit.

We know our soul provides us with self-consciousness.

One aspect of self-consciousness is self-examination.

This is most harmful since it causes us to focus upon ourselves and thereby enhance the growth of self life. How often self-exaltation and pride are the consequences of such self-examination.

But there is a kind of analysis of incalculable help to the spiritual pilgrimage.

Without it we are incompetent to know who we really are and what we are following.

Harmful self-examination revolves around one’s own success or defeat, stimulating attitudes of self-pride or self-pity. Profitable analysis searches only the source of one’s thought, feeling or desire.'

Excerpt - The Spiritual Man- by Watchman Nee

Tomorrow we are going to study this more in-depth and search the Scriptures for the TRUTH. We are so incredibly prone to focusing on ourselves just as the words above admit to. We are told to search our feelings, to know ourselves, to stroke our egos, to believe in ourselves… over and over we are told that real empowerment is centered on self, that it comes from within. Most people will know what I'm talking about, it's all around us. You can scarcely browse the magazine section at a store and not see self focused articles. We need to learn the truth of knowing ourselves, of examining ourselves and what it really means.

2Co_13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Lord, please help us as we search for truth, please let us know and live the truth You reveal to us! All through Jesus Christ our Lord, we thank you and praise Your holy name!

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Date:2017-02-08 23:54
Subject:Sensitive Conscience.
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Any who have been following the study for the last month or so should be able to comprehend the truth of our conscience. The Bible tells us that our conscience is a very real thing.

Joh_8:9  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

Convicted by their own conscience… we are convicted by our own conscience in many ways.

Read the following excerpt-

'The extent of spirituality is measured by the sensitivity to our conscience. Countless are those Christians who have disregarded their conscience in the past and are now unlively, merely holding some dead knowledge in their brain. May we be ever watchful lest we stumble into the same trap. Do not be afraid to be easily moved. Never fear to have the conscience exercised too much; only fear for it not to be moved enough. Conscience serves as a monitor for God. It informs us where something has gone wrong or needs to be repaired. We can avoid much destructive consequences later if we but listen to conscience earlier.'

The Spiritual Man- By Watchman Nee

Are you sensitive to your conscience?

Sometimes it can feel like a berating force within constantly condemning behavior and thoughts that are not of God. When we listen to our convicting conscience instead of ignoring it, we truly seek forgiveness for those convicting thoughts and behaviors. While we don't want to constantly be at odds with God's will, living in the world we do it is hard not to be. Satan is always trying to get us on his side and the closer it gets to the end of his reign, the end of his existence, the harder he is going to work to get as many people as he can on his side. He's not going to stop attacking. When he attacks and we are pricked in our conscience we need to seek God instantly, constantly never giving up hope of being His, wholly His.

We need to be sensitive to our conscience, not afraid of it, not resentful of it but aware of God using our conscience to convict us in order to teach us, to refine us so we can be His.

Please, Lord, please let us be convicted in our conscience of any wrong that needs forgiveness, of any act we need not to leave undone, of anything we must alter in our lives so we may live for YOU. Help us, we are so caught up in self-serving, please help us live for You! Empty us of all that would keep us from you. May the Son of Jesus Christ bless us, and keep us in Him always! All through HIS LOVE!

Amen!

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Date:2017-02-07 23:41
Subject:Obey God
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This is truth-

Act 5:28  Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. 
Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 

WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.

When we are convicted by God in our conscience to obey God rather than men, we must listen. Truly as we live in a world where evil is called good, and good is now called evil- we must follow God and not the dictates of the times we live in. Just because mankind in a majority has deemed something acceptable does not mean God has deemed it so as well. People love to call the Bible old fashioned, filled with outdated, irrelevant knowledge, they do this because if they were to believe the truth it holds are still in affect then they'd be accountable to that truth. It is much easier for people to do away with the truth than to let it remain as an accusation while they commit evil. God will allow our conscience to be convicted and if we have to talk ourselves OUT of a convicting conscience then we are fighting against God's will.

Satan will war against us and do all He can to lead us to NOT follow our conscience at all. We can kill our conscience, we can shut it up, we can fight against it, but by the GRACE of God we will NOT do any of those things!

We will obey God rather than men, and let our conscience convict us as God allows.

'Through our conscience God examines our motive—whether we desire to obey Him or we seek something else. Another thing one must guard against is the blocking of his conscience. It often loses its normal operation through a kind of blockage. When we are surrounded by those whose conscience is deadly numb, ours may be numbed also through their argument, conversation, teaching, persuasion or example. Beware of teachers with hardened consciences: beware of man-made consciences: reject all attempts of man to mold yours. Our consciences must be responsible directly to God in all regards. We ourselves must know His will and be responsible for executing it. We will fail if we neglect our conscience to follow that of another. ' The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

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Date:2017-02-06 23:40
Subject:Weak Conscience?
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1Co 8:7  Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 
1Co 8:8  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 
1Co 8:9  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 
1Co 8:10  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 
1Co 8:11  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 
1Co 8:12  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 
1Co 8:13  Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. 

Rom 14:19  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 
Rom 14:20  For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 
Rom 14:21  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 

'When one believer does what his conscience deems good he is obeying the will of God; but the conscience of another person may judge the same thing as evil, and he will be sinning against God if he does it. ' The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

In the above verses we read of doing things that offend others and cause them to stumble in their relationship with Christ. Truly we each as individuals have a walk with Christ. Just as we cannot judge another LEST we be judged, we cannot assume our walk won't offend another. Paul had a spiritual walk beyond my full comprehension. Paul understood the he could eat any flesh and not offend God, but he also understood others couldn't comprehend how that would be possible, they hadn't reached that level of spiritual understanding. Paul would rather dumb down his own knowledge to help those with weak consciences. Those with weak consciences were those whose knowledge had yet to advance to the comprehension of those with strong consciences. Would Paul have dumbed down his own beliefs if it were not possible for those who were weak to grow stronger?

We cannot judge others and understanding even more fully that another's conscience understanding is not necessarily our own is very important. God would have us know our Spiritual walk is an individual walk of conscience with love and understanding for all others as they journey on with their own spiritual path.

May God give us all the comprehension we need to be wholly HIS. May we have all the knowledge we need to live in good conscience before God. Help us, Lord, help us, without You we are absolutely nothing. All through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! Now and forever, amen!

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Date:2017-02-05 23:45
Subject:Convicted
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Joh_8:9  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

The men were being convicted by their OWN CONSCIENCE. Jesus had done this…

Joh 8:6 … But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 
Joh 8:7  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 
Joh 8:8  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

Jesus said to them- HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN AMONG YOU LET HIM FIRST CAST A STONE AT HER.

And they HEARD Him, they heard His words of truth and they were CONVICTED by their own conscience. Their conscience had them feeling the weight of their own guilt. They acted on that conscience conviction and left off killing the adulterous woman.

Act_23:1  And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

Act_24:16  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men

Paul lived in GOOD CONSCIENCE before God.
Paul exercised himself to ALWAYS have a CONSCIENCE VOID of OFFENCE towards God and men.

When Watchman Nee talks about our conscience he is not talking about something that isn't Biblical, it's very Biblical and we need to study and pray that we learn what we need to learn. Please, Holy Spirit, bless us with understanding, guide us all through the love, the mercy, the grace of our Savior- Jesus Christ!

'If we live by what conscience teaches we have arrived at the place we should be for the present moment. It is therefore a prime factor in our daily walk after the spirit. In whatever matter we disobey the dictate of our conscience we shall be reprimanded by it. As a result we shall lose peace and shall be cut off temporarily from having fellowship with God. ' The Spiritual Man - By Watchman Nee

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Date:2017-02-04 18:06
Subject:Lord, help us to walk in the light You reveal.
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Have you ever been guilty of assuming someone knows something only to find out they don't? Have you ever tried to explain a situation to someone hoping for understanding only to realize they haven't a clue as to what you are talking about? We want people to understand along with us so we have someone that knows what we are going through. We want people to have similar experiences so we get ask them questions about how they react in the experience. When we realize others might not have the same experiences it can be a bit confusing. We generally do not like to be the lone wolf so to speak, in a situation because we can either believe there is something wrong that we are the only one, or we can believe we may have been singled out for something others have not. Neither scenario brings comfort really, or rather a full understanding from others. We can't assume to know the situation of others. We can't KNOW their walk, their individual- very personalize walk with Christ through life. No two people ever experience something the exact same because from the get go our different personalities will cause different reactions. Two people facing the exact same problem will look at it from different points of view, their own. If by chance the people seem to look at the problem in the same way, it is all but guaranteed that down the line their thoughts will diverge into different ideas. We are INDIVIDUALS with individual walks with Christ and my walk is not yours. I may look at your life and imagine that you aren't as close to God as I am, and instantly comprehend that I have to be much further away from God simply by having such a thought. We are NOT to judge others. Even when we judge their actions, we are not to judge the results of their actions. I can't say that because I see someone stealing something that they aren't God's. I can say that person committed a wrong act, but how that affects their walk with God is between them and God. Truly each of us is the chief of all sinners, because we can't know another's life of sin. We are not to judge anyone else based on our own conscience. We can try to ask if another has a similar conscience pulling, but if they don't we can't judge them. We may be either behind where they are in their ongoing walk with God, or in front, but it makes no difference because there is no behind or in front as being better or worse, but each of us walking according to our OWN learning. If we do get behind in our OWN learning, refusing to grow for whatever reason, that is something we have to seek forgiveness for. But to say another is behind would be only adding to our list of things needing forgiveness, they might be exactly where they need to be in their walk with God.

Mat 7:1  Judge not, that ye be not judged. 
Mat 7:2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 
Mat 7:3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 
Mat 7:4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 
Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 


'Due to varying degrees of knowledge in the conscience some are not conscious of sins regarded as very great by their fellow-believers. Hence, let us not judge one another. The Father alone knows how to handle His children. He does not expect to find the strength of “young men” in His “little children” nor the experience of “fathers” in the “young men.” But He does wait for each of his children to obey Him according to what he already knows. Were we to know for sure (which is not easy) that God has spoken to our brother on a particular matter and that our brother has failed to listen, then we can persuade him to obey. Yet we should never force our brother to follow what our conscience says to us. If the God of perfect holiness does not reject us because of our past unknown sins, how can we, on the basis of our current standard, judge our brother who only knows now what we knew last year? In fact, in helping other people we should not coerce obedience from them in small details but only advise them to follow faithfully the dictate of their own conscience. If their volition yields to God they will obey Him when the Holy Spirit sheds light on the words clearly written in the Bible. As long as his volition is yielded, a believer will follow God’s desire the moment his conscience receives light. The same is applicable to ourselves. We should not overextend ourselves to the point of exciting the strength of our soul to understand truths beyond our present capacity. If we are disposed to obey today’s voice of God, we are considered acceptable. On the other hand, we should not restrain ourselves from searching any truth which the Holy Spirit may lead us intuitively to search. Such restraint would mean lowering our standard of holiness. In a word, there is no problem for that one who is willing to walk by the spirit.'

The Spiritual Man- by Watchman Nee (Excerpt)

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Date:2017-02-03 23:33
Subject:Children of the light.
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Walking in the light.
As He is IN the light.
He that LOVES others abides in the light.
Walk while ye have the light.
Believe in the light.
Be children of light.
Put on the armor of light.

The BLOOD of CHRIST purges our conscience from DEAD WORK so we can serve the living God.

When our conscience is purged by the blood of Christ we serve the living God. If we imagine there is anything other than the blood of Christ which can cleanse our conscience, any action on our part we are sorely mistaken. We MUST rely up the blood of Christ to purge our conscience. When our conscience is convicted of sin we MUST seek forgiveness and cleansing by the blood of our Savior, He alone can help us. We can promise all we want to never sin, and by the grace of God He will keep us from all evil, however as soon as we are convicted of any sin- past or present we must listen to our conscience and repent as led to by the Holy Spirit. We must walk in the LIGHT and the light is truth, and the truth will not abide in darkness, in lies and any lie is worthy of condemnation. When the darkness, when the lies, are exposed for what they are we must seek forgiveness.

Light is truth- living, walking, wearing armor of light is embracing the truth wholly, not running from it, not dismissing it, not covering it up, not altering it to suit our own desires. Truth. God's truth. Jesus' truth. Not the truth man-made. Our Savior is in the light and we need to be in the light with Him. All by HIS grace and mercy, His amazing love!

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 

1Jn 2:9  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 
1Jn 2:10  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 
1Jn 2:11  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 

Joh 12:35  Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 
Joh 12:36  While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. 

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 

(Excerpt)
'As the knowledge of a believer grows, his conscience too increases in its consciousness. The more his knowledge advances the more his conscience judges. One need not worry about what he does not know if he but completely follows what he already does know. “If we walk in the light”—that is, if we are walking in the light which we have already—“as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (though many are still unknown to us)” (1 John 1.7). God has unlimited light. Although our light is limited, we shall have fellowship with God and the blood of His Son shall cleanse us if we walk according to the light we have. Perhaps there are still sins today unremoved from our life, but we are not conscious of them; hence we can continue to have fellowship with God today. Let us keep in mind that, important as conscience is, it nevertheless is not our standard of holiness, because it is closely related to knowledge. Christ Himself is alone our single standard of holiness. But in the matter of fellowship with God, His one condition is whether or not we have maintained a conscience void of offense. Yet, having fully obeyed the dictates of conscience, we must not visualize ourselves as now “perfect” A good conscience merely assures us that so far as our knowledge goes we are perfect, that is, we have arrived at the immediate goal, but not the ultimate one. Such being the case, our standard of conduct rises higher to the degree our knowledge of the Scriptures and spiritual experience increase. Only when our lives become holier as our light progresses can we preserve a conscience without offense. It shall invariably accuse us if we accompany this year’s knowledge and experience with only last year’s conduct. God did not cut off His fellowship with us last year because of our sins unknown to us then; but He certainly shall sever it today if we do not forsake the sins unknown last year but now known this year. Conscience is a God-given current standard of holiness. Whoever violates that standard is assumed to have committed sin. ' The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

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Date:2017-02-03 00:11
Subject:If we walk in the light...
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1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 
1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us

'As the knowledge of a believer grows, his conscience too increases in its consciousness. The more his knowledge advances the more his conscience judges. One need not worry about what he does not know if he but completely follows what he already does know. “If we walk in the light”—that is, if we are walking in the light which we have already—“as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (though many are still unknown to us)” (1 John 1.7). God has unlimited light. Although our light is limited, we shall have fellowship with God and the blood of His Son shall cleanse us if we walk according to the light we have. Perhaps there are still sins today unremoved from our life, but we are not conscious of them; hence we can continue to have fellowship with God today. Let us keep in mind that, important as conscience is, it nevertheless is not our standard of holiness, because it is closely related to knowledge. Christ Himself is alone our single standard of holiness. But in the matter of fellowship with God, His one condition is whether or not we have maintained a conscience void of offense. Yet, having fully obeyed the dictates of conscience, we must not visualize ourselves as now “perfect” A good conscience merely assures us that so far as our knowledge goes we are perfect, that is, we have arrived at the immediate goal, but not the ultimate one. Such being the case, our standard of conduct rises higher to the degree our knowledge of the Scriptures and spiritual experience increase. Only when our lives become holier as our light progresses can we preserve a conscience without offense. It shall invariably accuse us if we accompany this year’s knowledge and experience with only last year’s conduct. God did not cut off His fellowship with us last year because of our sins unknown to us then; but He certainly shall sever it today if we do not forsake the sins unknown last year but now known this year. Conscience is a God-given current standard of holiness. Whoever violates that standard is assumed to have committed sin. ' The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee

By the grace of God we will study this excerpt and most importantly the Word of God, tomorrow. We need light, ever increasing light. We need truth and we need to walk in that truth, live in that truth through the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace and mercy of our ever loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Date:2017-02-01 23:38
Subject:Satan is a great pacifier of a guilty conscience.
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Heb_5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Gen_2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

'In abiding by the spirit and listening to the voice of conscience we should remember one thing, and that is, conscience is limited by knowledge. It is the organ for distinguishing good and evil, which means it gives us the knowledge of good and evil. This knowledge varies with different Christians. Some have more while others have less. The degree of knowledge may be determined by individual environment or perhaps by the instruction each has received. Thus we can neither live by the standard of others nor ask other people to live by the light we have. In a Christian’s fellowship with God an unknown sin does not hinder communion.' The Spiritual Man - by Watchman Nee

'Conscience is limited by knowledge' This is truth. Those who are less knowledgeable can't be accountable for the knowledge they don't possess- unless, a person deliberately refuse knowledge when it is being offered to them. If you know right from wrong and deliberately choose wrong even when your conscience is convicting you, then it can be nothing other than sin. Satan will trap us in a web of conscience and try to convince us that there is absolutely no way out, that we're stuck fast and going to remain so. Then he'll soothe our conscience as he tries to convince us that we have nothing to feel guilty about, nothing at all. Satan is the great pacifier of a guilty conscience while the Holy Spirit is the great convicting force of sin, and Jesus the forgiver, the redeemer.

'We can neither live by the standard of others nor ask other people to live by the light we have.' Yet we do try to live like others, and we do try to get others to live by our standards, we do it all the time. I reveal the light I have and want you to live that light, but honestly we can never live in the knowledge of others. Too often we can take the knowledge of others and simply let it slip away as irrelevant to us and how we choose to live. Yet at the same time we do take bits and pieces of knowledge and mold it to our live. Do you do anything today that you were taught to do by another? The answer for all of us is- yes. We learned a lot when we were children growing up and a lot of that follows us through the rest of our life. Some of what we learn we deliberately change as we grow up, other things gradually change as we merge a lot of knowledge we have with new knowledge. Suffice it to say that no two people are exactly alike, not even twins. We learn differently, individually. Our spiritual life grows in the same way- individually. Truly we CAN never judge another's eternal life, never. We don't know what their conscience is answerable to, what knowledge they possess. God help us to comprehend this truth. We have knowledge of good and evil and to say there is no such thing as good and evil is to deny reality. Satan has convinced the multitude of evil being good and good being evil and the closer it comes to our Savior's return, the more he will deceive.

May God protect us from all evil!

All through Jesus Christ our LORD and SAVIOR! Amen!

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Date:2017-01-31 23:37
Subject:Do you allow your conscience to work?
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'We need to possess a conscience void of offense, not in the sense that it is better than before or that much evil has been done away but that it is without offense and confident before God. This ought to be the normal condition of our conscience.

If we prostrate ourselves before it and allow it to reprove us: if we offer ourselves entirely to the Lord and are willing to perform all His purposes: then our confidence shall increase until it is possible for us to regard our conscience as void of offense.

We dare to tell God that now we have nothing left which is concealed from Him. So far as we are concerned we know of nothing between us and Him.

In walking by the spirit we should never permit the tiniest offense to stir up our conscience. Whatever it condemns must be confessed immediately, cleansed by the precious blood and forsaken, so that no trace be left behind. Each day we should seek to have a good conscience, because no matter how short a time conscience may be offended it renders great harm to the spirit' The Spiritual Man - by Watchman Nee

"I have lived before God in all good conscience up to this day” (Acts 23.1)

It's not a joke- our conscience. It's a very real indicator of us spiritually. If our conscience is NOT clear we are not living in the Spirit. Allowing the Spirit to convict us is so crucial. If we know something is sinful and it doesn't make our conscience take notice then our spirit is not alive in us. Satan would love for us to be deceived and he'll stop at nothing to do just that. If Satan can get our conscience to be quiet while we sin relentlessly, then he's won us. If our conscience is NOT alive in us revealing any and all things against God's love then we are not God's.

Truly the 'tiniest offense' that isn't repented of can fester within our spirit destroying us.

Every single day we have to live for Christ and all that entails and it isn't ignoring Him and ignoring the Spirit.

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