Livestream recording : 2/19/2017 “Selfish Branch”…
In this post, I wanted to share my story about my Cocker Spaniel “Molly” and her consistent desire to please her owners.
For a short time in my life, I raised finches. These little birds would answer me when shouting “birdies” from my bedroom in the morning, they would even take to using my hair in the construction of their nests, but never any dog hair!
One day I decided to open the top of a constructed bird-cage which I had made, as the store purchased cage soon grew much too small to house all my birds. It was a regrettable move, for as soon as I opened the top, all my bird flew out within the house.
It seemed about a half hour went by before retrieving all my birds and returning them to the cleaned out cage… All accept the mother bird who hatched all the offspring that is! I was exhausted, even attempting to use a fish net to try to snag this very fast-moving mother, without injuring her.
I had just about given up, and hoped she would return to the cage on her own. Just then, “snap” my Cocker Spaniel Molly, had jumped up in midair and snatched up my bird within her mouth! I screamed out “Molly no”, but it was too late – then my Cocker Spaniel Molly released the unscathed bird from her mouth ever so gently, releasing her into my hand.
Many of us miss out on the understanding our animals have of us, if you are anything like me, we get so involved in our daily lives, that we often miss out on our pets communicating their love for us in a variety of actions…
I have found that we often do this same thing to our heavenly father, who only wishes to show us His love for us.
This will come as a shock to most, yet I have painfully learned about the seriousness or should I say gravity of actually abiding in Christ throughout my life in the following article.
It is natural for a child of God to try to get along with the world, and the worlds people.
Yet because you have been chosen out of the world, it is impossible to ever be accepted by the world’s people, even within one’s own family. You try very hard to be nice and friendly with folks, yet you will never be accepted by them as the large majority of the world are actually children of the devil, and you will never achieve any type of genuine fellowship with them.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 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…
We are taught to be friendly and accepting to others, and as much as leis within you, be at peace with all men – Romans 12:18, but never allow yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security, in thinking you are a part of them. Again, it is only natural to try to fit in, yet this is extremely detrimental to a child of God’s spiritual life with Christ, as compromise with the world is destructive to following the truth, who is Jesus Christ within us.
I have found that one of the biggest obstacles to walking with Christ, is the near look-alike of system religions (systematic theologies) as this is also a part of the world, which is a detraction for actually abiding in Christ oneself. Young believers will find it hard to understand such reasoning, as false brethren adopt Bible doctrines, and even “experiences of God” as their own. Yet they have never seen Him nor known Him.
1 John 3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
(Jesus is speaking about walking in the spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, who was yet to come).
Acceptance by the world is enmity against God, you cannot serve two masters, yet MOST who have genuinely started with Christ, take the broad road away from Him, in an effort to be comfortable in the world. To a very large degree these broad road Christians have been pressured by society (Church) to conform to loving the world and its people, over actually following Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth.
We all naturally want acceptance by the world, yet you cannot compromise which is to prostitute the Holy Spirit of God, for the Spirit of Antichrist which dominates this world and the world’s church systems. (Rev 17 – 18).
This is why it is written in 1 John 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.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. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Most people think that the “Word of God” is the Bible, loosely speaking the texts is the divinely inspired writings composed of letters profitable for reproof and correction, written to the brethren who are spiritual Israel. However, more distinctly the “Word of God” is a living word which is found in the hearts of those who follow the Lord God of Israel in their “heart of hearts” – simply because they love Him above all else.
John 10:27-29 (KJV) 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
At this point, (because this is a blog post) most will spiral downward into arguing theology and doctrines: yet that is NOT my point in writing this post today. Rather it is to show that the “Word of God” to me was found in a simple texts written in the 1880’s by J.H. Merryman, called THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE.
“The Lord spoke this to me” sometime after nearly drowning in the Surf at Ocean City, MD., nearly in front of the U.S. Life Saving Museum: a short time after serving my time with the U.S. Coast Guard overseas. I was also very interested in the historic maritime trade and working for the Baltimore Maritime Museum, under command of Capt. Robert Cooper of the Lightship Chesapeake. At the time a floating and operating ambassador for Baltimore City – Recreation and Parks.
A true Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, will understand that our Lord knows our hearts, and the particulars of our lives which will get our attention! It is NOT simply religion we follow, but a living being who speaks to those who know Him, the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Following is from page 12 of by J.H. Merryman’s book, a passage which very personally helped to grow my walk, in experiencing and walking with Christ.
In this article I would really hope to come across as someone who can speak with authority in being with the Lord Jesus Christ as a disciple.
Matthew 24:5 – For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Or more directly; what this verse is actually saying is – many will come in my name saying “I am anointed” (the anointed one) Christ, Jesus. And many will be deceived.
So how does one tell who is of the Lord, and who is not? 1 John 4 tells us how… 4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. In short only by the Holy Spirit proclaiming Christ has come in their flesh, do we tell.
The sad fact is that most who claimed to be an “anointed one” actually are not, and have never been! “Systematic theology” has indeed replaced knowing and walking with Christ, even in those who have started with Him, and it is the Lord God who gives people over to strong delusions, who’s hearts are not actually with Him, in Spirit and in truth. Jesus called this the broad road which leads away from the Lord towards death (spiritually) if repentance of heart is not obtained.
Of course it is the Lord who ultimately decides which of the elect have remained in Christ, and who is not. Disciples (Elders) are instructed to be able to identify just who is “in the vine” and who is moving away from it. Then comes reproof and correction of these brethren (for their life’s sake) and of course, false brethren who are to remain outside the fold. This is the correct form of judging, for the health of the body, the being cut off and burnt part, is only the Lord’s decision.
I did not intend to get into a doctrinal study here, supported by Bible, in an attempt to show myself to be right. It is doctrinal debates which post like this often spark intellectual disagreements, and have little value, as the objective should always be to convey truth.
As a young man who was always instructed to find a “good church” I discovered something else instead!
Although highly educated, and robed in his priestly garb, I discovered that most ministers are more of statesmen then that of a disciple. They compromise the truth of God within the scriptures as to not offend those around them. There was an HIV-AIDS discussion concerning this verse: Romans 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. A women insisted this could not be speaking about HIV-AIDS as a punishment for Homosexuality, as women (at the time) were not plagued with it as men; yet this is precisely what the verse entailed! I was stunned that the minister did not pick up on this scriptural fact, and the Bible study decayed into a “none offensive” worthless discussion about a loving, non-judgmental, ear tickling Jesus.
Within me the Holy Spirit of God was screaming heresy, yet no one else in the room seemed to be concerned, or even seemed to grasp the seriousness of these scriptures! It is about that time in my life, that I started recognizing that the status quo of the world, always seemed to take precedence over the scriptures! This is NOT because I was some type of gifted Biblical scholar, rather it was simply the prodding of the Holy Spirit within me, that I could pick up on subtle diversions away from the TRUTH, who is Jesus Christ within me.
I continued to notice in great contrast, that I was continually bothered by the compromise of the laws of God, even in a secular setting.
Much like Abraham Lincoln, I attended, yet never wanted to become an “official member” of any Church, although very much reformed in my thinking at the time. It was not until I got married that I became a member of struggling, and later, a newly planted church. I was “tested” and had most of the gifting’s of spiritual leadership. I was hopeful that I could finally be of service to my Lord. I later received a Deacons position, although I had very much fulfilled the criteria for Elder as well.
This “Church experience” was short-lived however, as I had been mobilized by the Army a couple of years after 911 to send troops and supplies to Iraq, and received orders under Operation Enduring Freedom.
About a year after returning home, I suffered a massive heart attack while in water survival training with my old Army watercraft unit.
Jesus sided shoulder to shoulder with me on that day, who I could feel, and dimly see pushing up next to me. Later as my heart continued to stop, I looked down upon my ambulance in route to the hospital for airlift, with perfect clarity of mind and vision. I was not expected to survive the night.
I later wrote on a blog about my experience of knowing Jesus Christ on this side of eternity, and it was because I was with Him now, that I was directly with Him in death. A book company picked up this blog, and my testimonial. See: https://goo.gl/BL0OAj .
As often done in this world, my testimonial was twisted in referencing Jesus Christ pressing next to me, the main thrust of my testimonial. It is my opinion, that although lip service is given to the Lord Jesus Christ, heaven and supernatural experiences, in actuality children of the Devil want nothing to do with Him! This is plainly spoken about within scripture.
All my experiences in life have been a reflection of the scriptures, albeit I may not know the chapter or verse. In my humble opinion, Churches reverse the order, of making the Lord God subservient to their knowledge scriptures, doctrines and theology, rather than simply following Him in Spirit and in Truth.
And one needn’t be a Bible scholar to notice this, only a son or daughter of the Living Lord God of Israel.
I am coming to some painful realisations on this……. how about you?
This is surely the reason why so many like to attack us who point out the corruption of what is going on. Why are people so strong in their defence of their chuurrcchh ?
Published on Jan 11, 2017
Don’t let them fool you. Remember the facts.
John 4:24 (KJV)
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Most of those who start with the Lord never register that once the body of believer’s accepts those of a different spirit (1 John 4) within their midst, it is just a matter of time until the spirit of antichrist overruns the fellowship.
Satan, the father of lies, seeks to destroy any actual work of God, by “replacement therapy” that is he replaces the spirit of truth, who is Jesus Christ – with a look alike spirit, or false replacement spirit which is religious in nature.
Remember I am speaking about the spiritual dimension here, and not simply doctrinal or intellectual understanding, which is based on the Bible, rather than dependency upon the leading of the Holy Spirit, who is the Truth of God made manifest to the elect, by the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross.
John 1 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
In the beginning was the word – the “Word of God” this is speaking about the Lord himself, obviously to most, so how is it that a printed texts on a page (Scripture) becomes The Word of God, as commonly espoused? That would be impossible as the Bible was not present in the beginning. It is but a record about God, Satan, and humanity, although divinely inspired.
The Bible is but confirmatory to us who stand on “The Rock”, yet it is not “The Rock itself”, that title is only ever given to the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
At this point many will start thinking theologically, even checking my doctrine against the scripture, which is fine, however let me remind you again that I am speaking about the spiritual world, and the ins and outs of spiritual deceptions given by the master of deception, Satan who is intellectually superior to any human being.
So rather than leaning to our own natural understanding, we must instead push in with Christ in Spirit and in Truth!
Rather than becoming mired in thought, I write this post today with the hope the reader will understand why most churches – “all” institutionalized churches eventually, lead towards spiritual death. That’s right, it is because no matter how well-intentioned ministers may be, that (perhaps unknowingly) they have taken on the role of Jesus Christ himself in the hearts of many followers!
This is the “Spirit of Antichrist” which is consistently used of Satan since the death and resurrection of the Lord, beware!
- Tear up hardwood floors moving furniture.
- Destroy appliances with vacuum cleaner.
- Scratch LCD flat screen with duster.
- Blemish carpeting with cleaners such as bleach.
- Tear out wiring to entertainment center while moving components.
- Overstuff cabinets and drawer till they break.
- Power wash, scrub off, and scratch, antique protective coatings and paint from furniture.
- Damage drywall while jerking electrical cord of vacuum cleaner around corner.
- Put in Dishwasher antique and collector tins, then washing off the painted on advertisements.
- Destroy lawnmowers while using wrong fuel, and riding over ground obstacles.
- Poison, pull out, or cut plants, which stop erosion on critical areas.
- Break items to disrepair while using the wrong tools.
I see a lot of Bible based doctrines attempting to be used in support of Dec 25 in celebrating Christ’s birth. This is a Pagan festival painted with Christian names and dates. Luke 2:1-20 (as an example) merely recognizes Christ’s birth, (probably in the spring of the year) yet as a disciple we are NEVER instructed to do “Christian Religion” about any dates or times, even when using the Bible.
You will remember that only the Galatians ever celebrated dates and times, and the Apostle Paul burned their ears for it. He did this for a very good reason, so as not to become distracted away from the TRUTH, who is only found by abiding in Christ the true vine, and not an “antichrist religious’ spirit” which was created by Satan in using natural understanding to divert people away from actually walking with their Lord, each and every day to include the Sabbath, if one decides in his conscience to keep it.
There is a very fine edge between walking in the spirit of truth, in dependence upon the Lord, and walking independent of him, especially when caught up in doing religion about him, but not actually following him. This is in part because some of those who have made a profession of faith, have never “entered in” with him, and even more have never seen him nor known him.
It is my firm belief as in Revelation 13: that the second beast must become as the first beast, “Christian Universal Religious” the same Spirit of Antichrist as started in the Church of Rome. I can only speculate this is because it is Rome’s seven hills (Revelation 17 a Pagan temple rebuilt) who the mother of Harlots and her daughters will reveal Satan, and the Luciferian doctrines which powers in the world worship, (Revelation 18) so that Satan may take his very short reign upon the earth and then Babylon is destroyed by the “SWORD” of His mouth, and the “BRIGHTNESS” of His coming!
Additionally, the world will worship “Satan as God” while performing many signs and wonders, and only the true elect will NOT BE deceived of this very powerful and false spirit, whose only wish is to be put above the Lord God’s throne so he can be worshiped as such!
Be on guard against this “Spirit of antichrist” which has saturated “the Church”, and only continues to grow in strength within the “false vine” – until Satan is revealed and no longer has need for these whores, who are drunk on the blood of the Saints, and martyrs of Jesus!
Why is this despised and not allowed today? God has not changed, or His standards and ways…. So why is humility rejected?
Why do so many take the side of the world and fight against the children of God to prevent them from upsetting the world?
Published on Dec 17, 2016
Now, our time….
Most find this sort of thing sickening, so it is good for those who gave money a couple of years ago for this project to see what is going on now….. 2016
I’m starting to see what it is like to be the Lord’s soldier behind enemy lines, or that I am surrounded by the wicked – even those who have been taught a fair degree of Bible, even as the camp of the saints has been overrun by false brethren.
They understand the fact that the work of Salvation was made complete in Christ, yet they have no light to see that this work has no place within them. This is the times we are living in today, the Gospel has gone out to all the world, and yet cheap beliefism is confused with actual sanctification in being made into the image of Christ so that we be partakers (with him) in his righteousness.
This is exactly why the Apostle Paul feared for his life by false brethren, who are now entrenched all around us, over two thousand years after Pentecost.
People get rather upset when an actual disciple of Christ is able to discern just who is, and who’s not the Lord’s! Yet in 1 John 4 we are commanded to be able to tell. You see, this is a war of truth, not some go along to get along compromising game to have people like us, or not!
It amazes me that most educated people understand Bible doctrines and dogmas taught to them by other men, yet have no spiritual understanding of how these doctrines are meant to be applied, even within contexts. This is because you cannot teach people who are not with Christ, into Christ!
They cannot hear his voice, they do not know the Lord, and he does not know them, to put it plainly. The ones of us who do walk with the Lord are called arrogant or spiritually proud, simply because we have light to see, and if you’re not careful, you will share what is holy with these pigs and dogs – who claim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and his completed work on Calvary yet have neither seen him nor known him.
Truthfully, if I cannot be around real brethren, I would rather be around those who do not claim to know him, as these are not twice the children of hell which Jesus spoke about.
Foot note: Satan understands doctrines and theology, but it does not make him a follower of Christ.
What I have experienced only by walking in obedience to His voice within me.
Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Psalm 22 (KJV)
22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Christ Brings Division
Matthew 10:33-35 (KJV)
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Matthew 10:34-39 (NKJV)
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[a] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Luke 14:25-27 (KJV)
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
I have recently discovered the pain of crucifixion as related to these verses. A true disciple will indeed pay the price for actually following Christ in spirit and in truth, not just giving lip service to the scriptures, like the majority of others do…
If you will not suffer these things, you cannot be a disciple of Christ – even if the Lord has started a work in you. Bearing ones cross is painful and will cost you everything within the world.
Systematic theologies often seek to shield the follower of Christ from the sacrifice required to enter into a closer walk with the Lord (what Oswald Chambers referred to as the white funeral). They are but a type of sari get (whores as in Rev 17) or a “false vine” attempting to preserve their life in the world, and yet attempting to please God without personal crucifixion. This is the “Spirit” of antichrist, another Gospel, and who Paul called enemies of the cross.
We must continually choose between following Christ (who is the true vine) and the world’s systems of lookalikes (even) Bible religions using the label of “Christian’s” who merely claim to be followers of Christ, yet in actuality will not pay the cost within their daily lives.
The worst enemies will be the one’s closest to him, his own family, and the “Broad Roader”, who started in his walk, but refuses to finish, as the price of discipleship is too high within the world.
It is much, much, easier to devise a system of teachings (doctrines) which negates the cost a true follower of Christ must pay, to be worthy of his atonement paid by our Lord. So, we must lose our life in this world in order to gain Christ, and no half measures are acceptable to utter obedience to our Lord within us.
I am speaking about having a “willing heart” who loves the Lord above all else. While making “theological” or doctrinal errors in one’s own understanding is irrelevant to our Lord, as “these” are the Good Ground in which Jesus spoke about, consistently dependent upon Him, and not leaning towards their own understanding, like a scribe or Pharisee does.
Strangers and pilgrims, to whom God speaks….. Unbelief means we do not have faith. If we are resisting Him over some point or other then we are cutting our own throats.
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