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Correcting your personal course is all that is required of you.

Freighter+ rowboat

A man in a rowboat can correct his course, but not that of a super freighter…

It is the same with the church system of today. If one is born again of the Holy Spirit, they must learn for themselves how to walk in that spirit of truth, who is Jesus Christ. They cannot allow error or compromise to creep into their spiritual life, which destroys many. God is fully capable in teaching his children the truth, and providing for them fellow believers to fellowship with them along the way.

Yet Satan, who is also a spirit, is also busy within the world trying to divert the Saints of God onto another spiritual path. He knows that blatant spiritual sin normally will not work with a child of God who has started with Christ, and has a basic knowledge of the Bible. So, what Satan does is to try and counterfeit the workings of God, into a near look alike to the truth. He mixes in certain degrees of blackness with the pure white light of truth. This creates a gray area to varying degrees.

This sly fox, who understands the human mind and soul, and will raise up those in the name of Christ, who will divert people from the perfect light and truth of walking with Jesus in spirit; into a theological or doctrinal debate most often. Anything that will knock a child of God off course, and try to sever them from their head: who is Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John first coined the phrase as an anti-Christ, not one who has horns sprouting out of their heads, but rather anyone who inserts themselves as an alternative to Christ, assuming a leader’s position. This type of spirit, is of the spirit of anti Christ, and is most often found to be religious in nature. Jesus said unless one becomes as a little child, they can no way enter into the kingdom of heaven. Little Children are tender hearted and trusting, so they make easy targets for the butcher to destroy their walk. This is why men of God (Elders) who have experience in these areas have been raised up, to try and protect and nourish the young in the Lord, to grow properly without error, or compromising the security of the brethren. A good Bible knowledge is a great tool, but more important is the experience, and understanding of the spiritual world, and its snares and pitfalls.

This experience can ONLY be learned by actual followers of Jesus Christ, unfortunately a good Bible knowledge has replaced, (in “Church circles”) the need for actually KNOWING, and following Christ in spirit and in truth.  Lip service is given to this spiritual battlefield, by Pastors and “so called Elders” today, since Biblests  know it is scriptural to speak about such things but never have seen it nor known it; because they are not spiritual, but rather just carnal men, with a head full of doctrine.  Actual spiritual knowledge, or understanding of spiritual things, is rare today.  It has been replaced by natural understanding of the Bible, which is so prevalent in western culture, and the natural or worldly mind.  The scribes and Pharisees were such people as these. And to make matters even worse, eastern religions were introduced into the United States, predominately in the 1960’S. This alternative consciousness’ a mixture of other belief systems crept in which are demonic in nature, and fostered what is normally called the “new age” movement.

Neither do I believe in trying to salvage the Church systems, (systematic theologies) as the reformers once did concerning Catholicism. Big fellowships or “churches” are normally too corrupted by sin and traditions of men, to try and restore by natural means and Bible knowledge. The exception to this is only if a man of God, has been called and chosen for this work, and then SENT by God alone; to administer the course correction. In the past 1500 years, well intentioned Christians went out to the world to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and his atonement on the cross. God used these efforts to bring many to Christ, and blessed many a peoples for honoring the written word (the Bible) and their cultures. However, this does not mean that most people were ever really with Christ at all, just that they honored his principles, and teachings which were pleasing to the Lord.

Let us always remember that the true brethren of God in Christ were elected before the foundations of the world. It is a work in which God does alone in the hearts of men, and no amount of teaching no matter how correct, can ever alter one who has never known the Lord in Spirit by Salvation. The result is a bunch of highly educated men and women about the scriptures, ever learning but never coming to knowledge of the truth. Or as 2 Timothy 3:7 puts it: Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. These false brethren in 2 Timothy 3: 5 says “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

This dear brethren, is why we shouldn’t attempt to try and make the correction ourselves, just avoid them at all costs; unless suited up with the full armor of God expecting opposition.

We, who genuinely know and follow our Lord, must be quite careful especially with those who claim his name. Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. These wolves are those that do not know, or have chosen not to follow our Lord for something of the world. Too often it is the counterfeit of systematic church instead of Christ.

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True Shepherds,…

True Shepherds, and not anti Christs are described in: Ezekial 34. Which is something I have been moving into in spirit and in truth, as the Lord continues to do a work within my heart…

Ezekiel 34

New King James Version (NKJV)

Irresponsible Shepherds

34 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.

‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”— therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord! 10 Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”

God, the True Shepherd

11 ‘For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. 16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”

17 ‘And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats. 18 Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture—and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet? 19 And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet.”

20 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: “Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.21 Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad, 22 therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I amthe Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.28 And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. 29 I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. 30 Thus they shall know that I, theLord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God.’

31 “You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God.

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January 22, 2013 · 1:16 am