To Whom Do We Listen?
To Whom Do We Listen, And Who Is It That Hears When GOD Speaks?
Presumptuous; characterized by presumption or tending to presume; bold; foward.
Presumption; 1 the act of presuming. 2 bold or insolent behaviour. Behaving with impertinence; disrespectful, not relevant, or unwarranted boldness. 3 a belief or assumption based on reasonable evidence. 4 a basis on which to presume.
Presume; presumes, presuming, presumed. 1 to take for granted; assume. 2 (often followed by an infinitive ) to dare ( to do something ). 3 ( followed by on or upon ) to rely or depend. 4 ( followed by on or upon ) to take advantage ( of ).
"The Law Of The LORD Is Perfect, Restoring the soul; The Testimony Of The LORD Is Sure, Making wise the simple. The Precepts Of The LORD Are Right, rejoicing the heart; The Commandment Of The LORD Is Pure, Enlightening the eyes. The fear of The LORD Is clean, enduring forever; The Judgements Of The LORD Are True; They Are Righteous Altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, By Them THY servant Is Warned; in keeping them there is Great Reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back THY servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then i shall be blameless, And i shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in THY Sight, O LORD, my Rock And my Redeemer." Psalm 19:7-14.
"...Truly, truly, I Say To you, he who receives whomever I Send Receives ME; and he who Receives ME Receives HIM WHO Sent ME." John 13:20.
The LORD GOD Is The GOD Of All flesh, "Behold, I Am The LORD, The GOD Of All flesh; is Anything too difficult For ME?" Jeremiah 32:27.
And The LORD GOD Can Do As HE Pleases with what is HIS Own. HIS Judgements Are True. Our part is obedience of faith, nothing else, then all will be well, and GOD'S Purpose in each our lives will be Worked, because only through our faith; our personal surrender to GOD, Will GOD HIMSELF Produce a conduct inspired by the believers surrender. And through the one who believes in GOD, The LORD GOD HIMSELF Will Give The Understanding Of The Knowledge Of The Truth; The Mystery hidden and unsearchable through the wisdom of men, but Revealed By The SPIRIT through The faith that is in JESUS CHRIST; The Author And Perfecter Of faith. From GOD Alone Comes both The Teaching And The Understanding; The One cannot be acquired apart from The Other.
"Delight yourself in The LORD; And HE Will Give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to The LORD, Trust also in HIM, And HE Will Do It. And HE Will Bring Forth your Righteousness As The Light, And your judgement as the noonday." Psalm 37:4-6.
We seek ( by faith ), and GOD ( not man ) Will Do the rest,
"Again therefore JESUS Spoke To them, Saying, "I AM The Light Of the world; he who follows ME shall not walk in the darkness, but Shall Have The Light Of Life." John 8:12.
..."HE Made HIM WHO knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become The Righteousness Of GOD In HIM." 2 Corinthians 5:21.
..."And I Say To you, ask, and It Shall Be Given To you; seek, and you Shall Find; knock, and It Shall Be Opened To you. "For everyone who asks, Receives; and he who seeks, Finds; and to him who knocks, It Shall Be Opened. "Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? "Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much More Shall your Heavenly FATHER Give The HOLY SPIRIT To those who ask HIM?" Luke 11:9-13.
Herein is Of The Manifold Grace Of GOD that comes only through faith; The Divine Assistance Given To man In Spiritual Rebirth; The Unmerited Gift, Favour, Protection, Sanctification, Granted And Accomplished By GOD as a result of; by means of the firm conviction and personal surrender to GOD, Producing an Ever Growing; Ever Strengthened belief and acknowledgement of GOD'S Revelation Of Truth; The Message Of Truth, being The Gospel Of JESUS CHRIST.
..."And without faith it is impossible to please HIM, for he who comes to GOD must believe that HE Is, and that HE Is A Rewarder Of those who seek HIM..." Hebrews 11:6.
"How Blessed are those whose Way is blameless, who walk in The Law Of The LORD ( Love ). How Blessed are those who observe HIS Testimonies ( Declarations Of Truth ), who seek HIM with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness ( sinfulness; wickedness ); They walk in HIS Ways. THOU Hast Ordained ( Consecrated, Established Irrevocably ) THY Precepts ( Rules And Principles for Guidance in moral excellence ), That we should keep Them diligently. Oh that my ways may be Established to keep THY Statutes! ( Permanent Rules ) Then i shall not be ashamed when i look upon all THY Commandments ( Divine Orders ).I shall give thanks to THEE with uprightness of heart, when i learn THY Righteous Judgements. I shall keep THY Statutes; Do not forsake me utterly! How can a man keep his way pure? By keeping it According to THY Word. With all my heart i have sought THEE; Do Not Let me wander from THY Commandments. THY Word i have treasured in my heart, that i may not sin against THEE. Blessed Art THOU, O LORD; Teach me THY Statutes... ...Deal Bountifully with THY servant, That i may Live And Keep THY Word. Open my eyes, that i may behold Wonderful Things From THY Law. I am a stranger in the earth; Do Not Hide THY Commandments from me.My soul is crushed with longing after THINE Ordinances ( Authoritative Decrees, Laws, Practices ) at all times. THOU Dost Rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, who wander from THY Commandments. Take Away reproach and contempt from me, For i observe THY Testimonies. Even though princes sit and talk against me, THY servant meditates on THY Statutes. THY Testimonies also are my delight; They are my Counsellors ( Advisers ). My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me According To THY Word. I have told of my ways, and THOU Hast Answered me; Teach me THY Statutes. Make me Understand The Way Of THY Precepts, So i will meditate on THY Wonders. My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me According To THY Word. Remove the false way from me, And Graciously Grant me THY Law. I have chosen The faithful Way; i have placed THINE Ordinances before me. I cleave to THY Testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! I shall run The Way Of THY Commandments, For THOU Wilt enlarge my heart. Teach me, O LORD, The Way Of THY Statutes, And i shall observe it to the end. Give me Understanding, that i may observe THY Law, And keep It with all my heart. Make me walk in The Paths of THY Commandments, For i delight in It. Incline my heart to THY Testimonies, and not to dishonest gain. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And Revive me In THY Ways. Establish THY Word to THY servant, As That Which Produces reverence for THEE. Turn away my reproach which i dread, For THINE Ordinances Are Good. Behold, i long for THY Precepts; Revive me Through THY Righteousness..." Psalm 119:1-12 & v 17-40.
'For I Know The Plans That I Have For you,' Declares The LORD, 'Plans For Welfare and not for calamity to Give you A Future And A Hope. 'Then you will call upon ME and come and pray to ME, And I Will Listen to you. 'And you will seek ME And find ME, when you search for ME with all your heart. 'And I Will Be Found by you,' Declares The LORD, 'And I Will Restore your fortunes And Will Gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I Have Driven you,' Declares The LORD, 'And I Will Bring you Back To The Place from Where I Sent you into exile.' Jeremiah 29:11-14.
It is not to look to men to measure one self by the man himself before you. Any who are in a position of leading, which means by example, ( and ultimately this is for all in CHRIST, to be a witness, the example to all who see of The Hope that is in them; A Light shining in the darkness ), then their conduct; all they do and say, is to be thought carefully about, as to whether it is worthy of CHRIST HIMSELF; whether they speak from themselves or if GOD is Speaking through them,
"Remember those who led you, who spoke The Word Of GOD to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. JESUS CHRIST Is The Same yesterday and today, yes and forever." Hebrews 13:7-8.
... "the one who says he abides in HIM ought himself to walk in the same Manner As HE Walked." 1 John 2:6.
And this we can only do, and must do, even when we are listening to a man; only by keeping our eyes fixed on JESUS. Because if CHRIST is in a man who stands before others as a leader ( always to mean leader by example ), he can only lead how Truly means to lead; being an imitator of The LEADER; The LORD JESUS CHRIST,
..."And do not be called leaders; for ONE Is your LEADER, CHRIST..". Matthew 23:10.
And this can only ever be, in Truth, By The Empowering Of The HOLY SPIRIT Which Comes through The faith that is in CHRIST JESUS, so then, it will be CHRIST WHO Shines from the one who lives by faith in The SON Of GOD, and nothing of the flesh; nothing of the man himself.
..."Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with Righteous judgement." John 7:24.
..."Listen to ME, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man... ...And HE Was Saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. "All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man." Mark 7:14-15 & v 20-23.
..."Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not Inherit The Kingdom Of GOD? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate ( by perversion ), nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall Inherit The Kingdom Of GOD. And such were some of you; but you were Washed, but you were Sanctified, but you were Justified In The Name Of The LORD JESUS CHRIST, And In The SPIRIT Of our GOD." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
..."Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is Of GOD; the one who does evil has not seen GOD." 3 John:11.
And no one is Good, Except GOD Alone ( Luke 18:18-19 ).
Just as the Apostle Paul states, "Be imitators of me, just as i also am of CHRIST." 1 Corinthians 11:1
"I have been crucified with CHRIST; and it is no longer i who live, but CHRIST Lives in me; and the life which i now live in the flesh i live by faith in The SON Of GOD, WHO Loved me, and Delivered HIMSELF Up for me." Galatians 2:20.
"Therefore be imitators of GOD, as Beloved children; and walk in love, just as CHRIST Also Loved us, and Gave HIMSELF Up For us, An Offering And A Sacrifice To GOD As A Fragrant Aroma. But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among Saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which is not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an Inheritance in The Kingdom Of CHRIST And GOD. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things The Wrath Of GOD Comes Upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light In The LORD; walk as children Of Light ( for The Fruit Of The Light Consists in All Goodness And Righteousness And Truth ), trying to learn What Is Pleasing To The LORD..." Ephesians 5:1-10.
Immorality; 1 the quality or state of being immoral 2 immoral behaviour, especialy in sexual matters; licentiousness; promiscuity 3 an immoral act.
Immoral; 1 transgressing accepted moral rules ( Precepts ); corrupt 2 sexually dissolute; profligate or promiscuous 3 unscrupulous or unethical 4 tending to corrupt or resulting from corruption.
Impurity; 1 the quality of being impure 2 an impure thing, constituent, or element.
"To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know GOD, but by their deeds they deny HIM, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed." Titus 1:15-16.
Greed; 1 excessive consumption of, or desire 2 excessive desire, as for wealth or power.
"For the overseer ( bishop, guardian, elder ) must be above reproach as GOD'S steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast The Faithful Word Which Is In Accordance With The Teaching, that he may be able to exhort in Sound Doctrine and to refute those who contradict. For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain ( greed )." Titus 1:7-11.
Saints; 1 signifies separated in moral and Spiritual significance, separated from sin; consecrated to GOD 2 the collective Body of those who are Righteous In GOD'S Sight. As Paul writes,
"Paul, a bond-servant Of CHRIST JESUS, Called as an Apostle ( of his, Paul's Gift ) , set apart for The Gospel Of GOD, Which HE Promised Beforehand Through HIS Prophets In The Holy Scriptures ( The Testimony Of JESUS Is The Spirit Of Prophecy. Revelation 19:10 ), concerning HIS SON, WHO Was Born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, WHO Was Declared The SON Of GOD With Power By The Resurrection from the dead, According To The Spirit Of Holiness, JESUS CHRIST our LORD, Through WHOM we have Received Grace And Apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for HIS Name's Sake, among whom you also are The Called Of JESUS CHRIST;..." Romans 1:1-6.
Verse 4, just as it is to be for us, "resurrection from the dead, According To The Spirit Of Holiness"
"( for The Fruit Of The Light Consists in All Goodness And Righteousness And Truth )"
..."for Through HIM we Both Have our Access In One SPIRIT To The FATHER. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are Fellow Citizens with the Saints, and are Of GOD'S Household, having been built up on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF Being The Corner Stone, In WHOM The Whole Building, being Fitted Together is Growing Into A Holy Temple In The LORD; In WHOM you also are being Built together Into A Dwelling Of GOD In The SPIRIT." Ephesians 2:18-22.
"Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for The Pure Milk Of The Word, that By It you may Grow in respect to Salvation, if you have tasted The Kindness Of The LORD. And coming to HIM as to A Living Stone, rejected by men, but Choice And Precious In The Sight Of GOD, you also, as living stones, are being Built Up as a Spiritual House For A Holy priesthood, to offer up Spiritual sacrifices acceptable to GOD Through JESUS CHRIST..." 1 Peter 2:1-5.
A Saint is only so in Truth, "According ( in a manner corresponding ) To The Spirit Of Holiness", just as was our Perfect Example,JESUS CHRIST our LORD According To The Spirit Of Holiness in The Time Of HIS Flesh.And in our renewing By The Power Of The HOLY SPIRIT when we stumble GOD Gives us repentance for The Forgivness of sins. GOD'S Grace To us in our coming to The Knowledge Of The Truth.
And as Paul warns Timothy, ..."Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure Salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you." 1 Timothy 4:16.
Insure; 1 to guarantee or protect ( against risk, loss, etc. ) 2 to issue ( a person ) with an insurance policy or take out an insurance policy.
"THOU Wilt Make Known To me The Path Of Life; In THY Presence is fulness of joy; In THY Right Hand There Are pleasures Forever." Psalm 16:11.
..."And I Know That HIS Commandment Is Eternal Life; Therefore The Things I Speak, I Speak Just As The FATHER Has Told ME." John 12:50.
..."Therefore do not be ashamed of The Testimony Of our LORD, or of me HIS prisoner; but join with me in suffering for The Gospel According To The Power Of GOD, WHO Has Saved us, And Called us With A Holy Calling, not according to our works, but According To HIS Own Purpose And Grace Which Was Granted us in CHRIST JESUS From All Eternity, but has now been Revealed By The Appearing Of our SAVIOUR CHRIST JESUS, WHO Abolished death, And Brought Life And Immortality To Light Through The Gospel, for Which i was appointed a preacher and an Apostle and a teacher. For this reason i also suffer these things, but i am not ashamed; for i know WHOM i have believed and i am convinced that HE Is Able To Guard What i have entrusted to HIM until That Day. Retain the standard of Sound Words Which you have heard from me, in The faith and Love Which Are In CHRIST JESUS. Guard Through The HOLY SPIRIT WHO Dwells in us, The Treasure Which has been Entrusted to you." 2 Timothy1:8-14.
...'Not by might nor by power, but By MY SPIRIT,' Says The LORD Of Hosts..." Zechariah 4:6.
"How much better it is to get Wisdom than gold! And to get Understanding is to be chosen above silver. The Highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his Life. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who gives attention to The Word shall find Good, And Blessed is he who trusts in The LORD. The wise in heart will be called discerning, And sweetness of speech increases persuasivness. Understanding Is A Fountain Of Life to him who has It, But the discipline of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds persuasivness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.A workers appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on. A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are as a scorching fire. A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends." Proverbs 16:16-28.
"So then, my Beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your Salvation with fear and trembling; for It Is GOD WHO Is At Work in you, Both To Will And To Work For HIS Good Pleasure." Philippians 2:12-13.
In Matthew Chapter 20, the labourers in the vineyard, those who bore the burden and the scorching heat of the day, being disgruntled and grumbling at The Landowner who hired them, because he counted others whom he had hired equal to them, though they had borne the same burden but for one hour,
..."saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.' But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, i am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me a denarius? 'Take what is yours and go your way, but i wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 'Is it not lawful for me to do what i wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because i am generous?' Thus the last shall be first, and the first last." Matthew 20:12-16.
All are warned in The Scriptures of not thinking highly of themselves, for we all, without exception, are sinners Saved By The Grace Of GOD through faith in GOD The SON, WHO Is CHRIST The LORD.
And JESUS Speaking To the multitudes and HIS Disciples of the religious rulers of the day ( Matthew 23:1 ), who seated themselves in their positions, who not only distorted The Scriptures by adding their own rules to them and paying attention to them above GOD'S Word, but also the meaning of their positions, all to their own selfish ends, Admonishing,
"...But do not be called Rabbi; for ONE Is your Teacher, and you are all Brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father; for ONE Is your FATHER, HE WHO Is In Heaven. And do not be called leaders; for ONE Is your LEADER, That Is, CHRIST. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be Exalted..." Matthew 23:8-12.
Leader; noun,a person who rules, guides, or inspires others; head.
..."And HE Gave some as Apostles, and some as Prophets, and some as Evangelists, and some as Pastors and teachers, for the Equipping of the Saints for the work of service, to the building up of The Body Of CHRIST; until we all attain to The Unity Of The faith, and Of The Knowledge Of The SON Of GOD, to a mature man, to The Measure Of The Stature Which Belongs To The Fulness Of CHRIST. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking The Truth in love, we are to Grow Up in all aspects into HIM, WHO Is The HEAD, CHRIST, From WHOM The Whole Body, being Fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the Proper Working of each individual part, causes The Growth Of The Body for the Building up of itself in love. This i say therefore, and affirm together with The LORD, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from The Life Of GOD, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn CHRIST in this way, if indeed you have heard HIM and have been Taught In HIM, Just as Truth Is In JESUS..." Ephesians 4:11-21.
In verse 11 of Ephesians 4, of The Gifts there is no mention of GOD Giving any as leaders, nor is there in The Gospel Of JESUS CHRIST, for this would mean contradiction. Of Grace through faith, The Giving Of The Gifts, 'leadership' cannot be and is not A Gift, but, in Truth, is an attribute through obedience, through which GOD HIMSELF Gives to the one who seeks and desires, from the heart, to know HIM. For an example, an elder is one who is mature in CHRIST, in The Word, and is, through his maturity, able to impart to The Body The GOD Given Wisdom in Spiritual matters, Growing into The LORD JESUS being a part of The Body, "being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to The Proper Working of each individual part..."
If he were to stand before others believing anything in Matters Pertaining To GOD, ( Which in CHRIST All Are ), as coming from himself then he stands condemned, but for repentance. The spirit of antichrist is and means, to stand in The Place Of GOD.
"Now there are varieties of Gifts, but The Same SPIRIT. And there are varieties of Ministries, and The Same LORD. And there are varieties of Effects, but The Same GOD WHO Works All Things in All persons. But to each one is Given The Manifestation Of The SPIRIT For the common Good. For to one is Given The Word Of Wisdom Through The SPIRIT, and to another The Word Of Knowledge According To The Same SPIRIT; to another faith By The Same SPIRIT, and to another Gifts of Healing By The ONE SPIRIT, and to another The Effecting of Miracles, and to another Prophecy, and to another The Distinguishing of Spirits, to another various Kinds of Tongues, and to another The Interpretation of Tongues. But ONE And The Same SPIRIT Works All These Things, Distributing To each one individually Just As HE Wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is CHRIST. For By ONE SPIRIT we were all Baptized Into One Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all Made To Drink Of ONE SPIRIT. For The Body is not one member, but many. If the foot should say, "Because i am not a hand, i am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because i am not an eye, i am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?" 1 Corinthians 12:4-17.
And of verses 14-16 of 1 Corinthians 12, One in CHRIST, a member equal to the other members Of HIS Body, is clearly not to deem themselves as being any the less a part Of The Body than any another member of The Body. So how can any delude themselves and believe that they do not stand condemned if they were to deem themselves being of more importance, even, to say to fellow members of The LORD'S Body, i.e. as one being the foot saying to the hand, "You are not a part of The Body", or, "You are a lesser part of The Body than i, and you will listen to me and will follow my lead. I do not listen to you."? There is no partiality with GOD.
"My zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten THY Words. THY Word Is Very Pure, Therefore THY servant loves It." Psalm 119:139-140.
One cannot forget what one has never known. To have forgotten means it has been known.
"O Timothy, Guard what has been Entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" - which some have professed and thus gone astray from The faith. Grace Be With you." 1 Timothy 6:20-21.
Grace And Peace Are Multiplied In The Knowledge Of GOD And Of JESUS our LORD ( 2 Peter 2:1 ).
"For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you The Power And Coming Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, but we were eyewitnesses of HIS Majesty. For when HE Received Honour And Glory From GOD The FATHER, Such An Utterance As This Was Made To HIM By The MAJESTIC GLORY, "This Is MY Beloved SON With WHOM I Am Well-Pleased" - and we ourselves heard This Utterance Made From Heaven when we were with HIM on The Holy Mountain. And so we have The Prophetic Word made More Sure, to Which you do well to pay attention as to A Lamp Shining in a dark place, until The Day Dawns and The MORNING STAR Arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no Prophecy Of Scripture is a matter of ones own interpretation, for no Prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men Moved By The HOLY SPIRIT Spoke From GOD. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying The MASTER WHO Bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them The Way Of The Truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their Judgement from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep... ...For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world By The Knowledge Of The LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known The Way Of Righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from The Holy Commandment Delivered To them. It has happend to them according to the True Proverb, "A dog returns to its own vomit," A sow, after washing, returnsto wallowing in the mire." 2 Peter 1:16-21 - 2:1-3 & v 20-22.
..."And The LORD'S bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps GOD May Grant them repentance Leading to The Knowledge Of The Truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:24-26.
JESUS CHRIST; GOD HIMSELF, Speaks And Is The Example for all to follow HIS Lead,
"And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be the greatest. And HE Said To them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.' But not so with you, but let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table, or the one who serves? But I Am Among you as The One WHO Serves... Luke 22:24-27.
Benefactor ( expresses the agent ); noun, a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc.
..."So Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite spoke out and said, "I am young in years and you are old; Therefore i was shy and afraid to tell you what i think. I thought age should speak, and increased years should teach wisdom. But it is a spirit in man, And The Breath Of The ALMIGHTY Gives them Understanding. The abundant in years may not be wise, nor may elders understand justice. So i say, 'Listen to me, i too will tell what i think.'... Job 32:6-10.
..."However now, Job, please hear my speech, and listen to all my words. Behold now, i open my mouth, my tongue in my mouth speaks. My words are from the uprightness of my heart; And my lips speak knowledge sincerely. The SPIRIT Of GOD Has Made me, And The Breath Of The ALMIGHTY Gives me Life. Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand. Behold, i belong to GOD like you; i too have been Formed out of the clay. Behold, no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you..." Job 33:1-7.
..."Then Elihu continued and said, "Do you think this is according to Justice? Do you say, 'My righteousness is more than GOD'S? For you say, 'What advantage will it be to YOU? What profit shall i have, more than if i had sinned?' I will answer you, And your friends with you. Look at the Heavens and see; And behold the clouds-they are higher than you. If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against HIM? If you are righteous, what do you give to HIM? Or what does HE receive from your hand? Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man..." Job 35:1-8.
..."Now those who belong to CHRIST JESUS have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live By The SPIRIT, let us also walk By The SPIRIT. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are Spiritual, restore such a one in a Spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill The Law Of CHRIST. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one shall bear his own load." Galatians 5:24-26 - 6:1-5.
All and any boasting is not to be of the flesh, but in The LORD. For to boast in the flesh brings a stumbling block; pride, arrogance, conceit; the fruit of unrighteousness, and if we produce the bad fruit; unrighteousness, then that can only mean, and is impossible for any to deny, that we are sinning, and,
"Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness..." 1 John 3:4,
to boast in The LORD is giving The Glory to The ONE WHOM It Is Rightly Due, because the flesh can profit nothing. For any to be in the flesh, and living so in willful ignorance to The Gospel, means, ultimately that they are living under The Law, and not under Grace; they have fallen from Grace.
And those who have lived under The Law ( for through The Law Comes the knowledge of sin; Romans 3:19-20 ) they shall be Judged according to The Law.
And as it is that we who confess JESUS As LORD and believe in our hearts are those living under Grace, and not The Law so that we may Live Eternaly, ( and it is only By Grace we are Saved through The faith that is in CHRIST JESUS ), then if we are living according to the flesh in willful ignorance to The Word Of Truth and not walking By The SPIRIT, WHOSE Work Sanctifies that we may obey JESUS CHRIST and be sprinkled with HIS Blood ( 1 Peter 1:2 ), that we may share The LORD GOD'S Holiness ( Hebrews 12:4-17 ), then we have fallen from Grace; we have suffered shipwreck in regard to our faith.
Obligation; noun 1 a moral or legal requirement; duty. 2 the act of obligating or the state of being obligated. 3 a person or thing to which one is bound morally or legally. 4 a service or favour for which one is indebted.
..."So then, Brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if By The SPIRIT you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being Led By The SPIRIT Of GOD, these are sons Of GOD..." Romans 8:12-14.
"Now we know that whatever The Law Says, It Speaks to those who are under The Law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to GOD; because by the works of The Law no flesh will be Justified In HIS Sight; for through The Law comes the knowledge of sin... ...for all have sinned and fall short of The Glory Of GOD, being Justified as A Gift By HIS Grace Through The Redemption Which Is In CHRIST JESUS; WHOM GOD Displayed publicly As A Propitiation In HIS Blood through faith... Romans 3:19-20 & v 23-25.
"Therefore, since CHRIST Has Suffered in the flesh ( death ), arm yourselves also with the same Purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh ( death to the deeds of the flesh ) has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for The Will Of GOD. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries... 1 Peter 4:1-3.
"Even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i fear no evil; for THOU Art With me; THY Rod And THY Staff, They Comfort me." Psalm 23:4.
How many are walking through the valley of the shadow of death and yet do not, even, cannot see where it is that The Narrow Path That Leads To Life Courses through? It is a true statement to say that we are all walking through the valley of the shadow of death, and it is only when we walk By The SPIRIT, under Grace through The faith that is in CHRIST JESUS, The SHEPHERD And GUARDIAN Of our souls that we may have The Knowledge Of Salvation By The Forgivness of our sins, "Because of The Tender Mercy Of our GOD, With Which The SUNRISE From On High shall Visit us, "To Shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To Guide our feet into The Way Of Peace." Luke 1:78-79.
There are many byways through the course of life, detours, deceptions of the world and satan, to which the flesh will succumb and that lead only to the broad way, which leads only to destruction. But to those who have and keep looking to The Light Of Life, The SHEPHERD And GUARDIAN Of souls, will, when they stumble, and even when they fall, never lose sight of The Narrow Path.
'Again therefore JESUS Spoke to them, Saying, "I Am The Light of the world; he who follows ME shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have The Light Of Life." John 8:12.
"You therefore, my son, be strong in The Grace That Is In CHRIST JESUS. And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier Of CHRIST JESUS. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win The Prize unless he competes according to The Rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what i say, for The LORD Will Give you Understanding In everything. Remember JESUS CHRIST, Risen from the dead, Descendant of David, According to my Gospel, for Which i suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but The Word Of GOD is not imprisoned. For this reason i endure all things for the sake of those who are Chosen, that they also may obtain The Salvation Which Is In CHRIST JESUS and with it Eternal Glory. It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with HIM, we shall also Live with HIM; If we endure, we shall also reign with HIM; If we deny HIM, HE Will also deny us; If we are faithless, HE Remains Faithful; for HE cannot deny HIMSELF. Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence Of GOD not to wrangle about words, which is useless, and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately The Word Of Truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from The Truth saying that The Resurrection has already taken place, and thus they upset the faith of some. Nevertheless, The Firm Foundation Of GOD Stands, Having This Seal, "The LORD Knows those who are HIS," and, "Let everyone who names The Name Of The LORD abstain from wickedness." Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and earthenware, and some to honour and some to dishonour. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honour, Sanctified, useful to The MASTER, prepared for every Good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call upon The Name Of The LORD from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. And The LORD'S bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps GOD May Grant them repentance leading to The Knowlege Of The Truth, and they may come to their senses and escapefrom the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:1-26.
Verse 1 of 2 Timothy 2, "You therefore, my son, be strong in The Grace That Is In CHRIST JESUS.",
"The LORD Is my SHEPHERD, i shall not want. HE Makes me lie down in Green Pastures; HE Leads me beside Quiet Waters. HE Restores my soul; HE Guides me In The Paths Of Righteousness For HIS Name's Sake. Even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i fear no evil; for THOU Art With me; THY Rod And THY Staff, They Comfort me. THOU Dost Prepare A Table before me in the presence of my enemies; THOU Hast Anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely Goodness and Lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And i will dwell in The House Of The LORD Forever. Psalm 23.
"I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself; Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me, O LORD, but with Justice; Not with THINE Anger, lest THOU Bring me to nothing." Jeremiah 10:23-24.
"The steps of a man are Established By The LORD; And HE Delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; Because The LORD Is The ONE WHO Holds his hand." Psalm 37:24-25.
"Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your GOD Will Come with Vengeance; The Recompense Of GOD Will Come, But HE Will Save you." Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah. And the scorched land will become a pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals. its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes. And A Highway Will be there, A Roadway, And It Will Be Caled The Highway Of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But It will be for him who walks that Way, And fools will not wander on it. No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But The Redeemed will walk there, And The Ransomed Of The LORD will return, And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With Everlasting Joy Upon their heads. They will find Gladness And Joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away." Isaiah 35:3-10.
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give The Glory to HIM, for The Marriage Supper Of The LAMB Has Come and HIS Bride has made herself ready." And It was Given To her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the Saints. And he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to The Marriage Supper Of The LAMB.'" And he said to me, "These Are True Words Of GOD." Revelation 19:7-9.
"You therefore, my son, be strong in The Grace That Is In CHRIST JESUS... "
It is only through The faith that is in The LORD JESUS CHRIST that we live under Grace, that the eyes of the blind are opened, that the deaf may hear. It is only when we keep our eyes fixed on JESUS that we may see to practice The Truth, because then it is when we have come to The Light, WHO Is JESUS CHRIST The SON Of GOD, The Revelation Of The Mystery WHO, "Now Is Manifested, and By The Scriptures of The Prophets, According To The Commandment Of The Eternal GOD has been made known To all the nations, to obedience of faith..." Romans 16:26, so that there can be none with excuse at The Last Day.
"Thus Says The LORD, "Heaven Is MY Throne, And the earth Is MY Footstool. Where then is a house you could build for ME? And where is a place that I may Rest? "For MY Hand Made All These Things, Thus All These Things Came Into Being," Declares The LORD. "But To this one I Will Look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at MY Word..." Isaiah 66:1-2.