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“A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church].” Gal 5:9 Amp

“Sacrifice and offering You do not desire, nor have You delight in them; You have given me the capacity to hear and obey [Your law, a more valuable service than] burnt offerings and sin offerings [which] You do not require. Then said I, Behold, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of me; I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart.” Ps 40:6-8 Amp

“For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.” Rom 8:29 Amp

 

If I believe that one of the pivotal traits that Jesus brought to earth as the Word made flesh is the capacity to hear and obey the Father and to do His will, then to depart from that same likeness would be to entertain deception, rebellion, lawlessness, and even the spirit of antichrist…

If pursued without repentance, this course of rebellion ends in destruction. It resists truth, embraces error, and attempts to defeat in this age the very testimony of the Kingdom of God that is to come as the body of Christ walks in submission and obedience that is of Christ. It is this very same obedience and submission of the church that will defeat the enemy, Satan.

This then is the difficulty at hand…

A teaching is circulating in the Body of Christ as Biblical truth that actually has no Biblical grounds or legitimacy.  In fact, it is leaven: rebellious overreach disguised as passionate zeal, with a nature much closer to that of the “five I wills” of Isaiah 14, than “here I am, coming to do Your will, O God.”

What is this teaching? It is the concept of Activating Angels – that somehow, since Angels are ministering servants (to those who are to inherit salvation) that the Body of Christ has command authority to direct them in their tasks.

This is a leap of error, incited by those who foster false teaching – leaven which misleads the whole church!

Here are some pivotal Scriptures which directly contest and contradict this teaching:

1. Mt 26:53  Jesus Himself says He can appeal to His Father to provide Him with more than 12 legions of angels – but He would not command them Himself directly. Jesus relegated all His actions and words under the authority of the Father. Yet do we as His body have authority vested in us to command angels which Jesus Himself would not exercise? I think not.

2. Gal 5:5-6  These Scriptures emphasize anticipating and waiting for the blessing and good which our righteousness and right standing with God cause us to hope. What IS TO BE ACTIVATED is our faith, which is energized and expressed and works through love. No where in the Word is there an example, a description, or demonstration of saints activating Angels or directing them in any manner. We instead look to God, without fretting or being anxious, and in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make our wants known to God (Phil 4:6)  This is the walking out of the same nature as Christ Jesus, Who looked to the Father with faith for everything, constrained Himself to that, and demonstrated that to us!

3. Luke 10:19-20  The authority that is given to us through Christ is to stand against the enemy, it is not to dispatch angelic forces of God. We see in this passage that we can rejoice because our names are written in heaven, not because we command heavenly assets.

4. Jn 1:53  We indeed shall see heaven opened with the angels of God (note of God – they are His) ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.  We are called to be witnesses of Jesus, and to manifest His Name through the Holy Spirit. To witness of Jesus I must be conformed to His image – not an independent operator trying to command angels – which even Jesus deferred to the Father.

The greatest witness to the power of God in my life is a changed life. It is an inside job (that reflects a changed heart and mind and an enlivened spirit with the Holy Spirit dwelling in me), and the Word of God dwelling in me richly. It is in fact a life of obedience, even unto death.

If I operate in an external demonstration of power that is not mine, not legitimately given to me by God, and seems to contradict the very nature of Christ (here I am to do Your will Oh God) there is difficulty in that witnessing to Jesus Christ in any manner.

That is perhaps the greatest disparity with this particular teaching. With a zeal for acclaim and demonstration it seeks power displays that carry none of the love of Christ that remain as His hallmark. On the contrary, how can power and authority usurped achieve anything except the furtherance of rebellion that Christ died on the Cross to put down.

It is in obedience that worship offered to God is accepted. We see in the word no place where the rebellious offerings of King Saul find any acceptance with the Lord.

Likewise, I find no obedience to Scripture, to Jesus, or the Father in this teaching concerning Activating Angels. To quote Watchman Nee: “Satan is not afraid of our work so long as we act on the principle of rebellion. He only laughs in secret when we do things according to our own thoughts.” (Spiritual Authority 1972)

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Day Fifty-Nine

God’s Dealings with Internal vs External Enemies to the Church

“… how I persecuted and abused the church of God furiously and extensively and [with fanatical zeal did my best] to make havoc of it and destroy it.” Gal 1:13 Amp

          It’s the difference between “hot” and “lukewarm!”  In the Scripture reference above Saul of Tarsus (who later would be converted to become the Apostle Paul) was red hot to destroy the church. Yet God in His grace did not destroy Saul – He saved Him, and redirected Him mightily!

No, the harshest dealings from God do not befall His enemies that persecute and try and destroy the church – the harshest penalty comes to those who posture themselves as “part of the church”, yet have another agenda that is not God’s.  If they preach another Gospel, if they put a carnal even evil twist – on Truth, for these, God says … “Let them be accursed – Anathema (devoted to destruction).” Gal 1:8-9 [These] are the lukewarm!  They have been around the fire of the Presence – but in the midst of that glory setting they have not embraced the fire, rather they have withstood it for their own cause.

Like Judas – who betrayed Jesus because he was swayed by the evil one to hand Jesus over – these internal adversaries have withstood the fire of glory and goodness, and been corrupted instead by the enemy.  There is a great warning for us all who consider ourselves a bondservant to Jesus — to humbly, continually, yield and submit ourselves, to ensure we are one with His party and siding wholly with Him.  The deception the enemy uses perverts one’s perception of good – for evil.  Its heart and core are rebellion – it deceives its slaves into believing they are doing God’s will (see John 16:1-2).

Now I take a strange comfort here.  Are any of my loved ones adversarial to the church of Jesus Christ?  Now I pray that they will become red hot – even persecuting it (as God allows).  But now I pray heartily, Lord, they would not be lukewarm, and not be corrupted in the very midst of Your glory and presence.

God help us all to not fear Your blatant enemies externally, but instead to pray for them to become red hot, and that they would be converted!  Lord, let us regard with discernment those who appear to be Yours, yet are not: who preach another Gospel, another Jesus, in another spirit  – but we perceive it not!  God help us to reverentially fear only You Lord, and remain secure in that place without deception! Amen!

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Day Thirty-Four

 

God’s Perfect Cloud-Drive

 

“… and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…”

Eph 1:19-20

 

         

          I am toying with new technology that is stretching me.  My recent acquisition of a Blackberry Playbook (32GB) has me now learning about cloud storage, cloud readers, cloud security etc.  However what is most fascinating is how the Lord provokes a realization within me … He has the very first and best Cloud-Drive!

          Think of this – in Exodus when Moses was called to build the Tabernacle, he was allowed to see the heavenly tabernacle (the pattern), and instructed to build it all according to the pattern which he saw.  What Moses constructed here on earth was simply a type and shadow of that heavenly reality.  The heavenly tabernacle was the real model. (Heb 8:5) 

          So now let us begin to consider our natural cloud-drives as simply prototypes or copies of the heavenly one.  Here are some things to think about.  We place our files, songs, pictures, etc. in our natural cloud-drive for ease of access, protection, and so our devices aren’t clogged with the clutter.  Our valuables have become our media that we want with us everywhere.  But where are we storing our true treasures?  Matthew 6-19-20 warns us against storing our treasure here on earth where it is vulnerable to destructive forces.  We are told instead to store treasures in heaven “where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal.”

          We may think of our media “stuff” as treasure, but what about our very lives?  Where have we made provision for those to be secured?  We jokingly agree “you can’t take it with you!”  But have you made a choice about your destination? Failing to choose is in fact a choice.

          In Luke 23:46 we hear the God of the universe make an astounding statement.  God the Son (Who knows everything, has all wisdom and all power) says: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!”  He placed His eternal spirit into the Father’s hands – into eternal security and eternal communion back again with the Father!  This is the resident location of God the Father’s cloud-drive (if I can speak so colloquially.)  It is in the Father’s hands.  Everything committed into them becomes His – and remains safe.

          May I suggest you take a look at His long-term storage plans?  You won’t find a better deal, a more secure location, or more space – this side of heaven.  The Father’s Cloud-Drive – you’ll have access to everything!

          Be blessed!  Be-loved –eternally in His presence.

           

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