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“And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, but he who endures to the end will be saved.”  Mt 24:12-13 AMP

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What is it that we as the Body of Christ are to endure in?  Love. Love for God.  This is love that first looks to Jesus and loves Him and will keep His word as He asks (obey His teaching) Jn 14:23.

Anyone who does not really love Him will not obey His teaching (Jn 14:24).

Truly, this is the crisis that the Body of Christ faces today.  We must learn to prefer obedience to Christ over our own opinion and preference.  Because we continue to exercise our perception and opinion, rather than obedience, we remain in the realm of the flesh instead of operating in the spirit.

The story of Noah and his three sons gives great clarity to this need of the body…

After the flood, Noah plants a vineyard and harvests grapes to make wine. It happens that his youngest son, Ham, finds him uncovered in his tent.

It is Ham’s flesh which delights in reporting on Noah’s sin. Yes, even though Noah was God’s authority at this time, he had a failure here. He got drunk and was uncovered. Ham makes use of that to point out his father’s failure.

But Ham fails even before then to regard the dignity of God’s authority.  His obedience has been half-hearted up till now, and the one who is insubordinate in heart will always expect authority to fail.

It is the flesh of man still operating that delights in finding the failure of authority.  But Shem and Japheth act with love, as they go and cover their father even walking backwards so as not to look upon his failure.

What can we learn from this concerning love? Love is not just an emotional condition, it is a spiritual choice that causes me to act in concert with obedience to Jesus.

Is it that by my love I am condoning sin? No. Noah’s sin had already happened. In covering their father, the issue was not of condoning. it was continuing to give a place of dignity to the authority of God. And most importantly, it was Shem and Japheth operating according to God’s principal of love rather than rebellion.

Here is the vital point that we often miss. When we are only half-hearted ourselves in our obedience to God, another’s sin can provide a necessary catalyst to expose our own half-heartedness and even insubordinate heart, thus bringing before us our own need for forgiveness and repentance.

Sin and imperfection are apart of our lives as long as we live in tents of flesh.  But we show ourselves to be God’s children when we choose His way of covering sin in love rather than our own way of declaring another’s failing.

Somehow, we fear that to cover with love allows the other party to get away with the sin. But this is the enemy’s tactic to get us to operate out of our flesh and in the principle of rebellion and insubordination.

God does not need our trumpeting of another’s failure.  He desires our obedience to His word and the demonstration of our love for Him that supersedes even our own opinion and flesh.

As He has covered us so graciously and undeservedly, who are we to uncover another?

Now, the ramifications of this are most poignant for these end times…

The Lord is preparing His Body to be His Bride, but we in the Body are often finding out our brother’s sin and lifting it up to scrutiny to the  world.  Where is our obedience in that?  Do we think the Lord doesn’t know of the spots and blemishes still on His Bride?

But recovery comes as the Body pulls together in Love and fights against the enemy’s plan!  Beloved! We cannot win this battle in the enemy’s tactics or nature. We win when we walk in the spirit and nature and obedience of the One Who has redeemed us!!!

Today, the need is more dire than ever before for us to begin a strategy under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to intercede for the Body at large in love and travail  – for otherwise we will devour each other as the enemy desires.

It is time to have our own hearts purified of our divided opinions and interests.  It is only God’s opinion and interests that matter. We must confess our lack of confidence in His ways and plans, and fully cast our hearts on His altar of love so that we too will become fully clothed and operating as one in the spirit.

It is time to put off …

“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion …” Eph 4:22

It is not that Jesus needs to hear our findings on other’s failures.  It is that He desires to see us choosing His nature and provision over that of our own.  It is this way that is obedient.  It is this way that ushers in the victory and the Kingdom of God.

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Day Seventy

UNSHAKEABLE!

“So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.” Mt 7:24 Amp

“…Yet once more will I shake and make tremble not only the earth but also the [starry] heavens.” Heb 12:26 Amp

“…as He is, so are we in this world.” 1Jn 4:17 Amp

“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens]. Ps 119:89 Amp

            The person that is hidden in Christ Jesus, is obedient to Him and His word,  has their very substance in Him and is “as He is” – that one is unshakeable!  They have heard His word and it moves them to action and change — even a great change in their perspectives on things. They are being built upon the rock that is higher than I — Christ Jesus.  All that is of Christ in them – of faith, hope, and love… is unshakeable!  Our growth in Him, our maturity in Christlikeness – makes us unshakeable.

            To be unshakeable – is to be settled!  Like His word in heaven – which cannot be moved – the person built on Christ and His truth is settled, and thus unshakeable.

            Why is this important to me? Because where I let His word invade me, bring light and change, renew my thinking – I am settled! I no longer have a place for darkness to bring doubt – I am settled!

            The application of this was brought to bear powerfully as I was teaching a class to discuss according to Scripture: “Can the enemy read our thoughts?”  For as long as I have been a believer I have been told the enemy cannot read our thoughts.  But I had never relied solely on what the Bible explicitly said, or revealed by implication to be true.  So our class pursued this topic. But an interesting question arose, “Why does this even matter? Why do we need to know this if God can use every opportunity to overcome and leverage the enemy’s ability – so what if the enemy can read our minds?”

            First off – I will tell you my conclusion after much study and waiting before the Lord – was that indeed the enemy cannot read our thoughts.  But I believe he is legally able to access the quality of our thought patterns – whether they be of light or dark.  And of course he can plant many thoughts.  And does – which is our battle to overcome.  But this derivative question of why pursue such a course of inquiry if God has got it covered, provoked me.  I want to share why.

            To start, this is something that frequently happens in my life.  I study something.  I gain some insight and estimate that the issue is reasonably resolved.  It gets shelved.  But later, I may actually have to reinvestigate the whole thing if my thinking has not actually been renewed on the subject – if the Truth has not fully possessed me.

However, if I have investigated deeply enough and my thinking is actually renewed – then the issue becomes “settled” along the lines of truth.  In this place my thinking has so changed that it is not that I simply agree with the new information – but rather that that becomes my thinking.  It is here that my thoughts have come into agreement with the will of God and His truth.  They have become submitted to truth, and truth has invaded them.  I no longer have to check with my “Christian party line” so to speak.  But rather, my thoughts have been flooded with the light of truth.  In this place – Christlikeness now reigns.  In this area – as He is, so am I in the world.  In this place – I am unshakeable!

            Now it is one thing for me to have the mind of Christ about a topic or issue – such as the enemy’s ability or inability.  This is a wonderful thing.  But it is something very different for me to begin to have the mind of Christ about God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Lord Jesus Himself in the context of this issue!

In the investigation of whether the enemy can read our thoughts, I gained not just what I think is the Biblical truth on this question, but serendipitously I gained way more!  By excavating the word of God on this topic I was not only brought to a new level of “settledness” over this question, but more importantly I was advanced in my “settleness” and actual “unshakeability” concerning the very nature of God! This is something I did not calculate gaining, but it so supersedes the value of the reason for the study to begin with as to be of exponential value to me as a believer!

God’s goal for us is unity with Him – in every area.  Total submission– because we trust Him with a trust like Job’s (“though He slay me yet will I trust Him.”)  Sometimes it is a stepping stone leap into this kind of trust.  We are not pursuing it directly – we don’t know how to do that.  But God in His graciousness will provoke us to pursue a line of questioning – and it ends up pursuing Him!  This is His inestimable grace at work! I can only stand amazed at it.

So why look for Bible truth for our Biblical questions? Because on the way to finding answers, sometimes God shows up and reveals that He Is!  What started as a search for doctrinal truth ends up as a God ordained renovation project where He shows us Himself and ushers us into a state of being ‘UNSHAKEABLE” in Him. HUA!

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