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Sunday, April 3, 2011

VUNERABILITY


Many scriptures were fulfilled when Jesus came to earth. One thing to remember is, when the Christ child was born, Christ left heaven. It was His spirit that entered that body during the life span of that body.


While the limitations of a body were upon Him, he also felt the emotions of his humanity. This was something GOD had never before experienced. His desire for purity in all things while in His body, as the scripture says, was eating him up because of the evil all around him.

Jesus faced this evil in every form, yet He defeated it in His daily life.

John 14:30 "I don't have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me."

Just as Jesus had a passion for righteousness, so also do those who are the children of GOD.

Psalms 69:9 I am on fire with passion for your house; and the hard things which are said about you have come on me.


John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me."

A person’s desire for, and the pursuit of, spiritual things, can leave them vulnerable to being used and taken advantage of by evil men. In those moments, weakness to yielding is present.

What is often misunderstood is exactly who these people are. I propose that they are those, accepted by many, people of Apostolic stature.

These are people who have been taken captive by Satan to do his good pleasure. They claim to have great power with GOD, and are able to whip people into a frenzy, not unlike the prophets of Baal, who then delude themselves into thinking something has happened. Actually, all that occurred was a time of hysteria, brought on passion for reality.

Were the prophets of Baal sincere while shouting and mutilating themselves? You can be sure of that, but was the one true GOD their motivation?

2 Corinthians 11:13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ.

They declare themselves to be apostles of GOD when in reality they have been deceived and have learned from the great deceiver, himself, how to deceive others.

They will make all kinds of claims but can’t deliver. They know and understand the passion of true believers and use that desire for the manifestation of GOD to deceive and control them. They will have them do outrageous things like cackling like chickens and barking like dogs and then they tell them “This is GOD,” and the foolish ones believe it.

What kind of Holy Spirit do they have? Scripture tells us we will speak with tongues, but where is the barking like a dog found? They are exalted by the power they have over people and feel edified by the process. Puck says, “What fools ye mortals be?” He could have gone farther and said “how easy it is for these false teachers to fool a Christian.”

Without zeal, we become passive and too demure. However, with great passion, our senses are weakened and subject to futile influence. When this happens it is time to “snap to!” Common sense will tell let us know that it is illusion without spiritual substance.

So where does this leave us? At this point we need to get our heads on straight and stop being made as merchandise.

One such deceiver recently was so brazen he shouted out come on lets get a million dollar offering tonight. He must have had great faith for there were only a few hundred people there, and their pockets had already been picked each night. each night. So skillful are these hypes, that the scriptures are used to control crowds and create illusions where there is no reality.

These types of preachers have the power to make themselves invisible - to actually disappear before our eyes. This special anointing comes upon them when the money dries up. When there is no more money there is no more “them.” For that is what their gospel is all about - self enrichment.

The scripture defines them in
2Peter. 2:17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness.

Matthew.7:22-23 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.


2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.


2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.

These are real people, playing a part in a play. Pretending to be something they are not! As actors often “become” person they are portraying, they no longer know identify with their former selves.

In the 1950’s, I became acquainted with several people known as the suede- shoe bunch. These salesmen could sell anything, and were defined by their ability to deceive. The art of deception was their forté. I see the same spirit in play in some Christian meetings today.

We are told to covet the best gifts! In this case the best gift is the Discerning of spirits.

As we walk among these pretenders it is most urgent to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” We need to note that they are among us but are not of us.




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