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August 11, 2019 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

in your face paul Gal 2 11-12-B

Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

GALATIANS 2:11-13

Out of the passionate love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the true gospel of grace, and his brothers and sisters, Paul got in Peter’s face for bowing to those who were mixing the law and grace.

Hmmm. That doesn’t sound like a loving Christ follower according to the standards of some today. I beg to differ. Like Paul, our passionate love for God, the truth of His Word, and the love of our brothers and sisters should compel us to defend His truth no matter how much it may offend.

Paul didn’t want them to re-enter into even one letter of the law and the bondage it brings. A law no one could ever keep. The fire of God’s love for them in him corrected  them and implored them to rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ and to stop preaching two gospels.

Jesus fulfilled every letter of the law, and it is an affront to all He did for us to mix even a letter of the law into justification by faith alone in Christ and His death and resurrection for the forever atonement of our sins.

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed,” Galatians 1:6-10.

No mealy-mouthed, marshmallow foo-foo talk here by Paul. I see much of the church talking around the truth, which is technically a lie, because they are unwilling, and quite frankly don’t love God and people enough to speak His truth and defend it.

He tells them they are perverting the gospel and anyone who preaches anything but the one true gospel should be accursed.

Some ways churches pervert the gospel today by continuing to mix the law and grace (or new man-made laws they’ve concocted) to continue to keep His people in bondage and oppression.

Continue to preach the tithe is required and say things like, “That’s why your financed are cursed because you don’t give the full 10% of your gross income.” Speaking of gross, this is a blatant manipulation of God’s Word, a perversion of the gospel, a mixing of law and grace to ensure they collect the money to pay their salaries and bills. The tithe was part of the law which Jesus fulfilled. We are now called to be cheerful givers. This should be confronted by the people in any church this is being taught just as Paul did.

Teach that one can “lose our salvation.” This is one of the most hideous attacks on the blood of Jesus. I’ve seen comments from unbelievers who’ve said, “Why should I choose Jesus because if I mess up, I’ll go to hell anyway?” People take perversions of the gospel too lightly and few are confronting them as Paul did. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Period. Amen.

One truly born again cannot become unborn again. They are perfected forever by one offering. The blood of Jesus is enough. It is finished. Those in Christ have had every letter of the law fulfilled for them by Jesus by faith alone. Once in Christ, God Himself immediately seals us for all eternity and is sanctifying us from glory to glory.

“God puts sickness on His children to teach them a lesson.” Hogwash! I spit on those words and lies against my Lord Jesus Christ. Okay, I just heard myself say that in a Russian accent. This lie too is the mixing of law and grace. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law. Period. One of the curses of disobeying the law was sickness, and if Jesus redeemed us from all the curses if the law this includes sickness. Because of Jesus, if we get sick, we can pray believing to be healed because since He fulfilled the law, the blessings of Abraham were also made available to us.

Churches who teach God puts sickness on us to teach us a lesson, though we are under grace, are teaching that Christ didn’t really fulfill the law. They are suffering from “the gospel of grace is just to good to be true” syndrome and feel compelled, under the influence of a demonic, religious spirit, to put the law back on people and teach this lie against God. 1 Peter 2:24 says, Jesus “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” Our Lord Jesus atoned for our sins, to deliver us from the entire law, and so we could be healed in every way, including from sickness.

Regarding sickness and disease, this makes me wonder (not conclude) about when Paul says in Galatians 1:9, “Now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed,” that the reason why many believers get sick and stay sick is because they’ve accursed themselves by preaching another gospel (with the law) that teaches God makes His children sick to teach them a lesson for His glory (which is found nowhere in the gospels and is totally opposite of Him fully delivering us from the curse of the law).

Notice I said, “accursed themselves.” By choosing to preach a false gospel by their own free will, could they be accursing themselves by doing so? I will be seeking the Lord more in His Word and in prayer about this revelation that just came to me as I was writing this.

Categorizing sins as greater than the blood of Jesus or calling things sin that are not. E.g. blaming those divorced as, “You get what you deserve,” or “Sorry, you can no longer minister here.”

Does God hate divorce? Yes, because it’s a form of death and greatly hurts all involved. It’s a terrible and tragic thing. But His Word makes provision for it as well as remarriage as long as it’s a legal divorce* and not merely a separation. With a legal certificate of divorce, remarriage is not sin. I must add that we should try everything possible to avoid divorce. But sometimes, it’s not possible, not wise, or even safe to stay married because of adultery and/or abuse.

Sadly, religious men continue to add to the Word and act as the law, taking it upon themselves to elevate divorce and insist people still be punished, condemned, shunned, and excluded, etc. by them. Punishing them for even what God is not. Jesus paid it all.

Those in Christ have all their sins forgiven – past, present, and future (Hebrews 10:14). That’s grace. Unfortunately, there are many other ways today’s churches mix the law and grace or come up with laws they’ve created to add to or take away from the one true gospel.

“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter,” Romans 7:6

The words of this post are also a call to pray, to fervently cry out for the church and its shepherds, and for ‘Pauls’ to rise up and defend His Word out of love of God and people, for His namesake and for the sake of the lost who are watching and are being driven or kept away by perverted gospels.

Prayer

Father, burn away every false gospel upon the face of the earth and draw every church, every shepherd, every child of Yours back unto Your one true gospel of grace – the finished work of Jesus Christ on behalf of all who’ve confessed Your Son’s name in Jesus’ name, amen.

*Transparency. I edited the categorizing sins, etc section because I knew the section category and example I wanted to use but went back because I felt I needed to reword the explanation better.

August 10, 2019 hiswarringhandmaid No comments exist

Ruth 1 20 word

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

RUTH 1:20

Naomi’s words in Ruth 1:20 are a great example of a person blaming God for the bad things that happen to them when their free will chose against His will and guidance for their safety.

During a famine, instead of staying in town of Bethlehem (means house of bread), they left the land of His people, promise, and shelter and went to Moab, an extremely ungodly place. God would have provided for them in Bethlehem because He promises to supply for His children even in famines, but He couldn’t stop their free will from taking them to an ungodly and dangerous land.

They went to Moab knowing better by God not to. The Moabite people hated Israel and God forbade them to intermingle with them for their safety and protection (Deuteronomy 23:3-5). And what did Naomi’s husband do? He took his entire family there. They’d taken their eyes off God, His Word to them, saw the situation with “natural eyes,” and went to a forbidden land to their demise. Not because God willed their demise but because they put themselves in harm’s way by ignoring His warnings.

Like when a parent tells a child, “Don’t touch the stove because you’ll get burned,” and they do it anyway.

The parent can’t make a hot stove un-hot to keep the child safe but can only warn him/her not to touch it in order to prevent the pain. God does the same for us, yet many blame Him when they choose to ignore His loving words intended to bless and protect us, not to keep us from having fun or missing out, etc.

God will not force us to choose His will or to choose His words of warning intended to protect us, but because God is merciful and just, He redeemed the situation for Naomi and does for us as well.

Let’s read what happened to Naomi and her family in Moab when they put themselves in harm’s way in a forbidden land for God’s people…

“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband” (Ruth 1:1-5).

…Answer? All the men died.

Because Elimelech, his wife’s covering and protector, was the one who took her to Moab, and she didn’t have a choice in the matter, God kept her and the wives her sons took in that land. To whom much is given. Much is expected. Husbands, be careful how and what you lead your family into.

God is a Redeemer!

In Ruth 1, all the husbands are dead, so Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, the land of God’s people, while Orpah returns to her family. They returned back to the “house of bread” where they too should have stayed and where His people not only survived the famine but thrived during it.

Enter Boaz

Ruth had turned from the ways of the Moabites to the God of Israel and joined her mother-in-law in Bethlehem, they are husbandless, and need food and provision. The goodness of God leads Ruth to Boaz’s field.

Long story short, she finds favor and love with Boaz, a godly man of great wealth, they marry, and Naomi and Ruth were redeemed and provided for with more than enough.

God is so good that…

He even used Naomi and Ruth as the ancestral line of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now, that’s above and beyond redemption. He causes all things to work together for our good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28), and the book of Ruth is a great example in the lives of Naomi and Ruth.

The book of Ruth is a beautiful story of God’s redemption, and if you’d like you can begin to read it here.

Prayer

Father, may people see You as You truly are – a good and loving Father. You only intend for our good, but we can ignore You and put ourselves in harm’s way by our wills not Yours. The wages of sin is death, and we can even be affected by other people’s sins as we see with Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, or with how thousands of toxins and carcinogenic chemicals are in our foods and products born from the sin and greed of man for max profit and not for the care of human safety which affect people and makes them sick. This is not Your will telling them to poison people with all these toxins but their sin-bent free will and love of money. O that all may see You as You are and not how they twist and perceive as Naomi initially did in Jesus’ name, amen.

August 8, 2019 hiswarringhandmaid 2 comments

be a spark rally my people

Around May or June of last year, 2018, the Lord spoke these words into my spirit:

Be a spark. Rally My People. 

At that time, I knew the Word wasn’t for me alone, and I shared it with some brothers and sisters because I believed it was for them too, and I believe it’s for any of God’s children who are willing to answer this call.

Your spark might look very different than someone else’s. This is a great thing. 

Some may burn to share the gospel for the majority of their time. Some may pray and intercede for the church. Some may write for the Lord. Some may be teachers, exhorters, etc. discipling and preparing workers for the harvest.

The most important thing is that we each:

  1. Be led by God for our life and do the current thing He asks of us.
  2. Never compare our callings with others’ or try to have a ministry like so-and-so’s.
  3. Never invalidate others’ callings (as long as they don’t contradict the Word as there are many false teachers today). E.g. If one is called as an evangelist, he/she shouldn’t go around telling every other believer they should be evangelizing at his/her level or the same number of hours per day. He/she needs those intercessors out there using their time to prepare the way for you with prayer to the Lord, so hearts are softened to receive.

Spark (noun) – an ignited or fiery particle such as is thrown off by burning wood or produced by one hard body striking against another.

Be a spark. God is calling you and I to be ignited and fiery ones that spark fires in others. To be iron that sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17) as in sharpening each other for the Lord, His service, effectiveness, and His glory.

Rally (verb) – to come together for common action or effort; to come together or into order again. 

I’m in tears reading these definitions again because unity, unity, unity has always been God’s will for us and something He’s had me pray for for years. This word He gave me might seem far-fetched or too much, maybe even extreme, but it’s not, it’s the heart of the Father and what Jesus fervently prayed for us two-thousand years ago – that we be one, so the world will know that God truly sent Him, Jesus, into the world.

“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). 

Father, we pray You send out laborers into Your harvest that includes us in whatever it is You’d have us do. We answer the call to be a spark. To rally Your people. That doesn’t necessarily mean a huge audience but simply those you put in our lives or on our path. That we spark sparks who spark others. That through each obedient one, we are used to set the church on fire for You. A world-sized bonfire that can be seen everywhere. Undeniable to all that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. That we come together under Your authority and true gospel, so Your great grace and power is upon us to share Your gospel mightily and undeniably in Jesus’ name, amen.