Are You in Bondage?

th_jesus_on_cross_largerIn my Christian walk since salvation, I have seen both a mighty move of God, and a falling away to the Apostasy we are now in.  I take as an example in this pop culture, Tim Tebow.   It is clear as a Christian man he has been singled out and dropped for his beliefs, while the NFL, continues to sign up former (or present) gang members like Hernandez.  Something is very wrong in this picture from the way it was once in America  40 -50 some odd years ago, with Billie Grahams evangelism and tent revivals all over this nation.  My prayers with Tim, incidentally, that God will still use him mightily.  But where are the values of players these people hire, that can mentor our children.  Tim was the real mentor after all.  I applaud him for STANDING in Christ Jesus!

http://www.timtebow.com

Some of us that have been saved for many years, see many Christians in different levels of their walk.   We used to equate it this way; some are still on pablum, some on meat.  I’m a hungry old Christian, and I am on meat.  But what about that person that has been saved for 10 or 15 years or so, and there isn’t any  change in their life?   They go to church every Sunday, and a lot now who are in mega churches.  (Not all!)  But, I’m talking about the person who goes to church every Sunday, then goes home and they are right back in the world.  I know of some Christians like this, who spiritually I’m at odds with.  All their  friends are either relatives that act out and are heathens,  and yet, they wonder why we don’t agree on issues.   The reason is spiritual. God vs Satan.

Perhaps you have someone in your life like this too?  When you try to minister to them, they balk, or else hide out and avoid any confrontation or correction.  At the same time, they are constantly trying to bring you into their world with their unsaved friends.  And then there is conflict.  For me? God in the first place won’t let me.   But, then I would get blamed for the lack of a relationship.  I love this person and pray and forgive, yet, at the same time I HAVE to obey God, whom I fear more than this person.  It isn’t rejection of this person, it is either being dragged in the miry muck of the “world” or you obey God and what HE wants for you.   I wonder how many others know exactly what I’m talking about.  I choose to be only with Christians.

For when both parties are saved they should be of the SAME spirit…the HOLY SPIRIT, who should dwell in both persons, and not have any strife between them.  If HE doesn’t dwell in both, then if married, you are unequally yoked, or if a friend or relative, that person could be in bondage to the things of the world in spiritual warfare.  Being a Christian is not happily ever after.  But doing the will of God, in spite of any turmoil around us.  I give now as an example for all the world who watches, Egypt, and the Coptic Christians who are under such attack.  Yet in their suffering, they are spiritually together, as believers.  They perhaps more than us Christians in America who never went through this, understand more than we in this pop culture upside down world.  But, it “could” come here too, the way the secular is growing.  And would you be strong enough in Christ to STAND as they?

For Job 1:6 shows Satan coming before the throne of God saying, 1:7 “And the Lord said unto Satan, where have you been? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”  I Peter 5:8 too, “Like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  Back to Job.  “And the Lord said, Satan, have you considered MY servant Job, perfect and upright who fears God and escheweth (means hates) evil?  So Satan had God’s PERMISSION to test Job, and put things on him to test his beliefs.  So you think your above reproach and God won’t allow on you?  Wrong!   But, Job it turns out had pride too, and lost 7 children, was in such bondage of sores on him, and so much affliction, it took him 45 Chapters to finally repent.  Even as perfect as he was before God, he got put through the fire and tests.  If we aren’t receptive in our walk, and are not a willing vessel, I believe that God STILL and always will allow us to go through the fire, until HE gets our attention.

Some are being devoured by the devil, and just complain and complain, without any spiritual walk.  They only run to God for prayer when things hit them.  So what is your walk?  What does the Bible say?  Do you have friends that are flip flop Christians, one foot in, one foot out?

God gave me Romans 8.  All of Romans 8!  Life in the spirit.  “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  (The Holy Spirit works exclusively within the legal confines of the FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST; our Faith in that Finished Work, ie., THE CROSS, guarantees the help of the Holy Spirit, which guarantees victory. )

2 For the Law (God’s prescribed Order of Victory) of he Spirit (Holy Spirit) of life in Christ Jesus (any time Paul uses this term or one of its derivatives, he is, without fail, referring to what Christ did at the Cross, which makes this “life” possible.) has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.   3. For what the Law could not do, that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh (mans helpless condition) and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.  4. That Righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the FLESH, but after the SPIRIT.  (Understanding that ALL things come from God, and our Faith should be in Christ and the Cross.)

8:6 For to be carnally minded IS death; but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace.  (God’s prescribed order is the CROSS, this demands our constant Faith in that Finished Work, which is the Way of the Holy Spirit.)  7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God.  (means attempting to live for God by means other than the CROSS, which places one AGAINST GOD,  8.  So then they that are in the flesh, (carnal) cannot please God.  Period!  I didn’t say it, Paul did!  10. And if Christ be IN you, the body is dead because of sin; (means that the physical body has been rendered helpless because of the FALL; consequently, the BELIEVER  trying to overcome by WILLPOWER INSTEAD OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, is FRUITLESS!); but the Spirit is life because of RIGHTEOUSNESS! ” (Only the Holy Spirit can make us what we ought to be.)

When we get to verse 14 he speaks of deliverance.  “For as many are led by the Spirit of God (leading to the CROSS), they are the sons of God. (meaning living in victory.)  15. For you have not received the spirit of  BONDAGE , again to FEAR;  but you have received the Spirit of Adoption, (the Holy Spirit adopts us.)  whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Because of Jesus Christ.) 16. The Spirit itself (HIMSELF) bears witness with out spirit that we are the Children of God.  Further down he says, we are joint-heirs, so that we be glorified togetherl  Verse 20 talks of creation and mans fall, to 21.  Because of the creature (Creation) itself also shall be delivered from the BONDAGE of corruption, (speaks of mortality, ie death) into the glorious liberty of the Children of God.  (When man fell creation fell.  When man shall be delivered, Creation shall be delivered as well,)  24. For we are saved by HOPE!   “And HE WHO SEARCHES THE HEARTS  (GOD THE FATHER) KNOWS WHAT IS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT BECAUSE HE  MAKES INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.

WE ARE TO BE CONQUERERS IN CHRIST JESUS BY THE BLOOD HE SHED ON THE CROSS FOR THE SINS OF MAN.   A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS REQUIRES US TO SEEK HIM THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT  AND ABIDE IN HIS WORLD AND NOT THE SECULAR AND THOSE  UNCHRISTIAN.  35 SAYS, “WHO SHALL BE SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?   IN OTHER WORDS IN VS 36. AS IT IS WRITTEN, (PS 44:22) FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG, AND COUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.

So how can we be conquerers, if still in the world?  We can’t, and need to get  right with God.  Below is blog on Authority.   Christians all over the world are being persecuted.  Are you ready ?  Can you STAND in Christ or will you bow to Baal?

Authority of the Believer of Christ
https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/authority-of-the-believer-of-christ/

Ron Carpenter, “The Necessity of an Enemy”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1utOKCNdp9Y

Enemies
https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/enemies/

“Breaking Ungodly Ties” Paula White

 

 

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