Sowing the Spirit

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For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:8 NASB)

What does it mean to sow to the flesh or sow to the Spirit? Think about this in the natural. When you sow seed whether that seed be for fruit, vegetables or grain, you take the seed of the plant you wish to grow, which is actually a part of the plant itself and put it in the ground so that it can reproduce itself.  Then you tend it carefully, watering, weeding and keeping the scavengers and pests away and miraculously it grows! So what is the seed of the flesh?  It is the flesh itself, whether that be the thoughts and imaginations of the flesh or the acts of the flesh.  Jesus made it clear that even desires of the heart can be sin, they don’t have to be acted upon (Matthew 5:28).  Anything that is of the flesh, however small or hidden will reproduce itself – and remember that we hide seeds in the ground before they flourish into plants. Flesh will beget flesh as much as the seed of a man planted in his wife will beget a human being.  Other fleshly seeds will also produce after their own kind.  The seed of gluttony will produce more flesh – fat!  The seed of anger will produce outbursts of wrath. The seed of lust will produce adultery or worse, rape or pornography.  Not only that but the seeds of flesh also produce strongholds, otherwise called addictions.  Such is the ugly yield of sin, it ensures its own survival by creating a need in the host to continue to sow the seed. It is never ending and the fruit of the flesh is listed in scripture. But these are only some of them, the list is practically endless.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)

So what about the Spirit.  Lets not think upon these ugly sinful seeds for too long, they will of themselves even produce depression and weakness if we consider them for too long.  This is also why Scripture tells us that ‘bad company corrupts good morals’.  If we are walking in the Spirit, allowing the Spirit to have His way in our lives, we will reap the things of the Spirit.  Sowing to the Spirit has the very same physical outcome as sowing to the flesh does. We produce marvelous, glorious fruit, and the final outcome is eternal life.  Praise God!  The fruit of the Spirit is also listed by Paul in Galatians 5; they are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, meekness and self control.  These fruit are the outworking of the seed of the Holy Spirit and remember that fruit itself contains seed. The fruit will bear more fruit after its own kind and against such there is no law. So instead of becoming a violent, ugly, wicked, venal and godless human being bound for destruction you will steadily become more Christlike so that there will be rivers of living water flowing from your midst.  The water speaks of the Holy Spirit and everything that is of the Spirit begets that of the Spirit.  It can be no other way.  The Spirit does NOT produce anything of the enemy or of the flesh. So next time you are concerned that something  you see in another human being does not seem to be Christlike, it very probably isn’t. The Spirit doesn’t produce discord, hate, fear, gossip, slander, arrogance or abuse no matter how often the person goes to church or lifts their hands to praise God.  Jesus told us we will know the false Christians by their fruit! (Matthew 7:16)

Seeds are so small and a very small amount of sin can affect our whole lives.  Sin causes us to become unclean, and Jesus likened sin to leaven, or yeast. (Galatians 5:9) I remember learning about yeast when I did Home Economics at High School. I remember the teacher showing us a rather waxy greyish unassuming and rather ugly substance which smelled a lot like raisins and looked like clay. You mixed the yeast with sugar so that it had something to feed off, then added water and then let it bubble so that the yeast activated.  Then you added it to the flour and mixed it together in a dough and allowed it to stand so that the yeast could work through the dough. When you came to knead the dough it was almost bubbly because the yeast had produced gases which were a result of the ‘live’ nature of the substance.  Sin is not a dead thing which just sits there.  It is alive, it grows, it works through our lives and it affects us wholly.  Only a tiny amount, a thought flitting through your mind, which then lingers and seems so innocent but so tantalising which then works on you.  It works on  your feelings, your mind and then finally your will and before you know it you have acted upon that little thought, that seed of the flesh and you have sinned. If you fail in one part of the law you have failed in the whole and if you live in the flesh you are under the law.  Any small infraction of the law becomes the weight of the guilt of transgressing the whole of the law. The whole is now affected, the whole of the law, the whole of your person, body soul and spirit.  A seed of the flesh will produce more of itself and remember whatever you sow multiplies exponentially.  One seed can produce a hundred of itself and each of those a hundred more, in the same way that a flea infestation will take over your house if you allow one flea to reproduce.

Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from the infestation of sin, from the fruit of our flesh.  But it is up to us to choose to sow the seed of the Spirit, not the seed of the flesh. When you partake of the fruit of the Spirit, that fruit takes root in you and begins to produce more of itself.  Remember you are merely the ground in which the seed is being produced, the work of the Spirit in us is of Himself, not of us. The seed of the Spirit is sown in good ground, the new nature, and produces more of Himself and we grow more Christlike.  It is the greatest and most wonderful miracle of all of God’s miracles, and He does this because of His own greatest sacrifice, His own Son who said of himself..

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal

In these verses He was exhorting his followers to die to their flesh and allow their flesh to be crucified as He himself did so that they might produce much seed in the Spirit.  This is a principle in God which has almost been lost in this day and age.  So few men preach about the need to walk in the Spirit and few understand that unless they do they will reap of the flesh increasingly and reap more of it than they would have imagined.  We are so good at putting religious guises upon our works that many immature Christians are not able to recognise that which is sown to the flesh and that which is sown to the Spirit.

I myself am only beginning to understand this principle.  What does it mean to sow to the Spirit?  Begin the day with worship and prayer and you will find yourself wanting to focus more and more on the Spirit.  You will experience peace and joy and grow in the love of God.  Throughout the day you will want to remind yourself of that peace and will look for opportunities to take a few minutes here and there to pray and worship God. Unwholesome thoughts of fear, anxiety, anger and pride will be held at bay.  You will be focusing entirely on Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, you will be remembering Scripture more and more, singing songs of praise and encouragement which the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance as your mind is renewed and your heart cleansed you will find yourself seeing the whole world in a new light.  THIS is reaping the Spirit!

As Romans 12:1-2 tells us, if we present our bodies as a living sacrifice, that is, we die to the flesh and put on Christ instead, sowing to the Spirit and not to the flesh and if we do not conform to the world, in other words if we make our declaration of allegiance to Jesus Christ and not the ruler of this world, we will be transformed. Our minds will be renewed and when our minds are renewed we will be able to know the will of God towards us.  It is an amazing process really.  We sow to the Spirit, we work with the Spirit, we allow the seed of the Spirit to take root in us, we tend it carefully pouring on the water of the Spirit to nourish the work of the Spirit so that our hearts and mind might be renewed as the Spirit is allowed to take over our lives in the same way that a field of grain is allowed to sprout and grow tall.  Then all who pass by will see the field of grain and be able to partake of the nourishment of the bread of life.

But I must warn you.  When the Holy Spirit begins to take root in your life and bears fruit, you will be changed. You will begin to even notice a change in your ‘inward parts’. It is both exciting and freeing but it is also a challenge to your flesh which will not just lie down and die, it will want to raise itself up again and fight what is going on, this new life which is being birthed and nurtured. Expect to have to fight with your old desires, the old thoughts and the old behaviours because they will want to have dominance again, and of course satan and his cronies will be there to aid the flesh every step of the way.  The flesh that was sown in our old natures will still have consequences.  The old crop will still be there waving in the breeze along with its seed.  It must be allowed to wither so that there is no more ability to sprout into more plants. Stand strong, fight the good fight, endure to the end and you will have the crown of life. Not only are we farmers, we are soldiers. We must have one hand upon the Sword of the Spirit as we work in the field and nurture the fruit. We must be prepared to chase away the scavengers, the crows which want to come and destroy the crop.

May the Lord of the harvest find a white field full of the fruit of the Spirit when He examines the works of your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Putting Away Childish Things

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Recently I came across an article which examined the life of Edith Nesbit. Edith Nesbit was a nineteenth century English writer who was also one of the founding members, along with her husband, of the English Fabian Socialist Society. Apparently, she was also a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, if you go to their website you will see her name listed proudly in their members list. The most famous member of this order was Alistair Crowley, evil influence on so much popular culture, everyone from the Beatles to L. Ron Hubbard, the author of Scientology who thought of himself as Crowley’s successor to Anton Le Vey founder of the Church of Satan. Apparently, this group do not believe themselves to be strictly satan worshippers, as their beliefs are a mixture of a number of different philosophies and religions; Theosophy, Kabbalah and others. However, they do have a very strong focus on the practice of magic and the occult and have been quoted as being the influence for the wiccan religion in the modern era.

Edith Nesbit is a well-known and well-loved author; children of many generations have read her books, myself included. Two of my favourites, both made into movies and TV series, were ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Five Children and It’. Nesbit wrote a great many other books which I had read at one time or another which introduced the reader to characters and stories about magic, myths and ancient civilizations.  One story in particular ‘The Amulet’ involves time travel and goes to a future Britain in which H.G. Wells is venerated.  Wells was also a member of the Fabian Socialist Society. At the time that I read these stories, they were only fairy tales to me and I thought nothing much more of them other than, as all children would, to think of how wonderful it would be to have a fairy at the bottom of the garden who would grant you a wish a day or travelling on a magic carpet. I think most of us have considered the excitement of having all your wishes come true. It is the desire upon which all of Satan’s servants and Satan himself have built their deception. Even today you hear of movie or rock stars making what appear to be ironic statements about having ‘sold their soul to the devil’ for fame and fortune. Except that to them it is very real as a lot of them are into the occult as well.

Everyone from Walt Disney to just about every advertising executive in existence have used this very human yearning to be free from pain and difficulty in order to sell their agendas. Edith Nesbit was a follower of occult practices which also promised to bring her fulfillment. The Fabian Socialists have had an agenda for a one world order, albeit a socialist one, since their inception. It is easy to see how fairy tales and the hunt for answers from outside human knowledge can be informed by a yearning for a better world. Unfortunately, Satan’s agenda is also to rule the world in order to bring everything tumbling down into chaos and have every creature worship himself. He doesn’t care how he deceives human beings, whether they believe they are worshiping nature as wiccans or pagans or businessmen who worship money or politicians who worship power or rock stars who worship fame or silly human beings who worship their pastors and end up falling into error that way. Satan is happy to use whomever to bring about his eternal plan for world domination and the destruction of Christians whom he hates with a vengeance.

It has been a theme in our lives lately that God has been showing us the truth behind all of our fondest memories of childhood. It seems that no stone has been left un-turned. When we turn to God with our whole hearts and ask Him to accept us as His own, he will take us at our words and come and crush every deception, tear down every imagination and destroy every idol we have worshiped, often unbeknownst to us, from our past and in our present. Discovering that one of my favourite childhood authors is a witch was really not that terrible, but it was a shock. What it really did was open my eyes further to the reality behind the veil of the fantasy that my childhood was a place of innocence and sunshine. In fact, it was a place of deception and darkness.

The Bible makes it clear that all things that are in darkness will be brought to the light (Mark 4:22). When God takes us on the journey down the narrow path, His word becomes a light to our feet, but not just as we read the Bible. His indwelling word, His Holy Spirit, make it abundantly clear when something is not acceptable to God. While God does not hold us accountable as small children for our actions, especially for those things which have been introduced to us by our parents, as we grow, he does show us that we have a choice. Even as a teenager I was reading Edith Nesbit without thinking, and I became a Christian at the age of 13. Nobody I spoke to ever warned me against fairy tales or books which contained Greek mythology mixed with so called ‘Christian’ parables such as CS Lewis’ Narnia books. I read JRR Tolkien’s books as well although I skipped great swathes of the writing because I found it boring. I was never into the mythology behind the books as people are nowadays with the advent of the films and the internet and the manifestation of a ‘Tolkien culture’. Apparently you can even learn the fictional Tolkien ‘Elvish language’ at universities now. ( http://www.lotrplaza.com/archivesindex.php?Archive=First%20Age&TID=51368).  The ‘runes’ which are actually an occult alphabet used by witches and Satanists did not originate with Tolkien however. So what you are actually doing by entering these classes is entering a portal to the occult. Many students, and teachers I fear, would have no problem with that since they are often atheists as well. So much for higher learning.

So while I was not aware of the inherent dangers in reading books written by occultists or of the errors of mixing profane with holy, introducing children to the ideas of magic and fairy tales, I was still being led down a dark road which opened doors which I would otherwise not have encountered. It is useless to say that these authors knew the stories were only fantasy because I don’t believe this to be the case. Edith Nesbit practiced witchcraft. To her at least, the supernatural was not make believe. Why else would she be part of a group which involved itself in so much ceremony to worship demonic spirits and invite them into their lives if she thought it all to be imaginary. Likewise, Clive Stapes Lewis was a great lover of the Greek myths, the worship of Norse and Greek gods, and set much store by them. Towards the end of his life when visiting a Greek temple, he is quoted as saying….” I had some ado to prevent Joy and myself from relapsing into Paganism in Attica! At Daphni it was hard not to pray to Apollo the Healer. But somehow one didn’t feel it would have been very wrong — would have only been addressing Christ sub specie Apollonius. We witnessed a beautiful Christian village ceremony in Rhodes and hardly felt a discrepancy.” (Roger Lancelyn Green, C.S. Lewis: A Biography, Revised Edition (Orlando, FL: Harcourt Inc., 1974), page 30, 274) Emphasis mine.

Again, you can hardly say that the Narnia series was merely an allegory or fable when the author was a self-confessed former pagan who apparently even in 1960 when this quote was made was still ambivalent about his faith. Here is a man whose understanding of God himself was completely flawed, and he was not, as many profess, a great Christian theologian. Anyone with any genuine grasp of scripture could not possibly call Lewis’ writings theology. To be sure he wrote about those things which interested him, but he was interested in a great many things, the occult held a very great power over him even from his childhood. His matron at boarding school was a theosophist, theosophy being the major influence on the Golden Dawn group and had a huge influence on him as a source of comfort and encouragement and Lewis himself has confessed in ‘Surprised by Joy’ that feelings are everything. Here was a man who was focused completely on the fleshly carnal nature and had little understanding of the Holy or Consecrated life. I fear that many Christians, myself included have been seduced into practicing idol worship in the guise of ‘fairy tales’ instead of worshipping God.

“As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.…” (1 Timothy 1)

Like Lewis, many Christians are focused on what feels good. But the motto of the church of satan is ‘do what thou wilt is the whole of the law’. La Vey has obviously tried to create a biblical feel to his writings using the old English ‘thou’ and ‘wilt’ as thou this was ancient writ. The ideas behind it certainly are because satan is as old as creation and his agenda has not changed. He questions God’s word and tries to get Christians to worship himself instead of the one who alone is worthy of our worship. I think it was Carol Matriciana, a Christian speaker and former follower of New Age and Hindu teachings who said that Satan promised Eve that she would ‘become like God’ when she was already perfect and in a perfect relationship with God. You couldn’t get any better than that but satan managed to convince our great ancestor that she could achieve something God could never give her, and he was right of course. By obeying satan, Eve sinned and was wrested away from that perfect relationship with God and her husband, she became that which all pagans and seekers after occult knowledge wish to achieve, she discovered rebellion.

 

In fact, satan does not offer us anything but himself and he is an altogether dark and bottomless abyss of pain and suffering. No human being was created to be in relationship with evil, we were created to be in relationship with Holiness and Goodness and Perfection and Light. God himself of course, through his Son Jesus Christ and through Christ’s cleansing blood and His sacrifice on the cross, wants to be once again our one source of life and healing from this ugly sinful existence. Yet so many Christians fall prey to the lies which satan peddles in the form of ‘fairy tales’ or the imaginary which some might call fiction. I used to be a great fan of fiction, but now even Christian fiction tends to produce more irritation than edification. At its core is emotional responses to pretend characters and their stories. You are responding to a person from somebody else’s imagination, birthed from the womb of their own minds. How much more uplifting to read the Word of God, or to listen to genuine testimonies from real people who have experienced the life of God or the salvation of God or the healing of God or something real from God rather than something unreal from another human being. The ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ is what drives all fiction, but so called ‘Christian fiction’ should not exist at all.

I know this sounds harsh and some may question why I have such a beef about something which apparently only gives people a ‘good read’. I am opposed to anything which originates in the flesh or the imagination of human beings. I am not interested in fairy tales either in the pulpit or in books or on the internet. We pay for the privilege of being able to read stories and we forget that the whole time we are indulging in the mire of somebody else’s imaginary world. This is not the real world, this is like stepping into somebody else’s deception and seeing what they are seeing. You are opening yourself up to another influence, but is it godly? Most of the time, no, it is not.

Oral history is one thing, myths and stories are something else again. Passing down the Word of God through the Rabbis and the family members was important for those who could not read. Passing down stories which are entirely fictional with no basis in reality might as well be the same as passing a marijuana cigarette. Let’s all get high on this story which will cause us to be happy and sad in turns and in the end we will put the book down with a huge sigh because we have been on a roller coaster of emotion and lived somebody else’s life for a few hours. What is the difference between this and a drug induced ‘trip’ in which you step outside of your own reality to embrace the effects of chemicals in your brain.

Look at it this way. Many children’s authors of the past have been found to be borderline pedophiles (Lewis Carroll) or malignant narcissists (Enid Blyton) or as I have mentioned witches (Edith Nesbit) or pagan idol worshippers pretending to be Christians (CSLewis). You often don’t know who these people are when you read their stories. I certainly had no knowledge of Carroll, Lewis or Nesbit when I read their stories. Was I entertained? For sure. Was I ushered into an existence which both frightened and excited me? Yup! Was I being covertly introduced to the occult? Absolutely! We think that reading is harmless because it is all ‘in our imagination and it isn’t real’. Wrong! Truths are bound up in myths because the whole unvarnished truth would freak most people out. Lewis Carroll’s books were disturbing and not terribly enlightening to me as a child. He was a very strange character with an obsession with photographing naked children. Today he would probably be on a psychiatrists couch if not in jail with his computer confiscated. Why would I want to be inside his head? The same could be said for pagan worshippers or witches. These are not God’s people, they are confused and they worship somebody I would not wish to meet in a million years, yet I meet him daily through the foolishness and darkness of human understanding. Fiction is not harmless, it is the result of a human being’s thoughts many of which are placed there by demonic forces. NEVER forget that! I would go so far as to include Paul Young’s ‘The Shack’ in this denunciation of ‘fiction’. Young would like us to believe that God can be portrayed as two women and a man rather than a Holy Trinity of one man who is also God and Two disembodied Spirits. God is the only one who is able to define himself but I find now on the internet that there are discussions about God’s ‘gender’ as a result of these ridiculous Christian fiction books which want to introduce controversial subjects in order to engender debate!

“I never thought everyone was going to love this book. Art is incredibly subjective as to whether a story and style are appealing. I have no problem with a spirited discussion of some of the theological issues raised in The Shack. The books I love most are the ones that challenge my theological constructs and invite a robust discussion among friends, whether I agree with everything in them or not in the end,. That is especially true of a work of fiction where people will bring their own interpretations of the same events or conversations.”  https://www.lifestream.org/is-the-shack-heresy

Jacobsen states that the books he loves the most are the ones which challenge his theological constructs. As the co-editor and publisher of ‘The Shack’ he says in the first paragraph of this article that he ‘knew that The Shack was edgy enough to prompt some significant backlash, which is why so many publishing companies didn’t want to take it on at the beginning’. Yet this books is fiction. Now we have fictional books with fictional ideas about God and who he is masquerading as ‘just a good read’ which also purport to be reconstructing our theology as believers. And so many believers have claimed that this book has changed their lives. We live in perilous times.

Current trends in young people’s literature now bring the occult out of the closet. We are looking at witchcraft, satan worship, the glorification of vampirism and shape shifting werewolves and zombies as though they are again all imaginary.  These things are not pretend, they are very real, they are part of the real world of the demonic and profane spiritual planes. The Bible does not pull any punches about the demonic. We are told by both Jesus and Paul and the other disciples that we need to cast out the demonic, to reject that which titivates the flesh and excites the carnal mind and instead embrace the light, and that which God himself has given us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. The power and salvation offered by God through the Holy Spirit has no parallel. He has come to save us from this present darkness and not to encourage us to indulge our senses and our fleshly imaginations in pointless narratives about so called Christians dealing with fictional events. How is this uplifting our spirits when in actual fact none of this is real and comes from a human being NOT from God. Are Christian author’s telling us that their stories are in fact the same as or as good as revelation from the Holy Spirit? Are their stories on the same level as the canon of Scripture? No, they are not and they do not. There is no spiritual benefit in stories or myths or fairy tales or what in actual fact is falsehood. If it is not true then it is a lie right? If it is a lie then why are we filling our heads with it? We are in fact filling our empty souls because we feel the need to ‘chill out’. Why do we need to do that? Because we are beset with our own anxieties and sins. There is only one place to go to deal with that. The cross of Christ deals with sin and ‘in the multitude of my anxieties your comforts delight my soul’. (Psalm 94:19)

God wants to comfort us and His comforts are far more delightful to our souls than any amount of fiction, television, internet games or fantasy games. Let’s put these things aside and focus on the Saviour and Lover of our souls, Jesus, who will give us everything we will ever need for life.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

(2 Peter 1:3)

Orphans By Choice

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This is a post from a blog we found last November.

What our brother in Christ shares is spot on and should sober us up and shake us out of our complacency.

Michael shares from his heart the things that the Holy Spirit shows him. We need to hear more of this sort of message as we are living in an age when men of God no longer preach from the heart of God but in so many cases from their rehashing of someone else’s messages which they have found online.

This message is reprinted word for word as it was found on Michaels blog.

I pray that it will challenge you to get on your knees and seek God for a fresh in filling of His Spirit and an awakening to go with that which will set you on fire for God.

Rise up church! The world needs us to be empowered by the Spirit, walking in the Spirit and sharing Christ to a dying world in order that they may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen.

Yours in Christ,

Steve

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

 

Orphans By Choice

 

Before I share what God has put on my heart for today, I wanted to take a few seconds and say thank you for all your encouraging words, prayers, and well wishes on my getting older. Thank you.

John 14:16-18, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

John 14:26-27, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

History is repeating itself. As Christ wept over Jerusalem some two thousand years ago, and only a handful understood the true depth of His anguish, He weeps again, and once more those with understanding are few in number. A great majority has been swept up, or more aptly swept away into the land of half truth and outright deception, ever obedient, lemming like in their devotion to those who mercilessly shear them time and again, all the while unaware that they are orphans by choice. The vultures on the other hand, circle the dying hopes of the masses, ever ready to offer easy solutions for life’s most difficult of problems, all of which entail some sort of token, sacrificial giving, or vow of faith.

Through the constant barrage of doublespeak, scripture twisting, and inaccurate personal interpretation of the sovereign Word of God, we are living in a generation that has voluntarily chosen orphan hood, denying the promise and the One who made said promise, by both their action and inaction.

I realize full well that this is a sensitive subject, and denominational lines have been drawn, barriers erected, and borders defended due to this topic, but in the end the Word must have the final say in all matters of faith, otherwise we are as blind men leading the blind into the dark abyss of opinion rather than the solid foundation of truth.

As His time on earth was drawing to a finish, Christ gathered His disciples together, and endeavored to encourage them, bolster their hopes and strengthen their faith, knowing that His imminent departure would be a difficult transition for them. As He spoke to His followers, Christ made them a solemn promise, a promise that was extended to all who would endeavor to pick up their crosses, and follow in His footsteps. He promised that we would not be left at the mercy of the world, that we would not be defenseless against the enemy, that we would not be orphans, but that He would pray the Father to give us another Helper, one that would abide with us forever.

Although they had felt His presence, although Christ’s disciples knew this Spirit of truth for it dwelt with them, soon it would dwell in them, be in them. They would no longer experience the Holy Spirit from time to time, sporadically, but would have it in them perpetually, having access to all the gifts that it entailed.

It is tragic that the Helper who is reserved exclusively for the children of God, the person of the Holy Spirit, has become such a divisive topic among those who claim to be His. Rather than pursue this precious gift, we have done everything humanly possible to justify our unwillingness to submit and surrender to the will of God, that we might receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that we might be true sons and daughters of God, and not orphans.

The hearts of men are troubled, and fear is spreading like a cancer. Uncertainty concerning tomorrow is now the issue of the day, and while the children of God should be the ones rising above the mire of fear, we are as embroiled in it as the rest of the world. These are the days in which the difference between the orphans in God’s house, and those who are truly His, is becoming more pronounced and evident. It is in this hour that the true children of God, are reminded of Christ’s words, and know that there is safety in the Father’s embrace, that He is our shelter in the midst of the storm. It is in this hour that our trust in God will be evidenced by the peace that overflows in our hearts, and by the comfort we find in Him.

It is not lack of love, or offered opportunity on God’s part that has produced so many spiritual orphans in this generation; it is this generation’s absolute rejection of truth, peace, and the Holy Spirit. They have chosen to be orphans because the Father’s rules, and His standards seemed too stifling, too limiting, too legalistic, too old fashioned, not taking into account that their willful departure from the Father’s home left them out in the cold, homeless, at the mercy of the elements, dependent on the kindness of strangers.

A bitter cup indeed to realize that strangers these days aren’t too kind, and the liberties of the flesh we so yearned for get very old, very quickly. We have squandered that which is precious, embraced that which is profane, and the consequences of our choices are only now beginning to come to light.

If today you are a true son or daughter of the heavenly Father, though the world mocks you, the progressive majority despises you, and even those you would call brothers and sisters reject you, rejoice and again I say rejoice, for your redemption is near.

 

With love in Christ,

 

Michael Boldea Jr.