March 25, 2012 Promised Land

Promised Land

What is your ‘Promised Land’?  You know, that place to which God is leading you, away from bondage, where He can nourish you with ‘milk and honey’.  Is it a physical place or a state of being? How do you get there?  The God Who created such place for His people in the Old Testament, surely, has created such place for His followers in the New Testament.

Freed from satan’s abuses!

  • In Romans 6.16, Apostle Paul answered those followers of Moses who wanted to return to Egypt, as he posed his question, now, to you.  He contrasts your alternative ‘masters’ in Romans 8.1-11 and Galatians 5.16-25.
  • The Holy Spirit, Who inspired Paul’s words, inspired Moses’ similar statements in Deuteronomy 30.15-20.  Note that He, God, the Supreme Judge, called the wrong choice ‘death’ and the right one ‘life’ through both writers.  That is, the deceptive pleasures that momentarily satisfy the flesh and pride condemn the poor victim to eternal, spiritual death, which is separation from the righteous God.  Contemplate 1 John 2.15-17.
  • God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13.8).  He has not changed His mind about your freedom.  He stated as much to Joshua 1.5-9 for His people in the Old Testament and through Jesus to you, who believe in His salvation, in the New Testament, as stated in John 8.31-32 (which some misquote in generalization).

Freedom should be a lifestyle!

  • The last half of 1 John 3.8 says that Immanuel/Jesus came to earth to destroy satan’s works.  This reveals God’s vision for mankind enjoying His creation without the impediment of satan.  Thus, Matthew 4.23-25 describes the masses of people running to Jesus to be freed from the cords by which satan had stolen their joy.  Luke 13.10-17 presents a graphic illustration.
  • Apostle Peter got it!  He understood and practiced this lifestyle, as illustrated in Acts 3.1-16.  Paul, too, practiced this lifestyle, illustrated in Acts 14.8-10.  People marveled at this intervention in the plight of man by God through men.  You can almost hear the excitement of Paul in Romans 1.16-17 and 1 Corinthians 2.4-5!
  • Freedom is realized from the promises in Scripture and maintained through a lifestyle of faith in Jesus!  Bible truths expose and debunk satan’s lies!  Jesus said so, in John 8.31-32!

Your lifestyle!

Praise God!!!  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!!!

Copyright © Maurice L. Painter 2012.

March 18, 2012 Building Walls, Continued

Building Walls, Continued

The writers of the New Testament were led by the Holy Spirit of God to be consistent in presenting God as He had revealed Himself in the Old Testament.  After all, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Hebrews 13.8; also reflect on Exodus 3.13-14, Psalm 102.27, Isaiah 41.4, 43.10, 44.6, and Malachi 3.6).  It is important, then, that Acts 10.38 connects to Exodus 6.3 and leads to Luke 10.19 and James 4.7You must learn to overcome satan in order to stop his abuse!  It really is as simple as Ezekiel 22.30!  Follow along.

The Connection Above

Build the walls and stand in the gap!

  • The word of the testimony of the prophets of Israel in the days of Ezekiel was not ‘Jesus’, and this was not because this name had not been given, for it was given, effectively, in Exodus 6.3, as Jesus states in John 17.6, 11-12.
  • Those prophets’ testimony was rebuked by God in Ezekiel 13.6-7, 22.23-29.  They were conjuring up future events that God had not instructed them to speak.  Their end was sure, as described in Deuteronomy 18.20-22.
  • God expected the prophets to be ‘good shepherds’ (Jeremiah 3.15, 23.4) and fulfill His assigned task of protecting the people; Ezekiel 13.6, 22.30.
  • The God Who commanded them to build protective walls around their treasured land commands the same of you, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!  So, build walls around your treasures and stand in the gap!
  • You need only build the walls using God’s names, especially the name ‘Jesus’, and His word of authority and promised blessing; Psalm 138.2.  Like Paul wrote, work out your salvation (Philippians 2.12-13)!  Build the walls!
  • Apostle Paul wrote about the strength of Jesus’ name in Philippians 2.9-11.  In Ezekiel 20.9 and 14, God said that He acted for the rebellious nation Israel so His name would not be profaned among other nations.  (See Exodus 32.10-14, too.)
  • God described the strength and faithfulness of His word in Isaiah 55.10-11Joshua 21.45 is his summation of God’s faithfulness in bringing the Hebrews through the exodus and into the Promised Land.  Even the pagan Balaam proclaimed God’s faithfulness, in Numbers 23.19. Apostle Paul stated, in 2 Corinthians 1.20, that God’s promises are sure and are fulfilled in Jesus, in Whom we trust!  Thus, we can add ‘amen’ (so be it)!
  • So, stand in the gap fully armored, as in Ephesians 6.10-17.
  • Apostle John instructed in Revelation 12.11 to overcome satan by the most powerful word, ‘Jesus’.  Make satan and his demons bow their knees to God’s promises that you speak!  ‘Jesus’ is the rod to use, in Psalm 110.1-2!
  • Overcoming satan is the result of faith in ‘Jesus’ and His word; Romans 1.16-17 and Hebrews 13.5-6!

Always Has Been This Way

It’s your turn!

  • Paul was writing to you when he wrote Ephesians 6.12.  But, Jesus has overcome, as He said in John 16.33!
  • God fights for you, as Moses told Israel, in Deuteronomy 31.1-6.
  • God assured Joshua of victory, in Joshua 1.1-9.  He says the same to you.  He will never leave or forsake you!  Only, be strong and courageous!  Do not fear, for God is with you whenever you are fighting satan!  Joshua 10.10-11 describes His efforts in one battle; read the earlier verses to see that His strength for you is even greater.
  • Therefore, Joshua 23.10-11!

Praise God!!!  Consider His goodness despite our rebellion; Deuteronomy 1.28-33.

Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2012.

March 4, 2012 Building Protective Walls

Building Protective Walls

The Presbyterian minister and Bible commentator Matthew Henry (1662-1714) popularized the old English saying, ‘none so blind as those that will not see’.  He may have connected this with Jeremiah 5.21 and Matthew 13.13 where God and Jesus lament the same about people in Israel.  These words describe Christians today, who complain about what satan is doing to them but will not use their authority over him and his abusing demons.  What causes this ‘blindness’?  How can we stop satan’s abuse?

The Causes of Blindness to satan’s Abuse.

Build Strong Walls and Stand in the Gap/Gateway!

  • In Ezekiel 22.23-29, God reviewed with the Prophet the lack of leadership (from blindness) by those who should have known better and the resulting destructive spirits operating among the people (like in Jeremiah 13.10).
  • In Ezekiel 22.30, He lamented that no one was willing to build a wall around the treasure and to stand in the gap to keep the enemy out.
  • With what materials should the walls be built?  Psalm 138.2 identifies the only two needed.
  • Apostle Paul wrote about the strength of Jesus’ name in Philippians 2.9-11.  In Ezekiel 20.9 and 14, God said that He acted for the rebellious nation Israel so His name would not be profaned among other nations.  (See Exodus 32.10-14, too.)
  • God described the strength and faithfulness of His word in Isaiah 55.10-11Joshua 21.45 is his summation of God’s faithfulness in bringing the Hebrews through the exodus and into the Promised Land.  Even the pagan Balaam proclaimed God’s faithfulness, in Numbers 23.19.  Apostle Paul stated, in 2 Corinthians 1.20, that God’s promises are sure and are fulfilled in Jesus, in Whom we trust!  Thus, we can add ‘amen’ (so be it)!
  • So, stand in the gap fully armored, as in Ephesians 6.10-17.
  • Apostle John instructed in Revelation 12.11 to overcome satan by the most powerful word, ‘Jesus’.  Make satan and his demons bow their knees to God’s promises that you speak!

Be determined and confident, not lukewarm!

  • Being ignorant of, apathetic to, and/or fearful of satan will allow him to continue to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ (John 10.10).
  • Follow Jesus’ instructions in Revelation 3.18-22!  Overcome!

Praise God!!!  Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2012.

February 26, 2012 How Do We Know Reality?

How do we know reality?

God gave you five senses for qualifying things on earth: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing.  You understand the creation story in Genesis 1.2-2.7 multi-dimensionally when you stop at the end of each created day and reflect on what was made, using these senses.  But, what about the events of Revelation 12.7-12: do you have a ‘sense’ for understanding this ‘reality’?  Yes you do, as you will see in this lesson on “metaphysics“, which is the exploration and understanding of reality.

Do you ‘see’ what the father and Jesus saw in Mark 9.14-29?

  • A father had brought his epileptic son to Jesus’ disciples to be healed. But, they could not.
  • Notice in verses 17-18, 20, and 22 how the father described the son’s condition.  He said he had a ‘spirit’ that acted ‘to destroy him’.  It was not a sickness, disease, syndrome, or other medical term that you might use today.  It was a ‘spirit’!  It was ‘seen’ by the abuse inflicted.  (Like Apostle Peter saw the wind ‘boisterous’ in Matthew 14.30.  Consider, too, Jesus’ comment in John 3.8 regarding the Holy Spirit.)
  • Look at what Jesus did, in Mark 9.25-27: He spoke to the spirit…and it obeyed!

Is it ‘normal’ to speak to spirits?

  • Apostle Paul believed so and commented about this in Hebrews 13.2.  Have you had this experience?
  • Jesus taught the disciples to in Matthew 10.7-8.  Hear the excitement and confidence in their report in Luke 10.17 and Jesus’ affirmation in verse 19.
  • Does Luke 8.31 state that you are to ‘command them to go out into the abyss’?  Where else are you supposed to send them when you dispatch them from yourself?  If you do not, Jesus’ words in Luke 11.24-25 will come true!  What was Jesus’ second step, implied, after dispatching the demons?
  • Paul, again, instructed our correct view of evil spirits in Ephesians 6.11-12 and 2 Corinthians 10.3-6 and, by contrast, in 2 Timothy 1.7.

Are ‘spirits’ part of your ‘reality’?

You, too, are spirit!

Since you have authority over damaging ‘spirits’, speak against them, using Jesus’ name (Philippians 2.9-11), to keep them away from your treasures (Ezekiel 22.30)!  Remember 1 John 4.4!

Praise God!!! Copyright by Maurice L. Painter, 2012.