PREAMBLE: I am letting all know this writing is lengthy, I ask that you read the links in the order they fall with the main body. Each of these links contains information which supports and fills in the gaps. You may need to re-read this a few times as there is a mountain of information and tools available in order to discern their proper use while you continue your journey. I pray this article convicts and blesses you as it has me.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert:
Heavenly Father I present before your throne these petitions to be heard on behalf of those who are committing their walk to your footprints. I ask Father you would fill them with discernment, understanding, commitment to you faithfully, the spirit of endurance, the sense of foresight. Bring them strength, courage which removes the feeling of fear, that they might face the enemy with confidence. Most of all Father remove from them the spirits of arrogance, pride, and self-centeredness, self-regard, self-interest, and those spirits Father that represent the temptations of the flesh which would draw them from your word and the narrow path to life. Which I pray in your name Yeshua Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert:
The Holy Spirit has brought some truths one being our bodies are a Temple housing our Spirit along with the Spirit of God who comes and goes through our Temple. The question was “how well are you keeping your Temple”? The second truth our bodies are our worst enemy and need to be brought under control instead of allowing it to control us. We need to put it in submission and working to bring the inner man into contact with the outer world and enable him to influence it. The following link which was published earlier as a warning I believe will reveal what lies ahead for us to battle while bringing our body into submission. Having prior knowledge of our enemy only adds to our ability to defeat him and his temptations. Like a friend tells me (she calls Satan brother Lou) will rear his ugly head when least expected, thank you, “Victoria.”
Later in this article, we will see through James what his statement really means when he defines how we should be using our faith. He related from James 1:1-11 “James taught that it is necessary to put outward actions with inward faith or else that kind of faith will accomplish nothing.”
The Holy Spirit brought me an answer to the question “to bring my body under control” what am I fighting and how am I going to do battle? The Apostle Paul related that we must continuously do battle with the temptations and be sincere spiritually right to when we pass into eternity. And if need-be spiritually make the body black and blue emphasizing the depth we might have to resort to spiritually to defeat the deceits and lusts our bodies will present to us as part of the world. The following link was published in 2015 as a warning to the children of God you will see the craftiness subtleties applied to disguise the temptations:
The answer the Holy Spirit brought to me as the method to fight the temptations and desires of the body with the fervor of Paul combined with the wisdom of James should become the foundation for all our battles current and future. The following link is a past warning which I believe applies to this writing in many ways. I think having this knowledge ahead of time allows us to prepare a plan of attack which will bring us to success against the temptations which befall us continually. Confirming what Paul related be determined and constant in our spiritual battles.
In James 1:1-11 he revealed, “Yeshua reproves us to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God’s love, and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now, and our crown at last.” Matthew Henry Oct 18, 1662, to June 22, 1774, commentary explains: Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make the right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his spirit and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind, when we go to God under a sense of our weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, this may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is, to any that asketh, it shall be given. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions.
When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt in the world, but as such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God.
In contrast to those who are walking on the broad path. Peter points out what contentions our bodies could and possibly will bring forward as temptations, lusts, and worldly desires mainly pleasures of the flesh, luxury, self-indulgence, pride, self-importance, and many others. Which only committing one will knock us off the narrow path. Isaiah revealed in his identification of the walk on the Road of Holiness what would prevent anyone from walking as unclean under the law. Now, we must recognize Salvation, and we live under Grace. However, that does not give us permission to wantonly or openly sin and expect forgiveness to return to the narrow path. When we are born again in the spirit, we are taught to go forward but sin no more. It is here we learn that it becomes our responsibility to move forward by working out our Salvation and letting go of our worldly connections.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
My Soul is bursting at the seams filled with knowledge and spiritual weapons which will fill all the gaps I need to clean my Temple and bring my body under submission. The joy I feel is Our Heavenly Father has through His love for me placed all this before me through the Holy Spirit. The meaning of working out my Salvation and finding that narrow Path or as Isaiah calls it “The Way of Holiness” doesn’t seem so impossible anymore. The challenges I know remain however are not as challenging any more as Like Yeshua when confronted by the Devil with the temptations like Him I know the Father is there with me giving power to the words “GET BEHIND ME SATAN.”
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
“OH” Joy, Joy heavenly Father I thank you for filling my soul with your strength and powers, bringing peace and compassion unto me. Taking from me the spirits of fear uncertainty, confusion, and despair replacing them with confidence, surety knowledge, and understanding through the leading and teachings of the Holy Spirit. So I know my journey through this life will be a continuous battle. However, your Love will be there to protect cover and guide me forward at all times. Praise be to the Glory of God and Yeshua. In their names Amen and Amen.
May you go forward in Peace wrapped in God’s Wings comforting and protecting you through the day’s ahead as you walk on “The Road of Holiness.” As like the rain which nourishes the world may God’s blessings rain upon you to feed your spirit and souls.