“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:25)
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
I was approached by a skeptic and asked the following questions and given some observations about my journey through life. “What joy do you get out of life being dedicated to your God?” What does he give you as pleasures in your day to day life? I don’t see you partying or being in the presence of women who would bring pleasure to you physically! What kind of life is that to live it appears to be so uneventful and unfulfilling?
I sensed this individual could not, nor would they see past their desire to please their human wants and desires. I also recognized they could not fully comprehend nor understand any sensible explanation I would provide to their questions. Now some might say I was judgmental, not so, I was using what was revealed in a previous article, “AND THE LORD SAID UNTO SATAN WHENCE COMETH THOU? (Job1:7) The heavenly gift of “Reasoning Power” to assess the situation and the significant importance of the questions and observations. I was looking at what was right and wrong in this situation to determine how to bring an answer which would open their eyes and ears to what I might present for an answer.
While Yeshua was being interrogated by Caiaphas, He did not answer the questions put forth concerning his disciples because they were impertinent questions. As are the questions this individual was asking me. They do not deserve an answer yet now knowing their walk I will search for solutions that I pray will bring light into their life.
The Holy Spirit presented scripture from the book of James 1:24 showing me that just answering his questions would only allow him to hear and just walk away. v24. “For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.“ What was being revealed is how in this article we will be taught how to hone and deepen our skills as Practical Christians. Able to ascertain the evil surrounding us and how to first rebuke it in Yeshua’s name (“Jude 1:9). Yet Michael the archangel, when he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said: “The Lord rebuke thee.”) and then how to approach those bringing it into our lives. Through the demonstration of God’s love and caring, we might shine our light received from Yeshua upon it. How to minister to those shrouded in darkness blinded by their adoration of their sinful walk and walking in delusion not knowing their eventual demise. It becomes our task to find and open their eyes to the various truths in our journey being revealed as the joyous gifts they really are for all who walk in Yeshua’s light.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father, hear our prayers, receive us before your throne as the Disciples you have called us to be. We humbly present ourselves as your dedicated servants we plead for your Heavenly gifts to become a part of our walk. Fill us with your determined love for your lost children. Release your compassion into our new hearts so we might demonstrate it as part of our walk. Within our soul Father have the Holy Spirit fill us with the knowledge of how to use your gifted wisdom as a part of our newfound “Reasoning Power.” We thank you, Lord, for the fervour and steady determination to serve. In all this, we pray in your name Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
The Holy Spirit brought me to the book of Jude and here opened my eyes to who and what we will now encounter as “Modern Day Disciples.” Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) lays it right out for us to see in his commentary on Jude’s Epistle. Which was not directed to any particular person, family, or church. But to the whole society of believers and followers of Yeshua then and in the future. “The apostle here exhibits a charge against deceivers who were now seducing the disciples of Yeshua from the profession and practice of his holy religion. Jude calls them filthy dreamers, forasmuch as delusion is a dream, and the beginning of, and an inlet to, all manner of filthiness.” False teachers are dreamers; they greatly defile and grievously wound the soul. These teachers are of a disturbed mind and a seditious spirit; forgetting that the powers that be, are ordained of God, Romans 13:1.
From this commentary, we are able to ascertain the following facts. As it is God who begins the work of grace in the souls of men, so it is he who carries it on, and perfects it. Let us not trust in ourselves, nor in our stock of grace already received, but in him, and in him alone. The mercy of God is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for; mercy, not only to the miserable but to the guilty. Next to mercy is peace, which we have from the sense of having obtained mercy. From peace springs love; Yeshua’s love to us, our love to him, and our brotherly love to one another.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) continues “The apostle prays, not that Christians may be content with a little; but that their souls and societies may be full of these things. None are shut out from gospel offers and invitations, but those who obstinately and wickedly shut themselves out. But the application is, (If we heard a sermon every day of the week, and an angel from heaven was the preacher, yet, if we rested in hearing only, it would never bring us to heaven. Mere hearers are self-deceivers, and self-deceit will be found the worst deceit at last. If we flatter ourselves, it is our own fault; the truth, as it is in Yeshua, flatters no man.)
What I realized was the Holy Spirit was providing me with the answers to the initial questions asked and how to present the answer by demonstrating what I received and the personal benefits from that. Through my demonstrations, the following will occur as described by Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) “Let the word of truth be carefully attended to, and it will set before us the corruption of our nature, the disorders of our hearts and lives; and it will tell us plainly what we are. Our sins are the spots the law discovers: Yeshua’s blood is the laver the gospel shows. But in vain do we hear God’s word, and look into the gospel glass, if we go away, and forget our spots, instead of washing them off; and forget our remedy, instead of applying to it. This is the case with those who do not hear the word as they ought. In hearing the word, we look into it for counsel and direction, and when we study it, it turns to our spiritual life.”
If you recall I would not answer the questions for the skeptic as I sensed and determined my words would be like water off a duck’s back and wasted, James1:24. “For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.“ The Holy Spirit continued to bring information from the book of Jude to determine how to identify, and understand this individual’s walk to specifically minister to him.
Jude revealed the real character of those he called filthy dreamers. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) through his commentary lays it out like a template to study.
They defile the flesh: The flesh or body is the immediate seat, and often the irritating occasion, of many horrid pollutions yet these, though done in and against the body, do greatly defile and grievously maim and wound the soul. Fleshly lusts do war against the soul, (1Peter 2:11).
They despise dominion: and speak evil of dignities, are of a disturbed mind and a seditious spirit, forgetting that the powers that be are ordained of God (Rom.13:1). God requires us to speak no evil of no man (Titus 3:2).
They speak evil of things which they know not: (Jude 1:10) Those who speak ill of religion and godliness speak evil of the things which they know not for, if they had known them, they would have spoken well of them. For nothing but good and excellent can be sincerely said of religion.
Such are here compared to brute beasts, though they often boast of themselves as the wisest of mankind. They corrupt themselves in the things most open and understandable. The fault lies, not in their understandings, but in their depraved wills, and their disordered appetites and affections. It is a great reproach, though unjust to religion when those who profess it are opposed to it in heart and life.
So now having this template to ascertain who and what we are dealing with it becomes an avenue for us to develop a significant way to effectively answer the questions.
As without the soul of man, the flesh is of no value, so without the quickening Spirit of God, all forms of religion are dead and worthless. He who made this provision for our souls, alone can teach us these things, and draw us unto Yeshua, that we may live by faith in him. Let us apply to Yeshua, thankful that it is declared that everyone who is willing to come unto him shall be made welcome. Here are the answers to the questions.
First, my demonstrations must show that I have worked hard to obtain the gifts which operate within my walk bringing peace and understanding, which is everlasting answers to life’s questions. Secondly, they must show that worldly wisdom gives me nothing and that through the Holy Spirit I obtain eternal answers which guide me to a peaceful existence filled with joy and the knowledge of an even better life ahead. Most of all my demonstrations must show all I have was obtained because I have received and exercise my “FAITH” received from God and spiritually am again attached to him. It will show the peace there is between God and me as my actions reveal I am resting on Him and have turned everything over to Him (John 14:1).
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) commentary from (John 6:29) reveals how. “Constant exercise of faith in Yeshua is the most important and difficult part of the obedience required of us, as sinners seeking salvation. When by his grace we are enabled to live a life of faith in the Son of God, holy tempers follow, and acceptable services may be done. God, even his Father, who gave their fathers that food from heaven to support their natural lives, now gave them the true Bread for the salvation of their souls. Coming to Yeshua, and believing in him, signify the same. Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body, nourishes and supports the spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. The bread which the Father gives, which he has made to be the food of our souls. Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body, but Yeshua is himself living Bread and nourishes by his own power. The doctrine of Yeshua crucified is now as strengthening and comforting to a believer as ever it was. He is the Bread that came down from heaven. It denotes the Divinity of Yeshua’s person and his authority; also, the Divine origin of all the good which flows to us through him.”
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father we lay our praise and joy before your throne thanking you for the spirit of faith that we may demonstrate your love and compassion. We raise up our hands in glory as your understanding flows through us to remove the blinders of delusion from those so trapped. We honour your desire to bring the lost to your throne through the salvation and grace they receive when they see your light flowing through our faith. We thank you, Father, for the strength and wisdom you place with us as servants faithfully honouring your work. This we pray in the name of Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
This article has shown exactly what it is our Father was looking for when He called us to return to His law. Why He was building an influential group of “Modern Day Disciples.” Our past article “AND THE LORD SAID UNTO SATAN WHENCE COMETH THOU? (Job1:7) Showed how the world was pulling away from believing in God. The questions brought to me were an indication of where some are walking through life and why. This article has revealed the diversity God is using within the group of “Modern Day Disciples.” Where each of us as “Modern Day Disciples” even though we are receiving the same gifts, are being taught how to use our newly found “Reasoning Power” to bring Salvation to the lost and reconnection spiritually to God.
Too many go through their life’s journey forgetting or possibly not realizing one of our spiritual goals must be to reconnect spiritually with God. Yes, Salvation through Grace is the thread, but our deepening of Faith daily drawing closer to Yeshua is the needle used to reconnect us spiritually with our Father in heaven “God.” Yeshua told us he is going to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3) and will return for us to take our prepared place with God and Yeshua on his right-hand.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.