PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Having, been shown about passivity and how to deal with it, the Holy Spirit is now bringing us to a new level of discernment and decision-making. We will be brought to a position that is going to not only challenge the depth of our walk but as well our profession of Faith. Peter in the last article “NOW THE WORK BEGINS” where he is speaking about faith and the many different levels of those professing faith clearly show’s many are trying to fool God.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) comments on Peter’s teachings (1Peter 1:1). “According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, and here as having obtained precious faith in our Lord Yeshua for the faith here mentioned is vastly different from the false faith of the heretic, and the feigned faith of the hypocrite, and the fruitless faith of the formal professor, how Orthodox soever he is. It is the faith of God’s elect (Titus1:1), wrought by the Spirit of God in effectual calling.”
I’m now cautioning those about to partake in this article initially you will be challenged by what you’re about to be shown. However, understand our Lord speaks only the truth and what is being revealed by the Holy Spirit we all need to see, recognize, accept, and work with. These articles are being furnished for all to read as warnings from a “WATCHMAN” who has been shown there is trouble in the flock which needs tending to, and those hearing our “Father’s” call to return to His teachings will be shown what it is, who is affected, and how to use their free will to repair it. (Ezekiel 3:17 – 21)
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father, hear my petition for your children Lord. Bring upon them your spirit of understanding, loose onto them Father a spiritual lifting of the veils covering their eyes so they can see the truth. Take all thoughts of false glory Father, religious pride, loose unto them Father your spirit of humility peace and joy. Bring forward the spirit of discernment that their minds will be clear and receiving of your truth through the Holy Spirit as he reveals your Truth. This I pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Yeshua was sharing with his disciples, I believe, possibly one of the most difficult lessons they may have had to face. Matthew 19:23 -26 Then said Yeshua unto his disciples, verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. v24. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. v25. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? v26. But Yeshua beheld them, and said unto them, With men, this is impossible but with God all things are possible.
Matthew Henry ( 1662 – 1774) gives a rendition of why it is difficult for a rich man to be a good Christian, and to be saved to enter into the kingdom of heaven, either here or hereafter. The way to heaven is to all a narrow way, and the gate that leads into it, a strait gate but it is particularly so to rich people. More duties are expected from them than from others, which they can hardly do and more sins do easily beset them, which they can hardly avoid. Rich people have great temptations to resist, and such as are very insinuating it is hard not to be charmed with a smiling world very hard, when we are filled with these hid treasures, not to take up with them for a portion. It must be a great measure of divine grace that will enable a man to break through these difficulties.
So, we now have a reason explained which gives us the ground work as soldiers to lay out a plan of how we are going to approach this battle as a family. You see I believe we are all a part of the family no matter our worldly position like the Lord says with God all things are possible. So let’s look for some resources we can use as a foundation to build on keeping in mind all in the family must daily be working out our salvation. But now we know it may be a bit more difficult for some, however they are still a part of the family needing our support.
Here, I’m turning to who I believe is a seasoned warrior and can shed some light on this picture of who we are in our spiritual regeneration. Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 -1927) in her book “WAR ON THE SAINTS” on pages 209 & 210 shares some thought-provoking facts of how The “NATURAL” Verses The “SPIRITUAL Man. she wrote At first the regenerated man is but a “babe in Christ,” manifesting many of the characteristics of the natural man in jealousy, strife, etc (1Cor.3:1-4) until he apprehends the need of a fuller reception of the Holy Spirit to dwell in the regenerated spirit as His sanctuary. The unregenerate man is wholly dominated by soul and body. The regenerate man has his spirit (1) quickened, and (2) indwelt by the Holy Spirit, yet may be governed by soul and body because his spirit is compressed and bound. The Spiritual man has his spirit liberated from bondage to the soul (Heb. 4: 12) to be the organ of the Holy Spirit in mind and body.
“It is then that, by the Holy Spirit’s power, his volition is brought into harmony with God in all His laws and purposes, and the whole outer man into self-control. Thus it is written “The fruit of the Spirit… is self-control. (Gal. 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law). It is not only love,joy, peace, long-suffering, and gentleness, manifested through the channel of the soul –the personality — but in a true dominion over the world of himself, (1) every thought brought into captivity, in the same obedience to the will of the Father as was manifested in Yeshua (2Cor. 10:5 Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Yeshua). (2) His spirit “ruled” also from the chamber of the will, so that he is of a “cool spirit” and can “keep back” or utter at his will what is in his spirit as well as what is in his mind, (Prov. 17:27) and (3) his body so obedient to the helm of the will, that it is a disciplined and alert instrument to be handled intelligently as a vehicle for service, and not any longer master of the man, or the mere tool of Satan and unruly desires.”
We are going to move onto Hebrews 6 1-8 where Matthew Henry (1662 – 1771) asks “why did Paul set strong meat before the Hebrews, when he knew they were but babes? Answer Though some of them were but weak, yet others of them had gained more strength and they must be provided for suitably. And as those who are grown Christians must be willing to hear the plainest truths preached for the sake of the weak, so the weak must be willing to hear the more difficult and mysterious truths preached for the sake of those who are strong. He hoped they would be growing in their spiritual strength and stature, and so be able to digest stronger meat.”
The premise of Paul’s, letter to the Hebrews was to persuade and press the believing Hebrews to a constant adherence to the Christian faith, and perseverance in it, notwithstanding all the sufferings they might meet with in so doing. The comparison I make here is to the initial reference that it is difficult for the Rich to walk as Christians. I believe with the tools and knowledge being provided that statement would only be true due to individual choice to succumb to the temptations. I also believe that those who are successful because of their individual intellect would if given proper leadership have no difficulty in following Yeshua.
Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 – 1927) adds to our weapons and plan of attack remember Peter talked about all the different levels of faith being demonstrated. Ms. Penn Lewis draws our attention to use our free will and faith combination. She states the following on pg 211 – 212 in “WAR ON THE SAINTS” In the hour of his regeneration God gives to man the decisive liberty of will to rule over himself, as he walks in fellowship with God. And by this restoration of a will free to act in choosing for God, SATAN LOSES HIS POWER. Satan is the god of this world, and he rules the world through the will of men enslaved by, him, enslaved not only directly, but indirectly, by inciting men to enslave one another and to covet the power of “influence,” whereas they should work with God to restore to every man the freedom of his own personal volition, and the power of choice to do right because it is right, obtained for them at Calvary.
What I’m recognizing at this point is just how important having the proper understanding of what it is Yeshua was speaking about in the parable of rich men. As like most my mind jumped to all the material things of the world. Specifically, that is only part of what Yeshua wants us to see the second part of this information is spiritual as it involves all those who are following the Lord and have received his spiritual gifts. Once we receive the gifts from Yeshua it places us in the category of being a rich man spiritually and in the eyes of Satan as such a special target. because as stated more is expected of the rich whether material or spiritual. We are shown In James 2:3 – 5 how easy it is to fall into Satan’s trap v3. And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, sit thou here in a good place, and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool. v4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? v5. Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
These verses show the makeup of God’s family and how Satan can and does divide us by planting sinful divisive thoughts (2Cor:10:4-5) where we despise the poor causing many to forget the poor are spiritually rich and heirs of the kingdom. I stated in the beginning of this article as a family in Yeshua we were going to obtain as many weapons as we can to do battle against the enemy placing temptations before the rich (2Cor 10:3-4). I believe the Holy Spirit has brought us information who the rich Yeshua is speaking about in the parable, those in the world who are blessed materially and those in the world who are poor but blessed Spiritually and made heirs to the kingdom.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) gives us a look at who we would become as a part of Yeshua’s family falling for Satan’s subtle temptations. Consider how often riches lead to vice and mischief, and what great reproaches are thrown upon God and religion, by men of wealth, power, and worldly greatness; and it will make this sin appear very sinful and foolish. The scripture gives us a law, to love our neighbour as ourselves. This is a royal law, it comes from the King of kings; and if Christians act unjustly, they are convicted by the law as transgressors. This shows the happiness of those that are in Yeshua. We may serve him without slavish fear. God’s restraints are not a bondage, but our own corruptions are so.
Our search for more weapons and details to add to our plan of attack and defence bring us to 2 Timothy 2: 1 – 7 where Paul was encouraging Timothy, “the first of the weapons we are going to find,“ to constancy and perseverance in his work. Here is a major weapon being identified “be strong in the grace that is in Yeshua. (2Timothy 2:1) Paul then advises Timothy those who have work to do for God must stir up themselves to do it, and strengthen themselves for it. Being strong in the grace that is in Yeshua may be understood in opposition to the weakness of grace. Where there is the truth of grace there must be a labouring after the strength of grace. As our trials increase, we have need to grow stronger and stronger in that which is good; our faith stronger, our resolution stronger, our love to God and Yeshua stronger.
We were initially warned those who are perceived as prosperous more is expected of them this was first applied to worldly prosperity and through our definition, spiritual prosperity falls in that area as well. Our enemy Satan has by now realized how strong the family is becoming and is going to shift his attack into a higher level of deceptions, temptations and subtleties. Paul wrote about this in Romans 16:18 and John Gill (1697 – 1771) gives us a very clear picture of what form the new attacks will take. And by good words, and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple, they were deceivers; they lay in wait to deceive, made use of the hidden things of dishonesty, walked in craftiness, and handled the word of God deceitfully, and therefore to be marked and avoided: they deceived “the simple”, harmless, and innocent, that thinks no evil, nor are aware of any; who have a little understanding of things; persons of weak minds, easy to be imposed upon; very credulous, ready to believe every word, so the simple man does, as Solomon says, Proverbs 14:15 and such teachers choose to tamper with, and make their attacks upon, being able to gain upon them the most easily, as their father the devil, the old serpent, did, when he first assailed human nature: the “hearts” of these they deceive; they work upon their affections, blind their understandings, impose on their judgments, and corrupt their minds from the simplicity that is in Yeshua: and this they do “by good words and fair speeches.”
Mr Gill has given a description of how the attacks will take place, I’m turning to Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) to describe what weapons we need to use in this battle. To be wise unto that which is good, that is, to be skillful and intelligent in the truths and ways of God. “Be wise to try the spirits, to prove all things, and then to hold fast that only which is good.” There is need of a great deal of wisdom in our adherence to good truths, and good duties, and good people, lest in any of these we be imposed upon and deluded. Be ye, therefore, wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16), wise to discern that which is really good and that which is counterfeit wise to distinguish things that differ, to improve opportunities. While we are in the midst of so many deceivers, we have great need of that wisdom of the prudent which is to understand his way (Proverbs 14:8.
Now, capping this off with some instructions on how to use the weapons Mr. Gill and Mr. Henry have provided I’m turning to Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 -1927) to guide us in how to connect our spirit with the Holy Spirit and know we are in God’s will. Ms. Lewis on pages 214 – 215 in WAR ON THE SAINTS relates the following: The believer’s life is, therefore, to be a walk “after the spirit” minding “the things of the spirit” (Romans 8: 4-5). The word “spirit” is not written with a capital “S” denoting the Spirit of God, but with a small “s” as referring to the spirit of man. But the believer can only thus walk “after the spirit,” if the Spirit of God dwells in him (Romans 8:9), the Holy Spirit lifting his spirit to the place of rule over soul and body—” flesh,” both ethically and physically—by joining it to the Risen Lord, and making it “one spirit” with Him (1Cor. 6:17).
That the believer retains volitional control over his own spirit is the important point to note, and through ignorance he can withdraw his spirit from co-operation with the Holy Spirit, and thus, so to speak, “walk” after the soul, or after the flesh unwittingly.
The knowledge that the Spirit of God has come to indwell the shrine of the spirit, is not enough to guarantee that the believer will continue to walk in the spirit, and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16). If he lives by the spirit he must learn how to walk by the Spirit, and for this understand how to “combine” and “compare” spiritual things with spiritual (1Cor. 2:13) so as to interpret truly the things of the Spirit of God, exercising the spirit faculty by which he is able to examine all things, and discern the mind of the Lord.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
What, can I say that this article hasn’t already stated, possibly know that our walks ae going to get deeper and deeper remember I said we are being shown the same material the original disciples were taught during their three years with Yeshua. Something referenced tonight was the Lord sent the disciples out without anything and they survived. I say to all learn to study the word seek information, if you have a question don’t be shy please ask I’m on Facebook (Watchman’s Trumpet), twitter (@robertrombough) as well I would hope and pray you will share. I find it amazing that commentators from 16th century are describing our churches of today. that shows me they truly were walking with Yeshua. Blessings to all.
Father you have shown the work we need to do as well how much Love you have for all, I pray and say thank you, Father, for your patience, compassion and support. Thank you, Father, for revealing if we walk with you Lord all things are possible. thank you, Father, for filling us with hope and the tools weapons and knowledge to continue working out our salvation. Thank you, Lord, for strengthening our nets polishing our lens reflecting your light into the darkness of this world. I ask Father you would rain down your blessings on all who read these articles. Thank you, Lord, for using me to share. In Yeshua’s name Amen.
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.