Good Day To All:

Hope you all had a good week... Lot's going on in this world we reside in... Grateful to know the conclusion to this madness, and that our Loving Creator has always had a plan... Those called into His glorious Light certainly benefit from knowing God's objective, and that at some point His intervention will be experienced by those opposed to Him... To ultimately bring all of humanity out from under Satan's spell... Which of course the mystery of lawlessness has been propagated, and embraced by mankind as a way of living life through spiritual seduction... To ensure the devils control over what has been a mostly deceived mankind throughout the ages has occurred to one degree or another... May we continue allow ourselves to grow in grace, and knowledge of God's Word, our Beloved Savior.. So as to see through the devil's clever schemes as we rely upon God's Spirit as our Guide, and strength...

God has always meant for His prophetic Word to benefit those willing to accept the proper interpretation of historical events that have taken place, are taking place, and will take place... Of course not all contained within God's version of prophetic events are positive of course, and there are those who would prefer to ignore, pretend that such declarations within God's Word will not apply to either their present time, or have already occurred from some of the personal interactions I have had with quite a few individuals... People in general want to believe a narrative that generally will assuage their fears of the this world being turned upside down, and changing in such a fashion that would cause dramatic hardship...

How one views the reality of the world we live in rather than living within a mindset that wants to believe a false narrative is not healthy from a spiritual perspective.. Especially when reality does set in.. This does not mean living a life of fear as God does not give us His Spirit to live in a state of anxiety, or dread... But our Father in heaven does want us to be wise in preparing, and be spiritually sober to the reality of what is transpiring in this this fallen world... Humanity has taken true knowledge about our purpose for having life that has been made available to us, and for the most part discarded it simply because of the hedonistic spiritual state that is a reflection of the world we live in..

Our Wonderful Redeemer has reached out to humanity, and warned us of the pitfalls of sin, as well as the need to repent through the gospel within many nations.. But it seems those nations where the freedom to receive the Truth about spiritual redemption through the Son of God is taken for granted.. With physical prosperity, or the seeking of material wealth has blinded many to the spiritual reality of just how volatile our world is... Or to believing false narratives, and solutions that at best are temporary measures that apart from God ensure Satan's control over the nations... As our Loving Savior declared it would be through the Word He represents...

Sin has a way of blinding one from the consequences, and like a drug, permeating that person's state of being by convincing that individual more of the same is needed.. We are seeing the results of habitual sin... The normalization of depravity, and debauchery is leading to hating God, and all that pertains to Him or glorifies I AM in how one should strive to conduct themself... Having been warned of this occurring long ago within God's Word through His prophets must not be taken lightly, nor shunned simply because one does not want to reflect on such matters...

Preparation on a Spiritual level will be neglected, or even worse be non-existent within one who is ill prepared for what will be the most trying time humanity has ever faced... Especially since what was formerly mentioned within this letter will lead to ones faith in God being put to the test as being hated for our Savior's Name sake will be the result of lawlessness defining the majority of mankind's spiritual well being..

Jesus was falsely accused while on earth in the flesh, and as scripture points out quite clearly, those faithful to the very Word He represents will be as well... So Spiritual preparedness through our Savior is of utmost importance during these volatile, and delusional times is essential.. Those prepared in the Spirit of God will not be found wanting.. But consistently hopeful in His return at the appointed time God determined long ago...

This is why being eternally grateful that God is longsuffering with mankind, as we have all been guilty of having done so... In the midst of a spiritually lost world, the light of God shines brighter within those whose primary focus is on His presence within them... One can allow for the world to affect their spiritual well being to the point of allowing into one's being some of it's evil characteristics...

Even if one has the knowledge of right, and wrong from God's holy perspective, that does not mean that individual will allow for HIS character to reflect that from within themselves.. We can fool ourselves by making excuses for having not loved our neighbor as we do ourselves... Allowing for an unhealthy hate to set in to the point of hardening one's heart to what God deems right, and good...

One example of allowing for the carnal state of the flesh to supersede the love of God within our own personal spirits is the prophet Jonah.. During our bible study last week, we covered the fact that this man was a prophet of God.. But not a prophet that was for God entirely... Therefore not trusting God, and His Word entirely through His merciful judgment upon the people of Assyria within the city of Nineveh... The people of Nineveh were not the only one's being judged by God, and in His mercy wanting to give them an opportunity to repent... But His prophet Jonah was in need of spiritual correction as well...

Judging by how Jonah reacted to God's show of mercy to the inhabitants of this city, this prophet needed his Creator's guidance even more so... Jonah's hatred for the Assyrians was not based on God's viewpoint of how HE judges the nations... Therefore this man was in complete error, and was not relying upon God's Spirit to help him view the Assyrians with compassion, and the longing for them to repent in order to avoid destruction..

Jonah understood the depths of God's mercy.. But did not want the Assyrians to be granted forgiveness if they were to seek God's grace through repentance.. This man's hatred for Israel's physical enemy superseded what should have been a more thorough spiritual analysis of this situation... Looking at the Assyrians as one of Israel's foes, and problems that kept them from having a peaceful existence within their region was not a correct assessment of the situation from God's vantage point...

If Jonah's fellow countrymen would have been submitting to the will of the ONE they had made a covenant of obedience to, Assyria would not have posed a problem to Israel.. The inhabitants of Israel would not only have peace within their nation without the concern of any threat that Assyria posed... But they would experiencing inner peace for having been faithfully maintaining the Word of God within their nation by keeping up their end of the covenant made with the One Who delivered their descendants from Egypt...

So when God gave His prophet Jonah an order to warn the city of Nineveh of impending doom within a 40 day period if humility, and a change in their behavior was not sought, this man's carnal hatred for Assyria clouded his judgment... So Jonah decided to flee to the city of Tarshish to seemingly avoid his duty to God, and mistakenly believe that he could control the narrative...

But as we all know, by not carrying forth God's declaration to him, Jonah made it far more difficult than it had to be... Suffering, and quite possibly experiencing momentary death within the 3 day period Jonah spent within the belly of a great fish... Fighting the will of God is never a good idea as one will always lose, and bring forth undue hardship in the process... It was a sin for Jonah to forsake the God given responsibility granted him...

Jonah had essentially forsaken his Spiritual responsibility to God as a prophet, and allowed for the appeal to his physical desire to hate the Assyrians to cloud his judgment... So at that point in Jonah's life, God's prophetic Word did not matter to this man... Essentially he was a prophet that knew God's Word, but one who was NOT supporting his Creator's Word...

In fact, after having been forced to warn the people of Nineveh of their demise unless repentance was sought, Jonah was distraught, rather than joyful that they had actually submitted to God in a heartfelt fashion... Something, by the way, Jonah's fellow countrymen would fail to do despite the repeated warning of God's prophet to them.. Ironically leading to their conquering, and being taken into captivity by the Assyrians a few decades later... Not seeing who the real enemy was, being themselves...

Simply because of forsaking the commandments of God, the Israelites were indeed their own worst enemy... But when in a carnal state of being because of being defined by sinful behavior, one cannot possibly see clearly, and sadly a state of unhealthy fear sets in to the point of not seeing who is really to blame for the problems that beset that individual...

Jonah resorted to sulking, and feeling sorry for himself rather than looking at the situation from God's perspective, and seeing that the inhabitants of Nineveh were in fact in a far better spiritual position than even his own countrymen at that point in time... We know that in time the Assyrian Empire fell to the power that God granted the Babylonian Empire in order to fulfill what our Creator had already declared through His prophet would occur... Placing blinders on as it concerns one's viewpoint of themself, and blaming others for the problems that are a result of one's own sinful pattern of behavior has always been a problem for all of mankind.. And especially for Israel as scripture makes clear...

Jesus had to deal with this issue when confronting those from the tribes of Judah, and Benjamin during His time on earth in the flesh.. In fact HE died to ensure that redemption from this Satanic victim status, and not taking responsibility for one's own lawless behavior would be recognized, and overcome...

Our Almighty, and Loving Creator wants us to learn from the mistakes of the past rather than continually repeat them as humanity has done... When one makes the most important covenant with God they will ever make through His Son, and the righteousness that HE defines as the Word of God, this agreement supersedes any other agreement, or patriotic fervor one may have...

God's kingdom has never truly represented this fallen world.. Once sin was introduced into humanities spiritual state of being in time lead to Satan's influence as "god of this world" becoming more prevalent as His Creator allowed for... Our Savior made that perfectly clear when rejecting Satan's offers of giving him rule over what is his kingdom's of within this spiritually lost world if Jesus would have bowed down in reverence for the devil... Jesus also told Pilate when on trial for humanities lost souls that HIS kingdom is not of this world... Until our Savior returns to bring all under subjection of the authority of God Almighty, this is still the case...

We must not confuse the issue, and realize that a nation's fate is ultimately in God's hands, and does not represent the eternal kingdom of God... HIS kingdom of course is Spiritual in nature, and represents the perfection of our Loving Creator... God's kingdom represents eternity, and is without end in authority through our Creator's righteousness, and HIS alone...

This does not mean we do not appreciate the blessings God chooses in His mercy to bestow upon a nation we may just happen to reside in.. But when one is born again through the Son of the Living God, that individual has essentially become an ambassador of God's kingdom... Until Jesus Christ returns to establish God's kingdom on earth, this will always be how one lives their life who have made the everlasting covenant with God the Father through His Son....

Losing proper perspective in God's will only lead to disillusionment, despair, and even worse, the possibility of falling away from the will of the Father of all creation... Which has been prophetically declared to occur for some sadly within our Savior's sermon on the Mount of Olives... Matthew chapter 24 reminds us:

"9 “Then they will hand you over to [endure] tribulation, and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another [handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will appear and mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved. (Amplified Version)

As well as the inspired Word Paul received, and wrote of in his 2nd letter to the congregation in Thessalonica chapter 2...

"3 Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], 4 who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God." (Amplified Version)

We must ensure that an unjust perspective leading to unrighteous judgment of the world we live in, including one's own bias towards their nation, to cloud proper judgment does not occur within our own spiritual personal calling ... Looking at the world from God's always righteous vantage point help us to remain completely focused on His eternal kingdom, and our need to prepare to partake of the wonderful inheritance our Father in heaven offers those who are faithful to His Word, our Savior...

When not allowing oneself to be properly led by the Spirit of God, the flesh becomes priority, and spiritual weakness sets in as a result... This will inevitably lead to an unhealthy fear as well as longing to preserve one's own physical existence.. Even to the point of compromising, or outright forsaking the will of our Father in heaven, and the very purpose His Son died to ensure we could take part of the eternal kingdom of God Almighty...

Believers in the One True God through His Son must conclude in our hearts, and minds that no mere mortal or anything of the creation can save us from the impending judgment.. Only through Christ Jesus will repentance be granted in accordance to the will of our Father in heaven... Only through our Savior's righteous rule will humanity as a whole be granted the ability to understand the true knowledge of our Beloved God through the very Word Jesus Christ represents...

Jonah declared that he revered God in chapter 1 to those who were wanting answers from him as to why they were having to endure such a tumultuous storm as follows:
"7 And they said to another, “Come, let us cast lots, so we may learn who is to blame for this disaster.” So they cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 Then they said to him, “Now tell us! Who is to blame for this disaster? What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country?” 9 So he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I [reverently] fear and worship the Lord, the God of heaven, [g]who made the sea and the dry land.”

But at that point in time his disobedience in following through with what God had directed him to do showed otherwise.. Jonah's decision to forsake God's instruction for him almost cost the lives who were on board the ship that endured a storm of supernatural proportions.. One can declare that their lives are spent worshiping God, and have praises of HIM come forth from one's mouth.. But actions certainly can show one's declaration does not necessarily make it so... Jonah needed to learn from his misguided hatred, and allow for the love of God to help this man to grow in the grace, and knowledge of his Redeemer..

If one truly desire to be a temple for God's presence within them via His Holy Spirit, then of course complete submission to His council, and guidance is vital to maintain Him within those who desire to seek Him in Spirit, and in Truth.. But that of course is up to the individual, and how one's life is lived... Asking ourselves is it God's Spirit that one places their faith in, or am I relying far too much on the flesh as their strength, and guide through what is Spiritual in nature?...

Paul reminds us to discern between the flesh, and the Spirit of God is what will help one to maintain the Spirit of God within one's inmost being... For with God within one via His Spirit, this individual is definitely considered God's child, and will indeed develop the growth in Christ Jesus necessary in preparation for eternity spent with our Righteous Creator with complete submission to His teaching..

1 Corinthians chapter 3 reminds us of this as Paul was encouraging the congregation in Corinth to remember their reliance upon the Spirit of God, rather than the individuals who were actually misguiding them was vital for them to discern for their growth in Christ Jesus:

"9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (NKJV)

A reminder of how that we as individual believers are the only ones that can impede growth, or even cause our own destruction by decisions that are made based on lusts of the flesh, and the preservation of that which is temporary at any cost... Remembering that we cannot altar what God's has already decreed from His prophetic Word...

So rather than trying to change in a futile fashion what God has already decreed long ago through His prophets... We must ensure that preparation for what is sure to come to pass is exercised, and our fears faced, and overcome by the blood of the Lamb... So that God's peace, and unfailing love reigns within our own personal spirits with strength, and good courage being derived from HIS HOLY SPIRIT... The Spirit of God is our life, and the flesh is already destined for death... May our focus be upon the Eternal One as HE will never forsake us as long as we do not forsake Him.. Blessings, and peace through I AM our Savior, and the unfailing love shown us daily by our Great God in heaven..

Steve