The Indwelling Spirit of Biblical Christianity

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The Indwelling Spirit of Biblical Christianity is not understood by many who claim to be Christian.  What about you?  Are you indwelled?

Application, Pondering and Takeaways:

The Holy Spirit of God indwells—lives within—all who confess and repent of their transgressions (sins against God and His commandments) and surrenders their self-humanistic will to allow Jesus Christ to become their Lord and Savior.  With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one becomes a temple of God and will become a beacon of light and hope for a fallen world.

The indwelling Spirit is God’s pledge that one belongs to Him and is now a son or daughter that will be renewed in Spirit to the likeness of Jesus Christ.

To come to Jesus Christ your heart must be receptive and willing to surrender.  You are at a point that I like to call, crawling in the gutter of life, and crying out to God—your creator—for help. Many crawl in the gutters of life but few cry out to God.  Those who do cry out will be called by God’s Spirit to Repentance if they are willing.

What is there to surrender, you may ask?  You surrender your self-will to do the things your way—the humanistic ways of man—and accept God’s way—death to the physical worldly desires to be reborn in the spiritual ways that God intends for man to walk. You cannot come to Jesus unless the Spirit of God draws you to Him.

You will know in your inner being that you are being called.  That inner voice will be calling and you must obey His call.  Once you step out in faith, your burdens will be lifted. Your physical conditions may not be transformed but your mental condition will be.  You will be reborn of the Spirit—the new-birth / newness of life—and your life in Christ will began.

Your new-birth is not a feeling.  It is total Spiritual Transformation.  You will be set free, but you will be at the beginning of your journey, a baby, and you must be filled with God’s Word—the Bible—and the need for fellowship, in a Bible Believing Church, with other believers in the faith.

To read, study and mediate on God’s Word is a necessity for the born-again believer in Jesus Christ.  It is as important, maybe more so, than food is to the body.  God’s Word nourishes the Spirit and feeds the Soul.  With Spiritual nourishing your soul will die to the human need to be filled by the fleshly desires of man.

Over time as you read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will interpret passages that the Spirit knows you have need of for being His witness.  Your salvation is not for you alone.  You are to come out of the world of darkness and become a beacon of hope and light for those in the darkness.

As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you become a Spiritual temple of the creator God, a Spiritual member of the Body of Christ, and with all the other Spiritual followers of Jesus Christ you will become His Bride at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb prior to His Second Coming.  As it is written, “Greater is the Spirit in you then the spirit that is in the world—Lucifer, his angels and demons.”  You will have powers beyond that you feel you are able.  You will be persecuted, maybe martyred, for your witness.  However, God will never forsake or leave those who claim His name.

I am afraid that many who claim to be Christians are not indwelled by His Holy Spirit.  If you are not sure, talk with God.  He will answer you.

Let the lost of this world revile and persecute you. They do not know any better.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

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Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

Do Biblical Christians need a Religious Freedom Law?

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I am a Biblical Christian, and I do not personally have a need for a “Religious Freedom Law.”  As a Biblical Christian I believe in the Trinity of God, the Word of God (Bible), and I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who is “the way the truth and the light.”  “I am the way and the TRUTH and the LIFE.  No one comes to the Father (God) except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father (God) as well.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him,” John 14:6-7, paraphrased by author.

The Trinity of God is my life and my shield.  To be a follower of Jesus Christ and to testify that He is my Lord and Savior places me in the protective hands of Almighty God.  I have not been promised an easy road.  There will be trials, hardships, persecutions and maybe even death for those who choose to follow Christ.  There will also be true life lived on earth in the love of His Spirit’s leading if we follow Him on the “narrow path” that He calls us to walk.

Yes, laws are required because of the disobedient nature of man, but the Church of Jesus Christ, is His bride (man does not understand unless they have been called by God).  His Church is to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, and if all who claim to be His were truly following the Spirit’s lead, man would not need humanistic and legalistic religious laws.  This is my personal point of view and is simplistic in its very thought for the world is a very complicated and opinionated place in which to live.

My God revealed to man a standard by which he should walk in daily life. If man would submit, obey and adhere to God’s standards, there would be “heaven on earth.”

Jesus, himself, said that not everyone would enter the kingdom of Heaven.  Why, because of man’s disbelief and his desire for darkness—to live in the humanistic spirit of man— rather than light—to live in the spiritual spirit of God.

Man, however, chooses not to acknowledge, obey or even recognize the supremacy or the existence of God. His (Man’s) ways have always led to godlessness and immorality.  Look around you and even to history to see the evil and discriminatory practices man is capable of doing without God.

Look at America’s leaders today and even most of her people.  Are they men and women filled with the Holy Spirit who are honest and are investing their lives for the glory of the Risen Savior or are they simply lining their pockets with the materialistic pleasures of worldliness in all its many forms—greed, materialism, immorality, lying, envying and etc.

As a small business owner and as a Biblical Christian, I display a non-discrimination statement at my business site.  It is not just for display, but I try to live my life in a non-discriminatory way.  My statement reads as follows:

I am not anyone’s judge.  I consider the contents of my writings, my business dealings and my biblical beliefs to be non-judgmental.  I do not discriminate nor do I believe or condone any acts of discrimination against any person no matter what race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, Veteran status or any other status or condition protected by law.

Biblical Christians are to be beacons of light to those who are walking in darkness.  However, Biblical Christians are not to condone or approve lifestyles that are in defiance of the commandments of God—the Ten Commandments come to mind.  They should welcome opportunities to share the Gospel Message with all whom they come in contact for: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:23-24 NIV.

Love can change hearts; one person at a time. As a Biblical Christian, I must share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  If I refuse, I do not belong to Christ, and I will spend eternity in the “Lake of Fire.”  But, how can I share the love of Christ if I exclude myself from those who need His love and forgiveness?

As quoted in the scripture above, all mankind are sinners.  Sins are acts of the “fleshly” nature of man that are outside the will of a Holy God, and as sinners man cannot enter the presence of God.  Fortunately, “Jesus Christ chose to be the propitiation and atonement for man and by His shed blood on Calvary gave those who choose to obey Him forgiveness of all past, present and future sins.” What a savior is the living God. Do you know this forgiveness?

It is unfortunate that a vast majority of people who claim a religious affiliation practice their sect’s doctrines of faith which in many cases are discriminatory and in some case cruel and unjust. Look at the infighting among those of the various Islamic “beliefs.”  You will find the same in Christianity and Judaism.   “Religious” people in many cases give God a bad name because of their non-loving, judgmental ways.  Are you one? You can change but only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Are you willing?

Again, God did not promise an easy road for those who serve Him. In fact, He said there would come persecutions and even death to those who proclaim His name. Biblical Christians should live a life that people would want to emulate, as in be like, so they can have the future HOPE that a true believer’s life hopefully exemplifies.  Please rest assured that Biblical Christians are not perfect, but with Jesus their life is secure in His promise to return for them.

As for me, God is in my heart, and all I need to do is follow His Laws and Commandments and to allow the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to lead; if I do all will be OK.  I do not need a religious freedom law because I have a higher Law than man’s law.

So, I say to all the “cultural Christians,” those who are not possessed by Jesus Christ in that they have not made Him the Lord of their life, who are trying to help God through acts of their own humanistic spirit, Stop It!  The humanistic spirit is not a spirit of “TRUE LOVE” for their fellow man.

The antichrist spirit is alive in America and in the world, but only the Grace of Jesus Christ can bring about true, “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control, (Galatians 5:22)” in one’s spirit.

Those are my comments for today.  How about you?

If you have questions or comments, email me at bt@northloopcottage.com or visit: www.theindwelling.com or www.twitter.com/closetchristian.

 

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

Resurrection Morning: What do you believe?

// The following mini-sermon is rather lengthy, but it is my heartfelt message to those who are “burdened and seeking rest” from the trials and tribulations of life. Jesus Christ can give you peace and rest for, “His yoke is easy and His burden is light and you will find rest for your soul,” Matthew 11:28-30 paraphrased. I have placed my mini-sermon on both my blog site (www.spirit.theindwelling.org) and my web site (www.theindwelling.com). It is my sincere hope that you will prayerfully read and if felt to respond will do so.  I enjoy reading testimonies and life journey stories of those who have found joy in their hearts through the acceptance of the Gospel Message.  All responses are considered confidential and will not be shared with anyone.  Thanks!  //

Resurrection Morning: What do you believe?

I am going to do some meddling in this my “Easter Message” for 2016 to all my beloved friends.  It is my hope that you will accept it in the spirit of love and not in the spirit of hate or bigotry.

As Christians throughout the world pause to celebrate Easter or Resurrection Sunday (the resurrection of Jesus Christ), the majority will simply remove Jesus Christ from His tomb for a moment of remembrance while the minority will faithfully worship and proclaim Him as their risen Savior. For those who do not yet claim or possess Him, now would be a good time to consider Jesus’ deity and His offer of forgiveness of sin and His promise of eternal life before you once more returned Jesus to His tomb for “another year of rest?”

On many occasions I have been privileged to hear the testimonies of Foreign Missionaries and stories of how their fears were removed once they surrendered totally to the Holy Spirit.  To be afraid is a natural human emotion that all experience.  I was ashamed and afraid to share my testimony for an extended period of time in my life while professing to myself that I was a “born again Christian.” I refer to that time as my closet Christian period and use www.twitter.com/closetchristian as my twitter account login to remind myself of that time.  One day my eyes were opened, and I could see His light shining through the cracks around my closet door. I opened my door and allowed Jesus Christ to enter and life has not been the same since.

I can testify that you will remain afraid to publicly proclaim the name of Jesus as long as you seek to witness in the reliance of your own human power. But, there is a better way, and that way is to let the Holy Spirit within you be your guide and confidant.  Today my testimony is simply this: Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died on a Roman cross for my sins and was resurrected from death, and will one-day return to take me to my heavenly home. My Journey has been long and to tell of my journey takes time. However, my journey is not my testimony, but only the pathway I have trod through life. I have written extensively about my pathway of life and use my journey experiences as the Holy Spirit directs.

But before we continue, it would be helpful if you profess to be a Christian to answer the following questions (Be honest with yourself and with God): Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?  Was your life changed when you accepted the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ? Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you accepted the Gospel Message? If you received the Holy Spirit, have you surrendered your self-will and are you allowing the Holy Spirit to impart to you wisdom, knowledge and spiritual guidance?  Have you had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that changed your life? If the answer is “NO” to each question or to any question for that matter, you may want to reconsider your salvation experience—it may have been an emotional experience rather than a life changing born again salvation experience.

Every believer that accepts the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Unfortunately, many new Christians are never told explicitly how the Holy Spirit’s indwelling is manifested in their lives and therefore never claim His awesome power.  You may be a new Christian or a “seasoned Christian veteran in longevity,” but you may lack spiritual power and have been or are presently ineffective because you were never discipled.  That is, you were never taught how to accept, recognize or hear the various mediums used by the Holy Spirit and spiritually claim His power.

Whether you are a relatively new or older Christian in your walk, it is not too late to return and find forgiveness and to allow the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling to change the dynamics of your life from relying on your human nature and its frailties to relying solely upon the Holy Spirit.  Repentance and revival can refresh a stale or non-active spiritual relationship.

Start your new journey by rededicating your life to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.  Then, pray with confidence that God hears you and that God will answer your prayers.   Praying is simply talking to God.  You can do it anytime and anyplace and the more you do the more it will become second nature to you.  Once you begin your prayer life in earnest you’ll always be “twittering in prayer” with God through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.    Do not do all the talking but learn to listen; listening for God’s revealing moments is learned by practice.  As a new Christian or as a seasoned veteran, God’s indwelling will not take you where you have not been prepared to go or to where the “situation” may not have been prepared in advance (By prayer and the working of the Holy Spirit) for your coming.

One of the more important aspects of your preparation must also include Bible study.  One must absorb the scriptures and dwell upon them.  The Holy Spirit will not only use passages from your Bible reading and study to direct, comfort, instill wisdom and knowledge, but He will also bring to your mind remembrances and examples of how to live a righteous life.

There are probably endless ways in which the Holy Spirit interacts with true followers of Jesus Christ.  God’s Spirit works within the boundaries of your human abilities although supernatural abilities may be given as the Spirit determines for the situation at hand—personal indwelling or church ministry calling perhaps.

The personal indwelling aspect is simply the Holy Spirit working within each believer to conform them, through the Sanctification process, to becoming more like Christ.  The church ministry callings—teachers, ushers, deacons, and so forth—are supernatural “talents” or perhaps existing natural abilities in leadership skills made available to build the body of Christ—the Church—on earth.  Scriptures teach that within the body of Christ believers are given spiritual gifts to accomplish the mission He sets forth.  You can read about these spiritual gifts in Corinthians.  Christians will be given these gifts as the Spirit so discerns.  Just as each individual is indwelled by the Holy Spirit each church is also indwelled by Holy Spirit filled believers (individuals) and the Holy Spirit Himself who implants the mission ordained for them by God.

Church groups are not good at helping their members recognize their spiritual gifts that are to be used within their church fellowship.  They generally confine their help in the form of Spiritual Gift Questionnaires that seek to identify “gifts” based upon input from those completing questionnaires.  It would be my suggestion to let God identify your abilities to you rather than depending upon questionnaires that are to some extent biased toward the human attributes rather than the spiritual.  In other words, your human nature is prone to exaggerate or deemphasize traits as they seek to self-identify areas of opportunity that they either want to do or chose not to do.

God speaks through the Holy Spirit in many ways.  In my case, I may be merrily working away when suddenly an inner voice suddenly but gently says, “Speak!”  Speak to the situation at hand in other words.  For instance, you may be in a grocery line, in a group meeting, or sitting silently reading when you hear a command that might take the form of a sudden prodding to engage someone in conversation, call someone on the phone or stop what you are doing and start doing what your inner voice tells you to do—maybe immediate prayer for someone.  Do not simply dismiss the thought or talk yourself out of doing what has been commanded.  Step out in faith and simply do what the Spirit was leading you to do.  As you train yourself in listening you will began to recognize the Spirits interactions and become better able to discern between the Holy Spirit and worldly spirits.

Believers are reminded to test the spirits that manifest themselves.  If you are ever wooed to follow or accept a principal outside the teachings of Biblical Scriptures (the Bible), do not follow the spirit’s lead as it is a deceptive spirit of Satan.  As you positively respond to the Holy Spirit and learn to distinguish unholy spirits, you will begin to listen more intently and with purpose and more importantly, you will learn to listen to the True Spirit of God.  Ultimately you will be drawn closer to God in Spirit and in Truth.

Another way the Spirit may speak is through the interpretation or recalling of Biblical scriptures as described earlier. You may be reading from the Bible when a scripture you may have read many times suddenly takes on a new meaning, to you, that reveals a spiritual revelation or interpretation of a once unclear scripture.  However, before scriptures can be brought to your mind, you have to have actually been a reader of the Bible.  How many Christians fail to study the scriptures much less even read from their Bibles on a routine basis?  As has been written by other authors, the Bible is the Christian’s roadmap that contains wisdom and knowledge of both the spiritual and physical aspect of life.  Of course, the Bible will just be another book to those who have not been drawn to Christ.

It is impossible for me to list all the ways the Holy Spirit may speak to an individual.  While we are all unique in our mental and physical attributes, the Holy Spirit will speak in terms that anyone who has claimed the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ can understand.  It may be that an unsettling restlessness within you may be the Holy Spirits means of getting your attention or drawing you to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.  As you learn to exercise your Godly Spirit it will become stronger and stronger until one day you will be truly walking with God in your daily life.  I think this is what Paul had in mind when he wrote that believers should work out their salvation.

It is being reported that many Muslims are coming to Christ as a result of dreams they have where the Jesus of the Bible calls upon them on a personal level.  You may experience a similar encounter with God—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Never underestimate the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.  However, do not fall prey to “New Age” type movements that seek to invoke or call up spirits that you can see and interact with on a spiritual plane that deny Jesus Christ and Biblical teachings.

Biblical Christians are called to proclaim the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ.  Silence is not an option for these Christians.  Their faith must be shared despite the possible loss of family members and friends.  At the final call—death—the only thing that will matter is whether Jesus Christ was declared to be Lord and Savior by you in your life.

Jesus Christ is the Biblical Christian’s High Priest.  Jesus is the only way to God, and Jesus is the only way to heaven (His proclamation, not mine).  If you claim there are other ways you may go to the “heaven of your god,” but you will not go to the heaven of the God of Biblical Scriptures—the Holy Bible.  The Christian Bible is of absolute no use (other than being a good moral code) to anyone who does not believe: (1) the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ—Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, crucified for your sins, died and raised from the grave—and (2) Jesus Christ is the only pathway to heaven.

So, what is your religious standing during this time when the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated? Will you be taking Jesus out of His tomb for the day only to return Him until next year or will you, or have you, allowed Jesus to remain outside His tomb as the resurrected Son of God?

You may be reading this as a non-believer or you believe but have never publicly trusted Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life.  If you feel God dealing with your heart and soul and asking you to trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, step out in faith and accept Him. It is very easy to do and the following bullet points will tell you how:

  • Confess that you are outside the will of God and confess your sins to Him. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23 NIV.
  • Believe that God reconciled (You cannot appease God nor save yourself through good works because you deserve death for your transgressions.) you to Himself through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23 NJV.
  • Believe and accept the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ—“…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve.  After that he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep…, “  1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NIV.   “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Romans 10:13.  “That if you will confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” Romans 10:9 NIV.
  • Accept God’s Grace and His Grace alone for the redemption of your soul and turn from your worldly life of sin and disobedience and walk in newness of life that will be available to you as you accept and allow the Holy Spirit to spiritually indwell, lead and comfort you all the days of your life.

Remember, by grace you are saved and not by good works, and the only pathway to heaven is by Jesus Christ and Him alone.  “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast,” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV.

You must confess Him if you are to become His disciple.  “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown before my Father in heaven,” Matthew 10:32-33 NIV.

Please do not return Jesus to His tomb.  Earthly trials and tribulations will soon come and Jesus Christ will only guard your soul and spirit if you are His and His alone.  He may not choose to protect you from physical death if it is meant for you to die as a martyr for your testimony, but He will protect you from eternal spiritual death.

Write to me and tell me of you salvation experience and the testimony you will share with others.  It will help you to better understand how to share your “new spiritual birth in Jesus Christ.”

If you have questions or comments, email me at bt@northloopcottage.com or visit: www.theindwelling.com. or www.twitter.com/closetchristian

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

Christianity, the Good News and Bad News

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Is your soul burdened and heavy laden with the hardships of life?  There is peace in Jesus and in Him alone. Have you been told?

Pondering Thought:

“To believe on not to believe the Truth of Biblical Scriptures (the Holy Bible)?” is the question you must answer if you want to find rest for your soul.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” NASB.

Billions of people live lives without hope and have never heard the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. All Disciples of Jesus Christ have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and are members of Christ’s Church—bodily temples of Jesus with Him as their head—here on earth.  They have assurance in a future eternity as the Bride of Christ and will one-day reign with Him.  Because of their blessed hope they seek to follow Christ’s words to ”Go and Teach” and to spread the Gospel Message to all those who are being called by God.

It is sad, in my opinion, that too many Christian church members (the cultural and worldly type) feel it is enough to just know about Jesus and to keep Him to themselves as they go about their daily activities of living. Is this your life? If so, you may be in danger of hell’s fire and brimstone and do not realize it.

To possess and be possessed by Jesus Christ and to live for Him is what true Christianity is all about.  Are you living this life and are you telling others? If so, you are carrying out the commission Jesus gave to His followers.

Application, additional Pondering and Takeaways:

Right up front I want to tell you I have some bad news to deliver.  “People in the know” about the delivery of good news / bad news scenarios claim you should give people good news up front and follow the good news with the bad news.  Otherwise, they will hear the bad news and turn their minds off to any good news that follows.  They are probably right, but I have never thought about it one way or the other as it relates to what comes out of my mouth or even what I put on paper.  As for you or others, I haven’t a clue about how anyone would react unless they tell me.

First, the bad news:  All men (men and women) are sinners; they are outside the righteousness and will of God.  All will die, all will be buried, and all (those who do not possess Jesus) will be raised at the Great White Throne Judgment to face God’s righteous wrath and judgment.  All will be judged and declared guilty of their sins and will face eternal punishment in the lake of fire if their name is not found written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life.”  That is the “bad news” of Biblical Scriptures, in a nut shell, as I understand from my reading.

Now, the Good News:  All who fall under conviction for their sinfulness; all who willingly repent of their sins; all who accept the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ: Jesus was born of a virgin; Jesus died on a Cross for the sins of men, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day and was seen alive by more than five-hundred witnesses; all who are Baptized by the Holy Spirit and receive a new spiritual re-birth (to be born again); and all who allow the Holy Spirit to give them wisdom and knowledge and who follow His will for their life, will  not face judgment on the Great White Throne Judgment Day as those who could but would not repent.

They will, however, appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, not for their sins, because Christ bore their sins with the shedding of His blood on the cross, but for rewards for the deeds done in their bodies after accepting the Gospel Message. You are eternally saved by the Grace of God by Faith; you trust in God’s Propitiation, Justification, Sanctification and Glorification and not by your earthly works.

To live in the human, fleshly body is to live in “immorality, impurity, evil desire, greed, idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech, lying, and other such passions of the body.”  In Jesus man is given a new spiritual nature empowered by the Holy Spirit that gives wisdom and knowledge and the ability (if the soul so desires to walk in the newness of life) to “control” the fleshly passions.  In Jesus the new, born-again spiritual indwelling allows man to have a heart of “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, a forgiving spirit and love.  All men lived in the old nature before receiving their new nature; the new nature can be obtained by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.

What could be any simpler than the Good News statement above?  Absolutely nothing; however, man has his own ego and must do as his human, but not spiritual, nature leads him to do.  He is insistent on adding or subtracting from the Good News in order to support his own desire to live a fleshly life of personal pleasure rather than a Spiritual Life as a child and son of God.  God’s way will ultimately lead to man’s righteousness and fellowship with his creator.   Man’s way only leads to judgment and eternal punishment.

Man in his own moral and religious self-righteousness will not accept God’s morality given to him for his own protection from mental and physical diseases and eternal judgment.  The Old Testament records that sexual immorality is sin—a sin against a man’s own body.  The sinful person can be cleansed from these sins with their confession and repentance and the acceptance of the Good News described above.  This is pretty amazing if you honestly think about it— all by simply accepting and living the Good News.

One final thought.  If man would simply adhere to the Biblical principles of the Bible, without trying to pick and choose to suit their own human natures, most of the physical, mental, educational, social and economic problems faced by today’s generations would not exist.  Biblical principles work for those who have faith to believe there is a God. They do not work for a people and a nation that has cast God out; wrath has been prophesied and it will come for those.  Follow biblical prophecy and current news events if you are up to the challenge.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

To find out more visit: www.theindwelling.com.

If you have questions or comments, email me at bt@northloopcottage.com or bst@theindwelling.com. Visit: www.twitter.com/closetchristian

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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Morality Code of Cultural Christanity

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Pondering Thought:

// Today my thoughts center around “Cultural Christians” who profess Jesus with their lips but do not know Him in their hearts.  They are: Christians in name only who are not indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit; Christians who do not believe the Bible is the Word of God and who are ignorant of the power of the Written Word; Christians who have no witness or testimony;  Christians who are as worldly, some even more so, than non-Christians;  Christians who do not believe that Jesus Christ is the only pathway to heaven;  Christians who believe good works and good works only will get you to heaven; Christians who are condemned to the Lake of Fire and do not realize it.

I will use the “Christian” name, below, in various ways while trying to make the point that True Biblical Christians—those saved by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and indwelled by the Holy Spirit—, not Cultural Christians, as defined above, are the only ones who have the fruit of the Spirit—“Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control” —are the true righteous that are the Bride of Christ (Let the true follower of Jesus Christ understand). //

Let me begin by asking this, “What morality standard is required of the Christian in today’s world?” Is it a man-made standard that has evolved over time to meet the ever changing norms of society (Cultural Christianity) or is it the unalterable standard God established in His Word, the Holy Bible, some two thousand years ago (Biblical Christianity).

I believe most “Cultural Christians,” even those who vote the Democratic Party Platform (I am guessing there are quite a number of “raised eye brows and neck hairs about now, HA! HA!),” a platform that condones murder (abortion), sexual immorality (the new morality) and godlessness (there is no God), and believe they live by a moral code that is humanly derived to meet the morality code of today’s generation. A code, however, that is not God ordained.  They may or may not believe in life after death.  If they do their view of having a life after death is obtainable by doing more good deeds than bad deeds.  Cultural Christians believe this, Muslims believe this, as do other faiths; however, Biblical Christians do not believe this.  Cultural Christianity is the spirit of the natural, rational man.

Of course, a person’s world view is formed by many factors: personal morality standards, religious convictions, political views, tolerance for the intolerable, and so forth.  Each person battles every day to survive in whatever circumstances they find themselves.  How one views their circumstance is primarily governed by their learned attitude (I believe some are just born bad), be it good, bad or indifferent. Mainly, though, is whether or not they truly believe there is a Creator God.

For the American Christian, either Biblical (In righteous standing before God) or Cultural (In unrighteous standing before God), your time is fast approaching when you too will be tested to determine your standing in God’s eyes. As you witness the horrific plight of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world who are being murdered, crucified, raped, burned alive, decapitated, enslaved and tortured by numerous other forms of depravity by the followers of apocalyptic Islam (the true Islam), rest assured your time is coming.

American’s Government and her people are complicit in this present evil darkness by their refusal to acknowledge evil and call evil what it is, EVIL.  Yes, America’s Judeo-Christian heritage has fast eroded since 1950. God is quickly being removed from man’s sight and hearing. It is even being taught that America was not founded by God fearing men. Yet, there is no outcry from the Christian Community.  Christians have remained silent, huddled in their “TOMBS,” called Houses of Worship.  Many manmade church structures are now simply buildings of apostasy (the worldly way) where a religion of good works and deeds is taught as a way to eternal life.

Soon Christian, your own government will be coming for you.  Will you stand your ground as children of the Most-High God or will you continue to remain silent condoning immorality and unrighteousness as acceptable by today’s worldly standards?

Christian, do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe Jesus is the only pathway to eternal life? If not, you have been deceived by the dark forces now at work in today’s houses of worship and in today’s worldly society?

You must decide today, not tomorrow but today, to repent and return or turn, whatever your case may be, to the Light of Jesus.  Jesus, in His sermon on the Mount, said, “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:20.  The Pharisees of their time, just as the religious pious of today’s world, were just “white washed tombs” on their way to hell and not to heaven. Jesus said this to the Jews, but I feel it has application to today’s Churches.

Now, on your own you cannot be righteous.  If you accepted the Gospel Message—Christ was born of a virgin, died on a cross for your sins, and rose from death on the third day according to the scriptures—you will receive the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit; that is, if you truly believed you are saved by God’s Grace and not by human works.

The Holy Spirit enables you to do the work that God has planned for you as a believer.  If you are indeed indwelled by the Spirit, you will testify and serve the Creator God.  Are you indwelled by the Holy Spirit?  Do you have His Testimony?

So, my friends, if you claim Christianity will you or do you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?  Have you surrendered your self-will to God’s will, or will you remain a cultural Christian and surrender to the ways of the world? The choice is yours to make.

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Who is Jesus and why is He so hated by the world?

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Tweet as limited by characters: “What is it about Jesus, the God-Man born of the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is the Son of God?”

Desired Tweet: What is it about the prophesied Jewish Messiah, Jesus, the alien God-Man born of a surrogate mother, the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is TRULY the Son of God?  Do you believe?

Pondering Thought:

Jesus, the prophesied Jewish Messiah, is the alien “God-Man” born of the Virgin Mary, the first recorded gestational surrogate mother¹ in the first century, A.D. Jesus was not formed in His mother’s womb by the fertilization of human sperm and egg. Jesus was miraculous formed by the Creator God and placed within Mary.

Because Jesus had no genetic ties to earthly man, even though biblical scriptures list linage from Joseph and Mary, He was without the sin-nature of earthly man.  Born of a virgin without man’s sin nature, Jesus was the sacrificial propitiation (“A sacrifice that satisfies God’s demands of judgment for sin,” NSAB definition.) satisfying the righteousness of a Holy Creator God. He willingly died but rose from death to become the Lord and Savior for all who would confess Him. This is the definition—at least the understanding given to me—of the biblical Jesus of the Bible at whose resurrection the Church of Jesus Christ and Biblical Christianity had its beginning with Jesus as its chief cornerstone.

Story Line:

If you dare to utter the name of Jesus in today’s secular, humanistic society, the neck hairs of most will bristle like that of a dog who perceives danger.  Why such hatred for one who taught: ”love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind; love your neighbor as yourself;  treat people the same way you want them to treat you; do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; forgive others before seeking forgiveness from God; neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” (The quoted words were paraphrased by author and taken from the Bible book of Matthew.)

The Biblical Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God, was not a terrorist whose Apostles were trained to spread and promote hatred, violence, or the overthrow of governments. Jesus came to give the good news of Hope to lost souls living in darkness, to spread love and peace toward one’s fellow man, and to offer atonement for sin.  Because He claimed to be the Messiah, the religious zealots of His day had him killed to silence His condemnation of their bigotry and pride.

So I ask again, “Why is Jesus so hated by the world.”  I’ll tell you why. It is because of ignorance, deception by the spiritual forces of darkness, distorted truth, lack of faith in a Creator God, Biblical illiteracy, man derived traditions and disbelief of the authenticity of Holy Scriptures by “Cultural Christians” who practice their “man derived religions” instead of the “religion of faith and mercy taught by Jesus. Others, the worldly, simply are blinded by their inability to believe in the TRUTH of a Creator God but will and have believed the LIE of a created being called, Lucifer, Satin or the Devil.

Additional Thoughts on Tweet, Ponderings, or Story Line:

“Cultural Christians,” I like to call them, have given Jesus and Biblical Christianity a bad name over the centuries and especially in today’s world because of their denial of the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.” They choose to follow their humanistic spirit; they continue to “do what is right in their own sight” rather than surrendering their self-will to the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

All of today’s non-Biblical Christians of all denominations have so blended in with today’s society and worldly customs that it is hard to find one who will: 1) study, meditate upon and acknowledges the Truth of Biblical Scriptures, 2) accept the leadership and Indwelling of the Holy Spirit., 3) in faith, totally surrender to Jesus Christ, 4) deny their own humanistic self-will and follow the pathway and directions (no matter how insignificant or how grandiose they may seem to be) given by the Holy Spirit.

Regrettably, Cultural Christians have no testimony of the Risen Savior, no testimonial of what Jesus has done in their lives and no lifestyle that might encourage those who might be seeking or needing God to want to emulate. In other words, Cultural Christianity and the Worldly are the same in that they rely upon humanistic values, ways and customs.

While Cultural Christians may have knowledge of Jesus they are not possessed by Jesus and have never been Baptized by the Spirit nor filled with the Spirit.  They are lost and without hope; thinking they are walking the “narrow path” to heaven and eternal life when, in the words of Jesus, they are on the “broad road” that leads to destruction.  A Christian without a Testimony of Jesus’ saving grace and who will not “profess Him before men” is just another man lost in his own humanity.

What do other faiths, namely the big three represented by Judaism, Biblical Christianity and Islam, claim about this biblical Jesus? Lets briefly consider and compare the person and deity of Jesus from these three faiths because the biblical Jesus is seen by each from a different perspective; each have a religious view that most people lack in understanding but whose followers are dead certain, if they have a personal view at all, that theirs is the correct one.  I will do this with a “wide brush” as all faiths have within them numerous proponents of differing views all considering themselves to be the right one.

Judaism does not accept Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one, prophesied in their scriptures (Old Testament / Torah).  The religious leaders of Jesus’ time, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had Jesus crucified because “they claimed” he blasphemed when he claimed to be God (God’s Son). They do not see or acknowledge the Old Testament scriptures (probably the most notable being Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12) that Isaiah (a major prophet of Judaism) prophesied of the coming “Exalted and Suffering Servant—that Biblical Christians see as Jesus—as being their awaited Messiah.

At the second coming of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of God’s TRUTH will be placed in the hearts of those Jews, the elect who are still alive, and they will at last acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.  “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Unfortunately, before the second coming, the prophecies of biblical scriptures tell of one final Jewish persecution that will surpass the persecutions of Jews that occurred during the reign of Adolph Hitler. The Jews are God’s chosen people.  They forsook the Covenant God made with them; however, He will restore them at His Second Coming and protect a remnant that will enter His one-thousand year reign on earth.  Study the biblical scriptures through the Indwelling Spirit and all this will be made understandable.

The Gospel Message of Biblical Christianity is founded upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His second coming.  If Jesus did not arise on the third day as eyes witnesses attest, there can be no Christianity, no God the Son and no “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

Biblical Christianity is the only faith that does not require your good deeds to outweigh your bad deeds in order to be approved by God.  God’s mercy alone through the shed blood of Jesus atoned for your sins.  In Jesus you become a child of God.  You are redeemed and by your confession and repentance; you are sanctified and indwelled by the Holy Spirit; and, at Jesus’ second coming you are glorified and will spend eternity in His kingdom all because of His Mercy, not your good works.

The Islamic Jesus (Isa) is considered one of ALLAH’s important prophets but not his son.  The Old Testament and writings of the Apostles of the first century were available to Muhammad (Allah’s messenger and considered the perfect example for all to follow). Even though Muhammad’s writings contain tenets of the biblical scriptures and elements of their end time prophesy, their similarities are only related because of Muhammad’s lack of understanding and interpretation. Most, if not all, of the biblical scriptures he rejected as distortions and untruths.

The truth about Jesus according to Islamic literature is briefly summarized as follows: (from Wikipedia)

  • “Jesus is not God’s son and was not God in the flesh. Allah does not have a son.
  • The Quran claims Jesus was physically carried to heaven by Allah and that one day he will return. Jesus did not die on a cross for the sins of man. Allah delivered Jesus from death.
  • Jesus was merely a prophet. When he returns he will return as a Muslim and follow Sharia Law. Jesus will refer to the Mahdi—the Messiah—as greater than he.
  • When the Mahdi—the final Caliph of Islam—returns, the Islamic Jesus will also appear and will declare what was written about him in the Bible to be a distortion of all truth. All Muslims will be required and obligated to follow the Mahdi.
  • Jesus will remove all crosses, and will kill all Jews, Christians and all who will not bow down to Allah. Jesus will help destroy the Masih ad-Dajjai (false messiah).
  • Jesus will return to earth, marry and have children and then die. He will be buried next to Muhammad. “

While the Jews await their Messiah, Christians await the Second Coming of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and Islam awaits the Mahdi and the prophet Jesus, the world abounds in turmoil, death and destruction by the hands of men who endeavor, as written earlier, to do what is right in their own eyes and according to their own faiths.”

All three great faiths have their differing views of the “historic Jesus” of the biblical scriptures. Now the question to be asked and answered is: “Who is Jesus to you?  Was he just a prophet, a mere delusional man or was he truly the Son of God?

If Jesus did not arise from death, the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit—is a religious farce contrived by man.  If there is no resurrection then there is NO Biblical Christianity and NO “one pathway” to eternal life.  There can still be the man made “Cultural Christianity” of today’s world that offers no hope and no relationship with a Living God, but it is not TRUTH so who needs it or who, better still, even cares. Man is just an animal who will live, die and whose decayed bodies will return to the earth.  There will be no eternity so “eat, drink and be merry” for that is all you’ll get out of life.

Islam like Christianity and Judaism has varying doctrines and understandings regarding a supreme being.  Just as there are peaceful Muslims and Christians, there are also Jihadist, radical “non-Biblical Christians” and a spectrum of believers within each group.

It is my belief that Biblical Christianity is the Truth.  There is no radicalism, savagery, homophobia, brutality to be found in the words of the Biblical Jesus.  There is to be found a new spiritual rebirth that changes lives, gives freedom and liberty, and guarantees eternal life.

In this life you can have a Spiritual Heart of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and a personal relationship with the ‘Living God.’” But, only if you will claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and allow the Holy Spirit to indwell you.

Or, you can retain your own human heart with its lusts and covetous desires and live in a world of “evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness (lying), and slanders among a long host of other acts of the human flesh if you claim the worldliness of humanistic logic and thinking.” The choice, of course, is yours.

As for me, I have accepted by faith and declare unashamedly Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.  He can be yours if you will accept Him in faith and belief.

Those are my thoughts for today, what are yours?

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¹ “Artificial insemination first made surrogacy possible. A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm.  A gestational surrogate has no genetic ties to the child. That’s because it wasn’t her egg that was used. A gestational surrogate is called the “birth mother.” The biological mother, though, is still the woman whose egg was fertilized, and the biological father is the man whose sperm was use in the fertilization process.” Definitions were taken and paraphrased, in some form or the other by the author, from: www.webmd.com.

Tweeted: If there is no God…..by ClosetChristian

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If there is no God as most now believe, what difference will it make as to how one treats his fellow man? Without God, animalistic survival of the fittest will dominate the societies of the future.  Visit,www.spirit.theindwelling.org, for additional insight.

 

Pondering Thoughts:

If you do not believe in the Creator God of Biblical Christianity, there is no reason not to live as you please as there is no eternal life after death that awaits you.  To live as you please in the now will allow your mind (and thus your animalistic, humanistic nature) to satisfy your every whim and desire.  While what you have just read is how many of today’s Americans are trying to live, it is only a “falling back” to the pagan days of old, and anyone with discernment knows how those days ended.

There is a moral code taken from selected biblical text (Judeo-Christian beliefs) that many choose to follow; however, humanistic pleasures—drug use, alcohol use, pornography, sexual deviances, lying, cheating, greed, lust, envy, jealousy and the like—will come to dominate and control those who have no belief in God and even to those who once believed in a higher power.

The American people’s transition at all levels of society and government from the 1950’s to today, 2015, reveals how quickly the removal of the God of America’s founders (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the I AM that I AM Creator God of the biblical text—The BIBLE) has led to the spiraling death toll that now grips America.  If you do not believe that America is in decline, bury your head back in the sand.  That is to say, continue to believe in the lies being spoken by the progressive, secular left, humanistic supporters and leaders of the political party platform (I believe that’s the Democratic Party) that promotes baby killing, sexual immorality and slavery to government programs for all who desire a BIG government with a “Pig Trough” from which the masses can feed.

Story Line:  If there is a God and life after death, how does one obtain that life?

There is a story in the Bible of a “Rich Young Ruler” (sectional heading in Matthew 19:16-26) in which Jesus tells how a person can obtain eternal life. Jesus is the Son of God to all Biblical Christians and to enter into His Kingdom His way of entry is specific and must be followed.  To all others, Jesus was just a prophet, a good person or simply a good “snake oil salesman.”  A non-Biblical Christian would have to follow the pathway to their heaven as specified in their doctrines.

I point this out because over the centuries, cultural and apostate Christians have given Jesus a bad name.  Jesus preached a gospel of love toward His fellow man.  Not a gospel of hatred.  A belief in the Trinity of God—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit—transforms lives.  No other religious belief can transform lives, forgive sins, and provides for the healing of body, soul and spirit. You can find more in-depth study at: www.theindwelling.com.

Now, let’s get back to the story. In this story, Jesus was asked, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life,” Today, more than 2000 years since this question was asked of Jesus, the same “mindset” remains.  That is, “How many good deeds will I have to perform over my lifetime in order to gain eternal life / enter heaven?”

The man in the story called the Rich Young Ruler acknowledged to Jesus that he had kept all the commandments that Jesus listed as the answer to his question.  Those being: “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus’ response was to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor.  Then, “Come, Follow Me.”

Apparently, the Young Ruler had many riches and possessions so he left Jesus, “going away grieving.”  Jesus’ words to his disciples were: “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (a portico entrance through the city wall or perhaps a real needle) than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Hearing this the disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?”  Jesus’ response was, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Application of Story:

Let’s ask some questions of ourselves.  “What actions are being taken on our part to obtain eternal life? Did we accept the Gospel Message?  Does the Holy Spirit of God live in us? Do we do more good deeds than bad deeds? Do we attend church on a regular basis? Do we go to confession?  Do we refrain from cussing, drinking, smoking, doing drugs, committing immorality or adultery? Do we love our neighbor?  The list could go on and on and each one of us could possibly produce a list of things we believe God wants us to do in order to obtain eternal life.

The biblical answer, however, is quite simple.  Salvation and entry into the kingdom of heaven is through God’s Grace and His Grace alone. There is nothing you can do in your own power to remove the guilt or remorse you feel from past, present or future sins committed against God or your fellow man; “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. Jesus paid the price on the cross for your sins—he suffered, died and rose from death to redeem you.  You only have to accept His Grace.

In the story Jesus told the Young Ruler to sell all that he had, give it to the poor and to follow Him.  I believe Jesus was telling the Young Ruler of His time and to us today that we must place Him (Jesus) above all our possessions.  Our lives are in His hands and no quantity of materialistic possessions are to become more important than Jesus.

Have you or will you make Jesus your Lord and Savior and number one in your life. Lives are changed for the better every day by those who follow Him and Him alone.

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Walking in the Spirit of Brotherly Love

Walking in the Spirit of Brotherly Love

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Jesus Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me,” Galatians 2:20.

To become a son of the living God through Jesus Christ and to walk in the Spirit is unfathomable to the human nature of worldly men (men and women) —those who refuse to believe in the Trinity of God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) —revealed in the Bible, the Word of God.

If there is no belief in the Word of God, mankind could consider creation and all the “visible and invisible qualities” of life itself. Only a fool would believe that life as we know it began in a cesspool of muck eons ago. For a more rational and scientific explanation of God’s creative acts versus the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin, visit www.creation.com.

Those who have tasted the living water, “…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst,” John 4:13, truly will never thirst.  They will gladly lay down their life as witness to their newness of life (born again life) and as partakers of the fruits of the Spirit—the Spirit instilled in them with their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and with their crucifixion of their self-will.

Those who walk in the Spirit become Temples of God: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God,” 1 Corinthians 7:19.  Also consider these words, “…You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in US, so that the world may believe that you sent me,” John17:21. On earth Holy Spirit filled believers are the body of Christ, the Church.  At the Rapture they become the Bride of Christ in His heavenly glory and will return with Him at His Second Coming. As the Body of Christ they are to administer to one another in brotherly love, and they are to do His will as the Spirit calls.

We all share the scares of life in the inner most parts of our souls.  The loneliness, hurts, regrets of life lived in the human nature are many and varied. Thus, In the flesh we have natural physical attractions and emotional human attachments: love, grief, pain, happiness and etc.  But, they are never satisfying.

When you walk in the Spirit of the born again life you will meet others who, like your, are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. You will meet them on “higher ground” in the new spiritual nature and not in the human nature that is prone to sin. To live in the Spirit within the body of Christ—His Church—with brothers and sisters in Christ is indescribable and addictive.  When you experience His Joy you are able to share your testimony of life, be nourished by likeminded believers and truly be equipped to minister to the elect and to unashamedly share the life changing Gospel Message of Jesus to those who come into your pathway.

There are many, so many, that remain lost in the “Cathedrals” of man-made buildings excluded from true worship by the blindness and bindings of cultural Christianity. If they could only accept the Truths, repent, and by faith believe in the Son of God, who is Jesus, life would be different and earth could become a more peaceful place as we wait upon the Lord’s Second Return.

May you in this Christmas Holiday Season give thanks to the Creator and sustainer of life.  Jesus gave His life for you.  Accept His Mercy and Grace and chose to live in the newness of life in the born again Spirit. Answer His call. You will never regret your decision.

Those are my thoughts for the day, what are yours?

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A new beginning for the spirit.theindwelling.org

Hello, my friends.

The “spirit.theindwelling.org” blog site is back online.  Nothing should have changed; however, all—as in everything—went away around the first of December.  I have only myself to blame.  Against my better judgment I trusted in a marketing sales pitch. Since I thought I was doing a simple upgrade I failed to verify, with technical support, “the actual upgrade process”. Trying to migrate from one web design package to a “newer and better” design from the same provider proved to be an “Obamacare experience.”

But, all is OK.  I have the companion web site back on line.  You can find it at: www.theindwelling.com  or www.theindwelling.org. It is not “newer or better,” but it works and that is all that is important. It is still in the construction / repair stage so be aware. The old blogs are no longer accessible on-line.  I do have a backup of all my blogs, but they are no longer available as file achieves.

I am encouraged that so many registered users are re-registering before I have made my first post. Yes, I also lost my registered user file (I have a hard copy) as part of the upgrade process.  My promise to my registered users remains the same: I will not contact or make available my user email addresses or names to anyone no matter what the reason or purpose. Why? I have many users in locations where Christianity is not tolerated or permitted, and I would never put anyone at risk to persecution.  However, I will answer emails that request a response, but I will not reveal the confidentiality of any correspondence.

Jesus said, “…I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life,” John 8:12 NKJV. It is my prayer that you are walking in the light.

Let me hear from you.