LOWLY: 1. humble in feeling, behavior or status 2. modest; unpretentious 3. evolved to only a slight degree
“…thus says the Lord God, ‘Remove the turban and take off the crown; this will no longer be the same. Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high (Ezekiel 21:26, NAS).”
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls (Matthew 11:29, KJV).”
“I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit… (Isaiah 57:15, NAS).”
“For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar (Psalm 138:6, NAS).”
We must each look at ourselves with new vision – Kingdom Vision – with the ability to see things supernaturally as does God because our fleshly (human) vision limits us greatly hence impairing true clarity about any given situation.
It is imperative that we acknowledge the magnitude of the filth of our personal sin nature; how unholy, ungodly and unclean we are before we received the grace of God. You personally, just as I, offended our Sovereign Lord prior to humbling ourselves before Him. God says that each of us were His enemy when He died and rose again; when Jesus allowed pain, sorrow, and death to come upon Himself. Jesus had to face being forsaken by His Father, and He did all this for you and me before we were thought of or had ever committed our first sin. He died for us knowing we would rebel against Him, but He did it anyway because of His unfailing, unwavering love.
Bear in mind that He died and arose for our overall sin nature that was birthed through Adam, not just individual sins. If we view things from the standpoint of “my sins aren’t as heinous as so-an-so” we could justify the idea of “so-an-so needs Christ’s grace and forgiveness far more than I. I’m okay compared to that scoundrel!” Understanding the fact that He died for the nature of sin in us ceases the “who is better than whom” game. Outside of Christ, we are all sin-sick and destined for hell therefore the playing field is level for all, all needing grace, all needing forgiveness.
With what Christ did on the cross, the entire world for every generation is now completely forgiven! In fact, if we are going to be sticklers about it, one should never pray, “O God forgive me of this or that.” We are already fully forgiven. What should be prayed is something like, “O gracious God, I repent of _______ and I position myself to fully receive and apply to my life the forgiveness You gave to me at the cross of Calvary.”
The forgiveness is not presently given at your confession; it was previously given a long time ago. The repentance of sin for a believer is simply an act of humility (lowliness; acknowledging our error and need of grace) on our part that ushers back into our lives the open door to God. In this, you will begin to realize that it is actually blasphemy against His death, burial and resurrection to perpetually beat yourself for your past as though your sins are too terrible for His provision of forgiveness to be sufficient. As hard of a concept as it may be, God has made it simple – readily accessible.
Forgiveness of self comes only through recognizing one, the magnitude of the sin nature that needs forgiveness in order to stand before and become united with our Holy God as one, and two, recognizing the boundless love the Father has bestowed such a wretched, loveless, sinful people (you and me). We must see God’s truths as facts as He intends instead of insults as Satan intends. Seeing truths as facts allows us to remain unemotional and clear minded concerning them, but seeing them as insults keeps us bound in emotionalism which leads to “I’m not worthy therefore I am too tainted to come to Christ.”
We must see everything from the heavenly perspective and not the earthly lest Satan come in and pervert truth through human pride and selfish thinking. Satan wants you condemned, full of shame, and walling in self-pity. God wants you delivered, redeemed, and set free from all that waylays you. Humility as Christ Himself was humble will usher to you into the lap of holiness, purity, Christ-mindedness, and true fulfillment of peace and joy.
Hope you’ll come back next week for the continuation of this study!
Peace and blessings,
Alexys V. Wolf
By Neil Anderson
Copyright© πίστις 2013
Me: Do you acknowledge Jesus as being truly God?
Satan: Of course I do as do the demons, it is only foolish humans that do not.
Me: So why do you think so many people refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord?
Satan: Because they want to live any way they choose doing what they want when they want to, works for me! It makes my job easier.
Me: Did you really temp Jesus?
Satan: Of course I did! If Jesus would have accepted my offer of all the kingdoms of the earth being His to rule we would not be having this conversation because I would have won!
Me: How do you figure the earth and its’ kingdoms are yours to give?
Satan: When Adam disobeyed God his dominion over all the earth passed to me. You did notice that Jesus did not say I was wrong when I offered Him MY kingdoms right?
Me: Did Jesus truly die on the cross?
Satan: Yup He sure did, I was there and had a hand in that…one of my finer moments.
Me: But then on the third day Jesus rose from the dead…
Satan: Oh…yes that was a really bad day for me. He was not supposed to come back to life that really upset me. I’m still angry about that day.
Me: Lets talk about the people of this world. Why do you temp people so much with so many evil things?
Satan: HA…don’t make me laugh! Have you not read James? That miserable cretin got the picture right away.
Me: Explain please…
Satan: People believe (at least those that believe I exist) that temptation originates with me. It does not it originates with the people I tempt! I only encourage all those foul thoughts that are already there in their minds.
Me: So we are to blame for the temptations that overtake us?
Satan: Precisely…that is why most of the world is mine! I just encourage all those bad thoughts, those actions that people know they really should not do.
Me: What are your thoughts about prayer?
Satan: I HATE prayer! Then people don’t listen to my “suggestions” so easily. So don’t pray people and do not read the Bible.
Me: So you DO believe the word of God is real and powerful.
Satan: Ummm yeah unfortunately I have to. People have been using that book against me for a long time. The Apostle Paul did lots of damage and he used to be on my side!
Me: So the Pharisees were your children?
Satan: That’s what Jesus said.
Me: So what about those who do not even believe you are real?
Satan: That is one of my finest works! I deceive and lure people to their deaths…permanent separation from God Himself and they do not even believe I exist…I love it!
Me: But the Bible says you are real…
Satan: True it does, but people have to actually read the Bible and then believe what they read. I deceive people into NOT believing what the Bible says. And then they argue over what is real and what is not…I whole-heartedly encourage this!
Me: So do your deceptions also work on Believers?
Satan: Oh my yes! Many believers in God do not want to acknowledge that true evil exists…after all a loving God would not permit that now would He…
Me: So you are evil then?
Satan: No no…of course I’m not! I just give people what they want! You only have one life to live after all!
Me: True…but the question is where are we going to live our eternal life?
Satan: With me! It will be one big party with friends!
Me: Oh come now Satan, you know that is not true! According to the word of God hell is anything but a party, it is a place of eternal suffering.
Satan: People don’t believe that.
Me: But it is true nonetheless. Why don’t you give your life to Christ and have your sins forgiven and be set free?
Satan: NEVER!! This interview is over!
This is of course not real, but the principles of this interview are. Satan is a master of deception even among people who DO believe in Christ. So many do not believe in Satan because they are blinded by the fact that God DOES allow evil. I did not say God causes evil, but it IS allowed…for now. You have only to look around you at the world in general to see that this is true.
So you have two choices: believe that there really is no God because of the rampant evil in this world…or you believe that God is real in which case you MUST believe that God allows evil things in the world. If God be God, and He is all-powerful, then it only stands to reason that evil IS allowed. Evil in this world was and is brought about by the sin of man…so no one should be blaming God for it!
The rightful ruler of this world has allowed it to be ruled by Satan…for a time. If you read your Bible you know this. But that time is fast drawing to a close. We live in the end of the End Times. It will not be long before the return of Jesus Christ to this world once more.
So where do you stand? Have you given your heart and soul to Jesus, or are you still serving Satan? You cannot have it both ways you know. Your Father is God Himself, or your father is Satan…choose this day whom you will serve! Not making a choice IS making a choice. You will NOT have a second chance after death as some teach! If you die today without having accepted Christ, your fate is sealed…hell for all eternity.
There are no scare tactics here as I and many others have been accused of but rather simple facts. You cannot serve two masters, and God will not be mocked! You serve Him, or you serve your father the devil…Satan.
No matter what sins you have committed, you CAN be saved! Do NOT wait until you are “better” to except Jesus. This is another lie fostered by the father of lies Satan! Jesus will accept you as you are; no matter what you have done if you come to Him truly repentant of the things you have done. If you have lived 70 years as a wantonly evil person…God will accept you as His child provided you come to Him and repent of what you have done and ask His forgiveness! Hitler himself had he dropped to his knees and earnestly prayed for forgiveness would now be in heaven…that may offend some of you but it is the truth!
No fancy words are needed, just pray…tell the Lord you are sorry for your sins and ask for forgiveness. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today! Accept that Jesus death on the cross was enough to pay for your sins. Place your trust in Him, not yourself or your works that are of no value without first trusting in ONLY Jesus to save you. If you hear His voice calling, do not wait another moment! Commit your life to the only One who can save you, Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins, meaning that you change your life and live the way that God wants you to no longer living the sinful life you once did.
Yes it really is that simple. God will give you the strength to change! True change comes from within, the power of Christ within you once you have accepted Him.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
- Poor Doubting Thomas by Josh McDowell (rockministriesnpnaz.com)
- Betty’s Verse Of The Day/10-23-13 (togodbetheglorybettysverseoftheday.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 28:17-19 NKJV – All authority, every victory is Yours. (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
- Thomas the Investigator (biblescienceguy.wordpress.com)
By Neil Anderson
- 2 Timothy 1:8-14 Hold onto what Christ has given you (fairfieldparkcruisader.wordpress.com)
- Jesus, the only way, in 2 Timothy 2 (4simpsons.wordpress.com)
- II Timothy 2:19 (kristiann1.com)
- Gently instruct… Thoughts On Being A Pastor (isaiah556.wordpress.com)
Commentary by: Gordon King
Hello folks! May God bless you and fill you with his wisdom, courage and strength. For we are living in trying times, the times of the end of an age. This is a time for Christians around the world to wake up, take a stand and live for Christ. That’s what it means to be a Christian. We are the temple of God, therefore we must let God work through us with his Holy Spirit.
God loves us all so very much. He is our provider, counselor, healer and savior. We are his children. Together we form his church, his bride. We in turn must show our love for him. We must give him all of the glory and praise. Only he is worthy.
He has chosen us to be faithful. To live for him in love, truth, kindness, mercy and forgiveness. For the time is quickly coming when we will be riding on white horses, clothed in snow-white linens with Jesus in the clouds. Riding from heaven to earth to fight the enemies of God Almighty. He needs faithful and true servants to follow him into glory.
Stand up and proclaim the message of God. Spread the Word, the truth and the light. This is our command and our commission from God. This is the reason for our being. To spread God’s love and mercy in a lost world.
I know that I keep saying this, but time is so very short and the evil in our world is increasing daily. This is true. The return of Christ is close at hand. Let us awake from our slumber and serve our God. If you have walked away from God, then the time is now to turn around and run back to him with open arms. Run! Don’t walk…Run! He will embrace you with his love, forgiveness and in celebration!
Let us drink from living water, eat from the bread of life and rest our souls under the wings of the Lord. He is our shelter and our protector. He is always with us and will never forsake us.
The closer we get to God, the more the enemy will try to stop us. Stay strong and know that God is with you. Have faith in his power and words. For his words have life and his Spirit is strong. Keep the faith, put on the full armor of God. Be prepared for battle with the enemy.
We must expose the evil in the world, shine our light into the darkness! Spread the truth, the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Share the Spirit of God with all you meet. Give to the poor, feed the hungry, give water to those that thirst, comfort those in pain, visit the lonely, help the lame and infirm, bring peace to conflict. Show the fruit of the Spirit of God, share his love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, peace, joy, gentleness and self-control.
We as Christians are the “Children of God”. We are the children of the “Creator of the Universe”. How awesome is that?! Think about that for a moment. We are made higher than angels. We shall judge angels! We will spend eternity with God Almighty! I cannot even imagine it, because I know that my mind cannot even comprehend what such a time, place or situation will be like. I think about it often, but it will be so much more wonderful, beautiful and magnificent then I could ever imagine! The overwhelming of love, joy, and peace. Incredible!
So be faithful to the one who has given you life. The one who has given you eternal life and everything that you have ever had or will have. God Almighty, Jesus Christ! My love pours out to you Lord. I know the love that the Lord has for us. I have felt it before. Overwhelming love, joy, peace and comfort. I have been anointed by God. I know what he means when he says that he is living water. I have felt that living water rushing through my entire being. It is better than words can even say. It must feel so much better when we are in heaven with him.
Love God. Praise God. Worship God. Follow God. Trust God. Believe God. Live for God.
If you are not yet saved, please read the prayer below and accept Jesus now!
- Do You Feel Empty, Suffering, Hopeless? I Have the Answer! (vineoflifenews.com)
- Brothers and Sisters in Christ (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- The answer is Jesus, by Karen Rowe Oct. 11, 2013 (fggam.org)
Commentary by: Gordon King
Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is a time of trials and tribulations. It is not yet the “Tribulation Period”, yet it is a time of much tribulation. The times are destined to only get worse the closer we get to the return of our great and mighty Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are truly blessed to have one another for encouragement, guidance and worship. We are “The Body of Christ”. Amen
Let us stand together in unity and fellowship. Strengthen each others faith. Teach and instruct each other in the truth of God’s Word. Our time is short. We have been chosen to live in the “end times”. I am honored and blessed knowing that God has chosen me to live at this time in history. The last thing that I want to do is let God down.
Let us follow Jesus daily, walk in the light and give him all of the glory! If you are a Christian who has walked away from the faith, I strongly encourage you to return to your heavenly Father. He will not only welcome you back, like the prodigal son, he will run to you as well with open arms in celebration! That is how much he loves you and wants you to stay close to him. At the same time, he has given you a free will for you to make your own decisions, so the choice is yours.
If you are truly a born again Christian, you will want to serve the God of the Universe. With that being said, if you are truly a Christian yet walking in darkness, you may be deceived. Many of us have walked away from the Lord, including myself. I have paid the price, believe me I have. Return to your Father in love and repentance. Make sure you are doing what he asks of you when he returns. For no one knows the day nor the hour. Only the Father in heaven knows. But I can tell you that we are in the season. So repent and return to your Savior! Don’t let him find you walking in darkness on that glorious day.
God is so good and he loves us so much! Our God is great, forgiving, merciful, loving and kind.
Let us be Christ like, let our light shine in the darkness. Let us treat our Christian brothers and sisters with love, kindness, mercy and forgiveness. After all we are a family. We should be reaching out to one another with the love of Christ.
I send my love out to all of you! God Bless each and everyone. Maranatha!
- Brothers and Sisters in Christ (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)
- People of The World Awake! Wake Up!!! Before it’s Too Late! – A Letter to Unbelievers (vineoflifenews.com)
- The Awful Reality Of Hell (vineoflifenews.com)
- Christ Our Friend – John 15:15 (theloveencounter.wordpress.com)
- Calling All Christians, The Holy Spirit is Moving! Wake up! (endtimebibleprophecy.wordpress.com)