To love people isn’t to yield to helping them in whatever endeavour they are working on or choosing. If their preoccupation isn’t that of a hungry heart but rather a worldly/fleshy seeking, then they aren’t ready to receive and appreciate the Holy Spirit’s flow of love and life. If they are after material things, it is because they are not desperate for God’s love - they are still full of themselves. To continue to show God’s kindness to those who keep taking the grace of God cheaply is to indirectly encourage them in their false/evil pursuits in life. If they are grieving God the Holy Spirit in us then we shouldn’t ignore God’s will and emotions and continue to aid in their rebellion by agreeing to serve them regardless (just so that we “act” as “nice Jesus” who loves everybody “regardless”). The Lord Jesus Christ wasn’t always “nice”. He rebuked the Pharisees and got righteously angry in the Holy Spirit. Those who profess Christ yet live seeking the things of this world are in GRAVE danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and DENY our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
They profess to know God, but they DENY HIM BY THEIR WORKS. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:16)
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. (Revelation 3:17-18)
If you are not willing to die to yourself, fearfully go through the trials God is ordaining for your growth and strive against sin and rebellion, then you aren’t ready to have Jesus be your LORD. He can’t be your Saviour without also being your LORD. God is NOT mocked - if you say “Jesus is Lord” then live it by obeying His commandments in the Spirit! You MUST mortify the deeds of the flesh: Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Our love to people, in the Holy Spirit, is to draw them to Christ - for all that the Holy Spirit does in us and through us is to the glory of Jesus! If we do things for the sake of being “nice” and “loving”, just because we “think” that is what Jesus wants, then we are walking in religion and presumption. That is NOT faith in the Holy Spirit and whatever isn’t of faith is sin. If our hearts aren’t “truly” open towards fulfilling a need by someone and yet we go on and do it regardless, then we aren’t doing it in the Holy Spirit - it is us doing the deed and not Christ in us. If He is quenched in us towards a specific person, then don’t force your way through to just accept/agree doing whatever they are asking you to, so that they won’t be upset or because you care to maintain your “image” as a “good person who follows Jesus” - such accommodation is evil because it seeks to receive honour from man. Let the Lord do the work through you and then you will know that it is done in FAITH because your heart will be open; you will be sure that what you are doing is pleasing to God’s character. Do NOT ignore His will and emotions - if you have the Holy Spirit, you will know!
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)
God doesn’t have a senseless will in His word. He is a Person who has an EMOTIVE will. To know God’s emotions, we must have His word become ALIVE to our souls by the Holy Spirit. That is what a personal relationship is. To know God’s character and live 24/7 wanting to please Him BASED ON His life in us - Him revealing Himself to us personally, in Spirit and in truth! Without knowing what God is feeling, having both His heart and mind, we walk in darkness and our conscience needs to be washed clean by the blood of Jesus!
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. … Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 2:9-11, 1 John 3:15)
Do you have eternal life in you? Do you know God in Spirit and in truth? Do you know His EMOTIVE will or only His letter? The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life! (2 Corinthians 3:6)
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
Let us SEEK to KNOW what God wants us to do and not just do whatever someone else is asking us to do under the pretence of wanting to be “nice and loving like Jesus”. Listen to the Holy Spirit in you and be discerning to what God’s will is. Being nice is FALSE HUMILITY. False grace at the expense of truth/righteousness is disgraceful and dishonouring to God. Do not let the devil deceive you with his crafty ways, using the word to falsely accuse you and make you feel condemned. Be strong and courageous and seek to follow the LORD God Almighty!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
We NEED to have GRACE in our hearts if we are to KNOW what God wants us to do in EVERY situation.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:6)
Do ALL things as unto the Lord. Ask yourself, “Is this thing I am doing or want to do honouring to God? If I do it, will it please Him or will he be indifferent about it because it is of the concerns of the world? Is my action pulling people to Christ in the Spirit or is it just an action that satisfies their carnal wants and desires?”
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Do you have family members that ask you for fleshy things? Serving such “wants” just because they are family DOESN’T mean you are honouring the Lord. Don’t fall for the “nice and accommodating Jesus” lie. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
God is true, pure, spiritual love in the Holy Spirit. He is not the “human love” we are acquainted with. Do not confuse the two.
Jesus is full of grace but He is also full of truth. One at the expense of the other misrepresents Him to the world. That is why we must always seek to walk in the Spirit, allowing Him to speak or act, and not our flesh or carnal minds. Faith rather than presumption.
God bless you all. May the Lord give us courage and discernment, to walk in the Spirit always. Amen.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:6-10)
If you don’t spiritually see Jesus Christ as the embodiment of the Father, then you are praying to an unknown false god. The good shepherd is the Father in the Son as One in the Holy Spirit.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:14-18)
Faith or presumption? Do you truly believe or are you make-believing yourself into believing?
"The difference?", you ask?
True faith works through love (Galatians 5:6). That means it has been created, developed and shaped by God’s love. Have you felt God’s love in your heart regarding a specific thing? Or are you “believing” things willy-nilly? That sort of faith is called DEAD faith. That sort of faith is mere mental assent or presumption. It doesn’t go out of the way to comply or to obey God’s voice. Yes “voice”, not just “word” - for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
God’s love is the substance of Himself poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It isn’t a concept that we comprehend or experience by our own works. It is God’s work in us. It is His undeserved and unmerited grace.
Do you believe then that your husband will be saved? Do you believe your mother will be saved? What about your friends? Do you TRULY believe it in the Holy Spirit or are you believing with your mind? True and living faith is the faith of God Himself in you - telling you of things yet to come through His LOVE being shed abroad in your heart. Faith that says, “God WILL do it”, rather than “God may or can do it”. Seek such faith. Seek to know God personally!
Many of our dear family members and close friends will perish. Do not let presumption rule in your hearts. Seek to know what the Lord’s will is and how He wants to use you to bring people around you to repentance. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Many who go to churches will perish. Many who you meet everyday will burn in hell. And we face them, talk to them, chat to them, without being filled with the Holy Spirit, that we may convey to them the heart of God, that we may bring conviction to their hearts, that they may repent and not perish. And those whom the Lord shows us will not never come, let us stay away from them - for what does light have with darkness? Yes, we are to greet them and love them, but not continue to build close friendships with them. They don’t belong to us. They are way gone - past the point of no return. Such people God will show us and we should be attentive to His voice and His will, and just move on.
If we are not walking in the Spirit, ready to die to self, we won’t allow the Lord to speak through us and warn the people. If the people are seeing our nonchalant, apathetic concern for their souls, when we deal with them, not conveying to them the seriousness of their horrific end, what reason have they to fear God? What reason have they to turn around and repent? Surely it can’t be that bad! After all, I am talking to them about the football game or about the yummy meal. Do I really care for them? They are going to perish for eternity! We ought to be walking in the fear of the Lord for these people. Their souls are perishing every second of the day.
May the Lord break us, humble us, make us nothing in ourselves, that we may not care about man - what they think about us, what they do to us - that at least some may come to know the fear of the Lord through us and be saved from such a tormenting end.
Jesus paid it all. He loved them. He gave His life for us. And we ought to be ready to give our lives for others too. It can only be done by His grace; for there is POWER in the blood of JESUS. We need to believe it. We need to not let the things of this world deter us from the TRUTH. Jesus is coming back soon and He wants us to be ready, vigilant in His work, not fearing death for He already conquered it for us. And He promised us, “He who began a GOOD work in you will finish it”. Let’s seek His face. Let’s learn to trust God and face our fears. And it is all by His grace, but we should desire to see people saved and desire to see the end of this evil age, and desire to live in another realm in which there will be no more fear or pain or sorrow or tears - an age to be lived in the bosom of the Father and our King, the Lord Jesus Christ!
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:3-8)
Believing in God’s unconditional love in Christ results in a state of rest and a surrendered will with a content soul. That is when precious works happen, for it is Him that does the works in us. We serve with a heart filled with love and gratitude to our Father in heaven.
Fearing God’s judgement and condemnation results in a servile attitude, that of a slave and not a son, seeking to please Him in the flesh - producing works as filthy rags. It is akin to trying to justify the sincerity of our faith by doing “good” works. Bribing God. The motive of the heart isn’t right. If true love isn’t the driver, it is meaningless - for it means that God isn’t the One doing the work in us - He is Love and whenever He acts we know that He is the One doing the works.
When works are done by Him in us, they are done in reverential humility before God, bold respect before man, and carry with them the fruits of the Spirit. That is the difference between doing works in the authority of the Father, and doing the works in the flesh (unsure, indifferent, confused, uncommitted, demanding, selfish, etc.)
Should we then do nothing until we enter that restful place? No. We still seek the Lord, meditate on Him as we go about our day, read the word and even serve one another. But the service should be done in faith - for whatever isn’t of faith is sin. If we don’t have the faith for a particular job, we won’t be doing it in love, and it isn’t God in us who is doing the work but rather the flesh to please man - it isn’t done as unto the Lord. Faith doesn’t happen by coercion or by mental analysis. Faith is the work of God in us.
Serve in the way that the Lord has shown you and given you peace about. Be faithful in the little things until He gives you bigger things to do - Him doing them in you and not you working up your flesh to do them in your own power and understanding. When we do the work ourselves we feel good about ourselves, having achieved, boastful in the flesh. That isn’t God’s way. When He does the work, all the glory goes to Him with heart-felt joy as our Lord, Savior and King!
Yes we are to die to our selves but even that the Lord does in us. I am willing to die to self in love. I don’t believe God is asking us to die to self by choosing just about any cross. He gives us the cross to carry and He also gives us the love/grace to labour. Without the grace, there is no spiritual vision to make us see the joy set before us. Jesus endured the cross because He saw how by suffering, great joy will come to those whom He loves. Likewise, we carry our cross and die on it by “seeing” how suffering will bring about great joy for those whom we love. If there is no spiritual vision about a particular cross, then there is no conviction of life by the Holy Spirit, and thus there is no “true” heart-felt motive to die on that particular cross. God gives us the cross to die on. We don’t just choose any cross. Otherwise we are doing things based on our own understanding and not in faith of the Spirit.
To repent is to believe in God’s unconditional love in Christ’s sufficient blood. Repentance isn’t to try and do good works. It isn’t to work on your “sin list”. It is to “believe” in God as our Father through Jesus who loved us eternally and said “it is finished”. Now we wait on Him with expectation - that He who began a good work will finish it. Repentance indeed produces good works but emulating “good works” do not prove a repentant heart. One can do a “good work” and still have an evil heart of unbelief.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:24)
Love cannot be generated at will. It isn’t the same as service. Love is the substance of God and it is poured into our hearts by Him, at His will. When this happens, faith builds up and we see the power and awesomeness of God, thus being able to be bold in Him, knowing that whatever we ask for in Jesus’ name we will receive. Those are the precious works.
A proud heart resists the grace/love of God. Thus to receive more of God’s love we are to humble ourselves by facing our fears and shame.