Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Doctrine of the Tale Bearer

Doctrine of the  Tale Bearer

First Written on 21th December 2012

Posted Jan-29th, 2013
Shan Sharma

The KJV translation of Proverbs 11:13 shows Solomon using the coordinating conjunctions “but”   to show direct contrast between the subjects of the two independent clauses which form the part-a and b of the proverb. The word talebearer is the subject of the first independent clause. The word רכיל (Rakil) used in the original Hebrew text is derived from רכל (Rakal) which means to travel for trade. Therefore, the English word “talebearer” seems to be a single word used to represent two words in Proverbs 11:13a i.e. רכיל הלך which means a traveling slanderer or a scandal monger. Revelation 12:10 mentions that Satan is the accuser of the brethren, who desperately tries to destroy and wound people by tale bearing.
The sole purpose of Satan’s activity of slander is to place Cockatrice eggs (Isaiah 59:3) into the conscious, sub conscious or unconscious parts of a person which from there on will be incubated by the old sin nature of that person as he/she chooses to use negative volition as they receive slanderous information believing a lie rather that the truth of what the word of God has to say about the mind of Christ. The Hebrew text צפעני בּיצה (Bitsiah Zaphoyni) is translated in KJV as Cockathrice’s eggs, where צפעני is a masculine noun referring to a viper (a poisonous serpent) which is a figurative representation of dangerous, destructive people. In this doctrine Satan’s activity promotes spiritual corruption through slanderous activity, which must be discerned and spiritually rebuked from within to stop and eliminate the possibility of it bearing eggs in our memories and producing rebellion, which is a departure from the mind of God.
Romans 16:17 and 18 states:
Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

1.       Who do I avoid?
I avoid whom I mark spiritually for causing division and producing an offence contrary to the doctrine. They may use good words and fair speeches to deceive the hearts of simple people.

2.      What does “mark them” mean?
Mark them in Greek is described by the word σκοπέω which means to take aim at which here is a figurative speech to imply regard, consider, take heed.

3.      What kinds of words are used by these people who we are to avoid?
Good words (χρηστο+λογία (Krestologia)) i.e. employable, useful, gracious and kind discourse, which has continuity whereby a person if follows it, is lead from state to state of deception. And, fair speeches (εὐλογία (Eulogia)) which refers to elegance of language, religiously benediction, by extension benefits or largeness.

4.      How can I show Gods love towards them?
By marking them and not making false peace with them. This shows sincerity which reveals the mind of Christ and Gods love for righteousness (Heb 1:9)

5.      What problems can come when we become sentimental in our relationship with them?
Sentimentality can make a person choose peace over division which is contrary to the word of God as follows:
a)     Proverbs 20:19 meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Where meddle is translated from ערב which means to intermix, or to traffic / exchange by the means of barter, mingle, give pledges etc.
b)     Proverbs 23:6  Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats.
c)      This matter invokes various scriptures such as Amos 3:3 which clearly defines the departure of the mind of Christ from having peace with rebellion.

6.      Why can’t I just hear of read an evil report and decide on my own what is right or wrong with it in light of Isaiah 11:3 and proverbs 23:8?
According to Isaiah 11:3 a person who is born again will be quick to respond to the fear (יראה i.e. reverence) of the Lord, and will not judge by sight neither reprove by the hearing of his ears. If a person chooses to do contrary to what this scripture says, he/she chooses to respond to the kingdom of darkness instead of God, which God shall judge.

7.      Name the 7 things God hates in Proverbs 6:16-19
Proverbs 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Proverbs 6:19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

IN CONCLUSION, according to the doctrine this paper discusses, for effective deliverance from the effects one may experience such as depression, anger, guilt, shame, etc, the first step is to realize that bearing infections due to responding to the spirit of tale bearing is a sin. Whereby, the results had a precursor to it, which was walking contrary to the mind of Christ and living in sin. Thereafter, one must find redeeming grace in the provision written in 1 Jn 1:9 which states “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Furthermore, knowing Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil” is vital, since one must know that purging is imperative and that can only be achieved by receiving mercy and displacing wounds with truth, and through the fear of the Lord one can successfully depart from evil.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Morality Vs Spirituality PART II
First Written on 24th Mar 2012
Posted Mar-24th, 2012
Shan Sharma

In Part I of this series we had briefly covered the definition of morality and then made clear certain aspects of morality and spirituality which are in total opposition to each other. A moral man though may be able to appease the popular moral demands of the society he lives in, will never be able to connect to the inner man and live in absolute integrity of what he is meant to be unless he moves on to spirituality by knowing the differences and living in application. In Part I we mentioned that morality is a “self-learned” code of conduct, which is based on human self evaluation (wisdom from below) 1. I would like to take some time and expound on this to further the point, since this is indeed a very key element that defines a man, a family, a nation or society and the deficient moral grounds they abide in producing self inflicted wounds and putrefying sores all across the civilization.2  

The formation, learning process, and results of a non-spiritual atmosphere
When a child is born, he or she comes into the world with hands and feet which are formed in the womb of the mother. From the moment when the male and female elements join together to produce conception of a life, there is a constant development of the functions within the child being produced, to a point that when the child is delivered and comes into the world its eyes are functioning, its hands, arms, feet, legs, lungs, heart, and immensely intricate biological mechanisms are fully functioning. However, it needs to grow and forms stature and strength as it feeds on the milk and then nourished with food. Similarly the child even before it is born, has a fully functional brain, a soul, and a spirit 3. As the person at the age of say 1 month, starts listening to and seeing things that happens around him or her, it starts forming structures of information which become a reference point for future behavior. The human mind consists of a 10% conscious mind, and remainder 90% consists of the subconscious and unconscious mind. Many of these reference points fall into the deep abyss of our sub and unconscious mind and form involuntary attitudes and temperaments like resentment, negativity, happiness, positive attitudes and so on. These reference points are immensely subjective and are based on individual perception which is affected by the intensity of the stimuli, the direct environment, state of mind ( being hungry, hot, cold, in discomfort or relative comfort, etc), and a few other subtle parameters which can vary across an infinite magnitude. Similar patterns may occur within families, such as an angry father, an angry mother, frequent debates and arguments in the house causing one to inherit a personality which has nothing to do with God, unless a spiritual environment is harbored in the family, city or country. Having darkness reign in the house instead of the peace from above 4 and a house ruled by wisdom and order according to the word of God 5.

The soul in this infant, as it grows, becomes wounded by fear and every evil temperament that springs out of it due to the mature evil around him or her. Yet another innocent victim of society joins the troop. Would it be defiled or would it be conserved? That’s why the bible stresses that each and every human being must be born again if they seek to be united with God once again. The word of God says I wouldn’t put patches on your old pants or fix the broken cistern to fill it with water 6, I will give you new garments and a new cistern 7, this is being born again. Therefore, morality constantly tries to fix the broken clay cistern while it keeps developing new cracks and tries to fix it again. Spirituality on the other hand is receiving this brand new titanium cistern from God and letting go of the old mud cistern. Morality tries to rationalize things such as abortion to suite the zeitgeist or “the spirit of the times” of killing babies, while spirituality doesn't combat the problem by adding sin to sin, it spots the root of all sin and says let go of the broken cistern, do not put an abortion patch, or a contraceptive patch on your broken moral cistern because it is sin. Spirituality produces a life that is full, free from sin and combats sin at its seed, the mind, where the spirit has full dominion, if we are well yielded, therefore, has the best opportunity to have complete victory. Furthermore, as briefly mentioned in Part I spirituality relies totally and solely on the Spirit of God 7. The Spirit from above, given freely to all men who believe in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ who came into this world to be the absolute payment for all our sins in accordance to the fulfillment of the righteous judgments of God 8. Only then can a man or a woman live free from condemnation 9 and truly live in a victorious position.

1.  James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
2.     Isa 1:5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
3.     Psa 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
4.     Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
5.     James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
6.     Mat 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Mat 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
7.     Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
8.    John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
9.     Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

International Woman’s Day 2012

Woman’s Day 2012: What Does the Bible Say about Women
First Written on 7th Mar 2012
Posted  Mar-8th, 2012
Shan Sharma

One of the few blessings men worldwide have in common is a mother. Many have the privilege of having sisters, and most men eventually talk about their wives at all men’s meeting with ambivalent fondness.  Women in the recent decades have emerged from traditional household roles to contribute to society in most professions, businesses and politics. The word of God, is sprinkled with women who were plain old mothers of great men, but what made them great was their faith, we will see shortly, some were of political importance, but the reason they found themselves in such high positions 1000s of years back, was because they were women of great faith, some are portrayed as noble influences that turned murder and destruction around for a whole community, and so on.

Let’s look at a few examples:

Eve the companion: It isn’t far from creation that God said it is not good for man to be alone and He made Eve as an עֵ֫זֶר (ay'-zer) (Gen 2:18) i.e. a help or succor. She was created for intimate participation in Adams life, for community, communion, joint participation, sharing, intimacy and relationship. They were to walk together in front God with no inhibition till sin entered in the world and caused corruption.

Deborah the inspired poetess: When Barak was to command a force against an enemy army, Deborah, approached Barak and prompted him saying, God has said you must draw towards the Kishon (river) and God will give you victory over the enemy. Barak asked her to accompany him, and she did. During the battle while Barak was winning and enemy fleeing, she prompted him yet again to not let go of the enemy but pursue them and decimate them completely, and he did, and obtained a thorough victory. (Judges 4)

Esther Queen of Persia: The book of Esther bears testimony of how godly women are needed, and can be used of God. When the national conspiracy to kill the Jews of Persia was underway, having the king of Persia being manipulated into signing an irrevocable decree, the villain of the day Haman had all his ducks lined up to quench the discomfiture Mordecai had caused him by not bowing down to him. Its interesting how the International women's day 2012 is at the same day of Purim this year (March 8th), the Jewish celebration for the overthrowing of the conspiracy to kill the Jews in this very story. (Est 9:19-22, 26-28)

Ruth the friend: In the midst of enormous adversities that would send many fending for themselves, having been widowed, destitute, when she was given an option to go and re-marry, she chose to say the following words and follow Naomi. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. (Ruth 1:16, 17).

Hannah the prayer warrior mother: Hannah prayed to God when she found herself not being able conceive a child. Her prayer in 1 Samuel 1:13 is an example of how God intently hears not only to the words of our mouth, but also the prayers that are in our hearts. She knew that God was listening her plea, and found it not necessary for the words that came out from her heart to leave out of her mouth. God gave her heart’s desire, and she kept the promise she had made to God and gave Samuel to God. I believe her prayers and promise keeping went further than just conceiving Samuel as her son. God had His eye on Samuel before he even knew the Lord and the word was revealed to him (1 Samuel 3:7). God did it, but Hannah had her part in it. 

And finally, Mary and her alabaster box (Matthews 26:7): She was sensitive to the fact the Jesus was in their midst, the bible doesn't describe what she was exactly thinking when she brought in this box and poured this precious ointment on Jesus. She was perhaps moved by the Spirit, since Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. (Mat 26:13).

These all are examples of some of the great women of faith the Bible has a record of who are greatly admired and celebrated in the Christian world. Their actions and lives went far beyond morality or good works, these were spiritual women who had faith that could move mountains. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Morality Vs. Spirituality Part 1

Morality Vs. Spirituality Part 1
First Written on 2nd Mar 2012
Posted  Mar-3rd, 2012
Shan Sharma
It is often contended that if one is moral, and doesn’t bother another, one is living well and somehow this is acceptable. Acceptable to whom, and acceptable for what, these remain undefined and open to discussion. However that is another subject and I do not wish to deviate from the points presented in this article.

Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and those that are bad (or wrong). Inclusive to morality here are humanism, freethinking, and consequentialism.

In order to establish the differences between morality and spirituality lets consider a few things. First, morality is a self learned code of conduct. Life is too short to rely on a code we learn ourselves through experience and perhaps a few do’s and don’ts.1 One can be a moral person, however, this morality lacks 1000s of years of hind sight, and furthermore it lacks foresight which can only be produced by wisdom which needs knowledge and appropriation. Therefore, it is unwise to be a moralist because it lacks definition, direction and consistent profitable implications. Spirituality on the other hand, believes, and is Spirit taught. A believer is a wise man if what he believes in produces fruits that are good.

Morality is adherence to a list of do’s and don’ts. You can liken it to a robot that is programmed to perform a task in a factory insensitive to the fact of what it is doing, why it is doing that, and what will the product be used in, etc, limited to the task itself. Spirituality is faith in action, a life of integrity according to a higher purpose, higher perception and at a much higher bar.

Another important aspect of morality as we see it is that it is only skin deep. Spirituality on the other hand produces a personality which is seeded deep within us and held fast to. Spirituality produces a personality; morality produces a pseudo personality, which relies on cause-effect based learning nurtured by ones environment. Spirituality produces a life, which is not skin deep but that which relies on our inner most being, which is in tune to the mind of God, producing an effectual lifestyle that goes way beyond morality.

Spirituality is rooted in “the Spirit of God” (Pneuma alētheia(truth) or Theos  πνεῦμα ἀλήθεια or θεός, Ruach Elohim רוּח אלהים /roo'-akh 'ĕlô̂ym). Are we all not looking to find love, joy, peace, longsuffering in situations, gentleness within us and to all around us, goodness, faith, meekness that produces brotherly affection, and temperance?2 These are  the true fruits that produces actions that go way beyond morality and do a great everlasting work within our soul.

Spirituality is connected to the Spirit of God, as one God, who is higher than our limitations and instead of being a responder is an initiator.3 This is contrary to the notion of morality and idolatry4 (which is sinful), where man has to do something to make God do something in return. True Spirituality realizes that man can do nothing to please God, except believing in who God really is.5

1.King David’s son’s (Solomon) Proverbs 26:12 (NIV)
  12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

2.Galatians 5:22-23 King James Version (KJV)
 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

3.Isaiah 45:5 King James Version (KJV)
  5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known    me: (I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,)

4.Deuteronomy 29:17 King James Version (KJV)
 17And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them

5.Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)
    6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

“Various versions are used in order to communicate the same meaning more effectively to the reader and not for meaning interpretation.” 
    Famous Quote: No free democratic country can ever lay claim to greatness, if it does not construct some kind of moral proforma, a moral imperative if you will, to guide the society, and have the society recognize and respect civic trust. This moral imperative implies to every business, every profession, every university and government as well. - Jack Valenti September 5, 1921 – April 26, 2007 (Chairman & President Motion Pictures).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day
First Written on 14th Feb 2012
Posted  Feb-14th, 2012
Shan Sharma

If Jesus said “Happy Valentines”, what would he mean? Many people use this day as a day to express love or admiration towards another person. Christ did that too for us, however He saw love in a different way than most view these days.

DefinitionIn the English language we often use the word "Love" to express feelings from a general liking to a deep fondness. However, with Valentine’s Day in picture lets use the Greek language which breaks it down into 3 more specific words to express specific attributes of the word.
Agape (a·ga·pe/əˈgāp/, /äˈˌpā/) – is a word used to express a self sacrificing love, agape is a choice, it is not an emotion, it is defined always in action which is according to the plan of God. Example, Jesus spoke about many things but when it came to Love, he died on the cross to express that Love towards us.

Phileo – this word is used to express an affectionate love, it is a brotherly love that is rooted in relating to the other person as a brother.

Eros  The third and most narrow kind of love is Eros, which is related to physical love. It is limited to a physical desire or attraction. This is often and almost always confused with lust, which is a greedy desire to self-gratify, not being rightly related to others, to self, and certainly not rightly related to God. Lust of flesh, lust of eyes and pride of life are all defined precursors to sin.

What if Jesus appeared to you and said “Happy Valentines”, what would He mean?

Jesus and God are one (John1:1, John1:14). To know what Jesus would mean if He said "Happy Valentines", we could look at the word of God and explore the great riches of God’s love towards us. The epitome of His love for us is Agape in action, (John 3:16) For God so loved (Agapeo) the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God said, I love you so much that I will give all it takes to save you from eternal hell, furthermore, I will give all so that you may be reconciled to me, for which your absolute purity is essential. But I know you cannot attain it by yourself, so I will fulfill that for you, by dying on the Cross. Remember, this was God, the world was made by the word and He was the word. It is like a king who is also a doctor who leaves His palace and all the luxuries to visit a sick child out in the country in a small dark hut where there is no food to eat. The child did nothing to deserve that visit, that healing, and the food that the King brought along, in fact the child only knew how to cry. I hope that paints a picture of Agape. God is love (1 John 4:8).

This is the perfection of Love, agape is true love. It is not a respecter of persons, it is not motivated by self or a need to gratify self. The recipient is undeserving, and perhaps doesn't have the capacity to understand much. The recipient has no way to respond except by receiving or rejecting it. God didn’t expect anything of us, but to only Believe (John 3:16). The word here means to have faith in, to trust, to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain, believe , assurance, faithful, sure, established, trust, verified, steadfast, continuance.

The question one could ask is, "Why did God do all this and why is it so important to God?” Just as when you pour water in a pan having oil in it, the oil floats and drains away because water and oil cannot mix, in the word of God 2 Corinthians 6:14 mentions “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” Every word written in the Bible, spells out Gods nature and character, He can not contradict Himself. Therefore, because man was in a sinful state, and the result of sin is separation from God (Romans 6:23), Christ came into this world to join us with God again. Hence we stand perfect and holy in front of God through the blood that was shed for us on the cross. This is the meaning of Love as God is, and intended for us. Learn more about Gods love in related articles on this blog. Seek a local assembly which preaches the bible and the finished work, and if you haven't yet done this - Accept Jesus Christ - Just believe. 

A simple prayer for salvation: "Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing good in me. I stand before you knowing that there is nothing hidden from you. I am lost, God save me, Jesus save me. I repent of all I am, and I want to enter into the narrow gate, I want to walk in the way, the truth and the light of life from above. In Jesus name, save me from this body of sin and death. I want to know you God and I want to know what Love is. Save me in Jesus name. Amen."

Friday, February 3, 2012

Grace Overcame

Why the Cross has overcome the world through Grace
First Written on 3rd Feb 2012
Posted  Feb-3rd, 2012
Shan Sharma

  The Cross is a sign of victory. It is a sign of a door. It is a sign of an eternal state of separation from the world which is marred by sin and death. Sin, is a state of hollowness. It is a state of an empty mind, body and soul. Knowing that God created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27), through sin, the wages of which is separation from God, that image is reduced from a tabernacle, to an idol. An idol is not sanctified; it is glorified not in God but in its own esteem. God says “your righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). As Lucifer puffed up in his own vain imaginations, so does this empty idol, alien to the Kingdom of God. There are only two kingdoms that ever were, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. There is no grey scale, of acceptance in either or both Kingdoms,  (1 John 1:5) states, "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."

The Cross over came the world through grace. John 1:14 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 say “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”. What does it mean to grow in grace and knowledge? How does it relate to the Cross overcoming of the world?

The fruits of the world 
  All of us experience emotions and feelings of being lonely, unaccepted, rejected, overthrown, lost, “sinful”, regretful, remorseful, sorrow, grief, plain sad, dejected, gloomy, introspective, dismayed, and so on. These are the fruits of the world.

The truth is that though we may like to preoccupy ourselves with pursuits of this world, at the end of the day, at the end of the week, every morning, there are thought’s deep within that we either turn away from, or glance and decide to leave them undefined.

Gods Perfect Plan
    God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27). He did that so He could see His own reflection, not physical but His essence. The essence with which He created the world and made man to subdue the earth. When man sinned he broke fellowship with God. Romans 6:23 states “For the wages of sin is death”. Before Christ came to this world, a man could follow God, keep his commandments, seek Him, and God would be pleased and have fellowship with the man of God. However, when man did anything contrary to the nature of God in the capacities that were given to man, God could not continue that fellowship, since it is written, 1 John 1:5 “that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”. But men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). Find yourself in a dark room, and soon you will find that you would get lost, you could produce the same effects by blind folding yourself in a well lit room. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34). Therefore, when we live in sin, we live in darkness.

It all changed with Christ, who came into this world to overcome it. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. God’s heart was always the same, of love and grace towards man, yet He is righteous, and did destroy the whole earth with a flood in the days of Noah. Would He stand forever and watch mankind do all kinds of abominations forever? No, but He could not contradict Himself, God is Love (1 John 4:8). Therefore, He sent Christ, to be the walking living Word of God. John 1:1 states "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.",  (John 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. He was full of Truth, He was the truth, since He was the Word of God. You are what you eat? He was also Grace, the same Grace that God has asked us to grow in. It means, that unlike before Christ JESUS came into this world, every time we sinned the Glory of the Lord departed from us. It departed. It left us, because it could not stand the darkness that was in us. But Christ changed it all. According to the truth that is in the Bible, which we experience daily, God said whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. Meaning, he shall be delivered, he will be delivered and this is how. Every time you sin, you can grieve the Spirit that convicts you but it never leaves. So you if you are "born again", you can fall a million times a day, but you cannot grieve the Holy Spirit away. You experience rebound, and every time the Spirit convicts you, you repent, and you get purged, and clean, and God through all of this only sees Christ in you.

This is "growing in grace", you are covered and sealed, while you struggle, God sees Christ in you. Then you rebound, and grow in degrees using measures of Grace to be conformed to measures of truth. It’s an unfailing plan. You overcome the world, by the Spirit of God, no longer bound by your weaknesses, you soar on the wings of Grace. You overcome by Galatians 2:20, " I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. God not only makes you overcome the world but promises you what is to happen, and is inevitable for those who overcome.  Rev. 2:7 To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’ Rev. 2:11He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.’  Rev. 2:17 To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows. Rev. 2:26 And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. Rev. 3:5 He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels. Rev. 3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God.  Rev. 3:2 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Rev. 21:7He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. We could say so many things about it, but God has said it all. It is finished, it is done, the world has been overcome, and Christ did it on the Cross for us.

Want to join the Heavenly hosts? Say this simple prayer....
 " Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing good in me. I stand before you knowing that there is nothing hidden from you. I am lost, God save me, Jesus save me. I repent of all I am, and I want to enter into the narrow gate, I want to walk in the way, the truth and the light of life from above. In Jesus name, save me from this body of sin and death. I want to know you God. Save me. Amen."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grace Transformation

Grace Transformation
First Written on Dec 2011
Posted  Jan-19th, 2012
Shan Sharma
The premise:
Jesus Christ came into this world to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), the plan of God is to save man through positional transformation from being children of darkness to children of light, from an unsaved fallen state to a triumphant believer seated in heavenly places, and to do the same experientially so that man could by faith grow step by step in the grace and knowledge of God.

According to Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”, the English word "conformed" is translated from the Greek word "schema", meaning, an outer transformation in appearance only. "World" in this verse is the Greek word "aion", or "age", meaning for us not to fashion ourselves according to the "age", or "time period" in which we live (Zeitgeist), and "transformed" is the Greek word "metamorphosis", meaning "an outer transformation due to an outworking of the inner nature".

The Process:
The work of renewing in (Romans 12:2) is the work of the Holy Spirit, (John 14:26) “whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” This process of learning by the Holy Spirit is the Grace work in the life of the believer. The Holy Spirit is given by grace, and produces grace in (Zechariah 12:10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. God does this amazing work, which was finished already before the foundations of the world, whereby He made us in Gods image, longing and desiring for the Holy One of Israel, the Alpha and Omega, but our mortal bodies and minds fall into sin the moment we were born, knowing all things, God also created “the provision” Jesus Christ who would come in Grace and wipe away all our sins, blot them out forever, so man will never see death again. Instead (2 Corinthians 3:18) we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The perfect picture of grace transformation is given in Galatians 5:19-26. From a degenerate fallen condition in (Galatians 5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Whereby all abominations were at home in us, which also separated us from God and His kingdom, the same through the Holy Spirit which was given to us upon the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ not only makes us free, but also transforms us with regenerate fruit in (Galatians 5:22-23) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Through grace we are saved, (Ephesians 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. The mega transformation in the nature and character of a believer from sin and death to life ever more, is a grace gift. A grace gift is defined as an unmerited gift, that is, a gift that anyone can receive if accepted, a politician, the rich, the poor, nationalities which are man-made do not matter, race or gender does not matter, education, history, personal achievements do not matter, all are equally given this great grace gift through our Lord Jesus Christ.

However, a grace gift can only be received by the humble, an arrogant soul would say no to grace and indulge in self-righteousness. Jesus says in John 11:25-26 “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”. This is the premise of grace transformation, does a person humble himself and says yes Lord I believe. A self-righteous person would say, no “I’m good” or where is the evidence of what you are saying, show me the reason to believe, etc, to such person one can only say the very profound yet simple proverb, (Proverb 26:12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him. When God says unmerited, He means unmerited. God leaves no margin for error in (Matthew5:3-1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, not the fat souls: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn not the revelers: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek not the self-absorbed: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness not the ones who delight in wickedness nor the dull in heart: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful not the self-contained islands: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart… and on it goes.

God really means that the grace transformation is for those who realize their terrible estate of separation from God and see that they need a savior. The shift to Psalm 119:41 – 42, “Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word”, produces a grace transformation.

Grace transformation is an action produced by God which involved a person receiving a 3 dimensional knowledge, which includes the knowledge of self, the knowledge of the Holy God, and the knowledge of the enemy and his works in the world towards the world and towards the believer pre and post salvation. The knowledge of the self is probably the most painful part since a person when awakened to the reality of the filth and dirt they have been living in can cause shock, however, since God is graceful He doesn’t demolish the house in which the believer had been living in but uses the Word of God and impartation of love and mercy to uphold the awakening believer. He does it in love. This action is mentioned in Hebrew4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This leads us to the 2nd dimension I earlier mentioned, which is the knowledge of the Holy God. God who is all knowing and all powerful, knows us completely and nothing ever is hid from Him. He knows how wicked we are, how depraved we are, how weak we are, how slow to understand and how double minded we are. None of this stopped His love for us, that He in His never ceasing always present love “gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). After knowing how selfish we are, the shock therapy is taken to the next level by God revealing to us how great, awesome, giving, and loving God is. For his mercies, “They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:23.

Therefore. as the believer wakes up every morning and every moment something new emerges that shows him how great God is and how little and petty we are in our limited resources, nevertheless, at the same time God provides and produces in us a transformed mind, which learns to draw from the infinite resources God makes available to the transforming believer through prayer and the studying of the word of God. Thus equipped with these two, the believers life is transformed from a lost, dying, and oppressed life style to a renewed, alive and free new life. The grace transformation is yet again described in Ephesians 2:1- 5 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).

Thus, the living word and its application by the Holy Spirit in our lives produces Godly freedom, (John 8:36). It is the nature and Charter of God that He is an active God, full of life and light, therefore, there is an active participation that a believer enters into once saved. This brings us to the 3rd and the final dimension of the warfare that we are called into. That’s the essence of transformation , change, not outside in (if that were possible), but inside out. God changes us, clothes us in new garments, and then also calls us out to battle and judge the defeated enemy, who is still active. From being oppressed, the believer now becomes a part of the Body of Christ carrying on the great commission that Jesus Christ himself came to fulfill – to seek and save the lost. Now we become carriers and vessels of the same truth that set us free, to the world around us. From being oppressed in darkness, God through His grace transforms us. Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Therefore, knowing the nature of our the enemy now clothed in light and having that light and life in us, we are translated into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.