Sunday, January 22, 2017

What is holiness for people in today's world?

There's a couple of things that have to be said first. Holiness was established by God and He never changes. It's not a legalism thing, it's a pleasing God thing. Another part about holiness is that it's understanding something on the inside that flows onto the outside. See holiness is an outward appearance of what is going on in the inside of you. You need to understand Jesus never did away with the Old Testament, He fulfilled it. To use the law lawfully is what He expects; which is understanding the types and shadows then using them to define Gods character.

[1Pe 1:16 KJV Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.] This is New Testament. You need to find out what being holy is to God in order to be holy.

[Lev 20:7 KJV Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.] From the Old Testament we see the same command to be holy.
How important is it? NT [1Co 3:17 KJV If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.] When God fills you with the Holy Ghost you become the temple of God. If it didn't matter, then why would God destroy you for not being holy? Read that again...if any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy... you are the temple and you defile it, equals destruction. The word man there means mankind.

So it's very important to understand what being holy and defiling not yourself as the temple of God, by Gods standards. Sorry but the scripture is plain, God will destroy the temple. Not man. So it really doesn't matter what the opinion of man is, cause he's not the one who can destroy the temple. You have to seek it in the word.

[Isa 28:9-10 KJV Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:] As human we understand that breasts come in pairs, Old Testament and New Testament pairs that you draw milk from. The Apostles refer back to the OT for their understanding, this is using the law lawfully.

Jesus said to clean the cup (or vessel) inside and out. [Mat 23:25-26 KJV Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.]
[Luk 11:39 KJV And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.]

That's what the OT does, it shows you natural things first to explain the spiritual things. It's not just the inside alone, nor the outside alone but both have to be clean according to the word of God.

[Deu 22:5 KJV] 5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.]
Looking up the word abomination: a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable
in ritual sense (of unclean food, idols, mixed marriages)
in ethical sense (of wickedness etc)
The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. He doesn't change. (Mal 3:6) [Heb 13:8 KJV Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.]
Meaning if He didn't like it then, He doesn't like it now. God doesn't change His mind on wickedness. We try to live as though He does. That is contrary to the Word and His character.

If you just sit back and think about how much your clothing speaks to you and others. When you dress up, how does it feel. When you see a uniform, do you understand what it's saying to you? What about lazy dressing? How did you know who was a "burnout" or "jock"? How can you tell if a person has a "good paying" job? If you're going to clean the house, do you wear an evening gown or cleaning clothes?
How much does what a person is wearing, speak to others? If a person walks in an office wearing a rock tee shirt, chains hanging of their pants, facial rings and tattoos on their arms; are you going to be so confident in them to tell you where to invest verses a clean business suit and look?

I know don't judge right.... Jesus looked right at the people and said you look great on the outside but inside you are full of ravening and wickedness. Do you think He ever looked at someone on the inside and said the opposite? You look great on the inside, but go sin no more.... lets get you cleaned up on the outside.

Clothing is just one portion of being holy. A women didn't wear pants until she had to enter into the workforce or when she had to do a mans job. The old saying "who wears the pants in the family". The man is suppose to provide and rule the family. Holiness is about being in the right place with the right perspective. A submitted life is a blessed life. An ordered life is a blessed life. You can't be holy without either of them.
Just because the world has it backwards today, doesn't mean God thinks it's okay. Holiness is about being right and pleasing to God. Should every women that has a job quite? No. But you don't have to wear the clothing or attitudes that men do and men shouldn't wear skirts either or be cowards to "man up" to leading.
Tell me, when you get all "dressed up", you don't feel what that outfit does to you mentally and emotionally. Put a man in a skirt and ask him to discipline your children. Both will have an issue. Why, if clothing has nothing to do with your heart???? Clothing effects you and the person looking at you.
NT [1Ti 2:9-10 KJV In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But which becometh women professing godliness with good works.] Yet in today's world as well as back in bible times, women become the pinpoint of fashion, the pressure is on to paint, dye, power and show off.
But modesty doesn't do that. Modesty like holiness respects ones true self. You don't need makeup, you're beautiful just the way you were created. Jewels and gold, costly array, so form fitting that you don't have to image much to see you naked, this is not modesty. So many scriptures back this up.

Your inside reflects onto your outside. Holiness is in conversation, dress, respect and humility; it's also in actions and strength in truth. You're speaking good about people, not putting them down. You're respecting others and know that you effect them. You are humble, not flashy. This pertains to both men and women.

Now a Pastor of the church, like Moses did in the OT, has to make the call according to the convictions God has given him for the flock he is the Shepard over. So some call one thing and another Pastor may allow it. Holiness is obedience to the Shepard God placed you under. His standards are going to line up with the word and have a little personal conviction. He's not going to say that you can dress like a man, we just read the scriptures that said not to. But he may say that the length of the skirt is different from another Pastor. Guys no shorts in one Church, long shorts in another. Again it's suppose to be modest, so if it's promoting lust, it's not modest. A mini skirt or tight muscle shirts are not promoting modesty.
[Isa 59:19 KJV So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.] No standard, the enemy comes right in and destroys.

The Lord is trying to make you into His image and not like the image of mankind or what mankind sets up as gods. He is holy. He is holy no matter what the calendar says is the date is. No matter who says it was for them back then...(we already read if He didn't like it back then, He doesn't like it now). And if you're filled with the Holy Ghost and praying in the Spirit, you'll put something on a feel convicted over it. If you talk evil about someone, the Holy Ghost should be alive in you enough to convict you over that too. If you haven't been convicted or felt dirty, warned, or questioning it in a long time, you more than likely need to be praying more. Unless you've grown into a mature Christian and have had your growing conviction lessons and have taken them to heart, you may experience conviction a lot less than when you were younger, but you will still get it. Because flesh is still present with us.

I didn't want this to be a scripture by scripture study, as there are many scriptures on it. I simply wanted you to step back for a moment and think about holiness in the light of God's view. If you have it and it's starting to slip, it's time to strengthen your borders. If you preacher stopped preaching it, it's time to talk to your preacher. It's in the word and can't be done away with. If you have never been told this before, it's time to dig into the word and search it out,

Go to the word. God is the one Who has preserved His word and His ways for all to search out. Don't just form an opinion, go to the word. That is holiness, it's understanding from the inside out. I don't do things because I understand holiness. I don't go places, speak certain things or dress in certain ways because I understand holiness. I'm going to see the Lord one day and I can see Him now because I understand holiness is beautiful, powerful, a shield and protection, it's a blessing beyond and it's pleasing to Jesus; today, yesterday and forever.

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Thursday, January 19, 2017

What has the devil stolen?

There's a song that states "I went to the enemies camp and I took back what he stole from me, he's under my feet"; powerful song but what did the enemy take from you?

The Old Testament tells about the natural fights and one comes to my mind, Ziklag battle. [1Sa 30:1-2 KJV 1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.]

David encourages himself in the Lord and asked God to direct him and God did. He went to the enemies camp and not only took back what was stolen of his, but spoiled the enemy.

Scripture can be applied to many areas of life, looking at from a natural way to a spiritual. You can look at this as things literally stolen from you, to your praise or worship being stolen from you.

What has the devil stolen from you?
[Rev 2:1, 4 KJV 1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; ... 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.]
When you come to church are you excited to go? When you're getting ready at home, is it hectic or like preparing for your 1st date? When someone mentions the Lord, scriptures or things that pertain to the work of God, do you tune in?
Or has this all become familiar? Same old people, same old conversations, same old routine...

[Mat 5:6 KJV Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.][Luk 11:10 KJV For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.]
When you see "eth" on a word it means to continually do. Hunger causes you to seek, thirst causes you to seek; to fill your vessel. But the problem is what are well filling it with? Do you still want to know more about Jesus? Are you sitting on the edge of your seat during preaching? Are you hungry or is it something you "already" know? It goes back to that 1st love. Are you asking the Lord about Him or just for Him to deliver you? Are you praying? I mean when you were away from your "love" you couldn't wait to talk to them, spend time with them, get to know them. So is the bible collecting dust? When's the last time you told someone about Jesus?

What has the devil stolen from you?
How sharp is your sword? Can you lead someone through the word to Christ? If someone came against what you believe, could you defend it with the word or opinion? Is it just something you've always done or were taught, but never really questioned why.

[Rom 3:10-12 KJV 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.]
Have you become unprofitable? When was the last time you gave or served someone without asking for or expecting something in return? Did you stop seeking Him, not your routine of things, just no effort in it. If your hungering after Him you want to know more, which is understandeth. Jesus is the way. Or are you going about your ways?

In the battle of Ziklag the women, children and highest valuables where taken and then the buildings were burnt with fire. Deception is taking a lot of people today. Busy lifestyles are consuming joy, worship, study time, fellowships, volunteering time, helping time and many other valuables in God. Bigger houses but less homes. Social media but less social activity. Text messages but less talking.

Do you really need that new phone every year? Do you really need to spend $100 on a pair of jeans? So you really need to work 60 hours a week then. What about a family game night? A date night with your spouse, one where you actual date again....1st love...Are your kids little strangers that leave the lights on or do you know their dreams. Have you taught them or do you just expect them to watch you and get it?

I'm talking about what the devil has stolen. You can go to the enemies camp and not buy those $200 boots. You can go to the enemies camp and take back a family night. You can go to the enemies camp and listen to the preaching, prayer before church and be excited that God is going to show up at service. You can go to the enemies camp and teach your children the plan of salvation and then turn around and have them teach you it. Its a great victory. You can go to the enemies camp and find your joy, worship, praise and study time. Get this world under your feet and get God back in the 1st love position.

The song "Enemy's camp"
Well, I went to the enemy's camp and
I took back what he stole from me (x3)
I went to the enemy's camp and
I took back what he stole from me

You know
He's under my feet (x6)
Satan is under my feet

I went to the enemy's camp and
I took back what he stole from me (x3)
I went to the enemy's camp and
I took back what he stole from me

You know
He's under my feet (x6)
Satan is under my feet

I went to the enemy's camp and
I took back what he stole from me (x3)
I went to the enemy's camp and
I took back what he stole from me

You know
He's under my feet (x6)
Satan is under my feet
By Brownsville Revival


I hope you're singing it and I hope you're going to the enemies camp and taking back what was stolen from you. Remember to spoil the enemy and get more than what was stolen from you!!!

Submitted by: Tina Marie