by Ken Pullen
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 — King James Version
We must — we absolutely MUST allow the power of the Spirit of God to work in us, to increase our spiritual wisdom, understanding, and discernment in these times. It is imperative. Otherwise though we profess we become mere pretenders. Making a mockery of the Rightness of God and the existence, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Lord. There is no gray area. No rest stop. No excuses.
Placing all trust and hope in God our Father and not becoming consumed or derailed by this daily, fleshly life. In order for something to be derailed it must be placed in rails, in a track. Sadly, so many are on the worldly track plowing ahead ever faster — into the abyss. Even many professing they believe in Jesus Christ.
It is imperative each of us as believers become TRUE believers, and there is a vast difference. Such as night and day. Living in the flesh while being a true believer and living this life on earth to be foremost pleasing and acceptable to God our Father is a moving experience. Not something passive. Nor automatic. One does not say with their lips, “I believe in Jesus Christ and take Him as my Saviour,” and everything falls into place. Life becomes something other than what it truly is. The more true to the Word of God one lives, while the clearer and easier to see and know life becomes the more suffering and sacrifice and losing of ones self occurs — as we distance our “selves” from this burbling, festering, tumult of puss, piss, pain, lies, and absurdities compounded into myriad abominations as that old dragon snares more and more individuals and misleads and destroys literally millions professing faith, getting them to follow his ministers rather than the ministers of God’s inerrant Word.
One day, a few years ago, I had a conversation with a man who works for a faith-based organization I have reprinted many of their articles and commentaries over the years here on A Crooked Path. We were having a discussion about the rapture and Great Tribulation, and I used the words “true believer” and this particular man became a bit unsettled and quickly made an effort to correct me, stating, “Using the word true believer can really turn a lot of people off and they might take offense.”
Oh, really? Not if they are true believers and know the difference between those which profess and fall short and those who abide in and live to please the Lord, serving Him, obeying His Word, and living as a disciple of Jesus Christ placing emphasis on the things of heaven and spiritual manner over things of the world.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
How many reading this understand this? Truly understand this?
How many first place worldly connotations on what the Apostle Paul was writing to the true believers at Philippi?
Did Paul mean if we desire some job, or woman, or man, or object, or thing, or career, or act upon this world because we profess belief in Jesus Christ He will give us the strength to achieve and accomplish and overcome so we can attain such things?
No. Not even close. Although so many professing fail to discern and come to know.
Some might say, “Well, Jesus Himself said if we ask God for something He will give it to us. So what makes you think you know better than Jesus and can tell us what is right?”
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Matthew 7:7-11 — King James Version
Sadly, and in what truly amounts to a deadly manner of walking in darkness, many believe they can ask for things of this world, things they desire — a.k.a. lust after, covet — and in their utter lack of discernment because Jesus said “ask, and it shall be given you…” and they fail to place the Lord’s words in context and take Holy text, Holy speaking, all Holiness in and from the Word of God and treat the words within as if they are just words from any book; that in their myopic vision and shallow understanding they an ask for a Lexus, a new apartment, a home somewhere, a woman to love them, a man to love them, money — what have you of a worldly nature, and they ought to get what they ask for!
Failure to read and understand what comes before, after, said when, to whom, and why — context.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 7:6 — King James Version
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
A Tree and its Fruit
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7:13-23 — King James Version
The “The Bible says if I ask for something I should get it” crowd always conveniently omit and forget other vital and true Scripture for reproof, instruction, rebuke, and growing in spiritual wisdom and knowledge of God’s will and plan.
For God’s inerrant living, active Word tells us;
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 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. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Drawing Near to God
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
James 4:2-10 — King James Version
Not many sermons, pamphlets or get-together’s discussing the above Scripture are there? Make no mistake — when the Epistle written by James, who is mentioned by the Apostle Paul with Cephas and John as “pillars” in the church of true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ at Jerusalem (see Galatians 2:9) he is not speaking of adulterers and adulteresses in the context most first think of, which drives home the entire point of this passage — being worldly and enmity towards God rather than godly and spiritual while professing to believe! Following the world, following false teachers and false prophets and every whim and wisp the world spews out and offers up all the while resisting submitting ones self to the instruction and will of God which is made known to every person through the Word of God.
Far too many pray amiss. Are of the world while wearing big shiny crosses on their chests held their by gold chains, as they go through gyrations, emoting, making all the gestures and posturing and professing — while being an adulterer or adulteress before the eyes of God — turning from God. Being unfaithful to the inerrant Word of God. Living a life with one’s “lover” this world, rather than living true to the faith within God and Christ.
Being a true believer means sacrifice and suffering. It means abandoning self and ones own desires and placing God, Jesus Christ the Lord, the Holy Spirit, and the whole word of God above all things of this fleeting, temporary dimension of life. For if we do not take up the whole armour of the Lord daily to live the Word, defend the Word, be the salt of the earth, and a light unto the world so the world can see the Father in us and honor Him? The reality of our eternity may not be what we think it is. No one is once and done, merely profess and live of the world doing what they desire, allowing whatever, and being assured of eternal life in heaven with God, Jesus the Lord, the Holy Spirit, the Elders, prophets, apostles, and heavenly hosts.
Being a true believer is an ACTIVE, 24/7, living, MOVING experience!
According to the Word of God.
Not according to our lusts, our desires, our worldly wants. Not according to the words of all or some pastors, preachers, ministers, or reverends.
Only according to the Word of God!
Get moving if you want to truly live and know and not succumb to the second death!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 — King James Version
Live, do, be the above. Discerning it well and rightly dividing the Word of God.
ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE —
Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Faith — Subscribers, Visitors, and Readers of A Crooked Path — there was a long gap of silence on these pages of over 10 days due to the fact my wife and I moved. While there is still much work to be done we’re at the point some normalcy has returned and I can again resume my work here. I pray I can be pleasing and acceptable unto the Lord and do the work which is right in the sight of the Lord in this place. This specific column came to me with merely the title coming into my mind. I knew not a word which would be written here. No notes. No outline. No plan. Other than do that which is pleasing unto the Lord and needs being done now. I read Philippians 4 and everything else just came. I hope and pray it makes sense, and is of help to someone. It is good to be back.