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Life and Death, part IV

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No Conformity:

 

Romans 12:2-3, 14 (NAS): And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and Acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith…Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

 

Your mind needs to be transformed because the thoughts of the flesh are corrupt and full of perversion. Your mind, in the natural state, is a cesspool of garbage. God would not instruct you to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” if the mind wasn’t a snare and easy prey for the evil one. The natural reaction of the flesh is always to curse those who harm you. When Holy Spirit is leading, you will be enabled to bless those who curse you with great ease and joy of the Lord. That is not natural, but supernatural!

When you realize that you are seated in heavenly places with Christ, in Christ, you will think His thoughts. You will begin to see clearly as He sees. You will comprehend that God vindicates those who are His own. In knowing this, you will begin to pray for mercy for someone who wrongs you because of the wrath of God that will come against them.

Prayer: Jesus, I ask that You reveal to me in my inner most being what it is to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I recognize that in being hidden in Christ, I no longer live because my life is swallowed by Your death and Your resurrected life is now my only life. I plead the blood of Jesus over my mind so that, above all, I will allow the mind of Christ to overtake me and allow me to see through Your eyes. May I conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, allow You to be You through me, and thusly usher the Kingdom of God into the Earth as You so desire. Selah.

This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part V of, Life or Death.

 

Peace and blessings!

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Life and Death, part I

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The Pain of Death:

 

Ever wonder why physical death is so incredibly painful even when those we know are with the Lord in heaven upon their death or even if our loved one was elderly and ready to die? This is so because we were not created to physically die therefore the one losing the loved one has great difficulty accepting a loved one’s death. This may sound like a contradiction given the last seven chapters, but let me see if I can explain.

God had no desire for mankind to die, but rather to live eternally. However, death, unfortunately, was the only solution to becoming one with Yahweh and being able to commune freely with the perfect holy God. If Adam had done things according to God’s commands, no death would ever have transpired and, since he didn’t have to die, neither would any of us. Sadly, because he was condemned to death, so we too have to die. Since death is in fact a curse, there’s no way it could possibly pleasant for anyone involved.

That being said, we have well established that this mortal body in which we reside is already condemned to death at conception thanks to Adam and Eve. When we choose to accept the death of the flesh (spiritually) while our spirit still resides in the body, we are choosing life, painful though the process may be. I understand that this is a difficult concept, so let’s see if we can simplify.

 

Eternal Life:

 

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life (I John 5:13, NAS).”

 

When we say to God, “I want eternal life through Jesus,” this should be (but is not in most cases) the moment that we surrender the sinful nature. What happens too often is people make a confession like this but have no knowledge of what it means except, “Woohooo, I’m not going to hell!” There seems to be a lack of comprehension that people are actually saying, “In choosing Christ, I choose to resign myself to the fact that anything I am outside of You is worthless. Bury everything in me that may lead me away from You, Father. I marry You; I commit myself to an intimate union (relationship of oneness) with You.” With this, one enters into the blood covenant because they choose death to the nature of the flesh.

The average believer seems to project the idea that, once a profession of Christ has been uttered, there is nothing left for the believer to do but go around getting everyone else saved from hell. The Bible says to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). This verse strongly suggests that the profession is the beginning of a lifetime of growing into our relationship with Yahweh and coming into our own identity in who He has called us to be. The initial profession is not to be the end-all to a walk with God.

Tragically, most just go on about their daily routines awaiting the rapture, never coming into their Kingdom destiny or tapping into their spirit-man, or have any concept of dying so that they may live a blessed, fulfilled life in Christ on Earth! Sure, one may stop drinking, smoking, abusing drugs, carousing, cursing, or whatever, but if it is an act of the flesh based on it seems right, it is still false because the “doing” is not of Holy Spirit but of self-will.

The annulment between you and sin should come from a true desire to please Yahweh because of His never ending love for you. True transformation should stem from reverent fear of Almighty God; from a heart and spirit awareness of how much you have been forgiven – a place of utter humility and abandonment of self.

Much of the blame lies on the various denominations as a whole. So many preach and teach that we cannot hear the audible voice of God, there are no modern day prophets or apostles, God no longer speaks through dreams or visions, and there are no real miracles, signs or wonders today. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever! Nothing about Him has changed, but the hardness of the hearts of man has increased.

 

This series of blogs is from the 2nd edition of my first book, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die, released September 2014. If you’re interested in more information or reading any of my books, just go to my website at www.thefierysword.com. Next time we’ll continue with part II of, Life or Death.

 

Peace and blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf

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Love vs. In Love, part I

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Possessed Definition:

1. Owning or mastering something. Used with of: one who is possessed of great wealth.

2. Controlled by or as if by a spirit or other force; obsessed: a teenager by love possessed.

3. (usually postpositive) under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit or strong emotion

 

When we are in love with someone, we refuse to purposely hurt them; we do all we can not to hurt them as well as protect them from pain that could come from any other source. When we love because we feel that it is the right thing to do, we are easily swayed into temptation. That love is false; fickle; temporary – of dead flesh.

 Forced love is not love at all, just deception. God is love and He desires for us to love Him with the same love He pours out upon all mankind. He desires for us to love Him with His own love. This is only possible if Holy Spirit is awakened inside of us through consigning the earthly nature to death without ceasing.

Receiving Holy Spirit who is given at salvation is vastly different than being possessed by Holy Spirit and we need to allow Him to utterly possess and consume us. Just because you have/own something does not mean you are possessed by it. To be possessed means to be completely consumed, overtaken – can’t do anything without thought of that which possesses you. To fall “in love” with Christ is the only way to possess Christ and equally be completely possessed by Him. We must be overtaken.

We must acknowledge the flesh’s condition of death and not give into its lusts and desires. The flesh in which our spirit and the Spirit of God dwell cannot love as Jesus loves. We, on our own, can only attempt to imitate His love, but will always fall short. We cannot truly love without Yahweh expressing His love through our body and that requires our complete surrender – total possession – absolute consumption. It’s an oneness; Christ and our spirit completely merged as one; no separation.

Isn’t it interesting that one of the definitions of “possession” is to be “under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit.” Why is it that we only think of spirit-possession as one being possessed by an evil spirit or the devil? Why do we give so much power and attention to Satan than The Spirit? The definition of “possession” also includes words such as “owned,” “mastered,” “controlled,” and “under the influence.” Aren’t we to be owned, mastered, controlled and under the influence of Holy Spirit always? When we are, it ensures a successful Kingdom of God, action packed, supernatural life right here on planet earth!

 

We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with Love vs. In Love. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf

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Enter Life Through Death, part III

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God Communes with Himself in Us:

“…that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God (I Peter 4:6, NAS).”

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24, NAS).”

“For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3, NAS).”

 

A mere mortal does not have the capacity in his flesh to contain the knowledge of Almighty God. To know God is to be in relationship with God on the deepest level. To be in a genuine relationship with Yeshua is to rid ourselves of self. Since sin cannot remain in the presence of God, He cannot be in relationship with anyone but Himself. Only He is sinless.

This is why we all had to die. It was so that through death (spiritually) we were positioned to receive the Spirit of God through the blood of Jesus. In this, God doesn’t commune with our flesh but with Himself merged with our spirit; it’s a Spirit to spirit connection.

The only laws in tact at that time were “don’t eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil” and the “law of increase.” The only command was “don’t eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” The law of increase was not a command but a law set in motion by God without question or choice. God told Adam and Eve not to partake of knowledge when He told them not to eat of the tree. He loved them and did not desire that they die. But alas, that was the only feasible plan. Death had to come. Otherwise, God would be communing with a people who did not choose Him and were communing out of a sense of obligation. If Adam had been in love with God, he would not have given in to temptation.

What an exquisite thing for mere mortals to be welcomed into the presence of such a holy, righteous, sovereign God, our Creator! All that is required is to die to the selfish, tainted nature of Adam in which we are born so as to allow God Almighty to enter and merge with us as one entity. It is a privilege, indeed, that very few choose.

We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with Adam and Eve, death and life. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf

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Enter Life Through Death, part II

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Adam’s Lack:

Adam had the privilege of communing directly with the Trinity; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Adam had no knowledge of good or evil, therefore he had no need of dying; it is sin that brings death. Romans 7:7-8 states, “What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.”

Adam seemed to have it all! He lived in the middle of perfection and had open communication with Yahweh. He had what we now all must die to attain: an intimate relationship with the Trinity. What Adam was lacking was the awakening of Holy Spirit within him. Although he had everything at his disposal, without knowledge he had no understanding of who he possessed (in reference to God and to sin); he had no point of reference.

In my assessment, he did not and could not fully appreciate the magnitude of the relationship with the Trinity because he did not know anything else. As humans, regardless of how great we have it, we tend to appreciate nothing we have been born into unless it is taken away. This is evident with Adam and his relationship with The Great I AM. Simply stated, Adam and Eve did not have the opportunity to choose God; they just came into existence in relationship with Him. Most everyone is all too familiar with the inherent impulse to reject what we feel coerced into accepting no matter how magnificent. This impulse is called rebellion and stems from Lucifer.

Satan emphatically did not want Adam to know that, with knowledge, comes the responsibility of death. He wanted Adam to lustfully seek knowledge in hopes of killing him permanently. Even God, Jesus, died that we may live in Him through knowledge. When Jesus came to earth in the physical body, His flesh had to die just like everyone else’s because it is corrupt. Christ died to the flesh the moment He came into it and did so perpetually while He walked the earth.

Jesus understood the weight and desire to be led by the flesh. Had He not chosen to die to it while living in it, He would have surely fallen into it’s temptation. Daily dying, or rather daily crucifying, the nature of the flesh of man is how He was able to walk a sinless life. God was His only source of life as it should be to all who believe.

We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with Adam and Eve, death and life. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

 Alexys V. Wolf

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The Purpose of Lucifer

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God created the heavens and the earth. He created angels to fill the heavenly realm. The angels were not created in the image of God. Lucifer was God’s highest angel; the one for whom God created specific jewels (Ezekiel 28). Lucifer is who we would call in modern day terms the “go to guy.” He stood right beside God and the glory of the Lord was so intensely bright that Lucifer’s jewels would glow as though the light itself belonged to Lucifer.

This was the problem for Lucifer. The light that belonged to God, Lucifer took as his own and, as a result, his wisdom was perverted. We read also in Ezekiel 28 that pride overcame Lucifer which led to his sudden expulsion. Clearly he was not a being with whom God could commune on the level He truly desired.

This led God to create Adam and his lineage. They (the Trinity) created man in Their image so as to have someone as close to Their nature as possible with whom He could be in relationship – someone with whom He could “relate.” Since God cannot recreate Himself, any created being would definitely fall short. God, knowing this prior to creating any living being, knew what would have to transpire.

Since Adam and Eve were obviously insufficient and God can only commune with one as perfect as He, the stage was set to be able to place Himself within flawed man at a later date. Only at the presence of sin through the evil one could man be faced with the choice to die to himself and allow the life breath of God to enter us. For those who choose to die to themselves and allow the entrance of Holy Spirit, we are then free to commune with and relate to our most Holy God on God’s level by our own volition. In this, God communes with Himself through us, an otherwise worthless earthen vessel.

We’ll pick up here next week! If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

 

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I’m a good person, but…

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Mark 10:17-18: As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.”

Jesus Christ Himself in response to being called “good” said there is NO ONE good but God.” With this, it is clear that when anyone makes a statement for whatever reason of “I’m a good person, but…” they are already on a path to miss the grace of God. I hear it all the time in counseling. They discuss their sin of whatever they’re dealing with and then follow up with “But I’m a good person.”

My response to everyone who says such a thing is simply this: “There is NO ONE GOOD but GOD. Why do you presume to call yourself good?” If we would begin recognize and willingly admit and accept that there is zero good in any of us outside of Christ’s life active through us, we would begin to position ourselves to receive the abundance and fullness of Christ here on earth. Unfortunately, to admit such a fact requires one to look at the bitter truth about themselves. It requires the utmost level of humility which a rare few choose to do. Let’s face it, no one wants to think of themselves as wicked through and through – yet outside of Christ, we all are.

Yet, if we don’t face such truth, we can never fully receive the grace, love, and mercy for which Christ died. He died for sinful man, not for the “good ones.” If any of us were good, death and redemption would not be required. Satan takes God’s truths and distorts them making them into an insult instead of merely a fact. Without the knowledge of Christ, to think of ourselves as not good, aka evil, we fall into a pit of despair and depression. But, when we see the facts outside of emotionalism we are better able to handle truth.

This applies to me as much as anyone. When people say to me “you’re such a good person,” I immediately correct them as I, in and of myself, am no better or greater than the murderer on death row; not because I murdered someone, but because the sin nature from Adam for which Christ gave His life is equally in me as the murderer. It’s a matter of facts, not what makes me feel good or bad.

E.g. if my shirt is red and someone says, “Hey, your blouse is red,” if I am not emotional, it is in no way an insult, but merely a fact and I am in no way insulted or hurt. However, if I am emotionally charged and already insecure about the color of my top, the comment becomes insulting and I am offended.

This is a simple concept, yet altogether difficult to comprehend because the flesh of mankind wants to make itself feel better all the time. If I go around thinking myself a good person, I am not able to accept the magnitude of the sin nature for which Christ died, therefore unable to receive the fullness of His gift of redemption. I’m too busy excusing sin acts based on, “But I’m a good person otherwise.” We must begin to see the filth of the nature of the flesh, choose the death of the flesh for which Christ buried with Him, and then receive the newness of life that we all desperately need. Now, when someone tries to insult me with “You’re no good!” it bears no emotional meaning because I know as a fact that, outside of the life of Christ, they’re correct.

After all, why would we want to receive a new life in Christ if they’re okay with the old one? There is no one good but God.

If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf
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