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Philadelphia: A Kingdom Call to Brotherly Love

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Chapter 4: Hatred vs. Love

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him (I John 3:15, NAS).”

We are commanded, “Do not hate your brother.” I don’t know how much more I can say that isn’t mentioned in the Bible. The contention, fighting and bickering must cease. There must be a better, more Kingdom-productive way to communicate and resolve issues with the brethren than what we’re currently doing. The divisiveness within the confines of our selfish, fleshly nature is fragmenting God’s Kingdom. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. We must inquire of ourselves the following: 

  • Is there a brother I hate?
  • What am I going to do about it?
  • How can I change my attitude, perspective and approach so as to resolve the matter between us?
  • How can I bring unity in the midst of disunity?”

 

These simple questions, when answered honestly, will bring about God’s will. We need to regularly reevaluate where we are in the Spirit. If we caused and/or perpetuated hatred on any level, resolve the matter. Repent and go and sin no more. Through prayer and supplication, we will do what is righteous whatever it takes.

Brotherly Love:

“And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also (I John 4:21, NAS).”

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor (Romans 12:19, NAS).”

“and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love (II Peter 1:7, NAS).”

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These texts instruct what to do: do love your brother. God never tells us the incorrect without directing us into what is holy in His sight. I especially favor the last few verses above in I and II Peter. The emphasis is on kindness and love which could possibly sound redundant, yet there is a purpose for the repetition. The words kindness, love, harmonious, sympathetic, humble in spirit and devoted are, technically, the same at the root which is Kingdom love. Nevertheless, they are marked individually so as to add emphasis to the necessity of love and all it encompasses.

We live in a treacherous, vile, depraved world as no one could dispute this sad state of affairs. It’s been this way since the fall of man when Satan’s reign was reestablished. Lucifer originally ran the earthly realm until deceit and corruption were found in him. He was dethroned and, eventually, Adam was given charge over the Earth. Once Adam fell prey to the wiles of the enemy, Satan once again took his seat of authority which Adam foolishly relinquished to him.

The ruler of this present Earth is the devil; therefore, we ought not be surprised that the days are wicked. With this fact made clear, we can better understand why God’s Word gave such prominence as to how to conduct ourselves as strangers from Heaven in a peculiar land called Earth. The days are evil; we, God’s people, aka the brethren, must learn how to overcome through the blood of the Lamb, how to live and abide as overcomers instead of having to succumb to the ways of the devil. We must become more aware of the spirit realm, Satan’s and God’s, so as to recognize the danger of not loving the brethren lest we fall into his trap just as did Adam and Eve.

Let us, Kingdom heirs, purposefully become kind, loving, forgiving, selfless, humble, godly, holy, righteous, devoted to one another, and much more of the like toward our brethren.

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“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen (I John 4:20, NAS).”

“But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes (I John 2:11, NAS).”

“By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother (I John 3:10, NAS).”

“The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him (I John 2:9-10, NAS).’

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Philadelphia: A Kingdom Call to Brotherly Love

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Chapter 3: Who is My Neighbor and Who is My Brother?

First, it is imperative to establish that the term “brethren” or “brother” is not about gender but about a spiritual position in Christ Jesus. Just as the terms “son” and “bride” in the Bible are not about gender but about position in the Kingdom of God, so is “brethren”. It’s only when we begin to view the Word of God from a heavenly perspective instead of an earthly that we can understand the meaning as God intends. We must identify with the Spirit instead of the flesh so as to gain insight from Heaven.

Throughout the generations, people have been inquiring, “Who exactly is my brother and who is my neighbor?” Personally, I believe that, when a Christian poses such an inquiry, their heart is not in the right place. Their focus is not on the Kingdom of God, but on themselves and their desire to find a loophole so as to get out of loving the unlovable. Nevertheless, since the question isn’t completely without merit, I’ll attempt to enlighten people so there will be no more question as to whom we must love as a brother or a neighbor. Brotherly love, or rather, the love from the King and His Kingdom, is to be extended to all people.

“We are to be at peace with all people so far as it is dependent upon us” is stated in Romans 12:18. Peace is an offshoot of the love of God. There is no genuine peace absent of brotherly love. Let’s take a closer look at how God defines our neighbor and our brother.

Neighbor:

As we all know, our proverbial neighbor is anyone, anywhere with whom we come into contact. Some would cite, “They (whomever) are not my brother, so I don’t have to treat them as such.” This is errant because, even though they are neither the biological or spiritual brother in Christ, we are still commanded to extend brotherly love. Our neighbor can be family, friend or foe. They can be our neighbor in the house next door or the person down the street or across the state, country or continent. If we come in contact with them, they are our neighbor. Our neighbor can be of the same affiliations, race, creed, color, gender or anything else, or they can be someone we would otherwise justify hating. They can be Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, American, Jewish, British, Asian or other and still be our neighbor. Our neighbors are all the people around us.

I once had neighbors which were grossly unfriendly to everyone. They were rude and reclusive and wouldn’t allow our daughters to play together even though they were nearly the same ages. I did not want to extend neighborly love, not one bit. Yet, the love of God compelled me to give love when it wasn’t reciprocated. Likewise, my neighbor is the customer service rep with whom I need to speak about a product dispute. I have caught myself on more than one occasion growing weary with irritation when they weren’t resolving my issue. The representative may have been in California, India or the Philippines; regardless, they too are my neighbor and I am to extend the love of God. I have failed countless times when I have allowed my aggravation to dictate how I speak to such a neighbor. I call myself to accountability so as to purpose to regain my composure and my conduct.

Brother:

A brother, on the other hand, are those specifically within the body of Christ no matter their gender, race, nationality or anything pertaining to the natural man. Our ‘brother’ is anyone doing the will of the Father.

To reiterate, a “brother” is a position, not a gender. Our brother can be attending the same local body of believers or someone who does not. They can live close geographically or across the globe. We may know them our whole lives or never meet in person. Our “brother” is someone who shares the same heavenly blood and DNA of Jesus.

We cannot rightly exert prejudices of any kind against a brother and be in right standing with the King of kings. By the Spirit, we will know them. If we are led by Holy Spirit, He will bear witness to our brethren. “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).” When I witness firsthand or hear of a “good godly” person persecuting a brother in Christ because they do not look like them, worship as they, or in any way resemble themselves, I am flabbergasted. When will God’s people realize and accept we who walk according to the flesh are not conducting ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ? People who are alive in Christ are the brethren of all others who are alive in Christ. Period.

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Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40, KJV)

“You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:17-18, NAS).”

Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50 NAS)

Know Your Authority, part III

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Authoritative Prayer

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12, NAS).”

When you daily pull down the nature of the fleshly, soulish man, through Holy Spirit you are capable of seeing through the Spirit’s eye. Then and only then are you equipped to handle the things that life throws. With God’s vision coming from within, you begin to recognize when an evil force is in operation. Satan, the ruler of this earth, controls all that is not born of the Spirit.

We all need desperately to stop fighting with one another: denomination against denomination, race against race, social status against social status, etc. and learn how to war in the spiritual realm in unity with the Creator. We need to focus on His will instead of our own. Even if a person is allowing their flesh to override the spirit and there is no specific demon involved it is still, ultimately, demonically driven. All evil is of Satan, directly or indirectly.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:11, NAS).”

If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, there is nothing you cannot do that God desires – nothing is impossible! You need to know who is in charge and how He takes charge. Jesus takes charge through the believer who walks in obedience. His blood that covers every believer has power and the authority to put that power to use.

The Body of Christ is being ripped apart because so few seem to know or understand who they are in Christ. Ignorance is not bliss. It is deceptive. When you don’t know what is going on in the spirit realm, it is like being in a building with a bomb ticking preparing to explode. Doom is imminent, you are just oblivious. Not knowing does not mean it does not exist.

 

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Know Your Authority, part I

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Pulling Down Imaginations and Strongholds:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying imaginations and every high thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame (II Corinthians 10:3-4, NAS).”

 

You have authority through the blood to pull down imaginations and strongholds that arise within us. Before you go into any battle for someone or something, you must first have yourself clean. Here’s the breakdown of the instruction of II Corinthians 10:3-4:

 

  • Imaginations:     have you ever let your mind wander into some out of whack place? It could be imagining having an affair, stealing from your company, lying to get out of something, and so on. Imaginations that are not led by Christ lead people away from God, not toward God. You are not to allow your mind to wander. Take control over it. You are to operate with the sound mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5). In purity, imaginations are what allow you to have visions from God and see them through to fruition. Those visions bring hope to the believer and salvation to the unbeliever.
  • Strongholds:     anything that has a grip on you that would hinder you from being all God created you to be. A stronghold can be holding on to the past, bitterness, anger, greed, jealousy, addictions, or countless other things that seem stronger than Christ in you. When you are led by the Spirit, you will want to pull them down to keep them from oppressing you.
  • Pulling Down:     it is not as much praying as it is commanding those things that hinder you to leave. Commanding things to leave is part of the authority God gave you over your own person. When things try to get in my head, I speak out loud so that demonic forces coming against me can hear, “I command you, in the name of Jesus, to be loosed from your assignment over me (name what it is).” Then I begin to replace them with whatever of God is the opposite. If impatience, replace it with the patience of Christ; if anger, peace; if hatred, love; if sorrow and depression, joy; anxiety, calm; if impurity, purity.

 

Know How to Battle:

 

By knowing who we are in Christ, the power we have and the authority we possess to utilize such power, we will recognize just how in love God is with you. With that revelation, you will turn and fall deeply in love with God and you will never want to displease Him again. By getting to know Him on an intimate level, you will see that all He asks of you is for you, not against you.

Likewise, you will begin to see past the flesh of others. You will begin to see with the vision of Holy Spirit and then you will stop fighting everyone in the natural and begin to war with your authority through prayer. You will begin to war in the spirit realm as God intended. Satan’s tactic is to rally everyone against each other in a billion petty ways to keep us fighting against one another so as to divide God’s Kingdom. When you begin to see through the eye of God, you will seek to know how to battle through prayer and declaration instead of fighting against the flesh.

We’ll pick up here next time as we continue with, Know Your Authority, from my first book, What was God Thinking? Why Adam had to Die. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books!                                                   

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Enter the Blood Covenant, part IV

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The Blessed Covenant:

“For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives (Hebrews 9:16-17, NAS).”

“‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,’ He then says, ‘And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin (Hebrews 10:16-18, NAS).”

“For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15, NAS).”

 

“Since a death has taken place,” stated in Hebrews 9, you are to take up the cross (death) with Christ; the One who made the covenant already gave His life. If you are a member of the Body of Christ and do not die to the flesh regularly, know that you are just running around aimlessly quoting Scripture to no avail. You are going through motions that are meaningless to God because they are of the flesh. Anything you do that is not Holy Spirit instructed is as wood, hay and stubble to God – worthless from and eternal Kingdom, standard.

 

You must care for your physical body because it is the temple of the Living God. However, you must be emptied of the sinful nature so that Holy Spirit may freely move through you and also that you may be free, with Him and in Him. It is for your benefit as well as the Kingdom of God.

 

“It is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise who are regarded as descendants (Romans 9:8, NAS).”

 

The Scribes and Pharisees claimed to be “descendants” because they were in the physical bloodline of Abraham. This Scripture (and those along with it) states that the covenant of the Son comes through faith in Christ. The flesh has no covenant with God. It is our spirit that receives Christ through faith. All who enter into covenant with the Father are true descendants of Abraham and have access to all the promises given to him and through him.

 

The Seal of Promise:

 

“In  Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians1:13, NAS).”

“Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12, NAS).”

“To be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel (Ephesians 3:6, (NAS).”

 

Holy Spirit is the Seal of Promise. He is the mark of God. Without Holy Spirit brought to life by the flesh having been put to death, how will God know you? How will the demons know you? How will man know you? Two lives cannot reside in one body. The flesh of man is perpetually at war with the Spirit of God. Death to the worldly way of thinking and doing, the lusts of the flesh, brings us into covenant relationship with the Father, your Husband. It brings you into access to all of the blessings of the covenant but disobedience breaks covenant protection. This is why He calls you to die daily; He wants you to inherit all that is His and He has given instruction how to attain it. He withholds nothing from us; it is we who withhold His hand.

 

Prayer:

I release myself to You totally and completely without reservation. Show me how to die daily to the fleshly nature in which I was originally born and how to allow Your Holy Spirit full access to all of me. Make me mindful that I am an heir to the Promise through Your Spirit and not through external actions of my flesh. I thank You, Jesus, that by Your stripes, I am healed and by Your wounds, I have been transferred from death unto light. I bless You, Almighty, that You did not leave me abandoned, but adopted me as a rightful heir to the Kingdom of God. Amen.

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 I of, Life or Death.

 

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