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A Wrinkle in Time or a Wrinkle in Evil?

I like to see ratings and read reviews before I expose myself to new-agie garbage like this. So I did some research and found, as usual, all kinds of reviews from one end of the spectrum to the other. I suppose if any of us had read the novel by Madeleine L’Engle we might have a better idea of what to expect. So I am sharing who she was and what she was about because I believe it will give us much needed information about this story and whether or not to go and see what Disney and Hollywood have done to it. I must say that I do not believe there is anything Christ-like in either the book nor the movie. Did she use Scripture in the book? Yes, but satan also knows God’s Word and how to twist it to accomplish his purpose against mankind. Another great idea is to research the director and see what her beliefs are.

I strongly suggest that all parents who call themselves Christian, which means to be Christ-like, go to our Lord and ask Him if they should take their children to see it. At the very least, I suppose it could be a teachable time for children who are emotionally and spiritually mature enough to understand. Here is a great question that all of us Christians ought to live our lives by, “Does it glorify God?”

Concerns about the teachings of Madeleine L’Engle, the author of A Wrinkle in Time

Born: 1918 / Died: 2007

Faith: Liberal Episcopalian with New Age and mysticism beliefs—“official writer-in-residence at New York City’s Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is known for its prominent position in the liberal wing of the Episcopal Church”—a church which some have called apostate and very New Age

EVOLUTIONIST—She was a theistic Evolutionist, enamored with science claims about the universe. “I read very widely. I have friends who send me the magazine Discover and scientific articles they think I’ll be interested in. So I’m able to keep up with what’s going in the world of physics and particle physics, which to me is theology. These people are dealing with the nature of being—which to me is theology much more than that of the theologians, who argue about peripheral things.”

UNIVERALIST—She believed in and promoted the unbiblical idea of universal salvation—that is, that EVERYONE who has ever lived is going—or has gone—to be with God, and there is no Hell. Naturally, this made her very popular with many. —Rebuttals: Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer / HELL: Fact or Fiction—Is it an actual place? Answer

She believed that parts of the Bible are “fantasy.”

She falsely claimed that Jesus was not sinless (A Stone for a Pillow, p. 176).

Religions of the world were honored by her as bearers of truth and light, and enemies of darkness. —Rebuttal: RELIGIONS—Many ways to God? Aren’t all religions basically the same? Answer

Given her belief in Universalism, it is not surprising that she was dismissive of the wrath of God, the fear of the Lord and Christ’s death in atonement for our sins. In New Age fashion, she twisted the word “atonement” to mean “at-one-ment” with the universe (p. 203).
She wrote that mankind is not the “pinnacle of creation” and that we are no more important in God’s view than “stars or butterflies or baboons,” because we are all part of “the whole” (pp. 202-203). (To the contrary, God’s Word reveals clearly that Adam was created in the image of God, was given dominion over His creatures (Gen. 1:26-28) and humanity is in God’s prime focus from the beginning of Creation, throughout history and into the future—designed to commune with God and bring glory to Him.)
In summary, Madeleine confused truth with great errors, rejected the true God of the Bible and His inerrant Word—discarding parts of the Bible she disliked. Like so many people in our time, she preferred to believe in an imaginary divinity of human invention—more to her own liking.
Through over 40 books for children and adults, seminars, and personal appearances, her influence was strong and widespread.

I am also sharing some of the reviews of the movie that I am finding out there:

“A WRINKLE IN TIME is based on a beloved book by Madeline L’Engle, but veers from the book’s original Christian allegory and inserts New Age messages and a very confusing plotline. It seems as if the filmmakers spent most of their time focusing on the CGI aspects of the movie, in order to create a great spectacle, rather than working on the story. Overall, Movieguide® advises extreme caution for A WRINKLE IN TIME.”

Disney Tries to Scrub Christianity From Existence in New Blockbuster, Pays a Big Price

“This movie is packed full of new-ageism. Themes such as “inner light”, “centering”, “becoming one with the universe” are a few for example. Although there is a good lesson about the power of love, there is NOTHING in this film that promotes a Christian worldview. In fact, whereas God’s word teaches of humanity’s need for redemption by the blood of Jesus, this film promoted the idea that we can simply choose to live by the light that is already in us. If I had known this prior to buying a ticket, I probably would’ve skipped this one. I actually found myself praying over my eight-year-old daughter in the movie that these things would not enter her heart. Prayerfully consider these things before taking your children & allow Holy Spirit to guide you. Blessings 🙏🏻” Pastor and father, Aaron Wall

This one I found especially interesting as this movie seems to put out there the act of channeling demon spirits:

A Wrinkle In Time: Satan’s best Sermon

If you have seen this movie and got chills, then you are not alone. This movie was filled with some of the best teachings that Satan has to offer. If you were a new ager, a witch, a yogi, or satanist you would have found your home here. This movie will reboot and throughly cleanse the sinus of demonically filled people.

No time was wasted. The trinity Oprah, Mindy Kaling, & Reese Witherspoon covers the basis for all races. The black, brown, and white coalition was in place. Oprah being the Father, Mindy the Holy Spirit, and Reese was Jesus Christ. They each played their role as entities of light. They were guides who taught the main character how to astral project. They used yoga as the entry point for the light (Satan) to enter. At the point of Mindy’s eyes going white, flashes real quick, demons entered the people in the movie theater. Oprah’s demonic power is impressive. Evil spirits of depression, fear, and anxiousness.

A superb way to keep one entangled. The hook that keeps one chained to demonic methods of living that loop over and over again. I heard a young girl express her delight in the movie and tears began to fill my eyes and I felt it difficult to hold them back. Ignorance may be temporarily blissful, but it will not protect you from the truth. Demons entered the children as well. Parents totally unaware of what transpired. Simply heart breaking, but A Wrinkle in Time is brilliant.
There was one statement that stuck out to me. “Light enters through the wound.” I have found speaking to demons that women who birth children out of trauma are the easiest to enter. It is no coincidence that when you see a homosexual, they all have a trauma story. The angel of light (Satan) enters through the trauma. Why do you think entering a fraternity requires a ritual that produces trauma? A gang? A secret society? Hollywood? It is the reason young girls and boys are sexually abused. It produces trauma and demons enter.

The trauma is the hook that keeps one enslaved to sin and in bondage to all kinds of addictions that are harmful, suicidal, genocidal, and homicidal. This movie moves past the understanding of most of the adults who will watch it, but their children will receive the message loud and clear. The universe in this movie is Satan and he will teach you how to enter the spirit world and you can in the spirit move faster then the speed of light.

If you have watched this movie with your children ignorantly, then pray this prayer.

Heavenly Father, I am aware that ignorance does not save me or my family. What I don’t know can kill me. Your word says over and over again to get knowledge and wisdom and understanding. To seek it as for hidden treasure. Forgive me. As the leader of my home, I should have watched over my children. Lord Jesus, send your healing. Touch me and the rest of my family with your cleansing blood. Rescue my children from filthy spirits that seek to destroy and remove from them every disease satan has planned for their life. Bring conviction to me, so that I walk well in this evil world where Satan is the prince of the air (airwaves). In Jesus name.
Lord, I know you don’t dwell in unclean temples. I know offending you will not go well with me. Fill me Lord. Give me a fresh touch. Restore me and my family in Jesus name.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Truth and Common Sense

 

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Are We Preparing for our Service in Heaven?

I have to wonder, with the state of affairs in the U.S., how many of those who claim to be children of the one and only God Jehovah, truly understand that we will give account to Him for what we have or have not done for the cause of Christ after accepting Him as Lord, and that how we live our lives in this short time on earth is to prepare us for eternity in Heaven.

Matthew 25

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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Wow! True Paradox of our Times!

Jude 1:22 “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”

Definitely something to think about.

Someone said, “The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but we have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.”

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less wisdom; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, yet less health of the whole person.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower morals. We’ve become long and on quantity, but short on quality.

These are times of tall men and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the times of proclaimed world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less joy; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the show window, yet little in the moral stockroom. And a time when you can choose to make a difference through Jesus Christ, or to…just ignore.

Thank you Dr. Tom Wallace, Pastor! This is just what I needed in my time with the Lord this morning! My prayer today is that we, His children “come out from among them and be separate.” Let us truly be God’s shining light and the opposite of the things of this world to make a Godly difference and point the world to Jesus. Our time is very short, even at the door. Amen

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Heaven – Part 5

John’s Witness of the Third Heaven – Part 1

Saint John on PatmosIt pays to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day – Sunday! The entire book of Revelation was given to John on that day – Revelation 1:10 “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” The greatest revelations of our lives usually come to us when we hear “what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (See Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22) This usually takes place on Sundays – Acts 20:7 “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2 “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

In this revelation we learn more of the Third Heaven. All of the following observations are from the book of Revelation unless otherwise noted:

  • There is a door in Heaven – 4:1 “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” This is a type of the Rapture. The door is opened to all who hear the first audible voice and the sound of the trumpet. Trumpets are mentioned several times as being in Heaven and used by angels. God is also said to have a trumpet – 1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
    first:” The only other instrument said to be in Heaven is the harp – 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” (See also Rev. 14:2; 15:2)
  • There is a throne set in Heaven. It is the same one Isaiah saw in Isaiah 6:1.
  • God, who sits on the throne is described as being like jasper (clear crystal) and a sardine stone (dark red). This was the best way John could describe God’s glory – 4:3 “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
  • There is a rainbow about the throne (4:3). Our rainbows on earth are made of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This one appears as an emerald, which is green. Green represents life.
  • Around God’s throne are 24 seats. There are 24 elders, clothed in white raiment, sitting on the seats. They wear crowns of gold (4:4).
  • Lightning, thunder, and voices proceed from the throne of God (4:5).
  • There are 7 lamps of fire burning before God’s throne (4:5). These are the 7 Spirits of God (1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6). Isaiah 11:2 reveals these 7 Spirits to us:
  • The Spirit of the Lord
  • The Spirit of Wisdom
  • The Spirit of Understanding
  • The Spirit of Counsel
  • The Spirit of Might
  • The Spirit of Knowledge
  • The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
  • There is a sea of glass, like crystal, before the throne (4:6)
  • Four beasts, like the seraphim Isaiah saw, are seen (4:6-8). They continually announce the holiness of God “who was, and is, and is to come.” (Look at Isaiah 6:1-3 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” These beasts also give glory, honor, and thanks to God at times. When they do, the 24 elders fall down before God on His throne and worship Him, casting crowns before Him. They exalt the Lord who created all things for His pleasure. There is worship in the Third Heaven (4:9-11)! Things should be done on earth as they are in Heaven. We should worship God and fall down before Him. We must study Heaven to know what we should be doing on earth – Luke 11:2 “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”

Revelation Chapter 4:

“1   After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2   And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3   And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4   And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5   And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6   And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7   And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8   And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9   And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10   The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11   Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Heaven – Part 4

The Third Heaven (Continued)

Paul’s Witness of the Third Heaven – Paul was one human who went to the Third Heaven and came back. He did not reveal one single thing he saw. He only commented on what he had heard. He called the words he heard unspeakable. He considered these words so sacred that they could not be spoken in our world. May God help us to be more in awe of what we hear from Him, than of what we see with our eyes.

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

Isaiah’s Witness of the Third Heaven – Isaiah was another man who saw a glimpse of Heaven. The record is in Isaiah 6:1-7 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

From this text we learn that in the Third Heaven:

  • The Lord is sitting upon a throne.
  • The Lord is wearing a robe with a very long train (hem).
  • There is a temple in Heaven where He sits. Other Scriptures that speak of this temple are Revelation 3:12; 7:15; 11:19; 14:15; 17; 15:5; 6; 8; 16:1; 17.
  • Six winged seraphims ceaselessly fly above the throne of God and cry one to another announcing the holiness of the Lord of Hosts.
  • There is an altar of live coals.

When Isaiah saw the Lord, he felt condemned, unclean, and undone. What particularly troubled him were his unclean lips and the unclean lips of the people of the world. Do we take time to consider our words? Do our words cause us regret, sorrow or shame?

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Next entry – begin study of John’s Witness of the Third Heaven

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit – Part 7

Before I share the next and final entry on the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, I would like to say thank you and God Bless all of you who have been and continue to pray for my dear sister in Christ, Mendy. There are tens of thousands of prayer warriors in more than 106 countries lifting this situation up to God. She is able to move her arms, has very slight movement of 2 fingers and the thumb of her right hand, but her torso and lower body remain paralyzed. I believe that God will heal her according to His perfect plan and His perfect timing. We continue in fervent prayer to our Mighty God who does still perform miracles. James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

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VII. The Fruit of the Spirit – 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.”

Immediately following 18 manifestations of the flesh, the Apostle Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, mentions that there are nine fruit of the Holy Ghost. The word “fruit” here refers to “maturity.” Fruit is actually singular. All nine of these begin to manifest themselves at once in a believer as they mature in the Holy Ghost.

When a person plants a seedling of an apple tree, he must wait approximately eight years before he sees the first apple. The ninth year there will be a few more apples, the tenth year a few more, and so on. Fruit is the evidence that a tree has matured. As we mature in our walk with the Holy Ghost, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will begin to show as the evidence of our changed life.

Fruit is very visible. It is not hidden. When a person looks at a tree and sees pears hanging on it, he says, “That is a pear tree.” When a person sees peaches hanging on a tree, he says, “That is a peach tree.” When someone sees the ornaments of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance becoming obvious in the life and behavior of a person, they say, “That is a Christian.” Are these graces appearing in your life as you grow older in the Lord?

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is more important than the gifts of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

Notice in the above verses that having charity is more important than having the gift of tongues, the gift of prophecy, the gift of knowledge, or the gift of helps. In fact, all of these gifts exercised are considered nothing in the eyes of God, unless they are done with charity. 1 Corinthians 12:31 “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” It is more excellent for a believer to manifest the fruit of the Spirit than the gifts of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit qualifies us to use our gifts; otherwise, our gifts used are nothing.

It is paramount, therefore, that we be filled with the Holy Spirit and that we be looking for the visible fruit of our maturing in the Holy Ghost. Let us look at these nine fruit of the Spirit specifically, and let us watch for these fruit becoming more and more prevalent in our lives, our hearts, our mannerisms, and our behaviors.

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all the fruits of the spirit (Photo credit: stratoz)

A. Love – There are two types of love that the Scriptures tell us we should have. For the sake of simplicity, we will call the one an “inferior” love, and the other a “superior” love.

1. Inferior Love – This word “love” usually refers to a great fondness or affection for somebody or something. For instance, when a wife is told to love her husband (Titus 2:4), she is supposed to have a fondness for him.

2. Superior Love – This “love” is the word used in our text to describe the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This love is a willingness to sacrifice yourself for someone or something because of your relationship to that person or affection for that person.

The Bible says 1 John 3:16 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” This verse says our perception of God’s love is that of sacrifice. What a person sacrifices for is what they love. This is the fruit of the Spirit. When our love goes beyond a fondness for God into a willingness to sacrifice our all to Him, then we are maturing in the Holy Spirit.

B. Joy – Joy is much deeper than happiness. Happiness is usually produced by happenings. When the happening is over, the happiness subsides. For instance, riding in a boat might make someone happy. It does not last long, and certainly does not get someone through when troublesome times come. Joy abides deep within the Holy Spirit-filled believer even on the worst day of their life. Joy is the ever present work of God as He cheers us no matter what we are going through.

The importance of joy is summarized in this statement – Nehemiah 8:10b “…the joy of the LORD is your strength.” That sounds pretty important to me!

C. Peace – Peace is an inner calmness and quietness produced by the Holy Spirit. It means to be serene or at rest in soul, spirit, and heart. Romans 14:17-19 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

D. Longsuffering – Long-suffering means to suffer for a long time! It refers to forbearance, fortitude, longanimity, endurance. This fruit of the Spirit will keep us from quitting and questioning.

E. Gentleness – Gentleness is to be “excellent in character and demeanor; to be useful in manners and morals by kindness, easiness, and graciousness.” Psalms 18:35 “Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.” 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.” 1 Thessalonians 2:7 “But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:” 2 Timothy 2:24 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,”

F. Goodness – Goodness is virtue or beneficence. When this fruit of the Holy Spirit is manifest in us, as we mature, our lives become beneficial to God and others. Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Life is not about us, but life is about how many people benefit from our help.

Português: Pomba do Divino Espírito Santo

G. Faith – Faith is confidence, dependence, trust, or reliance upon Christ, His abilities, and His Word. A person maturing in the Holy Ghost has more and more of this type of faith and time and trials pass. Some, who are not maturing in the Holy Ghost, do not have this. Matthew 13:58 “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” They do not see mighty works in their lives, churches, or neighborhood because of their lack of faith. As our faith grows, its potential is LIMITLESS! Matthew 21:21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”

H. Meekness – Meekness is the inner strength to trust in God to take care of your battles, circumstances, and needs. It is putting all in God’s hands, and leaving it there. (Not fighting your own battles OR DEFENDING YOURSELF) Numbers 12:1-3 “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)” Meekness is humility.

I. Temperance – Temperance is self-control. Holy Spirit-given POWER to control your emotions, body, thought life, soul, and so on. 1 Corinthians 9:25 “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”

“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray this teaching on your Holy Spirit will bless whomever you send it to. For your word does not return to you void.” Anna

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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Ever Growing Faith

I was so blessed today in my morning devotion from God’s Word and our Baptist Bread that I had to share!

Luke 17: 5-6 “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”

FAITH REACHES UP A TRUSTING HAND

INTO THE EMPTY AIR,

AND FINDS THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD

IS WAITING HER HAND THERE.

SHE STEPS SERENELY INTO SPACE,

NOR FEELS THE FALL NOR SHOCK,

AND FINDS HER GROPING FEET ARE PLACED

SAFE ON GOD’S SOLID ROCK.

FOR GOD AND FAITH SHALL ALWAYS MEET;

IT IS GOD’S LAW UNBROKEN,

HIS EAR IS ALWAYS LISTENING FOR

FAITH’S FAINTEST WHISPER SPOKEN.

I stand in fervent prayer for God’s merciful miracles to continue in the body of my dear sister Mendy – all according to His perfect timing and Will!

 

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in God's Love

 

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