Archive for July, 2016

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34. All writings are not Scripture0

What is Scripture?

Jesus puts to rest all arguments, pretensions, doubts, queries, misconceptions and above all confusions concerning “Scriptures” ONCE AND FOR ALL when He CLEARLY DEFINES SCRIPTURE AS THAT WHICH TESTIFIES ABOUT HIM.

Refer Jn 5:39-40, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.  These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have Life.”

That is right!  Scripture is Truth because it is the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD imparted by God Himself.  It is GOD-GIVEN and simply cannot originate from man.  Hence it is also called the Grace of God.  Eg.  Jn 16:15, “But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”  As such, Jn 6:45 testifies and reasserts concerning His people, “It is written in the prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ ”  In short without the Grace of God or the Word of God one cannot know God and without the knowledge of God one cannot hope to be perfected to unite with Him.  (Read the article “What is Grace of God?” from the website and be fully equipped with the truth.)

Like how it is demonstrated in Isa 50:47, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the Word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”  Again read Matt 10:26-27, “So do not be afraid of them.  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight, what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”.   Also read Matt 13:52, “He said to them, ‘Therefore every teacher of the law WHO HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of the storeroom new treasures as well as old.’”

IT IS that which is entrusted to His faithful servants or prophets as AN EVERLASTING WITNESS.  For example refer Isa 30:8. “GO NOW, WRITE IT ON A TABLET FOR THEM, INSCRIBE IT ON A SCROLL, THAT FOR THE DAYS TO COME IT MAY BE AN EVERLASTING WITNESS.”

Therefore, FIRST OF ALL, understand that the modern usage of words such as the ambiguous “inspired” or the cryptic “God-breathed” with relation to scripture are only meant to be misused so as to mislead.

IT IS THE GRACE OF GOD as described in Ps 45:2 concerning the Messiah,  “…and Your lips have been anointed with grace..”   Read Col 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that YOU MAY KNOW HOW TO ANSWER EVERYONE.“   Just as Jesus reminds in Matt 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”  Likewise read 1 Tim 4:16, “Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

IT IS IRREVOCABLE.  For example, read Isa 45:23, “By Myself I have sworn, My mouth has uttered in all integrity a Word that WILL NOT BE REVOKED:  Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear.”  Often one finds that in His compassion God does turn away from His wrath to give the penitent another chance.  So it might seem like God did revoke His word at the time.  However, in such cases one only succeeds in stalling it in one’s time but His words remain irrevocable and come to pass nevertheless.  For example as seen in the case of king Hezekiah (2 Chron 32:26, 2 Kings 20:19).

IT IS INFALLIBLE.  Meaning it does not fail but comes to fulfillment in His time, every single one of them!  Refer  Matt 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”  For example, read Isa 55:11, “So is My Word that goes out from My mouth:  It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Likewise, Matt 5:18, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”   Note by fulfillment it also means to materialize before our eyes.  For example, when His Word was sent forth and all things created as also when This Word became Flesh to become the Perfect Atonement for the sins of the world.

IT IS LIFE.  It is viable and active; Life in abundance and eternal.  It does not die and hence IMPERISHABLE.   Refer Jn 6:63, “The Spirit gives Life; the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit, and they are Life.”  This is the reason the disciples were right to acknowledge, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn 6:68).

IT IS HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, for only His righteousness can make us holy.  This is the reason Jesus instructs, “But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness..” (Matt 6:33).  And it is that which is given liberally and generously (Jas 1:5).  For example, read Matt 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Or Matt 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

IT IS UNCOMPROMISING.  Refer 2 Jn 9, Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in The Teaching has both the Father and the Son.”   This is the reason Jesus quotes prophet Isaiah concerning all who have compromised the Word of God to reinstate, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.  They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught BY MEN.” (Matt 15:8-9).

IT IS CONSISTENT AND UNCHANGING.  God is One, and His words are One and the Same – whether spoken directly or through His faithful prophets.  There is no contradiction here.  What the Father spoke, the Son fulfilled and reinstated, and it is that which the Spirit continues to remind and teach (eg. Jn 16:12-15). 

Contradictions, confusions  and corruption are the works of men who PRETEND to be spokesmen of God for their own glory.   Jesus testifies in Jn 7:18, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the One who sent him is a man of truth, there is nothing false about him.”  FOR ALL THOSE WHO RIGHTLY FIND THE BIBLE QUITE CONFUSING, CONTRADICTORY AND EVEN CORRUPTED IN MANY AREAS IT IS BECAUSE WAYWARD AND REBELLIOUS MEN WHO PRETEND TO BE SHEPHERDS OF GOD’S FLOCK HAVE LIBERALLY TAMPERED WITH THE WORD OF GOD TO ADD, TO DELETE AND TO DISTORT IT BEYOND RECOGNITION!   However, BE WARNED, that it does not serve as an excuse to shun it because just as it is promised the Holy Spirit is here to guide us into all truth.  While it is for God to deal with these liars and deceivers, it is for us to put our trust entirely upon Him Who Alone is able to bring to fulfillment His Word, “..I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades (or hell) will not overcome it.” (Matt 16:18b).

FINALLY, IT IS IRREFUTABLE.  “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” (Lk 21:15).  This is the everlasting heritage of His faithful servants, as described in Isa 54:17, “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”   Just as Paul explains, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

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33. Humility cannot be taught by man0

Why does man pretend to teach humility to his fellow-man when it is not a

virtue he himself possesses?

There is only One who is able to teach mankind true humility which if one is unaware is a divine virtue.  Learn from Him who is also called the Spirit of Grace and Supplication, and then you will see your God (Matt 5:3 & 8, Zech 12:10).

Personally, I for one know and experience for certain the fact that when a man tries to teach his fellow-man humility, he is only expressing his desire to bring his fellow-man beneath his shoes.  And truly enough this is how the Spirit testifies about them to His servants, Isa 51:23, “I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you, ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk over you.’  And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked over.”

These are the arrogant men who do not even spare the Son of God for this is how the Spirit testifies for Him who is His chosen Servant, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, read Isa 50:6, “I offered My back to those who beat Me, My cheeks to those who pulled out My beard; I did not hide My Face from mocking and spitting.  Because the Sovereign Lord helps Me, I will not be disgraced.   Therefore have I set My Face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”  

As such the oppression of man’s dominance stemming from a fellow-man’s assumed sense of superiority is the greatest hurdle servants of God face as they minister before men.  I know with certainty how the following lines I have penned speak for all the others out there who serve men as female servants of God:  

All about me
I find people playing gods
Judging and teaching me painful lessons.
Wiping away my smiles
Overlaying my stooping back
And daring me to raise my head
While they teach me
In addition, humility!

Sadly, humility is mistaken as a human virtue. The truth is, just as the word suggests, True Humility is as HUMAN, LEARNING to LITTLE oneself before God.” Refer Zeph 3:9-20, Zeph 2:3, Job 42:5-6 and Zech 11:11.  Isa 66:2b states, “This is the one I esteem; he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My Word.”   

What one should know is that this is not possible unless one knows one’s God since it is a divine virtue TAUGHT by God.  For example, read Matt 11:29-30, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Clearly, it is not given to man to teach humility since he does not POSSESS it, again clearly evidenced by the yoke he lays on his fellow-man.  Therefore, all that man ends up teaching is “sycophancy”, which is the opposite of humility, a lie and a mere pretense!

However, the fact remains that man likes to pretend he is the epitome of humility.  And in so doing he gives himself away as sooner or later one discovers all he seeks is his glory while he tramples his fellow-man under his foot.

This is the easiest and quickest way to understand the same and see through the guise of man’s ‘humility’:

1. Defining Humility 

Humility is not
Exalting oneself in pretenses of humble clothing
With soft and sweet mumbling;
A bowing and scraping before his fellow-man
For whatever personal gain!

Humility is
Looking up to God and God alone.
The more one finds Him exalted,
The more one finds oneself lowly and humbled.

2. Man’s nature is arrogance   (churches are exposed by it most of all)

Man is so arrogant –
he will dare to equal
with the Son of God,
but will not let equal
his fellow-man.

3. The Yoke of God versus the yoke of man

Serving God and serving man
Are two different things.
The godly ought not to
Confuse betwixt the two.
For only he that serves God
Truly serves man
And it is never the other way round.

4. Be warned all who seek to serve God

One cannot begin to pronounce the infallible Gospel,
The irrefutable Word of God
If one does not first shed one’s sycophancy
To denounce the fallible man!

5. Finally remember

Wherever man is exalted
God is dishonored.
For God is the True  Judge
Only He may exalt and
Only He may bring low
And not before the Appointed Time
Wise is he who waits on God
And readies himself for His Day.

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32. Separate!0

Why did Abraham and Lot separate?

One of the many reasons for those who know me ‘personally’ to reject me or my ministry is that they are too supra-spiritual to understand and acknowledge my spiritual journey of constant separations.  So instead of listening to or receiving the Word of God from me, they would reject me outright and instead bombard me with questions like, ‘Are you not talking with so and so?’ or ‘Why are you not in touch with your so and so kith or so and so kin?’ ‘Did not Jesus teach forgiveness?’ ‘How can you preach the Word when you cannot even forgive?’, ‘How do you propose to minister to them if you are not a part of them?, so on and so forth.  And so even though it is at my own risk that I choose to separate in order that I may remain in His fellowship and even though in the bargain I lose everything, as is wont to happen in such cases, so that I may finally attain that which God has set me apart for, these neither see Light nor are willing to heed it.

The fact that Forgiveness and Reconciliation are two different things is something even the so-called children of God fail to understand. (Read the Commandment to Forgive from this website and be armed with the Truth.)  Hardly surprising for as we have been learning there is no Divine Virtue or Word of God that men have not defiled or distorted in their vain attempt to utterly destroy them.  And so today things have come to such a head that given the chance these “overtly virtuous” but nevertheless these “compromising liars” would not hesitate to preach reconciliation with the devil TO God Himself!

As such people fail to understand why Abraham separated from Lot even though it is one of the oldest story to have exemplified the Divine Virtue for all those who are so-inclined.  To their superficially “virtuous” minds, they would rather seek comfort in such facts as in spite of their differences Abraham proved himself a ready help (Gen 14:14-16) and a faithful mediator (Gen 18:23-33, Gen 19:29) for Lot, even granting Lot the superlative title of a “righteous man” (2 Pet 2:7) to boot.  But not without compromising with the Truth, the infallible Word or Virtue of God!

To begin with, let us understand, Lot being fatherless was joined to his uncle as a familial responsibility (Gen 11:27-31).  That he neither shared Abraham’s Calling or Spiritual Vision nor desired to, becomes evident as we move on with their story. It is not a mere coincidence that squabbling over material things should first appear to erupt between their respective servants (Gen 13:7a).  In fact it proved to be the apt “spiritual filter” God uses to expose one’s true inclination.  And therefore even though all the obvious material blessings came through Abraham’s faithful obedience to God, we see that Abraham was quick to perceive Lot’s true inclination and gladly relinquish the choice pastures to him as he went his separate way. Thus he succeeded in doing an exemplary spiritual act by nipping the problem at the bud.  He was clear about his God-given vision and purpose and he was not going to allow any body or any thing become a stumbling block in the path of righteousness he was determined to follow through.

Not only that but also the fact that Lot was only too glad of the offer, and opts to break free from Abraham with it instead of himself relinquishing them so he can persevere with the latter for the greater blessing or inheritance, again speaks a lot of his true inclinations (Gen 13:10-11). Again substantiated by the fact that he had to be literally dragged by hand away from his chosen land (Gen 19:16) to safety. And once again substantiated by the fact that instead of obeying God and fleeing to the mountains as he was told, he begged to differ to choose his own path once again (Gen 19:18).

That not only was his life spared but also that of the town he took refuge in was in keeping with God’s faithful promise to Abraham is something which fails to occur to him at all.  Even after he discovered the fallacy of his move (Gen 19:30)!

This is so true of each one of us. Whenever God spares our life or delivers us from some trouble or the other, we immediately assume somehow we are worthy of it. We refuse to acknowledge God’s surpassing faithfulness even in our unworthiness!!! And we continue unruffled in the same fashion.  Just as Lot did.

That his life should finally end up as it did, having lost his all – material and spiritual blessings and to top it all, in shame siring two cursed races whose judgment becomes irrevocable as they picked up and furthered the old enmity with the descendants of Abraham,  says it all better than any foolish and opposing  testimony of man.

And, while at it, to those who persist on blaming his daughters for it, again the Spirit of God provides the lasting testimony. Read Lev 19:29, “Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.” Wasn’t it just what Lot did? Read Gen 19:8. Do you then blame the daughters who, like their father, were better versed with the ways or customs of the world than with the holy Way of the Lord (Gen 19:31)? Still in doubt? Go ahead and read Hos 4:14.

Reverting to the topic, here’s a story that should clearly showcase how forgiveness and reconciliation are two different things. No matter how well Abraham treated Lot, over and over again, there simply did not arise a reconciliation between the two.  Reconciliation is only possible when the offender acknowledges his offense and is penitent about it (Matt 15-17).  He then steps it up by making necessary restitution for it, wherever required, like for instance in the manner of Zachchaeus the tax collector (Lk 19:8-9). For this is how True Salvation -i.e.  reconciliation with both God and fellow-man comes about, manifested by the true oneness and fellowship of God (Matt 15:19-20, Lk 19:9) among them.  You can be certain, all else are nothing but evil assemblies or evil fellowships, detested by God (Isa 1:13), and on them  His judgment is certain (Mic 3:9-12).

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.” (Mic 3:8)

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31. I AM0

Why is the concept of ‘Omnipresent God’ misconstrued?  Think again,

is it Omnipresent or I AM?  And what is the difference?

Why is the concept of ‘the omnipresent God’ one of the most misconstrued knowledge of God?  Just because everybody is stating “God is Omnipresent” or “God is everywhere” DOES NOT MEAN it is as it suggests.  For example, God is definitely not present in hell. 

Such NOTIONS are propagated only to earn the justification religions desperately seek.  However the fact remains that all religions are man-made.  They are VAIN attempts or pursuits of man TO SEEK GOD OF WHOM HE HAS NO INKLING ABOUT!   But to the discerning these are the red flags.

The very idea that man can find God on his own is as preposterous as the attempts he makes.  How is it that it does not occur to man that he cannot find God without God’s help?  How is it that it does not occur to him that only God can reveal who He truly is?  And how is it that man fails to understand that seeking His kingdom and His righteousness is not the same as his attempts to reach the moon or to discover a new planet or a new cell?  For who but the Almighty Himself can show us the way to Himself, His holy Nature and His holy Abode!

Raise these questions, or better still, answer these questions and you will strike at the very foundations of these HOUSES OF FOLLY that are built on nothing but the proverbial sand. They will all come crumbling down as the first ‘tower of Babel’ man attempted to reach Heaven did (Mic 1:2-5).

Only Truth will expose these empty-headed and preposterous misappropriations of God-knowledge which surprisingly we find all religions agree upon irrespective of their otherwise “hallmark” differences.

LET US BE WARNED THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET AWAY WITH OUR LIES FOR EVER.  The Word Of God CLEARLY WARNS US AGAINST MISUSING HIS NAME and AGAINST ‘SPEAKING WHAT IS NOT RIGHT ABOUT HIM (refer Job 42:7)’.  Both are grave offenses for which we shall be held accountable by Him.

The Truth is that God is All-knowing and All-wise.  There is nothing hidden from God, and there is no place unreachable by God (Jn 3:8). For eg. Matt 24:31.  And, what is more? There is no escaping from God, which means there is no refuge both ‘apart from’ and from God.  Even death will fail to provide a cover on the Day of His wrath.  Just as Jesus Christ proved when He came down not just to the earth but also when He entered Death and Hades, until then considered as ‘PLACES OF NO RETURN’, before ascending back to Heaven. Yes, just as it written, He holds the keys and before Him all the dead will be resurrected to receive their due (Rev 3:7, Rev 20:12-15).

In this time of His favor, because He is Compassionate, He will hear your cries for His mercy and be willing to deliver you (Matt 5:45b). For eg. Gen 16:13-14, Lk 17:11-18 etc.  In that sense His compassion is accessible to one and all.  “.. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matt 5:45). 

But to sum up all these knowledge in one word and to suggest that God is Omnipresent is preposterous, if not utterly blasphemous!

For one thing you can be certain He is not in hell.  AND HE IS DEFINITELY NOT WITH YOU IF YOU ARE IN DISAGREEMENT WITH HIM.  Indeed how boastful and presumptuous we become when we blindly claim that “God is with us” or even purport to bless another with a “God be with you”.  To that effect, the Word of God asks, “DO TWO WALK TOGETHER UNLESS THEY HAVE AGREED TO DO SO?” (Amos 3:3).

Understand that God is an EVER-PRESENT HELP ONLY TO THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM, THOSE WHO HAVE ENTERED INTO HIS COVENANT WITH HIM AND ABIDE BY IT FAITHFULLY JUST AS HE IS FAITHFUL. Refer Matt 28:19-20b, Jn 14:18, Isa 42:3-4, Isa 49:15-16, Heb 13:5, Josh 1:5 etc., to cite a few.  Also read 2 Tim 2:19, Phil 1:6 etc.  Only then, just as it is written, it makes sense to say (with confidence), “The Lord is my Helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Heb 13:6, Matt 10:26).

One cannot presume to enter into any gathering and hope that God is there.  For this is how God exposes all religions.  Jesus reveals, “Where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them.” (Matt 18:20).  And lest one misconstrues this knowledge too, as obviously many are already in the habit of doing, Jesus also warns, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.” (Matt 7:21).

Finally,  let it be known that instead of wrongly suggesting God is Omnipresent or present everywhere at all times what is True and appropriate is to learn that God is “I AM” (Ex 3:14).  As the Name suggests He is present at all times, even in times beyond time – i.e. from Eternity to Eternity which of course includes the timelessness before time was created, the times –  past, present and future and also the timelessness or the eternity that is to come when once again time shall be no more.

May God bless you and open your eyes!

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30. Women desire men!0

Why do women desire men?

The whole circus of so-called ‘love’ and ‘romance’ which in effect leads to the much glorified ‘sex’ and ‘debauchery’ among mankind irrespective of their race, region or religion is founded on the ‘depraved knowledge’ that women desire men.

Why depraved?  Because in fact it is a CURSE THAT HAS BEFALLEN THE WOMAN.  ONLY THE WORD OF GOD WILL REVEAL THIS TRUTH TO YOU.

Therefore, any knowledge that works to promote and uphold her cursed existence is indeed ‘depraved knowledge’.  Fruits of which are the obvious divisions (it shows no matter how one attempts to cover-up), the random divorces, the diseases – particularly sexual – which keeps taking on in increasingly agonizing proportions as the lusting after it etc. etc., until one is completely overtaken by death which seals one’s fate forever.

EVEN THOUGH THE WORD OF GOD ESTABLISHES THIS TRUTH FROM THE BEGINNING, IT IS OF LITTLE WONDER THAT NO RELIGION ON EARTH ACKNOWLEDGES OR ACCEPTS IT.  Instead they rather surreptitiously employ it to their sinister purpose and advantage. And like religion, every medium under the sun is employed to plant this seed of curse in the guise of a blessing in a female right from infancy – whether through stories, novels, text-books, undesirable male proximity, intentionally induced sexual behavior, TV serials, movies, documentaries whatever.

Of course since all religions are man-made, it is in man’s interest to promote the ‘lie’ for obvious reasons and further the woman’s cursed and depraved existence by covering up for it in the guise of ‘blessedness’.  For eg. read 1 Tim 2:15.  BUT THE FRUITS CONTINUE TO SHOW AND ALL MEN ARE EXPOSED JUST AS WELL AS THEIR WARPED RELIGIONS.

Let us ask ourselves why does this so-called ‘blessing’ suddenly become offensive outside ‘their religious jurisdiction’ or ‘marital wraps’ if you like?  And why are only women held to blame and targeted if it isn’t due to the misuse of the knowledge of the ‘curse’ that has befallen her?  How can we miss the fact that they only misuse it to suit themselves and punish the women when they are exposed by it? And let us ask ourselves why is it that when men who are equal and of course usually the ‘more-than-willing’ participants THERE ARE NO ‘MASCULINE’ EQUIVALENT TO WORDS SUCH AS ‘WHORE’, ‘PROSTITUTE’, ‘SLUT’ ETC. IN MAN’S VOCABULARY!!!!!!  To their shame this is how the Spirit testifies about them and exposes them, for eg. read Hos 7:3-7, “They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.  They are all adulterers, burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises….. Their hearts are like an oven; they approach him with intrigue.  Their passion smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.   All of them are hot as an oven; they devour their rulers.   All their kings fall, and none of them calls on Me.”  

Little do men realize that by banking on her curse they have only advanced their own curse which overrides all other curses both in volume and fatality (eg. Gen 3:17-19).  Understand that the hope of mankind is not given to men for men are as fatal as their deeds.

The truth is, the hope of mankind is in the “blessedness” of the woman.  However do men who have willfully stationed themselves at the helm of all affairs concerning women permit it?  When will they begin to see light?  The ever-boastful man in his pride and arrogance seems blinded forever.  What about the woman?  As it is written in 2 Tim 3:7, “She is always learning, but never able to acknowledge the truth.”

Let us also ask ourselves, is it right that her curse should override her “blessedness” for isn’t it that what all religions do?

However, even now it is not too late.  So let us not lose hope.  Let us remember, how where Abraham failed, Sarah’s eyes were opened and God’s Word triumphed in their lives.  Likewise, where Moses failed, Zelophehad’s daughters triumphed; where Elkanah failed, Hannah triumphed; where Judah failed, Tamar triumphed etc. etc.  The list goes on.  (Read the article “The Making of the Spiritual Woman” made available in this website and understand fully.) Finally,we have Mary who demonstrated the total state of blessedness when she rose above her curse and subjected herself to the will of God even though at the time she was a betrothed woman.  She paved the way for the fulfillment of the God-ordained plan and purpose of the ‘immaculate’ and ‘blessed’ conception that was established since the very beginning – to raise a people, rightly called the children of God, for they are those who are not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God (Jn 1:13).  How?  By being born again.  Refer Jn 3:3-21.

To be sure it does not mean that all are expected to conceive like Mary.  For Mary’s conception is and will always be singular as it is the very demonstration or fulfillment of God’s Word, the Gospel, come to pass.  It is meant to open our eyes to our spiritual ‘sonship’ in the kingdom of God by the Word of God (Jn 6:63), the fruits of which are salvation, everlasting peace, perfect joy and eternal life as demonstrated through the Son of God in Person so that all may see and understand.

It does also help to understand how the curse befell the woman for it opens our eyes to the truth which in turn paves the way for  the above state of blessedness for each one of us individually:  Reverting to the very beginning, let us understand the ‘woman’s’ failure.  We see that though she was created ‘superior’ to the male to make up for the his ‘lack’ in order that together they may rule and subdue all that God had bestowed under them, with spiritual integrity and wisdom, things take on a different turn.  No sooner was she presented before the male, he becomes boastful and totally owns her (Gen 2:23).  Abetted by his lopsided version of God’s commandment, it was but inevitable that she should become an easy target for the devil’s deception.  Which she did.

This is where her fault is exposed. BECAUSE AT NO TIME DOES SHE TURN TO GOD even though it is obvious, she did not feel any wiser with what little or distorted knowledge she had received from her male counterpart.  Clearly, she desired wisdom, yet it did not occur to her to turn to God for it.  WHO ELSE DID SHE EXPECT WOULD GRANT HER THE SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY AND DIVINE WISDOM SHE SO LACKED AND RIGHTLY DESIRED?  Of course it could only be had from God. Yet she fails to turn to God. Therefore for her ignorance and folly, she had not only lost her former dominion but had also ended up subjecting herself to the cursed dominion and desire of the fallen man who, as we can see, had in his arrogance remained blind to his own lacks to readily and willingly disobey God when the opportunity arose.

What is most appalling is that by and large women continue in the same vein.  Unless they stop believing all the lies that are out there and truly turn to God, they will continue with their cursed existence dragging all and sundry with them, for men or women, all are thus born of the woman’s womb.  The blessedness of her calling and election which ought to translate in to her offspring (Gen 3:15) will seldom be true of her!  Just as it testifies in Mic 2:9, “You drive the women of My people from their pleasant homes.  You take away My blessing from their children forever.”  I pray that this article will open their eyes AT LONG LAST!

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29. Man blames God!0

When will mankind begin to see light and stop blaming God for their

troubles?

Man’s persistent failure to see Light is indeed the reason God describes him as “slow to understanding”.  As He elaborates upon it most explicitly, “They have eyes but do not see, ears but do not hear and minds but do not understand.”

Therefore, today let us confront the question:  Is God to be blamed? Or, worse still, as some are prone to do, is it okay to deny His very existence just because we fail to comprehend Truth?

Let us determine for ourselves.  Is it not plain stupidity when in doing so we only end up shunning Him Who is our very Source of Light and Deliverance?  Yes, we deny ourselves the Only Hope we may truly bank on!  Yet is it not more than just foolhardiness when in doing so we only end up leaning more and more towards ‘man’ WHO IN REALITY IS THE SOURCE OF ALL OUR TROUBLES?

Day in and day out, we procreate a people compelled to look to man for their sustenance and well-being – whether it is within society’s smaller units of families and communities or within its larger units of  politically motivated states, nations or even groups of nations uniting together under some man-induced common umbrella!  Man is the one who is sought and appointed – to lead, direct and administer, for whatever it is that our foolish hearts hanker after.

Indeed, how foolish to assume our fathers are any better, any wiser, any worthier than ourselves, when in reality our foolishness, our fears, our hopelessness, our haplessness, our lacks and our limitations are all directly inherited from them.  Therefore, in spite of it how foolish indeed it is to boast in them and to blindly adapt ourselves to their foolish ways.  So the question remains, who may dare to stop us?!!

To see Light is to understand that ‘man’ is as helpless as he is temporal.  To see Light is to understand that he is the reason we live this miserable existence in the first place.  To see Light is to acknowledge and state the most obvious – that rapes, murders, wars etc. etc. are not the handi-works of God, but that of man.  Only then that which is not so obvious to our feeble minds will also become clear – that death, disease, disasters, natural calamities etc. etc. are also man-induced (Gen 3:17-19).  But again the question is, are we willing to see Light?

No.  We would rather turn to man for our answers.  That is right, we rely on man for our answers WHEN IN REALITY IT IS HE WHO HAS BEEN DECEIVING US RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.

Let us look it up in the Word of God and discover the Truth for ourselves before it is too late.  And the truth to begin with is that man receives God’s Word but is not faithful to pass it on verbatim WHICH IS THE PRIMARY OBLIGATION OF ALL WHO RECEIVE HIS WORD, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.  Thus he causes the fall of his fellow-being, foolishly unsuspecting that consequently he was indeed digging his own grave.  And when he discovers that he had indeed fallen into the very pit he had dug up for her, he turns his blind rage against God who had created him, endowed him, blessed him and above all, warned him.  He remains unrepentant and unleashes his newfound ‘power of the cursed dominance’ against her who was meant to be his greatest blessing, his greatest asset and above all who was granted to him as ‘fellow-man of the blessed dominance’.

And how does he oppose God?  He opposes God continually by seeking his own glory in everything just as we see him doing since the beginning (eg. Gen 2:23).  He opposes God by his unfaithfulness and disobedience to His Word which again is reflected in his life since the beginning.  And it continues to exhibit itself particularly by the stiff opposition he puts up against God’s election of the woman by allying himself with the Devil whose sworn enmity is with the woman and her Offspring (Gen 3:15). 

And as if all this was not enough, he caps them all BY BLAMING GOD FOR EVERYTHING just as we see him doing when confronted about his disobedience (Gen 3:12).  IT IS HIS UNREPENTANT NATURE TO PASS THE BLAME ON TO GOD AND HIS FELLOW-MAN.

The Word of God is very clear.  Man disobeyed.  He caused the great fall.  And because of his disobedience he invited the cursed ‘death and corruption’ upon himself, upon all his progeny and upon the world in general.  The Word of God is also very clear of the fact that man who has since become the ‘Prince of Darkness’ will subject all mankind to his cursed ‘dominion and desire’ through his ‘fellow-man’ since ‘owned by him’ and called ‘the woman’ by his perverted wisdom.

But the question here is, are we willing to get out of this cursed dominion as God has also made His redemption known to us alongside by the election of ‘this much despised woman’?

Despised, and how? Take for instance, how churches will go on ranting about the “Great Prostitute”, foolishly misguiding the flock with an imagery of an adulteress woman so that the hapless woman continues to be persecuted, when in reality it is symbolic of a people who have forsaken their God, their King and their Husband thanks to the ‘evil one’ who governs them. Churches will never expose ‘man’ who is the ‘Anti-Christ’ of all times (yes, of all times, even at Eden – for eg. refer Gen 2:23), the ‘prince of darkness’ who is bent on misleading his fellow-men into idolizing him so that they remain subjected to him at all times. Our ‘marriages’, our ‘elections’, our ‘religions’, our ‘agendas of life in general’….. go on to substantiate the self-same INDUBITABLE FACT.  However the question remains, are we willing to see Light?

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28. Don’t take God’s Name in vain0

Why does God warn us about taking His Name in vain? And how can we

ensure we do not commit this grave offense?

Refer Exo 20:7, “YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN, FOR THE LORD WILL NOT HOLD HIM GUILTLESS WHO TAKES HIS NAME IN VAIN”.

Please note I quote from the NKJV here as I realize that the NIV merely serves one part of its interpretation viz., ‘misusing His Name’, which unfortunately does not help deliver the full implication of taking God’s Name in vain.   

However before we venture into understanding the full implication of taking His Name in vain, let us first of all look into the full implication of TAKING His holy Name.  For Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord!  And blessed indeed are the ones who turn to Him!

To be sure taking God’s Name implies two facts:–
1. That ONE KNOWS AND EXPERIENCES Him.  One knows the Name to be the Worthy Name – meaning to know It to be absolutely True, Reliable and Worthy.
2. And, that it is a testimony to one’s life-sustaining and constant fellowship with the Almighty which becomes evident as one grows more and more in to His surpassing likeness and holiness.

Therefore, upon failing to meet BOTH OF THESE prerequisites, mind not either of these but both of these, one becomes guilty of having taken His holy Name in vain. 

Of course it is another thing when one calls out to Him for help out of sheer despair or as “a last resort” as it is most commonly seen.  But then the question here is how often does one respond to His deliverance to continue in His fellowship so as to fully benefit of His eternal grace?   More often than not, like Hagar, they return to their fleshly roots and stray away from God.  Just as we see in Lk 17:11-19:  Ten lepers who call out to Jesus to have mercy on them.  And even though all ten were delivered, we find that only one of them turns to Him.  

This is why Paul writes, 2 Cor 6:1, “As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For He says: ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'” 

Let it be known that taking God’s Name in vain is an UNPARDONABLE SIN.  Refer Matt 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to Me on that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’”

Yet, not realizing this, all mankind commit this grievous offense, over and over again – times after times, generations after generations. Even the so-called children of God thrive in the guilt, and consequently invite the wrath of God which will surely and definitely come upon them.  Refer Matt 15:9, They worship Me in vain.  Their teachings are but rules taught by men.” 

AS SUCH ONE IS PRONE TO WONDER WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR MANKIND TO TAKE GOD’S NAME EVEN THOUGH THEY CHOOSE TO IGNORE THE WARNINGS THEREOF?  The answer is simple and plain enough.  Because it is not God they invoke, but in reality, the appreciation and commendation of fellow-men.

The fact that they ‘readily invoke’ any name shows they do not know their God.  They do not realize that God is not like them, that He sees through their motives, their innermost thoughts and lip-service. Therefore, pretending to invoke it, as they end up doing in a repetitious manner is nothing but religious ritualism steeped in hypocrisy.  It is an evil affront to His Face.

AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO TAKE GOD’S NAME AS A COMMONPLACE THING OR AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE IN THE HABIT OF DOING, AS A BYWORD  OR AS A SWEAR WORD?  I will not even venture into it.  For, the less said about them the better!!

Therefore, understand that invoking God’s holy Name means knowing God, which in turn means to translate the knowledge into one’s deeds of submission and obedience to His divine righteousness and holiness.  In short it means that knowing Him compels one to walk in His holy Way.  And as zealously and faithfully so as to receive His favor by His incredible salvation which will certainly be the greatest blessing to fall on such a one.

Refer Isa 45:19, “I HAVE NOT SPOKEN IN SECRET, FROM SOMEWHERE IN A LAND OF DARKNESS; I HAVE NOT SAID TO JACOB’S DESCENDANTS, ‘SEEK ME IN VAIN.’  I, THE LORD, SPEAK THE TRUTH; I DECLARE WHAT IS RIGHT.”

Let us remember 2 Tim 2:19. “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Everyone who confesses the Name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.’ “