Desperate for More of the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

 

 

Notice in the verse below, not only where the Most High Lord dwells, but with whom. It speaks volumes.

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.(Isa 57:15)

God is high and lifted up. He is glorious in His majesty. In the presence of God there is fulness of joy. In this place there is nothing impossible. Our minds are lit up by His mere presence, the manifest presence of God. To come up and into this place is to dwell with Him. This is where we are changed. This is where the attractions of this world and everything it has to offer loses all of its meaning. One moment in the manifest presence of God does more good than a lifetime of struggling against sin. For in this light we see the true darkness of our souls and we long to never again walk among the shadows. This life is but a shadow and this flesh is the vehicle that must be inhabited until that happy day when the mere moments in His presence is transformed into eternity. If we desire God, if we truly desire to come into His presence, then we shall be as the deer that panteth for the waterbrooks.

Humility and brokenness is the door and the lintel that ushers us into this Holy place. Everything about our walk with the Lord is a contradiction to the world. In order to live we must die. In order to be truly rich, we must become poor to the things of this world. In order to lead we must serve. In order to ascend unto that holy place of His presence we must bow low. It is in the deepest valleys that the saint will discover the greatest mountaintops.We must stoop down low on bended knee in order to ascend that hill and truly see. The greatest danger of the one who brings trials and tribulations and persecutions upon the saints is that they create the perfect environment for the most radical encounters with the Living God that they will ever have had. This is why the saint who genuinely desires a radical encounter with the living God is such a danger to the enemy of our souls. If he pushes too hard against the saint, he pushes Him deeper into the heart of God and that becomes a witness that has a life all of itself. The Spirit of Glory that stands for all time.”

Our thanks to Appolus for this fine teaching;

http://acalltotheremnant.com/2015/03/26/the-dwelling-place-of-god/

Beware of Cash Cow “Ministries” and “Fat Cat” Money Changers

Originally posted on Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary:

Since when did the Church become a Business anyway?

Thought you’d heard it all when it comes to the false “Prosperity Gospel” ? Well, think again. It seems these money grabbing charlatans never come to an end of schemes they can come up with to fleece the flock out of their hard earned money. PLEASE! For your own sake,  and that of your Christian brethren, read the brilliant, blockbusting article below exposing the latest rash of get rich quick, (on your money) these wolves in sheep’s clothing have come up with! Jesus never said anything that wasn’t TRUTH, and when He said, “Money is the root of ALL evil”, it was a very serious warning. We know the world system is corrupt and out to steal everything they can, but folks, this sneaky thievery concerns the Church, His Body. Do not be deceived!
http://www.christianresearchservice.com/the-cult-of-evangelical-leadership-part-2-cah-cow-fat-cat/

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Dreams: Netanyahu will be Removed

Originally posted on The Trumpet Sound:

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These dreams I had back in 2013 are unfolding before my eyes and it seems that there is no stopping them. As a watchman for Israel, I have been praying about this message. I shared the dreams with the Intercessors for Israel here but the article remained in the Draft folder. I believe that the dreams would one day be a reality but I didn’t know how it would happen. When Prime Minister Netanyahu dissolved the government and declared for an election, I wondered if this could be the time of fulfillment, after all, this is the second election after the dreams. We will soon know as the election is only two days away.

First Dream:

Around 3:25 a.m. on March 8, 2013, I awakened to a very vivid dream/vision. I heard a voice said, “Netanyahu will be removed.” I asked, “Is it necessary?” The voice answered. “It is…

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Spiritual Gifts

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The Lord gives each spirit filled believer supernatural spiritual gifts to be used for His purpose and Glory. While it is true that Love is the greatest gift, the exercise of our spiritual gifts is a way God intended for us to put Love into action. For what good are spiritual gifts if they lay dormant and unused? Make no mistake; the Lord Jesus Christ would not have imparted these precious gifts to us by His Holy Spirit if he didn’t want us to use them. Therefore let us do away with the man made doctrines and traditions of men that make the Word of God of none effect; that have a form of godliness but deny the Power thereof.

Spiritual Gifts … Occupy Part 2

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Occupy Until I Come

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(Note: If you haven’t already done so, I suggest reading “Occupy Until I Come” as an introduction to this study.)

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines (1 Cor. 12:7,11).

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully, administering God’s grace in it’s various forms (1 Peter 4:10).

Most born again Christians have heard something about the gifts of the Spirit, but some things we’ve heard are not consistent with what the Bible teaches. The enemy must know what powerful tools these gifts are, because he has pulled out all the stops in his efforts to neutralize them. In some parts of the Church he has used false teaching to convince people the gifts are no longer being distributed, while in others he has used counterfeit manifestations to turn religious gatherings into circus sideshows. The result is a Church that has become what Paul said we’d be; a people having a form of godliness but denying its power.

The truth is we’ve all been given at least one Spiritual gift, so in this study we’ll review what the Bible says about them and get some accurate information straight from the source.

What Are They?

Paul spoke about the gifts of the Spirit in his letters to the Romans, the Corinthians, and the Ephesians. He wrote 1 Corinthians first, and 1 Cor. 12:7-11 contains his first description of gifts that the Holy Spirit distributes to believers as He determines, for the common good of the Church. In these four verses he listed nine gifts.

Wisdom … The application of Biblical truth to everyday life situations

Knowledge … the ability to understand the deep things of God and the mysteries of His Word.

Faith … the ability to believe in the power of God to provide without limit

Healing … applying God’s power to cure human ailments through prayer

Miraculous powers … performing supernatural acts in the power of God

Prophecy … declaring God’s purpose by foretelling future events

Discernment … intuitively understanding whether something is from God or not.

Tongues … speaking a human language one has not learned

Interpretation of tongues … translating a human language one has not learned

 

In 1 Cor. 12:28 Paul repeated some from the first list and added some others.

Apostle … one who has been sent forth with orders, a delegate

Prophet … one who can foretell future events pertaining to the Kingdom of God

Teacher … one who teaches concerning the things of God and the duties of man

Miracle worker … one who can manifest God’s supernatural power to accomplish the impossible

Healing … one who can heal diseases, ailments, etc. through prayer

Helps … one who skillfully renders support or assistance to those in ministry

Administration … one who can organize and steer others toward the achievement of goals

Tongues … one who can speak a human language he or she has not learned

 

Romans 12:6-8 includes a list of 7 gifts, and again there are some duplicates.

Prophecy … declaring God’s purpose by foretelling future events

Service … ministering to the needs of others

Teaching … providing instruction concerning the things of God, and the duties of man

Encouraging … offering exhortation, encouragement, or consolation

Giving … offering material support to those in need

Leadership … presiding over something, as a protector or guardian

Mercy … caring for the sick or afflicted

 

And in Ephesians 4:11 5 gifts are listed, most of them duplicates from the other lists.

Apostle … one who has been sent forth with orders, a delegate

Prophet … one who can foretell future events pertaining to the Kingdom of God

Evangelist … one who brings the good news of the gospel

Pastor … a shepherd, one to whose care others have committed themselves

Teacher … one who teaches concerning the things of God, and the duties of man

 

From various other passages we find the following additional gifts identified.

Celibacy (1 Cor. 7:7-8) … the ability to abstain from sexual relations

Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9-10) … cheerfully providing comfort and sustenance to guests

Martyrdom (1 Cor. 13:3) … surrendering one’s life for the faith

Missionary (Ephes. 3:6-8) … going among the unsaved, sharing the good news

Voluntary poverty (1 Cor. 13:3) … living at the minimum sustainable level to help the poor

Since these are all gifts from the Holy Spirit, it’s important to apply a supernatural component to their descriptions. Exercising our gifts for His purpose will result in performance that exceeds normal human capability in a way that’s obvious to others. Whether it’s teaching, caring for the sick, making others feel comfortable, or seeing to it that things run smoothly, the power of the Holy Spirit will be an obvious enhancement to our capabilities, producing an outcome that exceeds normal expectations.

Why Are We Given Them?

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Cor. 12:27).

In 1 Cor. 12:12-27 Paul compared the Church to a human body. He said a human body has many parts, each one of which has a unique purpose. The body needs all of its parts to achieve their purpose in order for it to function properly. If it had too many of one part or was missing some others it wouldn’t work the way it’s supposed to.

The Church is a Spiritual body, the body of Christ. It also has many parts and needs them all to achieve their purpose in order for it to function properly. We are the parts in the body of Christ. Each of us has a unique purpose. Since the Church is a Spiritual body, the Lord has given us Spiritual gifts which empower us to achieve our purpose so the Church can function properly.

Who Gets What?

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines (1 Cor. 12:11).

This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will (Hebrews 2:3-4).

Paul said the Holy Spirit distributes His gifts to each believer by His own determination, and the writer of Hebrews confirmed it. But Paul also said we should eagerly desire the greater gifts (1 Cor. 12:31) and specifically mentioned the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1). Obviously, it wouldn’t make sense for everyone to have the same gift, but Paul didn’t say anything about us being limited to just one.

From their descriptions, you can see that many of the gifts have a secular application as well as a spiritual one. In fact one of the clues to pursue in discovering your gift is to look at what things on these lists you like doing most or are really good at. You could be catching a glimpse of your Spiritual gift. If so, putting it to work for the Lord will add the power of the Holy Spirit to something you’re already good at.

The Holy Spirit does not gift us in areas where we have no aptitude or interest, so whether we’re working to earn a living or working for the Lord, we will be more productive and more fulfilled when our responsibilities fall within the area of our gift. And when we’re applying our gift to His work it will often seem like our natural aptitudes and interests are being enhanced to a supernatural level.

It’s important to remember that like our salvation, our gift is something we don’t deserve and didn’t earn. Whatever we accomplish with it is the Lord’s doing not ours. Paul’s advice that we should eagerly desire the greater gifts (1 Cor. 12:31) cannot be taken solely for the purpose of drawing attention to, or elevating ourselves, but must be in pursuit of the purpose for which they are intended, the proper functioning of the body of Christ, to His glory.

Does The Holy Spirit Still Do That?

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears (1 Cor. 13:8-10).

Today, some parts of the church teach that the gifts of the Spirit were withdrawn after the time of the Apostolic Church, using the passage above as their justification. In my opinion this an incorrect position, based on a misinterpretation of the passage.

Those who deny the gifts are still being given say that 1 Cor. 13:8-10 refers to the completion of the New Testament canon. They say the gifts were for the time when the Church didn’t have the completed word of God and the apostles had to rely on their Spiritual gifts to build the Church.

But Paul went on to say that now we see only a poor reflection, then we shall see face to face. Now we know in part, then we shall know fully even as we are fully known (1 Cor. 13:12). The first time this statement will be true is just after the rapture when we’ll be standing before the Lord in our perfected bodies. That’s the time when John said we’ll be like the Lord for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). That’s when perfection will come and, since we’ll no longer need them, that’s when the gifts will cease.

Think about it. How many of us, having the complete New Testament in our hands, have seen the Lord face to face, and know everything about His plan for man, just as He knows everything about us? Insisting the gifts have ceased is a position without merit, and strangely enough was never heard in the Church before the early 1900’s just as the Pentecostal movement was being born and the gifts of the Spirit were re-emerging.

How Can I Discover My Gift?

Recently a visitor to the site asked, “Why do we have to discover what our Spiritual gift is? Why doesn’t God just tell us?”

Earlier I said that one of the clues to pursue in discovering your gift is to look at what you like doing the most or are really good at. We’ve also seen that God had the New Testament writers include a list of Spiritual gifts in the Bible. So if you compare the list of gifts with a list of things you are really good at or enjoy doing, you’ll have a clue as to what your Spiritual gift might be. So in that sense, God has given you some direction.

But the real path to discovery lies in Romans 12:1-2.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Once we abandon the spiritually bankrupt ways of the world and turn toward God, He initiates a renewal process in our minds, opening them up to His way, and helping us see what He really wants for us.

This doesn’t require a radical shift in our current circumstances, just in our perspective. God will meet us right where we are. He knows we have responsibilities and obligations, but He never intended for us to be one kind of person six days a week and another kind on the seventh. In other words, He knows we’re in the world, He just doesn’t want us to be of the world. He hates to see us locked up in a prison of our own making, pursuing our empty dreams, when He’s standing right beside us holding the keys to real freedom and fulfillment.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (Colossians 3:23-24).

Simply by changing our perspective about who we’re really working for, we can begin to see ways to serve Him no matter where we are. As we turn toward Him, He will turn toward us (James 4:8) and begin to show us all the wonderful things He wants for us, including the special gift He’s given us to help us along the way.

It’s no coincidence that Paul’s list of Spiritual gifts in Romans 12 immediately follows His admonition to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. The gifts are given for a purpose and until we’re ready to achieve that purpose we really have no need for them. That’s why He doesn’t just tell us what they are.

If you are a born again believer you have at least one Spiritual gift.  Now you have a better understanding of what the Spiritual gifts are, and if you don’t already know what yours is, you have a way to discover it as well. That’s what the Bible says. 03-14-15

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Healing is Still For Today

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Our own faith in Jesus power to heal has everything to do with receiving healing! Remember in the Book of Mark, when Jesus would heal someone, He invariably would say something like, “Your faith has made you whole”. etc. Healing is a two way street; The Lord’s power to heal and our faith connecting together with that Power.  Let’s not forget that.
Even Jesus couldn’t heal in his own country due to their unbelief. This is why many folks today don’t receive healing…doubt and unbelief on their part. God will not honor unbelief. He expects his people to have FAITH in Him. His own people were destroyed in the wilderness because of unbelief and lack of faith and trust in the Lord.
Somewhere along the line, the Church has lost much of the faith the early Christians had for healing, and even in the past several decades, the gifts of healing have been sadly neglected as the church slides deeper into apostasy.
The Lord Jesus ministry in healing was and is, His Agape Love put into action.  Not just that He loves us, but wants to demonstrate that Love in various ways, including the healing of our bodies, souls and spirits.

It’s true there may be much we don’t understand about healing, but we can, by building our faith, and studying the Word of God about healing, learn more and put it into practice. What I do know is that my God is a healer, and I believe just what the bible says about it. “By His Stripes, we were healed.” Isa 53:5.
But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.”
Christians need to stop messing around and playing church and build up their faith in God, so they can have faith for healing as well as moving out in the gifts of the spirit in love, one to another, to the edification and building up of the Body of Christ in maturity.
The Lord Jesus doesn’t need any more intellectual Christians holding to an intellectual form of godliness but denying the power of godliness. For, in the realm of the Spirit, as opposed to intellectualism, there is power; the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord gave us these gifts of the spirit to use, and exercise for the benefit of others, following the Lord Jesus example, who went about doing good and healing. Therefore, should we not follow the same example?
Jesus, unlike the church that has counterfeited His Name and purpose, hasn’t changed. For what good are the awesome gifts of the Spirit we have been given graciously by the Lord, if we don’t use them for the benefit of others? Or. if they lay dormant and unused?  Healing is still for today, as opposed to what the false teachers would have folks to believe. The Christian life is to be a supernatural walk, just as Christ Jesus intended, or it can scarcely be called “Christian” at all. 
Act 10:37-38

You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

These words come from the mouth of Peter as he explains the gospel to Cornelius. For three and a half years, Peter was a firsthand witness of the ministry of Jesus and this is the overwhelming impression that the ministry of Jesus left on him. When Peter sums up the ministry of Jesus, he speaks of Jesus healing the sick through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. In his famous sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter said, “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. (Acts 2:22).

Healing the sick was the hallmark of Jesus’ ministry. Wherever he went, people brought the sick to him, and he healed them. The Gospels show us that He did this throughout his earthly ministry:

Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Matt. 8:16-17

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”

Matt. 9:35

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

Mark 1:33-34

The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons,

Mark 6:56

And wherever he went–into villages, towns or countryside–they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Luke 5:15

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

Luke 9:11

but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Even after Jesus clears the temple, he heals the sick:

Matt. 21:12-14

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'” The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

After John the Baptist was put in prison, he sent some of his disciples to Jesus to find out whether Jesus was really the Messiah. The reason John did this was that Jesus’ ministry differed so much from his own. Even though the message that Jesus started to preach , “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand,” (Matt 3:2 and 4:17) was the same as that of John the Baptist, what Jesus DID was different from John. Jesus sums up his own ministry in his answer to John

Matt 11:4-5

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Jesus himself said that the miracles were proof that He was from the Father: “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” (John 14:11)

A good site indeed for studying the healing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, who said to all who believe, “Come, follow Me”.

Deliverance from Sexual Soul Ties

How to find freedom from bondage to sexual soul ties caused by sexual sin.

During the so-called “sexual liberation” of the 60’s, the general mindset of the public was and still is, that people could have sex outside the bonds of marriage with impunity. Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Sexual soul ties are formed in various ways; by indulging in promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, sexual relationships and adultery.

Sexual Soul-Ties

“The most powerful soul-ties occur in the sexual relationship. Through this physical/spiritual union we experience either great fulfillment and blessing, or great manipulation and destruction. A young Christian woman with the highest morals worked at a firm where a man determined to seduce her. Whenever he came past her desk (and he found multiple reasons to do so), he appeared helpful and caring, but also available and interested in her beauty. He told her how she brightened his day, and that if it were not for her, he didn’t know how he could go on in life. Though she was flattered by the attention, she was able to resist, but as he persisted, he slowly broke down her defenses with tender words and solemn promises.

Eventually she did what she promised herself she would never do: she became intimate, but after their fling, he turned his attention to the girl who worked on the other side of the hall. Yet, though cruelly betrayed by him, she still could not break free from his power and control. She would succumb to his advances, almost helpless to say no. His control of her (and others), was evil and for all practical purposes, complete. When she came to her senses, she says that though she knew all along what he was doing, he had such power over her that she tossed everything that was dear to her overboard simply to please him.

And that is not the end of the story: when she left the firm the relationship ended, but she began a spiral of immoral relationships. Now that she was introduced to the world of sexuality, she would seek men with whom she could become intimate.

Sexuality and Creation

Think of it. Although Adam had the awesome privilege of walking with God in the Garden of Eden, the Lord said that something important was still missing! “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him” (Gen. 2:18). God unmistakably affirms that man is a social creature and needs companionship that is “suitable” for him.

When God created Adam, He chose to use the dust of the ground for the raw material. “Then the Lord God formed man of the dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7).

We might expect that God would shape a similar form from dust when He created Eve. But we read, “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. And the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken out of the man, and brought her to the man” (Gen. 2:21, 22).

When God created Eve out of Adam’s flesh, He made a powerful statement about our sexuality. Apparently, the first Adam contained within himself both maleness and femaleness. God separated the femininity from the masculinity forming two separate people created in the image of God. With this separation came a powerful implanted desire in the male and the female to be reunited in an intimate oneness.

We must therefore accept our sexual desires as from God. The desire for sexual intimacy is a yearning for completeness. There is a magnetic attraction between a man and a woman that is innate, powerful, and unyielding.

God’s entire plan for the human race was dependent on the sex drive inherent within every human being. If Adam had not been sexually attracted to Eve, the human race would have ended with the death of our two parents. But God made the desire for physical intimacy so strong that there was no chance Adam would look at Eve and walk away!

Second, our sexuality must be seen as the highest form of human communication and beauty. We’ve learned that sex is holy; indeed, so holy that the Holy of Holies was considered to be the bridal chamber where God met with Israel.

The Marriage Soul-Tie

What is marriage? In marriage, a man and a woman are joined by two bonds. The first is a covenant, an agreement that they will live together until “death does them part.” The sex act creates the second bond that joins them, body, soul, and spirit.

Sex creates a “soul-tie” between two people forming the most intimate of all human relationships. When the Bible says, “Adam knew his wife” (KJV), the word “know” is not simply a euphemism for the sex act. Sexual intercourse actually consummates the highest form of human inter-personal communication and knowledge. Indeed this exclusive familiarity cannot be easily erased. Once a man and a woman have had sex together, nothing can be the same between them ever again. There simply is no such thing as a brand new beginning.

God intended that the first experience be enjoyed by a man and a woman who are wholly committed to each other within the protection of a covenant. That was to assure the acceptance and unconditional love that guard the most intimate of all human relationships.

Once this bond has been established, it must be nurtured, strengthened, and kept pure. This happens through mutual caring, the development of trust and respect. When the commitment is threatened, the sexual fulfillment (at least on the part of one partner, if not both) is diminished.

Illicit Soul-Ties

What about all the relationships that exist without the benefit of a marriage covenant? What about all those who are promiscuous? What about fornication, adultery, homosexual relationships?

Perhaps one of the most surprising passages in the New Testament regarding the nature of sexuality is found in Paul’s words to the church in Corinth, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For he says, ‘THE TWO WILL BECOME ONE FLESH.’” (1Cor. 6:15, 16).

We would all agree that sex with a prostitute is sex without a commitment, sex without any hint of mutual respect or caring. Prostitution is based on raw lust—sex for mutual exploitation. Yet, incredibly, Paul says that God joins the prostitute to her partner and the “two become one flesh.” To prove it he quotes from Genesis 2:24 where in Eden God joined Adam and Eve into one. Sex of any kind always bonds people together body, soul, and spirit.

Now here is an instance where one polluted soul will now pollute another soul; you have sex with someone who has been defiled with causal sex and your soul is defiled. There is a communication of soul to soul and spirit to spirit.

Thus, while in marriage the soul-tie is pure and blessed; outside of marriage it is polluted and cursed. Such bonds are outside the boundaries and nurture of a marriage covenant. These bonds intrude, violating what God intended. Two persons have come together in an intimate union without the security of a covenant based on respect and trust.

The Consequences of Impure Soul-Ties

What are the consequences of these polluted bonds?

The Power of the First Bond

When an evil man wants to take a young woman and make her a prostitute, he will rape her; then he will isolate her and she will become his slave. In such instances not only is there a powerful bonding of control, but also there can be a transference of spirits—a powerful demonic influence. When you have sex with someone, you are opening your soul up to them; you are opening your soul to their soul, with all of the good or evil that that implies.

Young people should take note: One reason to guard their virginity is that after they have been sexually bonded, nothing can ever be the same again. That special sexual experience is best enjoyed within the bounds of the security and trust of a covenant.

The first sexual experience or experiences are so powerful that they can even determine the direction of a person’s sexual orientation. A boy recruited by an older male homosexual may initially hate the experience, but because sex bonds two people together, he may begin to feel a sense of security and fulfillment within this relationship. Soon he seeks out other partners, not because he was born a homosexual but because his initial experiences were so stamped upon his soul that he follows the lead of his newly awakened desires.

The Road to Promiscuity

Second, alien bonds often lead to promiscuity. Once a sexual bond has been formed, there will be a desire to maintain that bond or seek other ones to replace it. Therefore one sexual experience outside of marriage can begin a spiral of illicit relationships. Once a person has crossed a forbidden sexual barrier, he or she might have a powerful desire to do so again and again.

The first bond created a “soul-tie” that could not be easily dismissed. After the initial experience, nothing could ever quite be the same. Now that this woman’s soul was plundered, she could no longer maintain the bond with the first mate, she sought others to find the fulfillment she craved. A search for intimacy had developed that she tried to satisfy. Since she felt defiled, there seemed to be no reason not to begin a sexual quest.

Guilt, Anger, Shame

Finally, there is guilt—the restless conscience that leads to anger and depression. Now many involved in an alien bond might not feel guilty at first. Because they have been starving for a meaningful relationship, their initial experience of intimacy can be so euphoric that they feel no remorse, no guilt, no regrets. But just like poison might initially quench one’s thirst, eventually the guilt and shame will be on its way.

Finally, alien bonds often make it difficult to create an exclusive bond. In fact, some who have been promiscuous will fear an exclusive bond, unsure whether they can be true to such a commitment. Others who try to focus on one relationship find that their marriage partner cannot fill the emptiness that past relationships generated in their lives. Memories can be so powerful that no present relationship can compare with the titillation of past illicit affairs.

Thankfully God is able to enter into the picture and bring both cleansing and sexual wholeness. He is the only one qualified to give us the rules by which we are to live, and He is also qualified to pick us up out of the moral quagmire.

How is one restored? First, by cleansing the conscience through the forgiveness of Christ.

Second, we have to recognize the soul-tie for what it is: a demonic ploy to keep us bound, to keep us paying our dues to past relationships and past sins. We should know that we do not have to do that; we do not have to be held hostage to the past.

Third, we have to break off those relationships that keep us bound; those relationships that keep us going back to the people and things that have us bound. For some, the thought of being free from a controlling personality, who may also be taking care of us, is more than we can handle.

Fourth, you cannot do this alone. Why? Because the only way to break polluted soul-ties is to develop healthy ties through friendship with people and with God. We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our soul…this means that we will have to break the power of seductive spirits; we will have to fight for our right to freedom from the influence of those who would destroy and defile our souls.

How can these bonds be broken? And what can be done in the lives of those who are even now plagued with past memories? These issues will be explored in the next message.”


TOPICS: Charismatic Christian; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: lutzer; psychology; purity; soul; soulties

Young people should take note: One reason to guard their virginity is that after they have been sexually bonded, nothing can ever be the same again. That special sexual experience is best enjoyed within the bounds of the security and trust of a covenant.The first sexual experience or experiences are so powerful that they can even determine the direction of a person’s sexual orientation. A boy recruited by an older male homosexual may initially hate the experience, but because sex bonds two people together, he may begin to feel a sense of security and fulfillment within this relationship. Soon he seeks out other partners, not because he was born a homosexual but because his initial experiences were so stamped upon his soul that he follows the lead of his newly awakened desires.

Brigitte Gabriel: Radical Islam: The Plan to Destroy America from Within: Infiltration

I don’t usually post this type of blog post, but it’s past time friends, it’s past time we all took notice that we can no longer be silent on the threat of the antichrist religion of Islam operating in America.

Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese Christian survivor tells of the dire days in Lebanon when she and her family were forced to live for several years in a small bomb shelter, nearly starved to death, hiding from Muslims, who had been rampaging and killing Christians.

This was years ago. The world at large at that time was not concerned about Muslims killing Christians in isolated parts of the world. America felt secure back then, unaware of the growing threat of the Islamic agenda to raise a Caliphate to take over and dominate the world, including the West, and specifically, America.

Muslim immigrants began freely entering the United States while the majority of Americans were asleep at the TV set enjoying their freedoms. Now, years later, things are different, and the alarm has sounded.

It’s past time to wake up and realize the growing threat of Islam is on your doorsteps.

This is a powerful video and well worth watching all of it, as Brigette goes into detail about living under the horrors of Islam, and has emerged to tell her story and what the agenda of Islam is in the world and in particular the United States and what we as Americans can and should do about it.

Then, flash back to 2011 when Brigitte was criticized by the mainsteam media for being Islamaphobic, and claiming she was painting with a too broad brush. The only thing is, Brigette was shockingly prophetic in her claims and now it’s become painfully apparent…she was right all along!

Please note, this video was posted on YouTube by CAIR-TV, and used as propaganda to denounce Brigette and surpress the truth. What is especially shameful, is that is a CNN host who is berating her on a national TV Broadcast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

For your own sakes and that of of our children, let’s stop all this politcal correctness and face reality and begin taking action, including warning our friends, families and neighbors.