Deliverance Follows Obedience


Deliverance Follows Obedience
Prepare your heart to seek God for obedience that you may observe and do all that Christ has commanded through His holy apostles.
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Christ forms the basis for our spiritual growth in Him

I was thinking of how Christ being our foundation goes beyond the doctrine that forms the foundation layer. The laying of the foundation of Christ in our hearts by instruction in the apostles doctrine levels the ground, stakes out the boundaries, and makes every necessary preparation to convert a plot of wasted land into a building site fit for major construction.

But, the foundation of Christ does not not remain on the ground floor. The base upon which we stand by faith rises as we build with it by faith. Like each floor of a sky scraper. Truth teaches us how to build, prepares us for building, teaches us how to use the necessary tools... The anointing speaks to our labor of faith with grace and truth. We cannot experience the anointing without our faith raising up from the ashes. (I will give you beauty for ashes.) The beauty of holiness is seen in the anointing of truth but if faith simply continues to examine the building site without ever rising up, what was the value of receiving the doctrine? The purpose of the seed is not to fill the soil with seeds. The purpose of the seed is to produce a tree with branches bearing fruit season after season... grace upon grace. 

I experienced a cycle of growth where I felt like glancing over the edge and being paralyzed by fear. Then I stopped and reflected. I'm rooted in Christ and He is the basis of my confidence. This foundation and building is sure. This was met with a surged of faith rising up in my heart. Our refuge draws from the experience we gain in laboring with faith to increase. With each cycle of growth we build upon previous cycles. Just as a tree does not revert to its first form each night and start over. Each day brings new growth from the basis of previous growth cycles.

Confidence increasing as opposed to standing in doubt of the progression of our faith and worrying about the ability of the first foundation to sustain so much building. While the buildings of men topple due to faulty foundations, the building of Christ cannot fail for we are building on the foundation from which everything came into being. Of course... there is also a temptation to take ownership of our growth and set this confidence within ourselves and outside of this necessary process... but we have given ourselves over to Christ... and He will also give Himself over us in the 10th week and 7th part... the final rest for the Lord upon the completion of all His labor. 

Incredible!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Prototypes - Hebrews 11 - Elders (S8W Ministries Online Assembly)

For the knowledge of God is increasing through the lips of the righteous to confirm the prophecy of Daniel for these end times for our confidence to build His House.

The mysteries of the Father is made known in the face of Jesus Christ Who being the fullness of God for us shares with us His living Bread.

The fruit of His Voice defines our charity in the words we speak to increase the harvest of God in the hearts that hear.



If you’d like to come into covenant with God, you have to begin to seek God. You’re also going to have to put aside the barriers of your former traditions and your mindset. You’re going to have to seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength if you want to come into covenant with God. His grace will abound towards those who seek Him out of a pure heart. – Apostle Eric vonAnderseck 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Maintaining the mind of Christ by faithful labor with gift of grace

Why do want to establish good habits of faith? Faith joins us to Christ that we may see clearly from His perspective.

What are we seeing clearly? Whatever we look upon. As when Enoch, Abraham, Isaiah, John, and Hermas were shown things in heavenly realms with angelic guides. What they saw needed explaining. What they looked upon required knowledge for understanding.

The thought occurred to me this morning that if we find ourselves asking scale questions like, "is this a good habit of faith" we end up with a disconnect. We end up saying, this is a habit of faith and that is just a habit not pertaining to faith... neither good nor evil. But being neither good nor evil doesn't make it good... the disconnect is in thinking that some choices sit on the fence and are therefore need not be measured on the scale of truth.

We are taught very early on in coming into covenant to establish new habits of faith... use the tools... to assist is in gaining experience with working cooperatively with the assisted ability of the Spirit. To assist us in gaining His perspective so we can stand in it.

So a better question would be, am I standing in God's perspective or do I have blind spots in my vision... places I refuse to look upon for fear of discovery? Like that closet door you hope your guests won't open after you made a hurried preparation for their visit.

Not all choices are choices of faith. But all our choices should be made while having the mind of Christ (which we gain by having established these good habits of faith keeping us joined to the access He provides to His grace and truth through His hub of stewardship.)

When we begin to separate some choices from godly examination, we begin to show evil favoredness. We begin to show partiality. We begin to say... this one doesn't need to go through security... it's a personal friend of mine... but we aren't ambassadors of our own kingdoms. We have given our power and authority over to Christ... who are we to be inviting our personal friends into His Temple?

Would you continue to employ a home monitoring service that didn't notify you of EVERY break-in? If you found out they were letting in some people because, "they looked alright to me." Of course not. So it is also with us as we are now standing as porters at the door of our conscience. To do this well we MUST stand in His Light... we might look into the shadows to investigate a problem but we must not stand in that shadow while trying to discern. We must step back out of the shadow and bring it under the clarity of the grace and truth.

In using the 5 steps as a tool in taking every thought captive, I've been noticing choices I make mindlessly that had been flying under the radar so to speak.

I'm beginning to recognize a pattern by observing this behavior and am seeking the Lord for assistance. I'm reminded of what Apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 6:12   All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

If I'm making mindless choices... There must be a power influencing my will other than grace. I'm beginning to recognize a distortion cloaked in natural daily choices.

As property of Christ, I cannot be caught off guard allowing unseen powers to gain free access to my will. I would look like a foolish guard caught sleeping on the job.

As Paul wrote, I will make sure all my choices are made with cognitive, sober minded, reason: stepping back from the familiar shadows to stand in the perspective of grace before making the choice.

This way, I know the powers influencing my will and none will be able to take advantage of blind spots.

So my scale question, "Am I standing in God's perspective or trying to discern again from the perspective of my first birth?"

What I want to remember today: Not all choices are choices of faith. But all our choices should be made while having the mind of Christ.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Charity is not unseemly nor does she seek her own

The world counts factual as truth but truth reveals the motives of God's own heart.

The world says we should follow our hearts but God says we must follow His first, at this time, in this season, while there remains any distinction.

The desire of our hearts is neither good nor evil.

The pursuit of our hearts desire is not charity.

Charity gives expression to the heart of God (truth).

We are no longer servants of our own hearts but are called as servants of grace which desires charity:

1 Corinthians  13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Beyond the Veil (S8W Ministries Online Assembly)

Those that fellowship with doubt fail to see the face of God and resist His grace to preserve the substance of the aspirations which is a lie.

The Spirit of the Lord exposes the weeds which separate themselves sensually by the logic of this world. For the anointing teaches and gives us eyes to discern both good and evil.



If you’d like to come into covenant with God, you have to begin to seek God. You’re also going to have to put aside the barriers of your former traditions and your mindset. You’re going to have to seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength if you want to come into covenant with God. His grace will abound towards those who seek Him out of a pure heart. – Apostle Eric vonAnderseck 

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Knowing Him (S8W Ministries Online Assembly)

Jesus Christ the Record of our soul put the Father's sanctification in His Name for those that believe His Report. For the prince of this world is judged removing the offence in the conscience to purify it for the eternal reward.



If you’d like to come into covenant with God, you have to begin to seek God. You’re also going to have to put aside the barriers of your former traditions and your mindset. You’re going to have to seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength if you want to come into covenant with God. His grace will abound towards those who seek Him out of a pure heart. – Apostle Eric vonAnderseck 

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Deeper Things 2 (S8W Ministries Online Assembly)

The Comforter brings to the fore front of the conscience the testimony of Christ which was sealed in the heart before the world was, but now is manifested to us by the fire of His grace.


If you’d like to come into covenant with God, you have to begin to seek God. You’re also going to have to put aside the barriers of your former traditions and your mindset. You’re going to have to seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength if you want to come into covenant with God. His grace will abound towards those who seek Him out of a pure heart. – Apostle Eric vonAnderseck 

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John Welty is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. He is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle John is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.

Friday, June 07, 2013

We shall be known of Him by His fruit alone

We did not come from the water and soil. God created physical bodies for us from the water and soil. We inhabit these bodies just as we inhabit a hotel room while traveling away from home. 

We are as prodigal sons and daughters who are realizing that we have squandered all that we received from God on our own pleasure. 

He gave us wisdom we used to study the rhythm and pattern of nature for gaining honor from man and increasing knowledge. 

He gave us skills and unique talents we used for gaining honor from man.

He spoke to us through His servants Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David.
He spoke in confirmation of those He had sent through His prophets.
All these spoke of Christ who was to come and bridge the breech caused by molding confidence with a lie. 

He sent Christ in the form of flesh called Jesus to take us beyond the barrier Moses could pass through. He demonstrated His record for our faith to show us His ways of covenant, stewardship, priesthood, and His prophetic path by which He remained holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and higher than the heavens even yet while in the form of flesh which had no bearing on the record He set for us to follow after. 

He opened the understanding of His apostles by revelation after His death, resurrection, and ascension. Even though they had walked with him while He was in the form of flesh and had witnessed and performed many miracles, they had not yet fully understood the concealed sign set within this pattern manifested by Him. 

This is the true record and pattern made living by His Spirit. To worship Him we must walk by faith in Spirit and in Truth for these three function as one and hold no independent value. Even as Jesus said, why do you call me good? He said this because the person was resisting grace and isolating Jesus from the Godhead.

Now upon our awakening to the fact that we are as prodigal sons and daughters, many are tempted to think the remedy is to now use the wisdom, skills, and unique talents for the honor of God and that this must logically be what it means to turn from self to God... but this is a lie. 

We came forth from God but are less than God. We cannot please Him from this form of inequity. As God showed under the Law of Moses, the lower form must be put to death. He demonstrated this also by taking a form of no reputation and allowing Himself to smitten and hung up on a cross to die. So must we die to ourselves, not seek to honor Him with ourselves. 

But our death is of no value to Himself or to us. What then is of any value? Faith in Christ. God sent Christ in the form of flesh to manifest a pattern in the form of flesh to us to follow after even while in the form of flesh. So then, the flesh does not defile faith in God through Christ when the flesh is denied expression of self and we follow after His record by working with His Spirit instead. 

To walk with God, who is Spirit, we must receive of His Spirit. To walk with God in Spirit, we must receive of His Truth. His Spirit and Truth came by Jesus Christ and it is by faith in Christ Jesus that we honor God. God gave us the pattern and power for the priesthood in the person of Jesus Christ. Grace + Suffering = Glory and Honor. There can be no progression or increase of faith within restricting the flesh from having any bearing on faith in Christ. 

Therefore let us set our focus on God through Christ who provides for the correcting of our vision through sending forth preachers of truth walking in the power of His Spirit. We shall know them by His grace.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Tearing down strong holds and high places that stand against Christ

I was watching a mayor in Oklahoma on the news after a second wave of massive tornadoes went through the same area in a week after an F5 passed through. He was saying that they are fine and was proud of how good they were at dealing with these adversities and how good they were at rebuilding. He was proud of their tenacity and saw this as a virtue he was pleased to see getting national attention. 

I thought of how we can see a parable in this concerning how the high places were built up within our souls. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

These began as paths as we wandered aimlessly without a compass and a map before our conversion and learning to labor with perfect faith at the altar of Christ. As we wandered we found ourselves repeating certain courses as we instinctually preferred familiarity even in new things. These paths became trails and these trails became well worn. Eventually, we began to build up fences to protect these trails we had labored so hard to establish and as those proved insufficient, we built up walls. 

We had found some sense of peace and security in the familiarity of hose places we frequented along those trails. They had become our way and we wanted no man to disrupt our way. Some selected writings from this book or that to justify the way they had already established for themselves and some decorated their walls with images they found appealing in those writings. 

Leviticus 26:30
And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

It never crossed our minds that it was God causing growth to cover our courses and it was God bringing animals to trample our trails and it was God causing our fences to rot and to be kicked over by beasts of the field and it was God who crashed trees down upon our walls. We had sanctified the virtue of tenacity we had found within ourselves and we couldn't even imagine that God would find fault with something we found so much good in.

God was saying to us, I never led you in that way. 

Apostle Paul wrote, we cast down imaginations... how? By taking every thought captive and measuring it upon the scale of truth. He includes every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. These are those walls we built to  preserve our familiar way from falling subject to loss. Each time we were challenged in our way we determined to rebuild bigger, better, and stronger. These have to now be torn down but we cannot do so on our own for to do so we would have to stand in our way. 

God says, "I will lead you in My Way. I will send a steward to instruct you in My foundation knowledge that you may learn to labor with My grace by which I awakened you. You heard My voice when I woke you, listen to My voice now as I send servants to teach you."

I remember when I was first awakened by grace, I ended up going to various churches looking for fellowship with others who had also been awakened. After a year I found myself preaching a gospel they had taught me from evangelistic tracts which did not speak with the same voice I heard when I first woke. The same thing happened to the children of Israel. 

Jeremiah 7:22-28
22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.
28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

History, familiarity, repeats itself. And so does the wrath of God show forth consistency against man's rejection of His stewards. 

Therefore now is the time to see with the ear and obey the voice of the Lord. Step aside from those familiar ways to walk in the way of righteousness according to grace and truth. Learn to walk after the Spirit and the Lord will cause those high places and images to fade away back to the dust from which they came. This is the promise of purging to free us from those high places that cut us off from His glorious Light. Praise God! 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Are you sewing yourself into the thread of death or laying hold on the thread of Life?

Before any of us were anything we began as thoughts formed in the mind of God and given a portion of His Light and His Name.

Our form and portion of His Name can be understood as a letter being a portion of a word. The letter standing alone could form any word and so it lacks meaning by itself. It is only when joined back to the word from which it came that it finds the purpose and meaning of its origin and destiny.

Our portion of His Light is as a single color in the spectrum of pure light when divided by a prism. You can think of this also as a single color from a rainbow of colors. Every portion of Light is less than the light from which it came in both brightness and intensity. While any light in a dark room will look bright (even as the moon looks bright in the night sky while only being a dim reflection of the light from the sun), in the presence of its source Light, it's brightness and individual color fades away. We see this also in how brightly colored cars or fabrics fade in time from exposure to the light of the sun.

This is who we all are. We were all taken from our first estate in the bosom of the Father, placed within a trance, taken through a veil, and set within this dark dimension (which we call our universe) for the purpose of being tested and rewarded according to our choices of faith.

In order to function within this dimension, we were given bodies (like environmental suits used to explore deep seas.) So we first existed as entities in the mind of God, took the form of a letter and color assigned by God, and then took the form of flesh (also assigned by God) within a long lineage beginning with Adam (even Eve was taken from Adam.) But our true origin began before our first birth into this dimension. This is why Jesus said we must be born again... not by water but by fire.

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

It is only by exposure to the grace and truth of God that our awareness of our first existence begins to dawn on us.

This dawning is known as the Day Star rising in our hearts. The presence and power of God working in the hearts of all those who learn of and keep covenant with Him begins to thaw everything that was frozen from the winter season so that work can begin within the field of our souls to bring forth fruit pleasing in the sight of God.)

So then, there is the first thread of our pre-existence which is interrupted by the veil separating Light from darkness. While we came forth from the Light, we cannot see God in our present form (letter and color.)

Another thread began with our first birth into this dimension (known by the angels of fire as the waters.) From that thread we became knit together in the fabric of garments of death (which most call life.) King David referred to this dark dimension as the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4)

As Jesus said, we cannot see God or know Him by the perspective of that first birth or by the limited form and dimness of our own letter and color. We must be joined back to the Word and Light from which we came: Christ. Christ is the Word of God and Christ is the Light of God.

In order to receive instruction in the doctrine of Christ, we must all go through a separation and cleansing from that thread of death. This separation begins with our being born again by the baptism of the Holy Spirit evidenced by the manifestation of tongues. Have you received this seal from the Father?

It is by this new experience of the seal with tongues that we're able to begin our cleansing from false indoctrination and from the fruit of iniquity which we had been nurturing within our hearts so that we can be made into vessels of God's glory ready to be presented back to Him with shouts of joy as those who have grown up into the fullness and stature of Christ even the midst of such great contradiction as this world.

Would you like to receive instruction in the apostles doctrine with assistance in going through your separation and cleansing from the kingdom and power of darkness? If yes, we'll need to know if have you yet received this baptism of fire with the evidence of tongues and then we'll be able to assist you in either seeking Him for this seal of His Spirit or in learning to work with the Spirit of God with faith perfected in Christ.

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Walking With God,

John Welty, Apostle of Christ
Second 8th Week Ministries

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Living by faith or instinct?

God justifies faith, not behavior.

decisions based on emotion aren't decisions, they're instincts.

God justifies faith by His knowledge but the worldly minded justify sin.

Isaiah 53:11   He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

The world judges one another by behavior and condemned Christ to death for eating with sinners, eating with unclean hands, knocking over the money changing tables in the temple, working on the sabbath day, and speaking of Himself as being equal to and inseparable from God.

God justifies faith, not behavior... but God governs faith and behavior.

Stewardship and priesthood began with Adam. God gives knowledge to the steward for reflection and building... that knowledge governs faith. God gave the Law of Moses to set restrictions on the expression of iniquity... not as a standard for faith but so as to slow the destructive inclinations of man acting instinctively.

The Law of Moses was not for the righteous but for the unrighteous. (1 Tim 1:9, Rom 3:21, Rom 4:13, Rom 8:4, Rom 10:4)

God first tames faith with grace and truth through stewardship. This is invisible.
God then goes on to tame behavior. This is visible.

God is not yoking us again to the law of Moses. The law of grace and truth are for the righteous. The operation of God to tame our hearts begins within the heart and is then reflected without. This is all one process by one Spirit with one yoke: Christ.

The world cannot see Christ and will not see Christ in you. The world will take offense by you regardless because you won't confirm them or conform to their way of thinking. "I have sent you as lambs among wolves."

We had learned to build many shields to look like wolves to the wolves in self defense but the Lord is now saying, "those shields cannot protect you and only become barriers to My grace."

Others will always seek to dominate and to control us. While we need not confirm them or conform to them, so also need we not offend them. They will already be offended by Christ in us (which they cannot see but the spirits they are working with can.) The demons are agitated by His presence.

While we are surrounded by protesters, we need not join in with them to survive. We can slip away (even as King David slipped away from Saul's presence) and use the 5 steps to learn from each experience with them.


Walking with God in step with Christ

I woke yesterday morning reflecting on recent cycles of growth and upon how the Lord assisted me through each transition as I chose to follow Him through them. Though my soul suffered in the moment, I'm now enjoying the rewards.

I thought of how Jesus was tempted to reach beyond the restrictions He had set for Himself when His body was aching for food... a time of great vulnerability. A bad time for a dieter to find themselves in a candy isle so to speak. Yet He did not set aside the purpose and plan of God. He was not sent into this world to satisfy every desire but to fulfill the plan of God through obedience to One voice... not many... not even the voice of these bodies which cry out daily for many things.

We also came out from God. Not to set our own restrictions but to walk with Him. We are moved by Him and resist Him not even when following after Him requires us to suffer loss of cherished substance. If God did not test our vulnerabilities, we would not be tested. For even a child can stop eating candy once they've eaten too much.

I thought of how God sent forth chief elders to go before us and learn of Him that we may also learn of Him by their instruction and example. Jesus used His apostles, before their conversion, as living epistles of the record He was setting for faith. They lacked understanding but could testify of that which they saw, heard, and experienced.

It was after their conversion that the Lord multiplied His stewardship in them. While the leaders of the Jews thought they had silenced this voice they could no longer suffer to hear, they had in fact been used by God to transition His plan from flesh to flame according to His plan and promise from before the foundation of the world. Now there were many stewards speaking with one voice which they could no longer suffer to hear.

I had something come to mind that Chief Apostle Eric has shared many times but that had never 'clicked' for me. It was as if the Lord had just taught this too me but then I remembered many times Eric emphasized this but that I had not understood why at those times. The knowledge was now being joined to understanding. God was causing me to recall Eric sharing these things because God wanted to me connect learning from Him with the sending of His selected steward. This was very edifying.

I had other thoughts come to mind concerning balance and extremes. The Lord teaches us to do all things with cognitive awareness and to take the time to weigh all things upon His scale. This at times seems tedious and unnecessary but it is at those times that we let many things escape our attention and find ourselves wondering where the Lord is... It is by our diligence of faith with these things that we remain in cadence with Him.

We are walking with God. That means God is walking. We can't simply match pace with Him, figure out where He's heading, and then say... I'll be right back... keep going... I'll meet back up with you.

Why not? Because God is walking, stopping, starting, going here, going there... We cannot even predict the weather... we cannot know when and where it will rain next. How could we walk with Him without staying with Him? And how could we seek Him without being drawn to Him? We don't seek things we've never known of. We seek those things we've lost sight of.

Solomon denied Himself no pleasure, but that added nothing to his faith in God. Job was denied every pleasure, but that took nothing from his faith in God.
Lot lived among a condemned nation but that took nothing from his faith in God. Neither also did the idolatry around him add anything to his faith.
We never see a single example of holy men and women of God standing in the light being used by the FRS(*). Each one of the most celebrated in that system would condemn some, if not all, of the examples set forth for consideration in the scriptures (and would even sympathize with many of the protesters recorded in scripture.)

Why is this? Because reading scriptures about men and women who moved with God does not make us those men and women of faith. Only God can do that. He does this by visiting us with His Word. First with a selected steward and then with those coming into contact with that steward. God even draws people to His selected steward. The kings and queens of the earth came to visit Solomon... why went they there to see? Jesus asked this of those who came outside the city to hear John speaking.

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* For those who aren't familiar with the initials FRS... FRS = False Religious System. Those who persecuted Jesus were established leaders of the FRS during the time of His earthly ministry marking the transition from the house of Moses to the house of Christ. God has always allowed a contradiction for the testing of hearts and still does so today. Those of the FRS see nothing wrong with what they are doing and they think they are doing the will of God. John 16:2

What is Satan hoping to achieve?

Satan cares not if we build with him. He wants his adversary to suffer loss. He wants God to fail in fulfilling His plan.

Satan was the first protester and wants every person to stand in doubt of God's power and plan by setting confidence in lesser things.

If we aren't building one another up in the faith daily, then God is being denied pleasure... That's what Satan wants.

So why would we resist God's commandment to increase His house? Why would we neglect so great a gift as the grace we have been granted access to? Or why would we retain and keep from others?

I was sharing with Teacher Melissa the other day about how grace is like a motion sensing light. The light is always available to us but if we stop moving, we can no longer see.

Upon reflection on these posts from you all stewarding grace received, I'd like to add that this motion sensing light is also moving forward. The plan of God is progressing with our without us.

We can't just move in circles to trick the sensor. We have to remain in active agreement with the same rate and direction... Walking with God.

We can't fall behind and expect to see clearly. We can't run out ahead either. Grace is our master.

God is longsuffering but this is not something we want to take advantage of.

We are called upon to grow up, sober up, and stay His course through every transition. We are servants of God taught to walk in His way with faith, patience, longsuffering, and charity.

Let us assist one another in this daily that none fall short.

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