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“A Quickening Spirit”

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. I Corinthians 15:45

Oh, what a great contrast between the two: “a living soul,” and “a quickening spirit.” One is temporal, and the other is eternal. One is mortal, the other immortal. One has the similitude of Creator God, and the other one is Creator God (the Spirit within us, and not us). One is sin bound, while the other is righteous bound. One is filled with passion… man based, and the other filled with inspiration… God breathed. One is holy, the other unholy. One is pure, the other filthy. One is earthly minded, entangled with the affairs of this life, and the other is heavenly minded, running away from the affairs of this life. One has crucified his life with Christ, and the other one has preserved his life. And the list goes on, and on. The contrasts are limitless indeed.

Yet how easy it is for those of us who have been born again, who have been made after “the last Adam” (a quickening spirit), to be drawn back into the grip of “the first Adam” (a living soul). They are so far apart, yet they have a certain similitude whereby we can be deceived as to which one we are actually walking out.

So subtly the enemy works… sometimes quickly, and sometimes over a long period of time by his cunning supernatural ways he draws us back into living life like all those living souls around us, rather than the quickening spirit God has made us to become. And let us not say that it isn’t so, lest we close our eyes and stop up our ears to the God of grace and mercy that would draw us unto Himself again.

Oh, beloved! We are indeed in “the evil day,” and those “perilous times” the apostle Paul prophesied about are already upon us! Let us not neglect abiding in the Word, and prayer, and worship. And let us be careful to fellowship together, giving and receiving the word of the Spirit of the Lord according to the word of God that resonates with that quickening spirit within. Let us be careful not to be encumbered with the affairs of this life, but to live heavenward always lest we become just a living soul again!

“Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Rom. 8:23 

Remnant Action Still Lacking

Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.” Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD, and their works are in the dark; they say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?” (Isaiah 29:13-15)

After many years of mingling with and observing the scattered remnant among those who profess Christianity, I realize that I have been making a wrong assumption.

I assumed that the remnant would actually draw nigh to God in the same way that they draw nigh to His message – but that is not so. It is true that many of the remnant draw nigh to the message of the Lord at critical moments, but it is not true that a notable percentage of the remnant are drawing nigh to the Lord. They want to be informed, but not transformed. There is a great difference.

As long as there is the tiniest shred of anything to hang onto for comfort and security, the vast majority of even the remnant are not willing to take definitive steps toward transformation into the fullness of Christ’s image. It is too costly and requires too much living faith – faith they have never had. A small percentage of them will draw near to the edge of transformation, but only a tiny handful of that small percentage will actually choose to take definitive steps toward transformation.

The prospects of real change among the remnant toward spiritual maturity looked promising beginning with the scare of the financial crisis that started back in 2008, but for the most part they came out into daylight just long enough to learn what God was saying about the matter for the benefit of knowing how they might protect their assets. Of course, many who came out were not part of the remnant at all, but the majority claimed to be.  Well, after holding out for a few years until the immediate financial scare seemed to fade away, they went right back into their darkened corners where they felt comfortable and secure before the scare.

After proclaiming God’s message with much spiritual insight and with an undeniable anointing of the Holy Spirit, and seeing little more than lip service in response, we realized that only a spook for disaster was not enough to drive anyone to real transformation. The dollar must fail altogether for that – and even then there will be some who can continue to survive on their own, and will. Oh, how the spirit of individualism and independence does still reign.

Finally, after it has become clear that the umbilical cord of Americanism is about to be cut from Christians too (which news, by the way, has really brought an unprecedented number of believers out of the woodwork), still we do not see anything more than lip service. (We are sure that some, like us, are doing all they know to do, and that some steps into greater transformation are just not yet readily visible.)

Notwithstanding, I am convinced today just as I was a dozen years ago that “Christianity – American style” will reign even among the remnant as long as that remnant has the slightest thread to hang onto. Oh, well. The welcome mat into “Christianity- American style” lives on…and on…and on… even among the vast majority that call themselves the remnant.

“The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it…” Isaiah 1:5b

Shaped Through Trials – Made Perfect in Weakness

“You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.” Dan. 2:34

So it was that “the God who reveals secrets” revealed King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to Daniel. This part of the dream speaks of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and how He would be fashioned by God Himself, not by man. Suffering in obedience to His Father’s plan was an essential tool God used to shape (perfect) His Son. The writer of the book of Hebrews testifies that “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Heb. 5:8-9)

Our Lord was actually “made perfect” by the things which He suffered. He was never imperfect, but the successful completion of His journey on earth brought about the completion of what God had purposed before the world began; and He did it perfectly. (II Tim. 1:9; John 17:4; Heb.4:15; II Cor. 5:21; I Pet. 2:22)  The point here is that suffering through obedience to His Father was critical to Him carrying out His mission... perfectly. And for all those who “obey Him,”  we also suffer various trials (II Tim.3:12). And in the same way that our Lord was perfected by continuing to yield to the Spirit through His suffering on earth, so we can be. This is the sanctification process on earth. James the brother of our Lord wrote that it is through “patience” in suffering trials that we are made “perfect and complete, lacking NOTHING.” (Jam. 1:2-4)

Obedience through suffering is a necessary part of the equation for continuing sanctification and a righteous life – especially if we pursue becoming “perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) This kind of suffering is not something that should ever be laid on a brother or sister from another, but rather it is a natural response from the world as we shine as His light in the world. Brothers and sisters are to relieve one another in suffering when possible, “bearing one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)

And so the persecuted church is one that is increasing in number, and it shall continue to increase until suffering for true Christians is present all around the world. (Rev. 6:9-11) Then our Lord will come for the bride that He has made “ready,” “complete,” “perfect,” “without spot or wrinkle,” or even a “blemish”! (Eph. 5:27)

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Cor. 12:9-10)

Let us let Him make us ready for that glorious day when we shall shine even as He shines!

A Prophet in His Own Country

“‘Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?’ So the were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.’ Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.” Mark 6:3-6

How sad it is to see that this human condition still continues among New Covenant believers today. The gifts of God given to those across town, down the street, next door, and even in our own living rooms should be greatly appreciated in much the same way we appreciate those on the other side of the world. Are they not all gifts from God? Oh brothers and sisters! How can we ever be “fitly joined together” into one body if we hold at arms length those nearest to us? We cannot.

Let us see one another through spiritual eyes, and listen with spiritual ears. Oftentimes our unpleasant parts are actually designed by God to be the most useful. The big toe is a good illustration of that point. All of God’s people have been gifted in part, for the benefit of the whole; and all are necessary to make the whole. To avoid one is to hurt the whole. Let us patiently help each other in the process of maturity in sharing his or her gift to his or her very best. In this way, we are sure to be in route to Christ’s full measure!

“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.” II Corinthians 5:16


Let’s Think Soberly

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Rom. 12:3-5 NKJV

It is so important for each of us to realize our need for one another. We should not think of this as an option. If we allow ourselves to become too isolated from the rest of the body, we can soon convince ourselves that we are spiritually self-sufficient. Let us not “forsake the assembling” of ourselves together “as the manner of some is.” Heb. 10:25

Oh, saints. All will be as well as it can possibly be with us when we are assembling together regularly by faith in love, growing up together in his manifold grace!

The Spiritual State of the State, and of Christianity

Tonight at 7:30 central time there will be a live webcast from our site ( where I will share a synopsis from a spiritual perspective on the state of the state, and Israel, and Christianity. You are invited. Please invite others. To see, to share, and to understand with spiritual mind the things that are going on to shape the days ahead are vital for these perilous, apostate times.

Jerusalem Shall Be Divided

Many Christians are concerned that the current situation in the Middle East is orchestrated by presidents, kings, princes and others in authority. It is not. Every detail about Israel is orchestrated by God. The mightiest men are only minor puppets in God’s mighty hand. Therefore, let us not be overly concerned about the “negotiating” that is taking place over the safety and sovereignty of Israel. Let us pray in faith, asking the Lord to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, and to bring absolute peace through the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east……… “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be- ‘The LORD is one,’ And His name one.” Zechariah 14:1-4a, 9)

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