“He [Christ] must increase, but I must decrease.”(B) As the Kingdom of God grows within us, we decrease. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”(C) This is a report on what the Kingdom of God is doing in these days.
DECREASING THAT HE MIGHT INCREASE. Yahshua spoke, “Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (D) And “He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”(E) “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”(F) “If we suffer with Him, we may also be glorified together.”(G) There are certain spiritual lessons that can only be learned by suffering. Yea, though we walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, God will walk with us. This suffering drives out the self-centeredness, until we reach the spiritual point that Yahshua reached in the garden, foreknowing he was about to be cruelly tortured and mocked, yet able to turn his will over to the Father’s: “Not my will Lord, but thine be done.”(H) “Submit yourselves therefore to God.”(I) This is the path of the overcomer in the last days. This is the path that provides the spiritual authority to overcome the accuser of the brethren, who walks around seeking who he can devour. Meanwhile, the overcomer expresses the Glory of God, His excellence, through what had been just an ordinary person. God’s beauty is manifested in His ambassadors, and the trials allow us to show the love of God to a World full of hate, death and manipulation.
THE AGE OF JEZEBEL, THE AGE OF THE PROPHET. Certain dynamics are patterns of warfare. When Satan seeks to disrupt God’s authority & arrangements, he seeks to destroy the authority of the husband in the family, and replace it with an out of control Jezebel Spirit. He has done this historically many times. God in turn raises up prophets with callings similar to John the Baptist. These kinds of prophets are issuing forth, preparing the spiritual way for greater things. John the Baptist prepared the way for a great spiritual prophet-apostle-high priest, who was our Messiah. John had to reach the “Not-my-will-Lord, but-thine-be-done” level. There will be faithful men today like Noah, men who have decreased so that Christ could fill their lives. They will be instrumental in helping prepare arks of safety as the enemy seeks out to destroy any vestiges of true faith. Through it all, we maintain our resurrection hope.(J)
THE WORLD FUNCTIONS BY CONFLICT. The Kingdom of God functions off of peace.(K) By peace I do not mean absence of war, but a tangible spiritual substance. The World in contrast must use the dialectical conflict…these are the hills and valleys that God comes to straighten. A transformational dialectical process (hills & valleys) is being used to destroy the order that God created. When the world uses the term consensus, they mean “synthesis”…the end result of Hegelian dialectical conflict. This is NOT the consensus that Christ talked about believers being like-minded. The consensus that Yahshua haMessiach spoke of was when all line up with the Holy Spirit of God. A Worldly consensus is when people nominally line up and accept the synthetic synthesis answer that the World has prepared for them to create a nominal “peace” from the manipulated dialectical process of conflict. Two vastly different concepts. And the dialectical process has been brought into the sunday school classes under the disguise of asking people how they feel about things, rather than submission to the revealed Word of God. God does not grade on the curve, He grades on the Standard He gave us. The gospel of Christ was not about social harmony. That is why Christ said he came to bring conflict. He came to bring harmony with God, which means conflict with even the members of our own family who hate Christ and the Kingdom of Love & Truth and Life. So the World and Worldly churches are trying to sound like they want peace, “Let’s put aside differences!” But this is a false peace. There is a way that seems right, but leads to death. This false peace is from the Kingdom of Death, and God’s overcomers will reject it, and seek the genuine peace that surpasses understanding the Christ holds out for those who follow His Spirit. Yahshua spoke, “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” (L)
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”(M) God is building Himself in you. Have a blessed day my friend.
(A) LK 17:20b (B) JN 3:30 (C) JAS 4:10 (D) LK 14:27 cf. MK 10:21 (E) MT 10:38, 16:24 (F) LK 14:33 (G) ROM 8:17, cf. 2 TIM 2:12 (H) LK 22:42, MT 26:39b (I) JAS 4:7a (J) cf. 1 COR 15 (K) ROM 16:20, ISA 26:12, COL 3:15, et al (L) JN 14:27 (M) PHIL 4:6-7