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  1. If you endured the OP and I have not totally demoralized you, praise God. You see, if our lack of victory, lack of joy, lack of fervency for the Lord who bought us is what is keeping the lost at arms length, we have to seek how to change that. If God tells us that it is when He shall be sanctificed IN US that the heathen will know we possess the truth ( or more accurately, are possessed by the truth), then should it not become obvious to us that it must be possible? Walking in holiness and righteousness is key to winning the lost. Being filled with love for one another, and even for those who hate us is what will draw those who want to come to the light, but up til now have not seen Christians display that light of life. Instead, We have succeeded in lowering the standard as unattainable, and been fed the excuse that this is why Jesus came, because we need forgiveness. True enough. At the beginning. But has He not promised to change us. To fill us with fruits of righteousness? To set us free indeed as we learn to possess our vessels in sanctification and honor? He has indeed. Then what gives?? What gives is that we are walking in only half of the good news. Yes, Jesus died for our sins. Yes, if we confess them and repent, He is faithful and just to forgive us. But we have been ignorant of the second part of that verse.... to cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness. Listen, all you who hunger for real victory in your actions and in your thought lives. God is even now taking off the blinders of His true saints, and those who are found hunger and thirsting not just for forgiveness that they commit again and again, but for true inner heart righteousness that expresses itself outwardly with holy lives, with loving actions, with a true hatred of the actions of their old nature, God is giving us what we desperately have needed...... the HOW of walking as holy, living sacrifices. To be continued...... Blessings, Gideon
  2. I am sure that some here reading this will rise up with indignation. They will share all sorts of figures as to how many labor on the mission field, how many dollars have been shared to send those laborers into the field. They will recite how many have been reached and professed faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And all they share will be accurate and true. And yet I still stand by my statement. We as His church are failing in the one mission we have been entrusted with on this earth…. to spread the gospel of Jesus to the uttermost parts of the earth. Bear with me here. I do not dispute that through missions work, flyers, radio and tv ministries, multitudes have now heard about Christianity. But sadly, the truth is that how we as everyday beliefs are living out our faith is not matching up with what we say we believe. In other words, people are not being drawn to have what we have, because frankly, what we have is not doing what it promises to do, to set us free indeed, to make us overcomers, victorious over the world, the flesh and the devil. They see no joy, no passion for the one we say we love with all of our hearts. They do not see us walking as strangers and pilgrims on the earth. So what do they see? They see a people healed only slightly, a people who draw near Him with our lips, but our hearts, where our time and money hand hopes and dreams are invested, they are still ours. Self still rules. They see a people who try to gloss over their worldliness and lack of the fruits of the Spirit with excuses, like “No one is perfect” and “God is not finished with me yet.” To us, they make perfect sense, because they ARE true. But if we are truly honest, we will admit, especially for those who have served God a long time, that we are not much closer to acting as godly, set-apart children than when we first were saved. In truth, many of us actually less on fire, less excited about Jesus. And that brothers and sisters should raise huge red flags. And the fact that it doesn’t reveals to us that something is wrong with our understanding of what the gospel promises. The world looks on. Granted, some in the world have no love for the light, and love the darkness their lives center on. But make no mistake, there are multitudes out there who are searching for real answers in these troubled times, real peace, real joy. They have innately understood that things do not make one joyful. The best this world can offer is a happiness that is fleeting, leading one to seek for the next ‘high’, whether it be things, money, power, sex, self worth, whatever. They hear us. They understand what Jesus supposedly did with their heads. They are moved by His compassion and love even when He offered up Himself for a world that did not deserve it. But then they hit “the wall”. Us. His followers. Those who say they love Him and believe in Him and have accepted His sacrifice. Ouch. They see us go to church on Sunday mornings. They hear the ministers on tv. They listen to us politely if we get bold enough to witness to them. But they do one more thing. They observe us. And what do they see? They see a people whose actions contradict their words. They see our lack of real joy. They see us more passionate about our team or our favorite tv show than about Jesus. They see us love the things of the world, just like they do. In short, they see our hypocrisy, and that to our shame. So what will it take for us to truly fulfill the great commission? How can we actually draw them to Christ? In Ezekiel chapter 36, God shows us clearly in these last day what will move the seekers in the world to come to Jesus. "....and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord when I shall be sanctified in you before their very eyes." If the lives of those claiming to follow the Lord do not line up with how God says His followers who believe shall walk, let's not deceive ourselves. Danger lurks. Do we not realize that holy hearts, lives that burn solely for Jesus, actions that are pure and full of love.....these are the real testimony that confirms to the lost that we are walking in the truth. Our lives are the Bibles they read. Are we truly giving our all, running our race as if there is only one prize? The answer is pretty self evident for the vast majority of the church.No, we are not..... at least not yet. ☺️ Ah, but changes..... HUGE changes… are on the horizon. God is not finished with us yet. People think if we begin having miraculous signs and wonders, then they will come. But let us realize this. If we still are found living out our lives as compromised, worldly, one foot in-one foot out Christians, we will end up making our converts just like us. Listen, true revivals in the past have been spurred by holy leaders leading people onto the highway of holiness, where the joy wells up so easily, so powerfully, that men and women bound by sin want what we possess....or in truth want the one who possesses us. Let us remember, in these last days, Satan will come with all sorts of lying wonders and deceive many. Those seeking signs rather than the giver of the signs will bite.... hook, line and sinker. The ultimate draw must be the goodness and love of Christ, and if our lives do not display it, our attempts at evangelism will fail miserably. So how can the lost know who they should believe? It is simple. Good trees bear good fruit. If selfless love is not present in those with signs following, God says "Stop! Run!" If patience, kindness and gentleness are not accompanying those who seem so doctrinally astute, close your ears. Was this not the case in the ministry of Jesus. He said as much. 'You seek me for the miracles” or “You come because of the free loaves and fishes" Those followers did not last. They were those who had the good seed cast on the hard ground of their self-centered and did not put down deep roots. Do we not think it is wise we checked the depth of the soil we are attempting to grow in? It was Christ's holy life and loving heart that drew the true believers. In the book of Acts, those outside the church said "Behold how they love one another!" Talk about the real tool for evangelizing the lost. Sadly, today we are content with a new mantra. "I am not perfect, just forgiven", and using it to somehow give validity to our secret sins and compromised walks, and you know what? Jesus weeps. Holiness. Real spiritual fruits overflowing our of us. That, guys, is what we need. But first we need to believe such a walk is even humanly possible. You see, until it bothers us that our churches are satisfied with things just the way they are and put no effort on teaching holiness or even seeking God as to how to walk pleasing to Him (or in truth even believing it possible in this life), we will simply march on in our powerless take on what real Christianity is. Far too many of us are content to be half-hearted, lukewarm, forgiven children, following Him, but at a comfortable distance, of course, and living compromised lives with the world.....and thinking nothing is wrong with it. Whether we care to admit it or not, we are fulfilling the characteristics of the Laodecian church almost line for line, content with being forgiven for our Achilles heel sins, yet often knowing we will do the same sins again with no guilt and worse yet, possessing no desire to really be changed. And all the while we reason as we have been falsely taught... "Thank God for grace that allows me to live like this!" We have come to believe that living a life of holiness is hard......no, impossible. We are wrong. And why do we believe this? Because somehow, in our minds, we feel that our salvation was all the Lord, but holiness? That burden falls back on our shoulders. And who is sufficient for that? You and I agree here. No one........ unless.......unless we have missed the real key to living as overcomers. God is even now awakening us and restoring to us the HOW of holiness and guess what, glory to God? it is not hard. It is an easy yoke! Is your appetite wet? Or are you chaffing inside at the audacity of saying sins that have bound you for years, even decades can be overcome? Here is the key question. Do you want to be free? REALLY free. If you were told how to change from struggling child of God to an overcomer, would you really want it? How many there are that picture living a holy life to be hard and restrictive and totally unpleasurable. Will it cause change? You bet. But know this. It may upend your life, but in a wonderful way, and the thought of going back to what you were content with before? Not a chance. More to come. I pray you stay tuned.. I can promise you this. If your hunger or even your curiosity is pushing you to follow along, if you will take to heart what will be shared here in the coming posts, you will discover the Christian life you had hopes of when you first got saved...... before you got religious and lowered your expectations. Guaranteed. Bold words? No doubt. True words? You bet. Prepare to be amazed. Many blessings and thank you for reading, Gideon
  3. Brother, thank you for your kind words as well as your totally true defense of the Word fo God. To that I can only add my amen. May I share a point on that subject? It has been made keenly aware to me through my own experience that knowing about Christ and knowing Him are two completely different things. My fear is that in churches today, our heads are full of knowing about God and about Jesus. But head knowledge can easily supplant heart knowing. We we assume the two are interchangeable. It is true that those who truly KNOW Him have first come to know about Him through the Word. But lest we fall into error, we must become aware that the opposite is not true and in fact, can be a huge obstacle to heart knowledge IF our hunger for Him alone is not the driving force in our lives. The awakeningg that God has shown me is coming will be an awakening of our heart hunger for more of Him, even when confronted with the choice of us..... or Him in us. If we are honest, our prayer lives more resemble quiet museums we visit on special occasions rather than living, loving, abiding relationships. We tire of it being a one way street, and assume with sad resignation that is the way it is supposed to be. We assume wrong. Instead of breaking before God, wondering why we still bear so little fruit, why sins still grip us, why we do not hear His voice, we sit down assuming all must be well, because after all, we have the Word of God. Our heads love it, but what of our hearts? That is where the victory is found, when we seek Him with ALL of our hearts. This will lead lead us to the crux of our problem. And what is that? We can’t. We can’t seek Him with all of our hearts while self still rules and reigns, and we have no real clue how to get rid of it. God has an answer, but we cannot hear it until we truly hate our old natures, and like Paul, cry out to Him as wretched men, and cry out to Him to show us the secret of how to actually walk as new creatures with hearts fully capable of walking close to Him, day in, day out, as overcomers. Our birthright is victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. But until we see all three and not just the last one as our mortal enemies, I fear that though our intentions may seem honorable, we have a traitor guarding the gate to our hearts. Blessings and thank you so much for your words. Gideon
  4. O brother, may I tell you you do not have to wait if your heart is ready? Putting off the old nature is something any can do this very minute.... if they have come to the point of hating who they have become while doing it ‘their way’. It is for the weak first, those who know they need a miracle in order to walk as a true son or daughter of God. Praise God, it is for the strong as well, but it is harder for them to come empty handed, needing everything. Blessings, Gideon
  5. Is Our Infilling the Same as the Book of Acts? There has bee a whole lot of debate over the term "Spirit filled". It has divided more than united, and truth be told, some of the most error filled, fleshly, experience-heavy teachings, such as the prosperity doctrine, had their roots in the charismatic church. Ouch. People have debated back and forth what the real evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is. I like what Leonard Ravenhill said. "Can you explain how 120 men filled with the Holy Spirit could turn the whole world in one generation, amidst terrible persecution, and in a large city, there can be 120 churches claiming they have the exact same infilling and the people there not know or even care that they are there?" David Wilkerson said this. The evidence of a man filled with an evil spirit is that he or she does evil things. And conversely, a man filled with the Holy Spirit becomes more and more pure and holy. That is why we are to be known by our fruits, not our doctrines, our experience(s) or what church we attend. Please do not misunderstand. I am not picking on the Pentecostals and Charismatics. Truth is, I have been a Charismatic for over four decades. But let's face it, there is plenty of blame to go around. We all have been playing church in our own way, content that WE have the real truth. All that is about to change. What is about to happen? It is called the latter rain. Most know that in the past 100 or so plus years, many have stated that their movement IS the latter rain. They are wrong. A brief pre-shower, perhaps, but the real downpour we have been promised? No way. You see, the real latter rain will not be denominational specific. It will not be city specific. It will not be experience specific. And no, before you get your ‘How dare you look’ on, neither will it be will doctrinally specific. Rather, it will be "Do you love Jesus and want Him more than anything, including yourself?" specific. And all whose hearts are found crying out to Him will be set free from lives of religious observances, of dallying with sin, of worldliness and compromise, of trying and failing, of three steps forward and two steps back, and find themselves amazingly set free indeed just as Jesus promised us. We will, every single one of us, be extricated off the highway TO holiness that somehow never leads there and planted on the highway OF holiness. We are about to be amazed. It is this that is referred to in the parable of the 10 virgins. In the last days, ALL will be awakened to the truth of FREE INDEED. But be warned, not all will respond and joyfully light their lamps. God has, since the early rain ended shortly after Paul's death, let the wheat and tares grow together during the long hot dry summer…. nineteen hundred years worth. And voila, here we are. Welcome to today's church. For the vast majority of us, our lives are so shallow, so compromised, so.... shall I say it?... lukewarm, that the world sees our hypocrisy and wants nothing to do with us except make us the butt of their jokes. And sadly, as a result, it is also the reason they want nothing to do with God. Can we really blame them? Let's be honest, more often than not, by outer observation, you cannot tell wheat and tares apart. Religious does not equal righteous. But listen, weary saints. Change is coming. Listen, people who claim they are 'Spirit filled", quite content that we have the truth. Do we not hear God when He says that to whom much is given, much is required? We are all about to have our minds 'enlightened', and joyfully. Listen, secessionists, you are about to eat crow, and yet you will enjoy the meal with delight. God is fixing to awaken His bride and breathe on her. And our lives will never be the same. Like never ever. ☺️ We are told in Ezekiel 36 that this latter outpouring will change everything. Are we impressed with the saints in the book of Acts and how God transformed their lives and then used them mightily? The latter rain by which we are about to be drenched and outpoured over us will cause us not only match the deeds of the early church, but hear this. We will SURPASS them, with zero pride, giving all glory to God. And the world will witness our transformation and they will exclaim: "Look! That which bore only briars and thorns has become again like the garden of Eden!" (Ezekiel 36) Impossible, you say? Oh ye of little faith. Do you not agree this is THE pressing need for us as His totally unprepared and impossibly divided bride right now as we each languish silently in our own little individual captivity? Mark my words, for they are God’s message of hope to us at this late hour. The world is about to witness the REAL church, and hear the FULL gospel, not a half gospel that gets us forgiven but has no power to change us, free us, and fill us with joy unspeakable and full of glory. We know of forgiveness but not transformation. Our gospel instead leaves even the best of us earth bound by sin so that we find it virtually impossible to mount up with wings of eagles and fly as overcomers, victorious over the world, the flesh and the devil . Buckle your spiritual seatbelts, you who secretly hunger for more, you who intuitively KNOW that our walk with God was meant to be far more than weekly church attendance, with 500 plus denomination at variance with one another, and all struggling to keep our heads above water the other six days of the week. Truth be told, there will be many who hear words like these and roll their eyes and scoff, and yet, do you know what? Even still, despite our self devotion and sin-hardened hearts, despite our contentment with things just as they are, our faithful God will nevertheless awaken ALL who are called, lift us up, center us on His glorious potter's wheel and begin truly changing us into His image…. Like for real. Glory! For some, their brokenness, their full repentance, their fully surrendering will come AFTER their awakening, and God says that it is only then that they will finally be ashamed for the religious but truly compromised lives they have lived. Ashamed for the lack of hunger they have possessed. Ashamed for refusing to believe that our God can indeed CAUSE US to walk as obedient children, to will AND to do of His good pleasure. Ashamed for limiting the God of the universe with their unbelief clothed with religious piety. We are told that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We are about to discover how true that really is. How desperately the world needs to see real authentic JOYFUL Christianity in action. How desperately do we need to hear again men lost in the world observe us as His body and exclaim "Behold how they love one another!". Well, guess what? The raindrops are beginning to fall. The clouds are gathering. We are about to become the blessed generation that ushers in the return of our Jesus. It doesn't get any better than that, amen? Blessings, Gids
  6. Listen to the lies Satan tells us about God’s goodness is ALWAYS..... hard. ☺️
  7. Sister, it has been a while. So good to see and hear from you again. May I encourage you to seek His face? We all have this mentality that He will tell us to give away all our stuff, or to go become a missionary and live in a mud hut. LOL. But He has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Let us not confuse that with material blessings, for all He has told us there is that He will meet our needs, not our.wants. But He does have something for us far better. Free indeed! What hurts His heart is that fellowship with Him is life. Without it, we wither. Just as parents love their children, and we are imperfect at best, can we imagine how much He loves us and wants our relationship with Him to grow? It is our unbelief that blinds us to the goodness of God. We instead become like the unprofitable servantcwho made no gain, for in his mind, the master was a hard master who ‘reaped where He did not sow’. That phrase is very revealing. Listen, if God wants you to do something, He will sow the desire into your heart first. It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. Oh, we might obey out of dread and fear, but our obedience will be shallow and forced. God longs for cheerful givers. MaycI tell you plainly that once we fully yield ourselves over to the Lord and let Him be the master potter, everything changes. We cannot believe we are dead and our life is hid with Christ until we do. When we finally answer the question “Are we having fun yet.”, doing it OUR way with US in control, with a resounding NO, we finally are ready to have the blinders removed from our hearts. The true beauty of holiness, of being caused to abide in Him and to obey Him by the master potter finally dawn on us and we look back saying “How could I have been so blind?” In these last days, we are all being awakened to the truth. Yes, we must lose our life to find His, and climb down off our throne, but what we get in return, in THIS life, is mind blowing. That is my prayer for you, that God will joyfully blow your mind as you finally comprehend how amazing ‘the glorious liberty of the children of God.” really is. Blessings, dear sister Gideon
  8. Hey guys. This next scripture hit me especially hard when I read it in the Message Bible. I fully realize it is in no way an exact translation, but in instances such as the one here, the jist of God’s point of view comes crystal clear. See if you agree. “Tell them this, God’s Message: Do people fall down and not get up? Or take the wrong road and then just keep going? So why does this people go backward, and just keep on going— backward! They stubbornly hold on to their illusions, refuse to change direction. I listened carefully but heard not so much as a whisper. No one expressed one word of regret. Not a single “I’m sorry” did I hear. They just kept at it, blindly and stupidly banging their heads against a brick wall. Cranes know when it’s time to move south for winter. And robins, warblers, and bluebirds know when it’s time to come back again. But my people? My people know nothing, not the first thing of God and his rule. How can you say, “We know the score. We’re the proud owners of God’s revelation”? Look where it’s gotten you—stuck in illusion. Your religion experts have taken you for a ride! Your know-it-alls will be unmasked, caught and shown up for what they are. Look at them! They know everything but God ’s Word. Do you call that “knowing”? Jeremiah 8:4-9 (The Message Bible) The lies have been planted by the enemy of our souls and we now see them beginning to sprout and take root. The roaring lion whom we think is now toothless, convincing ourselves that we have nothing to fear, is going to pull millions down with him, all because of lies. Clear warnings from the Lord have all been ignored or twisted to become "suggestions" for only the most zealous among us. Oh, dear saints, it is not too late. You can resist the lies of the enemy and believe the God who has given you everything you need to live a life acceptable to Him, holy and pure. This world and all who love it and the pleasures it offers are about to be measured and weighed and found wanting, but God is shaking things up so that we will come back to our senses. We are walking like zombies, assuming that movement must mean life, reciting what we have been taught because it makes us feel okay about ourselves. But deep inside, every true sheep innately knows we are missing ‘something’. We are assured in our churches that all is well, and try to play the part ourselves, but there is a feeling we cannot shake that something is badly amiss. We long to bear real fruit but year after year, we wander in circles just as the Israelites did in the wilderness, the wilderness of unbelief, where we always are moving but never truly progressing. I beg you, turn before it is too late. God is merciful and takes no pleasure in taking away what has been entrusted to His own, but He will do just that unless we find it in our hearts to tell him we are sorry for our stubborn resistance to give ourselves fully into His hands, nothing held back. He longs to forgive us, and wash us in Hos mercy, and fill us with Hos power. There is a promised land to take. Shall we not rise up in these last days to take it and to discover our true destiny? The fullness of how powerful God’s grace goes is about to be revealed, grace that will teach each of us how to truly possess our vessels in sanctification and honor. Our eyes will be opened to see the reality of the promises of God, but the only ones who will see it are those who love light and hate the darkness, even if.... no, especially if... it is found inside their own hearts. Do you truly hate your sin? Does a pang of conviction still go through you when you willfully do things you know are not God's will for you? Have you come to the point that you understand that if you are still walking in the old man, you CANNOT please your Father? You see, our hatred must grow past our badness to encompass ALL of us, our old carnal nature that cannot bow the knee to God in everything. Praise God, it is not too late! All who turn and look away from themselves to Jesus as their only hope will find themselves healed.... heart healed! He has brand new natures for us, natures that can hear God when we cry out. Natures that can stare down the devil when temptation comes. Natures that cannot only love God with ALL our hearts but also our neighbors as we love ourselves. But I pray we get this. The warnings of God's word are not a joke. There will come a time when God will stop dealing with our hearts and then the terror comes for all those who knew to yield to God but instead chose self. At that time, it will be sealed and the dividing that occurs in the valley of decision will be complete. I plead with all here. That time is not yet, but it is soon coming. Rise up and believe your God, no matter what any whispers in your ear, no matter if all around you assure you that all is well. We have up till now been blinded to the truth that it is only by our believing the promises of God that our transformation takes place into fruit-laden children of God. Listen to your heart and to the Word of God that speaks to it. It is not too late, but time is running out, and then is the time each of us will reap what we have sown, joy unspeakable for some, weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth for others. I love all here and pray that hearts are opened to hear the warning cry. God has a blessing for us that if our eyes did not see it, we would not believe it. But if we stubbornly persist with business as usual, expecting God to bless our self driven lives, ignoring the call of the Spirit to hate our old nature and long for Him to live through us, as we abide in Him, the deception will only get deeper. Blessings, Gideon
  9. If your church or your pastor is not instructing you as to the how of holiness... how to walk in victory over the world, the flesh and the devil.... how to see your entire nature changed from sinner to obedient child of God.... how to please God in all things... then you are being shortchanged. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but it is not meant to be. It is simply trying to get our attention to a problem in the vast number of churches across all denominations.... yes, yours as well. Ouch, huh? Here is what I see going on. People are led to the Lord, and are sincere in their hunger for the Lord. But as Leonard Ravenhill once stated, we are so anxious to see them get saved that we uank them out of the womb before their time. This we fail to tell them critical details. For instance, being saved is a “transaction”. Between God and us. A covenant. We give Him all of us, and all our little gods, and in exchange we get the pearl of great price. I have heard people say that to tell them that such an approach will put people off. But is this not exactly what Jesus taught us? Another example. We tell people that God is now ours. And He is! But we fail to tell them that the opposite is true even more so. We are God’s! You see, the word tells us that we are not our own, we are bought with a price and we are to glorify God with our new lives. But one of the greatest oversights in our take on Christianity is that living pure, peaceful lives, keeping our bodies under is the calling of every believer. Getting saved is not the end of our race, but rather it is the beginning! And we are to run with a single eye, Jesus above all, and to do so with vigilance, for we have an enemy who wants to steal from us before our newly sprouted seed puts out deep roots. But herein lies the problem. New believers are to be instructed in righteousness.... How to get the upper hand over their fleshly desires. How to bring every thought.... wow..... every thought into subjection to the Lord. They are to be told how to escape the trap of Romans 7 so that they can truly flourish in Romans 8. What do we give them? Read your Bible. Pray. Go to church. Do good. Don’t do bad. Is it not any wonder why we are languishing, and drifting ever so gradually into worldliness and lukewarmness, and a lot of guilt. And what does God think of this? He says that H is astonished. Did He not plant us wholly a noble vine? How have we turned into a degenerate plant to Him? We may start out on fire and excited, but are warned that this is common for it is our honeymoon period, but marriage is hard work. Sadly, that seems to be a common state of affairs in our marriages as well. Should not our love and excitement for God grow exponentially as we continue on the path? Yes, it should. Sadly, with great regularity however, it does not. And why? Why do we settle in for Sunday services as the best God can do. Throw in a prayer chain, some sort of helps ministry and think this is Christianity, because after all, no one is perfect. Right? But you see, when we really read the words God has given us to stand on, His promises, we see something is truly amiss. Consider: 1) He said that He would not allow us to be tempted above our ability to resist. Our response is that we are only human, so that voids that promise. But we always have forgiveness, Yes, we do, but God’s will is that we finally learn how to possess our vessels in sanctification and honor. Forgiveness is wonderful IF we slip, but evidently there is a way to walk with sin under our feet. Hmmmmmm..... 2) God tells us that our shields of faith will quench... WILL.... all.... ALL..... the fiery arrows of the enemy. Listen, Peter tells us that we are given these amazing promises because it is through our believing them as OUR promises that the change God promises to perform in us will occur. As we first start out, stumbling is normal. But if we have been walking with God for years, and still willfully sinning, leaning on His forgiveness but with no desire to walk as overcomes, giving glory to God, our Christianity has been gutted of its goal, that we bring forth fruit unto God. How many churches today preach every single service on forgiveness,but never on how to walk pleasing to God, how to overcome fleshly appetites, how to be changed into fruit bearing saints. Here is the danger, and it cannot be overstated. When we sin the same sins over and over, we are told that the real danger is that our hearts get hardened towards God. Oh, we keep up our words,our core beliefs, but our prayer life becomes dead... hollow... lifeless. So we settle for learning ABOUT God, rather than learning from Him and living IN Him as new creatures. We end up religious, but not righteous, and this, my friends, is what the vast number of believers have settled for. Why are pastors letting such things happen to their sheep? They too have lost sight of victory as our birthright and have succumbed to the pressure to become CEO’s. The concept of giving themselves continually to prayer and ministry of the Word so that their sheep thrive and draw other sheep with their light of life... Jesus in their hearts.... filling them... changing* them.... is lost. Holiness is not preached because it is thought impossible anyway. But I am here to tell any who will listen that there IS a path prepared for us to walk on, where we walk as overcomes, not as the forgiven overcome. This amazing highway does not lead to holiness... it IS the highway of holiness! Praise God, He tells us that on this highway, a man may be a fool and STILL will not err there in. Glory! I qualify! And so do you! If you find this encouraging, I ask that you keep reading the blog as I add to it. What God has given me to share is truly amazing.... and it works.... HE works! Blessings to you all. Gideon
  10. Praise God for those few who are taking their walk with the Lord seriously. But there is a reason why the world holds that the church by and large is full of compromise, lack of true passion for souls, secret sins and hypocrisy. Although the way is narrow, His house will be full. Do you honestly think that after the start we had in the book of Acts, that the best He can do is what we generously refer to as “church”? When was the last time you heard men in the world look at us an exclaim “Behold how they love one another!” Yeah, me neither. God is returning for a respondent bride prepare to meet her husband. We are healed, but only slightly. And sadly, despite the many promises of God, we are content to have one foot in the world and the other clutching our bus pass to Heaven. No one is taught how to possess their vessels in sanctification and honor. No one is exhorted to run their race as if there is but one prize. Is this not adequate reason to lament and warn? David was asked once, when Jerusalem was in captivity, to play a nice uplifting song on his harp. He responded “Ho can I sing songs of joy, when God’s people lie in captivity?” It is a good question, one you may want to ponder. God has more for us, far more than we now can even comprehend. But until we acknowledge our low state, and cry out for Him to deliver us from the power of the world, our flesh and the devil that rule over us with an inescapable grip, nothing will change. And brother, it must. Blessings, Gideon
  11. The fact that the vast majority of churches are not leading the sheep into the deeper ‘meat’ of the Christian walk should concern each one of us greatly. The fact that they are not should concern us even more. We have a diet of milk only. When we are young believers, this is good and needful, but the gospel as we know it leads us no further. We can go to church faithfully for years, even decades, and never hear a sermon on how to possess our vessels in sanctification and honor. Oh, occasionally, we might be told of the importance to try, and the alters will be filled with people confessing they straying, only to see the same thing occurring six months later. Do we not get it? Guys, if we are not told the HOW to walking in victory, what good is it, other than to lead us back to forgiveness, since we will fail at our attempts to be holy over and over again. And what is the result of this pattern of failings? We finally lower the standard, proclaim we have arrived at the deeper understanding of grace, that we will always be sinners, that holiness is impossible and stop trying to gain victory over sin as long as we at least avoid the really bad ones. So we run back to the cross, and never get to the second half of the good news.... His, and our, resurrection. We have been blinded by the enemy to who we are. We ARE new creatures if we are truly saved. The old us died when Christ died. Sin’s power and authority over us was broken, once and for all. But because we have not mixed these truths with faith, it has profited us nothing..... yet. In these coming last days, God is going to awaken all of us to Him. We will understand the cost of following Him. What is the cost? Full and complete surrender, a coming to a point where we HATE our old nature, a self that refuses to bow the knee to God in all areas of our lives. But even more importantly, we will awake to what we get in return, the ability to abide in Him, all day, every day. And with that comes the power to say no to the devil every single time he comes trying to tempt us to give in to sin. God’s love for us will flow over us. We will FEEL it, and no more will our prayer life be one sided or non-existent. And that love will then flow out of us, to a lost and dying world. No one will have to tell us we need to go witness. It will simply be impossible not to. Can a lit lamp not shine for all to see? It will be simply impossible. We will finally understand the HOW of holiness. We will understand why it is called the ‘beauty of holiness’. No more will we associate it with strictness and religiousity. We will see it is for what it really is, nothing more and nothing less than the safety of us abiding under the wing of His protection and manifest presence, where He can.... and will.... love us into His image. We will stop trying to play potter and let the master potter form us into vessels of glory, fit for His use. But we must understand this .All WILL awake, but all will not respond. We are told that up till now, both wheat and tares, sheep and goats, have grown together in what we call ‘church’. But the final separation is about to occur. Half the virgins will say “The old wine is better” and hold onto their religion that allows self a little leeway to sin when the desire hits, because they can always repent and then do it all over again. How convenient! But praise God, the other half will awake to what God actually accomplished for us when Christ died. We died with Him. Our old carnal nature is dead. DEAD. We have spent years, and in my particular case, decades, trying to reign in and kill our self nature, when all the while it was always dead. That is blindness, my friends. We will awake to what God accomplished when Christ rose from the dead. He brought us up with a Him to newness of life. We ARE new creatures. It is not longer us.... the old carnal natures us..... that lives, but Christ who now lives in us. This union is called the new man. And as this separation occurs, we will understand what the great falling away means. The goats will be angered at the audacity of the saints, and it will come to pass that they will turn on the sheep and betray them, thinking that in doing so they will be doing God a service. This awakening is not a revival as we know it. No city is going to be the center. No pastor is going to be the leader. God Himself will lead us, and change us, and plant our feet in victory. We will be made into overcomers, victorious over the world and its baubles, the flesh and its carnal, self centered, desires, and our feet will be planted on the very neck of our enemy, the devil Himself. Glory to God! The church, long the laughing stock of the world, is going to rise from the ashes of religion and display Christ and His love to a world that desperately needs such a display. The harvest is about to begin, and praise God, His house WILL be full! Many blessings, Gideon
  12. Hi Naomi, so nice to see you again. What you are asking is a great question, but it is not just about obtaining a quiet and gentle spirit. It is really “How do I bear fruit?” Is that pretty accurate? If we think about it, what exercise spiritually can we do to cause us to bear fruit? There is none. For instance, how does an impatient person become patient? More than a few times, I have heard pastors in their sermon warn people not to pray for patience, for we know what is coming next. Things to try our patience. It gets a good laugh, but if we are honest, it wears us down even further. We cannot practice being good and get better. That is God’s job, not ours. What we need to learn is that our job is not to bear fruit, but to abide in Him by faith, believing that we are dead and our life is hid with Christ in God. His job is to make us fruitful. So, when I see a need for patience in my life, for instance, I acknowledge that Christ in me is patient and thank Him for it. This is not theory, it works. Satan will try to accuse us of our shortcomings, to center our eyes back on the old us, but that does nothing to give us what we need. That is like a man looking at himself in a mirror and instead of seeing God in him, for indeed He is, he sees his old man and his lack. That man walks away forgetting what manner of man he was. But praise God, as we look in our mirror and see God in us there, we are changed into the very same image from glory to glory. Glory! God always responds to faith. Ask Him your request, believe that you receive it, even if there is ZERO evidence that you possess it, and we are promised that we shall have it. God as our master potter will change us from the inside out, not by our efforts to act more godly, from the outside in. I pray this helps. Blessings, Gideon
  13. Here is the problem, and blessed be the one who sees it. We have all... yes, all churches.... all denominations.... all who call themselves Christian.... we have all fallen asleep, ever since the grievous wolves entered into the flock just as Paul foretold would happen after his death, and they would not spare the flock. Sheep, goats, wheat, tares, we all, those who plant their flag on this doctrine or that, those earnest in their walks, and those lazy in them. Yes, you read that right. All sleep. Down through the ages, there has always been a remnant who were awakened and who walked out their Christianity wide eyed, joy filled, victorious and awake. In the book of Acts, by and large, with few notable exceptions, all were awake to the walk God had for them. They walked in victory as overcomers. Why do we see a gigantic difference between those saints of old, the ones who turned the entire world upside down in one generation, and even the most dedicated and diligent among us today? Simple. They were awake to who they were. We are not. Yet. God birthed the church as if it was shot out of a cannon. First sermon. Five thousand saved. And as wonderful and powerful and anointed as the apostles were, this was a true grass roots firestorm of love. The world did not know what hit them. 120 comment men and women, filled with God, walking in Holy victory, became a formidable army the likes of which the world had never before seen. No matter what Satan threw against them, even the cruelest forms of persecution, nothing slowed them down and every Satan inspired ploy seemed to be like gasoline thrown on the fire. This was the early rain, and boy, did it do what it was intended to do, plant the gospel seed all over the world and get it growing. But it did not last. Our Father had a master plan for His Son’s bride, and the long dry growing season finally set in. The church lost her fire, her passion, her first love. And the long religious slumber set in as the crop slowly grew. The church was definitely still God’s church, healed but only slightly, and we became..... ugh.... religious. But the crop has a purpose. God was not finished with us, not by a long shot. The end was approaching , and the church, long moved in religious shallowness, would once again be raised up and shake the world to its foundation. The church would be awakened and become who they have been destined to become... new creatures who not only want to obey, but who can obey, bringing forth fruit at the final harvest. And guys, that time has come. We are the blessed generation who will see the end of all things, and march into eternity as FREE INDEED overcomers. I fully realize that many are most likely rolling their eyes at this point. LOL. Look, I get it. Mine would most like be as well. But I pray you bear with me here before you judge me a heretic or flat out crazy. This awakening that I speak of, is it scriptural? Absolutely. The parable of the 10 virgins tells us this exact thing in a nutshell. Five of the virgins had oil but.... no light. Why was that? Five had no oil at all. And right near the end, when the call goes out the the bridegroom cometh, the five with oil lit their lamps, the five without left.... ahhhh, the great falling away. But wait... let’s go back a minute. What is the lighting of our lamps? It is, after being awakened, where we willingly put off our old nature that we have erroneously and unsuccessfully tried to reform to try to make it bring forth good fruits. It cannot be done. No matter how hard we try, we cannot die to self by.... well.... self effort. it is when we realize the truth that we actually died when Christ died, and this put our old natures off by faith, then praise God, we will have our minds renewed and then put on our new man by an act of desperate faith as well. It is this “trigger”that will start the rain clouds gathering, ready to deluge all who love the Lord in sincerity with the latter rain. Think what would happen if all who did not want real holiness of character, who had no hunger for more of Jesus, but only wanted the eternal life He promised, but with no desire for His character, all those playing church, were simply separated from those who do? That alone would cure a good portion of our lukewarm spirits, don’t you think? But wait, there is more.... much, much more. God will FILL us with His Spirit, and sanctify us wholly... like for real, to where we, like Paul, can say, it is no more I that live, but Christ who now lives in me. Now THAT is full! The church in the book of Acts was blessed with power, joy and love, but guess what? What God has for us is GREATER, for we are told that the latter rain will be greater than the former. Whoa. The world will simply be blown away at what they will see. Multitudes in the world who love the light but had no desire for religion, will come to know Jesus as their Lord. But with this will also come persecution the likes of which we have not seen for all who live godly in Christ Jesus WILL suffer persecution. Denominations will melt away like wax exposed to the heat from great light. Remember, you who are convinced that YOUR denomination is the right one. When we say that we are of Paul, or of Apollos, are we not yet carnal? Yes, we are. There is one church... His. What is the grain of sand in the pearl that will cause irritation until little by little, we become pearls of God? It is that the old us, our carnal self, our prideful self, our old nature that is incapable of loving others as it loves itself.... it must die. And for that to happen, we must first want it to. The next step is easy, for God promises t to cause us....yes, you read that right.... to walk as obedient children, but the first step is a doozy. Our pride must be laid on the alter. We must admit that we need new natures in order to walk victoriously, to be holy, to let love, His love, flow through us. And that, guys, does not come easy. Like Paul in Romans 7, every single one of us must come to see ourselves as wretched men, for if we are still in our old natures, if sin still rules us in one way or another, we most definitely are. Those who are in the flesh CANNOT please God. There is no escaping this valley of decision. All will enter it. And here, our decision must be made. A question must be answered. Who will reign over us as our Lord? Us or Him in us? blessings, Gideon
  14. It’s not that the church is dead, but that it is by and large unfruitful that is the concern. We are healed, but only slightly. The even bigger concern is that it does not bother us. If by chance, we are blessed to have found a Godly fellowship, with a pastor who loves the Lord and spends his time in prayer and study of God’s word, interceding for those in his congregation to grow in holiness and victory, praise God. This still should not relieve us of being burdened for the health of th church as a whole. As a whole, few will argue that the western church is seriously eroded from the truth of walking in purity and victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Here is the problem. Many have said that their church is not eroded, that they teach biblical principles, repentance, hatred of sin. But are these walking in victory and joy, with satan’s arrows thwarted each and every time by their shields of faith held high? Those in the larger churches, where warm fuzzies have replaced the above listed principles, are they all bound for hell? Why are they there to begin with? Most started with the “balanced churches” but found that they could not walk the walk and became tired of the guilt and always having to repent. I am in no way defending what they have settled for, lowering the standard to make them feel comfortable and loved. That is grievous error to be sure. It is, as I have stated in the past, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness. But may I play the devil’s advocate for a moment? Why did they leave? Simply because no one showed them HOW to overcome. All they heard was DO THIS or AVOID THAT, but guys, that is not life. That is not freedom. That is not victory. That is simply error on the flip side of grace. Here, these take pride in the fact that they have refused to lower the standard, and that is a good thing. We must hate sin. We must avoid loving the world and all its baubles. We must know how to possess our vessels in sanc....... do you see where this is going? Those on the opposite end of the spectrum, while holding up parts of the standard, have totally ignored critical parts of it, such as loving as Christ loved, or walking in holiness or hating one’s own life. Neither side is guiltless. With painfully few exceptions, the standard of holiness unto the Lord is not being walked out by either camp. The world looks on and sees both sides as hypocrites, for neither one is walking in purity of heart and single eyed devotion to God. Here is the standard we need to proclaim, no matter what position it puts us in. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Let he who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Thou shalt love the Lotd your God with ALL your heart and your neighbor as yourself. Those four ought to suffice to shut all our mouths and admit we are not walking there, amen? Is it pleasant to come to this point? Nope. Shall we not do as we are commanded? What did Joel tell us to do in a situation like we find ourselves? Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord , and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Joel 2:17 We want to defend ourselves, yet there is no defense for what we are trying to pass off our take on Christianity as the best God can do, so that we are .... conveniently....guiltless. When we finally come to the place where we admit it, and stop our infighting as to why our way is better than their way, and ALL of us fall on our knees and cry out to God to show us what we are missing as to HOW to be able to walk in victory over the world, our own flesh and it’s pride and love for sin, and the devil and all his devices that trip us up on a daily basis, only then will our answer come. What is holding that back? Simply our pride and contentment without possessing single eyed, holy, love-filled hearts. Like Laodecia, we are quite content right where we are. We do not think we need anything. Is it any wonder why the last harvest is not yet? For the Lord tells us in Ezekiel 36 that the heathen will know that He is the Lord, when He shall be sanctified IN US before their very eyes. And that brothers and sisters, has not yet occurred. But..... it is coming. After God spoke the above word in Joel, He continues.... ”Then (after we break in humility and need before Him) will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen. Joel 2:18 Our awakening is coming. For some early risers, those whose sins went before them, it has already arrived. But God is not returning for a church in disarray, with all arguing that their way is better ,but with none displaying that better way so that others may follow. Some will argue that this must be false doctrine because the apostate church is the one pushing this “grand awakening”. This awakening of which I speak is not a revival as we understand it, led by overflowing emotions, following prideful leaders looking for power and followers. Let the apostate have theirs. The one I speak of is begins in brokenness and hunger and then with God Himself showing us how to abide in Him in real manifest love and victory. Our ability to walk as overcomers rather than as the religious overcome is our birthright. Every single person who loves the Lord, no matter how weak, will, before the Lord, returns, be able to stare down the devil when he comes tempting them. Every single soul will be filled so full with God’s love for them that it will overflow on all that are around them. We have been promised that we will walk FREE INDEED, in full victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Praise God! . The question is, can we admit that we need such a thing, both personally and corporately? We hear talk of the latter rain, but all we have received up till now are a few mercy drops. We haven’t seen anything yet. In the book of Acts, they received a deluge of love and power and holiness and in their generation, turned the entire world upside down. Unbelieving men would exclaim “Behold how they love one another!” Ananias and Saphira became object lessons on what God thinks of any who would rob God of glory to take some for themselves. One cannot read their exploits and not be amazed at their joy in the face of great persecution, the nightly miracles that God performed thru lowly hearted sold out men of God, and their hunger for souls to come to know the Jesus they knew. There can be no doubt, the gap is as wide as the Grand Canyon between what they possessed, or more accurately, who possessed them, and what our modern Christianity has accepted as the best God can do. But can I tell you a secret? As wonderful and powerful that initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit was.... are you ready? ..... ours will be greater. Listen to what God says to us, again through Joel. Make no mistake this is OUR prophecy.... “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” Joel 2:19 What must happen for this outpouring to drench us in a walk of victory and love. We must admit that we need it. Tears must flow. Hearts must become broken. We must acknowledge that we are not in any way, shape or form living the standard so that the lost will know that our God is THE God. We must hate our own lives, called our old nature, and long to know ho to rid ourselves of it, for only then will we be able to stand up to satan’s devices. A new day is dawning on the church as we know it, with wheat and tares growing together. The mother of all church splits is about to take place. They are about to be separated. Some hearts are, even now, being softened to receive their new natures from our God. Hunger for more, more victory, more abiding in Him, more power in prayer..... is growing. These natures, who we really are inside, can and will be molded by the master potter into glorious vessels fit for His use. Others will hear the cost that needs to be counted, and dig in their heels and walk away from God. These will have hardened hearts from sins they do not want to leave behind, and refuse to admit their need, staunchly defending the indefensible, a Christianity without Christ’s love in their hearts. This is the great falling away. To the hungry, I say, God has a blessing for you that will overtake you, no matter how you may feel you are a lost cause. To those content with a Christianity without life, may God open your eyes of your understanding that you may finally see how deep God’s grace really flows, that He has promised to cause us to walk obediently to a Him in all things, and that we need such a Christianity in order to not bring shame to His name. And when we are finally awakened in full, the final harvest will commence. Those in the world will see the church as she was meant to be, displayed in the beauty of holiness. Those who love the light, but who have avoided what we have called church because of our lack of life, will run to get what we possess. And they will say: ”Look! That which bore only briars and thongs has become again like the garden of Eden!” Yes, Lord. So be it. Let it rain. Blessings, Gideon
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