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Where are we going as the church? What does God expect? What is the whole duty of man in relation to grace? These are just some questions that God has been dealing with me about concerning the move of God in His revealing His name Jesus. The new name written in the white stone is in relation to the perception and knowledge of Him in his name Jesus, for we know that there is no other name in this world, neither in the one to come, but the name of Jesus. There are higher realms of glory and revelation that pertain to his name, but how does one accomplish this, doing the will of God?

 

The church being under indictment from Jesus concerning leaving our first love was given the remedy to repent; to turn from dead works to serve the living God. In this generation, many hold that gain is godliness, from such we are to turn away. However, godliness with contentment is great gain. We cannot have contentment without godliness. I will now turn to “godliness” and the point that God has spoken to me concerning his body, the church. Many will be called upon to bring up that which is lacking in afflictions for the body’s sake, which is the church. Being one with Jesus is to be made conformable to his death, that the life of the Lord Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal bodies working for us an eternal and more exceeding weight of glory. The next step in the believer after having manifested this life through the cross is godliness. The cross in the believer’s life destroys self desires and will in order to put on Christ. When the believer takes up his/her cross, the earthly realm of perception begins to change to the heavenly realm of glory, making us into the image of Jesus Christ, unto a perfect man.

 

It all begins with faith. Faith alone without works is dead being alone; therefore, must be accompanied by works which is virtue in doing those things of one’s understanding in Jesus. Virtue which is to be added to our faith is not just doing excellent things by character, but starts the process unto charity by beginning at the believer’s thoughts as well. Life is reached by walking in the Light as the way being established in present truth as these waters flow from the throne of Jesus; the believer receiving the things of God by faith. Godliness, on the other hand, is not reached without life in the believer, godliness being the result of life being affected by grace into pure holiness, grace being multiplied to the believer by the knowledge of Jesus which is by faith.

 

Faith gives the believer understanding in the things of God and teaches us knowledge, therefore, faith requires obedience. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen; the eternal spiritual things, not the earthly. Faith is obtained by placing our attention on the things of God which are known by perception and understanding in seeing and hearing these things as knowledges of good and truth. Notice these “things” below of the Spirit:

 

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8).

 

The thoughts of a believer begin the process in faith as stated above. Just as a chain reaction with one thing affecting another, thoughts generate emotions in our soul. There are many emotions which are feelings of a specific type in reaction to our thoughts; love, fear, anger, hate, malice, envy, happiness, excitement, wrath, resentment, jealousy, unforgiveness, coveting, worry, anxiety, doubt, etc. The thoughts that affect our emotions are not based upon truth, but perception of what is truth. This requires the believer to trust in and be led by the Holy Ghost in all things pertaining to the way, the truth, and the life. For example, I have a young granddaughter Adriana who is eleven years old. If my son hides behind a door hidden dressed with a mask over his face that looks like a bear, jumps out from behind the door just as Adriana is coming into the room, upon seeing him by perception the thought of a bear then causes fear, and she screams and runs away as fast as she can possibly move. The truth is that there was not a bear, but only a perception of a bear that affected the emotion of fear which then caused the action of running away. The action resulted from an emotion which was generated by her thoughts.

 

Feelings and emotions are based upon one’s thought life; therefore, the feelings which are the foundation of the believer’s convictions that he/she has concerning the god life and held to be truth is based upon one’s perception of truth, which may or may not be correctly in agreement with the Word of God with the end result being a question of the believer’s will being aligned with God’s will. This requires us as believers to constantly walk in the Light of the Word of God in growing knowledges according to perception that carries us from faith to faith, and from glory to glory, unto the image of Jesus Christ, not only by the hearing of faith, but also the doing of the will demonstrating love. 

 

Thoughts affect emotions, and emotions affect our affections; affections our desires; desires then ultimately affects our actions or life manifested; our conversation being that of the world or of God. Since believers have control over accepting our thoughts or dispelling them, it is of necessity to bring every thought into captivity to the Word of God. Assuming the believer has the Word of God in their heart, meditating upon it, receiving it by perception and hearing it by faith, then the thought can be arrested before it can have an affect upon our emotions, for thoughts immediately come to us before we feel. Thoughts come from what we see and hear as words; words written, spoken (past, present, and future), kinesics (body language), and from memory or our imagination and reasoning. The power of words to form thoughts is extremely powerful in that as soon as we hear the words from whatever source, these words are translated into our thoughts. The power of words transcends time and are eternal, never falling to the ground. A negative word can be spoken about a believer and a bird will carry it and a battle will have to be fought in the spirit by the believer spoken about because someone spoke a negative word against him or her. The contrary is true also; your spoken word of encouragement can also help another believer in overcoming even if it is not spoken in the ears of the person being addressed. For it is by our words that one shall be justified and it is by our words that one shall be condemned. Therefore, every idle word shall come into judgment; whether good or whether bad.

 

“Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” (Ecclesiastes 10:20).

 

Understanding the power of the word in whatever state it is received, the battle of the believer begins with one’s thoughts. Therefore, the Word addresses our thoughts in warfare.

 

“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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:5,6).

 

The thought of a worldly man are reasoned from his heart being darkened by Satan, not understanding the things of God, for they are spiritually discerned, therefore his faith is governed by the things of the world only. The spiritual man that is fighting spiritual warfare realizes that he or she must walk by faith and not by sight, for the things seen are of the world yielding a worldly man, while the things that are not seen are the eternal real things being spiritual, yielding a spiritual man. At the first stage of faith, the believer has a choice to either accept the thoughts into his or her daily life and allow them to stir up emotions and desires which will ultimately be manifested in one’s life actions, or to bring them into captivity unto the Word held in the spirit of the believer as knowledges of good and truth. The believer can stop the thought at its inception, can catch it in the emotions stopping it there; can stop it in the desires; or have one last chance to stop it before it is acted upon. Therefore, sin in the believer is not just an “oops”, I slipped, but actually the believer has had four different opportunities to catch the negative before it was acted upon in life. Jesus lived the perfect sinless human life because he perfectly illustrated this in catching every negative thought before it ever became a negative feeling, always doing those things that pleased God; i.e., Jesus’ thoughts were perfectly “Spirit controlled” in all things as our example.

 

Evil thoughts cannot be entertained. This author believes that in the believer that has the mind of Christ; negative thoughts do not enter into the soul realm as even conscious thoughts since the mind is totally girded up and the thought process is totally controlled by the Spirit of God through the believer. Consider the following:

 

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32).

 

Anytime a believer speaks negative of another member of the body of Christ for whom he died, the Spirit of God is grieved; which genders bitterness based upon what someone spoke, anger against another believer, wishing curses instead of blessings upon the body of Christ. It is only when the body of Christ is edified in love are the members fitly framed together in one body having no schism or division, being one with Jesus. Now the body of Christ can get on with becoming a perfect man, in the image of Jesus and in His likeness. This quenches the Spirit of God in us where God cannot work in and through us in ministry; not only the preacher, but all believers. Gifts work by faith and faith works by love.

 

Here are seven progressions that are required in living the god life; or godliness. It begins with faith. Faith is first spoken, and then faith is made perfect by works motivated by and in love. For we have been passed from death unto life if we have love toward the brethren. It is only when we can provoke to good works that we move into higher perception and faith in Jesus, going from faith to faith. Remember Paul states that a believer that does not have charity can understand all mysteries, giving his body to be burned, and it profits him nothing. Charity is the level that must be achieved being led of the Spirit. Here are the seven progressions beginning with faith coupled with each progression higher until we have the perfect man; being faith coupled with charity. Here they are as follows:

 

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1: 5-7).

 

Faith begins with thoughts being brought into captivity to the Word of God, Jesus Christ. God has dealt to every believer a good measure according to his will and purpose in the body of Christ, to fulfill his particular will for this member in the body according to the grace of God.

 

1)    Now we desire to have this grace multiplied to us in obedience, adding to faith virtue. Virtue is faith that has excellent works being applied according to faith in our daily lives as faithful and good in character.

  

2)    Virtue is the first in the progression that must be coupled with knowledge; knowledge of the Lord Jesus in the length, width, breadth, and height which are knowledges of good as the way and truth. The senses are exercised whereby one can discern between good and evil, the soul being fed by the flow from the Spirit of God by faith from the intuition or knowledge held in the spirit of the believer.

 

3)    The believer now is growing in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus as the second progression which is added the third progression of temperance or self control through the fire of temptations and persecutions, the wall of our faith being tempered mortar rather than untempered having never gone through fire. Temperance is having control over the passions with weaknesses of the flesh being removed growing in the strength of the inner man.

 

4)    This fiery trial of our faith brings us forth as pure gold, bringing us to the fourth progression as patience which must have her perfect work. The faith and patience of the saints is simply that he who leads into captivity, will go into captivity; he that kills with the sword, must be killed by the sword; the saints giving way to judgment. It is in our patience that we posses our souls; patient endurance united with God’s will, for we are to endure hardships as a good soldier of the cross; for tribulation works patience, patience experience, and experience hope; and hope makes not ashamed, for the love of God is then shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. But who will suffer for his name’s sake?

 

5)    To patience is added the fifth progression being godliness or the god life; holiness; separation from the worldly ways in all devotion to duties and practices, being loyal to God in convictions, the heart of the believer being right with God; that is, the heart not condemning the believer in the things that he allows, having confidence toward God.

 

6)    To godliness is added brotherly kindness as the sixth progression, being kind to all men who we have seen and who are made in the image of God whom we haven’t seen.

 

7)    Then the final seventh progression, to brotherly kindness is added charity; God’s love in action, the highest form of love being expressed in condescending to men of low estate, being broken and of a contrite spirit, preferring our brother above ourselves for the cause of Christ. It is here in the final step that faith works by love, charity covering a multitude of sins, living the life of God that has become our own life; our life exchanged for His life. It is here that the church will begin to come into the unity of the faith unto a perfect man through the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. We can begin to say with Paul: “for me to live is Christ”. For we were crucified with Christ, nevertheless, we live; yet not us, for the life that we now live, we live by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us; that is, Christ in the believer, the hope of glory.

 

Faith alone will not bring maturity, but adding to faith each of the seven steps listed by Peter consummating with charity will yield perfect works in the god life, or godliness with no opportunity of failing. Lest we forget, it is only by charity that any works are accepted by God as stated by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 as the more perfect way; there abides faith, hope, and charity and the greatest of these is charity as an essential for faith to be made perfect in works. The Lord Jesus is pleased with works unto perfection and will accept nothing less of the church at his coming.

 

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” (Hebrews 10:24).

 

We must do all that we can to encourage the body of Christ in the will of God, helping and assisting whenever and wherever we can. It is only then will the body of Christ as the church build up itself by the edifying of itself in love out of a pure heart toward God. For it is God that we serve and not ourselves, for no one can promote themselves in the kingdom of God.

 

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him…And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:17, 23,24).

 

It is the condition of love waxing cold due to iniquity causing the state of the church to be corporately blinded as to spiritual truths, the spirit of prophecy being the spirit of the church moved on by the Holy Ghost having faith made perfect in charity. It is only in this state of glory that the church as the body of Christ receives perception of faith in hearing and seeing truth; doing the works in maturity or perfection having grace and peace multiplied. It is noteworthy that Peter here is called Simon being the Hebrew “hearing” being the stone of the breastplate with a “sapphire” under the throne of God, for faith gives the understanding of good and truth which is the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy.

 

The knowledge of the divine Man, the Lord Jehovah God Almighty who is none other than Jesus only, is necessary for these progressions to be experienced in the mature Christian with good and perfect works in order for the believer to reach perfection as to revelation. The church cannot work the works of God except we believe on him whom He has sent, the Divine Man, Jesus Christ. This is not divine flesh, but the divine Man who became a man and went back to his former glory as God, not the God-man. The oil and fire of the Holy Ghost working in and through the believer who is submitted to God in achieving these various levels are totally and thoroughly by the grace of God. For salvation is by Him, from Him, and through Him alone who loved us and gave himself for us; it is not of ourselves in any area or any thing, but in and of God alone; Jesus Christ who wrought salvation in and of Himself alone and has freely given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.

 

What must we do? We must believe in Him, in Jesus only; for He is our God and Saviour who will work, and who will let it? Will each of us be a vessel of honor, doing the will of God in 2007, edifying the body of Christ in love, giving of ourselves freely for the cause of Jesus? Let us look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, working out our own salvation, for it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of His own good pleasure. God bless you with souls in 2007, for this is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it. If we do these things, we will not be barren, nor unfruitful, but will confirm our hearts before Him.

 

What can we do to work the works of God? Answer; “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6:29).

 

I felt this song as the Church comes to greater glory in 2007. This is an old Bill Gather tune written about the Church, God’s Church Triumphant: It is talked at the first until the chorus:

 

God's Church Triumphant

 

God Has Always Had A People! Many a foolish conquer made the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the Church of Jesus Christ out of sight, that he had stilled it's voice and snuffed out it's life. But God Has Always Had A People!

 

The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it is forced to flow underground. The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has fought its way through solid rock.

 

There have been charlatans who like Simon the magician, sought to barter on the open market that power which can not be bought or sold. But God Has Always Had A People! Men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purchase.

 

Yes, God Has Always Had A People!

 

There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the Church's message was nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized and financially profitable. It has been gold plated, draped in purple and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, lotted and scorned.

 

These followers of Jesus Christ have been according to the whim of the times elevated as sacred leaders and martyred as heretics. Yet through it all, their marches on that powerful army of the meek, God's chosen people that can't be bought, flattered, murdered or stilled. On through the ages they march. The Church, God's Church Triumphant, is Alive and Well!

 

This Old Ship of Zion has been through battles before, storms and tempest, rocks on the shore…

 

Though the hull may be battered, and the sides maybe worn;

 It will carry its cargo to the port in the sky….

 

Chorus:

 

Let the church….be the church….

Let the people rejoice…

For we’ve settled the question

We’ve made our choice

Let the anthems ring out

Songs of victory and praise

For the Church Triumphant…is Alive and Well

 

(The following of the song reverts back to talking)

 

Now listen child of God. It's alive!

Discouraged pastor it's His Church and it's alive!

Lonely Missionary sow your seeds with confidence!

It's alive my broken hearted friend!

Old saint your not alone and forgotten the Church is alive!

Busy mother cast your cares on Jesus!

It's alive young student. You're not alone in serving the Lord!

Faithful father there's rest in the Lord! The Church is alive!

 

Cynical skeptic you haven't killed God with your noisy unbelief. He's Alive! So family of God raise you hands and praise the Lord.

For the Church; God's Church Triumphant …. Is Alive and Well!

  

God bless you and yours in 2007,

 

Dennis Beard

 

 

 

    

 

 

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