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Weekly Bible Study – November 13, 2017


Who Christian soldiers really wrestle against.

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1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

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Who Christian soldiers really wrestle against.

Eph 6:10-11, Finally, [or from now on], be strong or start becoming strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Pick and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

The schemes of the devil is Satan attacking both the grace of God and the judicial decisions of God. So the very fact that we are told to clothe ourselves in the armor, and that we have to put on each piece, and we are told how to use each piece, reveals that every one of us is engaged in this battle. And the first thing we have to learn as Christians is how to fight the good fight of faith. We are in it, we can never get out of it, and therefore it is very important that we know exactly what to do. We may go AWOL but even going AWOL is not getting out of the battle, it is merely being captured by the enemy.

In talking about being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, the apostle is dealing with the question of building us up, and making us strong and capable and ready to do everything we have to do in this great fight. That is positive. But in this matter of the armor the outlook is somewhat more negative.

You are waiting for something to happen to you. Or, it is the difference between the offensive and the defensive. The strength and the power of His might is an offensive characteristic, but the armor is concerned with our protection, and the defensive side of our struggling and wrestling with the devil and the principalities and powers. And it is not surprising that the apostle uses this order.

The positive should come before the negative. In other words, if you enter into this spiritual conflict on the defensive only, and have ignored and forgotten the offensive and the positive, you are already defeated. And this is how Satan and the kingdom of darkness defeats believers who even have doctrine. They get so wrapped up in the satanic attack that they begin to worry, live in fear, anger or bitterness and forget about verse 10,

Eph 6:10, Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.

And there is another reason why it is quite inevitable that the first exhortation should come before the second. It is simply that none of us could possibly use this armor if we had not first been given the strength. You need to be strong in order to use the armor. If you clothe the spiritual weakling in this kind of armor, it will make him helpless and useless. He will have to use so much of his energy in trying to handle and to move inside the armor, that he will not have energy left to deal with the enemy. In other words, this armor is of such a character that you have to be capable of using it.

Note that the apostle Paul, having told us to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might, goes on to say twice for emphasis.

Eph 6:11, Put on the full armor of God,

Eph 6:13, Therefore, take up the full armor of God,

And the reason for his exhortation is that we need protection. The strength in verse 10 is not sufficient, we still need the protection which is provided by this armor. In other words we have to realize that as long as we are in this world, defense against the subtle attacks of the enemy is a constant necessity never to be neglected. Though we may be very strong, though we may have grown in grace marvelously, and have had great victories, we must never rely upon that strength and growth. We must never rest upon it. We must never assume we are beyond reach of the enemy.

The enemy that is forever confronting us never admits defeat and is always watching and waiting for our unguarded moments. He never relaxes, and he commands great powers, such as the rulers of the darkness of this world, the spiritual wickedness even in the heavenly places. The devil himself is aggressive and his ambassadors are everywhere and always watching for a moment of slackness when a believer with PVTD is off guard.

Our enemy is not only powerful but also subtle. As we have seen, his methods and the variety of his weapons are such that we cannot afford to take anything for granted. Whatever we have to do, though we may feel ourselves to be equipped with divine power, let us be very careful. He always knows the Achilles’ heel, the point of weakness.

That’s why Peter said in 1Pe 5:8, Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Therefore, though we may have great strength and power, the apostle reminds us that this defensive armor is always an absolute necessity. This is the key to the whole situation. Nothing but the armor of God will ever serve us in this conflict in which we are engaged.

There is no protection, there is nothing we can do, that will ultimately protect us against this deceptive, subtle, powerful enemy but the armor of God. And the great thing is that we are not left to our own resources and devices.

So concerning the Christian armor let’s note the following points:

1. It is armor for every part except the back which is provided with no defenses to show that the Christian is never to quit but to keep on going by means of the Spirit in spite of the pressure from the enemy. Defensive action does not mean that you are not fighting, it simply means that you are holding your ground or standing firm.

Heb 10:35-39, Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

2. The armor is for both offensive and defensive action which means to protect the believer and to aggravate his enemies. If there is anything that aggravates the enemy, it is to ignore their attack. Arrogant people and arrogant creatures hate to be ignored. However, remember that you must know when it’s time to get on the offensive and when it’s time for the defensive.

3. It is also armor that has been proven. Our Lord Jesus Christ used this armor to defeat Satan and his entire kingdom. And the saints have used this armor throughout the years to handle spiritual warfare.

4. This armor is spiritual, and is intended only for spiritual purposes. It is called “the armor of light (Rom 3:12),” in reference to the bright and glittering army of the Romans, and to show that it is for “ornament” as well as for defense. And that means that when you observe someone operating in the armor of God, it is an ornament or a decoration of the character and nature of God.

So we are now ready for Eph 6:12.

Eph 6:12, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The word ‘for’ is the subordinating conjunction “hoti” which could also be translated because.\

Why are we to put on the full armor of God? Why are we to hold our ground against the strategies of the devil?

Eph 6:12, Because our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

You may think that it is because you live by sight, but ultimately it is not.

Eph 6:12, Because our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

Next we have a nominative singular subject in the Greek made up of two words: the first is the definite article he and the second is the noun pale which means warfare, not struggling as we know it but warfare. The definite article identifies this as “the warfare” or “the spiritual warfare” and the good fight of faith which we are called to fight and to endure. The definite article also distinguishes this spiritual warfare from all other types of combat in life. This word also means a contest between two in which each endeavors to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck. And this doesn’t mean that we have physical contact with the devil and his demons, it is simply showing the closeness of the battle.

This word is known as a hapax legomena which is a word that occurs only once in the New Testament. Pale does not exist in any other part of the New Testament. Therefore, what does this word mean?

This is a word used from the time of Homer which refers not just to combat in a wrestling match, a very unique wrestling match which was really combat. And when you consider that the loser in the Greek wrestling contest had his eyes gouged out with resulting blindness for the rest of his life…we can form some conclusion as to what happens in spiritual warfare when believers fail. They become spiritually blind and defeated.

The result is; Emotional revolt of the soul. Blackout of the soul. Scar tissue of the soul.

So this word refers to a spiritual warfare or spiritual combat.

Eph 6:12, Because our struggle is not

“is not” is the pres-act-ind of the verb eimi which is estin and with this we have the negative ouk which means that our warfare keeps on being not against flesh and blood. Whatever our warfare or combat is, there is something that it is not…and that is against flesh and blood.

Prin – One of the easiest ways for a believer to fail in spiritual warfare is to get their eyes on flesh and blood or people. And this means that they blame people for their problems. They become bitter and angry with people. They become vindictive and revengeful. They don’t want reconciliation or restoration which is the desire of God. The point is that Satan and his kingdom of darkness loves to destroy the believer’s focus. He loves you to get your eyes on people, Jer 17:5.

Why?

Jer 17:5, Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.”

To get your eyes on people is to cause you to get angry and reactionary toward people when they let you down or when you think they are the ones that you’re battling with. Satan and his kingdom of darkness also causes you to get your eyes on self, 1Ki 19:10, 1Co 1:10-11.

1Co 1:10-11, Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you.

When you do this, you are failing in the realm of spiritual warfare

So back in Eph 6:12, Because our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
Now the word against is pros plus we have the accusative singular of relationship which expresses and idiom for opposition. We have two nouns coming up. The first one in the Greek is haima which is the word for blood. In fact, it doesn’t say flesh and blood, it says blood and flesh.

The second word is the Greek word sarxz which is translated flesh. Now, everything in the word of God is important. The way that the words are located…the way the words are related. Remember that “The word of God is alive and powerful” . And as Matt 5:18 teaches, not one dotting of an “i” or crossing of a “t” will pass away. Now blood is used first to emphasize people rather than their sin nature. Blood is mentioned first because you cannot function in the soul without the circulation of blood to those frontal lobes. And the solution to all of the problems you face is found in the psuche, the soul. And that means the circulation of metabolized doctrine in the soul. And so blood comes first.

Then flesh is used here, sarxz for the old sin nature. And the point here is that we are not in combat with people and their sin natures. There are times we do get on the offensive against people but never against Satan and his kingdom. So, we have blood before flesh because blood represents the concept of reaching the soul. It is the soul that is saved.

Eph 6:12, Because our struggle is not against blood [people’s souls] and flesh [their old sin nature],

Prin – This means that our spiritual combat or spiritual warfare is not against a visible enemy.

We’re on the defensive against an invisible enemy. We are in a state of warfare, exposed to invisible enemies, and we are naturally unprepared for this warfare in our own strength. This is why we must be equipped from Gods’ armor, for no weapon of our own will be able to defend us. The enemy we have to contend with bears an incurable hatred against us, and seeks nothing less than our destruction and overthrow.

And that is because the Trinity lives inside of us and Satan hates the Trinity, especially TLJC.

Satan and his kingdom of darkness is mightier than we are; and unless we have help from above, we are no match for him. He is an artful enemy, invisible and near us. And what is worse, he has a contact or a strong agent within us, called our old sin nature.

So Eph 6:12, Because our struggle is not against blood [people’s souls] and flesh [their old sin nature], but against the rulers,

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Doctrine of Warfare. Part 4.


In Num 1:2-3, Jesus Christ commanded a census be taken so they would know who was able to go to war. The book of Numbers deals with the mobilization and war plans of Israel.

Universal military training demands total national conscription (ENLISTMENT), Num 1:2-3.

The only exception is a man who is newly married, Deut 24:5 when a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army, nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife.

The principle of mobilization is taught in Num 31:3-5.

Each generation must be trained in war, Judges 3:1-2.

Jdg 3:1 Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them ({that is,} all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan;

Jdg 3:2 Only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly).

Luk 14:31, “What king or ruler of a nation, when he advances to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with 10,000 men to attack the one coming against him with 20,000 men?.”

Therefore true motivation for military training comes from God Himself.

2Sa 22:35, “He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

Psa 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my finger for battle.”

Now, military training is useless and neutralized when men of a nation are apostate, degenerate, full of emotional revolt and scar tissue of the soul, anti-establishment, addicted to drugs, and antagonistic to authority.

Universal military training gives you a scale of values you’ll never have in any other way…..one of which is that it prepares you for life.

This is why draft dodgers, slackers, and deserters are sinful before the Lord, Num 32:6, 14, 20, 23,

Num 32:12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have followed the Lord fully.

The believer who stands in the gap and doesn’t quit is always oriented to reality whether its normal or abnormal times.

The believer who stands in the gap and doesn’t run away because of the pressure can say with the apostle Paul in PHI 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

The reason being is because the believer who stands in the gap has inner resources and inner happiness.

And flexibility and adjustment to disaster comes from concentration on doctrine.

The principle is the very system by which you learn, which is concentration, is the same system by which you apply.

The believer for the crisis has the ability to recognize a disaster situation immediately.

The believer who stands in the gap can always do the right thing because he is always thinking and concentrating on doctrine. Therefore, disaster gives the believer for the crisis opportunity to apply doctrine and demonstrate its power in life.

Therefore, believers for the crisis keep on plugging and are persistent.

You see, it’s one thing to let sinful things distract you but it’s more respectable to let legitimate things distract you!

The great priority battle of life is one of the most vital battles we ever fight.

And that’s the basic principle behind the statement in Exo 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Psa 138:2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (NIV)

Psa 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (NKJ)

Psa 138:2 I bow down toward thy holy temple and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness; for thou hast exalted above everything thy name and thy word. (RSV)

Psa 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, And give thanks unto thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (ASV)

James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

Since TLJC is not on earth, doctrine resident in the soul is the only strength for the believer prepared for the crisis.

Zec 2:5 describes that wall of fire when the Lord said, “For I, declares the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.”

The key for the believer for the crisis is the ability to persevere and handle abnormal pressure and unusual circumstances.

There are three ways in which a believer who perseveres can meet disaster: through thought, speech, and or action.

Therefore, the believer for the crisis, through these three systems, dominates in disaster, so that people involved in the disaster are delivered, encouraged, changed, or in some other way profited from the disaster.

Remember that the Bible teaches in Rom 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Heb 11:7 By means of doctrine resident in the soul, Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the deliverance of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

We are told that Noah was a man who walked with God in the midst of evil surroundings, Gen 6:8-12.

In Gen 6:14, 22, 7:5, Noah was assigned an unbelievable difficult task, the building of the Ark, however, he handled it magnificently in spite of the mocking and the jeering which took place!

He even warned his neighbors of the approaching judgment in 2Pe 2:5, even though they made fun of him and laughed and joked about that which he believed.

Think of it, the leadership of this woman who is called a harlot illustrates that even in a wicked environment a wicked individual could find grace by turning to the Lord!

It is also very interesting to note that this harlot also became the ancestress of David and therefore in the messianic line, according to Ruth 4:21-22, Mat 1:5-6, Luk 3:31-32.

The generation after Moses does not mention anyone by name in this roster of Heb 11, except one… The only one mentioned in that generation is a Gentile woman whose name is Rahab!

One of the greatest individuals, if not the greatest in the generation after Moses was Rahab.

And in verse 31 she is called “the harlot Rahab”, in the Greek it is “Raabh he’porne”

The interesting thing about her is the fact that she was one of those believers who went from zero to spiritual maturity very rapidly!

She also had a hotel and a rope manufacturing business and then she heard about the crossing of the Red Sea and the Exodus of the Jews.

It’s like Matt 13:58 says concerning our Lord and His acceptance in his home town, And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekly Bible Study – November 6, 2017


The Christian soldier and more military metaphors used in the New Testament.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The Christian soldier and more military metaphors used in the New Testament.



The Christian soldier and more military metaphors used in the New Testament.

In view of Paul’s constant contact with the Roman army, it was inevitable that God the Holy Spirit would give the apostle the necessary spiritual I.Q. to make analogies between the spiritual life of the Christian soldier and the military life of the Roman army. These military metaphors in the Bible are found in the Epistles of the apostle Paul. So in preparation for the Christian soldier fighting under the principles and experiences taught as in the major essay by Sun Tzu which is what we call the Art of War, let’s note some of the military metaphors the apostle Paul used.

A Metaphor is defined as a figure of speech in which one thing is likened to another to teach certain principles.

The first area of a Biblical metaphor is the selection and training of recruits, which we’ve already noted in 2Ti 2:3-4. The Roman army would brand every man with a hot iron, and that was one of the most honorable things in Roman life, to have that brandmark.

A second metaphor is found in Gal 6 where this principle of brandmarks is mentioned by the apostle Paul brandmarks.

Gal 6:17, From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brandmarks of Jesus.

Paul had passed basic training and he now had the brand mark. And this brand mark was one of the highest honors a Roman could have. When he had that brand mark it said that he had gone through the toughest training in the ancient world.

Our third metaphor is blowing the trumpet or the bugle. It is another military metaphor used to describe the Christian way of life. For example, in 1Co 14:8 Paul says, For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

In other words, there are trumpet commands for assembly, put on your equipment, to fall in, for moving out and forming in line. In other words, there are trumpet commands for assembly. There are trumpet commands to put on your equipment. There are trumpet or bugle commands to fall in. There are trumpet commands for moving out and forming in line. All of these were done by trumpets.

Two categories of military commands in the Roman army were actually used.

a. Voice commands, where the voice could be heard.

b. Trumpet commands, which were used in combat where there was a great deal of noise.

The indistinct sound or not sounding a clear call is analogous in this passage to speaking in tongues which was a temporary spiritual gift not designed for teaching Bible doctrine. In this chapter, Paul is actually saying that tongues were an uncertain sound which does not communicate the battle of the Church-age.

1Co 14:6-9, But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching? Yet {even} lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle? So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

This metaphor reveals the importance of the divine will and the divine direction given from the commands from headquarters in Heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ while He’s seated at the right hand of God. This is part of the fulfillment of Acts 2:34-35, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.

This military metaphor talks about the importance of the accuracy of the communication and application of Bible doctrine. This fulfills the principle of doing a right thing in a right way, even as imperfect human beings. And that’s why God has a right way to do the right thing. The distinct sound therefore means the perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine resulting in the momentum by which we execute God’s plan.

The distinct sound means learning God’s procedures. And learning God’s procedures is especially hindered by the two great enemies of the Christian: Ignorance and arrogance. The energy of ignorance is arrogance comes from life in the cosmic system. And remember you, or your friends, your mate, your associates, your companions, are either living in the PPOG or in the cosmic system.

Jam 4:4, You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

1Jo 2:15, Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

So the distinct sound talks about the accuracy of the plan of God.

2Ti 2:15 is a distinct sounding passage, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

In Lev 22:21 we noted that the offering must be perfect to be accepted;

In Deut 32:4, His work is perfect,

In Psa 19:7, the doctrine of the Lord is perfect,

In Rom 12:2, the will of God is perfect,

In 1Co 13:10, the completed canon of scripture is perfect.

In Jam 1:25, we had the perfect law

In Acts 18:26, the way of God is accurate,

In 2Ti 2:15, the pastor is instructed to handle accurately the word of truth.

The point is that the sound must be distinct and lead us to a point of fulfilling John 4:24, God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

The message must be accurate. The isagogics, the categories and the exegesis must be correct, also we call the principle of ICE. We live in a day and age when the accuracy and the perfection of the Word of God is being totally rejected. Believers think that if they are sincere that their sincerity is impressive to God.

However, accuracy is the issue, of the day especially in the Church-age. And so the distinct sound is the issue.

And therefore, if your pastor is not accurate in what he teaches than you will not have the accurate information needed to live in the PPOG.

Luk 6:40, A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

The pastor must be accurate and precise in his doctrinal communication.

The next military metaphor is found in 1Th 5:14 which has to has to do with Christian degeneracy or apostasy, 1Th 5:14. Paul actually used this metaphor from the military to explain degeneracy.

1Th 5:12-14, But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.

The word unruly is the adjective ataktos which has within it the word which we get our word tactics from. With the negative in front of it means those believers who have no tactics. And by no tactics I mean no maneuvers, or methods, or plans, or procedure or system. These are usually the emotional types.

Ataktos, which means having no tactics, also came to mean no discipline, disorderly, out of ranks, inordinate, and rebellious towards those in positions of authority. In this context it has to do with those who rebel against the authority in verse 12 and who are those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and therefore, your pastor-teacher.

This is a technical military word for being undisciplined. Notice how you are suppose to handle these situations as Paul taught us to.

2Th 3:11-14, For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that man and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.

Please notice the instructions Paul gives to us concerning those who sow discord and have no discipline, or are disorderly, out of ranks, and rebellious towards those in positions of authority, namely in context, the pastor-teacher.

Let’s look at some principles concerning the Christian soldier and the importance of separation.

Separation demands understanding permanent priorities, 1Jo 2:15-17. Your permanent priority is your daily function inside the PPOG while avoiding at all costs any prolonged stay in the cosmic system.

1Jo 2:15-16, Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Separation from unbelievers inside the cosmic system is taught in 2Co 6:14-17.

2Co 6:14-17, Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.

Every time you hook up with something or someone in the cosmic system, you are in partnership with the cosmic system. This is why you are given the order: “Therefore, come out from among them.”

Separation is important in social life, Jer 15:16-17; 1Pe 4:3-4. The believer is to separate from a superficial social life, a fun crowd. The party crowd always has a false scale of values. They emphasize the details of life as most important.

The believer is to separate from the fast crowd.

Jer 15:16-17, Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts. I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult. Because of Thy hand {upon me} I sat alone, For Thou didst fill me with indignation.

1Pe 4:3-4, For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. And in all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excess of dissipation, and they malign you;

5. Biblical separation is involved in true Christian love, Eph 5:1-3.

When you truly love someone, you will operate in passages like Prov 27:5-6, Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.

Prov 27:6, Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

We are to separate from those who teach false doctrines.

Rom 16:17, Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.

And why must you turn away from them?

Rom 16:18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

2Jo 1:8-11, Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

In this passage we are plainly commanded to mark and avoid those who teach false doctrine. A question arises here. Which doctrines are to be used as the basis for this separation? The answer is any apostolic doctrine clearly presented in the Bible as a basis for fellowship and separation.

Phi 3:17-19, Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

We are also to separate from apostate last-days Christianity, 2Ti 3:5.

2Ti 3:5, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.

The Bible commands Christians to separate even from those who give evidence of having been born again, yet who refuse to follow the teachings of the apostles in matters of practice and Christian living. Yes, there is a time when we are to separate even from our own brethren.

1Co 5:11, Actually I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler– not even to eat with such a one.

This is a reference to believers who leave the ranks because of prolonged carnality resulting in cosmic involvement or Christian degeneracy. Josephus, the great Jewish historian says that this word means a disorderly retreat and therefore a reference to going AWOL. Now, notice the last part of the sentence.

These are all military terms. First of all, to encourage, which is the pres-mid-imp of the verb paramutheomai which means to speak or to address one by way of admonition and incentive, to encourage, to build up.

1Th 5:14, And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.

The word for help is pres-mid-imp of antecho which means to hold to something firmly, to aid someone, to endure, to hold to a person firmly, especially when they are going through something personally.

1Th 5:14, And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.

be patient is the pres-act-imp of makrothumeo which means to persevere patiently and bravely, not to lose heart, literally, to let God take care of the situation. So in the military metaphor believers return to the ranks through rebound and recovery, 1Jo 1:9. And advancing under discipline is the consistent function of cognition of Bible doctrine.

Christian moral degeneracy is also described in another military metaphor, Gal 1:6, I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;

Deserting is the pres-mid-ind of metatithemi which means to go AWOL, absent without leave, it even refers to changing sides, to fall away or to desert.

Gal 1:6, I am amazed that you have so quickly gone AWOL from Him, [God the Father], Who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel;

This speaks of the believer who withdraws for anyone of a number of reasons. Remember that the apostle Paul warned us about the fact that in the latter days many of God’s people would go AWOL and withdraw and fall away from the truth in 1Ti 4:1.

1Ti 4:1, But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

In Paul’s day they withdrew and went AWOL from Paul because of the pressure to stay with doctrine,

2Ti 1:11-18, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chains; but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me, and found me. the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day– and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.

The Biblical definition of withdrawal and going AWOL is rejection of metabolized doctrine circulating in the soul.

Paul tells us that this will happen in 2Ti 4.

2Ti 4:3-4, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; And will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.

The apostle Paul also tells us what to expect from believers who withdraw and go AWOL and how to handle them.

2Ti 4:14-18, Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Many believers also withdraw from doctrine when the doctrine gets difficult, as noted in the Gospels.

John 6:66, As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew [went AWOL], and were not walking with him anymore.

1. 1. Going AWOL is an act of reversing or turning in the opposite way, or a state of being so turned. As believers we were designed to live in God’s plan for our life or the PPOG. However, in going AWOL, we turn the other way and cannot be distinguished from our pre-salvation status.

2. 2. Going AWOL is the act of regressing to a former state, habit, belief, or practice.

3. 3. Going AWOL is a reversal of your priorities, your attitudes, your affections.

That’s why it can also change your lifestyle and personality. Inside the cosmic system you completely change your personality. No personality ever remains the same, it changes constantly….for better or for worse.

4. 4. Going AWOL is the status of the believer who fails to execute the PPOG for the Church-age.

5. 5. Going AWOL is maximum control of the old sin nature over the life of the believer. And this results in the believer functioning under the dictates of the sin nature exactly as he did as an unbeliever.

6. 6. Going AWOL is lack of spiritual growth, failure to attain the three stages of spiritual adulthood.

7. 7. Going AWOL is the believer’s retrogression because of negative volition toward the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, which both defines and reveals god’s plan, will, and purpose for your life.

8. Going AWOL is characterized by negative volition to doctrine, being influenced by evil, and results in perpetual carnality causing a life of perpetual discipline.

9. 9. Going AWOL is a technical theological term used for rejecting absolute truth, and drawing into your mind or accepting relative truth.

The next passage where Paul used a military metaphor is found in Phi 4:6-7, which is the guard mount or the garrison and security of a fortified post. Therefore, Paul uses a Greek word which describes the security system, a frontal system and a disciplined system for setting up a security perimeter.

Phi 4:6-7, Be anxious for nothing [stop worrying about anything], but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Now, it is the word guard which is a military word. Guard is the fut-act-ind of phroureo which means to stand guard, to protect by a military guard, either to prevent hostile invasion, or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from flight. I like that definition because it means to protect the thoughts that are in your soul and the negative which are trying to come in. So it has a two-fold meaning;

It means not only to prevent hostile invasion but it also means to keep the inhabitants who are under attack from running away or from going AWOL. This military metaphor speaks of the protection that the soldiers of TLJC have from enemies without, and troubles within.

2Co 7:5, For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within.

When a believer or a soldier for TLJC has conflicts from without and fears from within, the peace of God will function as a guard mount or garrison and security of a fortified post. In our passage, using prayer as a part of the mechanics for the faith rest drill as a PSD, the Philippians overcame the emotional complex of sins, the fear, the worry, the anxiety through the garrison or the guard mount, which was the peace of God.

Another military metaphors includes the triumphal procession in Col 2:14-15. An analogy is made between operation footstool and a Roman triumphal procession in Col 2:15.

Col 2:14-15, Having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and he has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the Cross. When he had disarmed the rulers [archons – generals]

The military metaphor we want to focus in on comes from the phrase, He made a public display over them.

A custom in the ancient world after winning a war was to bring the captives back after they were captured and after they were neutralized. The aorist tense is an iterative aorist which means at a certain point of time, God will make a show of all the fallen angels and demons openly. This was called a triumphal procession or a march through the city of Rome.

The point is that there is such a great analogy between the Christian soldier and the natural soldier.

In fact, the soldier is trained so much to do the same thing over and over and over again through repetition so that if he gets into a stressful situation and he cannot think immediately, he will automatically do what he has been trained to do under pressure. In this way, even if you’re not thinking clearly, you will automatically do what is right through the discipline which comes from repetition.

This is security for you because, when you get under pressure, you will think the right thing, do the right thing, and apply the right doctrine because you have repeatedly learned to do the right thing under normal circumstances. And the more doctrinal things you can do automatically, the greater your life will be. If you make good decisions from a position of strength in normal times, you will be able to do so in time of pressure and disaster.

The difference between fear and courage is the ability to concentrate under pressure. By concentration, I do not mean on the problem but on the doctrine that you have previously learned. If you have trouble concentrating under normal situations, you will have trouble concentrating under pressure situations. If you don’t think doctrine under normal circumstances, you will be filled with fear during abnormal circumstances. But, those of you who take the course under normal circumstances have a chance to learn how to handle disaster. This does not necessarily mean that you will. There are many who will sit through the course but will not metabolize the lesson or if they do, they will fail to apply it at the appropriate time.

In combat, a man has to be trained for the job and that takes time. He has to know how to do his job under normal conditions before he is given the job under abnormal conditions. It’s the training that makes him victorious not his lack of fear or his courage. Soldiers are also clothe by the military they represent so the Christian soldier is said to be clothe by TLJC.

Matt 6:25-33, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, {as to} what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, {as to} what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and {yet} your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a {single} cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is {alive} today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, {will He} not much more {do so for} you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”

That takes care of being clothed in the natural realm! In the spiritual realm, Gal 3:27, For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Every believer has been enlisted in the spiritual army of God and is a spiritual soldier of Jesus Christ. A soldier is also told who to go to war with and he understands who his enemies are so the Christian soldier has his warfare appointed to him and his enemies are made known to him by the scriptures! Basically, our enemies are said to be the world, the flesh and the devil.

For example, we are told that the devil makes war against the Lamb and His followers, in Rev 17:14, These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.

The world is the enemy of the Christian soldier insofar as the things of the world, the pleasures or the profits of the world take the believer away from the plan of God. And do this is revealed by the nine principles of warfare, the first is called the principle of objective.

1. The principle of objective.

And as we noted on Sunday, all of you have been assigned by God and have been chosen by God to glorify His Son, TLJC.

John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and {that} your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.”

2. he principle of offensive action. Offensive action is the only means by which a decision is gained in warfare.

When successful, the offensive brings victory; whereas the defense can only avoid defeat.

3. The principle of mass.

The term “mass” is used in the military to define combat power. The concept of mass includes the numbers, the weapons, the tactical skill, the fighting ability, the determination, the discipline, the morale, the leadership which are all part of the power in the military principle of mass. In other words, mass takes into account all the assets and the weaponry that the soldiers have. And this is how success is accomplished.

Success in warfare is attained by the employment of mass in a main effort at the proper time at the proper place for the accomplishment of a definite purpose.

So notice four things in this explanation:
There must be a main effort.
There is a proper time.
A proper place.
A definite purpose.

The main effort is loving God with all of your strength. The proper time is only when you are filled with the Holy Spirit where you have redeemed the time. The proper place is inside the PPOG. And the definite purpose is the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ. This can only be accomplished by using the weapons and the power that God has made available.

4. The principle of economy of force. The economy of force is the application of the principle of mass. Economy of force is the means by which military mass is deployed or arranged in a main effort.

5. The principle of movement.

The term movement is a technical, military category referring to the maneuver of combat arms and their support units.

Movement for the believer is based upon the believer understanding God’s plan for his life.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Doctrine of War. Part 3. Just war is always righteous!


In VERSE 11, that in righteousness He wages war! Why? Because just war is always righteous!

Rev 19 is talking about the war of Armageddon! At this time there will be maximum slaughter by TLJC, Joe 2:20; Eze 39:11-13 describes the stench.

Our Lord is a Warrior and uses legitimate force rather than violence, which is evil.

The principle of universal military training.

In Num 1:2-3, Jesus Christ commanded a census be taken so they would know who was able to go to war. In fact the book of Numbers deals with the mobilization and war plans of Israel.

Universal military training demands total national conscription (ENLISTMENT), Num 1:2-3.

The only exception is a man who is newly married, Deut 24:5 when a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army, nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife.

The principle of mobilization is taught in Num 31:3-5.

Each generation must be trained in war, Judges 3:1-2.

Jdg 3:1 Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them ({that is,} all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan;

Jdg 3:2 Only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those wo had not experienced it formerly).

Luk 14:31, “What king or ruler of a nation, when he advances to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with 10,000 men to attack the one coming against him with 20,000 men?.”

Therefore true motivation for military training comes from God Himself.

2Sa 22:35, “He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

Psa 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my finger for battle.”

Military training is useless and neutralized when men of a nation are apostate, degenerate, full of emotional revolt and scar tissue of the soul, anti-establishment, addicted to drugs, and antagonistic to authority.

Universal military training gives you a scale of values you’ll never have in any other way…..one of which is that it prepares you for life.

Draft dodgers, slackers, and deserters are sinful before the Lord, Num 32:6,14, 20, 23,

Num 32:12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have followed the Lord fully.

There are those believers who advance and are always ready in time of crisis who are either mature believers or positive believers on the verge of reaching maturity.

The believer who stands in the gap and doesn’t quit is always oriented to reality whether its normal or abnormal times.

The believer who stands in the gap and doesn’t run away because of the pressure can say with the apostle Paul in Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

The reason being is because the believer who stands in the gap has inner resources and inner happiness.

Flexibility and adjustment to disaster comes from concentration on doctrine.

The principle is the very system by which you learn, which is concentration, is the same system by which you apply.

The believer for the crisis has the ability to recognize a disaster situation immediately.

The believer who stands in the gap can always do the right thing because he is always thinking and concentrating on doctrine.

The disaster is not freezing his thought content but instead is stimulating his thought content!

Therefore, disaster gives the believer for the crisis opportunity to apply doctrine and demonstrate its power in life.

Therefore, believers for the crisis keep on plugging and are persistent.

You see, it’s one thing to let sinful things distract you but it’s more respectable to let legitimate things distract you!

The great priority battle of life is one of the most vital battles we ever fight.

The basic principle behind the statement in Exo 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Psa 138:2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (NIV)

Psa 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (NKJ)

Psa 138:2 I bow down toward thy holy temple and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness; for thou hast exalted above everything thy name and thy word. (RSV)

Psa 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, And give thanks unto thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (ASV)

Jas 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

Since TLJC is not on earth, doctrine resident in the soul is the only strength for the believer prepared for the crisis.

Zec 2:5 describes that wall of fire when the Lord said, “For I, declares the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.”

The key for the believer for the crisis is the ability to persevere and handle abnormal pressure and unusual circumstances.

The believer who perseveres, either through thought, speech, action, or a combination thereof, “leads” and dominates in a disaster.

There are three ways in which a believer who perseveres can meet disaster: through thought, speech, and or action.

Therefore, the believer for the crisis, through these three systems, dominates in disaster, so that people involved in the disaster are delivered, encouraged, changed, or in some other way profited from the disaster.

Rom 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Heb 11:7 By means of doctrine resident in the soul, Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the deliverance of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

We are told that Noah was a man who walked with God in the midst of evil surroundings, Gen 6:8-12.

Gen 6:14, 22, 7:5, Noah was assigned an unbelievable difficult task, the building of the Ark, however, he handled it magnificently in spite of the mocking and the jeering which took place!

He even warned his neighbors of the approaching judgment in 2Pe 2:5, even though they made fun of him and laughed and joked about that which he believed.

The leadership of this woman who is called a harlot illustrates that even in a wicked environment a wicked individual could find grace by turning to the Lord!

This harlot also became the ancestress of David and therefore in the messianic line, according to Ruth 4:21-22, Matt 1:5-6, Luk 3:31-32.

It’s also very interesting and a great honor that the generation after Moses does not mention anyone by name in this roster of Heb 11, except one…

The only one mentioned in that generation is a Gentile woman whose name is Rahab!

In verse 31 she is called “the harlot Rahab”, in the Greek it is “Raabh he’porne” Porne’ is the Greek word for whore or prostitute.

The interesting thing about her is the fact that she was one of those believers who went from zero to spiritual maturity very rapidly!

She also had a hotel and a rope manufacturing business and then she heard about the crossing of the Red Sea and the Exodus of the Jews.

Matt 13:58 says concerning our Lord and His acceptance in his home town, And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

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Weekly Bible Study – October 30, 2017


Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 11.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 11.



Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 11.

Last time I spoke we established the fact that when it comes to spiritual warfare and the art of war that the Christian soldier does not lead a normal life. Remember the very important words of the apostle Paul who said:

2Ti 2:1-4, You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

The ministry that all of us are called to is not a normal life. What we really need to note is the Divine perspective and the positive outlook of the believer in time of suffering. How the curse can be turned into a blessing. Affliction into prosperity. Disaster into success. Tragedy into mastery. Catastrophe into devotion. The divine perspective and the positive outlook of the believer responding to that perspective will totally change the personal suffering the believer goes through. Notice that I said that your mental attitude will totally change the personal suffering although the suffering itself may not change at all.

Adversity plays a major role in our life and that is because suffer¬ing is like a parent. Suffering saps our human resources and confronts us with our total dependence upon the grace of God. And that’s a good thing, that’s a positive thing. Grace is a good thing, God’s power is a powerful thing.

This is why Paul could say in that graceful and powerful verse 2Co 12:9-10 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you have the divine perspective resulting in the positive outlook in time of suffering you will recognize your need for God. Pain and suffering not only discourages us from going in the wrong direction, but it can also help to drive us in the right direction.

Psa 119:50, This is my comfort in my affliction, That Thy word has revived me.

PS + DP + PRB = R of BD

Personal Suffering + Divine Perspective + Positive Response of the Believer = Revival of Doctrine.

The result is something so short, yet, so rich. Suffering is designed for our good and for God’s glorification: He is glorified by sustaining and blessing us in any situation, whether prosperity or adversity. It is for His own glory, and that’s why in the midst of hardships and disasters of life God promises, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Jos 1:5; Heb 13:5).

Psa 55:22, Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Rather than eliminating suffering from our lives, He gives us far greater benefits by walking with us even “through the valley of the shadow of death.” (Psa 23:4).

We have studied many times the principle that as we grow spiritually, every stage of spiritual growth is accompanied by some form of suffering. These categories of suffering are reserved for spiritual adults:

Providential Preventive Suffering keeps the believer from distorting his new found spiritual self-esteem into arrogance. And in the wisdom of God when you pass this test it motivates the first stage of spiritual self-esteem into the second stage spiritual autonomy or independence. This is when Gal 4:19 is fulfilled, My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you. The key word is the word “formed” in you.

The second test is what we call momentum testing (call it what you want) accelerates the believer’s spiritual advance, carrying him from spiritual autonomy or spiritual independence into spiritual maturity.

This is fulfilled in passages like Eph 3:17, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Then the third test is what we call Evidence Testing which demonstrates the efficacy of God’s grace in the life of the spiritually mature believer and culminates in maximum glorification of God. Fulfilled in such passages as Phil 1:20-21, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

These three categories of undeserved suffering are specialized provisions of God’s grace. Their purpose is the continued spiritual growth of a believer who has faithfully adhered to the divine protocol or the PPOG. Sadly, in any generation relatively few Christians obey the divine mandates and utilize His marvelous grace assets.

Few ever reach spiritual adulthood. Easily distracted from their true destiny as members of the royal family of God, most believers lack the positive volition, the humility, the consistency to stick with the PPOG. Not many believers will ever face suffering for blessing. Hardly any will enjoy the benefits of experiencing God’s grace in action under extreme duress. If you have not learned a great deal of Bible doctrine, you have no right to assume that the pressures in your life are suffering for blessing.

If, however, you have inculcated your soul with God’s thinking, you can anticipate a challenging, stimulating life of special grace from God in adversity and in prosperity. For some strange reason, most believers seem to forget.

Isa 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

We always seem to think that suffering is something that’s negative rather than a promotion of something that is positive. We should be looking upon it from the divine perspective and the positive outlook of the believer found in passages such as 2Co 4:17, that this momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

Why?

2Co 4:18, Because we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

This suffering can occur while you are on your way to a certain stage of spiritual growth and when you arrive at a certain stage.

The divine perspective and the positive outlook of the believer in time of suffering is Rom 8:18, For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Therefore, if this suffering can occur while you’re on your way to a certain stage of spiritual growth and when you arrive at a certain stage, then; why would you look at it in anyway but positive? This makes sense for us concerning a lot of passages such as Acts 5:41, when the early church was going through the beginning of persecution.

Acts 5:41, So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.

So therefore, if this suffering can occur while you’re on your way to a certain stage of spiritual growth and when you arrive at a certain stage, then; Why would you look at it in anyway but positive?

Each stage of spiritual growth contains divine assets that may be used to solve par¬ticular problems that cause or accompany the suffering. These assets are designed for the believer to learn ultimately what it means to go it alone with God. In fact, we all need to have that experience of going through struggles in life alone with God. This is a part of becoming spiritually self-sustained.

2Ch 32:31, God left Hezekiah “Alone to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”

John 8:9, it wasn’t until the woman caught in adultery was left alone with the Lord that she was set free.

The Lord even had to go through this in John 16:32, “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”

To be left alone with God is the only true way of arriving at an accurate knowledge of ourselves and our ways. And no matter what we may think about ourselves, or what others may think about us. The real question is what does God think about us? The answer to this question can only be learned when we are left alone with Him. By that I mean examining our own lives in light of Bible doctrine.

This is one of the things that David said in Psa 26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

Jer 12:3 But Thou knowest me, O Lord; Thou seest me; And Thou dost examine my heart’s attitude toward Thee.

2Co 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

When a believer objectively examines his own life according to doctrine, he is alone with God and he begins to see the divine perspective and develops a positive outlook in time of suffering.

To develop the divine perspective and a positive outlook in time of suffering, we all need to have that experience of going through struggles in life alone with God.

And when a believer has the divine perspective and a positive outlook in time of suffering the principle is that there are times that we are apparently unsuccessful but in reality, we are really most successful.

It’s just that according to the world, it looks like we have been defeated when in reality we have been promoted. The point is that we may not obtain the very thing we seek after at the time, but the spiritual strength we acquire in the effort may be infinitely more important than the thing itself.

The Gideon syndrome. What is the Gideon syndrome?

Rom 15:4, For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1Co 10:11, Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

Suffering has been designed by God to cause us to obtain the very spiritual strength we need not the very thing we seek after. The spiritual strength we acquire through suffering, especially in undeserved suffering is one truly brings glory to God.

How important is understanding the divine perspective and the positive outlook of the believer in time of suffering? It is extremely important for when the apostle Paul speaks of what has been graciously given to us for our own benefit, he speaks of two things:

Salvation
Suffering

Phil 1:29, For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

We don’t have the time in the short time we have together to exegete each word so we will just note the key words to this passage in Phil 1:29 For to you it has been granted. The key word here is the verb translated has been granted, which is the aor-pass-ind from charizomai which means to be graciously given, to give without strings, to give freely as a favor from God.

The constantive aorist tense here gathers into one entirety the action of the verb, meaning the Philippians Church is filled with believers who have reached that point of time where they are ready for the ultimate goal of the spiritual life. It is the passive voice that I want you to be occupied with because it says that the believers receive the action of the verb. And the indicative mood is declarative for an absolute fact that these people are under these conditions because of their spiritual growth.

to believe in him is the pres-act-inf of pisteuo which is pisteuein which is a reference to salvation and it is correctly translated.

but also is the Greek phrase alla kai, a very strong adversative conjunction setting up a contrast between being saved and going all the way to spiritual maturity.

And then we have the phrase to suffer for His sake which is to huper autou and then the pres-act-inf of pascho which is paschein referring to suffering, basically suffering for blessing. It means to endure evil, to have tribulation, to bear or endure suffering and hardship. You will never reach spiritual maturity unless you face a certain amount of undeserved suffering and don’t complain about it. It means when you are in no man’s land spiritually, all alone with God, you’re going to have pressures and undeserved suffering. This is the suffering that gives you that final thrust to reach God’s goal for you life.

God’s goal for your life – to give you His highest and best.

God’s goal for your life – Glorify Him in the Angelic Conflict.

God’s goal for your life – Grow in His grace and knowledge.

God’s goal for your life – To be able to say to you, Matt 25:21, Well done, good and faithful servant.

The divine perspective and the positive outlook of the believer in time of suffering is to break down the cleverness and strength and self-confi¬dence and self-sufficiency that most of us use to overcome others.

When we see suffering from the divine perspective and develop a positive outlook toward that suffering, we see God breaking our human strength and smashing our human wisdom in order to bestow upon us His divine strength and divine wisdom.

For many believers, there are times when God intervenes between us and our greatly desired goals which we have been seeking to attain and counting upon as we place all of our human efforts into it. In fact, the expectation of accomplishing these goals or possessions have determined our decisions and even shaped our life in a dramatic way. In some cases, it even seems as if God has been encouraging us to achieve these goals.

Many times, the reason is that God wishes us to be in such a state of mind that we shall receive everything that we need as His gift so that it becomes ours totally by the power and the grace of God.

So that 1Co 1:29, that no man should boast before God

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