Teacher’s Choice – The False Accusation of the Innocent Bride of Christ

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The False Accusation of the Innocent Bride of Christ

[Study Aired February 8, 2021]

This study is on verses that deal with the false accusation, by the accuser, of the bride of Christ’s innocence. The reason I was led to cover this topic separately is because of the accusations the enemy seems to be attempting, through subtleness, to bring many into bondage. The accuser of the bride of Christ is always the same evil, bloated-belly, pompous, arrogant spirit called iniquity. This spirit hates Christ and will do all that it is given to do to accuse the virgin bride of sin, because the spirit of the enemy is always jealous of Christ.

Jas 4:5  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The accuser loves to accuse us of sin. He is sent to us in a variety of evil spirits which deny Christ and place yokes of bondage upon us. If he can get us to share in God’s glory by making a law for the flesh, then he can keep us focused on the deeds of the flesh and not the Spirit in us. We must never forget that as Christ was tempted a literal 40 days in the wilderness and dwelt among the beasts, so we are the body of Christ dwelling among beasts, of which beasts we are, being tempted daily in the wilderness. 40 being 4 x 10=40, translates the whole of the completion of the flesh.

Mat 4:1  Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. [We are led “up of the spirit” into the wilderness “to be tempted of the devil”. What is the purpose of this temptation? For God the Father to SEE if we will endure? No, because we are living out His will. The purpose of the temptation is to make us strong in relying only on Christ and Christ alone.]
Mat 4:2  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Mat 4:5  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Mat 4:6  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Mat 4:7  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Mat 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Mat 4:11  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

This is how we are taught to hear the voice of the shepherd separately from the voice of the enemy, howling like a wolf in the darkness, scaring us to react to religious teachings. These sounds from the enemy are very subtle and wise in their application to draw us from truth. Did you notice the first thing he tempted Christ was with food and how to eat, “Command that these stones be made bread.” Satan is very sly in his temptations. He comes as an angel of light to lead us away into destructive regimens that end up being doctrines we use to make ourselves appear to be what we lust to look like. We are in fact trying to turn stones into bread. We forget that as soon as we listen to the enemy, because he is coming as an angel of light, he turns on us and makes the very thing in which we had freedom into a law and thereby trapping us in our own heart’s desire, to be a god and know what is good or evil in our own life.

2Co 11:12  But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
2Co 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 

We are taught in any Babylonian teaching that we are the center of the world. We use religious sayings and religious catch phrases and try to act as though Christ is our all, but we always end with EVIL, BLASPHEMOUS sayings like, “but we have to do our part” or “with Jesus’ help I can do anything” or like the “footprints in the sand” as though we have a footprint of our own. These are our religious acts of laying under every green tree and playing the harlot.

Our attention today is on the accuser of the bride of Christ; accusing her of being unfaithful to her husband. What we must do is show the dowry of our virginity to shut the mouth of the accuser. When I was in the world, in Egypt, the LORD had me develop a taste for liquor at a young age of eight. When I was first brought to Babylon the LORD took all forms of drinking alcohol from me. I thought I had separated myself from it, and I was a light to the world or as an example of the victory a person could get if he only believed and had faith enough, like me. These are the subtle lies that the enemy wants me to believe. Then one day after a long hard day’s work and after a few years of teachings of “the frozen chosen” through Calvinism, I had a beer, then another one and then a bottle of liquor. This pattern continued for years and was a blight on my life, but was what the LORD used to drag me to the truth. The issue was not having a drink, the issue was “the strength of sin“. See how subtly your mind and my mind instantly believes that sin has power of itself, but that is a subtle lie of the devil. Let’s quote the rest of the verse “the strength of sin is THE LAW”.

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

I was given over to the lie that if I drank one drink, I was in sin and was tempting God, “I WAS of my own strength TEMPTING GOD.” This is a law of the devil and a law that was used on me for years to judge those who did drink. We can be deceived by the simplest of things and make them into a law, and one of those things is food.

1Co 8:1  Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
1Co 8:2  And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
1Co 8:3  But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

We all have this evil in us that loves to portray to others that we have the answers to our problems “if you will only listen to me” and when you don’t, we look at each other in condemnation and in judgment. All of mankind does it to each other daily and doesn’t realize what they are doing.

I knew a person who was about 5′ 7″ tall and weighed over 400 lbs. He was huge. This man was always hungry and could not stop eating anything he could get his hands on. He died in his fifties because of his overeating. Got ya again! He did not die because HE overate, he died because God destined his life to die on that day, and GOD used food to do it. Could the man have changed his life? No, he could not have. He died because God had fulfilled His will in this man’s life. Now, I know the religious and the world will yell “blasphemy” and will quote this scripture to try and prove their point:

Php 4:5  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

There it is, the crowning jewel for the religious-minded Pharisee and the man of the world who thinks he has made himself what he is. They would say the man I knew died because he did not have moderation, so he ate himself to death. Now, for truth let’s look at the context on these verses and lay a foundation on truth, not iron mixed with clay.

Let’s understand that we must be aware of DOGS. Who and what are DOGS? They are religious zealots who get their pleasure and satisfaction out of one another. They are what scripture calls ‘two men who pleasure themselves with each other’ in the natural. First the natural, then the spiritual.

Deu 23:17  There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
Deu 23:18  Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Lev 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Now the spiritual;

Php 3:1  Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
Php 3:2  Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

What does he mean by the “concision”? He is talking about those who would cut us off from the truth and rob us of our joy in the LORD by robbing us from the freedom of being dead to the law of the flesh. The word concision means to cut off or to mutilate, and when we are tempted to mutilate what Christ is doing in our lives through vain laws we put on one another, we are getting pleasure from the flesh of man. We are becoming dogs, the spirit of the sodomite, pleasuring himself by lying with man as with a woman. He thinks that making our outward cup to look good is the pleasure of being in Christ.

Mat 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 
Mat 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Unless we are coming from a place within, the outside will be defiled no matter how beautiful it is, no matter how healthy it looks. Now let’s look at the context laid up for the word “moderation”. It really does not mean what we think it means. First, the word’s meaning, then the context.

It is obvious that what the word means is being calm and patient, not what our modern day English word “moderation” means.

Read the same verse in several different versions, and you’ll see that the King James is about the only bible version that uses the word moderation.

(ASV)  Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
(CLV)  Let your lenience be known to all men: the Lord is near.
(Darby)  Let your gentleness be known of all men. The Lord is near.
(DRB)  Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.
(EMTV)  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
(ERV)  Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon.
(ESV)  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
(GW)  Let everyone know how considerate you are. The Lord is near.
(LEB)  Let your gentleness be made known to all people. The Lord is near.
(LITV)  Let your reasonableness be known to all men. The Lord is near.
(Rotherham)  Let, your considerateness, be known unto all men. The Lord, is near:
(RV)  Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
(TS2009)  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Master is near.
(YLT)  let your forbearance be known to all men; the Lord is near;

Now the context of the scripture.

Php 3:3  For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh [circumcised from having confidence in the flesh].
Php 3:4  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more [now he begins to lay out the concision doctrine he was under]:
Php 3:5  Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Php 3:6  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Php 3:7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Php 3:16  Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
Php 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) [The concision – he’s not talking about drunks, liars, or whores. He’s talking about the concision, religious zealots who get their satisfaction out of putting people under the law and trying to make them do what they cannot begin to do.]
Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 

Php 4:1  Therefore [because of what he just said], my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Php 4:2  I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
Php 4:3  And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
Php 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Php 4:5  Let your moderation [Let your gentleness and patience be known to all men, not being alarmed by the things going on in the world, staying focused and calm to others.] be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Php 4:6  Be careful [the word means anxiousfor nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The peace comes from knowing that all things come from the LORD, and if we know that, then the enemy cannot convict us of sin when there is no sin. Read the next verse, in context, that the religious zealot loves to howl as they pleasure themselves with outward appearance. Remember Apostle Paul was of the circumcision, of the law and was higher than most in his country. However, what he had gained in the flesh, he counted as dung.

1Co 9:19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
1Co 9:20  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
1Co 9:21  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
1Co 9:22  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1Co 9:23  And this I do for the gospel’s sake [What he is saying is he lets the gentleness and patience be known to all men.], that I might be partaker thereof with you.
1Co 9:24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Co 9:25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1Co 9:26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

This last verse is used by the concision to try to prove we must beat our bodies into subjection to the law of the flesh. After reading all we just did, surely we can see that the context of the subject was not glorying in the flesh through works but “he who glories, let him glory in the LORD” Who has made him gentle and patient to all men. The “keeping under my body” is just the opposite of what we are constantly warring against – a law of the flesh in any shape or form that will think we have accomplished anything FOR CHRIST.

The keeping under my body and bringing it into subjection means bringing all things into subjection to the truth that all we are in the flesh, we are by the power of Christ Who made us what we were, are and is making us into new creatures as we speak – gentle and patient. However, it is a work of God, not a work of man through ‘touch not, taste not’. There is no peace in those laws of the flesh. If something makes you sick, don’t eat it.

Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame [again, this is speaking of the religious concision]who mind earthly things.)

Many who are walking around in the flesh look good outwardly. They may be in good shape physically, financially, and go to the local church every Sunday, but inwardly they are enemies of the cross. They do not die to self by claiming that they are what they are because of Christ. Their god is their belly, the core of what drives them, the hunger they have is to be seen as having it all together while looking down their noses at those who are overweight, dumb, lame, poor, those who just can’t seem to get it together. They wag their heads at those with drug problems, alcohol problems, financial problems, smoking problems, and whatever other outward sin they can point their finger at and say, “Aha! That’s the reason for your problem right there.” They confess they know God as Sovereign King, but in actions they deny Him. Their words coming out of their mouth, defile the thing they say they believe, Jesus Christ.

We speak a lot about bringing our bodies into subjection and having dominion over the flesh, but I wonder at times how much of that do we think we have to do of our own strength? Apostle Paul said he had excelled over most of his own country men in religion, but he counted it all dung. Whenever we finish a scripture or saying with “Yeah, but we can’t just go on sinning”, or my favorite, “Yeah, but we have our part to do”, we have just left the cross of Christ where true persecution comes from. We have just denied the circumcision of the heart, where the flesh is circumcised from covering Christ.  If you deny this truth in the slightest way, no matter how small, you are being led astray by those who want to glory in your outward appearance. Christ said:

Joh 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Joh 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Joh 5:31  If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

Joh 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
Joh 8:29  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Can you say that you always do the things that please the Father? If you can’t, then what you are saying is that there are times you can do things that the Father has not predestined to be created in your life. You are claiming that you can, of your own free will, do things separately from the Father’s will. If you are saying that, then you do not, nor have you, known the truth, and you are still dead in trespasses and sins. Do we do things that are against the law of the flesh? Of course we do, but the question is, are we doing it independently and separately from the Father’s will?

If you say yes, then you have just confessed that you are a god independent from the true God and that you are your own god. If instead you say that the very evil which manifests in your life is a manifestation of chastening grace to bring about a good, as the serpent was created in the garden, then you know the truth, and the Spirit of God is “keeping under your body” from exalting itself against the knowledge of God in Christ. If we are given to show gentleness and patience during the times of testing, we are letting our moderation be shown to all men. If we do not have a heart-felt desire to be more like Christ and deny all sin in our body, praying daily for deliverance, then we are given over to sin by God for the destruction of the flesh. The person of God does not want to sin, fights against all sin and does not want to bring hurt to others in any way, whether it be through a religious law or a sin of the flesh.

2Co 10:2  But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 
2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5  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;
2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

The “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” is knowing what we went over earlier how Christ said He could do nothing of His own. Knowing the truth does not keep us under the law of the flesh which dictates to us how to look outwardly, but frees us from the bondage of eat not, taste not, drink not, etc., all things that the flesh loves to parade around as though they have discovered a utopia by just eating certain things. What may work for you foodwise may not work for me. Have faith to yourself before God and be careful not to push it on others.

Rom 14:22  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before GodHappy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Rom 14:23  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Here is another verse the enemy has manipulated into a self-righteous doctrine of howling dogs:

1Co 10:23  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

1Co 6:12  All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 

In both instances, the Apostle Paul is combating false doctrine in the Corinthian church by which they had been taken. One doctrine enslaves us to the false doctrine of devils by believing in freewill and thinking we can do anything on our own, and the other combats the false doctrine that we can be part of the world and part of Christ. He relates 1 Corinthians 6:12 under the theme that they were mixing with the world, they were spiritually fornicating against God.

This spiritual fornication was shown by a literal fornication in the church, whom the religious man in me has labeled the Corinthian fornicator. This man’s literal sin of having sexual relations with his literal father’s wife was manifested by God in this man’s life to bring out the spiritual sin of the church of the Corinthians of mixing with the world. What we fail to see is the last part of what Apostle Paul said in his judgment of this man in 1 Corinthians 5:5, “That the spirit may be saved in the day of the LORD Jesus.”

He could not be speaking of the lake of fire, because all are going to be saved in the lake of fire. He was speaking of the first resurrection. He knew that by turning this man over to the sins of the flesh it would be used to shake the rags off his back, and he would be brought out of the sins of the flesh. What would be the sense in turning him over to Satan to be saved in the lake of fire when that will be the case for all mankind. No, he was speaking of allowing the sins of the flesh to overtake the man, separate him from the body, that in time God would use the curse for a blessing, the purpose for the law of the flesh. We are told in that chapter to not keep company with a brother if he is a fornicator, covetous, extortioner, drunkard, etc. Why? For the purpose that the sin of the flesh would overtake them and thereby they be dragged to the back to the body.

1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

1Co 6:1  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Who is the harlot? Babylon is who she is. The spiritual is seen by the natural.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

When we take the doctrines of Christ and mix them with the doctrines of men, we are exposing ourselves with what comes out of our mouths. We are exposing what we truly believe, because from the heart the mouth speaks.

Mat 15:15  Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
Mat 15:16  And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
Mat 15:17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Mat 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Mat 15:20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man [nor does eating what the LORD gives you to eat].

When you bow your head to pray over what you eat, do you believe that what is before you is from the LORD? Do we really believe that what has been presented to us is from the LORD, or do we believe that Satan has tried to slip us something evil? When God told Ezekiel to eat cakes mixed with human dung as a prophesy against Israel, do you think that might have caused some issues with Ezekiel?

Eze 4:7  Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.
Eze 4:8  And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.
Eze 4:9  Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.
Eze 4:10  And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.
Eze 4:11  Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.
Eze 4:12  And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.
Eze 4:13  And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.
Eze 4:14  Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.
Eze 4:15  Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.
Eze 4:16  Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:
Eze 4:17  That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

Ezekiel was told to eat bread baked with dung and was told to do it as a prophesy against Israel. What of Hosea, who was told to marry a whore as a prophesy against Israel whoring around against their God with other gods?

Hos 1:2  The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.

Am I suggesting we go eat bread with dung, sleep with whores, party it up because all is good? Obviously not. What I am saying is that what God has me eating, I eat by faith. I do not push that on you. If I enter your home and you present me something to eat, then I do it with the understanding that God has prepared it for me. If I enter your home and you present me food and I tell you I cannot eat what you have presented me because of my many reasons, then what I am saying is that God was not in control of what you have presented me to eat, and it is unclean. You must instead cook me something I like and that agrees with me. You must bow to my need for you to eat just certain foods because of the law you have been given over to. This is not being meek or humble but instead is lacking in spiritual maturity. Last night I ate too much hot sauce on my food, and had a bad reaction. I prayed over my food first, so does that mean God did not answer my prayer and bless it? Absolutely not! He blessed it by using it to clean me out. So, I prayed over it, and He answered it by making me put too much hot sauce on it. The blessing was the curse. The curse of death is the blessing of the LORD to those who can receive it.

Ecc 7:1  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Does this mean we should kill ourselves, because to be dead is better? That’s the same response I say to those who are thinking I am saying to go out and sin so we can be sinless. As the curse becomes the blessing (as alcohol was a curse that was turned into a blessing) so the opposite is true for the blessing. The outward blessing of looking perfect in the flesh is a curse to those who are still being led by Babylonian hearts.

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. [circumcision of the heart, removing the covering of our heart  that hides The Head, Christ.]
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [iniquity – self-righteousness]

These next verses are our guide for truth.

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Rom 14:2  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. [or just grains, or salads or meat or soup]
Rom 14:3  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Rom 14:4  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

It is usually those who have not been exercised in righteousness who cast the first stone because they cannot see farther than a stone’s throw away. We must ask the LORD to keep our eyes focused on the truth and not allow Satan to bite and devour one another over such trivial matters. I am not saying we do bite and devour one another, but that we must make sure we don’t. If a health issue causes you to eat one way, then praise God in what you eat, but do not push that off on others who do not need to eat that way. The carefulness we must take to make sure we do not put each other under a law is paramount in how we see the body of Christ. We must encourage one another to strive for the prize, the first resurrection, where we will be changed from this vile body into the image of Christ. We must encourage one another in the place where God has them, to strive more to be like Christ, encourage I say, not put a yoke of bondage on them. Remember the study we did in Deuteronomy a few weeks ago about how one cannot plow with a ox and a ass together? The ox is used for pulling and the ass for carrying. Christ told us to take His yoke upon us, for His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Gal 5:15  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Joh 8:7  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 

Our field within cannot be plowed into a strait gate if we are plowing with an ass that is carrying a burden. The two don’t go together.

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Deu 22:10  Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

These truths must first be applied inwardly, where Christ rules from His throne over all the inhabitants of our land. When Christ, Who is our LORD, is ruling from the throne, we will have the evidence of gentleness and patience to all outwardly.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

If we are not walking in the spirit of Christ, then we are walking in the flesh, desiring vain glory, provoking one another, and that produces works of the flesh.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

What does that last statement mean to us – “shall not inherit the kingdom of God”? Does it mean an outward kingdom to come? What does Christ say?

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

If that kingdom is in you, you have inherited it through the spirit. What are the privileges of the kingdom?

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

If we have inherited the kingdom within, then we are peaceful, loving, joyful, longsuffering, gentle, good, faithful, meek and temperate. We are losing vainglory and are looking for the unity of the body in all things, suffering the weaknesses of the body, for the body’s sake.

If we are walking in the flesh, still seeking vainglory, then the works of the flesh will manifest. If we are manifesting works of the flesh, we will not be partaking of the fruits of the spirit which heal the nations within. We will be angry, full of malice and without peace. We all go through these times, but they are sent by God as chastisements, to cleanse us from the self-righteousness with which we are living. If we are His children, then we will receive chastisement.

Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

We all have struggles of some sort. None of us are exempt from them. However, we are to encourage one another to submit to God for the cleansing of the flesh. We all are striving for the prize of the high calling, to be made into the image of Christ, not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ. Let us be careful to maintain good works towards all men, but especially to the house of God.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 
Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 
Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Tit 3:3  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Tit 3:4  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Tit 3:7  That being justified by his grace [chastening grace], we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Tit 3:8  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Tit 3:9  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Tit 3:10  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Tit 3:11  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

The end of the matter is that we are to be patient and gentle with each other and help any to recover from the snares of the devil. We are to be careful to maintain good works to one another that we build up one another, not tear down. Make sure we are sensitive to others, to our hosts, to those whom we host, always considering one another above ourselves. I pray that God keeps us focused on what is good and profitable for one another and that we be not stumbling blocks to each other because of vainglory. If we are given to remember we are all still in the flesh, we are all desiring to be whole, and we are all encumbered with fleshly faults, we will partake of the kingdom of God: love, joy, peace, etc. May God grant us this privilege that we may obtain life from the dead body in which we live now.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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