Oh, The Arrogance…

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Have you ever had someone say something or do something that made your spirit do a little  leap to  where you knew, without doubt, that our Heavenly Father just got your attention?  My blogger friend, Wally Fry, did just that through a small written statement in a series he is doing on the Book of James.  It made such an impact on me that I stopped what I was doing to post a little snippet of what he wrote. It might mean nothing to you personally but serves as a minor course correction for me.

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. (James 4:13-16)

Wally wrote:

“It almost seems as if James has taken a change of direction here, as he moves on to another subject. Now the subject is the audacity of a group of men and their plan making without considering the plans and wishes of God in those plans.”    Wally Fry

How many times have we, the Body of Christ Jesus, in our unintended arrogance made plans to do this or that without first having the common courtesy of considering the plans and wishes of our Lord in those plans?  Something to think about, isn’t it?  Be blessed.

For the rest of Wally’s post click on the following:

https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/faith-in-action-when-our-plans-are-not-gods-plans-2/comment-page-1/#comment-54288

 

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Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron – Part 3

By Patrick Hawthorne

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 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 24:10-13 NKJV emphasis mine)

When I wrote part one of this series, I had every intention of stopping there.  However, my  plans and Gods plans don’t always line up.  Ok…Most of the time, my plans and God’s plans don’t line up.  Usually I want to go one way but the Holy Spirit says, “Uh uh uhh.  I want you to go here.”  We see this same type leading in the Word when Paul was prevented from going to Asia  and Bithynia in order for him to go to Macedonia.  (Acts 16:6.)

Parts 1 and 2 (see below for the links) were written in good humor.  However, Part 3 comes with a serious warning for all who walk with Christ Jesus.  Jesus, when speaking to the disciples concerning the last days, said in Matthew 24:10-13, “And many will be offended.”  He is not speaking of the world but of believers.  We know this because in verse 12 the love that He speaks of is “agape” love; the love that is God and of God for God IS love.  The world cannot experience the infilling of this type love until Jesus becomes their Lord and Savior.

In verse ten, Jesus said that many (Christian’s) will become offended.  In the context of the verse, Jesus is speaking of offense towards Him or in association with Him.  Whatever the reason,  we see that offense as a whole has a progression with it ending in hatred for a brother or sister in Christ which can lead to deception through false prophets.

10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

When we walk in offense, we are holding the offender accountable for the sins they have committed against us.  We become judge, jury, and executioner. Yet, in our arrogance, we pray and expect God to forgive us our sins committed against Him. As one preacher stated, “A person who cannot forgive is someone who has forgotten what they have been forgiven of.”

Now, here is the scary part.  How many times have you prayed, “Father, forgive me my sins as I have forgiven those who have sinned against me.”  If you are offended you are basically praying for God to forgive you AS LITTLE as you have forgiven those who have offended you.  Think about it.  Jesus said that if we don’t forgive others neither will our Father forgive us.  Forgiveness is not a suggestion but a command.

How do you heal the wounds of offense?  It is very simple, yet can be very painful.  It is like going through physical therapy.  You must exercise the wound – through a sincere heart of prayer for the offender – in order to bring about the healing.  If you have ever been through physical therapy then you know it is a slow, painful process.

“But you don’t know what they did?”  If that is you, maybe you have forgotten what our Heavenly Father did for you through our Lord Jesus.  Read how King David dealt with those who offended him.

Fierce witnesses rise up; They ask me things that I do not know. 12 They reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul.13 But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own heart. 14 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.  (Psalms 35:11-14 emphasis mine)

Wow!  Those who have been forgiven little love little.  Aren’t you thankful that we have been forgiven so much that our sin debt was totally wiped clean?  Therefore we ought to love as we are loved. and forgive as we have been forgiven.  Be blessed.

Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron

Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron – Part 2

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Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron – Part 2

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Offense:  Synonyms:  Annoyance, anger, resentment, indignation, irritation, exasperation, wrath, displeasure…

Use in a sentence:  John, given over to the appearance of a moronic dunder-head, spit and spat his vexation while complaining to the world the manner in which he had become offended.

All in good humor here, folks.  As I wrote in  Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron , we have all walked the walk of the dunder-head.  We have all gotten angry over a wrong done to us and have made idiots of ourselves.  Heck, some of your reading this may be offended that I may or may not have used ‘vexation’ correctly.  Oh well, such is life.  We can’t make everyone happy and there really is no need to even try.

I came across this “YouTube” video a while back and it fits perfectly into the level of stupid that we can obtain by walking in offense.  Please do not become offended that it is not spiritual in nature.  Enjoy and be blessed.

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The Seducer of Those Sent Forth to Seduce – The Jezebel Spirit

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Nevertheless I (Jesus) have a few things against you (Church of Thyatira), because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20 NKJV parenthesis/emphasis mine).

The above passage of Scripture has been gnawing at me for quite a while.  How could a church that was obviously founded on a solid foundation of faith in Christ Jesus, a church who walked in good works, love, service, faith and patience become so corrupt in such a relatively short period of time?  How could the leadership knowingly allow a woman who called herself a prophetess to come in and to actively deceive, through false teaching, many in the congregation?  Then it dawned on me.  The leadership was among the seduced.  But how…how was this false teacher able to seduce them?

Jezebel of the Old Testament was a master manipulator and deceiver obviously under demonic possession.  Pulling the strings of Ahab, she was able to entice him to do unimaginable evil in the sight of the Lord.  In 1 Kings 21:25, we are told that there was no one like Ahab who SOLD himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord BECAUSE Jezebel his wife stirred him up.  She seduced and manipulated him just as the false prophetess, Jezebel, seduced, manipulated, and stirred up the congregants of Thyatira; same spirit, different women.

I have been acquainted with a few people who have been so seduced by the Jezebel spirit that they are on the path or have already taken the path towards the seduction of others through their false teachings. In each case, these people were deceived into believing a tiny nugget of deception mixed in with a fair amount of truth.  Building upon the deception, the truth was eventually weeded out until they were fully convinced that they were privileged holders of a new found truth.  As for those who disagree with their teaching, they are now labeled as the deceived.  The below is what I have observed as a pattern for the seduced to become the seducer.

  1. New revelation – In each situation that I have observed, all stated that they received a revelation from the Lord that was special to them. In some cases it came through dreams or visions.  It mattered little that the Word of God did not support their belief; God spoke it (supposedly) to them and them alone.
  2. Anger – When sharing their new revelation, each of the individuals became angered when someone knowledgeable in the Word questioned the validity of their revelation. The usual response was that they had a heightened level of maturity greater than the others and that the others just could not understand until they adopted the revelation for themselves.
  3. Form of holiness – In each case the person took the position that their desire for holiness exceeded that of the church leadership they were currently under. This leads to number 4.
  4. Disgruntled with church leadership – In each case, these individuals began trying to sway fellow congregants that church leadership was either blind or intentionally ignorant to the truth. In each case the church leadership, especially the pastor, was considered to be dim-witted and out of tune with the Holy Spirit. Church leadership was the blame for intentionally ignoring the gift that God had placed upon these individuals.
  5. Leaving the church – Often, if these individuals cannot sway leadership, they leave the church in pursuit of those weak in faith and less knowledgeable of the Word, who will allow them to teach their perverted form of the Gospel. In some cases, if they cannot find a place they will create one.  We see this in the resurgence of the Hebrew Roots Movement where the followers are put back under strict obedience to the Law of the Old Covenant to earn and maintain their salvation.

As I wrote above, these five points are simply personal observations that I have seen.  The point is that, in each case, the deception involves satan’s tried and true method of appealing to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and/or the pride of life (1 John 2:16).  His seduction methods never change.

The spirit behind the Jezebel seduction is one that each of us can easily fall prey to in one form or another.  It may be as simple as an attitude of bitterness toward church leadership.  Or, it may be as extreme as what I listed above.  Whatever the case, we need to examine ourselves.  If we are having problems within the church, let us first consider if the problem is with the church or if the problem really lies with us.  Be blessed.

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Spitting Against the Wind Makes for Messy Cleanup

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Have you ever spit against the wind?  I did when I was much younger.  It was a dumb mistake and a valuable lesson all rolled up into one juicy face smearing.  As is the case with most lessons, more than one application will often apply.  For instance I have learned that, with God, some assignments are for now, while others may be for later.  And… to force something now that is meant for later is the equivalent of spitting against the wind.  What goes out will surely come back and you can be assured it will be a mess.

Here is a great example.  The Lord has been downloading within me lessons pertaining to the Jezebel Spirit.  All last week I tried to write on the subject.  But, no matter how hard I tried, I just could not put my thoughts into words; there was just no anointing from the Holy Spirit.  Finally my lightning fast brain caught on that the Lord did not want me to write on that subject at this particular moment.  Actually, what He wanted me to write on is just what you are reading right now.

Sometimes the Lord will give us something that is meant for us and not necessarily for others.  Do I believe the Lord will have me share a little of what He has been teaching me.  Absolutely! …But just not right now.

The Word tells us that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, (Isaiah 40:31).  When we wait, we gain much needed rest.  Waiting upon the Lord is a time of rest in Him.  If you feel like you are spinning your wheels for the Lord but going nowhere, my advice is to stop, pray, and see if the Lord wants you to take a momentary detour in your plans so that they line up with His plans for you.  Learn from me.  Spitting against the wind may seem smart at the moment but the end thereof produces nothing but a nasty mess.  Be blessed.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

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Beware Lest Your Offense Makes You Look Like a Total Moron

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Moron – noun (From Google Search Engine)

Informal – a stupid person.

synonyms: fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, clod; More

 

DUNDERHEAD!

I wanted to shout out, “You dunderhead!  Just shut up!”  But alas, I could not because I was in a meeting between the boss and the employee who had become offended.   I will not entertain the nature of the offense other than to say that the offended, who is usually well poised and articulate, went gumby in the head and made all kinds of unsubstantiated accusations that were proven point by point to be wrong.  What happened?  The employee allowed offense to override sound judgment.

Proverbs 18:19 – “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.”

Prior to the meeting, I tried on numerous occasions to get the offended to slow down and think through exactly what had made them mad.  Yet, no matter what I said, the person was blinded by their offense.  Offense had become a prison of this persons own making and the walls were too strongly fortified for my words to make any difference.

Proverbs 12:16 says, “A fool’s wrath is known at once…”  Why is this?  It is because a fool – one who despises wisdom and sound counsel – will shout their foolishness from the mountain tops.  If you don’t believe me, just turn on the television and watch many of the Hollywood air heads in action.  Most need only open their mouths to prove the level of their stupidity.

We have all been there.  We have all walked the walk of the dunderhead.  And, it always ends the same for the born again child of God.  We kick ourselves and say, “Stupid…stupid…stupid.  If I had only kept my mouth shut!”

Take joy.  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).  Repent, let it go, and learn.  Eventually, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will thicken our skin and learn to let love rule and the rest roll off of our backs.  Be blessed.

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Would You be Willing to Die?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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“Would you be willing to die for your faith?”  That was a question I asked myself the other day.  “Pat, if it came down to it, would you be willing to die for a God who you have never seen?  Would you be willing to suffer the pain of being beat and humiliated for your faith all based on things you have read from a book?  Would you be willing to suffer fire, sword, imprisonment…?”

Tough questions, if we are really honest about it.  Even the disciples, who walked with the Living Word (Jesus) for three years ran when their faith was put to the test.  Granted, they were not yet filled with the Holy Spirit, but less men had died defending less causes.  What was different?

What got me to thinking about this was that I had just read a sermon written by John G. Lake from 1922.  In this sermon he wrote, “The reason men lived for the Word of God and died for the Word of God, the reason they were ready to endure dungeon, fire, and sword was because of the fact that the Word of God became a living reality to them – not just a theory.”

“…the Word of God became a living reality to them – not just a theory.”

From my initial question, more questions arose.  “Is the Word of God a reality or simply a theory to me?” Do I believe the whole of the Word or just the parts I find flavorful?  Do I believe the whole of the Word or just what my denomination, my pastor, my doctrine tells me to believe?

I know my answer.  What about you?  Be blessed.

“29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:29-31 NKJV)

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