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December 17, 2009
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Christians are "in Christ." Christ, means "anointed." Being in Christ, we are "in the Anointed." Being in the Anointed One, we must learn a whole new way of living. We are not of this world (John 17:16) Therefore, we must learn how to live in the spirit, and not walk after the flesh (Gal. 5:25).
Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6). When we were born of the flesh, we learned to walk after the flesh. Now that we are born again of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, we must learn how to live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
When we were children in the world, the world taught us how to live. Those who were in the world were our teachers. We were taught by our parents, then by others in the world. But now, that we are born again of the Spirit, God is to be our teacher. Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." (John 6:45). This is a whole new way of living. It is a whole new life in the Spirit. Before we were born again, we were not in the Spirit, but only in the flesh. We must learn how to live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." The word "anointing" means "a special endowment of the Holy Spirit." Yet, as we study the Scriptures, we will find that the "anointing" is the Holy Spirit, Himself. Therefore, in 1 John 2:27 it says, "...ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." The "him" is the Holy Spirit.
Only the Holy Spirit is able to teach us all things. When we were born into this world, our parents taught us about life, and how to live in the flesh. Now that we are born again of the Holy Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit that will teach us how to live in the Spirit. Who knows more about living in the Spirit, than the Holy Spirit, Himself?
We know that all things had their beginning in the spiritual realm. It all began with God the Father, who is Spirit. God is not "a spirit," but God "is Spirit." Out from the Father came His Son, whom we know as Jesus Christ (John 5:26; 14:28; 16:27; Acts 2:36). The Holy Spirit also came out from the Father (John 15:26). These three are One (1 John 5:7).
Being born of God, living in the Spirit, we must be taught by God. God is our true Father, and we are His true children. Jesus said, "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven" (Matt. 23:9). Oh, how important it is to be "taught by God." Only God knows all things, and only God has the ability to do all things. God knows how to teach His Children spiritual things. There is no better teacher to teach us spiritual things than God Himself.
In teaching us "all things," God has given us three witnesses to know what is of God and what is not of God. In 1 John 5:8 it says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." These are the only witnesses we need to know what is of God. In the Old Covenant there was the witness of two or three men. In the New Covenant the witness of men is no longer used, for sometimes men are liars (Num. 23:19). Therefore, it is explained in 1 John 5:9,10, saying, "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son...He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself..." Now that the witness of God is within us, we do not need the witness of men, who sometimes lie. What we are taught by the "anointing" is not a lie (1 John 2:27).
How many Christians today are ready and willing to be taught by God? How many are willing to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh? How many are willing to be led by the Spirit and not by the flesh? How many are willing to believe God, and not the world?
All of these things are necessary, if we are to be led by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The flesh is of the natural man. The Spirit is of God. Living in the Spirit and walking after the Spirit is a whole new way of living. It is a whole new life in Christ. It is not the way the world lives. Many religious people are teaching Christians how to become religious.
This is similar to the Levites and the Pharisees and Sadducees at the time of Jesus. They were teaching according to the outward appearances, not according to the inward leading of God. They were trying to make others perfect, by their idea of what God was teaching. They were teaching others that they had to live by the Law of Moses, when they themselves did not live by the Law.
God does not teach that way. God teaches us all things according to the way God lives. God is an example of the way God lives. God sent His Son, Jesus, into this world to teach us to know the Father who sent Him. Jesus taught by the way He lived so we could understand the leading of the Holy Spirit. By example, Jesus taught us how to live in the Spirit, and walk in the Spirit.
Now that Jesus has gone back to be with the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. Therefore, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." (John 6:45). Jesus knew it was not possible for men to teach spiritual things. Therefore, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things.
Taught by God
There are three that bear witness on earth, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the Blood of Jesus (1 John 5:8). These are the three witnesses that God uses to teach us all things. In 1 John 5:8 in the King James Version of the Bible it says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." The Apostle John used the word "water" many times in his writings, signifying "the Word of God." Throughout much of the Scriptures, God used natural things to teach us spiritual things. This is called "figurative speaking, or symbolic language." To teach those who were in the natural how to know things that are in the spirit, God relates many things to the natural realm while speaking of the spiritual realm. This is very important to understand, for we cannot know the things of the spiritual realm without knowledge of how God uses "figurative speaking and symbolic language" to teach us spiritual things.
In 1 John 5:8, God is not speaking of "liquid water." God is speaking of spiritual things, not natural things. Natural things cannot change spiritual things. Natural things do not have any control over spiritual things. Spiritual things always have control over natural things. Even the Blood of Jesus, spoken of in 1 John 5:8 is not speaking of the liquid blood of Jesus. It is speaking of the "life of the flesh that is in the blood."
In Leviticus 17:11, it says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." God gave the life of the flesh that was in the blood of Jesus to make an atonement for the sins of mankind. By the shedding of His blood, Jesus' life in the flesh was given. Because "the life of the flesh is in the blood," when the blood is gone from the body of flesh, the flesh dies.
In 1 John 5:8, it is talking about "the life of the flesh," when it is talking about the Blood of Jesus. Jesus was not born of Adam, but of the Holy Spirit and Mary. It was the Holy Spirit that came upon Mary, and she conceived and bear Jesus while she was still a virgin. Jesus came to this world by the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God, not by man. Therefore, Jesus was without sin, and lived in this world according to the Word of God. By this, Jesus came according to the Word of God. He lived according to the Word of God. He defeated the Devil by the Word of God.
Jesus became Christ, the Head of the Body of Christ according to the Word of God. Everything Jesus did, was done according to the Word of God. Therefore, Jesus is called, "the Word of God" (John 1:1,2,14; 1 John 1:1). The Word of God manifested in the life of Jesus. When Christians walk according to the Word of God, the Word of God will also manifest in them.
The "Word of God" is one of the three witnesses along with the Holy Spirit and the Blood of Jesus. All three of these are spiritual witnesses, not natural witnesses. The words used to signify the work of God are words that pertain to spiritual things, not natural things.
Oh, how Satan likes to use men to teach his doctrines, always, trying to get Christians to bring that which is of God into the natural realm, that they do not have a witness in their spirit of the truth that is written in the Scriptures. We must be taught by God, not by men. God teaches us the Truth, and does not teach us any lies, or anything false.
When we are taught by God, we will know the truth, and then we can walk in the Truth, "which is walking in the Spirit." For the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. We cannot walk in the Spirit without walking in the Truth. Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6). Jesus is the Head of the Body of Christ (Col. 1:18). We are a part of the Body of Christ. Therefore, if we are a part of the Body of Christ, then we are born into the Truth, which is Jesus Christ.
We are a living soul, and we were translated from the flesh of Adam into the Spirit of Christ. This translation was performed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God with the Father and the Son. All that comes from God is Truth, and is no lie. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth. Jesus said in John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
Satan tries to get Christians to go according to the literal words written in the Scriptures, so that they do not walk in the Spirit, but rather in the flesh. The doctrines of men, make the Word of God of none effect in the lives of Christians who walk according to the literal word, rather than the symbolic Word, which is written in the Scriptures.
When Christians do as Jesus did, and walk strictly according to "the Word of God," witnessed by "the Holy Spirit" and "the Blood of Jesus" they will defeat the Devil every time he attacks them. Therefore, let us learn how the Holy Spirit teaches us all things?
In learning how the Holy Spirit teaches us, we can use the example of Jesus. We can see from the life of Jesus, how the Word of God and the Holy Spirit bear witness to all things, including the Blood of Jesus.
In Matthew 4:1 it says, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." The first thing to notice is that it was not Jesus' idea to go into the wilderness. Jesus did not go into the wilderness because He wanted to. Jesus did not do anything, unless He was led by the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit that led Jesus "...into the wilderness..."
Christians must learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit. We can learn a lot about being led by the Holy Spirit from the life of Jesus. The Holy Spirit always leads according to the written Word. Therefore, when Jesus was tempted by the Devil, He used the written Word of God to defeat the Devil.
In Matthew 4:2-4 it says, "And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred...And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread...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." When Jesus was hungry, the Devil tempted Him. When the natural things of the world are brought to our attention, that is when the Devil tries to get us to go according to the things of the flesh, rather than by the written Word of God.
Jesus knew the Scriptures, and what was written in Deuteronomy 8:3. There it says, "And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live." Jesus knew, that God knew He was hungry (God knows all things, and nothing is hid from God). Jesus also knew that God could supply food when it was needed (Deu. 8:3). Jesus knew God would not let Him die because of hunger. God could supernaturally supply food when He needed food.
Jesus came into this world, being sent by the Father. Jesus knew the Father would not leave Him. (God does not leave those who are born of the Spirit. Those who are born of the Spirit sometimes go their own way and God cannot help them. God never forces anyone to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit). Jesus trusted in the Father and the Holy Spirit in every area of His life. Therefore, the Devil had nothing on Jesus.
Jesus knew also that, even though He was the Son of God, He did not come into this world to do His own will. He came to do the will of the Father. Jesus knew that if He did only the will of God the Father, God would supply all that He needed to live and do the works that the Father sent Him into this world to do.
Jesus knew that the Word of God was spiritual, and that spiritual things have power over natural things. By believing the written Word of God, God would manifest His Word whenever and wherever there was a need. When the Children of Israel needed food to eat, God supplied that food by giving them manna from heaven.
Jesus refused to let the natural hunger of the flesh control what He did. Jesus knew He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew the Holy Spirit would not leave Him. Jesus knew "the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit," would lead, guide, comfort, and help Him in every area of His life. Jesus trusted in the Holy Spirit and the written Word of God in everything He did.
Jesus also knew how the Holy Spirit leads, guides, comforts, helps, and teaches. Jesus received His leading, guiding, helping, and comfort from His spirit within Him. That is the key to knowing what is of God, and living in the Spirit. When we know what is of God, we can live according to what we receive from God (from our spirit where God dwells).
What Jesus did is important for Christians to learn. Jesus did not go according to the natural circumstances in life. Jesus went by the written Word of God, the leading of the Holy Spirit and the Blood that was shed for man.
Notice, when Jesus was tempted by the Devil, Jesus said, "...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." When Jesus came against the words of the Devil with the written Word, the Devil stopped tormenting Him about food to eat. The Devil had to change the subject, being that Jesus would not do as the Devil suggested. After three times trying to tempt Jesus, and Jesus defeating the Devil by quoting the written Word of God, the Devil left Him. Once the Devil left Jesus, the angels came and ministered to Jesus (Matt. 4:11).
Spirit-filled Christians have the power of the anointing of the Holy Spirit within them. But, they do not operate that power according to their own desires. They need to learn to follow the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit as to when the Holy Spirit wants to release that power from within them. Jesus always had the anointing of the Holy Spirit within Him, following His baptism in the Holy Spirit. When Christians receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they receive the same power that Jesus received. Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." The same Holy Spirit that Jesus received following His baptism in water by John the Baptist, is the same Holy Spirit that Christians receive when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is the same anointing that Jesus was anointed with. It is the same power that Jesus received. This same anointing will remain with Spirit-filled Christians until the day of Redemption. The Holy Spirit will not leave anyone who has received Him (John 14:16). (Christians, must not leave the Holy Spirit to follow another spirit).
During the days of Jesus walking this earth, there were times when there was a need for food to eat, and there was not food enough to feed those who were in need. Therefore, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to supply natural food, supernaturally. Two times we are told of when there was a multitude of people with Jesus, and they were hungry. In these two cases, Jesus took only a few fishes and barley loaves, and prayed. God answered Jesus' prayer and multiplied what Jesus had to more than what was enough to feed all that were with Him. One time there were four thousand men, plus women and children. Another time there were five thousand men, plus women and children.
It is knowing what God desires to do, that helps us to be led by the Holy Spirit. If Christians are not led by the Holy Spirit, there is another spirit working. Other spirits must not be permitted to work in our lives. We must come against all other spirits in our lives and follow only the Holy Spirit as He leads us.
As we study the life of Jesus, we will see many times when Jesus went by the written Word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit in everything He did. Jesus knew the Scriptures concerning His death and resurrection. In Matthew 16:21, it tells us, "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." Peter spoke up saying, "Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee" (Matt. 16:22). Jesus knew those words that Peter spoke came from the Devil. Jesus said unto Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men" (Matt. 16:23).
Jesus rebuked both Peter and Satan. Jesus identified the source of the words that Peter spoke. Thereby, Jesus came against that which was not of God. God did not give Peter the words that he spoke. Therefore, if it is not from God, we must come against it. Whatsoever is not of God, should not be permitted to manifest in the lives of Christians. Every thought, and every word that does not agree with the written Word of God should be cast down. It should be destroyed. Words are spirit, and they can authorize spirits to operate where they should not be permitted to operate. When Christians control the words they speak and the words spoken to them, they will control everything that happens in their lives. Thoughts and words need to be brought into subjection to the written Word of God (2 Cor. 10:5).
Jesus controlled His thoughts and His words that He spoke. Thereby, the Holy Spirit was able to use Jesus in all the things that Jesus did. When Christians control their thoughts and words, God will manifest in their lives according to the anointing within them. The anointing will always agree with the written Word, the Holy Spirit, and the Blood of Jesus (1 John 5:8).
Satan uses thoughts and words to get people to let a spirit of fear enter into their mind. Fear is a spirit, sent from Satan to torment us. In 2 Timothy 1:7, it tells us, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Spirits of fear do not come from God. They come from the Devil. They are demonic spirits, working in the spiritual realm, entering into people through thoughts. They can come by hearing words spoken by someone else. They can come by visions or dreams. Or they can come directly from the Devil, as thoughts.
Spirits of fear do not come from God. God is love. In 1 John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." We must never give place for fear. It is not from God, and all spirits of fear must be cast out.
In Mark, Chapter Five, it tells about a ruler of the synagogue, by the name of Jairus. He came to Jesus saying, "...My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live" (Mark 5:23). Jesus began to follow Jairus to his house. On the way, "...there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?" (Mark 5:35). In Mark 5:36, it tells us, "As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe." As soon as Jesus heard what the others told Jairus, Jesus told him not to be afraid. In other words, do not let a spirit of fear enter into your thoughts or mind. Stop the spirit of fear before he gets a chance to torment you. Do not give place for a spirit of fear. (What is written concerning this spirit of fear is written for our learning).
We are Children of God in Christ Jesus. We are not to give any place for the Devil in our lives. Spirits operate in the realm of thoughts and words. We must not let any thoughts or words from the wrong spiritual realm have any place in our lives. The Word of God is very important, for we are to live by the Word of God, not by the words of Satan, the Devil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil operates by words. It was words spoken to Eve by the Serpent, then the thoughts that Eve let come into her mind that got her to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:1-6).
From the day that man was created, the Devil came against mankind. The Devil operated through the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Once man ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Satan was able to work in the minds of mankind. Satan blinds the minds of people by injecting thoughts in their minds according to the natural things of this world.
Once Christians are born again of the Word and the Spirit, they have the ability to know and understand spiritual things (John 3:5). Once we receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, we have the anointing abiding within us to overcome the works of the Devil (Acts 1:8).
Being that Christians are born of the Word and the Spirit, we are true children of God. Being in Christ, we are to live in the Spirit, not in the flesh. We have the very life of God in us. God loves us, for we are His true Children. Everything God tells us is for our good, that we can have victory over the works of the Devil. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we can operate in the anointing that abides in us. It is by the anointing within us that God teaches us all things. In 1 John 2:27, it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
God is a personal GOD. God desires to dwell in each individual person Himself. God wants to be in control of everything we do in this life and in eternity to come. God is for us, not against us.
Just as God was in Jesus, reconciling the world unto Himself, He wants to be in every individual person who will receive Jesus as their LORD and Savior. Because that God is Love and does not force anyone to do anything, each person individually must receive the LORD themselves.
The Bible says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God..." Do what the Bible says. "Believe in your heart" and pray:
"LORD Jesus, I know that You are the Son of God. I know that You died on the cross for me. I know that God raised You from the dead.
Jesus, forgive me of all my sins, wash me clean in Your blood; that I may be the righteousness of God in You. Thank You, Jesus!
Jesus, I ask You to come into my life? Live Your life in me! Let Your will be done in me! Let the will of God be done in my life as it was in Your life. I surrender my life to You, Jesus!
You lead me by Your Spirit and I will follow to the best of my ability. I will live for You all the days of my life, as You lead me by Your Spirit.
I receive You now, as my LORD, and SAVIOR for all eternity. I will be with You here on earth, and I will be with You in heaven, forever and ever. I will give You all the Glory. It is for You that I will live forever. Amen."
From this day forward, study the Bible daily, and become a doer of the Word of God, not just a hearer only.
In Mark 16:16,17, Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues..." If you have not been baptized with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, pray a prayer while believing in your heart on what God has promised you in His Word.
"LORD Jesus, You said in Mark 16:17, that in Your name I can cast out devils.
Satan, in the name of Jesus' I cast you out of my mind. You have no authority over my mind. My mind is clear of all demonic oppression in Jesus' name.
Father, according to Your Word in Luke 11:13, You promised me the Holy Spirit if I ask. Father, I am now asking You to give me the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Your heavenly language. I receive Him from You now, in Jesus' name."
Continue to pray in the Spirit every day. Place God first in your life and live for God every day. Always remember what it says in Colossians 3:1-4, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God...Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth...For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God...When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
It is our desire to see God manifest in your life by His love working in you and through you. We love the LORD our God, for He is love and He will manifest His love in the lives of those who love Him.
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