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Spiritual Discernment   4 comments

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This is from the blog A Word in Season:

DISCERNMENT AND RELATIONSHIP

“But he who is spiritual discerns all things,
and he himself is judged by no one.”
1 Corinthians 2:15

Discernment has nothing to do with intellectual prowess. True discernment is the aggregate result of an individual’s walk and life in Christ. Many today have confidence in their spiritual condition due to the overflow of teachings readily available to all. Any teaching that does not bring a corresponding measure of the “fear of the Lord” is bereft of truth. The foundation of a discerning life is built upon the fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 2:3-13)

Discernment requires a walk and an abiding in Him; the things of God will always culminate in the character of Christ. The very essence of truth is Christ who is the Truth. Whenever an expression is in conflict with His nature or character, it will be exposed.

Discernment is a consequence
of our abiding in Him.

Discernment is a faculty developed over time (see note below). It is the natural function of a life which has grown in its relationship with Christ Himself. This sounds trite, but it is a knowing which is the fruit of relationship; not an accumulation of knowledge about Him on an intellectual level. A carnal familiarity with God produces pride, self-assurance and an inflated view of self, whereas a true knowledge of God fills the heart with the wonder of Christ Himself. It is from this place of vital, intimate relationship that all things are compared with Him who is true.

“Which things we also speak,
not in words taught in human wisdom,
but in Words taught of the Holy Spirit,
comparing spiritual things with spiritual things”
1 Corinthians 2:14

Words, apart from the power and unction of the Holy Spirit, will leave people incapable of true discernment. Knowledge is a deceptive thing because it gives the perception that having a familiarity with the things of God alone is a safeguard. Words taught by the Holy Spirit produce a life of obedience which alone brings us into relationship with the living Christ. Obedience is the way into a life of friendship and relationship with God.

“You are my friends,
if you do whatsoever I command you”
John 15:14

A disobedient life will never have the true faculty of discernment because it is does not have an experiential identification with Christ. Friendship with God is revealed in an obedient life. Obedience is the fruit of a life that loves God more than itself. True discernment cannot be disassociated from obedience and the fear of the Lord.

Note: Discernment of a diligent believer is developed over time by its constant use from which a growing sensitivity to Him and His ways is fostered:

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,
even those who by reason of use
have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil”
Hebrews 5:14

Brian Troxel

The Spiritual Man

Delighting in God   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog The Wisdom of Faith:

“Whenever you find a man of God, you will also find an overwhelming passion for God that is almost beyond control. Not a curiosity about God, but a deep passion to experience God in all of His fullness.”

–A.W. Tozer, Delighting in God

John of the Cross: “as if only God and your soul were in it”   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog Dover Beach:

“Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.”

–St. John of the Cross

The Death of Hillary Clinton   14 comments

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“Death of Jezebel” by Luca Giordano (1634-1705)

Dreams from the LORD 2011-2019
6 June 2019

Last night I had a dream where I was with several people.  We were observing two very wicked women.  One of the women was Hillary Clinton; the other woman was younger–it looked like she worked for Hillary Clinton (it may have been Huma Abedin or Hillary’s daughter, Chelsea).

The younger woman walked up to me:  she knew that her life was in danger.  She tried to talk to me, but I wouldn’t let her talk.  I spoke a few words to her and then her body was burned with fire.  After her body was consumed by fire, there was nothing left of her.

Then Hillary Clinton looked at me with fear in her eyes.  She also knew that her life was in danger.  She tried talking with me, but I wouldn’t let her.  I spoke a few words to her and her body also was consumed by fire.  There was nothing left.

Proverbs 18: 21:  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

II Kings 1: 12:  “And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.”

II Kings 9: 35-37:  “And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.   Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:  And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.”

Hillary Clinton and Jezebel
The Death of Voltaire
A Dream about Hillary Clinton
Wearing a Rough Garment

Cyril of Jerusalem: “Our actions have a tongue of their own”   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog Dover Beach:

“Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.”

–St. Cyril of Jerusalem

The Kingdom of God   1 comment

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This is from the blog A Word in Season:

Part Two

WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT

Contrary to much of what we hear, the Kingdom of God is not in word.

“For the kingdom of God
is not in word, but in power”
1 Corinthians 4:20

May God help us to see that the Kingdom of God does not lie in teachings, doctrines and messages; it has very little to do with such. It is a Kingdom of Power, Substance and Reality. There is nothing ethereal, unsubstantive, or virtual about its existence. Those who consider it to be an intellectual message or concept are deceived and do not understand the truth of it. The Kingdom of God is known by the power it wields over its subjects. It is revealed within the lives of those who are growing and developing in the life and wonder of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Obedience is the dominant expression of a heart in pursuit of its reality. The Kingdom of God speaks of the Lordship and Reign of Christ; wherever He reigns is where His Kingdom is coming to be.

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
and do not the things which I say?”
Luke 6:46

How can we speak of the Kingdom of God without this fundamental truth? Obedience is the underlying principle of His Kingdom. In our day of an antinomian gospel we speak of a “kingdom” in which we simply confess He is Lord and then live our lives as we see fit and expect to have access to His Kingdom promises! It is a staggering and bewildering concept.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments,
that they may have right to the tree of life,
and may enter in through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

It is not enough to know His commandments; the entering into this magnificent City is based solely on the doing of His commandments. His Word is clear and unmistakable. Let these words ring within the sanctum of our own hearts; meditate and hold all our actions to this one great rule of the Kingdom:

“Blessed are they that DO His commandments…”

“To be continued…”

Brian Troxel

The Life of the Prophet IS the Warning
Cyril of Jerusalem:  “Our actions have a tongue of their own”
Friendship with Christ

Wood, Hay and Stubble   1 comment

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Dreams from the LORD 2011-2019
10 May 2019

A couple of nights ago, I had a dream where I was at the Jerry Shey farm in Iowa. I was burning some trash when it got out of hand and started burning the big barn. I ran to the barn and opened some doors and gates, so as to let the calves and horses escape the fire. The barn was engulfed in flames. It looked like a total loss.

Wood, hay and stubble.

I Corinthians 3: 12-13:  “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;   Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”

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