You can’t be in the building called Church or with a devout well-studied Christian for very long without hearing “a sinner saved by grace” or “God can’t look on sin”. You will hear how man has broken God’s perfect standards and must be punished by death. I am not saying there is not some truth here, but there is the most amazing TWIST that man does not yet fully see and God (who IS Love!) is revealing to us these days. This is a truth that the everyday “working” man needs to hear. It will amaze and astound him when he does finally hear it.

Do we “Sin”?

Yes, but it is bigger than we realize.  True “sin” is unbelief of the truth that Jesus TOOK away all the sins of the world!  John 16:9

By default, we are under the old covenant of law and can not see this powerful truth.  God’s spirit simply has to help us see it.  This is the TRUE effect of “sin” or spiritual blindness – not being able to SEE the TRUE reality.  This spiritual blindess is the reason why we behave in ways that are sometimes called “sin”.  They are not the TRUE sin, however which is SPIRITUAL and totally outside of behavior.

First, let’s think about who God is from a non-biblical or logical, scientific thought. God is all that exists.  He is the whole pie and everything else is but a slice of it.  In math he would be the number one on the right side of the equation where we would be adding or subtracting fractions.  Everything would always add up to one.  God IS ONE! God is everywhere and there is no place that he is not. Christianity calls this “omnipresence”. Our everyday common sense or logical minds will confirm these things. Let’s forget all the religious jargon and thoughts we have been taught and simply use common sense.  God is very logical and scientific.  All of that is a part of him.

Are we in agreement so far?  I hope so.

Now, lets look to the Bible to ask ourselves how “sin” is defined. Usually it is defined as breaking or “transgressing” God’s perfect law. When a person does this, they are operating in “darkness” or “outside the will of God”. Self-righteous, religious man will condemn this person for these “evil” actions and behaviors.  Earthly or natural law will punish them. This really is by God’s law as under his perfect law, man is condemned for sin, any sin. Condemnation is the administering of guilt and shame for sin or separation from God via what God calls “death”.

So, let’s closely examine this whole idea of “operating outside the will of God” or in “darkness”. Let me ask you this. Didn’t we already determine that God is everywhere? If God is everywhere as we agreed, how can we operate outside his will or in “darkness” unless God allowed it to occur? Could the very forces of “evil” and “darkness” be but a servant to God himself tasked to carry out the dark side of his love?

Or do we believe that somehow Satan and his minions are stronger than God and darkness is stronger than light? Have we ever turned on a light and the room stayed pitch dark? I haven’t. It’s impossible. There is more to “sin” than we know – that man can see in his natural, blinded state.

What about free will?  Doesn’t man have the freedom to make any choice he wants?  To either love or reject God?

Yes and no.  Man can make any choice he wants in the darkness, but once Jesus turns the light on inside him, he can no longer pretend he is in the dark!

God and God alone decides when man “sees” the truth, when the lights come on inside man’s heart.  Man can not have any say in this deep part of him he knows nothing about.

Also, remember that God never left even in the darkness!  He can’t. It’s impossible. He is present EVERYWHERE, even IN THE darkness and he can override the darkness at ANY point he chooses.  Any choice that we make in the darkness, he can easily at any time turn on the light and we will immediately see and choose truth. We are only blinded temporarily so we can’t see or know he is there. This was by HIS doing and if we say we originate the “sin” it would not be true because he put us in this place where it is allowed to occur – the dark.  When we see this, we will quickly realize there is NO such thing as “free will” (as often taught). The Bible tells us this in MANY places but unfortunately our own blindness blocks us from seeing it. We are so blind (without God) that we can’t even see we are in the dark. However, he will shine the light of truth if we will but ask him to.  We will see and rejoice.

Let’s look at another definition of sin that we are often taught and I already mentioned. “Sin is breaking or transgressing God’s perfect law”. I completely agree with this, but do we really know what this means? God’s perfect law is like a chain and if you break one law one time, the whole chain is broken. Thus, who is the ONLY ONE who doesn’t ever break God’s perfect law?

GOD HIMSELF! It requires a PERFECT man or GOD HIMSELF to do it!

Please think about this. If we want to be under this very strict and perfect definiton, it is impossible for man by himself to not sin. Man without God can do nothing but sin. We don’t get to pick and choose what we classify as sin and what we don’t.  We don’t get to point to things that others do that we don’t.  Everything that man does on his own is sin no matter how good or righteous it appears. He could even preach a sermon or help an old lady accross the street, but if it is not God’s perfect will, it is sin! Do you really want to be under this perfect and strict definition of “sin”? If you do, that is your choice, but lets not feed others death by putting them under it. Let’s set them free by helping them see and experience this very powerful truth!  Because of what God did in Christ at the cross for ALL MANKIND, THEY ARE FREE!  COMPLETELY!    They really are just as free as those of us who already know this and “believe”, they just don’t know they are free!  There is nothing they have to do to make it happen, it’s already been done.  Let’s tell them so they may believe it!  Run, be free.  There never were any chains around your neck.

Wait!  How did they get free from being a “sinner” and from the bondage of “sin”?

Let’s say hi to Jesus Christ. He was God himself in a human body. He knows the horrible condition we (All of ADAM’s body) were in because he set all the rules and all the players report directly to him. He has a good and perfect reason for the condition we were in. He has to be the one to set is free! He played the game called the (perfect) “law” and got a perfect score for all mankind, not just those that “believe”. This is the only score that win’s the game. The self-righteous among us have to know that the only way to not sin is to be as perfect as God himself! Impossible for man. When he got the perfect score in the game of “law” we were all set free. He free’d all mankind whether they “believe” or “not”.  Not only did we get set free from all sin, but we were set free from the very definition of law that kept man in complete BONDAGE to lies.

I will be fair here and also say that we can’t even receive this powerful truth until he shows it to us personally.  But it starts with us telling others from the outside and that meets him in our heart and we finally “believe” or really “receive” or “experience” this powerful truth.  Hence my purpose here!  He reveals this first from his written and spoken Word (truth) and then confirms it with us from the INSIDE.  This is all according to his perfect plan for each and every person that ever lived. This has NOTHING to do with saying a “sinners prayer”, changing your behavior or doing “right” and avoiding “wrong”.  That is all man’s will and man’s efforts.  (I am not saying that is wrong to do those things.  You are FREE!) As a matter of fact, he has been telling us plainly in his Word that man’s will plays NO PART in our freedom. We simply couldn’t see it (and still can’t) due to our own blindess. He fixed a HUGE problem we didn’t even know we had and most still don’t. I do hope he will show us this for the first time and really be free.

who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:13

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace Rom 11:6

So, God set us all free from this thing called “sin” by beating the game of “law” that demanded a perfect score.  All of Adam was rescued from outside the garden, not just parts of him. There was nothing we could do as our own will played no part. If we are blind, how will we begin to know this personally? Once again, his son Jesus takes care of that too.

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man (John 1:9)

Jesus is not only ALL truth that exists wherever it exists, Jesus is also the true light or true understanding of the truth. Unless God shows us what he did for all mankind, setting them ALL free, no one will even know what happened. They simply don’t even know the extent of their blindness.  We didn’t even know “what we didn’t know”. It is the very job of Jesus to shine the light of this powerful truth and how he fixed it, into our hearts. It’s his and our wonderful pleasure to give the true “good news” or the “Gospel”. It’s all done and finished for everyone. We just need to receive the news and immediately live accordingly.  No prayers to say, no works to be done.  Just thank him! The war is over and has been for a long time. We just haven’t been notified yet. We can put our weapons down and go home to be with our FAMILY!

This my friend is TRULY GOOD NEWS!

So, God came to reveal to us the extent of our blindness and our inability to not “sin” according to the perfect standards he has (his perfect law). We had to know that the true (spiritual) law requires 100% forever perfection and he was the only one who could do it!  I am not talking about the law of Moses as that is but a “shadow” of the true law of the Spirit or God’s law.  His law demanded 100% forever perfection – it had to be done perfectly each time with no mistakes, EVER! One mistake and the whole thing is broken. Man can never do that.  You have to BE God to not sin as it’s an ALL or nothing deal.

Do you see that man is always either 100% ALL SIN or 100% NEVER SIN !?! 

My friend, there is NO middle ground.  Jesus came to tell us that because of what he did for us, man has NO sin.  That is the true and powerful meaning of these next verses:

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God 1 John 3:9

No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him 1 John 3:6

We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.  1 John 5:8

When a person believes the above verses it shows that Jesus has already given them new birth inside them!  All sins are gone.  He took away ALL sin for all time!  Sure, man can still believe he originates sin, but that would be believing a lie.  It would be the ONE remaining sin of unbelief that will still condemn us.  Jesus told us about in John 16:8-9.

“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me”  John 16:8-9 (and John 8:44-45)

I am telling you this powerful truth.  There is only ONE sin that God still says exists – not believing that Jesus took away ALL our “sins” The Bible just calls this “unbelief” and the opposite is “belief” or “faith”.  There are NO SINS as behaviors anymore.

Thus, according to God’s 100% absolutely perfect law, here are the ONLY two “states” a person can be in with no mixing:

1) You either believe this simple yet very profound truth that ALL sins for ALL TIME for EVERYONE are gone (ESPECIALLY yours!).

or

2) You are 100% sinful and everything you do is sin!

There is NO MIDDLE ground with God.  Light never mixes with darkness, good never mixes with evil.  It’s ALL or NOTHING.  Please choose the 100% sinless existence that God says.  If you are even able to choose this, an amazing thing has occurred.  God had granted you the faith to believe it and you are counted VERY fortunate!  Thank our wonderful father for what he has done and check out all the awesome promises you have coming in his love letter to you.

Now, if you are part of number 2, let me give you some GREAT news!  Your check has arrived, the war is over!  YOU ARE FREE and GOD SAYS it is TIME YOU KNOW YOU are REALLY part of NUMBER 1!  Time to know the truth and come OUT OF THE DARKNESS and live your real life found only in knowing this.

Remember, this is because God is the only one who does NOT “sin” according to the true and perfect law (whether you are a believer or not) and his son Jesus came and perfectly fulfilled the law for ALL mankind! True belief or simply receiving this powerful truth happens in our hearts or spirit-man and only God controls that. Man has NO access to his spirit as it’s in an entirely different realm from man’s actions and behaviors are.

This should give all of us GREAT peace whatever we believe about sin and God himself because we will soon see that whatever God says is true and he WILL enforce that.  He says man is completely free from sin.  The blood erased all sin.  There no longer exists any separation between us and God, ever!   He will see to it that we will know this from inside when HE decides it is our time. It truly is a father-son “inside job”. Check these powerful truths out:

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son 1 John 5:11

who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time 1 Tim 2:6

The REAL truth is very simple, yet VERY powerful and requires you to do NOTHING but rest and trust God to care for you.  There NEVER exists a time when God is not with you no matter what your human mind may tell you.  This is only because our human body and BRAIN is still spiritually “dead” or in darkness.  It can’t (yet) receive or see God.  He will replace that with a brand new spiritual body and brain one day that will FULLY see and be able to experience him directly.  This gives me great peace.  I remind myself often that God is in full sovereign control of every infinite molecule and atom that exists and nothing occurs that is outside his will.  Everything he allows into your life both “good” and “bad” is intended for our good.  We can’t see it now, but we will one day.

So, I guess you will have to decide if sin is real or not.  Does it really matter if God shows you how FREE you are right this moment?  Do we really want to argue about how the check got in our mailbox or should we just CASH it and begin ENJOYING it !?!  I say let’s go have a party and thank him!

I hope God will reveal to us our true freedom that we have and can begin to enjoy right now.

Duane

Coming soon…

Warning!  These powerful things found in God’s Word may deeply offend the self-righteous, religious mind we all struggle with from time to time.  The truth always gives all the glory to God in Christ and man takes NO credit.  The truth (Christ) is a huge stumbling block for the self-righteous mind who is hideously hidden inside all of us.  These amazingly good things have NOTHING to do with any “religion” or man’s efforts to get back to God.  They just ARE (true) no matter what your beliefs are.  Man does NOT create or make truth happen, God does.  Man just enjoys the fruit’s of God’s labor (truth).   This is indeed very good!

I hope to share something soon very POWERFUL called “types and shadows” that we are rarely ever taught.  This is something you will NOT want to miss because it is the very key to unlocking what God is REALLY telling us through his Word.  Believe me, it’s very good and when you really “see” it, you will have LIFE flowing from within you.

Of course, this is all my opinion.  Or is it?

I am going to make a very bold statement.  I believe once a person begins to understand this powerful truth, they will NOT want to put God’s Word down as it will continue to feed them powerful life and energy from within.  No more FORCING you to do it because you don’t want to be condemned or feel shame and guilt.  That all disappears and it has NOTHING to do with what you do or don’t do.  It’s all in simply seeing the truth that already exists.

Do you ever think about what it means to be a “Human being“?

I realize that almost all of my life I have been a human “doing” always striving and struggling to become something other than what I simply was.  I never ever really arrived at the place I was trying to reach.   I have concluded it was all an illusion.  I believe this is a struggle of the entire human family.

I see it in myself, my family, my children.  Everyone I know. I believe is why it has always been so difficult connecting with and talking to the family I grew up in.  They were and still are a strong family of “doers”. They have always been this way and most of their existence still to this day is based on “doing” to become or striving.  This was my struggle, but God seemed to have different plans.  God started putting me through his refining fire and I had to let go of “doing to become.  I simply no choice when faced with thick impenetrable walls of hopelessness.  I kept being put into situations that where there was nothing I could do but surrender.  It was very difficult, but I had to let go and learn to fully trust God.  For me, this is ongoing as I do pick it back up at times and believe I am still “running the show”.  I  have found that this “striving to become” is much stronger in men than women as men are very task oriented. Men are also much more disconnected from their true heart and feelings because of this.  I know coming from a family of six men, no girls and having two boys myself. I see it in my boys, my brothers and myself.  Men are trained in this culture to be this way.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.  I believe they are completely related.  The more task oriented a person is, the more they are disconnected from their true being, their true heart and true feelings.  They do not know who they are.

Am I wrong?  I don’t think I am.

This all changes when God begins to break the outer man who is based ondoing“.  This is not a pleasant event or process.  It feels like death and that’s what the Bible calls it – death of “self”.  It is all part of the “baptism of fire” when a person is immersed or “baptized” into God’s very Spirit.  Check out Matt 3:11:

“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matt 3:11)

God’s fire does hurt like a place that is VERY hot, but it doesn’t destroy you.  God’s fire is not destructive like fire in the natural realm.  His fire really refines you and removes the “dross” like a good blacksmith does to gold.  God’s fire are all the difficult and painful life circumstances that we are put in where we found ourselves helpless or powerless.  It is painful and man calls it “death to self”. This selfish outer man is the blindness that keeps us from not only seeing God, but seeing ourselves, our true self as well.  This selfish outer man is very clever and deceptive and he will use any and all things to remain on the throne.  He is very clever at hiding in religious activities so we can’t “see” him.  God sees him though as he can’t hide from God.  God will break him.  Once God breaks him and the outer man finally cracks, then and only then can LIFE spring forth from the living waters that Jesus promised – the Spirit of God himself.  Then God can really use a person for his Kingdom purposes of Life.  The life that flows out is God’s very life of Christ inside but we must experience first death just like he did in order to experience his life.  See 2 Cor 4:10.

always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body (2 Cor 4:10)

Is this just for “believers”?

Not according to Jesus in Mark 9:49.

For everyone will be salted with fire Mark 9:49

All of us enter into this world believing WE are God and in charge of our lives.  Our self-powered and “self-willed” life truly must die first in order to live our true and real life – Christ.  When this begins to occur a person truly begins to enter rest because they stop “doing to become” and instead truly realize they are already there!  But it is not without a lot of struggle to “let go”.  They will also begin to see all the painful circumstances and things that happened in their life as all part of God’s sovereign plan and purpose for them.  This is a powerful and intimate time with God and they will realize something else very basic yet amazing.

They are a human “be”-ing. 

They no longer “do”, they just “be”.  They are entering the 7th spiritual day of God’s rest.  They have entered the “promised land” of God – Christ himself.   Now, this is all experience only.  They were already there in their true inner man, their spirit man when they believed.  But, now that truth is manifesting or breaking through to their outer, natural man where our experience or “soul” takes place.  Now we actually see it happening in our normal, everyday life.

This is an amazingly powerful transformation process that is very painful at times, but when they get across the river Jordan there are many rewards. They know many new things.  They know that Christ really DID finish the work at the cross. Christ really did fully and finally complete Adam. Of course, this is all true in the realm of truth or the spirit for now, but this is where man starts to know this. Deep inside himself. It is from this deep place that this powerful truth begins to give him rest. And then it works its way outward to his outer man and into the natural physical realm.

And begins to KILL him. That’s right. It destroys him. The outer man has to die.  He is all about “doing” and not “being”.  He does not understand the finished work.  He has NO faith but is only under law due to self-righteousness.  I don’t mean he has to die physically, but that is the ULTIMATE finale of him.  I hope he will “die” or surrender before the body dies, but it is up to the father.  I mean he has to stop “trying” to become and trying to strive to become something other than who God says he is.  He has put us under law and we have received his condemnation, guilt and shame far too long.   He has to be shut up. God will shut him up. That is what the law does. It shuts up and puts to death the outer man or the flesh. He will eventually surrender if God wills it while the body is alive.  If not he will fully surrender (die) when our natural body dies.  Hopefully, it is before he dies physically. Once he is “dead”, then and only then, can a person’s TRUE life spring forth who is CHRIST himself!

But, he is very clever as he hides in our fallen human bodies.  He will NOT give up the fight completely until our natural bodies die.  He is always trying to work his way back onto the throne of your life in very subtle, clever and deceptive ways.   I suspect he is even writing part of this message.  We have to continue to ask God to show him to us so we can stand still and allow God to kill him again.  This process called “repentance” is ongoing and the quicker we can do this the less pain we feel.  It really is an ongoing process to fight and stay in God’s rest.

Entering God’s rest

Once the outer man gives up and “dies”, then a person can enter the true rest, God’s rest of the 7th day. It can’t be entered by any law-based thinking of the outer man or by any part of the outer, natural man as that is the one who is against us here. Only Joshua (Jesus) can take you across the Jordan to the land of Canaan (promised land of rest).  And you can only get there by the full death (surrender) of the outer man.  This happens once the father stops the “waters” of the Jordan” that were stopped all the way back to the city of Adam! 

Do you see the powerful thing God has been telling us in the Old Testament?

Once a person experiences this most powerful crossing of the Jordan with Jesus their guide, they realize they really do NO LONGER LIVE and that it really is Christ who lives in and through them.  Gal 2:20   They have entered the true rest of God.  They have tasted of the Heavenly realm and will not want anything else.  They will cross back and forth over the Jordan in their experiences, but they themselves always remain in Canaan.  God will continue to provide victory and rest as we stay close to his feet and stare into his eyes.

This is one powerful experience my friend that I hope and pray we will all experience if we haven’t already.  It’s FULL surrender of EVERYTHING!  For some of us like me who are very stubborn, it takes a lot of pain and suffering to arrive at.  The reward is most awesome I believe.

This is the beginning of a person’s real and true life – Christ.

Enjoy this journey.

Well, we are entering that phase of our journey were I believe our bus driver may take us over a water fall and into some deep waters of a dark canyon or two where monsters lurk.  Just warning you as I really don’t know when this is going to happen.  I am only relaying things when he allows me to be the tour guide for a bit.

During these times where we enter into the deep waters a bit, you may see and hear monsters that may scare you a bit or even a lot.  Don’t worry, none of them can touch you and you have us to help you.  We are all together in this.  They just look and sound scary and attempt to make us fearful.  They know they can only really scare us if we run from them and jump out of the bus.  I will explain more of what this means on and off during our time together.   However, I just want to say that you want to try to remain in the safety of the bus.  Even if you do run or fall out a few times (or get afraid by the monsters in the deep) our awesome bus driver (God himself) will still be HOLDING you during the time of your walk in the darkness.  He actually allows this to happen until you and I learn to fully trust him and no longer be afraid of the monsters of the deep dark.  He is teaching us full trust in his goodness.

Once we fully trust him, we can let go of everything we have clinged to for safety. For some of us it is money, status, careers, cars, husbands, fitness, addictions, etc.  You name it, we ALL have things we cling to while we are learning to trust him.  The monsters are very scary before we know him.  Once we see how safe he is, we can give it ALL to him in his safe and STRONG hands.  Then, you will stop falling out of the bus and getting beat around by the monsters of the deep.  He may show you how they really can’t hurt you and if you are especially lucky he may show you how they actually for him but are merely a teaching tool.

Each one of us are different and he’s doing different things inside of each of us, but all of it is very good when he is done.  He wants us to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride inside his “bus of love” called Christ.  When the dragon and other monsters of the deep try to scare you, just smile and look at your bus driver.  He has a wonderful journey for you and many worlds to explore with him.

Duane

In one word… the UNEXPECTED!  Or pure craziness.  I guarantee you will have the thought at least one time, no more than one time.

“He is crazy”.

You will!  I even do often.  I often don’t fully understand the things I write, at first.  Or even second.  Sometimes it take 4 or 5 times for me to understand what I am sharing. I have to try from many different angles for our humanity to “get” at least a grasp on them. That includes me too!

So, I can’t really tell you what to expect… I don’t even know.  It is so different each day and even within the same day.

I will appear to be crazy or schizophrenic at times.   I freely admit that.  You may have to just sit back and put on your seatbelt as we may be taking this bus OVER THE WATERFALLS!  Hang on!

Some days, I will be relaxed, warm and fuzzy (like today).  Everyone will want to snuggle their hearts up together as we read a nice story and have cookies by the warm fire. I love these times together.

However, just a warning.

Tomorrow may be a bus ride over the waterfalls.  You will be very afraid and dismayed.  Truthfully, I will be too.

See, I am not driving the bus, God is.  None of us know this when we are born or most of our lives.  However, if you have been taken over enough waterfalls and didn’t have your seatbelt on, you will begin to realize you are not driving the bus!

But, don’t worry. The bus driver is the best there is.  He won’t let anyone fall out of the bus.  No one will die, at least not the way man believes and has taught us.  We will get bumps and bruises especially if we have our seatbelt off.  So, keep it on at all times if you want to avoid that and keep your eyes on him when you get afraid.  He will calm you down.

Our bus driver knows the course well.   He has driven it a million times before.  So, when things get scary and dark, you may have to remind yourself he knows what he is doing. Believe me, they will get scary and dark.  He will take you through some dark canyons and over huge waterfalls in order to get you to your destination.  Believe me, you will LOVE the destination. It’s the very place your heart has been longing for.  This place fulfills all your deepest hopes and dreams.

If you look within, you will see this.

Now, as your part-time tour guide, I will try to warn you ahead of time if a waterfall is coming or we are about to enter a canyon.  Some of these words I speak may sound harsh at times.  I believe they are so that we will wake up and stop being afraid. I will remind you to not be afraid as often as I can.   If I get afraid, you can remind me.  We really are in this together and none of us have any higher status or role than anyone else.  Sometimes, you may be the tour guide and I the passenger if I am afraid. I am still human.  God will use whoever is not afraid at the time who knows the way he is taking the bus.  Whoever is hearing and knows his words of truth.  Its these very written and spoken words of truth that will calm the rest of the passengers. They will instill peace in our hearts and remove the fear.  I need them all the time or I will fear.   They are the very warm cookies that sooth us by the fire.  But, they are also the sharp rod of discipline that wakes us up when we fall asleep.  Our father is the best daddy there is.  He always knows exactly what we need.

Such are the ways of God.  Sometimes soft and warm like warm cookies from the oven, sometimes painful like a belt on our behinds.

All are love.  True love.    And we so need them.

Duane

I have been thinking “who is my audience”?  Who will be willing to listen and think about the things I share?

Great question….

Today, I think I am hearing the answer.

“A true soldier of God!”   That is who I am hoping to share these messages of hope and truth with.   This is not what you have been taught it is, however.

A true “soldier of God” is one who does not follow and take orders from man, he reports directly to GOD himself and ONLY follows HIS orders!  He completely disregards man’s thoughts, opinions and orders.  If God says “take the city”, he gets in his TANK and storms into battle.  If God says “speak these STRONG words of correcting truth to that person whom you love” (but have been under “leadership bondage” to for a long time), he does them without hesitation. He (or she)speaks them and let the chips fall where God has them.  Will he do it perfect? HECK NO!  But even that is all part of the plan to teach, train and refine HIM (or her) even more. This is the kind of person that God wants.  A true soldier who is willing to forsake all to please our Heavenly King. He knows to do God’s perfect will is to find his true self and being.  Only God knows what is best for us and for others we come in contact with.  Often he will give us words to speak and things to do that are very difficult, but they must be done.  Will you do them?  It’s ok, if you aren’t yet ready.  He will prepare you for the battle that is looming as you sit at his feet and learn of his ways.

When you are ready, you will suffer for a bit.  But, God has a reason for these things.  It’s a perfect reason that only he knows and it’s all part of his mystery.  But it’s all VERY good and you will see in time.  He may not always tell us or we may think we run the show.  We just listen, follow and carry out the marching orders.  If we are not yet ready, he will have someone else do them and wait on us.  We just need more training is all. Then, he will send some of the spiritual locusts to “trim our flesh” a bit more until we are ready. We were still pleasing man and he knows that.  It was all rooted and based in fear.  He will remove it.  It will hurt though.  But, it will be good and in due time his “discipline” will pay off.

Next time he sends you an order or command, you won’t hesitate.  You will move forward and quickly carry it out without hesitation.  When the process is done, you will see something most amazing.

What you thought would “kill” you or the other person actually made LIFE appear in them and in you!  Wow!  You will be befuddled and amazed.  You will celebrate and praise his name.   You will realize he just used YOU to trim the “flesh” or unbelief of another person.  Now, they have had the darkness (unbelief) trimmed away in that area of bondage.  They see the light and the love of our Father comes through to them and bounce off them to YOU!  Both of you are FED incredible life and love.

Such are the ways of God.  Very mysterious to man.  He does things so differently that man does.  God says that death must come first before we experience life.  Sometimes we must hand out and perform what feels like death both in us and in the recipient, before life can spring forth from within.  Really, we are just “trimming away the darkness” in both of us.

So, are you a true soldier of God?  Are you willing to open your mind to new ways that man has never before seen?  God will make a path in the desert and wilderness that we have never before seen.  Man can’t see it.  It has to be God who makes it.  It will not be anything like the paths we have know.

“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.  Is 43:19

This very “path” is the new creation man himself who is one with God.  He does NOT follow the old creation paths of man who lives by rules, laws, and commandments.  He simply listens for his loving father’s voice and immediately follows it.  It will take him on the wildest adventure he could ever imagine.  He will hack his way through jungles of lies that are very think and completely impenetrable by man.  He will swing on vines across rivers of deception with his huge machete in his mouth.  He will fight and slay the very dragon himself each and every day under the Lord’s guidance of truth, power and wisdom.

He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.  Deut 8:15

Wow, what an adventure it will be!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  2 Cor 5:17

Are you ready to undertake this tremendous calling?

There is a cost, however.

You must be willing to forsake all that you cling to for safety.  All the people or things that you may put in front of him, you have to surrender to him.  You may or may not get to keep them.  However, when the battle is over, you will begin to see that the reward was much greater.  The reward was actually a BETTER version of the actual things you were holding onto.  The very things themselves were converted, improved and given life instead of just be a shadow.  Many of them even rejoice with you after the battle is won.  Time to rest in the Lord for the next battle against the forces of darkness and the lies they use to keep us in bondage to them.  You have followed the Lord’s orders and rescued today’s captive and set them free.

Are you willing to accept the cost and forsake all?   Are you ready to let go of ALL the thoughts and beliefs you have had about God and yourself so he can retrain you in the truth?

Only you can answer that.  I do hope you will say yes.

God bless,

Duane