The Truth about God’s Election pt. 3 Understanding what God sees!

To understand God’s choices for us we must get a grasp on how God views creation.
According to Scripture, God is “The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity.” Isa 57.

You will note here that God literally lives as eternity itself, God is wall to wall eternity, no end no beginning.
At some point BEFORE creation was begun the godhead decided what would happen in every “Motion of creation” from the beginning of “time” to the end of “time.” (Gen 1:31 “And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.” and in Prov 3:19 “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”)

Creation is “the act of making, by new combinations of matter, invested with new forms and properties, and of subjecting to different laws; the act of shaping and organizing; as the creation of man and other animals, of plants and minerals.” As Heb 11:3 says: “Faith convinces us that God created the world through his word. This means what can be seen was made by something that could not be seen.” Remember that “Time” is absolute or it’s relative; absolute time is considered without any relation to bodies or their motions. Relative time is the sensible measure of any portion of duration, by means of motion. It was a creation of God and will have an end one day soon (Rev 10:6 “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:”), it was given to man to give him perspective on eternity and the Duration or continuance of God’s existence without beginning or end.

From our viewpoint of finite time we can see that God is better equiped to lay our lives out before him and tell us what to do and what not to do! God sees our existence as if it were a “time-line layed out on a drawing pad” with each personal decision we have made and will make, every pitfall, bad choice and every good decision. Our whole life is being viewed from heaven in detail, our past, our present and the yet future.

Ecc 3:11 “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Of this verse Clarke’s Commentary said “God has deeply rooted the idea of eternity in every human heart; and every considerate man sees, that all the operations of God refer to that endless duration. And it is only in eternity that man will be able to discover what God has designed by the various works he has formed.”

It was God the Father and the Will he spoke….

(John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.”) plus the Spirit of life from God

( Gen 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth; and the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moving gently on the face of the waters,….”)

that decided together every aspect of what would transpire through out time from the very atom’s to the thought you just had… (2Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”) in time. We NOT God are limited and controlled by time.

God filled Limited “time” that he designed with his “Unlimited Will” (His will is defined as what his heart says must take place to make his creation run effectively, his will is his word which is his BOND to us, what it says STANDS in eternity NOT what we think it means! He released his Word (Will) through the Spirit of creation to form the world in perfection….in the beginning.

Creation had NO flaws whatsoever UNTIL MAN TOOK THE WRONG PATH AND SINNED. {Note that the bible says that sin is like a “personal entity” in Genesis 4:7 “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” The Hebrew here indicates that sin is something that lies in wait to attack like a person hiding in the shadows or as a crouching slave doing the bidding of his master.

The spirit of Sin is a like a virus that has entered into creation at the core of its D.N.A. structure and like a worm that has burrowed into our existence to take captive and enslave all of God’s perfection. The ‘God’s Word’ translation says it best:

Gen 4:7 “If you do well, won’t you be accepted? But if you don’t do well, sin is lying outside your door ready to attack. It wants to control you, but you must master it.”

From God’s perspective his creation has been marred and destroyed by “Sin” what would you do if something had entered your house and raped and destroyed all of what you loved and provided for all your life? Would you let it continue? Would you intervene? I would!

So why do we think God any different when he attempts to change the course of his own creation through Christ? Does he not have that right just as we have the right to change our circumstances for our family?

God’s choices are always based around how to deliver US from sin, our enemy is sin not God. Sin that is interwoven with our personal souls. This is his highest goal, to deliver us from ourselves! Just to understand that God is thinking of my existence in every action he takes is to put all else in perspective!


Understanding that your Weakness IS your strength!!!

ARE YOU WEAK? AT THE END? YOU NEED UNDERSTANDING!!
YOUR WEAKNESSES ARE YOUR PERSONAL STRENGTH: THEY ARE THE ROAD ON WHICH GOD WILL BRING YOUR DELIVERANCE! 2Co 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such a one caught up to the third heaven.

2Co 12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

2Co 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

2Co 12:5 Of such a one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

2Co 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

2Co 12:7 –

By reason of the exceeding greatness (tēi huperbolēi). Instrumental case, “by the excess.” That I should not be exalted overmuch (hina mē huperairōmai). Present passive subjunctive in final clause of huperairō, old verb to lift up beyond, only here in N.T. This clause is repeated at the end of the sentence. Thayer Definition:

1) to give

2) to give something to someone

2a) of one’s own accord to give one something, to his advantage

2a1) to bestow a gift

2b) to grant, give to one asking, let have

2c) to supply, furnish, necessary things

2d) to give over, deliver

2d1) to reach out, extend, present

2d2) of a writing

2d3) to give over to one’s care, intrust, commit

2d3a) something to be administered

2d3b) to give or commit to some one something to be religiously observed

2e) to give what is due or obligatory, to pay: wages or reward

2f) to furnish, endue

3) to give

3a) to cause, profuse, give forth from one’s self

3a1) to give, hand out lots

3b) to appoint to an office

3c) to cause to come forth, i.e. as the sea, death and Hell are said to give up the dead who have been engulfed or received by them

3c) to give one to someone as his own

3c1) as an object of his saving care

3c2) to give one to someone, to follow him as a leader and master

3c3) to give one to someone to care for his interests

3c4) to give one to someone to whom he already belonged, to return

4) to grant or permit one

4a) to commission

Just as with Job in the Old Testament,Paul was GIVEN ACCESS to this HUMBLING THORN,A LITERAL SATANIC SPIRIT THAT GOD USED TO SUBVERT ANOTHER SATANIC ATTACK AGAINST PAUL CALLED PRIDE,WHICH WOULD HAVE RUINED PAUL’S MINISTRY TO OTHERS.This is one of the Bibles greatest truths,and MOST NEGLECTED,THAT GOD USES SATAN TO DO HIS BIDDING,EVEN WHEN IT IS AGAINST SATAN’S OWN PLAN. This is how God controls the strongman,by USING him to OUR ADVANTAGE!

HOW DID PAUL FEEL REGARDING THIS?

Thayer Definition:

1) it seems good to one, is one’s good pleasure

1a) think it good, choose, determine, decide

1b) to do willingly

1c) to be ready to, to prefer, choose rather

2) to be well pleased with, take pleasure in, to be favourably inclined toward one.

Paul after a time of NOT understanding what was going on,came to realize that God’s WILL WAS PERFECT and His plan was the right one!

A thorn in the flesh (skolops tēi sarki). This old word is used for splinter, stake, thorn. In the papyri and inscriptions examples occur both for splinter and thorn as the meaning. In the lxx it is usually thorn. Thayer Definition:

1) a pointed piece of wood, a pale, a stake

2) a sharp stake, splinter

It is VERY CLEAR THAT THIS THORN WAS A PERSON NOT AN INANIMATE OBJECT OF SICKNESS. The point is never that God gave paul a SICKNESS,BUT THE THORN HIMSELF COULD HAVE CAUSED PAUL MANY SUCH THINGS LIKE SICKNESS,PERSECUTIONS,etc. GOD NEVER CAUSES THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN TO PAUL,THE THORN CAUSES ALL THE PROBLEMS!

Thayer Definition:MESSENGER OF SATAN.

1) a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God

Thayer Definition:

1) adversary (one who opposes another in purpose or act), the name given to

1a) the prince of evil spirits, the inveterate adversary of God and Christ

1a1) he incites apostasy from God and to sin

1a2) circumventing men by his wiles

1a3) the worshipers of idols are said to be under his control

1a4) by his demons he is able to take possession of men and inflict them with diseases

1a5) by God’s assistance he is overcome

1a6) on Christ’s return from heaven he will be bound with chains for a thousand years, but when the thousand years are finished he will walk the earth in yet greater power, but shortly after will be given over to eternal punishment

1b) a Satan-like man

Messenger of Satan (aggelos Satana). Angel of Satan, the affliction personified. Buffet (kolaphizēi). See Mat_26:67; 1Co_4:11 for this late and rare word from kolaphos, fist. The messenger of Satan kept slapping Paul in the face and Paul now sees that it was God’s will for it to be so.Thayer Definition:

1) to strike with the fist, give one a blow with the fist

2) to maltreat, treat with violence and contumely

2Co 12:7 – There was given me – By the wise and gracious providence of God. A thorn in the flesh – A visitation more painful than any thorn sticking in the flesh. A messenger or angel of Satan to buffet me – Perhaps both visibly and invisibly; and the word in the original expresses the present, as well as the past, time. All kinds of affliction had befallen the apostle. Yet none of those did he deprecate. But here he speaks of one, as above all the rest, one that macerated him with weakness, and by the pain and ignominy of it prevented his being lifted up mere, or, at least, not less, than the most vehement head ache could have done; which many of the ancients say he labored under. St. Paul seems to have had a fresh fear of these buffetings every moment, when he so frequently represses himself in his boasting, though it was extorted from him by the utmost necessity.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TO PAUL?……………………… Thayer Definition:

1) to lift or raise up over some thing

2) to lift one’s self up, be exalted, be haughty

3) to carry one’s self haughtily to, behave insolently towards one

PRIDE IS THE MOST PREVALENT DISEASE IN THE CHURCH TODAY,ABOVE ALL OTHER SINS,IT’S EFFECT HAS RUINED MANY MINISTIES..BECAUSE IT IS PRIDE AND PRIDE ALONE THAT CAUSES MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD TO THINK OR ACT IN WAYS THAT THEY WOULD OTHERWISE NEVER THINK TO ACT BEFORE A HOLY GOD. PRIDE BLINDS US THE TRUE WILL OF GOD IN FAVOR OF OUR WILL! We the Church of the LORD JESUS must realize that it is NOT by our own talents or abilities that God does what he does,it is ONLY by and through our own PERSONAL WEAKNESSES that God moves the hearts of the World to come to him. It is through the PERSONAL WEAKNESS WE HAVE IN TEMPTATION,KNOWING THAT WE HAVE NOTHING WITH WHICH TO OVERCOME IT THAT GOD CREATES HIS POWER TO OVERCOME ALL..THAT’S RIGHT ALL SIN,…….SIN CANNOT STAND BEFORE THE WEAKENED FLESH AND SOUL OF A CHRISTIAN MAN OR WOMEN THAT HAS GIVEN UP ALL THAT THEY ARE TO HIM FOR IT IS THEN AND ONLY THEN THAT THE RECREATED HUMAN SPIRIT IS RELEASED TO IT’S FULL POTENTIAL TO OVERCOME SIN AND SATAN!!! Thayer Definition:INFIRMITIES

1) want of strength, weakness, infirmity

1a) of the body

1a1) its native weakness and frailty

1a2) feebleness of health or sickness REMEMBER,IT IS ONLY WHEN WE ARE AT OUR WEAKEST POINT THAT GOD’S RELEASE OF POWER HAPPENS..BECAUSE IT IS AT THAT POINT THAT ALL OUR WORKS CEASE AND HIS CAN BEGIN,JUST HOW WEAK WE BECOME DEPENDS ON US AND THE LEVEL OF PRIDE WE HAVE IN OUR SOUL!!!

1b) of the soul

1b1) want of strength and capacity requisite

1b1a) to understand a thing

1b1b) to do things great and glorious

1b1c) to restrain corrupt desires

1b1d) to bear trials and troubles

Remember always that ALL sin,sickness and disease is a result of the PRIDE of man in the fall…it was NOT a part of what God termed “VERY GOOD” in His creation. DO NOT EVER BLAME GOD FOR THAT WHICH WEAKENS MAN,IT IS GOD’S DESIRE FOR US NOT TO REMAIN WEAK BUT TO GAIN TRUE STRENGTH BY ACTING AS JESUS WOULD ACT IN ANY GIVEN SITUATION,AND IF WE DO NOT WE ARE IN PRIDE!!!

The point here is not who causes it but rather what can be GAINED BY ACCEPTING THE FACT THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL NO MATTER WHAT WE THINK ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCE WE ARE IN.

2Co 12:10 – Weaknesses – Whether proceeding from Satan or men. For when I am weak – Deeply conscious of my weakness, then does the strength of Christ rest upon me.

2Co 12:9 –

He said (εἴρηκεν)

Rev., correctly, He hath said. The force of the perfect tense is to be insisted on. It shows that the affliction was still clinging to Paul, and that there was lying in his mind when he wrote, not only the memory of the incident, but the sense of the still abiding power and value of Christ’s grace; so that because the Lord hath said “my grace,” etc., Paul can now say, under the continued affliction, wherefore I take pleasure, etc., for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong. A more beautiful use of the perfect it would be difficult to find in the New Testament.

My strength

The best texts omit my, thus turning the answer into a general proposition: strength is perfected in weakness; but besides the preeminent frigidity of replying to a passionate appeal with an aphorism, the reference to the special power of Christ is clear from the words power of Christ, which almost immediately follow. Compare 1Co_2:3, 1Co_2:4; 2Co_4:7; Heb_11:34. Rev., rightly, retains my italicized.

May rest upon (ἐπισκηνώσῃ) Only here in the New Testament. The simple verb

σκηνόω to dwell in a tent is used by John, especially in Revelation. See on Joh_1:14. The compound verb here means to fix a tent or a habitation upon; and the figure is that of Christ abiding upon him as a tent spread over him, during his temporary stay on earth.

For Christ’s sake

This may be taken with all the preceding details, weaknesses, etc., endured for Christ’s sake, or with I take pleasure, assigning the specific motive of his rejoicing: I take pleasure for Christ’s sake.

NOTICE THAT WEAKNESSES MUST BE ENDURED ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST,THE ANOINTING IS ALL IMPORTANT. IF WE ARE NOT SUFFERING BECAUSE OF OUR DEFENSE OF GOD’S ANOINTING WITHIN THEN OUR SUFFERING IS PRIDEFUL AND USELESS TO PRODUCE GOD’S STRENGTH! IN OUR WEAKNESSES WE ARE NOT…DID YOU HEAR ME? NOT…TO CALL ATTENTION TO OURSELVES,THAT IS PRIDE…WE ARE TO PRAY FOR GUIDANCE FROM GOD TO GAIN DELIVERANCE IN OUR TIME OF NEED!

Can a Christian be Possesed?

By Dale P. Kruse

Can a Christian be possessed?

Yes! A Christian can be possessed because only a Christian can be delivered.

The deliverance ministry benefits only those who have made Jesus Savior and Lord. The unsaved cannot be delivered, or if they are they end up seven times worse afterwards since they do not have the power of the Holy Spirit to stay delivered.

Many come to saving faith in Jesus Christ possessed because of previous involvement in the occult, sexual sins, sins of inheritance or as a result of specific unrepented sins. Some Christians become possessed because later they get involved in these kind of sins. The Bible is plain in Galatians 6:7-8,

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

While many people’s theology teaches a Christian cannot be possessed, nothing in the Bible teaches that a Christian cannot be possessed. Possession is the result of sin, but not just any sin, but sin that a person commits that is deliberate and ongoing and without the intent to repent. Ecclesiastes 10:8 states “He who digs a pit will fall into it; and whoever breaks a hedge, a serpent will bite him.” When we sin, that is a doorway first to oppression. When we sin we give Satan legal access to ourselves.

We only have authority over Satan when we are in submission to the Lord. James 4:7 states “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James wrote this to Christians, not non-believers. When we sin and do not immediately confess and repent of it, unclean spirits related attach themselves to us to keep us in bondage to that sin. That is why even though we confess and repent of our sins and God forgives us, afterwards we often times still feel attached to and prone to that sin. Paul expressed this frustration in Romans 7:18-19,

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.”

We have to go further than just confessing and repenting of our sins, we have to ask the Lord to then also cleanse us from the sin and all unclean spirits related. If we do not, we will find ourselves repeating the sin with seemingly no power to say no. That is because it is now the demonic influences which are causing us to sin. So after we confess our sins we also need to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to bind the unclean spirits related and command them to leave.

Next, as described in this article, you need to also anoint your house and place of work. Next, pray for the covering of Jesus’ blood (Revelation 12:11), the surrounding and protection of His mighty warrior angels (Psalm 34:7); and the overshadowing power and protection of the Holy Spirit (2 Thess 3:3).

“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.” (Revelation 12:11)

“The angel of Yehovah encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” (Psalm 37:7)

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thess 3:3)

This is how we deal with demonic oppression. It is never just simply an issue of confessing our known sins, that is the first step. We then do need to take authority over the unclean spirits related or we will find ourselves continuing in that sin whether we want to or not. Only after binding the unclean spirits and commanding them to leave will we then find release from the propensity to sin. We all have a disposition to certain kinds of sins.

It is these sins we usually have the greatest battle with once we have given into them. What I have described here is what Christians mostly battle with which is oppression of unclean spirits from the outside, not possession.

While most Christians are not possessed, they can become possessed and this comes about through repetitious unrepented sin; sin we do deliberately, wantonly without any intention of repenting. Eventually that then opens a hole in the wall of our protection and demons enter in.

This is why it is so important when we fall to temptation to immediately confess it and get on our knees and ask for the Lord to cleanse us of that sin and to seal that doorway in His blood. We then need to ask Him for Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to say no to this sin and temptation when it comes (Eph 6:10, 2 Thess 3:3).

This is why it is so important that we stay close to the Lord through reading the Word and prayer and daily seek His power to stay close to Him and away from those things which tempt us. Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The Bible tells us that Satan prowls about waiting for that opening in our protection.

1 Peter 5:8-10 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

The solution is to stay clean of sin and to immediately confess and repent of your sin when committed and to stay close to the Lord by daily spending time with Him by reading His Word (1 Peter 1:22-23) and through prayer (Matt 26:41) and through avoiding temptation (Romans 13:14).

In the Article titled The Nature of the Flesh I explain how to avoid temptation and keep the flesh from sinning. We also need to daily put on the full armor of God to protect us from demonic attack and is why God has provided this armor listed in Ephesians 6:10-18.

It is a literal armor which covers and protects our human spirit. Only as we are submitted to the Lord and walk in obedience to Him do we have His protection and power and authority over Satan.