Thought: Voice of the Spirit Realm
Have you ever had a thought and wondered to yourself where it came
If you answered yes, this shows a very real truth that you have personal
experience with. You have received a thought, or idea, from a spiritual
entity other than yourself. It happens all the time in conversing with other
people. Someone is on a totally different train of thought that throws you
off your thoughts. But what if some of those thoughts were not all yours?
This Bible study and look at history will, I pray, open your eyes to some
truths that enable you to better see in a more spiritual way and how your
life has been influenced personally by the spirit realm, that place we cannot
sense with our five senses.
There were two thoughts in your head. The thought you first have is foreign
to you. Enough so that the second thought is one of perplexity. The voice
behind that second thought is your own. If you don’t understand or
get the first thought that came to you, how could it be your own if you
haven’t experienced it or the thought was contrary to your normal
thoughts? This by no means takes responsibility off our shoulders for our
actions or whether we choose to agree or disagree with those thoughts just
like in normal conversation with each other. We are all spirits in temporal
bodies of flesh. God gave us free will to choose what we align ourselves
with and we do have our own thoughts as well since we are all spirits in
bodies of flesh. The Bible says our hearts are wicked, and without filling
them with the love of God, it’s very easy to make the bad choices
because a lot of the time we’re focused on ourselves more than others
and God’s love is completely selfless.
This is why it’s very important to guard our minds and hearts with
Truth of God’s Word. That is the foundation this study is built
upon, and personal experience to which I’m sure you will be able to
relate to. So let the Word of God resonate in your spirit as you read the
Bible. The stories in the Bible are all connected to their Creator, Yeshua
the Christ. He is the Word of God and the whole of scripture is written
of Him. He is the center of Bible prophecy, and our blessed hope for the
future. Without Him nothing would exist. He spoke the universe into existence
is confirming this.
Milk & Meat: Carnal & Spiritual
1 Corinthians 3:1-5
And I, brethren,
could not speak unto you as unto
as unto carnal,
even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with
milk, and not
with meat: for
hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For
ye are yet carnal:
for whereas there
is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal,
and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another,
I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos,
but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
were a Son, yet learned he obedience
by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the
author of eternal salvation unto all them
that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order
of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered,
seeing ye are dull of hearing. For every one that useth
milk is unskilful
in the word of righteousness: for he is a
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.
shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to
them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line,
line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
I pray with this study that the awareness of the spiritual increases
your ability to discern the thoughts of your mind and what of those thoughts
are of God. This requires guidance of what is of God, which is where the
Bible becomes our foundation. The enemy has your destruction in mind, are
you armed spiritually for battle daily? Guard your mind and thoughts with
God’s Word. Read Romans 8
brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put
on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of
faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that
utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to
make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly,
as I ought to speak.
The Spirit Realm
The first thing to define would be the spirit realm. This is the realm
which we cannot perceive. We cannot smell, taste, touch, hear, or see it.
We can perceive its influence and see those things, but we cannot experience
this spiritual realm with our physical senses. So how can it have a voice?
That “voice” is our thought.
Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
Word of God, so that things which are
seen were not made of things which do appear.
An example of this is the CD-R disc. If you weigh a blank blank disc
and then burn a bunch of data to it, does the disc weigh more after burning
it? This is the exact same thing with the spiritual realm. We cannot weigh
it because we cannot perceive it. How do you measure what does not exist
according to all your senses? This is how evolution has corrupted the youth
of today. By focusing solely on those things which can be perceived with
the five senses and removing the spiritual as possible, those children grow
up without an understanding of reality and who they are in God’s creation.
Our faith in the Word of God is the evidence of the realm we cannot perceive.
Hebrews 11:1 It is because of the Spirit of God that we believe and our
belief is the evidence of things not seen. This is why persecuted Christians
are such good witnesses. Our peace comes from a place that much of the world
denies because they can’t see, feel, taste, touch, or smell it.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16
But as it
is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love
him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save
the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things
of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we
might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things
also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,
yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the
Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
What this is saying is that we have no understanding of the things of
God outside of those things being revealed to us by His Spirit within us.
Our spirits alone only know what they have experienced and we can’t
experience what we cannot perceive. Therefore, the only way to truly understand,
is for the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of God to reveal them to us.
But if we can’t perceive the spiritual realm, how can the Holy
Spirit reveal them to us? That is where thought comes in.
Some thoughts that you have are your own thoughts. Some thoughts come from
others either spoken or written. However, there is nothing new under the
sun and the spirit realm can impress thoughts upon you as well. What thoughts
you accept and what thoughts you rebuke (reject and turn away from) are
the choices you make that determine how your spirit aligns. Either you align
with God’s spirit, or you don’t. There’s thousands of
options out there, but you’re either with God or you’re not.
It really is that black and white.
I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he
do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto
my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that
the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in
my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will
pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may
abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of
truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither
knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will
come to you.
This scripture shows that there are two spirits, one is our own and the
other is the Holy Spirit. When we obey
Laws, which are all shadows of love and confirm our reliance on Him,
the Spirit can guide us in understanding further. We’re told to love
God above all else and to love our neighbor as ourselves. These demonstrate
selfless love. There is no “what’s in it for me”
1 Corinthians 12:1-3
spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that
ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were
led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that
no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth
Jesus accursed: and that no man
can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
Wonder if you’re filled with the Spirit? Can you say Jesus is Lord?
Do you believe it? This understanding was not our own, but by the Word of
God. We can’t believe it except by the Spirit which draws us.
No man can come to
me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets,
And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Then Jesus said unto
them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of
the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth
my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise
him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is
drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth
in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by
the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is
that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat
manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many
therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is
an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his
disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend
you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where
he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth;
the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are
spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you
that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they
were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said,
Therefore said I unto you, that no man
can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with
him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon
Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of
eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ,
the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you
twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son
of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
We love Him because He first loved us and He knew us before we took the
time to know Him. He has chosen us who believe in Him from the foundation
of the world to be His bride. God is outside of time, so it’s hard
for us to wrap our heads around sometimes, but He has already chosen us
and those who will not choose Him will not believe or be able to say that
Yeshua is the Son of God. In fact, watch how mad some people get when you
say it out loud. That’s a sign of the times. Their spirit has chosen
against God’s love and so they are repulsed by His very name. He has
also declared Himself the only way to heaven and the Father, a big no-no
in today’s politically correct world. See more about possible future
crack-downs on those who claim sole ownership to the truth in the name of
peace and security, the
Alliance of Civilizations, another sign of the times. What is so amazing
is that it is violent people’s own pride and rejection of God that
causes them to turn violent against true believers and followers of Christ’s
way of love and persecute them for their belief! Look at what is happening
in the Middle East to Christians in Africa and some major Muslim nations.
Now the “everyone worships the same god but has different names for
him” crowd is also working to the destruction of those who claim their
way is the only way.
So what are the fruits (qualities, result of the presence of)
of the Spirit which we should follow?
But the fruit
of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance: against such there is no law. And they
that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections
and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain
glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
I was just going to post a portion of Romans 8, but wow, just read the
whole thing. You’ll get the idea. The Holy Spirit in us quickens us
in death so that we are made alive when we are taken to meet Him in the
There is therefore now
no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through
the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the
law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh
do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the
Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit
of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he
is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of
sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the
dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth
in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to
the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live. For as many as are
led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye
have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are
the children of God: And if children,
then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that
we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For
I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to
be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest
expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons
of God. For the creature was made subject
to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him
who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because the creature
itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which
have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope:
for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do
we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for
as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth
the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know
that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his
Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own
Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also
freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of
God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is
risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession
for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the
day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay,
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved
us. For I am persuaded, that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
Vanity is selfish pride. This is how Lucifer fell and indeed it was Lucifer
who deceived Eve to question what God said about the fruit of the knowledge
of good and evil. These things are contrary to the Spirit of God.
The Dark Side
1 Timothy 4:1-9
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that
in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving
heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking
lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God
hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe
and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to
be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt
be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith
and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
But refuse profane and old wives’ fables,
and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth
little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise
of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is
a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
In understanding how the Holy Spirit can influence us by speaking thought
into our mind, we must also recognize that our thoughts can also be dictated
by those in the spirit realm who are against God and trying to separate
us from God. These are the seducing spirits. Some people,
like murderers, rapists, and the like, have aligned themselves more with
the voices of darkness. They hear the thoughts being spoken to them giving
them ideas of things to do or say. Some, like channelers, ask these voices
of thought for power and understanding. There’s a whole dark side
of the rich and powerful which gives into these occult groups. I believe
they are the ones who are
guiding the worlds governments and secret projects. The suggestions
of these seducing spirits are also a part of our everyday life through the
messages we get listening to music or watching television. Regarding the
musical aspect, I suggest you watch
They Sold Their Souls For Rock N’ Roll for more clear understanding
of how the dark side has used music to really affect change in the mindset
of millions around the world, many times without them even realizing it.
Just examine the fruits of the sex, drugs & rock n’ roll era.
Can you see how easily spirits could guide someone who just obeys thoughts
believing them to be their own? Especially if their world-view is built
around their thought life and they accept all thoughts as their own? Look
how the majority of those that believe in an afterlife view the afterlife.
It would be very easy to be deceived without understanding the reality of
according to the Bible. This would lead some to seek out spirit guides
to converse with the dead, etc. Something the Bible explicitly states not
to do. There are extremes, but some are more subtle. Fortunately, God revealed
in His Word the other side of the spirit realm and how that manifests itself
through people. This makes the distinction between those motivated by the
flesh over the spirit.
For the flesh
lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these
are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that
ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:
of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
As Christians, we must guard our minds at all times to the influence
of the spirit realm that plays to our desires of the flesh. These are the
desire for wealth, power, influence under selfish pretexts. Just as Lucifer,
the signs are clear. Selfish pride that puffs up leads to falling away from
love. God is love, so where we align our own spirits (who have free will
to accept or rebuke the thoughts we have) is where we will be for eternity.
If we align with selfless love and those things taught in the Bible, and
we will have accepted Christ’s sacrifice for our transgressions of
His Law, then we will remain in His Love for all eternity. We need to fill
ourselves up with Christ to overflowing so that He is the only influence
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself
one.” | James A. Froude (1818 - 1894)
In order to know something, you must make it your own and imitate it.
This is what actors do to prepare for a role they are going to play. They
must study it to act like it. That is what God’s 10 Commandments are,
shadows of love. God is love. To obey His Laws is to walk in His ways.
He said that if we love Him, then we will obey Him.
As the Father hath
loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in
my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide
in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments,
and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that
my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another,
as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that
a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye
are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what
his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I
have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
He also revealed the mystery of His Laws by explaining how they were
shadows of His love. On just two commandments hang all the Laws of the prophets.
Love God with all your heart,
and love your neighbor as yourself.
That is the foundation of Christ for His church, obedience to His ways of
love for Him and each other. That is the way of the God who created you
and loves you with an everlasting love.
However, if we align our spirit with ourselves, fulfilling every desire
regardless of others, we will find ourselves further and further from God’s
presence with less of His love until cast into the lake of fire.
This is the complete
absence of God’s love for all eternity.
I encourage you to read the Bible more so that you know better what thoughts
are of God and what thoughts are not. Then you can rebuke those which are
contrary to God’s Word and they must leave. Eventually, as you fill
yourself more with God’s Word, the thoughts that are contrary to God
will stop coming into your mind. Do you have thoughts of guilt over your
repented past? Have you rebuked them in the name of Yeshua? Mean it and
do it. Ask God to replace those thoughts with His Word for you because when
He forgives, it is never remembered. That means the voice reminding you
is contrary to God’s Word for you. In fact, Satan is called the great
accuser. It is Christ who stands as your advocate before the throne of God
day and night. Read the Bible and soak in His ways.
It directly affects your near future! God wants a personal relationship
with each of us right now, that’s why I’m writing this.
The influence of negative spirits is why Christ cast out demons from
people. In today’s society of blindness to the spiritual realm many
dabble in practices that invite evil spirits to cohabitate and influence
a person. Divination and such practices are forbidden in scripture for our
protection as with most warnings given in the Bible.
unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry
places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto
my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept
and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other
spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there:
and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And
it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company
lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare
thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather,
blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. And when the
people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil
generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but
the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites,
so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
Here Yeshua speaks of possession of spirits in a man. If the Holy Spirit
can speak to us in that still, small voice then could not also these wicked
spirits looking for a home also? When Christ cast out demons, His advice
was to go and sin no more. The devil walks about like a lion looking for
someone to devour. It is in this spirit that his followers also search for
those that will subject themselves to these demons. It also shows the connections
unclean spirits make to those that allow them to remain.
Have you ever wondered how psychics can know about family history of
those they do not know? First take note that these spirits are not mortal
and were around before man was created. We cannot see, taste, touch, smell
or hear them usually yet they are there, listening and watching all we do.
Channelers and diviners just communicate with these and what we think nobody
else knows is shared as if they are actually talking to the dead, something
the Bible makes clear is not possible. These psychics have just developed
their communication with the spirit realm. The Bible also clearly states
we are not to dabble in these things. Why? The Truth of the matter is that
wicked spirits are out to deceive and destroy us, leading us away from God.
We live maybe 70 years and have that much experience or less. Common sense
dictates that we are not all-knowing and so playing in a realm we don’t
fully understand with enemies we cannot perceive is not a wise choice. Indeed
many lives have been ruined and eternity’s changed because it seems
to work. We need to trust in God and read His Word so we know the Truth
with which to combat the lies.
The Light Side
1 Kings 19:9-13
And he came thither
unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came
to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said,
I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children
of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and
slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and
they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand
upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by,
and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces
the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind:
and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the
earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the
LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a
still small voice. And
it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle,
and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold,
there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Where was God? Not in the manifestations of the physical, but in the
still small voice. If we want to hear God, is it possible with all the commotion
we put into our five senses? Can you focus well on a quiet conversation
in a football game? The television provides a constant stream of noise,
very distracting and drowns out the still small voice. Always busy? Too
many responsibilities on your mind? Pastor Harvey Buck of Crosswalk Ministries,
my home church, did a really good series on being in stillness. We are to
be in rest as Christians. This doesn’t mean no responsibilities, but
it does mean let God lead and trust in Him.
Let us therefore fear,
lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you
should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached,
as well as unto them: but the word preached
did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in
them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter
into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter
into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of
the world. For he spake in a certain place of
the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from
all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into
my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so
long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden
not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not
afterward have spoken of another day.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
For he that is entered into his rest,
he also hath ceased from his own works,
as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that
rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the
word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his
sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with
whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast
our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of
And when Christ was tempted, He declared the Word of God.
Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted
of the devil. 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. Then
the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle
of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of
God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels
charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up,
lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus
said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt
not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into
an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms
of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only
shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels
came and ministered unto him.
Yeshua did not sin and He knew His Word. He is the Word made flesh, therefore
sinless since sin is transgression of the Law and the Word never changes.
Lay not up for
yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and
where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where
your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light
of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole
body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body
shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be
darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will
hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammonG3126
. Therefore I say unto you,
Take no thought for your life, what ye shall
eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put
on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can
add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon
in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God
so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is
cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little
faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?
or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after
all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for
your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for
the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient
unto the day is the evil thereof.
And a certain
scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever
thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the
birds of the air have nests; but the Son of
man hath not where to lay his head.
The Creator of the universe would love to have a personal relationship
with you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He speaks in the still,
small voice that is so often drowned out in the hustle of modern life. I
believe that’s part of the Babylonian system we’re supposed
to get out of. Revelation 18 Get quiet and alone, listening in prayer and
worship. Focus your attention on Yeshua alone. Un-busy yourself, your flesh
will fight it, but your soul is thirsting for it.
Take heed that
ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have
no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou
doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites
do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But
when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand
know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and
thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners
of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto
you, They have their reward. But thou,
when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth
in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray,
use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that
they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore
like unto them: for your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After
this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this
day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
For if ye forgive
men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites,
of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may
appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head,
and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy
Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall
reward thee openly.
I pray the above brought to new light what may have already been heard
before. Ask Christ into your heart. You don’t have to know how, just
let Him know you’re willing. Even if you’re already a believer,
ask for more of Christ in your life. Give yourself to His direction, get
quiet, pray, and listen. Being in the spirit is when there’s a million
things going on, but none that have your attention are in the material world.
Focus on Christ and read the Word of God for ultimate guidance. Keep getting
to know Him and develop your personal relationship with the Creator of the
Understanding the source of your thoughts is critical. When you see that
not all thoughts are your own and you want to do God’s will because
you love Him, you realize that you can shut off those thoughts in your mind
by sharing with them the Word of God. When Satan was tempting Christ, Yeshua
used the Word of God to rebuke what Satan said and that was that. Let us
take the same attitude when we are attacked spiritually. Understand and
know God’s ways and reject the works of the flesh, which are at odds
with the fruits of the Spirit.
Now the works
of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before,
as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified
the flesh with the affections and lusts. If
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us
not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Perhaps in your prayer time, you find it difficult to get past all the
swarms of thoughts going through your head. I know I have that problem many
times. A suggestion for you... God loves you with an everlasting love and
He isn’t afraid to let you know. When you quiet yourself to pray,
every thought that comes to mind, tell it to stop. You have control over
whether you listen or interject. Focus on Yeshua and interrupt the thoughts
until you hear one thought come through, “I love you with an everlasting
love.” You know you are connected with Him and just thank Him and
talk to Him. He loves that! One more thing to keep in mind. I’ve heard
that the thoughts we have are like trumpets for all to hear in heaven. What
are you trumpeting before God and the angels? Who’s thoughts are you
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow
where your thoughts take you.” | James
Rain Down Now, Lord! Excerpt by Doug Perry
Tripartite simply means “three part” and an axiom is
just a logic progression to prove a point. So I’ve just strung
a few together here to see if you can get the point of where we’re
going. I could write a whole 200 page paperback about this by telling
lots of stories and fluffing it up, but there’s a war between
good and evil and we’re kind of losing, so it’s probably
better if we just cut out all the fluff and get right to the point.
God is tripartite – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
IF we were
made in God’s image,
THEN we are tripartite – Soul, Body
When God heals us, it affects all three.
When we sin, it affects all three – Soul, Body and Spirit.
When God asks for
obedience, it means from all three.
When God asks for worship,
it means from all three.
we disobey, it affects all three – Soul, Body and Spirit.
we set ourselves above God, it affects all three – Soul, Body and
When we are commanded to bear each other’s burdens,
it means all three.
When we give food to the hungry we are feeding their Body.
When we are commanded to lift the yokes of
oppression, it means all three.
When we are commanded to feed
the hungry, it means all three.
we give Godly instruction to the hungry we are feeding their mind
When we give blessings and prayers to the hungry we
are feeding their Spirit.
When we give drink to the thirsty we
are satiating their Body.
We are vessels of honor, committed to the service of God.
When we give pure truth to the thirsty,
we are feeding their mind and Soul.
When we pour out on them
the Living Water in us, we are feeding their Spirit.
contain all kinds of things that can be used for His purposes.
We hold strength, money, time, knowledge, experience, wisdom, faith,
love, joy, peace, patience.
Some are physical, some are mental,
some are spiritual. All are to be shared.
The easiest to understand
and do is the Body.
The sneaky one is the Soul and the Mind.
Even the world is good at disaster relief
and feeding the hungry.
Even the wicked love their children
and feed them good things.
Satan always wants
us to spend all our energies on that one.
Teach them, train
them, argue about philosophies, speculate about hypotheticals.
That is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
is really good at writing books and speaking many words. Of that
there is no end.
The rarest one, the realest one, the most impactful
one is the Spirit.
Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood
– or the mind – it’s against spiritual rulers.
rulers that try to steal, kill and destroy.
You can starve the Spirit by overfeeding
the Body and Soul.
Second Thoughts Are Real WebMD
(August 21, 2007) - The a little voice
in your head that warns you not to do something you were just about
to do is real, brain researchers say. Well, maybe not the voice. But
researchers now say last-minute second thoughts come from a specific
part of the brain. A different area of the brain allows us to act voluntarily.
That’s free will. This is “free won’t,” suggest
Marcel Brass, PhD of Germany’s Max Planck Institute and Patrick
Haggard, PhD, of England’s University College London. “Many
people recognize the ‘little voice inside the head’ that
stops you from doing something, like pressing the ‘send’
button on an angry email,” Haggard says in a news release. “Our
study identifies the brain processes involved in that last-minute rethink
about what we are doing.” Brass and Haggard find that a brain
region just above and between your eyes -- the dorsal fronto-median
cortex or dFMC -- is specifically designed to let you pull back from
doing something you were just about to do. University of Pennsylvania
researcher Martha Farah, PhD, says the findings have major implications.
Farah was not involved in the study. “It is very important to
identify the circuits that enable ‘free won’t’ because
of the many psychiatric disorders for which self-control problems figure
prominently -- from attention deficit disorder to substance dependence
and various personality disorders,” Farah says in a news release.
In their study, Brass and Haggard hooked up 15 healthy young adults
to functional MRI machines that did real-time scans of their brain activity.
The participants were asked to decide to push a button at times of their
own choosing. Some of the time the participants were asked to decide
at the last minute not to push the button. Brain scans taken when the
participants actually pushed the button were different from those taken
when the subjects restrained themselves from pushing the button. This
self-control came at a cost. The subjects reported feeling frustrated
when they did not push the button as they had intended to do. That fit
with their brain scans; a part of the brain linked to feelings of frustration
(the anterior ventral insula) lit up along with the dFMC “free-won’t”
brain region. Interestingly, some of the study participants were less
likely to refrain from pushing the button than others. These subjects
had relatively weak dFMC activity, while those with better self-control
had stronger dFMC activity. “This could be a factor in why some
individuals are impulsive, while others are reluctant to act,”
Haggard says. Brass and Haggard report their findings in the Aug. 22
issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.