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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Dying in the Lord, #14
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. (Galatians 5:19-21)
It is the self-will and self-aggrandizement of the soulish person that is at work. Such succeed only in dividing the assembly into warring factions. They are immature. If they do not outgrow their gossiping, slandering, factionalism, attempting to divide the Christians into special loyalties, they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
The issue is whether we are willing to lose our life for Christ or whether we are going to attempt to save it in religious work. If we choose to save our life, Satan has an open door. He is willing to participate in Christian work if by doing so he can turn aside the believers from waiting on the Lord for His will. Here is Babylon. Here is the False Prophet.
We now are entering the darkest hour known to mankind. Satan and his legions will be forced from the heavens and will fill the earth with wickedness, with moral horrors. The tares will come to maturity.
God's answer to wickedness is the cross. As we enter the death of the cross, the power of Christ's resurrection enters us. Then we are stronger and wiser than the most powerful of the angels.
We must become dead-living people: dead with Christ on the cross; alive with Christ at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. Then we are invincible.
Dagon always will fall before the Ark of the Lord.
Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High will trample under foot all the authority and power of the enemy.
The cloud of deception currently hovering over us is beyond our ability to overcome. The power of Antichrist will reach into the heavens, interfering with our prayers (Daniel 8:10). The most dedicated Bible student may fall into deception. We are no match for the former rulers of the heavens. Soon it will be impossible to resist sin. Soon the demons and fallen angels will be confronting us visibly, openly challenging us.
But the true saints have hope. The hope is that greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world (I John 4:4). No matter how cunning the enemy is, the wisdom of God is greater. If God's wisdom is dwelling in us we will be able to discern the traps laid by the wicked one.
There are three great feasts of the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:16).
The first, Passover, typifies the salvation that comes from the blood atonement made by the Lord Jesus.
The second, the feast of Weeks (Pentecost), speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
In the present hour we are coming to the spiritual fulfillment of the third feast, the feast of Tabernacles. Tabernacles represents the coming of the Father and the Son to dwell in the believer.
The convocation of Tabernacles consists of the Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and then the feast of Tabernacles itself.
The Blowing of Trumpets emphasizes the coming of Christ in the Spirit to make war against the enemies in His Church.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. (Psalms 24:7,8)
To be continued.