Isaiah 64:6b - ….all of our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment (to God)!?!
If all our righteous deeds are no better than our unrighteous deeds to our Holy God, how can we possibly do anything to please Him?
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are His workmanship, created IN Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which God has prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without FAITH it is impossible to please Him….
Well here’s our answer. We are called to only walk by faith in the good works that God Himself gives us to do with Him.
Hebrews 4:6 - ….just as David….speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works.
But how do we know which works are from God and which might be actually originating from ourselves?
John 6:28 - 29 - They said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT YOU BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM HE HAS SENT.”
So each of our works of God are to be works of faith in Jesus Christ, not works that are done apart from faith in Him.
John 15:5 - I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.
Colossians 1:10 - ….so….walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every GOOD WORK.
Romans 4:4 - 5 - Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, HIS FAITH IS CREDITED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS
Romans 14:23 - ….for whatever is not from faith is sin.
These verses lead us to the understanding that whatever we do in faith in Jesus is a good work of God and will not end up being a filthy rag to Him. This understanding leads us into peace with God and the very presence of that peace confirms to us that we are actually doing God’s will.
Colossians 3:15 (AMP) - So let THE PEACE (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live].
And this peaceful state within us signals us that we have actually entered into a place of rest with God.
Hebrews 4:1, 3, 9 - 11 - Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering GOD’S REST, anyone may seem to have come short of it….For WE WHO HAVE BELIEVED ENTER GOD’S REST…. (consequently) He once again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David….“TODAY if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For THE ONE WHO HAS ENTERED GOD’S REST HAS HIMSELF ALSO RESTED FROM HIS OWN WORKS, as God did from His. Let us labor (in faith) therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
All of these verses teach us that we need to learn to hear and obey His voice which most times come to us in intuitive thoughts and / or a bad conscience that are beckoning us to change our minds and / or the direction of our life. As we try to do this we will normally stumble around for awhile since we are not all accustomed to His voice and His ways.
However, if we stay open to Him and willing to be obedient to Him, we will eventually find His way which will lead us into that peaceful state which signals us that we have entered His rest. In so laboring to reach peace and rest, we will be doing His work of faith and pleasing Him.
Hebrews 4:15 - 16 (AMP) - For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. (Therefore) Let us fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
This is our work from God! It is our labor of faith that leads us into His good pleasure with us and then into a consequent release of God’s power from His Throne of Grace into our lives!
1 Thessalonians 1:2 - 4a - We give thanks to God always for all of you….constantly bearing in mind your WORK OF FAITH and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father….
2 Thessalonians 1:11 - To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the WORK OF FAITH with power….
Revelation 15:3 - 4 - And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are YOUR WORKS, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are YOUR WAYS, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? YOU ALONE ARE HOLY; For all the nations will come and worship before You, For YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS have been revealed.”
Romans 15:18 - For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me....
Here I am testifying about what I believe to have been Jesus Christ's supernatural workings to inform me of my apostolic appointment and then to guide me in it for over 35+ years! So here I have substantiated everything that I have written about my apostlic mission with what I believe are rightly divided Biblical verses and teachings. And here I have also given some very unique testimonies about the Lord's powerful substantiating movements within my life and also within the lives of other Christians with whom He has led me to fellowship.
I ask you the reader to approach these teachings and testimonies with an open mind and a humble and prayerful spirit, desiring only to find God's truth, not mine, about modern day apostleship.
Isaiah 1: 18 "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord....
So please set aside all of your preconceived notions on this subject and permit God to speak to you in a way that you can understand and believe, as to whether or not this spiritual church office gift is for Christians today (as I am here contending that it is).
Every one of my teachings which are within this blog are open to being corrected and / or improved upon thru thoughtful responses from you, the readers whom God has sent here. You may post your constructive criticisms and / or suggestions in a comment at the bottom of each teaching's entry or you may e-mail them privately to me at - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Periodically, I will revisit every teaching within this blog in order to add more pertinent testimonies and / or more substantiating Scriptures to it and also to make corrections and / or improve it. That's when I will update each of them with any truths that I find God giving me from within your comments about them.
If this is your first visit here, please start with the first two Archive entries in March 2008 below because these are foundational teachings regarding modern day apostleship. Please also read the 3rd entry for substantiating testimonial evidence of my own apostolic ministry.
All entries beyond these first 3 contain various teachings and testimonies which I feel that God has moved me (in my apostolic role) to bring forth to edify you, my readers. The sum total of all of these entries are the ongoing annals of this anonymous modern day apostle who humbly strives to serve our glorious Lord Jesus Christ because...
Isaiah 61:10 - I delight greatly in the Lord...
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Isaiah 64:6b - ….all of our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment (to God)!?!
Thursday, January 8, 2015
When we move in this kind of faith, God will direct our dieting for us and He will reward us for exercising our faith in Him and His wisdom to take us to the weight that He desires for us.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
The Christian faith has been divided over the issue of which day of the week the Sabbath day should be under the lordship of Jesus. The 7th Day Adventists believe that the Jewish Sabbath day starting on Friday evenings at dusk and ending on Saturday evenings at dusk is today’s Sabbath Day while most other Christian sects believe that Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is to be honored as today’s Sabbath Day. Pretty much all Christians believe that on that day we honor God by resting from our works, just as He did when He finished His work of Creation.
But what does the New Testament tell us about the Sabbath Day?
Well, since the Old Testament gives us the Sabbath Day instruction as the 4th commandment of the 10 commandments that God gave to us through Moses to obey, He has appropriately given us the 4th chapter of Hebrews as the place in the New Testament wherein He most instructs us about the new Sabbath. Here He also emphasizes that the new Sabbath is a day of rest.
Hebrews 4:1, 3, 9 - 11 - Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering God’s rest, anyone may seem to have come short of it….For we who have believed enter God’s rest….
(consequently) He once again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
“TODAY if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
So, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
For the one who has entered God’s rest has himself also rested 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.
Here the Holy Spirit states that every day in which we believe that we hear His voice speaking to us is a Sabbath day in which we are to rest from doing our own works. This admonition expands and improves upon the 4th commandment by telling us to honor everyday in which we hear Him speaking to us as being the Sabbath day. This New Testament overriding of the 4th commandment as it was given through Moses in the Old Testament written on stone tablets is also clearly stated by the Holy Spirit in….
2 Corinthians 3:2 - ….you are a letter of Christ….written….by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
And Jesus Himself expressed this improvement in the Sabbath when….
Mark 2:27 - He said to the Pharisees, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
So the Sabbath for Christians is no longer just one particular day of the week but it is to be every day of the week in which by faith we hear Him speaking to us! However, so many Christians have not yet understood this concept so they continue to honor the Sabbath as being just one particular day of the week e it Saturday or Sunday.
Romans 14:5 - One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord….
I believe that it is not our place to judge nor to regard with contempt anyone who decides that one Sabbath day per week is to be set aside and honored. To condemn such a one for this doctrinal difference would be in effect, the same as placing a stumbling block in their walk with Jesus!
Romans 14:10 - 13, 19, 21 - 22 - But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
Therefore, we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another…..so it is good not to….do anything by which your brother stumbles. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
John 16:13 - But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth….
John 8:31-32 - Jesus was saying to those….who….believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
The truth of an everyday Sabbath, listening to and walking with His Holy Spirit sets us free to rest in Him and to worship Him every day of the week in spirit and in truth.
John 4:23-24 - But an hour is coming, and now is (today and everyday), when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.”
So, I believe that having faith in Him for our salvation and resting in His promises every day of the week is His true Sabbath Day of rest for today’s Christians and leads us into His immense promise-blessings.
Hebrews 4:3 - For we who have believed enter God’s rest.
Isaiah 58:13 - 14 - “If because of the Sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
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The method of instruction utilized here.
Hebrews 11:6b - ...He rewards those who DILIGENTLY seek Him!
I believe that the truths found within each of these Biblical teachings have been given to me by God as gifts for seeking Him with all of my heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 - You will seek Me and you will find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.
I also believe that these truths have been accompanied by all of the supernatural substantiations from Him to which I here testify. These teachings and testimonies will not be found anywhere else that I know of.
Psalm 119:99 - I have better understandings and deeper insights than all of my teachers because Your testimonies are my meditation.
However, whenever I am led by God to encounter a really good Internet teaching which has been authored by another(that fits within the context of one of my own teachings), I will inform you of it and I will provide you with a link to it. It is not important to me if any of the information here that God wants to be shared with you is authored by me or by someone else. What is important to me is that you be given true teachings of God and His Word, no matter whom He uses to bring them forth.
All of these doctrinal studies are being compiled here just as I believe that God says in His Word that they are to be compiled.
Isaiah 28:9 - 10a - ...to whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine?
... For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept...
I believe that God's Word in context is the first thing that is to be presented about each subject that is discussed. Next, I believe that freedom of the Word is also to be employed in any doctrinal study.
Isaiah 29:10b - ...line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little
This is where the Holy Spirit moves to give us inspiration from various Scriptures and/or their principles from all over the Bible (and in many different translations) regarding each subject. Here a little, there a little Scriptural precept plucking is a precedent set by the Holy Spirit in the Word where He often inspired the men who wrote the New Testament to so pull and quote Scriptures from the Old Testament.
These holy men were moved to utilize all or parts of many Old Testament passages and verses (some completely out of context and/or seemingly totally unrelated) in their pastoral letters to Scripturally substantiate the things that they taught. They also did this frequently within the 4 gospel accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and within the book of Acts. The original apostles truly had freedom in the Word!
Whenever I have actually experienced for myself manifestations of the truth of any of these doctrines, my personal testimonies of those happenings are employed by me here to illustrate and / or to further substantiate them. When others have experienced them and told me about their experiences, I utilize their testimonies. Either way, these testimonies all contribute immensely to the truth and hopefully they will contribute to the acceptance of each teaching.