Full Council, Full Faith, Full Power

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Here’s an interesting fact that many most likely overlook. When Paul wrote this passage stating that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, correction, and instruction in righteousness to Timothy, there was no New Testament, there was no bible, He was talking about the Hebrew scripture that comprise our Old Testament.

It always baffles me to see the way many among the church dismiss the Old Testament as though it is irrelevant, obsolete, or somehow separate from the New Testament when Paul said that the Old Testament scriptures were given for our learning, to be our example of what we ought do and not do, and if we don’t learn and heed them then we will fall.

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:11-12

Remember that the early church moved in such great signs, wonders, faith, and power such as we read of in the book of acts, yet they had no New Testament Bible! All they had were the Old Testament writings of this great God of impossibilities, power, and strength who parted seas, raised the dead, defeated armies, judged the wicked, extended mercy to the humble, and a testimony that He has sent His son to make a way for them to partake of all that He was! That He had been killed and raised from the dead as an evidence and witness that His testimony was true and this great and powerful God of the Old Testament has now made His Spirit and the power of it available to you in the New! So that now nothing that we read of the Old Testament patriarchs, priest, and prophets are out of reach for those who come to know and truly believe in this same God that they did, and more! It truly was given for our example.

So don’t neglect the Old Testament, or you will stray in your faith at some point and fall away as Paul warned. For you cannot truly know the God of the New if you do not know the God of the Old because He is the same God and He never changes! Jesus’s blood atoned for us that we might be brought into the family, priesthood, and kingship of this great Old Testament God. One of the main reasons that the modern church is so lacking in power is because it is so lacking in faith and it is so lacking in faith because it has broken the second of the Ten Commandments by creating a limited powerless unholy unrighteous god of it’s own making, in its own image, and of its own understanding that does not line up with the God of the Bible… the whole Bible.

But for those who take the time to seek Him, learn of Him, and get to know Him, the real Him, and believe in Him, all He is, and all that He has done, that He has not changed or lost any of His power, strength, holiness, or presence but rather has made it available to anyone who will believe, seek, hear, and obey as Abraham did. Then they will be counted faithful and righteous just as Abraham was. If you want to have New Testament church power like they did, then you need to put your faith in the power of the Old Testament God like they did. Read and believe, it’s that simple, because we are saved by grace through faith, faith in who He really is, and how does this faith come but by hearing, and hearing by the word of God!

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” – Acts 20:26-27

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” – James 5:16-18

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” – Galatians 3:6-9

The Door

As I recently sat in Hebrew class listening to the teacher explain the characters in the Hebrew alphabet that spell the word “Adam”, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me of the perfection, simplicity, and complexity of God’s great wisdom all packaged up in this one little word. “Adam”.

You see in the original Hebrew the word “Adam” is spelled with 3 pictographs each having their own origin and meaning that contribute to the story of the whole. You see, the first means “something of great strength” it is also sometimes associated with God or that which is first. The second character represents a door. The third represents that which spreads out, like water does. So that though the sound translates to Adam, the first man, the story of the Pictographs in the name speak of Adam (and thus all mankind) having been created to be the door by which the strength of God’s Spirit would spread across the earth like a river!

It is also no coincidence I think that there are three letters with three meanings that describe the purpose of man’s being considering that we are three part beings, created in the likeness of a three part God. That is to say that God is comprised of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost and in that likeness are we comprised (according to scripture) of a spirit, a soul, and a body. Therefore just like the three letters of the name Adam in Hebrew is our soul (the mind will and emotions) the door by which God’s spirit (character/voice) is able to influence the body so that it can effect and spread out into the physical world.

But there was a problem. There was an other spirit knocking at that door as well and when Adam opened the door to that other spirit, he let sin into the world. Therefore in the same manner that he was suppose to be the door that let God’s spirit (character/fruit) spread through the earth, he instead let the devil and his character begin to be spread into the earth. We now call this “the sin nature”.

“And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door…” – Genesis 4:6-7

Yet where the first Adam failed the second Adam came to redeem and set God’s original plan back in motion. This was spoken of prophetically by Ezekiel when he saw the temple (Jesus’s body), and a river (God’s Spirit), flowing out of it’s door (the blood) into all the world.

“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” – John 10:7-9

This is why on the day of Pentecost the fire was seen resting upon their heads. So that they would know that they had become the new temple, as the fire only fell upon the temple, and that river of God’s Spirit would now be able to flow out of them into all the world! So now we are back to where Adam was! We are all doors.

“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

Yet Jesus made one thing very clear about this door. As my dad always told us as kids, the door knob is on the inside, you have to choose to open it to Him. He will not force His way in. He will speak, but we have to open our hearts to Him and what He says. We have to ask Him to come in and teach us, and change us, and lead us. Because though He stands at the door and knocks, so does the enemy of our soul, even as he did for Adam. We have to choose to close the door to him and open it to the Holy Spirit of Jesus. Flesh cannot overcome spirit, Spirit overcomes flesh. We cannot defeat the sin nature by any work of our flesh, we simply were not designed to work that way. We must choose to open the door of our heart to a stronger Spirit (the Lord strong and mighty, the Holy Spirit), so that He will come in and overcome every other spirit, our soul, and our flesh that we might walk in the demonstration of His righteousness, going into all the world as a witness of the overcoming power of the blood of Jesus. Because in the end it comes down to this, He came and became our door, that we might go out and be His.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” – Revelation 3:20-22

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16:15-18

Conclusion

Day 119

On Day 119 as we come to a close of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we step back to see what the Holy Spirit has been saying to us all along and what words and warnings Jesus wants to leave us with as we look at the conclusion of the whole matter

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Hypocrisy

Day 117

On Day 117 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray against the sin of hypocrisy in the body as we repent of it and see how damaging it really is and how much God disapproves of it.

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Please God

Day 103

On Day 103 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for the fortitude to be God seekers and not people pleasers as we see how man pleasing ministries lead to nothing but idolatry

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Persecution

Day 101

On Day 101 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for those who use, abuse, and persecute us as we thank God for the opportunities to demonstrate His perfect love

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Nineveh

Day 82

On Day 82 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for God to give us a heart for those who have wronged us that we not miss our revival in waiting like Jonah almost did.

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Destiny

Day 79

On Day 79 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for God to reveal His will to us and ask Him to get us positioned to step into it for the glory of His Name!

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Wisdom

Day 76

On Day 76 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for wisdom. Knowledge, skill, gifts, callings, and blessings can all turn into messes if we don’t seek God for His wisdom on what to do with them and how to use them.

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Examine

Day 68

On Day 68 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray as David prayed, search our hearts oh God and see if their be any wicked way in me! As we see what Jesus told us to do in order to Examine our own hearts and that of those that we allow to lead us, our families, and others around us.

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