Chapter 27

Share in His Suffering

Numbers 14:33-34 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years - one year for each of the forty days you explored the land - you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.

The children of Israel suffered one year of purification and testing in the desert for every day the spies were in the land of Canaan. This process of time cleansed the nation, for all who disobeyed were purged from the body of the assembly. When Christ came, he identified with Israel’s time of suffering in the desert.

Mark 1:2 “At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert”

Where he suffered one day for every year it took the Father to sanctify the nation of Israel. It was after 40 days without food or water in which Jesus’ body, if it needed it or not, was purged from everything that would hinder the power of the Spirit being released in his life. It was only through the Spirit’s power that Jesus would do the work of the Father, just as the body of Israel marched into Caanan by the power of the Spirit to do the Father’s will.

Jesus being pure and holy returned in the power of the Spirit to submit and embrace the Father’s Will. His Father's will was to place all of our sin in his body on the cross. The Holy Father was compelled to turn his back on his Son, do to the unholiness of our ugly sin that Christ bore. Jesus said “Destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in three days”.

We destroyed the body of Jesus and caused him to suffer and die, separating Him from the Father for three days. Jesus spent three days in the land, the time it took to prefect holiness or rebuild His Temple, which allowed him to be reunited with the Father.

When Jesus descended into the earth, he was experiencing what it was like to have the Father against him, and so through his life and death, completely identified with the Father’s chosen people.

Jesus was in the ground separated from the Father, working on our behalf, just as the spies were sent by Israel into the land to labor, on their behalf. Israel rejected God’s grace by not believing that God would give them this land and were sentenced one year of purification for each day the spies were in the land.

Likewise, we have rejected God’s grace, through unbelief and have brought upon ourselves the full allotted time of suffering needed to restore our faith. Christ Jesus, God’s Grace, suffered in the land three days and if we chose to share in his suffering, the same formula will apply. God commands us to be consecrated and that takes a time of suffering.

Now we are sentenced to one year of purification for every day Christ was in the land. Christ rebuilt his temple in three days our temple will take one year for every day. Three years.

Romans 8:16 The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are God’s children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory.

It is through the grace applied, not grace left on the shelf, or grace left in the pocket, that we are children of God, heirs and co-heirs with Christ. And even to a greater degree, if we chose to share in his suffering, in order that we may also share in his glory, not only in heaven but on earth. To the same degree we submit to this suffering that leads to obedience, will be the same level we will share in his glory. In the same way as Christ identified with his chosen people we need to identify with our chosen Savor.

1 Peter 2:24 “... by his wounds we are healed”.

It was no coincidence that Jesus received 40 lashes less one, because the 40th lash is physical death and we need to be alive to take up our cross and follow him. Jesus is showing the two ways we can come to purity; if we choose the desert experience his burden is light, however, this physical bloodying and torturing is the catch all solution. Christ was compelled to pay for everyone’s past sins, which reconciles everyone completely.

Jesus willingly surrendered to the Father’s will and each time this “cat of nine tails” came across his body it tore flesh from his bones. When we surrender to the Father’s will through the process of sanctification, our flesh will be scourged from our bones not by an external means, but by an internal means.

Heb 12:6-8 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which we all have become partakes, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

Jesus submitted to the Father’s will to show us discipline by allowing these brutal Roman soldiers to remove His flesh. But you say, “I am not strong enough to go through that.” Only the free gift of grace can take you through, so learn how to use it, because he scourges every son he receives and we all have become as illegitimate children.

Heb 12:9-10 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to disciple us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.

Without trusting our Father, and believing that it is good for us to subject ourselves to His discipline, how can we expect to share in His holiness? If the Father subjected Jesus to this flogging, how much more are we in need of discipline to bring about this sharing of His holiness?

Heb 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Don’t get this time confused with receiving God’s curses because of your waywardness, but understand this time of sorrow is flowing from your obedience and your surrender. It is in this time period of sorrow that this body can be trained to produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness. We can have no external righteousness until we expel the lawlessness and establish peace within.

Heb 12:12-14 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

Keep your eyes and thoughts directly on the uplifted hands of Christ and your mind meditating on His word day and night in this time of denying yourself, for there is no other power that can strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble. You may be tempted to stray from this path, but remember it is for the good of this part of your body that is not working that you endure, so it can be healed. This internal peace needs to be shared with all men because this action is sanctification and it is not optional.

Heb 12:15-17 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

Those of you who are stronger should come along side the weaker brother and shore-up with the grace of God. In this way, you will alleviate the pressure and dissolve the bitterness before their frustration causes trouble. For in their time of temptation, like Esau, they too could sell their birthright for a single meal.

When God is calling you to repentance, he is also giving you the time needed to complete it, but should time run out, no amount of sincere tears or prayers takes the place of obedience.

1 Peter 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God.

Let these words cut through your dilutions to bring understanding in your prescription. Jesus humbled himself before his Father, or “suffered in the flesh”, by denying his flesh what it craved. Only these actions can and will allow you to live your earthly life without being controlled by human desires. The one who is accomplishing good actions from human desires is only boasting in his flesh. Also, without this time of suffering you will never be able to endure the sharp pains of the thorns your worldly friends and family will find to inflict on you, in an attempt to bring you back to their reality of truth. To understand what a thorn is, and have the knowledge of what it is not, is to gain stability.

Hermeneutic, is used as sharp tool, to bring about conformity.

In my opinion, hermeneutics is a cleverly devised scheme, orchestrated by the flesh, to hamstring our teacher, the Holy Spirit. Only the spoiled come to class and hand the teacher their list of their world’s rules on how they will be taught. Or try to discredit, in the eyes of the class, anyone who will not conform to what they have adopted as the proper method of learning.

If there are some root studies that tend to confuse more than to clarify, then we need to stay after class until our teacher reveals the knowledge, and not to allow our impatience to look for avenues to circumvent what is imperative to understand.

In the so called “Christian world” today, it is no coincident that one of the more popular arguments which they like to cling to from the Word of God, to legitimize illness, is Paul’s thorn in his flesh. (2 Cor 17:7-10) But upon close examination, we come to understand that using this line of reasoning completely overrides the very boundaries of hermeneutic, which they would have the Spirit operate within.

Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, which using their definition of how we must learn, (that words are to be understood as they are plainly presented) would be anything that is pointed, like a thorn, imbedded in his flesh. But they are suggesting this to be a “more mature Biblical understanding of illness”.

How do Biblical hermeneutics allow you to jump from having a thorn under your skin, to being ill? Or, where is their hermeneutics when Jesus states: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” in the Sermon on the Mount. Let the ones who are rigid in their application start with this beatitude, for it was most certainly true in Paul’s life.

2 Cor 11:27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

2 Cor 10:12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

The very people which profess to use hermeneutic are the very ones who are inconsistence in their submission to its definition. It is used as more of a tool to win battles, rather than in finding the truth. Hermeneutic was conceived by man, not by God. To use something formulated by men as a strict guideline will narrow your parameter and may never allow you to perceive the truth, thus falling victim and proving God’s point.

Paul further quantifies this “thorn in the flesh” remark, with the words that follow immediately after, which are “a messenger of Satan to buffet me”. After Christ answers him, he concedes by this statement in 2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weakness, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Satan always works through other people to make you uncomfortable. Paul was taught by the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament initially, and as a result, could see that he was reaping precisely what God warned of in Numbers 33:55-56 “ ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land in which you live. ‘And it shall come about that as I plan to do to them, so I will do to you.’ ”

Joshua 23:12-13 “For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations , and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, know with certainty that the Lord your God will not continue to drive out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.

Paul could deal with looking at the people, who insulted him, but it was, these people who beat him, stoned him, and had him flogged that was the most painful to his flesh. Jesus also had many thorns in His flesh, but in the end, He wore them as His crown as a part of His glory.

Disobedience allowed some people to remain in the land, and like one bad apple that spoils the bunch, corruption in his country men was the order of day. Like in Paul’s day, we, the so called “Evangelicals” are in bed with the world, but woe to the ones who will point this out. Two thousand years have gone by but nothing has changed. Paul’s thorn in his flesh will be like all who share the truth, and will have nothing to do with illness.

2 Tim 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Without arming yourself with the same intention, you are not finished with sin and are still living by a human desire, which makes you a prickling brier or a painful thorn to any who would speak the truth. If the way you’re living is not bringing upon you persecution and scorn from members of your very family, rest assure, then you are not living godly in Christ Jesus.

Matt 24:9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.”

This is not coming about through a name but because you are displaying the combination of traits and qualities which were distinguishing the nature of Christ.

Our prayers do not need to end “in Christ name” they need to be “in Christ’s name”. It is in the being which is qualifying our right to speak to the Father because our body has the purity of Christ’s blood in it and the integrity of His flesh on our bones. No actions, no rights.

Eze 28:24 “And there will be no more for the house of Israel a prickling brier or painful thorn from any round about them who scorned them; then they will know that I am the Lord God.”

The day has arrived when God will grant Paul’s request to remove the thorn of scorn from the house of Israel.

In 2 Kings 17:5 we read, The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years.

If you are interested to know what we can expect after this siege, please read 2 Kings 7:1-20.

The Siege of Jerusalem in Ezekiel Chapter 4. God is using Ezekiel to draw us out a picture of a city under siege to give us more information on what is required in our time of suffering, for if we share in His suffering, we will also share in His glory.

Eze 4:1-3 “Now, Son of man, take clay tablets, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face towards it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel.

We know and believe that God’s word is relevant to each one of us, and to be pertinent is to be personal. What does his word tell us about his city of Jerusalem? Salem was also used as the name of this city and in Psalms 76:2 we find God telling us that His tent or His tabernacle resides there. “His tent is in Salem” or In Salem also is his tabernacle. In Heb 7:2 we find Salem has a king. “... First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, ...

We now know that our king of Jerusalem, the Son of man, is Christ Jesus who formed our body out of clay to be our “tent”, His “tabernacle,” and His “Holy Temple” is within this city.

Jesus wants to cut this city off from supply by laying siege works against it, and it will look like His actions are cold and hard, but He will still be watching over us. This is just like when He watched over the children of Israel when he brought them out into the desert for their three year journey to the Promised Land.

Eze 4:4-5 Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel.

Eze 4:6 “After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.

In this self imposed three year siege on your own body, I believe God has assigned us 430 days of feasting on the bread of heaven, because man will not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. I also believe this is confirmed in Daniel, when an anointed one shall be cut off in sixty two ‘sevens’ or 434 days.

(NRSV) Daniel 9:22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have come to give you insight and understanding.

(NRSV) Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.”
“Know therefore and understand: from the time that the word went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of an anointed prince, there shall be seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. After the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing, and the troops of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.

We know that Daniels’ vision here was talking about end times, and we have had our eyes on the Middle East, and particularly Jerusalem, where we believe the Temple must be rebuilt. But I submit to you that this decree to restore and rebuild is speaking of your personal holy temple. This book contains The Standard that is to be raised, and the time is counting down. Are we going to follow the one who came to show us the way or believe in the counterfeit?

John 10:26-27 ...but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Jesus, after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, was lead out into the desert where he identified with the sin of the house of Judah for 40 days. After suffering for Judah, he started his three year journey, bearing the sins of the house of Israel, where Jesus completed the 390 days with his disciples. There is no doubt that is why Jesus said in Matt 16:24 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

Matt 16:27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

That is, done with grace, not in our own abilities by works.

Each time the Spirit leads us to deny ourselves for an extended period of time we will again share in Christ’s sufferings, but we will only suffer physically for a short period of time, just as Jesus suffered physically for a short time.

Mark 15:25 It was the third hour when they crucified him.

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama saback thani?” - which means, “My God my God, why have you forsaken me?

Mark 15:37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

Should the Spirit take you on a long fast, your intense hunger pains will stop in three days just as Christ’s intense physical pain stopped in three days. What a wonderful way God has provided to us that we might share in his suffering.

When following God’s definition of weekly rest, we are physically resting our bodies’ muscles, as we work to build our faith and start stabilizing our decline. It is when we humble ourselves and come to God’s feast that the natural outcome is to develop considerable spiritual muscle and makes steps up the mountain of transfiguration to see His glory. The power of the flesh diminishes to the same degree the spiritual muscle flourishes. Since the process is accumulative in nature, the Spirit will reach a point where it is unhindered by the flesh and unbelief.

Matt 26:41 Jesus said; “the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

When the Spirit reaches the point of control, the fruit of the Spirit flow freely as we come under a new law, the law of love.

Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory.

How many of us read, “We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” and completely miss the qualifying part of this scripture, that is the, “IF”, we are children. These actions bring about a self imposed sharing in His suffering, which not only transforms us to the state of children, but in fact keeps us in this condition. These actions are not something you would automatically pursue, but rather glean, through close study with someone who knows the way.

James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment. Consider 1 Cor 8:1-2 when deciding.

When you mourn for someone, you choose to share in their sufferings. Christ made it crystal clear how he wanted his disciples to manifest their mourning for him in Matt 9:14-15 Then John’s disciples came to him and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guest of the bridegroom mourn while he is still with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

John the Baptist started his disciples out fasting because he knew without establishing a high degree of purity in his disciple’s bodies they could never believe, that is, to put into action the truths that he was going to share with them. When Jesus comes on the scene and they leave John for Jesus, He suspended fasting.

When questioned about the fasting, he refers to the practice as mourning, and points out that there is no need to mourn for someone who is with them. But of course, points out clearly, there will come a need for fasting after the Bridegroom is taken. Upon His death, and subsequent ascension to heaven, Jesus reinstates what John started. You can be sure of this, Jesus is not going to reinstate something that has no purpose or is of little value.

When one mourns, God sees the intense degree of longing through this act of humility to meet with his Son, Jesus. It has been said, “Passion is the degree of what one is willing to endure to achieve God’s purpose for his life.” Jesus will always show himself to a passionate person who humbly obeys.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter for the heart.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning.

God is telling us that it is in the house of mourning that circumcision of the heart takes place, not in the house of our feasting.

Matt 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Matt 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

The wise will fast to perfect holiness, out of reverence for God, and Jesus will comfort them as He fills them.

This is the first way Jesus wants us to share in his suffering, for I believe if this is not the first way, then you are missing the way.

Christ’s blood housed the new covenant which proved itself in just three days, clearing the way to give us eternal newness of spiritual life, just as denying ourselves, sharing in his suffering or mourning, over three years purifies our physical blood, giving our blood the same physical integrity which produces a newness of physical flesh. In other words, being born a new.

Lev 17:14 ...because the life of every creature is its blood.

We being co-heirs with Christ by the fact that we are sharing in his suffering also gives us the privilege to share in his glory. Since we are sharing in His suffering right now here on earth, we can expect to share in His glory right now here on earth.

Mark 16:15 Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation, Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; They will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

These signs will be the manifestations of his glory for us, here and now, to anyone who positions themselves to receive God’s best, which is to believe, but to a lesser degree, until He removes all stumbling blocks.

This being true also makes the opposite true, that is, if we’re not displaying these signs, we need to question whether we have completed sanctification. These signs come by way of God’s laws of science.

Therefore, anyone understanding this science and applying knowledge will receive the outcome of their actions, because God’s blessings will rain down on all who implement truth. The righteous will give all the glory to God and be saved; the foolish will rob God of his glory and pay the ultimate price.

Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Pro 18:2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

The moment we embrace Jesus as our savior, the Holy Spirit grafts us in and starts softening our hearts so we will have a desire to obey the Word of God. It is only by searching the Word of God can we come to an understanding of what it means to allow Christ to become Lord and Master of our life. Once the Spirit reveals truth, we must position ourselves to receive it, thus demonstrating that Christ is, in fact, Lord of our life.

Leaving the city without giving the time required to consecrate yourself, to receive this baptism of power, is like leaving for war without having any bullets in your gun. But worst than not having any bullets in your gun, is arriving on the battlefield acting like you do.

The natural outcome is to make excuses for God, or to stop going into battle. Our flesh has us believing that it is our ability to understand the Bible intellectually that produces spirituality, and we have completely missed the fact that it is the purity of our physical temple which transforms all things into spiritual worship.

If the blood is polluted with parasites and toxic wastes, it has lost its’ integrity and is unholy. The life you are living is a reflection of your blood you are pumping, because your blood feeds your body and if the blood is impure, the body is impure and unholy.

Lev 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’

God is Accessing My Life by Examining My Blood!

Yes, this Old Testament was a representation, a picture of Christ’s pure and holy blood. His very life surrendered and poured out on God’s altar to cover the short fall in our attempt to follow.

But remember Gal 2:20 ‘I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

If we have poured our blood out on the altar (crucified with Christ) in the same condition as Christ’s blood was poured out, then our actions of faith, which transformed our blood, meets and fulfills the obligation we have to remove His “subject to clauses” in His covenant.

As long as my blood remains in a pure state, then the terms and conditions have been met, which now bounds Christ by the commitment of His word. I continue to live by faith because I do not understand how these directives which He commands me to follow, keeps my blood pure. The responsibility now has shifted from me to Him. It is now time for me to receive from Him what His words obligated Him to do for me, that is, present me to God as one of His sons.

This is now Christ’s body and blood, and to be worthy to partake of the Lord’s Supper without being guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, I need to examine His body and His blood in me.

Psalms 18:26 the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

There are only two categories here and there is no mixing of the two, you are either pure or your crooked. When God shows Himself pure, we receive His blessings. When He shows himself shrewd, we receive His curses. The problem is, in the absence of anyone who is pure, displaying the blessing; we try to distort the words of God to convince ourselves and others, that our shrewd treatment we are receiving is really his blessing. Therefore, we are like an alcoholic who never sees he has a drinking problem and our crookedness remains covered.

Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their action they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

You can be in God’s church building, showing and telling God and others around you that you believe, but if your blood and body is in a corrupt state, your actions deny Him and he considers you detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. That does not leave much room for salvation, never mind areas for rewards. You may be able to attract the foolish but a true believer is repelled, for this law of attraction is always at work. The word believing can only be used to describe a body in a pure state.

If we are pure, all things are pure, and we have no trouble believing, because neither our minds nor our consciences are corrupt. When the Israelites arrived at the border of Canaan the second time, there was no hesitation. They went straight into the Promised Land. God’s word did not say, to the sincere, all things are pure, so why are we determined to live that way?

To muster some faith to enter God’s grace is only the starting point of God’s goodness and blessings. To remain in a corrupt state will rob you in every way. You may in fact think you are on your way to heaven, but you will only arrive after your lengthy stay in captivity, and never know the goodness and blessings of God here on earth. God will supply all your needs until your time of grace is over, but you will remain living in the desert convincing yourself it is the best God has for you.

Lev 20:7 “ ‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.’ ”

In keeping His decrees and following them, you will be consecrating yourself. By positioning yourself to be consecrated, it will be the Lord who works in you to accomplish this state of holiness. Your only responsibility is to take action that applies His grace, where by maneuvering yourself to a place were the obligation falls on God’s word to bless. God can not be shown to be unfaithful or proven to be a liar.

Exodus 29:44 “So I will consecrate the Tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them.

It is not until the Tent of Meeting, the altar, and Aaron and his sons were consecrated by God, that He would dwell among them. At this point, God had already called them out of the world and they consented to go to Him. Our bodies are this Tent where we meet God inside, at the altar to worship. The Israelites are aware they’re not in Egypt anymore, but they don’t believe in this God who wants to be their God, and dwell among them. Once holiness is completed through consecration, they will know and believe that this is their God and He will dwell among them.

We need a good understanding of the knowledge of Christ’s love in order to allow grace to motivate us to say no to ungodliness.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Christ came to do three things. First to redeem us from sin, the second was to show us the way to purify our bodies, so we will be like him, eager to do what is good, and the third was to give us the strength to overcome our flesh. This can only take place when our minds are in a position to absorb and comprehend the on going magnitude of his goodness.

Wisdom will be proven right. The only question is, “Do you want to use your life in an attempt to prove it wrong?” Or should you give God the benefit of the doubt and position yourself to prove it right. Then, when it turns out to be correct, you end up receiving what wisdom promises. Long life, honor and riches and all her ways are peaceful and pleasant.

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