Content For the Faith: How Does the Lord Correct

He wants us to know him in the power of his resurrection.

Romans 10:9 confess with thy mouth believe

I’ve heard different people teach on that but at the same time denying the genuine power that goes along with it. You start talking about knowing the power of resurrection most don’t believe people get raised from the dead. If you take it literally to what it all means we should be open to everything that happened in the scripture.

On my way to Michigan there’s a program around Sandusky, Ohio many years ago and they were talking about some things happening over in Africa. He said they were doing some strange things. They were raising the dead. They wanted to go back over and teach them and I was praying that they don’t go back. They are just going to mess up what the Lord did. Leave them alone, send them some money, send them some bibles but stay away because they are going to ruin it.

We were on witnessing and being a light and a question came up, how does the Lord correct you? The primary way the Lord corrects you is through the word. Everybody doesn’t read it or believe it and has their own opinions about things. There are times he convicts you.

There are times things happen on the job or in your own home where you say something unloving and ungodly. The spirit of the Lord has to convict them; that’s not the way you’re supposed to act.

I was trying to think of different ways the Lord has corrected me. I worked at Timkins. I didn’t like it there it was segregated. My pastor was teaching and said if you don’t work you’re stealing. You’re there to work. I did work but my heart wasn’t in it. Your work is unto the Lord so I started working unto the Lord even though I hated Timkins.

I talked about Demos Shakarian. That’s a case where I was sent or other people are sent into your path to speak unto your life. I went back the second time and the Lord had already spoken to him about getting out of Babylon. He was hardheaded. He changed the word where the word says to get out of Babylon he said to stay in. In the Lord’s faithfulness to him told him to repent before he passed away. In Revelation it says if you change the word your name will be taken out of the Lamb’s book of life. Like in the six churches in Revelation whatever good the churches had done there’s something there they would be facing judgement over and their candlestick would be removed.

In his mercy and kindness trying to correct his children he may send somebody with a message they hear or a scripture. It’s the Lord’s love towards the individual in some way to get to them so they can make the right decisions. He doesn’t just knock you in the head and throw you off to the side. If it wasn’t for that we’d all be in trouble. In the scripture it says he rose up early and sent prophets to them to tell them to straighten up. He warns and warns and warns then judgement. Even under the law there was mercy and grace. It was his mercy he let animals die for what you did.

Hamartano (sin) means to miss the mark. There are different ways to miss the mark like unintentionally. You can fly off the handle and say or do something and you didn’t plan on sinning. At times there’s something you’re supposed to do in terms of ministry for example. There were times I was supposed to talk to someone and I didn’t intentionally rebel by putting it off. The scripture says to aim for the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. It’s like taking an arrow to hit a bullseye.

On my way over I was thinking of a police officer. Some years ago they made a raid on what they thought was a drug house. There’s a lot of tension there. The police officer doesn’t know what he’s going to get into in and is on edge. The police officers gun went off and hit a baby on the couch. While they’re trying to sort things out the mother has to sit in the blood of her own child. When the police officer finds out what he did he’s throwing up. I wanted to write for him and for her. In the scripture when you accidently killed someone there were seven cities of refuge. There was mercy there. If you made it the city of refuge and stayed until the Jubilee year you were free. When you think of the law being so hard there is room for forgiveness and mercy. He had no intention of killing that baby. Seeing the mother in the court explaining what she went through is a tragedy. Sometimes condemnation we can be under can come from the devil or others. The scripture says once the Lord has forgiven you there is no more condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus. 

Leviticus 4:1 And the Lord (Yahweh the covenant keeping God) spake unto Moses, saying, vs. 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul (a person) shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord (Yahweh) concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: vs. 3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the Lord for a sin offering.

Yahweh the covenant keeping God made a promise to Moses to bring the kids out. Here the covenant keeping God is keeping his covenant. They broke the law but didn’t die because they did it in ignorance. When Paul came along he was full of religion and he killed people thinking he was doing Yahweh a favor by killing the believers and holding the coats of those who stoned them.

Leviticus 4:4 And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord (Yahweh); and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the Lord.

This was the custom every year; they had to come for the Passover. The Passover took care of the mess up’s for the year. The man put his hand on top of the animal for the whole family and pressed hard. Pressing his sins for Yahweh to accept his sins going to that lamb and the lamb went in and died for whatever he did.

There was a time when Israel practiced the law and practiced sin serving other days. It was kind of like the once saved always saved doctrine which doesn’t work. It’s mercy and grace all the through when you think about how some dumb animal dies for whatever that man did during that year. It’s a commemoration when all of their sins were covered by blood of the lamb and they went through the door into the saving arms of Yahweh. We are to go through the door of Jesus into his arms of grace.

Leviticus 4:22 When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord his God (Yahweh his Creator) concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty; vs. 23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish: In this verse he sinned and finds out he sinned and there’s an offering for him.

It means shall we habitually sin. It doesn’t mean we’ll never sin. You can think and do and be just as nasty in your heart towards someone. Should it be habitually sin that grace may abound? The answer is no. If you habitually sin there’s no real repentance. Repentance is granted of the Lord when there is true sorrow for whatever you did.

Those in once saved always saved feel assured that they will never lost the assurance of their salvation in their sin. They believe they will still see the Lord’s face in peace and it just doesn’t work that way.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Vs. 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Vs. 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Otherwise we were to die to sin. That why it says to pick up your pole or stake daily and put to death the deeds of the flesh.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Vs. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Vs. 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified (put to death) with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Vs. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Again flesh rises up at times and that’s why it says to pick up your stake and die daily or moment by moment.

Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. Vs. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God (the Creator). Vs. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God (the Creator) through Jesus Christ our Lord. Vs. 12 Let not sin reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts (strong desire) thereof. Vs. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God (the Creator), as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God (the Creator). So we have a choice here.

Romans 5:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Vs. 15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Vs. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Vs. 17 But God (the Creator) thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, buy ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Vs. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of the righteousness. Vs. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. Vs. 21 What fruit have ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. Vs. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Vs. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He’s talking about habitual practicing of sin. No man is free of sin but grace abounds. Let the elders pray the prayer of faith. You get sick and you get healed. You get free of it. That’s God’s grace. How many times do you forgive each other? Seven times seventy; that’s four hundred and ninety times per each sin each day. 

I was talking about being a witness and being a light and it was brought up about correction. Sometimes with me the Lord corrected by prompting me I’m supposed to be a light and not act like a nut. So I have to remind myself I’m to be a light and a blessing and show people how a believer is supposed to walk. When he brings that to mind that’s correction. What we miss in covenant in being a light

I Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, ye not I, but he Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: Vs. 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. Vs. 12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. Vs. 13 And the women which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. Vs. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. Vs. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but hath called us to peace. Vs. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

It’s talking about if ones a believer and one’s not and you’re happy with the situation stick to it and you will be a light to that individual. You don’t know whether they’re going to be saved but you’re walking with him as a husband and wife in a godly manner is one way of bringing them into the Lord. If you leave you can’t be a light.

What we have missed because of coming on a watered down version it doesn’t mean your children will automatically see the Lord’s face in peace but they have a time of accountability. Those children are set apart either for the husband who’s walking with the Lord or the wife who is walking with the Lord. At the time this was written Paul is talking to people who he has led and taught about covenant relation; in Romans 10:9 if thou shall make a binding agreement or covenant with your mouth thou shalt be made whole. You’re talking a husband or a wife walking in a covenant relationship with the Lord. The blessing that belong to the believer; recue, safety, physically, morally, saving health, deliverance, healing, preservation of life, belong to your children because of you.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

When it says they are sanctified it doesn’t mean they are holy or necessarily born again but they are eligible for your blessings because you are in a covenant relationship. If you break it up then they will not have that kind of covenant relationship. When the scripture says when the Lord returns there will be one taken and one left in the bed. That doesn’t always apply to a man and a wife. In the early part of the United States if you went to a hotel or inn you may be sleeping with a complete stranger.  Missionaries can stop in any house when they need a place to sleep and many only have one room. The family moves over and you go to sleep in there but they’re not all in the same bed. It most cased it would indicate it’s talking about a husband and wife but not always. One’s ready to go and one is not. Really it’s the sinner that goes and we’re left to rule and reign with the Lord.

There needs to be more growth to understand covenant relationship especially for your children. Your covering covers your children and that’s the way it should be. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; not knowing what we have in Christ. We have to grow into it and take ahold of these promises. Fight the good fight of faith. This is something I’ve prayed for myself. David told Saul I don’t know how to operate under this armor; I’ve never practiced under all these shields. I don’t know anything about all these implements of war but what I do know is I’ll kill him in the name of the Lord. He said it was the Lord who taught my arms to war. Our warfare is not carnal but there are spiritual weapons; I’ve prayed Lord teach me to fight this good fight of faith. Teach my heart to fight; teach my mind to fight.

I battled a demon possessed woman one time that had a weapon. I quoted my weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty pulling down a strong hold. This demon possessed women was staring me dead in the eye. I told her I’m not coming for a physical battle. She has a knife and the demon showed her how to go from novice to combat. We’re in war to fight the good fight.

We might know him in the power of his resurrection. Say to yourself “the greatness of his power to me when I believe”. Go over the heroes of faith and what they did when it says contend for this kind of faith. We need to contend for that kind of faith.

Mark 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. Vs. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. Vs. 3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy (paralytic), which was borne of four. Vs. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was:  and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of palsy lay. Vs. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, they sins be forgiven thee.

They tore up the roof of someone’s roof so they knew it was going to be worth it because this man’s going to get healed.

Mark 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, vs. 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God (the Creator) only? Vs. 8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Vs. 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?

James 5 call for the elders of the church let them anoint you with oil and the prayer of faith will save the sick. If they have blown it somewhere along the line they have committed sins they shall be free.

They should have understood as they offered up different sacrifices for sicknesses. The atonement of that animal took away their sin then they were healed. For example if they had leprosy and that person had repentance they would take a turtle dove or pigeon and slit its throat over running water and all the sins washed away. The water coming down washed away the leprosy. Leprosy was considered you were struck by the Lord himself because of what happened to Moses when he put his hand in and took it out. Then his sister bad mouthed him marrying an Ethiopian and she was struck with leprosy. There was repentance and she was cleansed. When the Lord was hung on the pole not only did blood come down but water came down also.

Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man (Ish Adam) hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he hath saith to the sick of the palsy,) vs. 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. Vs. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God (the Creator), saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Contend for the faith as once delivered to the saints.

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