Sunday, March 1, 2015

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  17 (7 of 7) 
OBEDIENCE,  BEING ONE WITH GOD 
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On September 22, 1997 the Lord gave me a song titled, "Draw Near To The Wind," about revival.

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stanza three:
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We must sing our praises unto him
For the day of revival to begin

This isn't all he wants us to do.

Not only to love Him, but be faithful and true.

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Chorus:       
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Revival fire is blowing in the wind
Calling God's people to draw closer to Him

We must die to our will and our sin
O ye people draw near to the wind
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The wind is the Holy Spirit bringing revival fire to God's people.

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Rev. 3:20 ... 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.
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God wants to have a special relationship with us, that is wrapped in the kind of fellowship, that only being One with God can open up to us.

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The door that Jesus is knocking on is the one that is found in the heart of those who profess to be His people saying, "I want to have fellowship with you, the intimate kind, that is only found through being one with Me."   Therefore, He says to us, "I counsel thee to buy of me."  Our dying to self-ambitions, self-desire, and self-will makes intimate fellowship with the Lord possible.  "I...will sup with him and he with me," is a fellowship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit no words can adequately describe.  It is fellowship that must be experienced to understand.  Being One with God opens the door to the intimate fellowship God wants to have with us.           
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But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17
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Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Revelation 16:15
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The nakedness spoken of in Revelation 3:17-18 and Revelation 16:15, is the lack of obedience (perfection in the flesh) observed by others, the lack of spirituality, the lack of maturity, and spiritual poverty that accompanies nominal-Christianity.  Our disobedience to the perfect will of God for our life leaves us naked, indecently exposed spiritually.  The nakedness is carnality, all of the wicked ambitions associated with the sinful nature that is manifested through the life of a disobedient and rebellious child.  Sin in our life causes us to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.  The less death to self we entertain or engage in, the more evident these five facts are seen by others around us, and the worse a testimony for Jesus we are.

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We are all different, although there are many similarities. Knowing how to overcome the sinful nature, disobedience in our life, self-will, self-desire, and self-ambition is different for each of us.  Knowing how to overcome is dependent on what level we are affected, and our ability to comprehend or understand God's attempts to bring us into Oneness with Himself, to conform us into the exact image of Jesus.
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Fasting is a device God has given us to overcome sin in our life; for some it needs to be done more often and more extreme than for others, it is only one device.  We all must receive our own revelation of how to die to self.  As I have written,” it is within the reach of everyone of us, if only we will seek the revealing of this truth from God, then receive it and run with it, (pursue it with all our life), (Mark 12:30)."
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Isaiah chapter 58 is misunderstood to be speaking of the blessings God bestows on those who fast food and/or drink. In Isaiah 58:5c God says: "Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?" God's reply in verse 6, "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness..." With all that flows after this verse, the more excellent fast, in God's sight, is to forsake disobedience, the sinning lifestyle.  Jesus is our example of what being perfect in the sight of God is, He did nothing unless the Father told Him to, we are to do the same (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 21:22).

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Isaiah 58:8-14 reveals what God will manifest through those of us who will obey God's perfect desire for our life.  All this glory was manifested through Jesus, and can be manifested through us as well, if we will stop doing our desires, our will, and do GOD'S ONLY.

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Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, here I am...then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness shall be as the noon day; and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the paths to dwell in...if thou...shall honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth... Isaiah 58:8-14
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All that God has given me to write about "Obedience, Being One With God," is to expose the Reader to this desire of God for us; and, in being exposed, he will begin to perform all of the truths written here in, in the Reader's life; and, in being performed, usher in a Worldwide Revival before the Church is taken out of the earth.  The Worldwide Revival that is being prayed for, and has been prayed for, for decades.
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns...and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm

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The majority of my discussions this past week on FB had to do with other Christians, mostly those who know me personally. Grace, OSAS, and Works were the primary topic of discussion; the issue of “works,” or more correctly “obedience,” lean toward many variations for theology. When the Lord directed me to write about the Seven Churches of Asia in 2005 [published as a book in 2007] He gave me a more clear understanding about Jesus’ HUMANITY and the New Birth being after the similitude of Jesus’ virgin birth. One issue that I had questioned for years is what is written in Revelation 3:4 “for they are worthy;” was answered for me as well.
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What Jesus said to the Seven Churches of Asia is about “works” or the lack thereof and what the repercussions would be if not corrected; what Jesus said to Sardis is if you will repent I will not remove your name from the book of life. “Jesus is our righteousness” AFTER repenting of our sins to receive Him as Lord and Savior; what the Lord made clear to me is that something more is REQUIRED to receive eternal life; it is “obedience” to God’s perfect will [Ephesians 2:10] which is “defined” by Torah but “led” by God’s Spirit [Romans 8:14]. Romans 10:4 and Colossians 2:14 are always MISINTERPRETED AND MISUSED by those who embrace OSAS to imply since Jesus is our righteousness  obeying the “Law” is no longer required, which according to the Greek definitions for the references and what Jesus said to the Seven Churches of Asia is AN ERRONEOUS belief [obeying the “law” IS required/Romans 3:31].
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Obedience AND Faithfulness to our last breath are required to receive eternal life. The “PROMISE” of eternal life can be forfeited, and based on the Apostles constant exhortation to live holy lives, obedience to God is a FREE WILL choice to do it OR not to do it otherwise there would be no need to preach holiness if obedience is automatic. God has left the decision to obey Him or not to our own “free will choice;” therefore the consequences negative or positive is laid upon us …NOT… HIM, if I am condemned it is my fault NOT HIS because of “free will” [1 Cor 5:10 and Revelation 22:12].
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OSAS deny free will, we are created [predestinated/ a word misused by OSAS] to receive Jesus and the others are created not to; I call it “random selection” and the others are condemned with no choice in the matter. OSAS is a minority belief and for good reason, they ignore the Scriptures that prove the theology is FALSE, just using Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:29-39 can prove this. I have had OSAS accuse that if a person apostates they were never truly a Christian in the first place, but Hebrew 6:4-6 can be used to invalidate that conclusion. In order for a person to receive the Baptism WITH the Holy Spirit [the nine Gifts] BIBLICALLY they first have to be TRULY BORN AGAIN; the Holy Spirit does not baptized anyone with the Gifts until they are born again FIRST. Of the five occasions mentioned in the Book of Acts, when the Apostles laid their hands of people to receive the “Baptism” those people FIRST had to have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, the references about Paul, and Cornelius included.
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I was told by one who embraced OSAS that God does the righteous works through us we do not do them; this belief is not Biblically sound; I do not know of any reference that teaches this except related to the nine Gifts and God’s anointing to minister; God’s Spirit operates the nine Gifts and gives the anointing to make our preaching effective to the salvation of a soul, but when it comes to obedience that function is SOLELY ours alone. One reference related to free will is what Jesus said about Himself “I DO always those things that please Him [John 8:29 KJV];” Jesus did not say “God does through me those things that please Him.”
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Samuel    3/1/2015