The Last Days: Not a Test of Knowledge But Faith – Moriel

I thought this article from Moriel Ministries is very timely, very important for us. It is a privilege to have those who speak truth in time of our need. Praise God for all who are faithful to Him and His word.
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JANUARY 23RD, 2010
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The Last Days: Not a Test of Knowledge But Faith

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

2 Timothy 3:1–9 (NASB)

I have never doubted that sin and wickedness and every aspect of evil would increase as the Day of the Lord draws closer. We are warned in Scripture of the particular intensity of Satan’s wrath to come when he is thrown down to the earth in the waning days leading up to Christ’s return. So in the course of my life whenever I have read passages like this I have thought, “How awful things on earth are going to be in the Last Days for those who don’t know Christ.” But what I did not realize in my youth which has become painfully clear in my twilight is that everything James is speaking of has already begun to occur, and it is not limited to non-believers. Every single behavior listed here has been adopted by a host of people claiming the title “Christian” and operating within the walls of the church – in stunning depth and not simply as an aberration here and there. Is there a Bible-believing, born-again Christian with even an ounce of discernment who does not recognize that the Great Apostasy – the “falling away” – signaling the imminent return of Christ is not already underway?

Intellectually I know that when we see these things occurring we should “straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Lk. 21:28). Our faith is supposed to be affirmed by the approach of such things. But in all honesty, I have wondered if something is basically wrong with me. For the vast majority of my life I have been the “glass is half full” kind of a guy who usually picks the mood up for most everyone else in the room. Lately, however, I have been at best a borderline downer. I freely admit that I seem to be incapable of cheering on the return of our Lord while witnessing the corruption and falling away of God’s people. Every new trend of sin becoming entrenched in the church disturbs me deeply; every additional teacher who at one time solidly held to God’s Word who has in latter years themselves fallen away doctrinally grieves me beyond words; every secular reference to the documented hypocrisy and misbehavior in the name of Christ brings me to my knees. I cannot seem to “get happy” that people, organizations, and entire movements are going down the earthly drain as a prelude to His return. I expect such from the world’s institutions, not from those with a Christian heritage.

And, to be frank, part of it is probably my pride. I have clung to the notion that by holding to God’s Word and ways alone that it would have a greater influence on others that it has. Part of my increasingly dismal outlook is sustained by the falling away of those I had some hope of reaching. While I have had a minimum of success, I thought more battles would have been won than has been the case, so part of my despair is rooted in the search to determine to what degree I am personally responsible for the results. After all, the Bible is prolific in examples of the success of a faithful remnant or even a single, faithful individual in spite of the times in which they lived and operated.

Because of the fact that in my heart of hearts I am the ever hopeful optimist who does not think time has completely run out, I have turned again to God’s Word to determine what should be done. In doing so I have come to believe that while End Times prophecy is important, that even if I were to chart and graph and document the exact timeline of the Last Days with Holy Spirit perfection, I would still fall short of the purpose for which God provided prophecy in the first place. Like everything else in God’s Word the question is whether or not we believe God’s Word to the degree that we are willing to put it into practice and allow it to change our behavior. Scripture is not merely information. And in regards to the Last Days and what to do about them scripturally, I have found great comfort in the last chapter of James and his discourse on what God’s people are supposed to do during the Last Days.

James is not often quoted where End Times discussions are concerned because he does not provide visions or symbols or the kind of information we might normally ascribe to books like Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. But when it comes to the End Times, James begins at a very interesting and telling place in the timeline of these events. He is focused on what Believers are supposed to DO during these times.

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you. (James 5:1-6, NASB)

There are four basic, sinful behaviors which James tells us will be present in the days leading up to Christ’s return. In verses 1-3 we are presented with spiritual blindness to the signs of the times such that many will hoard for themselves all the earthly resources possible. Their sole concern is for personal comfort and pleasure.

In verse 4 this personal greed spins further out of control so that it results in stealing wages, a way of showing the utter disregard people will have for the commandment of the New Covenant to “love one another, even as I have loved you”. (Jn. 13:34) Mistreatment of others will be rooted in the pursuit of personal gain.

In verse 5 they are characterized as not being content with having their basic needs met but pursuing extravagant living. Using their hoarded resources and those garnered from fraud and theft, they become self-absorbed to the exclusion of everyone and everything else.

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17, NASB)

And all of this culminates in the final sinful behavior in verse 6 which can be labeled “injustice”. And not just injustice to people in general, but in particular for those still adhering to God’s Word and ways.

In other words, the Last Days are characterized by people focused on material things, a consumer-driven group giving no real thought to how their behavior in this life shapes the outcome of the next. And this is not just a general indictment of non-believers in the world at large, James is specifically including people within the church! A blind, materialistic church who is more concerned with earthly comfort and wealth than almost anything else. Does this sound at all familiar? Jesus clearly identified these people as the church of Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22). At best they are nominal Christians entrenched in false teachings such as the Faith-Prosperity nonsense; at worst they are completely fallen away in pursuit of the things of this world.

Fortunately James is not as overwhelmed at these things as I am. He is realistic about the situation, but provides a remedy – at least for those still holding fast to His name.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. (James 5:7-11, NASB)

Yes, “patience” and its behavioral partner “endurance” are the obvious and repeated admonition to Believers. James gives four illustrations of what it means to bear the burdens and fight the spiritual battles in the shadow of Christ’s return.

The Farmer”. We can plant and tend the soil but it all still depends on God to water the crop and bring about the harvest. It is no coincidence that it here refers to “the early and late rains”, the repeated biblical metaphor for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We are to continue working in the field, preaching the Gospel and living as an example of it, and have faith in the outcome because it is in God’s hand, not ours. In other words, “Keep going about your business as usual.”

The Judge”. If we truly understand that Jesus is “standing at the door” we would be less likely to question or complain, knowing He is not only near but can so very clearly hear us. Knowing that judgment is coming for all – ourselves included – we should be extremely reluctant to hold anything back. In fact, we should be motivated even more knowing that time is, indeed, running out. The admonition to “not complain…against one another” is a way of stating that even our speech should show patience.

The Prophets”. Find a prophet who is NOT an example of being that lone voice in the wilderness, of feeling overwhelmed by the majority around them rejecting the message they carried. James reminds us that the very nature of the Last Days is characterized by the faithful few and the unfaithful many. But every prophet is also characterized as successfully enduring in spite of the circumstances.

The Endurance of Job”. I think this is James’ most powerful example to us. Job was someone who was not merely enduring hard times, he was not merely ignored in terms of what he had to say, but he was completely isolated and alone. He had to endure the falling away of his family and even his closest friends. Every teacher failed him. Yes, Job is the classic example of a Believer who suffered at the hands of sinners, but at the same time had to endure the “apostasy” – the falling away, if you will – of everyone who was supposed to stick with him. Job found it very difficult to understand what God was doing in the midst of his trials, but by enduring to the end reaped all the benefits of true, biblical faith.

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. (James 5:12, NASB)

In such dire times we are tempted to make some kind of “extra” commitment to God. We might desire to show our serious desire to change the circumstances to such a degree that we want to prop up our promises with oaths and some kind of visible, extra effort. James reminds us it is enough to simply maintain our daily faithfulness in all things, that all that is required is to meet the minimum requirements of a life dedicated to daily carrying its cross. Our speech needs to exhibit the spiritual constraint of our heart.

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:13-18, NASB)

In fact, James takes us back to the essentials of prayer and confession of sin, the staples of a committed, Christian life. But it is important to note that James does not guarantee that all prayer will be effective; he qualifies it as “prayer offered in faith” and as coming from “a righteous man”. In other words, the requirements for the End Times Christian is really no different than for any day or age. The call is not for us to be extra special as much as it is to be extra faithful to what defines every true Believer. The example of Elijah is characterized as “a man with a nature like ours”. Elijah was not supernaturally gifted where patience and endurance were concerned but had to learn and submit the same as us. He had to battle all the same issues of sin, temptation, trials, and overwhelming circumstances just like us, but successfully endured through obedience as an example for us.

My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20, NASB)

And what is the final quality James associates with an End Times faith? Soul-winning.

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

No matter how bad the situation – prison, in the midst of a shipwreck, persecution, being put on trial, etc. – the apostles always provided the example that every situation is an opportunity to win souls for the Kingdom.

So many books, conferences and websites are today dedicated to the discussion of the End Times which overwhelmingly focus on dates, events, and signs which will accompany it, but far less often on what God’s Word teaches that His people should do during those times. James’ admonition is:

  • Be patient and endure, even if you are wronged. (v.1-11)
  • Remain pure in speech. (v.12)
  • Remain prayerful, continuing to confess one’s sins. (v.13-18)
  • Be persistent in winning souls for the Kingdom. (v.19-20)

In other words, we are called to live exactly the same during the End Times as during every single, normal day of our life. Being faithful to God’s Word and ways alone in the course of everyday life is what will enable us to remain faithful during the increasingly turbulent Last Days. Like Job and the prophets it may seem like everyone and everything has fallen away, but we have the assurance of having already read the end of The Book and already know how it all ends. Biblical faith is living as if the end we know to come has already occurred.

In His Love,

Servant@WalkWithTheWord.org

Jailhouse Yoga

India inmates take yoga to reduce their jail sentences

Article and short video here

Many successful inmates go on to become yoga instructors

Prisoners in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being freed early if they complete yoga courses.

For every three months spent practising posture, balance and breathing the inmates can cut their jail time by 15 days.

The authorities say the lessons help to improve the prisoners’ self-control and reduce aggression.

Some 4,000 inmates across the state are benefiting from the scheme, and many go on to become yoga instructors.

‘Angry thoughts’

The state’s inspector general of prisons, Sanjay Mane, said: “Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour, controlling anger and reducing stress.

“When a prisoner attends yoga sessions and fulfils some other conditions, he will be considered for a remission if his jail superintendent recommends his case.”

Prisoners can also gain credit for attending adult literacy courses or studying for degrees.

An inmate at Gwalior central jail, Narayan Sharma – who has now moved on to become an instructor – says it helps to banish the “angry thoughts” in his mind.

“It was these thoughts that made me commit crimes,” he said.

“I hope that after we are released, we can use what we have learned and promote yoga in society so that people no longer commit crime.”

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Notice the last statement – think it’s true? I’m sure God does not agree.  Yoga is the practice of the Hindu and Buddhist religions. It is not exercise, or something to make a person feel better or think nicer thoughts. It is practiced and sold as such, but there is a much deeper spiritual meaning. Isn’t there always? And by “spiritual”, Christianity is EXCLUDED!

Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and  acceptable and perfect will of God.

Not just for Indian jailhouses  tho –

Tampa Bay Jailhouse Yoga

Now confined inside Orient Road Jail, they (female inmates) learn new techniques for coping with life’s difficulties. “We imprison ourselves with our stories and our histories,” Dumois-Sands adds. “So yoga and book discussion is about exploring different paths to who we are and possible paths of liberation.

How about Yoga for Incarcerated Youth?

Workshops are about teaching YOUTH who are at risk – we have hatha, vinyassa, bickram instructors as well as kundalini.

Kundalini.

Would it be sarcastic to say that not only do parents need to be aware of what their kids are taught in school, but also in jail…?


Information on Kundalini Awakening

Kundalini Awakening

As some of you are aware Andrew Strom put out an e-mail a week or so ago on Kundalini. We have discussed this a little bit here on my blog and I was thinking on putting together on article myself. But things being what they are for me at the moment it is best that I get the info out there for you to read and ponder.

My pal Truthspeaker put Andrew’s e-mail up on her site, along with some comments at the link above.  This is a topic we often discuss. It can be somewhat alarming to think this could happen, but please, please read the information with an open mind and pray over what you read. Whatever that fiery, falling down, electric, mind-boggling spirit is – imparting through the laying on of hands – is not of our God!  The effects of the Kundalini Awakening are the best explanation we have so far.

The Latter Rain Redivivus By Bob DeWaay

Mike Bickle and International House of Prayer
The Latter Rain Redivivus

By Bob DeWaay

Earlier this year the International House of Prayer (IHOP) sponsored a conference in Kansas City entitled Passion for Jesus that was heavily promoted toward young people. The purpose of the conference was to “cultivate intimacy with Jesus.” In the conference’s second session, IHOP president and director Mike Bickle preached a message based on an allegorical interpretation of a Matthew 25 parable in which he explained his end times theology and “revelation of the bridal paradigm.” Bickle claims that Jesus cannot return until something drastically changes in the church: “He is not coming any day. He is not coming until the people of God globally are crying out in intercession with a bridal identity under the anointing of the Spirit.1

Continue reading here.

Mike Bickle’s Romantic Jesus

In light of the recent joining between IHOP and other ministries also involving kids, I thought it would be good to link this article from Critical Issues Commentary.

Please, if you have children be ever so careful in jumping the gun in this “missions” quest. Pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Lord would never want one of His to become so entangled in the false practices going on with IHOP and the rest. The links provided will take you to the rest of the article.

Prayerfully,

mk

Mike Bickle’s Romantic Jesus
IHOP’s Bridal Paradigm
ISSUE 107 – July / August 2008
Recently I was given a CD of Mike Bickle speaking to a youth group at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) Passion for Jesus Conference in Kansas City. Bickle is full of zeal and passion as he speaks of the “Bridegroom Jesus” he has found in the Song of Solomon through “spiritual interpretation.” The message is central to his ministry as IHOP sees this new revelation of the “Bridal Paradigm” being extremely important for individual Christians to grow in God …
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IHOP Partners with Teen Mania

Email from International House of Prayer

From their registration page –

When sleeping Christians wake up, their eyes become open to the lost. It is recognizing the need others have for the gospel that then compels them to go, and ‘going’ is the life-blood of missions.

This is why Spiritual Awakenings fuel evangelism, and why they are the very epicenter of revivals around the world.

This is why IHOP is partnering with Global Expeditions: To give every student that has Encountered God a chance to Take Action.

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See the buzz words  – When sleeping Christians Wake Up – meaning you are lacking in your faith, your relationship with your savior, lacking in your gifts etc., thereby creating the problem or a need just like in marketing.

Spiritual Awakenings – this is their solution to your lack of…and this is what they “sell” at their meetings as they preach everything except the true gospel, give impartations and the false end times – dominion/kingdom now theories. They believe Jesus will not return until Christians take the world over.

revivals around the world – their expected outcome

Remember, IHOP has partnered with Bethel (who some time ago “married”  – their wording – with Iris Ministries Rolland and Heidi Baker), and the Arnotts, (Toronto Blessing hosts), and Lou Engle.  It was said Mike Bickle (IHOP)  was to make a trip to Morningstar, home of Rick Joyner and Todd Bentley, altho I have not been able to determine if that has happened. These all follow the false prophecies of Bob Jones.

Save your children. Don’t let them be involved with these false teachers and prophets, who preach a false jesus, false gospel, and for Bickle, a false paradigm of the Bride of Christ, aka Bridal Paradigm.

What is the Spirit Speaking to the Church? . . . Reach the World!


At the recent onething‘09 conference Mike Bickle introduced a partnership between IHOP–KC and Teen Mania Ministries / Global Expeditions.

For over 23 years, Global Expeditions has taken young people and adults on short-term missions endeavors, in obedience to the command given by Jesus in Mark 16:15–18 to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” As a result, over 1.3 million people have had the opportunity to hear the gospel, with hundreds of thousands making decisions to follow Jesus.

Throughout history, college and university campuses in our nation have been a catalyst for spiritual awakening. Since the 1700s our nation has witnessed multiple moves of the Holy Spirit that have touched and awakened students on college campuses. These movements often progressed beyond the campuses, resulting in a great number of souls being added to the kingdom of God. History also attests to a strong correlation between spiritual awakening and missionary movements among the lost. When the Holy Spirit awakens hearts, it requires a response, and that response carries the gospel forward.

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As the Holy Spirit moves on our hearts, it is not for our sake alone. He empowers us to be effective witnesses and ministers of the gospel, in the power of the Spirit, just like the early church in the book of Acts. This is the mandate of the Church, the function of every follower of Christ.

What is our next step? We must take what we have—the good news of Jesus Christ—to those who have never heard. We can do this in our schools, in the marketplace, in our neighborhoods, but God often calls us to go further afield.

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By partnering with a missionary movement. Through Global Expeditions, we invite you to take a short-term trip to minister the love of Jesus to the ends of the earth. The Great Commission commands us and the love of God compels us. Whether in New York, Panama, Scotland, or China, you can make an eternal difference in the lives of those you encounter while having the adventure of a lifetime.

Visit GlobalExpeditions.com or call 1.877.745.8336 to find out more.

With passion for Jesus,
IHOP–KC Leadership Team

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How to Discern a True Work of the Spirit by Bob DeWaay

Audio link and teaching notes follow~

Recently I received a comment from Norcal with a link to a teaching by Bob DeWaay, “How to Discern a True Work of the Spirit”. I think this is perfect timing for those who are struggling with the truth behind these “revival and outpouring meetings” which are just revving up again.  From my own experience and that of others it can be hard to determine what exactly is going on in these meetings and videos.

When these well known and supported men and women come in the name of the Lord, making claims of healing, salvation, restoration, miracles, signs and wonders we often make the mistake these claims are true because they sound so good. And the truth is, they can be pretty close to the truth.

A quote from Charles Spurgeon -Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right .

This is why we need each other and why we are described as a body (Romans 12:3-8) Each of us has a function just as each of us has a part. Together, under the headship of Christ, through the the work of the Holy Spirit we support each other and contribute that which has been given to us. Then we are able to better discern, to help those who struggle and to better support the body!  Of course we all need to be grounded in the Word of God.  There is no excuse to not be!

Following are the thoughts from Norcal:

While studying and preparing to teach our small group “how to test the spirits”, I came across Bob DeWaay’s sermon titled, “How to Discern a True Work of the Spirit”.

It’s the simplest, bottom-line method I’ve heard for testing the spirits. In short, the premise is based on Jesus’ words in John 16:13-14, “However when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14) He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus…the birth, life, work, ministry, substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus. In other words, the gospel.

All meaningless signs (laughing, shaking, gold dust, drunkenness, etc) that don’t glorify Jesus in the proclaiming of the gospel are proofs that their source is not the work of the Holy Spirit.

Here’s a link to the mp3 audio of the sermon:

http://www.twincityfellowship.com/audio/sermon_mp3/20071104_tcf_sermon.mp3

Here are the teaching notes–

How to Discern a True Work of the Spirit

Bob DeWaay   November 4, 2007   Twin City Fellowship

“The Spirit of Truth . . . He will bear witness of Me” (John 15:26)

How to discern spirits

1John 4:1, 2

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

How to discern spirits

1John 4:3, 5

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

The Holy Spirit motivates believers to confess the truth about Christ

1Corinthians 12:3

Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

Testimony about Jesus is the work of the Holy Spirit who inspires all prophecy

Revelation 19:10

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

True prophets testified about Christ

1Peter 1:10, 11

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

The Holy Spirit inspired true prophets

2Peter 1:20,21

But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

False prophets “deny the Master”

2Peter 2:1

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

They deny the master by “going to far” and not “abiding” in the teaching of Christ

2John 1:9

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

The Holy Spirit Testifies of Christ

John 15:26

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me,

The Holy Spirit Testifies of Christ

Numbers 24:2, 17 (NKJV)

And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.  . . . . “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.”

John the Baptist testified of Christ

Luke 3:16

John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Simeon Testified of Christ

Luke 2:25, 26

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Simeon Testified of Salvation

Luke 2:27 – 30

And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,  “Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond-servant depart In peace, according to Thy word; For my eyes have seen Thy salvation,

God testifies as the Holy Spirit descends on the Son

Luke 3:22

and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.”

Jesus testifies about Himself

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are downtrodden,”

To blaspheme the Holy Spirit who anoints “Messiah” and who testifies of Him is to never be “released” from sin.

Luke 12:10

And everyone who will speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven [lit. “released”] him.

By the Spirit they will testify of Christ

Matthew 10:18 – 20

and you shall even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not become anxious about how or what you will speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what you are to speak. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

Witnesses in the power of the Spirit

Luke 24:46 – 49

and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. and behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Holy Spirit will empower them to testify of Christ

Acts 1:8

but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

Peter testifies of Christ

The Apostles witness to Christ

Acts 4:31, 33

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak the word of God with boldness. . . And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.

Stephen testifies and is martyred

Acts 7:55, 56

But being full of the Holy Spirit, he [Stephen] gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Paul is filled with the Holy Spirit

Acts 9:17

And Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Spirit filled Paul immediately proclaims Christ

Acts 9:20

and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Confession and Abiding

1John 4:13 – 15

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

Knowing the true work of the Spirit

1John 4:2, 3

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

Applications and Implications

1) Confessing Christ is not merely uttering words

2) Overcomers are born of God and believe the truth about Jesus Christ

1)      Confessing Christ is not merely uttering words

Matthew 7:22, 23

“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

1)      Confessing Christ is not merely uttering words

Matthew 7:24

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.

2)      Overcomers are born of God and believe the truth about Jesus Christ

1John 5:4, 5

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

2)      Overcomers are born of God and believe the truth about Jesus Christ

Revelation 3:5

“He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.”

2) Overcomers are born of God and believe the truth about Jesus Christ

Matthew 10:32, 33

“Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

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Thanks Norcal! :)

Here again is the article I put together on the Holy Spirit after I came out of similar experiences -Holy Spirit Manifestations

Romans 15:5-6 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.