WHY DO MOST NEVER TRUST THE ONE MOST TRUSTWORTHY?

 

Sin is not only a destroyer, those under its power are also prone to colossal deception. It is why so many refuse to trust the Lord Jesus.

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“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” [Matthew 7: 13-14]

THE LORD’S MISSION

No one is more loving or kind. No one is more willing to sacrifice on your behalf. No one gives His heart as He does. He will do anything to save you. He has proven this by His perfect life and sacrificial death. His goal was to defeat sin and thereby set people free from its power. There was only one way to do this. He risked everything in the process. How so?

What most Christians fail to consider are the immense implications of His mission. In order to defeat sin He would have to live His life entirely free from sin. He could never sin, not even once. If He did He would suffer the penalty of sin which is spiritual death.

Once the Lord God decided to become a Man, to pass into the realm of humanity as one of us and enter into the greatest and riskiest mission of all time, He knew it meant putting the entire Universe including the celestial environs of heaven up for grabs. If He failed the devil would gain everything. If the Lord sinned, if He violated the Torah, even only once, and even only in a minor way, He would no longer qualify as the perfect unblemished Sacrifice Lamb. That would mean there would be no Savior. It would mean there would never be a Savior. That would mean He would go to hell. It would also mean we all would go to hell. There would be no way to get around it. The apostle Paul would never write, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” Death would win. It would forever sting the heart of all. Human beings would be but a memory. God would be a memory. The devil and his evil henchmen would rule forever. 

Thus, we must always be cognizant of what was at stake. The Lord’s life/mission was obviously the most fundamental and crucial aspect of our potential salvation. No one can even imagine the immense pressure the Lord was under. These were monumental implications. The prodigious power of sin and the temptation thereof is such that no human being has the ability to ever come close to defeating it. It is by far the greatest disease known to man. Sin is simply far too powerful and human beings are far too weak and prone to temptation to ever have a chance against it on their own. Once Adam sinned he released this sad inability and weakness, this incessant persistent flaw, upon all succeeding generations. Once sin entered the realm of humanity it put everyone at risk of eternal damnation.

Prior to the Incarnation, with Himself as the only possible candidate, the Lord God knew He must be the first human to defeat sin. He knew He must be the first to never give into temptation, to never be deceived by the devil, and to never be betrayed by His own flesh. Setting a perfect example, He would never choose this fallen hell-bound world and its absurdly temporary pleasures over the spiritual purity of heaven. He must be successful in opening a spiritual door to eternal life for all. He would be that Door.

ADAM’S MISSION

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. [Genesis 2:15]

Humans were not bound by sin in the very beginning, of course. Adam had authority over sin. He had authority over death. Hell had no hold on him. He was absolutely free and lived in paradise. The Lord created Him above all Creation which included the devil. Adam had greater power than the devil. Adam ruled over the devil and all his fallen angelic cohorts. He was the king of the Garden, second only to God. The objective was for the Lord God, through Adam His human agent, to spread His righteous dominion throughout the world defeating the devil one step at a time and eventually eliminating his dominion here. God’s pure, holy, righteous, and loving dominion as it existed in the Garden would replace the devil’s evil dominion across the planet. The way Adam would accomplish this would be to continually cultivate and keep the Garden.

I wrote the following passage in my book Real Christianity in reference to Naboth’s Vineyard. You can find his story in the Book of 1Kings, Chapter 21. His Vineyard is a perfect spiritual type of each real Christian’s individual ministry and purpose. The spiritual significance is the same as Adam’s Garden:  

One would do well to understand the creative power of one’s own vineyard. Every believer has a destiny to fulfill, a purpose for being here. Each person has a vineyard and is commissioned by God “to cultivate it and keep it.” The believer’s cultivating and keeping of his vineyard is his reason for existence. To cultivate is to prepare, to work at, and to foster growth. To keep one’s vineyard is to guard it, to preside over and protect it, to secure and maintain dominion, and to be individually responsible for its yield. It is that which gives purpose, it is his or her place in the body—the place where God dwells. [Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church © 2001 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.]

Well now, without looking too far into this, one should be able to immediately ascertain the devil’s strategy. Adam was the sole link between God and His dominion on the earth. Adam was outstandingly faithful to his mission but was only successful at continually achieving it day by day by fully focusing on God first and on his cultivating and keeping.

He was also fully aware that he must never engage in any activity that would subvert it and by which he would lose the strength and wherewithal to achieve it. Such spiritually unfruitful activity, the one and only “Thou Shalt Not” he received from God, is fruitful nonetheless though in the evil realm and is actually represented as forbidden fruit existing within Adam’s own Garden, a reminder that even in his earthly paradise there existed temptation and at a given point in time, a tempter. But not to worry. Adam was fully aware of this. The Lord taught him well. He trusted God. He obeyed God. Under these circumstances he would never eat the fruit of the Death Tree.

Remember, the devil did not need to defeat the Lord God, which he could not do anyway; all he had to do was defeat Adam. Yet he knew, of course, that this was a virtual impossibility. He knew he could never convince Adam otherwise. Perhaps he had tempted Adam on occasion, maybe many times. It did no good. Adam’s bond with God with far too strong and unyielding. And no, Adam wasn’t duded up with body armor or armed with automatic weapons that could perforate the devil in seconds and cut him into a thousand pieces. Such weapons have no power over angelic beings (hell’s angels) of the spiritual realm. The only method for defeating and taking authority over the enemies of God, demonic entities, and sin is by gaining and using the Lord God’s spiritual power and by living in a state of no sin. As long as Adam never sinned he would maintain his complete dominion over the devil. He would continue honoring God, serving God, living for God, and increasing God’s dominion. He would continue RULING OVER the devil forever. Though certainly a potential weak link compared to God, Adam was effectively no weak link at all. The devil was flummoxed by this. (Keep this in mind as you consider your own discipleship.)

EVE’S MISSION

For however long it was, when Adam remained alone with God he remained successful. He continued faithfully in his work. But eventually, he became aware of something missing, an awareness he could not initially explain or understand—he became lonely. He realized that he had developed a desire for human companionship. He sought God over this issue. The Lord, not feeling slighted in the least, responded by blessing Adam with his next greatest gift. You see, Adam’s future mission must include others. Not only must the Garden be fruitful—Adam must be fruitful. Not only must the Garden continue producing beneficial fruit of every kind in great amounts and continue to expand, others must come forth to assist in Adam’s “cultivating and keeping.” He must have faithful human offspring to assist him in defeating the evil forces pressuring the Garden borders from without while he expanded them outward from within. Adam was meant to be a spiritual patriarch of a great righteous clan. He was destined to grow from miniscule beginnings in a tiny obscure Garden amongst the wilds of nature and the evil dominion of the devil to a worldwide Garden covering the earth with no room for evil and no place for the devil.

To achieve this he would need help, a lot of it. The overall mission was far too grand to achieve alone. He would especially need someone very close. One cannot be a patriarch without a strong loving matriarch. Of course, rather than the future, Adam primarily had the present on his mind at that particular time. And rather than thoughts of a future matriarch and kids and family, as wonderful as such thoughts were, he was thinking more along the lines of an extended honeymoon. God did not disappoint.

The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” [Genesis 2:22:23]

Eve was God’s crown of Creation. As far as Adam was concerned, God saved His best for last. For both, it was love at first sight. A holy covenant between these two was formed. God officiated as both a covenant official and a wedding preacher. He explained what love was, what it meant to be husband and wife, and what was expected of each for both one another and the future. He also taught them about working together, about ministry, and about cultivating and keeping. Because Eve was essentially born into an existing situation God explained what her role would be. 

You see, Eve was created to be Adam’s one and only fully supportive side-by-side loving companion in holy covenant with him. She was Adam’s ezer kenegdo, a “helper suitable for him.” She was not equipped to rule except as part of Adam’s rule and must yield to the one she was created to serve just as Adam yielded to the One he was created to serve. Also, she was not equipped in the natural to as great a degree as Adam to perceive spiritual dominion and what must be done to gain it and maintain it. She was not created primarily to be a warrior but a nurturer. She was there to stand with Adam, to support him, to assist in easing the pressure of responsibility upon him, to be forever by his side and work alongside him under his authority. Her gifting and nature would be a tremendous benefit for Adam, aiding him to assist in maintaining his strength and continuing onward. He would become a much better and spiritually fruitful man due to her love and support. He would, of course, also love her and shelter her and protect her. He would cherish her. It was to each other’s benefit to provide what the other lacked and needed the most within the realm of their humanity. These two were destined to be on the forefront of spiritual battle and would need every bit of each other’s support, care, and encouragement. They were dependent on one another. They must be true. They were the only people in the Garden.

SATAN’S SUBTERFUGE

As long as their covenant union remained intact the devil would continue losing and continue losing ground. The wicked devil, a being of great darkness and evil, therefore must find a way to subvert this covenant marriage and especially this new person, this innocent beautiful woman.

The creation of Eve presented the devil with a new opportunity. Once Eve inhabited the Garden the devil planned on applying the exact initial strategy against her as he had with Adam. He would operate on the sly. He would find a way to bypass Adam. He would do an end around and hope Adam would never suspect anything. He determined to catch her off guard and meet with her alone away from Adam’s protection. It wasn’t simply because she was a new opportunity for him but because he had noticed a weakness in Eve he could exploit, a weakness Adam did not have.

Though the devil ruled the planet and had the run of it in the spiritual realm ever since God cast him out of heaven, he only had dominion here and nowhere else. And he didn’t appreciate the new invaders invading his turf. The devil hated the Garden. He hates everything pure and holy and righteous. He obviously opposed Adam’s mission from day one knowing exactly what it represented. He knew it was spiritual war directed against him but his counter offensive against Adam had been completely ineffective.

What the devil attempted with Eve is what he attempts with everyone. His goal is to corrupt, to change whatever is good, wholesome, and honorable into something immoral and sinful. Adam’s only chance was staying close to God. With him, however, it was not mere chance; Adam was very close to God and would never, ever betray Him.

The devil knows all too well what happens when a person becomes dedicated to God the way Adam was initially. Such people—real Christians—are a never ending headache for him. They’re a pain in the neck, a thorn in the flesh, and an endless succession of punishing left jabs and jaw-breaking right crosses pounding cranium and midsection, leaving ribs broken and face a bloody pulp, and all this before the sweeping left hooks slam upside his head, contorting it grotesquely, and knocking him clean out of the ring. These real Christians unrelentingly stand up for the Lord Jesus and His righteousness and thereby inflict ongoing damage to the devil’s workings. They do exactly what Adam did when he was right with God.

Though the devil fights them, they have the wherewithal through the Lord’s Holy Spirit to successfully fight back and thus engage their enemy every step of the way. They pray. They fast. They stay “read up” on the Word of God. They stay filled with the Holy Spirit. They remain revved up on full oil lamps. They invade the enemy’s dominion. They rescue lost souls. They witness. They tell others about the Lord. They preach and teach the Gospel. They uncover lies, false doctrines, and false narratives, revealing them for what they are. THEY EXPOSE THE DEVIL AND THE LORD’S HUMAN ENEMIES. They do exactly what the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to do:

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” [Luke 10:17-19]

EVE’S WAVERING TRUST

Though she did very well for a while, maybe a relatively long time, the day came when the devil’s temptations and tricky wordplay began to at last find their mark. On a particular day, not unlike any other, she happened to have a weak moment. This happens on occasion to all believers, of course, and demands an immediate adjustment. One must quickly pivot back in God’s direction. I would think Eve had done this many times. She was not unaware. And she certainly was not unaware of temptation. Well, she suddenly pivoted alright, but in the wrong direction.

She started perceiving the Lord God as someone holding out on her. She felt she was being dishonored. She tired of her apparent secondary place. Mostly however, the devil had finally convinced her that Adam was no longer worth honoring or serving. Why should she be this so-called ezer kenegdo? Why should her life be a mere side by side support to Adam’s life? Shouldn’t they be identical? Shouldn’t they share top billing? And for that matter, why should she actually serve God? Is He really what He claims to be? Why are we stuck in this Garden? Why can’t we venture forth outside these Garden walls and check out the scene beyond? What else is out there? Maybe this serpent isn’t so bad after all. Maybe this tree, this big beautiful tree, filled with beautiful fruit that looks quite delicious and nurturing and is likely even better than all the rest of the fruit in this Garden is actually a very good thing, a wonderful thing, and something that Adam and God are keeping me from enjoying. Maybe if I do eat this fruit that for some strange reason they don’t want me to eat I can not only attain the authority of my husband but actually have him serve me! And maybe I can even be like God! Give me the papers. I’m signing…

TRUST MISAPPLIED: THE FALL

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” [Genesis 2:16-17]

Adam didn’t have to eat the forbidden fruit. He knew better. God had always warned him. God warned him for a very good reason. He could never explain the full implications and outcome of such a vile deed because Adam, in his purity and innocence, would never understand anyway. Rather than know, then, Adam would have to TRUST. This is what faith is. It is not just faith, it is pure faith in the Lord God. It is faith in believing His words, directives, teachings, and commandments. It is trusting in Him that He knows best and we therefore must obey and comply. It is for our own benefit but also His and our relationship. And this faith, this trust, is not just faith in a generic “God,” it is faith in the Lord Jesus who is the express image of God.

Those who trust in “God” but refuse to trust in the Lord Jesus are not actually trusting in God at all. They don’t even know God.

Yet, Adam knew God. And he trusted Him completely. But he was suddenly presented with a different dynamic. It came out of left field and he had a big problem processing it. As the one who had to keep everything intact, he was challenged with fitting this new puzzle piece in—it was large and unwieldy and appeared unsuitable to the Garden environs. In the effort to contain it all Adam lost sight of his main objective, part of which was to not try to fit things in that simply didn’t belong, that were not at all good for the overall setting.

His main problem along these lines (understatement alert) was what to do about Eve. She had already eaten the fruit. She never prayed about it. She never asked his advice. She just did it. And now she was a different person. Her internal beauty had faded. He still wanted her, of course, but he also wanted God. How could he have both? Somewhere around here is where Adam began losing his trust. He was no longer completely sure about the Lord. He had strayed into onset unbelief. The new dynamic threw him. It was something he never thought he would have to deal with. In his final analysis, he decided that the only way to make it all work, to please God, to please himself, to please his wife, and keep everything intact and all included, was to join up with Eve in her new endeavor instead of showing her the door. This way he could keep her. God would understand…

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” [Genesis 3:8-13]

SIN CAUSES SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS

Adam failed. He failed at his mission. He was defeated by a far lesser foe. The original dominion plan was lost.

This required another Adam. A future Adam. A final and only remaining chance Adam who must be successful, though also under the commandment to never sin and thus maintain power over the devil, and the world, and the flesh, and temptation, and the grave, and hell, and death itself. He would be the last Adam:

So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. [1Corinthians 15:45]

He would also be the firstborn of a new paradise, an everlasting spiritual Kingdom:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. [Colossians 1:15-18]

The God Adam knew was the only God there is, the One who dwelt in heaven in the far reaches of a glorious celestial realm. But this God also walked in the Garden. This is not a mere euphemism. Adam and Eve heard the sound of His walking. They also talked to Him. Directly. This was not a theophany. It was not a disembodied Spirit. They heard His voice. They saw His face.

Yet now, somehow, something terrible had happened. Adam was now on the other side of a former spiritual relationship. Fear had replaced faith. His purpose had drifted away. His mission had ceased.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. [2Corinthians 4:3-4]

How is it that the devil has the power to blind the minds of the unbelieving? Could it be because unbelief is a sin? Could it be because those who willfully dwell in sin are under his authority? Is it because they cannot bring themselves to trust someone they cannot perceive? Do they not perceive Him because they are under a trance? An enchantment? And is this not due to the great power of sin? The fact of the matter is that sin causes spiritual blindness and a break in relationship with God. The only way to be reconciled to Him and have the spiritual blindness removed is to first have the sin removed. And the only way to do that is to turn from sin and seek the Lord Jesus since He is only one that has the cure.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” [Matthew 5:8]

One must desire an actual relationship with God. One must no longer justify sin or dwell willingly with sin but repent of sin and cease from its practice. One must become pure in heart. When a person is cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb, which pays for all sin, it washes it away. It scours out all the sin from an individual’s life all the way down to the infinitesimal DNA level. Then an amazing thing happens—spiritual seeing happens—spiritual sight is created. The thick colossal deception one has been subjected to is overcome and removed. Though one may never see the Lord God with the physical eye one can nonetheless see Him with spiritual eyes. One becomes aware of His holy presence. One discovers that the Lord Jesus actually exists and is the source of all Life and blessing.

One receives the revelation that Jesus is the Lord God. He is the One we all have been searching for. He is the One who longs to rescue and save all who desire Him.

And one knows He can be trusted to the nth degree.

Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” [John 2:28-29]

BLESSING BORN OF TRUST

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!

And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;

He who watches his way preserves his life.

Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly

Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

He who gives attention to the word will find good,

And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. [Proverbs 16:16-20] [1]

© 2023 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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  1. The old, old story. It never becomes dull or tedious, but stirs us to think carefully about our own relationship with Jesus Christ. Thanks, RJ, for this excellent reminder.

    Perhaps I’m being a bit simplistic, but I’ve often wondered about Adam’s decision to eat the fruit Eve offered him. Surely knew. . . . .but maybe his love for her was so great that he didn’t want her to go alone in her banishment from the Garden, and her punishment of death. And that, I think, could be a whole other conversation 🙂

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    • Thanks Linda. Yes. The power of love is such that Adam had a very tough choice to make. He truly loved Eve. But this historical story tells us there is a greater Love, the very greatest, and this greatest Love must be first. The Lord God, as a Man among us that we could clearly perceive, demonstrated this Love. He lived it out. The last Adam always put the greatest Love first and made His choices accordingly. He even puts it first when choosing His followers, those who become disciples. He expects that we as His disciples, no, He demands that we as His disciples, put the greatest Love first also, even if it means giving up things we love on a lower level. Otherwise we have no relationship with Him. God is Love.

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  2. Meanwhile now, the life we live before a watching world must be one of total commitment to knowing and walking with God. In this way we are useable to be empowered by his spirit to be a part of the daring rescue of mankind. Trusting Gods voice and obeying needs to be in lockstep with being able to hear His voice…daily.

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    • Amen Gary. Thank you. What a great blessing it is to actually have the opportunity to live and work for the Lord. It is powerfully humbling. May we strive to get it right, to please Him and honor Him. Our complete trust in Him makes it work.

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  3. This article is truly among your best works. Every paragraph is riveting.

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  4. Hi RJ, the story of the fall of mankind always brings me sorrow. However, I look to the Creator Who is above all and worthy of all. I am in awe of His wisdom and His love. He did not create mankind to be robots or perfect human beings to always behave in a matter that pleases Him, but men and women with the gift of free will. To choose between right and wrong, good or evil, to choose Him or the lust of the world, the eyes or the flesh. It is an amazing thing that He has done. And sin is I believe not trusting in the Creator and trusting in man’s own imperfect ways that creates the chasm between the Creator and the created. Great piece, RJ! Will read a few times more to catch all the themes and meanings.

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    • Thank you so much Dee. I really appreciate this. I’m glad it was edifying.

      You’re right. He created free-thinking individuals with the ability to choose. Of course, we start from the default position hung between good and evil. We have to figure it out as we go. Some people love this world and see it as the ultimate, either not believing in an afterlife or not putting the required amount of stock in it and therefore choose the things associated with it. This means there will be the resultant acceptance of sin to varying degrees and the justification thereof.

      Other people have more of a heart for righteousness. Some will travel that road and continue to make choices along the way to honor it, which means they make tough choices to eliminate certain sinful practices. Yet, even if such people do their best in that regard they will never gain the place they seek without the Lord’s help. He sees the hungry hearts searching for the true reality of existence, those who know there must be much more than mere sensory perceptions and desires. I believe He then proactively guides such souls toward the spiritual reality they seek: Himself. He is the Door. We can only enter through Him. No one comes to the Father unless they go through the Son.

      Those who come to Him bring all their baggage from life in this fallen world and a history of sinful choices even though they may have tried not to sin and regret doing so. He understands how difficult it is and how much those hungry ones want real life. He then has the means all prepared to cleanse them and help them on the right spiritual path. But first He meets them and expresses His love and a Father-child relationship begins. Those who come to Him must choose Him. They must trust Him to make such a choice.

      As disciples His children learn how to continually make the right choices and avoid sin. They must be clean vessels. He grants spiritual power to live righteously for Him and also to step into a specific ministry to assist others. They eventually gain spiritual maturity and learn how to be victorious. It is difficult to go against the grain of this world and whatever culture of man we may be influenced by. Living for the Lord is not easy but is greatly rewarding. There is nothing better than receiving His free salvation and then living a life that pleases Him. He is worth living a million such lives no matter how difficult. He is forever worthy of our trust.

      Blessings to you, Dee. Glad you’re back.

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  5. A wonderful post and the comments above are heart felt as well. The key words that resonate with me are: We must choose Him. After feeling the pain at a young age of what man can do to us, I spent a life time searching for that happiness, that ability to trust someone. That search for companionship from other humans who would be kind to me, who would say nice things about me. For many lonely years I prayed to our Father if just once He would wrap His arms around me for that feeling of safety from the world. But the flesh would always rise up and that search for something I can see and touch would overpower the search for what I knew in my heart. He was there, He was holding His hand out to me every step of the way. The day came when I reached up and took His hand RJ, it brings tears of joy as I write this. It is a feeling that is more powerful than anything on earth. It is the safety and the home I have been searching for my entire existence on this earth. It is freedom, it is home. 🙂 Your words always bring to life what our Father wants us to feel.

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    • Thank you Sandra, for your kind words, and for speaking your heart. You have expressed so very well the spiritual reality of the situation in that prior to salvation we are lost sheep looking for home and primarily we search for a loving Shepherd we know must be out there somewhere.

      Being denied spiritual love and security and refusing to settle for fake replacements and human substitutes we continue onward for however long it takes. This is His way, to build His flock through this means, to put all to the most severe of tests as He also was subjected. Only the 100% honest and sincere and strong and unyielding will eventually have exactly what they are looking for, those who KNOW it when they find it and never until then.

      All others fail to make the cut. Each and every one chooses wrong. They eat from the wrong tree. On purpose. Often with no regrets. They live for this world; are satisfied with it, and thus, never seek the real one. And for the fake righteous—the ubiquitous religious and cultural virtue signalers—those who buy into cults and false narratives, all temporary, of course, are the almost worst of the lot. The far worst, those most diabolical though in appearance the very opposite, are the unreal Christians. Unreal Christianity is the devil’s greatest religious trap and only the Lord’s true sheep can see it for what it is. The human instruments of the devil used in creating and maintaining Unreal Christianity, in all its many deceptive and sordid forms, will have the hardest row to hoe at the Judgment.

      Again, the Lord has deemed this is the way it must be. Adam and Eve were subjected to the test even in the Garden. All humans have been subjected to the test ever since. The only One who ever passed the test is the Lord Jesus. Those who give their heart to Him will also pass, but only due to His success. By choosing Him, following Him, and living for Him they reject the Death Tree and choose the Tree of Life.

      It is thus the primary purpose of every person (their principal aim whether they perceive it or not) to find the Lord’s spiritual life, to join His flock of the few, and to find HIM. Those who do gain real salvation. They will live eternally. They will at last find home and be at home with their Father forever.

      Blessings

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      • That is it RJ, He gives us only what we can handle, during the difficult times we don’t always understand why, but if we turn to Him in those trying times we learn that He is there. His way of showing us the way back to Him. 😊

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  6. Thank you RJ! wonderful post as usual!

    And NOW in this present day and age, ALL people, tribes, tongues, nations, ALL men AND women need the Help-Mate of the New Marriage Covenant under the shed Blood of Jesus by faith, the NEW Help-Mate of the Ekklesia, the Help-Mate of the born again, consecrated true believers who need the Helper, need the Help that only God our Father and His Risen Christ send from Above, to empower, enable, embody, and be with born again believers to die to sin and come alive to righteousness; consider themselves dead to sin and come alive together with Christ in God; hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3); hidden manna within, taking the new name in the New Name of the Son by the Holy Spirit, Who is able to dissolve the old by His consuming fire power and powerful glory light, to dissolve spots, and form Christ in us;

    reminding us of what God accomplished for us in Christ, remembering we are a part of His Body, betrothed to Christ in faithfulness, teaching us all truth and no lies, and teaching us to abide in Christ so we do not shrink in fear, but bold and confident by the Holy Spirit of Father and Son; ALL emboldened who come to Jesus and ask Jesus to come and dwell in our hearts by faith; Jesus’ Words made manifest by the Holy Spirit, His imperishable Words, the Seed of God, growing in our hearts, maturing in Christ;

    no longer of a religious spirit of the world but of the Spirit of God the Father and His Beloved Son so we can have a true relationship with the Son, growing in intimacy, not of old religious forms without the Power of God the Holy Spirit.

    In Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, male nor female, in the Spirit of Christ Jesus and the holy, perfect, righteous, pure, powerful Spirit of God in our innermost spirit “man” of the last Adam risen, no longer of the first Adam and his heritage of the devil under the father of lies dead, but crucified with Christ, no longer “I” but Christ who lives in us; receiving the light of the glory of Christ, the Good News; the Son of Righteousness risen in the pure bride betrothed to her one Husband; having His Spirit, belonging to Him, Whom she makes her Head, to sanctify, cleanse, wash, purify, refine, make whiter than snow, remove her spots of darkness and blind spots that only the Holy Spirit can see and remove with our participation; fellowship with the Spirit! our true Help-Mate for our souls! the Spirit of the Faithful, True, Trustworthy Shepherd and Guardian of our souls; no longer straying or led astray like sheep (1 Peter 2:24-25); no longer resisting, quenching, or grieving the Holy Spirit our Help-Mate to help us obey God our Father and Christ our Spiritual Husband out of the Love He pours into our hearts.

    All human beings are in the valley of decision now and must use their free will to choose Jesus and receive His Words, Saying, Teaching by the Holy Spirit, or reject Jesus and refuse to receive His Words that judge them on their last day (John 12:48). What a joy to come to your “last day” while still living so you can be crucified WITH CHRIST and no longer live as our old nature with our former manner of life but as the new “we” Christ who lives in us, receiving abundance of His grace upon grace out of His fullness of God and receiving the free gift of righteousness to reign in life THROUGH Jesus! All thanks, praise, worship and glory to God! Worthy is the Lamb of God! Thank you Abba Father for Jesus!

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    • Thank you Yvonne. Amen! The Lord has done everything He can to grant to whosoever will salvation and eternal life including the gift of His Holy Spirit but as you say, we must choose. All who give their entire heart to Him, are cleansed from sin, receive His Spirit, are faithful and true, and trust Him will comprise the Bride of Messiah, with no spot or wrinkle, the Lord’s own esteemed Ezer Kenegdo.

      This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. [Ephesians 5:32]

      Blessings to you

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      • yes and amen! a profound mystery indeed! when my earthly husband died, I clung to the Lord and never let go; it has taken me a long time for Holy Spirit to unpack Ephesians 5:23-32 so I am heartened to know I have my First Love, my betrothed, my One Husband in Jesus, Who covers me completely as my Head, and God our Father as the Head of Household, my Father-in-Love, no longer in “Law” in Christ! more blessings to you RJ and the faithful brethren! the “Bride” has Christ’s Spirit and belongs to Him (Romans 8:9); not by our might or power by but His Spirit! appropriate to this weeks BSF lesson on Hosea, thankfully there is a remnant who return and stay faithful to the Righteous, Faithful, True, Living Holy One, the spotless, Risen Glorified Lamb of God! thank you God! apart from Christ in God there is nothing worthwhile, but in Christ there are riches of glory and treasures so wonderful, awe-inspiring, indescribable joy and delight, and the joy of our salvation, the Joy of the Lord as our strength!

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