You Can NEVER Escape Obedience to GOD – An Intro to Spiritual Retardation

The only way to escape obedience is with disobedience and punishment.

You can NEVER escape God’s character-building processes through work, through family, or through ministry.

Spiritual Retardation is more than ignorance (even though they go hand in hand). Spiritual retardation is to refuse spiritual maturity or advancement in obedience thru suffering, and to choose disobedience and avoid suffering instead:

Being lazy and resisting work is a sign of spiritual retardation.

Resisting God’s purpose and plan for family and resisting nature and natural roles is a sign of spiritual retardation.

Resisting Gods high call on your life or ministry is a sign of spiritual retardation.

Hebrews 5:8
8 Though he [Jesus Christ] were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

When you say you want to do God’s Will, you need to be ready for the Pain that comes when He BREAKS 💔 YOUR Will.
#notmywillbutThineBeDone

If Jesus learned obedience thru suffering, how much more should we?

Disobedience and Ignorance go hand in hand. It’s like the old question – which came first, the chicken or the egg?

We are disobedient because of ignorance, and we are ignorant because of disobedience – because God pours out His Spirit and reveals His knowledge to those who obey His reproof (Proverbs 1:23).

When you delay obedience and refuse to advance to the stage you are supposed to be in, your spiritual progress becomes retarded.

Consistently avoiding obedience, suffering and maturity leads to more opportunities for obedience, suffering and maturity. So you never really escape Gods process of obedience anyway. Then in the end, disobedience leads to punishment You might as well obey Him at every stage, suffer temporarily, and be blessed with JOY!

Labor and Suffer Reproach

1 Timothy 4
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach , because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
11 These things command and teach .

Two things you do when you trust in the living God:
1. Labor – for a different reward than most men
2. Suffer Reproach – people that don’t understand heavenly rewards reproach you and think negatively about you

These are responsibilities for a Christian not only to do, but to command and teach.

A Powerful Anointing of JOY Comes when You Love God/ Hate Sin with Proof

A powerful anointing of unspeakable joy comes into your soul when you love righteousness and you hate wickedness and you live like it.

Psalms 45
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

The oil of gladness is a powerful form of Gods joy from the inside. It has nothing to do with circumstances on the outside.

Myrrh, aloes, and cassia were a burial spice mixture for embalming, it represents sacrificial obedience. Garments represent your actions. Your garments smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia when you obey God and suffer for it. Myrrh means bitter, but it makes you better. Cassia means stripped and humbled, but it’s used to anoint kings. Aloe is used to heal what was hurt.

Romans 14
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

You enter into the kingdom of God thru faith in Jesus Christ with fruits of repentance and grace. After that, it’s a continual upward swirl of righteousness, then peace, and then joy in the Holy Ghost.

When Deception Came

When Deception Came to the Body of Christ

Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

When Deception Came on a whole nother level to the Body of Christ, God was writing a book.

He was writing a book of those who supported and went along with it, and who stood against it.

He’s writing a book of who said “Lord, Lord” and kept all the religious language but refused to obey Him… and He wrote down who obeyed Him and suffered the rejection of the world.

There is still time to repent with fruit, and get your name in the right column in God’s book.

Matthew 7

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

WHAT IF JESUS JUMPED OFF THE CROSS TO STOP THE EARTHQUAKE?

WHAT IF JESUS JUMPED OFF THE CROSS TO STOP THE EARTHQUAKE?

A Christian who compromises to avoid obedience and suffering in their ministry, and lies and says it’s so that they can reach more people….

Is like Jesus jumping off the Cross to stop the earthquake.

Yeah you made everybody comfortable and happy and they might like you now, but now they’re all going to Hell, because you avoided what was necessary- obedience.

Jesus Christ, Man of Sorrow | Countdown to The Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 11 –

Isaiah 53

1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

 Jesus Christ did not always have a happy life. Jesus Christ was not a handsome or attractive man. Jesus Christ was a sorrowful man, full of grief, rejected and despised.

 Sorrow:

Physical and mental pain

 What was the sorrow of Christ?

 The pain of Christ…You are being beaten, slapped, spat on, hated and cursed by those you are giving your life for? What was the sorrow of Christ? You spend years pouring yourself into a group of people who vow to follow you and be with you, and in your hour of need they all abandon you? What was the sorrow of Christ? Hours before you are captured, you crying out to God in great distress and pain, and your followers are asleep? What was the sorrow of Christ? Jerusalem, the people God had pursued for thousands of years, who waited for the Messiah, does not even receive or recognize Him, though He left the right hand of the Father to show them the way? What was the sorrow of Christ? Our sorrows that he carried.

Grief:

Sickness, disease, sadness, grief

 What was the grief of Christ?

That He bore in His body the sins of the world. He was perfect and NEVER committed sin, yet he was beaten so badly he was disfigured more than any man…for your sin and mine. The cross He suffered allows our healing today. Our grief He bore.

 Isaiah 53

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

So we see that Jesus was full of sorrow, grief, rejection from those He came to save! Since Jesus had such a hard life, did He seek to make it better? Was He seeking and reading on how to have His best life now? No, even still Jesus sought to do the will of the Father.

John 4:34

 34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Matthew 8:16-18

 16When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

 Jesus connection to the Father was so great, His love, devotion and faithfulness to Him were unmatched. He did all to please Him. This is our cue. We need not search out comfort, we need not search out vain and temporal happiness, but we have to seek the will of the Father, Jesus showed us the way.

 After Christ’s obedience was fulfilled did He not rise with all power? Did He not have total victory over death, hell and the grave? Jesus is definitely not suffering any longer, He is seated on the right hand of the Father forever. We should not expect half the grief and sorrow that Christ suffered, and God does promise to take care of us, and reward us in this life AND in the life to come for the things we give up or loose for His sake. He also promises us Joy in our fruitfulness and says we can be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. But the principle is that we do not SEEK the pleasures of life, but the will of the Father, this is what Jesus did. He had the transgression of the entire world laid on Him, He did not seek to relieve Himself from it, but He sought how He might fulfill obedience to God’s purpose for His life. He sought how to fulfill the scriptures that had prophesied of Him. And even when Peter said with good intentions that Jesus should not suffer, trying to show Him comfort and pity, Jesus rebuked Him, called Him satan, and told Peter that he did not savor the things of God, but the things of man.

Matthew 16

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

 Though Jesus had many sorrows we cannot even imagine, His focus was pleasing God, and His victory came from it, and will eternally spring from it as He receives His bride, and rules and reigns over heaven and earth eternally.

 So we must follow suit and not look for the easy way, the comfortable way, but we must savor the things that be of God, working to fulfill God’s call, not our own desires.

 The first commandment is to love God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength. And Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. So let’s seek to fulfill this call, and victory will come from this, and the rewards will follow us from earth to glory.

 Jesus Christ man of sorrow.

Jesus Christ, victorious forever.

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2nd Message from Jesus – How to Get the Crown of Life Forever!

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2nd Message:How to Get the Crown of Life Forever!

A Message from Jesus to the Christians that Are Going Through Suffering

Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

Jesus describes Himself:

1. The first and the last – Jesus lets them know He has original power and final power. The authorities that persecute them do NOT have final say.

2. Which was dead, and is alive – Jesus calms their fear of death by reminding them that “I was dead, and I’m alive.” If they follow him death won’t hurt them either.

 

Why does Jesus describe Himself in this particular way to this group of Christians? We will see later in the message why- they are being persecuted.

 

Jesus knows, sees, and is intimately acquainted with:

1. Their works. They did good works.

2. Tribulation. They are suffering troubling circumstances.

3. Poverty. They are poor in natural things (but Jesus points out that they are rich spiritually). If Jesus says you are rich, YOU ARE RICH!

4. He knows they are bothered by other people say that they are followers of God, but are actually a group of satan-followers that speak evil of God.

 

PROBLEM:

NO PROBLEM. Jesus has NO PROBLEM with the Christians that are suffering. In fact, they are poor, but Jesus calls them rich. He has NOTHING AGAINST the Suffering Christian.

 

Instruction:

  1. Don’t be afraid of those things that you suffer.
  2. The devil will throw some of you into prison, you will be tried 10 and have tribulation days.
  3. Be faithful unto death.

 

PROMISE

  1. If you are faithful unto death, then I will give you the crown of life.
  2. If you overcome (stay faithful through your suffering). You will not be hurt at all by the 2nd death.

 

HEAR! Pay attention to the deeper meanings of what the Spirit of GOD is saying to many groups of Christians.

 

If you suffer and stay faithful until your first death, you will not only be a member of the Kingdom of heaven, but you will ALSO not be hurt AT ALL by the second death (Judgement Day).

 

I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4-6

 

You will receive a Crown of Life, and reign with Christ 1000 years. You will not be hurt at all by the final judgment. Suffering for God gives you extra mercy on Judgment Day! Not only are you in the Book of Life, but the 2nd death will not affect you, at all. This is awesome! Your life will be judged as perfect. (Otherwise, God’s judgment would affect you.) This is powerful.

 

This message from Jesus is unique because it is available to everybody:

 

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. 2 Timothy 2:12

 

When we see through Jesus’ eyes, we see:

riches in spite of poverty,

power after suffering,

life after death,

and faith in God in the middle of those that blaspheme.

 

You may not be in a time and place where you get punished by the government for worshipping Jesus in Spirit and Truth (while false blasphemous religion gets excused)…

BUT we all will get a chance go through suffering for the name of Jesus.

 

It could be people looking down on you, or talking about you for living holy. It could be making a lot less money than you could if you sold an evil product, or cheated at work. You know it’s a lot easier to make money if you work with evil products – they have the largest profit margins (drugs, debt, prostitution, drunkenness, porn, sinful entertainment).

 

Even though God gives deliverance and prosperity, all true Christians that follow Jesus will suffer in some way (2 Timothy 3:12). This is a blessing in disguise, to test your spiritual eyesight. If you embrace this suffering, it will be your CROWN of LIFE! Embrace suffering for Jesus. Don’t suffer for doing wrong, then blame the devil. Suffer for doing right.

 

Next:

 

3rd Message: How to Have a Secret Identity and Intimacy with God!

A Message from Jesus to Faithful Christians in a Satanic city.

Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-18)