Back up religious spirits! I mean that phrase in the most literal of ways! I am not just being flippant or “off color”, there is nothing inappropriate in that phrase. Flesh is, as The Word reminds us in some of the older translations, in James' writings, referring to the flesh-guided tongue, “set on”, or ignited by, or driven/motivated by, “the fires/flames of hell”! (James 3:6)
Therefore the purification processes, also known as “Refiner's Fires”, exist to drive that mess out of us! The trials and tribulations in our lives, to which our Master Rabbi referred, in John 16, are not only already “overcome” In HIM, but are to BE overcome in US – mostly THROUGH the processes of purification and refining – often fueled and ignited by those very things which originally distressed us!
God is plain about His management of things – Romans 8:28 reminds us that GOD can use ALL things to accomplish good in our lives. And as Joseph, under the divine influence of The Spirit of God, reminded his brothers, in Genesis 50:20, “What you (under the influence of the enemy of God) meant for evil against me, GOD has used for GOOD for ALL OF US....”. That is God's hopeful ironic way of dealing with anything that the world, the flesh and the devil can throw at us to obstruct us in our journey from “pit to palace” - in our own journey to His Destiny for us!
We can not be sure that it will be as obvious or gloriously satisfactory as that of Joseph! But we CAN be sure that it can be as effective as that of Yeshua! Because HE HIMSELF has promised us that! As that famous quote of His goes on to remind us, we can also “BE OF GOOD CHEER”, when facing the failures, attacks, betrayals and persecutions - a.k.a., - "Tribulations", of this world! Because HE has already overcome them on our behalf, and we can just rest in HIS accomplishments.
The only thing it will cost us is death to the flesh! But who is going to mourn losing the stupid, to gain the eternally wise? Only one who has not been enlightened to the eternal possibilities which stretch before all who actually believe what HE has stated.
Those who have HEARD HIM, and really BELIEVE that HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS, and CAN DO WHAT HE CLAIMS, will gladly die to the flesh! As Shaul (Paul) put it in his famous dissertation to the believers at Corinth, concerning some things which were causing him personal distress …. “I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.…”. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
He understood the wonderful Irony of life in the Kingdom. The “contradiction” which Faith brings to our limited human/fallen understanding of reality! He, Paul, was a man who was very learned in The Torah and The Writings of the Ancient ones, who were chosen of God to record His commandments and recommendations for Blessed Living - but now he had also been awakened to the Messiah's (The Anointed One's) interpretation of those Ancient Texts! And was blessed to have received His Spirit, Who was now alongside to interpret and reveal God's heart to him.
So he suddenly saw beyond the fleshly limitations of mere religious “understanding”, and truly had experienced what he, Paul requested for the Church at Ephesus - “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Himself. I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe.”
There has never been a time in history when we need these Truths more! We NEED to walk in The Anointing of The ONE we claim to follow! We need to BELIEVE what HE taught us over all that we hear in the world.
It is TIME that WE WHO BELIEVE, actually KNOW "HE IN WHOM WE HAVE BELIEVED". And BELIEVE that "HE IS ABLE to DO ALL.." that HIS SPIRIT indicates to US, All that we are instructed to DECLARE on HIS BEHALF!
It is time that we show up, grow up, train up and get ready to reign up! We have ground to take back from our adversary! We “war not against flesh and blood” (only because we have finally gotten the memo to DIE to that mess in ourselves), but we are at WAR with the darkness which WE have allowed to envelop our nation, and the world!
We are called to Be His Light to the Nations! We are called to be EAGLES, flying freely over this continent carrying the GOOD NEWS of The ANOINTING that brings the only real FREEDOM. We are NOT called to hole up in our Turkey sheds dragging the poor world into a religious experience that has a mere form of godliness while denying it's power to FREE anyone!
We are to be challenging the weapons formed against us – including mess like “Covid-19”, NOT running in panic and succumbing to human, insufficient, limited and often deadly “answers”! OUR LORD AND SAVIOR TOOK STRIPES FOR OUR HEALING! The Spirit that raised HIM from THE GRAVE – is available to each of US! What disease is going to stand against that?!!!! COME ON!!!!
It is high time that we, "The Church", "The Ekklessia", get with HIS PROGRAM! It is time that weGET OFF the lame-stream, fake-news, failing media systems AND the doctrinally deranged religious systems, and the, flip-flopping-between-those-two, failed systems “educational” systems of our world – and Get WITH HE whose title IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE!
“CHOOSE LIFE”! That is NOT a suggestion! The default is the flesh and DEATH. There is no zone where one can just hang out while procrastinating!
We are choosing LIFE in HIM, intentionally and actively – and letting that LIFE have its Way with us, and letting the flesh die – OR we are letting the death-bent, hell-driven flesh drive us to the grave with every choice we make!
We can religious “do all the right things for all the wrong reasons” and still, at the end of our somewhat miserable lives still hear, “depart from Me, I never knew you!”. How sad that will be, to have lived a life of utter futility, thinking we were doing “good”. But missing out on HIM the whole way!
That old song that Andre Crouch wrote back in the day of “The Jesus Movement”, was called “Jesus Is The Answer”! And it says it all. "JESUS IS THE ANSWER FOR THE WORLD TODAY. Above Him there is no other! Jesus IS The WAY!"
Every day. Every era. Every culture, nation and tribe. He is it. When we hunger and thirst for HIM, when we allow HIS Spirit to be the guiding force of our lives and turn a deaf ear to the soulish clamoring of this hell-bent world and all the voices vying for our attention, then, and only then, will HE be able to fulfill His destiny in us!
Only THEN, will He be able to forge us into a weapon of righteousness for The Kingdom of God. As He did David, the shepherd boy, Joseph the dreamer boy, and Samuel, the boy who became an apprentice to the Prophet – He will enable all who choose to lay aside the double-minded flesh, who will choose to GROW UP IN HIM - all who seek HIS guidance to fulfill our destiny in this planet - He comes alongside US. To forge His Father's Character in us, that we might then reflect that perfected character - which begins and ends with HIS LOVE, to a lonely, struggling, broken, needy planet!
That, folks, is “our mission, if we choose to accept it.”