Sayings From The Dragon Slayer

Jan. 1, 2020

... To Be A Christian In Christ

Understanding the Root of Sin, and How to Overcome it...

The Hebrew and Greek translation for sin is offense. In the garden of Eden Adam and Eve committed sin: offended God by not keeping His commandment not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In the context of the Bible, sin separates a person from God. God gave the ten commandments to Moses to protect His people from sin. The problem was that God’s people, on their own could not keep the commandments of God. Therefore God sent his only begotten Son to earth as a man; yet at the same time God also in order that they may be able to keep God‘s Commandments through Christ the God-man living in them as taught in the gospel of Christ. Spiritually understanding the gospel is of primary importance. We will look at three elements to this understanding that many times are overlooked or not perceived by the carnal mind.

Overcoming Sin (separation from God) By:

1. Spiritual Hearing, Seeing and Doing

Adam and Eve took of the tree of sin because it was appealing to their eyes (carnal senses) (Gn 3:6). We learn through Paul that the carnal mind is the enemy of God (Rm 8:7-9) and cannot possess spiritual hearing, seeing, and doing apart from being BORN AGAIN FROM ABOVE by the Spirit of God (Jn 3:3-6). Jesus also taught if we presume to have spiritual site, yet do not, we remain in our sin (Jn 9:39-41). Jesus also taught that his true sheep are able to hear his voice, which means understand his teaching (Jn 10). Jesus would say: “He who has ears to hear let him hear” (Mt 11:15). Jesus speaking through John says: “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches“ (Rev 2:29). In Proverbs we read: “Without a vision (Revelation knowledge of God) my people perish, for words alone will not correct them“ (Prov 29:18-19). Paul underscored this in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph 1:16-23) This demonstrates that the believer must become awakened to the Holy Spirit and live in the light of God as Paul taught in (Eph 5:8-21). Paul also in this regard stressed the need for Christ to be formed in us (Ga 4:19). Jesus taught that we must continually ask, seek, and knock for the Holy Spirit (Lk 11:9-13).

2. Walking in the Light / Spirit

“If we walk in the light as God is in the light we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (1 Jn 1:7-9). This means that after we have been reborn by God’s Spirit we have the power of God to live through Him and not of ourselves according to the gospel (Rm 1:16-17, 6:1-11, 1 Co 15). This is a journey: an ongoing process, asPaul said: “I press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14). We will have the ability to overcome our fleshly nature because through the gospel we become a new creation in God (2 Co 5:8, 17), Christ in us is our hope of glory (Col 1:27). Paul taught that if we walk in the S pirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Ga 5:16-26). “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God (Rev 21:7-9). The problem is that most people love the darkness more than the light (Jn 3:19). This is why we must seek the narrow way which leads to life, but few find.

3. Walking The  Narrow Way

The easy gospel that so many modern preachers preach today is far removed from the gospel of Christ. Many today say: “Just believe by inviting Jesus into your heart and you will be saved.” That would be nice if it were true but the problem is that this broad way that many follow today, according to Jesus is the broad way that leads to spiritual destruction and death. Jesus taught that the way into the kingdom of heaven is through persevering prayer and entering through the narrow gate which leads to life, and there are a few find it. (Mt 7:7-14). Jesus told his followers to beware of false prophets. You will know them by their fruits, which means that they demonstrate the life of Christ and the cross of the gospel, and that they preach this gospel to the church.He said that not everyone who says to Him “Lord Lord“, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of God in heaven. The Lord taught us to pray that his will would be done on earth as it is in heaven (Mt 6:10).  He will tell those who do not do His will to depart from Him (Mt 7:15-23).

The only way that our faith can be on a firm foundation is to hear and do Jesus’ teachings (Mt 7:24-29). Many Christians say that this is impossible to do, but Jesus told His followers that we are to be perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48). It is true of that with man alone, by his own abilities, this is impossible, but Jesus assures us that with God all things are possible (Mt 19:26). In Jesus’ high priestly prayer we learn that eternal life is only gained by knowing God in the sense of being one with Him (Jn 17).

© George Blasy. Used by permission.

Mar. 21, 2019

(Used by Permission of George the DragonSlayer.)

CORRECT INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE IS ONLY POSSIBLE BY THOSE WHO HAVE GROWN TO BE PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE: THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD (2 Pet 1).

If this wisdom would have been practiced from the beginning of the church, there would not be thousands of denominations today.

Scripture puts great emphasis on the importance of becoming mature saints in order to be qualified and effective in the ministry of the church. Paul states that the work of the ministry is for the perfecting of the Saints for ministry (Eph 4:8-25). Paul writes to Timothy regarding this subject stating that ministers are to exemplify the life of Christ. They also must be tested before entering the ministry otherwise they will bring apostacy to the church (1 Tim 3-4). Paul taught the church to stand fast in the traditions taught by the apostles whether by mouth or by letter (2 Thes 2:14, 3:6, 2 Tim 2:1-2). God teaches us through circumstances, through the Bible, and through the church fathers and saints how to discern and interpret what the Scriptures teach.

According to Peter this also applies to being able to interpret the Scriptures correctly in order to avoid false teachers and apostasy in the church (2 Pet 1-2). Peter points out that a true teacher and interpreter of the Scriptures must possess the knowledge of God by partaking of God’s divine nature (2 Pet 1:5-9). He then points out that believers should give diligence to make their calling and election sure by partaking of God’s nature (2 Pet 1:10-11). The purpose of Peter’s letter is to confirm and establish those churches in the true faith (2 Pet1:12-13). Peter finishes this first chapter by establishing that no prophecy ever came by private individual interpretation: by human impulse, but holy men spoke from God who were borne along by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:18-21).

As we visit the words of Jesus in his sermon on the  mount Mathew Chapter 7, we are given further insight on this critical subject:

Our Lord Warns men against rash judgment and uncharitable censures (Mt 7:1-5). He shows that holy things must not be profaned (Mt 7:7-11). He exorts the church to enter in at the strait gate (Mt 7:13-14), and to be aware of false teachers, who are known by their fruits (Mt 7:15-20). this shows that no man will be saved merely by his profession of Christ (Mt 7:21-23). The wise man built his house upon a foundation of the rock (Mt 7:24-25), while the foolish man built his house upon a foundation of sand (Mt 7:26-27). Christ concludes his sermon and the people are astonished (Mt 7:28-29). 

Paul picks up on this theme in his letter to the Corinthians (1Co3) dealing with the problem of carnality in the church. 

Paul begins this chapter by stating that Christians that are in a divided state over non essential issues are as children concerning the knowledge of God and sacred things (1 Co 3:1-3). Paul was trying to teach them that all the apostles were only instruments which God used to bring them to the knowledge of the truth (1 Co 3:5-8). The church represented as God’s husbandry, and God’s building, the foundation of which is Christ Jesus (1 Co 3:9-11). Ministers must beware how and what they build on this foundation (1 Co 3:12-13). The church of God is his temple: you and me, and he that defiles it shall be destroyed (1 Co 3:16-17). No man should depend on his own wisdom to interpret the Scriptures or proclaim the knowledge of God apart from divine revelation given to and by fully matured Christians as Peter taught in (2 Pet 1), for the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God (1 Co 3:18-20). The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the humanly wise and recognizes how futile they are (Ps 94:11). So let no one exult proudly concerning man as a leader, for all things are yours, whether Paul or Peter, or the universe or life or death, or the immediate and threatening present or the future – all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s (1 Co 3:20-23).

Paul puts much emphasis on the problem of fleshly carnal Christians; especially teachers. Paul begins his letter to the Romans chapter 8 with this issue of carnality and how to overcome it by abandoning their life to God’s providence in all suffering. Paul sums up this teaching in Romans 12:1-2 as we present our whole bodies a living sacrifice to God as our true worship.

The truly happy Christian is the one who walks under the influence of the Holy Spirit (Rm 8:1-2, Ga 5:16-26).  Jesus taught this truth in His beatitudes on the sermon of the mount (Mt 5:1-12). The purpose of God in sending his Son into the world was to redeem men from sin and the miserable state of their carnal mindedness (Rm 8:3-8). Paul teaches how Christ lives and works in his followers; their blessedness here, and their happiness hereafter  (Rm 8:9-17) depends upon them picking up their own cross and following the way of Christ (Lk 14:25-35). Sufferings are the common lot of a man, Gentiles and Jews have the hope of being finally delivered (Rm 8:18-23). The use of hope is very important (Rm 8:24-25). The spirit makes intercession for the followers of Christ (Rm 8:26-27). “All things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to His purpose” (Rm 8:28). This is the means used by God to bring man to eternal glory (Rm 8:29-30) The great blessedness, confidence, and security of all genuine Christians, whom, while they hold fast to faith and a good conscience, nothing can separate them from the love of God (Rm 8:31-39). Paul’s over arching desire was that the church would experience the person of Christ fully formed in them (Ga 4:19).

 

Dec. 26, 2018

I would be neglectful if I did not share the aspects of the fear industry that influences everybody to some degree. Fear is a powerful tool of the world and of Satan for the purpose of manipulation, control, and profit; especially the sorcery of the merchants (Rev 18:23). They can be merchants of products or of ideologies.

Fearmongering or scaremongering is the spreading of frightening and exaggerated rumors of an impending danger or the habit or tactic of purposely and needlessly arousing public fear to deceive,  influence, and control others.

Jesus came to give us abundant life.  The devil came to steal and kill and destroy (Jn 10:10).

There is the saying: curiosity killed the cat. Scripture reveals another story: The fearful will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Rev 21:8). The cost is too high to not be aware of the demons of fear and control by which they are constantly trying to influence us. Fear is the spirit of bondage (Rm 8:15).

There are many people who major on fearfull subjects today; They are drawn to it like a magnet. The darkside feeds on fear, and eventually becomes an addiction,and the food of demons. Demons have much to gain by creating fear, especially in Christians. Self righteous Christians have the greatest risk. The best defense for Christians is to pray for the spirit of humility. Pride leaves the door wide-open to Satan!

It seems counterintuitive that fear is addictive but in truth it is; it feeds on itself. Otherwise it would not spread so readily and be such a large industry for profit and control today. We must ask ourselves what does the spirit of fear do to the quality of our lives,  and how can we overcome fear?

God’s Solution To Fear

We have a choice to choose fear or faith. “Choose this day whom you will serve“ (Josh 24:15).

Put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:10-18). “Faith works by love“ (Ga 5:6). In other words the choice is between fear and love. “ perfect love cast out all fear“ (1 Jn 4:18).

Christian believers are to be nourished by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Mt 4:4). The essence of God is love, And everyone who is born of God loves (1 Jn 4:7-10).

Jesus is the prince of peace (Isa 9:6), not of fear and anxiety.

There is a great deal of conjecture by the jaded fear mongers. It has become a profitable industry to influence and control others today.

With the advent of YouTube and much of social media, fear has been spreading exponentially. Videos can be edited in order to tell any story that you want to create. I have many years of this experience in this field of editing videos And understand the power of manipulation that it has. A person can take one video and tell a dozen different stories from it.

We must ask the question: are the propagators of fear agents of God or Satan? When fear is used to influence and control others it is of Satan. The Scriptures teach us that rebellion (influential control) is the sin of witchcraft (1 Sam 15:23). 

The greater discernment is to ask ourselves what are our souls feeding on and controlled by Without us evening noticing it?

Inspect the temple... Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Co 6:19-20. Jesus often said when approaching others: “fear not.”

If we do not destroy fear by the power of the Holy Spirit Of love, fear will destroy us! Scripture says that a man is what he thinks in his heart (Prov 23:7). We must ask ourselves what occupies our heart; Faith Working by I love, or fear? “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7).

“Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith“ (2 Co 13:5).

May God help us all!

(From the pen of the Dragon Slayer)

 

May. 5, 2018

As helpful as it can be to compare doctrines of different men concerning the Scripture; it also becomes apparent that the doctrines of men about God can lead to a sandy foundation of division, confusion, and error which amounts to a weak and incomplete understanding of the full counsel of God which can only come through the hearing of Christ, which is the doctrine of God, not just about God. Jesus said that His sheep will hear His voice, and will follow no other (Jn 10). I referr you to (Prov 3:5-6, 29:18-19, Mt 16, 17:5, Jn 5:34-44). In order to establish this communication from God, the church must first get on it’s knees and humbly bow to God with unceasing prayer (1 Thess 5:17); My Father’s house is a house of prayer (Mt 21:13), but you have made it a house of merchandise (Jn2:16). 

No matter how sophisticated men become in their intellectual theological reasonings about God, they will never come to the place of knowing God except through a personal union with God through Jesus Christ formed in their own souls. Jesus said that in this alone is eternal life (Jn 17). Jesus clearly said that if we continue in His words we will know the truth and the truth will make us free (Jn 8:31-32). Jesus said that He Himself was the way, the truth and the life (Jn 14:6). Christ became the anointed presence of God to the church when the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost (Ac 1-2). This is why John could say that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth (Jn 16:13); that we need no man to teach us truth, for the anointing teaches us all things, and is truth (1 Jn 2:20-27). 

This does not mean that an immature Christian can apply this directly to his own life without first becoming spiritually mature himself. Paul clearly taught that Christians must first  become mature through God gifted mature ministers before they themselves can do the work of Spirit directed ministry and become ministers of the Word of Truth (Eph 4). Jesus said that we would be either condemned or justified by our words (Mt 12:31-37). Paul taught on this need of becoming properly equipped as teachers before attempting to teach others in a way that they may taste God and become mature Christians, lest they crucified Christ afresh (Heb 5:11-6:6). This calling carries with it a great responsibility that will be judged by God Himself (Ja 3:1, 2 Pet, Jude).

May God have mercy on us all.

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Apr. 2, 2018

One of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray…" (Luke 11:1); then he said that we are to continue to ask, seek, and not until the door of the Holy Spirit is opened to us (11:9-13).

In today’s Christian world most Christians pray to get things from God for themselves, this is a selfish approach to prayer, whereas the Scripture teaches that we are to pray for the purpose of getting God in our life; in other words to become holy as God is holy, for without holiness no man shall see God (1 Pet 1:15-17, Heb 12:14). The purpose of Jesus’s high priestly prayer was for the purpose of us becoming one with God (Jn 17); to become children of God through the word of God/Christ (Jn 1:1-12). The reason scripture does not teach that we should pray for things from God, is because God already knows what we need (Mt 6:8). Good strippers for us is to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and become a new creation in Christ (Rm 12:1-2, 2 Co 5:17).

Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer Mt 4:4). When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Mt 4:4).

“Ask, and you will receive…” (John 16:24). We complain before God, and sometimes we are apologetic or indifferent to Him, but we actually ask Him for very few things. Yet a child exhibits a magnificent boldness to ask! Our Lord said, “…unless you…become as little children…” (Matthew 18:3). Ask and God will do. Give Jesus Christ the opportunity and the room to work. The problem is that no one will ever do this until he is at his wits’ end. When a person is at his wits’ end, it no longer seems to be a cowardly thing to pray; in fact, it is the only way he can get in touch with the truth and the reality of God Himself. Be yourself before God and present Him with your problems— the very things that have brought you to your wits’ end. But as long as you think you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.

To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things through God who works in me.” God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things and live his life. Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature in order that we may become perfect/mature, as our heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48).

The apostle Paul taught that the work of the ministry is for the purpose of bringing the church into maturity (Eph 4). As we continue to pray to God for his Spirit working in us our inner man will be renewed day by day (2 Co 4:16-18). As our inner man is renewed day by day, the believer will become a manifest son of God who is then capable of setting the creation free Rm 8:19).

God has called us to be His body/church on earth for this very purpose. God requires His physical children, empowered by his Spirit to accomplish the things that are required on His physical earth. This was God‘s plan from the beginning (Gn 1:28), but man became separated from God by sin. The gospel of the kingdom was designed to bring the will of God on earth as it is in heaven, which is plainly stated in the Lords prayer. 

 

(Reposted by permission of The Dragon Slayer)