Sayings From The Dragon Slayer

Mar. 21, 2019

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’s regarding this subject stating that ministers exemplify the life of God. They also must be tested before entering the ministry otherwise they will only 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 exhorts the church to enter in at the straight 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 his God’s building, the foundation 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. 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). 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 active cording to his gracious purpose in calling them” (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).

Used by Permission of George the DragonSlayer.

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)

 

Mar. 27, 2018

“Woe is me, I am ruined, for I am a man of unclean lips“ (Isaiah 6:5).

Question: Why is it so difficult to tame the tongue?

Answer: The concept of taming the tongue is found in James 3 where God declares, through the apostle James, that “no one can tame the tongue” (James 3:8). The lengthy discussion about the tongue in this chapter is both convicting and illuminating. Among the things this chapter reveals about the tongue: it is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts (verse 5); it is a fire and a world of evil that defiles the whole person (verse 6); it is set on fire by hell (verse 6); and it is an unrestrainable evil and full of deadly poison (verse 7). Is it any wonder, then, that God declares that taming the tongue is impossible in one’s own strength?

When Adam sinned, God imputed that sin to mankind, so, whether or not we want to believe it, every human being is born with a wicked heart and an evil sin nature (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10–18). Lurking within each of us are varying degrees of hatred, bitterness, jealousy, and pride, and the tongue takes hold of these and other destructive tendencies and strikes out, often with a push from Satan. We see this every day among strangers, friends, siblings, and, worst of all, among husbands and wives, the very people who, next to their love for the Lord Jesus, should have the most love for each other (Ephesians 5:22–33). The great commandment is to love God with all our heart, strength, and mind, and your neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27).

What is to be done, then, to tame the tongue? If God has declared that “no one” can tame the tongue, how can we even begin to do so? While many people have quit smoking or drinking by the power of the human will, the problem of the heart and tongue cannot be solved by human will power. It takes the power of the resurrected Christ within us to control the tongue, and that power is available only to those who turn their lives over to Him (Romans 8:10–14). As with so many things in life, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

There is only One who can control the tongue. Only by God’s Spirit living within us can we hope to gain control over our tongues. He convicts us when we sin with our lips, and that conviction drives us to repent and pray for more filling of the Spirit so we can avoid further sin. As we cling to Him and yield to Him in obedience, He controls us more and more, including our tongues.

“With man these things are impossible, but with God all things are possible“ (Matthew 19:26).

Here are seven Bible verses that refer to taming the tongue.

James 3:8 “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. What is ironic in the human tongue, mine naturally included, is that “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God” (James 3:9). That’s like expecting to find poisonous water and fresh water coming out of the same fountain.  It is contrary to the Spirit of God and the will of God.  Sadly, no human can tame this wild tongue of ours so we must rely on God’s strength in trying to bridle it because it’s just about as hard as bridling a wild stallion.

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Words have meaning.  They can bring great joy and admonishment but they can also leave deep wounds where scars cannot be seen or easily be healed.   One small word can do so much good but it can also do so much bad.  The power of the human tongue is that it can make a child believe they’ll never amount to anything or they’ll feel encouraged by their parents and feel like they can amount to anything.   The rudder on a great ship is so tiny compared to the vessel but that same tiny rudder can cause the whole vessel to sink.

1 Peter 3:10 “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

Peter writes about the tongue as something we must do; keep it from evil and the “lips from speaking deceit.”  It takes a cooperative work with the Spirit and Jesus strengthening us to keep this rebel member of the body. The tongue likes to move before the brain told it what to say.  Peter puts it like this; if we love life and desire to see a good day then keep the tongue from evil (words) and lips from lying because “a lying tongue” is an abomination to God (Proverbs6:17).

James 1:26 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”

Is there someone you know who seems to be religious but just can’t keep his tongue under control?  James has a word for them; if someone really thinks he’s a religious person but lies and deceives, then that person’s religion is totally worthless.  It’s one thing to say you’re a Christian but sometimes our words betray us; they reveal what’s in our heart.  Jesus clarifies this point by saying “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a man” (Matthew 15:18) because it is “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew15:19).

Proverbs 12:18 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

One second of restraint can mean avoiding a thousand days of regret.  What I mean is that spontaneous anger never ends well and the person who spoke the angry words nearly always ends up with regrets for what they said.  The use of imagery is very vivid and compares to the deadliness of a quick thrusting of rash words with that of actual sword thrusts.  This naturally injures the person on the receiving end however the tongue of the wise can often heal what the rash person has inflicted.  The rash one is constantly cutting a path by mowing down everyone in their way on the way to what they want, however the wise person’s words can act as a balm that promotes inner healing.

James 3:5 “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire.”

It takes one tiny bit of gossip, one slip of someone’s confidential files, or some flash of anger in a moment to set a whole forest on fire.  Smallness does not mean insignificant.  Dynamite does come in small packages and nothing in the human body packs a punch like the human tongue.  It can do so many great things but it can also do so many destructive things.  Like the old Navy saying “loose lips sink ships” so a tongue can sink a marriage, a church, a relationship, a job, and just about anything else you can imagine. The tongue’s like a loose cannon on a wave-tossed ship. It can help but it can also quickly turn on you.

Proverbs 15:4 “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”

In this final Bible verse about taming the tongue, Solomon sees a gentle tongue as one that gives life but when used in a perverse or evil manner, it breaks the person’s spirit. At least it breaks their resistance to perversion.  The tongue and the words used can be profanity-laced or grace-filled. The choice is purely up to the one which the tongue belongs too.  It is a matter of personal choice so it is always best to remember that “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly” (Proverbs 15:2).

 

Conclusion

What was on the tongue of the psalmist should be on ours too as he wrote, “I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue” (Psalm 66:17) so “my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long” (Psalm 71:24).  There is no greater use for the tongue “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).

Praying continually for God‘s mercy is an excellent use of the tongue.

(Used by permission of the Dragon Slayer.)