Phase 1: The error of our original nature!
Since the beginning of this second part, each one has become more or less accustomed to the idea of not having truly built himself alone, but through spiritual guides of different natures. We will therefore now make a brief overview of the good management of these different sources of information and see the different steps leading to victory. This is not, however, a "method", for the recipe is in God, who Himself knows the least part of our heart. It is important, however, not to put the cart before the horse when we come to Christ, because the spiritual is not a dimension in which it is good to venture lightly.
We sometimes say this expression, "We are not oxen." We must not delude ourselves; we are not actually oxen who move joyfully towards sanctification by the loss of their natural egoism, in favor of the logic of the love of others. The problem comes from the fact that we are not only oxen, but quite some ploughs. It is indeed never the Lord who makes our way difficult beyond our forces, but ourselves indeed who hold back God. The reasons for our eternal struggles are found more in fact in our refusals or our too great impulses giving reason for the survival of our flesh under its various angles than on our will to its renewal in the Spirit. (James 4-
It is evident that it is easy in practice to give reason to our flesh, believing to give reason to the spirit of God. Jesus would not have said, to enter through the narrow gate, because wide is the door and spacious the path that leads to the perdition, and there are many entering through it. But narrow is the gate and narrowed the way that leads to life and there are few who find it.
If we seek God with sincerity and truth, it is through the small door that God will obligatorily get across us, if we allow Him to be led by His Spirit. No one can know his own way if he really wants to follow God, since the flesh does not have the ability to know and fulfill the dimension of the Spirit of God. There is no wonder, however, that we describe the two gates, because from the first steps, everyone risks falling headlong by the great easy to find, if we do not describe it very well. The difference may seem very slight at first glance, but the result quickly becomes the opposite. If today, then, we speak of a forest trail that is very traced in front of us, which can make our path easy and our burden light, when we come to Christ, we must nevertheless expect to live moments that will seem difficult to us.
I am announcing these difficulties, not to discourage you from the Christian approach, but so that no one will go so far as delusion, expecting to find a haven of peace through the Christian universe. I do not mention it as an sharp criticism, but on the contrary to make everyone aware of the purpose of the Christian approach and not be mistaken. The Christian universe is used by God to give death to our selfish dimension of the flesh, and to gradually start again on the bases of the Love of others. Do not think, however, that it is enough to wear a soldier's uniform to scare an enemy general. How could it be otherwise, inasmuch as we retain in us the carnal dimension of the enemy that we have not completely eliminated? It is indeed from certain conflicts in which we will have said no to the flesh and yes to the Spirit of God in our reactions that the renewal of our soul will be made and will tend gradually towards the perfect stature of Christ. So we are not surprised to find conflicts. They are useful for our progression in the Spirit of God, each for ourselves, knowing that the important thing is to manage them according to God and not with our carnal psychology.
If we could put a real goodwill first, it could actually be made easier, but it would also mean that knowledge of this goodwill existed already in our psychology and not only in God who wants to replace this selfish logic to bless us all. The almost miraculous encouragement of our own transformation is found indeed in the result of renewal, which is why only the putting into practice of our faith in a living God can lead us to it. Without faith, it is therefore impossible for us to be gratifying to God, since it is from this faith that can gradually be born any dimension of the Holy Spirit in us.
If we know how to recognize the benefits of faith, it is possible for us to confuse it with our own impure construction, especially with regard to the attitudes that we consider good. Every human being is indeed more or less well subject to rules in relation to the image he has drawn from the good. Follow for example the image of a son loving his parents, but rebellious in every respect, in the face of respect for the rules of society. On the day you have found the reference image of these parents that it was necessary to him to enter into obedience, will you have him given birth from the spirit of God? Absolutely not! You will have led him to compare an image born carnally in him by the necessity that he had had in his childhood to submit to his parents in order to survive, but you will have led him there to respect the carnal spirit which he was already following in another context. It will certainly be better for him and society than it is, but if this son examines himself, he will be able to realize that it is through the sentimental image of being recognized by his parents that he has acted, and not in the love of others. If he considers himself one day repelled from his parents for example, this could lead him to consider this obedience as a weakness he has granted you. Since this respect for the rules has been a subjugation of the flesh, the Force, the Power, the Wisdom, the Love of the Spirit of God will not be manifested in this person through this carnal "quality". If one day this man comes to Christ, the Lord will try sooner or later to reveal this behavior recognized good by himself and sometimes his environment, in order to give him the qualities in relation to the respect of others, which will then be born truly in him according to God. We have followed the example of respecting the rules of society, but the case is certainly still much more frequent with respect to the rules of God and remains the basis of so many religions.
It was my case for the temerity that I confounded with faith and which we evoked on page 184. How could God have put the corresponding qualities to the faith in me, since what I generally interpreted as being the faith, was for the most part, only a carnal temerity, thus managed by the logic of Satan? On the day I asked for the wisdom which I did not want, because of the deception of the enemy to bring me a bad image, God could begin to give me the faith, which had gradually no more common measure. I then began to put my faith into practice, and I discovered in amazement, the benefaction in me conformable to the law. That is why God gave us the Law of Moses, so that we can verify the relevance of our faith, and especially compare the results with the rebirth of our heart in the Spirit of God. It is indeed after having been victorious in a new no carnal register that we can see how surprising it is to be suddenly act in the conformity of the Law in all truth and sincerity of heart, as coming from ourselves and without condemnation over others. It is to this miracle that we must work and through which we are encouraged. It is through it that we can truly see God Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as a concrete God and not a good and utopian human ideology.
From this first phase, we shall therefore remember that we must recognize that our ways are not that of God, and that with regard to our good will, as for our bad ways, we must ask Him, the real conviction of carnal error.
Phase 2: Jesus, Personal Savior and Lord!
There is only very little to say, it seems to me, so that each one accepts Jesus in the whole of His work, if we have understood the fundamental difference between the elevated logic proposed by God in Jesus Christ and the bases of our pitiful carnal psychology. Whether it is the best or the worst, it is indeed under the tutelage of Satan.
We will leave the honor of the theological demonstration of the coming of Jesus to all the specially qualified doctors of the law who have worked and reworked the prophecies of the Old Testament announcing his coming and whose prefiguration is generally recognized in Melchizedek. What interests us and which we have already tackled, is to perceive how much was important the fulfillment until the death of His body, in order not to give a reason, not even an iota, to the carnal psychological dimension. It is not therefore a question of recognizing Him only as a prophet, that is, as a mere man who has announced the times to come, or even as a saint having been holier than others, not even as yet the Savior and the deliverer of mankind, even if it is true, but as our Personal Savior and Son of God. Jesus indeed tends the hand individually to each of those who agree to follow Him in the truth, justice and Love of God. Jesus certainly came for the whole of humanity, but would he not have done the same thing if He had had only one person to save? That's me! That is, "you!"
The important thing is to recognize Him fit to become our personal "coach". He will not be ambitious of His victory, as some men may be, but of OUR victory, even if it is He who makes us victorious. It is not for His Glory that He does it, but for our happiness!
But who is the coach who will agree to train an athlete, if this latter accept to do only whatever he like? The sportsman confers his confidence to his coach, because he knows that all the ways in which this one will lead him, will be good for his result. He also knows that when his chances are exceeded, the real effectiveness of the coach will allow him to make a difference. It is for this reason that Jesus asks us to make Him our personal Lord, knowing that He is an integral part of God, to whom the first place in our life and our heart belongs.
We shall speak again of it later, but when we have become victorious over an unclean spirit dominating our life beforehand, we can realize that our motives and actions become identical in the Law of Moses, proof of a renewal of this part of our soul. Many Christians, servants of God or not, have not necessarily noticed the miracles of this part of renewal in them. Many in their sincerity towards God, even after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, confuse the traditions perceived as coming from God by the received teaching and merely give reason to these rules as a personal acquired, even if it means they must deprived of life, which then they consider to be sin. These rules, although good, since they come from God, are then added to the rules of their flesh, without any renewal by the Spirit of God, when it is precisely this miraculous renewal of God that the Lord wants to convey to each one.
If, as we have already read in Revelation 1-
In this, Jesus did not condemn the Pharisees that we are all more or less, but their attitude of learning for a good carnal putting into practice of the Word of God according to their interpretation of the Law. An attitude that cannot renew the hearts in the logic of God, and what is more, strengthens the teacher and those who follow him in a presumption of immutable truth of their own carnal dimension.
At first glance, the position of servant of God certainly seems to be a leading position, but it is subject to a more severe judgment, since our bad reactions are there to challenge us on our bad practice of the teachings received or dispensed, see on the teaching itself. The profound joy aroused by various impulses towards God will certainly contribute to multiplying our faith as a servant of God, for which reason we will be all the more responsible for what we teach our children, for example, and do not practice ourselves. It is an indisputable fact that teaching, knowledge, praise, worship, obedience are with many other situations, channels that bring to each one a growing desire for a reconstruction of our soul according to God; However, we must always be aware that our reconstruction will never be done in any other way, than through our repentance of our mistakes at the cross and in the practice of our faith, when we are faced with the temptation of our carnal reactions.
As we have seen it since the beginning of this second part, when we come to Christ, our soul remains subjected to many harassment of the enemy, even if it does not exceed human limits all that is more natural. Demonic "possessions", of course, exist, and are more widespread than some think, but are considerably less so than others imagine living it frequently. The "flesh", our psychology established for the survival of the body is more or less well adapted to a real life in society and can, through its selfish construction, provoke sometimes really unexpected reactions, especially for people that they are in a difficult of decision. These latter would then like to acquire certain good attitudes, without having to recognize the corresponding bad behaviors. They would like all liberation of their souls to allow them supernatural obedience to God, without participation on their part, and by the only power of God transmitted by great men, that is, without passing through the cross. These people then run from place to place in the hope of being, "delivered" by servants of God whom they raise into position of idols, while the first things to do would be of not to give reason to a form of self-
Many servants indeed fall into the trap of believing themselves to be in a higher hierarchy than others, and thus give reason to a form of idolatrous construction of the body of Christ. It is essential to know that the one who provides teaching as a servant of God is in no way superior to another in God's eyes, or that he is able to gain access to a better reward or position before God. The image of this construction unfortunately rests on the misinterpretation of the Ministry of Jesus by man, for the role of His ministry, beyond the fulfillment of the Law, was to encourage each one to advance individually itself, in this Glory to which God wants to make us participative. The purpose of the servant of God today, must therefore not be to demonstrate how great his authority over unclean spirits is, but to encourage everyone to put his own authority into practice, for what he is personally concerned. In this we come back to the image of the sports coach. The spiritual conductor should be the one who teaches each member of his team to use the ball to score goals to the whole group, and not strive to demonstrate his superiority over others by keeping himself the ball. What team will be able to win with a coach of this type? The eleven players of a football team, for example, will they sit and watch and applaud their coach, scoring points? This might give them some good examples, but will this knowledge of the game allow them to acquire the confidence, skill and virtuosity required for this sport? It is still not in the good example that victory is situated, but in the personal and daily practice that each one can achieve of it, whether one is soccer player or a Christian born of the Spirit. A day comes that no one will teach anybody anymore, and it is already a little the case it seems to me, if everyone enters in the listening to the Holy Spirit. I do not mean that it is wrong to give exhortations to behave properly, warnings or recommendations that can bring a trigger from a word or a thought that has been received. If the teaching remains true and fundamentally good, it must NEVER replace in each one the interpellation of the Holy Spirit who knows better than anyone what is good for the person and for the elevation of its faith. This means concretely that a spiritual guide is never there to replace communion with the Holy Spirit, but rather to lead any person to draw itself reference and advice from the Holy Spirit at any time in any place and in any circumstance. It is this daily experience that creates and grows a constructive faith in a living God, and gives to each one to live concretely Jesus as Lord. Knowledge is one thing, but the renewal and liberation of the soul in the dimension of the Spirit, cannot be created otherwise than by the putting into practice of the faith, which then closes the corresponding door of our soul to a carnal behavior. So be careful to make Jesus our Lord at one hundred percent, because one percent less is carnal, but one percent more is just as much. Whatever the servant of God who guides us, and his desires to make us progress quickly, he will never be him who will come to fulfill our lives, and as the advisers are not the payers, it is therefore better to address us to the real good adviser than to the man. The Holy Spirit is perpetually present in us and He knows all about us. Each one having a personal image that will allow him to be subjected to a rule, it is quite evident that only God can lead by His Spirit, the rebuilding of whoever. The Servant of God takes otherwise the place which would come back to Jesus in the heart of the person, by the substitution of his authority over the unclean spirit concerned.
It is certain that, in human view, the "miracle" of the spiritual authority thus manifested will produce a difference, a transposition of the spirit, and will have a momentary impact on the person's behavior. The latter, however, does not know by what behavior, by what reaction he gives rights of return to this spirit, this one will come back ninety-
When Jesus chased demons, He did not do it for His glory, but because He knew everyone's heart, and knew what was good for the person. He warned the disciples, however, to rejoice only that their name was written in the book of life, and not that the unclean spirits were subject to them. He who believes that he can advancing his soul in the dimension of the Spirit by taking authority over various unclean spirits or his simple enthusiasm to meet God, to see in praise and even adoration fools himself. This indescribable happiness, which he will attain in adoration, shall only be there to encourage him to live it daily at any time in any place and in any circumstance through a soul and a completely renewed heart. Then he will understand what Love means! It is indeed an encouragement to encounter a better dimension that the decision of our faith may come, but it will ALWAYS be in the concrete implementation of this faith by victory over temptation, which God will draw us in the expected dimension.
With regard to this second phase, we shall therefore keep in mind that only the fact of placing Jesus as a personal Savior and Lord, at any times, in any place and in any circumstance, will make us victorious. We will remain subject to each other, but we will not lose sight of the fact that our personal authority, conducted advisedly with the Lord, will increase our faith and our soul to the dimension of God.
Phase 3: The baptisms.
If we have entered into this attitude of heart, in order to respect the word of God, and in order to take a stand before God and before men, another indispensable step will be presented to us: Baptism of water!
This is the most important Christian position, on which once again, I shall not elaborate, but will emphasize, however, that for each one that must remain the commitment of a good conscience before God as it is written in (1 Peter 3-
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ //
It is therefore in the hand of each Christians to make his decision on how to accomplish this baptism, in agreement with the Assembly where the Lord has led him, whether by streaming or by immersion. It is essential that every person always remains in the conviction of his actions without compromising. So that each one can act by faith in the Word of God and can measure the fundamental importance of his faith in his own baptism, I will first cite this passage that we have read together in the chapter eight (Hebrews 6 -
Secondly and always in connection with the baptism of water, (Romans 5-
I think that these different texts speak enough from themselves, so that everyone can examine its conscience on the fact of its taking of position in connection with its baptism of water, and answers itself whether or not it has always lived its taking of position in this heart attitude that it recognizes just in the adulthood. If this is not the case, and it considers that the first time was not a real commitment, but only an event of indifferent reason in his past life, that it would then take up this baptism before God and before the men, to fully manifest its true attachment to God.
Be that as it may, if there is a new beginning, it will be lived by each one according to its rhythm and if possible according to the wishes of the Lord. Let us not forget that if the taking of position is beautiful, it also represents the fact of donning the uniform of the "camp" of God, the "camp" of the enemy seeing us then openly as an adversary.
The purpose that the Lord asked me to pursue through this work is not to make disciples who will follow me, but to encourage everyone to receive the best of what the Lord wants to give to each one, that is to say LIFE IN ABUNDANCE! What you read in these pages, could therefore be communicated to you in any Christian church, at a different level of teaching according to the recognized denominations and their way of managing the faith. As regards to baptism in the Holy Spirit, which we shall now look more closely at, certain confessions preach it less than others, but all acknowledge it as coming from God in Jesus Christ.
That is why, although the Word of God is clear on this subject, and it is enough to make the request to Jesus of a sincere and repentant heart, it is not necessarily good to live it in isolation. The Lord will be able to baptize each one of the Spirit, alone in his own room; but in order to germinate, the seed must be regularly watered, especially in its first stages of life, likewise the Word of God is the necessary and indispensable watering for our seed, which is the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is certainly there for everyone and contains itself all this water necessary to grow the seed, but as many times I thought I had become a child, I had become an adult whereas I had only heard to speak of God, if I may venture to give a little advice, it will be the one of not necessarily remaining alone, especially in the first times. God gives the Holy Spirit to him who is willing to follow him, but if He has given you baptism in the Holy Spirit in isolation and you have at least the impression that he asks you to go in a Christian assembly, then do so. It can go from your salvation.
The isolated Christian is indeed subject to rules similar to the survival of a limb cut off from our body and risks death. If only because of lack of knowledge or because of revelations that do not conform to the word of God, it is easy to be trapped. (Hosea 4-
Likewise for personal revelations, mainly in terms of our course of action, it is not because we are baptized with the Spirit that only the Holy Spirit will be allowed to give us advice, as we have said and reiterated. It is so, if you receive a prophetic word concerning you, it will be good for this word to be confirmed to you by others, and reciprocally (1 Corinthians 14 32) And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.//
Although there would be a lot to say about this subject, I believe that wisdom is that the soldier in the field does not live too isolated. However, it should not be feared it in certain circumstances. The persecution that runs rampant in some countries, which may provoke this kind of isolation, for example, will always satisfy by the blessing of the Lord toward the one who finds himself in this situation. If, to the contrary, you ask Him to quench your thirst, while you are sitting in front of a fresh, limpid source of pure water, He may ask you to bend down to drink.
Do not be surprised of this, and know how to go and drink to the flow of water represented by the Christian assemblies. In any case, do however trust God and not men, to lead you where it is good that you go; in the church, in the assembly which He recognizes as good for you.
Some may be more closed than others to manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and so that you would not be influenced if it is the case, by clumsy sayings, we will take time to read some references about baptism in the Holy Spirit. (Luke 11-
The promise is therefore for each one of those who have a sincere heart before God, in the perfect desire to follow Him whatever it costs them. (Acts 1-
That he who has understood that his salvation is in the Hands of God, that his salvation also passes through the promise of the Holy Spirit, that this one therefore keeps claiming Him in Jesus Christ. As long as he has not received Him, let him persevere in this way also asking Jesus, which may prevent Him from giving Him to him. But that this one also expects to Him, because it is often when he will have finished fighting by himself and asking without actually expecting to receive Him that the Lord will give Him to him. Be firm, for His Word is the truth: (Luke 11-
Do not be afraid, if you ask God with a humble and sincere heart, in the hope of progressing in His ways, in the very image of His Son Jesus, you will soon receive Him. In my opinion the biggest handicap is for one who is not aware that he is a sinner. If this were your case, ask God for the conviction of sin, it is He who will give it to you in connection with the sin of which you will then become aware. If we are ourselves not aware that our ways are not truly those of God, how can we recognize ourselves sincerely in error? That is why some will sometimes have to hear the Word of God for many months before realizing that their lives are not as exemplary as they themselves thought.
Then, that these do not offend themselves even so, imagining that God neglects them, that He does not love them, or that He makes them wait voluntarily to humiliate them better, to punish them better. It would have been advantageous for me to come before God with the desire to seek Him as He sees that these people do. He certainly appreciates their trial and error, and no doubt also wants to become them aware of a simple little thing against which they systematically clash without understanding. We are often in a great hurry to receive, but God is Love, and for Him time does not have the same value as for us. Only our good is important to Him, which is why He asks us to give Him everything, but absolutely all our life to be able to manage it according to Him. Do not worry if it's your case, it's not Him who will close the doors. Be careful, however, not to come to God with a presumption of truth and knowledge of our way, for Jesus said to Nicodemus in (John 3-
That no one coming to God with a sincere and repentant heart, and accept to keep the guilt of his past path, as being what caused to him to waste a lot of time. God used it to bring us to Him, know rather to thank Him, for the gift He gave us in Jesus Christ by victory on the Cross. Let us acknowledge that we are responsible for our past faults, but accept forgiveness of them through the sacrifice of Jesus, without retaining the guilt, once our repentance has been fulfilled, our mistakes and our sins confessed. Let us rather expect for the click in our intelligence and our heart, to recognize the obstacle in us, to discern where we must accept the calling into question.
For me, it was in the first place, as I have already told you, not to recognize as truth the precepts of God, but to want to put mine own in practice. When this kind of click happens in us, everything can go very quickly afterwards, do not get discouraged.
Other barriers sometimes hinder baptism in the Holy Spirit, simply as regards a word, a biblical fact refused. So the fact that Jesus did everything for us to the Cross made Him the personal savior of each one. To regard him as the savior of mankind is therefore a truth, but is not enough for one who tends to exclude itself voluntarily or involuntarily from the rest of the world. The desire of God in Jesus Christ is not to be a distant God, a haughty God, but rather a present God, a God of any instant, a God of Love for each one of us.
Because we have been redeemed at a great price, Jesus wants to come and do His residence in us, so that we may belong to Him body, soul and spirit. He wants us to bequeath our lives to Him. Not for the purpose of usurping it, but on the contrary to bring it to perfection in Love, Peace and Joy, and that we reign forever with him.
The alone condition that He lays, is that we place Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in FIRST, as it is said in the very first of the commandments given by God to Moses.
If we come to Him on tiptoe, using as excuse at each step that we have something else to do, how can He really act to make us free. It is better for the one who is not convinced that this path is God’s, which he asks Him to manifest Himself to him by some peculiar circumstance, but that when he has seen, he never comes back again. Let us open our eyes to see that we have an opportunity today; that everyone is invited, but that once the door is closed, the assembly will be full, it will be too late, (Hebrews 3-
We are all invited, so let us seize the opportunity that we have today, without postponing. God wants and can manifest Himself to each one of those who sincerely ask Him for the purpose of following Him, but know how to seize the ball in flight, without waiting for the rebound, know to say: YES! Let us give Him the first place, let us give Him our life, He will know how to give it back to us a hundredfold.
We shall keep in mind, concerning this third phase, the fact that if we have fully accepted Jesus as a personal Savior and Lord, our desire will be turned to take position for Him through the BAPTISM OF WATER. Then, because we want to follow Him sincerely in all things, he will soon baptize us with the HOLY SPIRIT. If it seems to us that he delay doing, let us eventually ask God for the conviction of sin, but if he gives it to us, let us not disdain it. Let us never forget that Jesus will be ashamed of one who was shameful of Him in its generation!
Phase 4: Living in the Cloud of God
We are certainly made in the image of God with regard to the Trinity, for apart from the fact that we are body, soul and spirit, we are above all conscience, soul and spirit as God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. At the beginning, and I believe that it is necessary to go back to the fertilization of the ovum of the mother, each one is created in the purity of this image of God, and grows in his personality with a soul that is clean, and especially beautiful. To this soul, according to the individual, it will come to graft personal "software". It will progress in size according to circumstances, in the course of the teachings and the analysis that we will draw from it, to influence in actions and reactions, the soul that it will guide. It is thus that, from the womb of his mother, this soul will already receive certain information. These may only be limited in the scale of perceptions, but just as the reaction of a blind person to a slight unexpected obstacle can put him in a very understandable disarray, the fetus can, to undergo fears that will mark it deeply for all its life.
That's how some people, before they even saw the light of day, will have experienced situations that have begun to impress their software unfavorably, even if I am not talking about bonds. It is important to see in that, none accusation on my part, but that's what I quoted on page 20 about the temptation to my parents to a possible abortion of mom. These spirits of fear and anguish had therefore begun to give a tendency to my soul from before my birth.
I mention it so that anyone who has a little bit of respect for others, examines itself before, on the one hand, having sex, but all the more so, before considering an abortion. We grant ourselves all the more easily the rights of life and death on human beings, that we do not know them and that they cannot defend themselves, whether on an individual or international level.
Each one will then come into life, with a soul influenced by more or less bad things. This soul born from the flesh will therefore receive imperfect software, and will be educated by all kinds of unclean spirits such as worry, fear, rejection ... even if violence does not exist in the parents. It is the limitation of egocentricity, basis of starting of this logic, which will educate this soul in its natural psychological aspect, and this, throughout its life, as long as Jesus does not bring it the Holy Spirit. Just as it is impossible to educate a child or a small dog by making it reasoning according to the wisdom of God, so it is impossible for us to avoid this cycle. Only Jesus, who was born of divine birth, was able to avoid this, reason for which He was the ONLY to be able to accomplish ALL the perfect Law of God, and remains the ONLY one to be able to accomplish it in our life, since we could say: No initially polluted! (Matthew 1-
When we receive baptism in the Holy Spirit, our soul, enslaved as it is since our creation to the logic left under Satan's carnal tutelage, is then seeded with a new seed of divine nature. It will thus be able to lose, with our consent, all the bad logic previously received, all the evil influences, all the bad advisers whom it had previously accepted and suffered.
After this baptism in the Holy Spirit, therefore, as we go along accept to lose with our new guide, the "memories" of our soul about all our past automatisms, we will close the door to these so-
If we then close the door in the name of Jesus, it is not we who close it, but the one who has all authority on earth and in heaven to do it, and before whom every knee will bend. (Revelation 3-
That is why the Lord requests to us to become again children, which are to say as in the first day. He requests to us to this because the logic of a child is simple and easy to model, confident. It is indeed in adolescence and then in adulthood that we have the possibility of choosing between keeping the incentive and encouraging us to retain often very bad inclinations or to trust the Spirit of God in all things. It is only under these conditions that our faith, our confidence in Jesus, can act, for the wisdom of God is not that of men.
(1 Corinthians 3 18/20): Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.//
That's how, even baptized in the spirit, we are still so frequently able to act or react, not as the Lord advises us and He did it Himself to encourage us to good tendencies, but as our former adviser has always guided to do so. In this, we continue to act and above all to react, not according to the precepts of God, but according to those of the enemy, according to the flesh. It is not it who will tell us, if one strikes you on a cheek tends the other cheek, but quite the contrary, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Or else: "I am more clever than they are, and I am not afraid, I shall have them by the scandal, before which they will be obliged to efface themselves," instead of recalling "Woe to the one by whom the scandal arrives ".
The Lord will of course seek to avoid many pitfalls in these crucial moments of baptism in the Holy Spirit, but if we stumble, do not feel us guilty (Romans 8 1/5) There is] then now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, having sent his own Son, in likeness of flesh of sin, and for sin, has condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law should be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to flesh but according to Spirit. For they that are according to flesh mind the things of the flesh; and they that are according to Spirit, the things of the Spirit.//
This is tantamount to saying, as we have already spoken at length, that the law in accordance with the Spirit of God cannot actually be borne in us by a dimension to which we simply give reason, by agreement with the carnal part of our soul, but only by the intervention of God in relation to successive victories of faith led by the Holy Spirit, in the face of our reactions in this register. This dimension of the Spirit in our progressively renewed soul, then gives reason to the Law of God as coming from ourselves in the true righteousness of God. It is at this moment that the miracle takes place in us, when Jesus makes us victorious of a temptation by His Spirit, transmitting to us His capacity to refuse carnal management in the reality of life. Our flesh, born of a conflict between its own egocentrism and its necessity of survival by letting itself be dominated, and not by voluntary acceptance, is renewed only by conflict in a dimension at least equal to its construction, managed in harmony with the Holy Spirit of God.
Would that mean that we can no longer sin, if we are baptized from the Holy Spirit? If we live by the spirit, certainly we do not sin anymore, but if we react again in the flesh, driven by unclean spirits, we will sin again and our forgiveness shall be acquired as before, through repentance and the cross.
After these happy days which generally follow the baptism in the Holy Spirit, we must not lose sight of the fact that if we have been sown, it is up to us, with the help of God, to cultivate our garden all the better we shall have made a commitment by the baptism of water. This is where it is easier to work for God and not WITH God. He who seeks to work humbly with God will surely not always be in the perfect will of God. He will sometimes be underneath, according to his communion of the moment, sometimes above what God would like for him, but his tendency will be good and balanced. He will certainly be carnal for its part of behaviors that will not be seen again and corrected, but God is not a tyrant, He IS always like in Exodus 3: "I AM THAT I AM"! As long as He is He who leads us in our path, of whom should we be afraid?
He who, to the opposite, will work "for God", will sometimes be able to have great value in his own eyes or in the eyes of his fellow men, but as zealous as he may be, he will sometimes become a tyrant for himself and for others, often far exceeding the will of God.
It is at this point, days and years passing, that we come back to the use of our hoe of chapter 8, or to make gradually fall all the hedges of this hundred-
Some in this, will they try to do as I heard once the testimony of a man on the day of his baptism of water? Having noticed in his immediate entourage that God had asked many to separate from many things, and especially from the things they were most attached to, he began to get rid of what he had dearest to him in order to keep the rest... Perhaps this man was right, in his personal approach, perhaps, had he not had the neck too stiff and had understood from the first call of God what the Lord expected of him? It is possible, but allow me to express some reservations. What I do know is that for these famous hedges in our race corridor, as we had taken the example, those famous pebbles in the shape of Camembert on our path, the one who will do so will run the risk of to go astray completely. We are not the ones who can anticipate God, as far as we do not know yet, while nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever replace in God's eyes the humility with which he asks us to advance and follow Him daily.
In the same sense as this example, but on the subject of the unclean spirits who guide our lives in the wrong way and which we must one day be victorious, some will say to you: "If the key spirit that retains many others is driven out, all will leave as soon as the first taking of authority ". This is tantamount to saying that in my own life, if I had begun to drive away the fear that was from my mother's womb, the first unclean spirit that dominated my life, all would have left at the same time??? Or in the example we had taken of anger after jealousy, if one chases away jealousy, anger will go away? I believe that those confuse the authority that the Lord gives to everyone on every unclean spirit or demon and the responsibility of the person to leave them rights of return on itself.
I would especially not want to give reason to such false teachings, even if God acts as He sees fit for each one, for even if the thing could possibly exist in specific cases of two or three unclean spirits not really related to the person by his actions, it becomes delirious and almost demonic, taken in a generality. Staying tuned to God more than pompous teachings is the surest way to save time and even to catch up. God will always lead us to the Cross for each of our mistakes, without burying and covering with flowers a mined ground, contrary to this irresponsible attitude, facing all the misfortunes that our flesh can engender. I do not have the impression, for my part, that a person who would be made perfectly free today, even with a completely transformed heart, would know perfectly well where to put the feet to the next day. His "conductors" would certainly be renewed, but how could his soul enter into good reactions, whereas it would be remained in the construction of the old logic? This one did not have any landmarks, would she be able to act better than Jesus who had waited thirty years of communion with the Holy Spirit to enter his ministry? No! In order to gain time, let us accept to "lose", by remaining wisely listening to God, praying and sometimes even fasting, but remaining genuine and sincere.
The important thing for the one who is baptized of the Spirit is not only to lose all his bad counselors from temptation to sin, but of course that his soul, initially born to the dimension of the unclean spirit, gradually enters into the dimension of the Holy Spirit. For this purpose there are reference points, means of comparison which did not exist before, when we received baptism in the Holy Spirit. Before this baptism, the analysis of our reactions with our consciousness was only comparatively accessible to us by the unclean spirits commenting it upon, while it is done afterwards, with a heart more or less divided between the unclean spirit and the Holy Spirit.
If some of our bad behaviors may remain confused after baptism in the Holy Spirit, the difference lies in the conviction to accomplish or comment on them in certain circles. It then results as an ambivalence, as a misalignment between our thoughts, our words or our actions according to the environments in which we are led to evolve and according to whether we let ourselves be guided or not by the Holy Spirit. This witness of danger is then much more permanent, bringing the awareness of sin as we move towards it, in an ambivalence that becomes all the greater if we take the time to look at some of the comments we could make in peace, the harmony of a climate of praise and adoration, and what we experience through our conflicting situations. Whenever we seem to have fallen into the error of mismanagement of the conflict, we must then take the time to make an examination of conscience before God, humbly ask Him to open our minds to our true attitudes and motivations, just as if we become spectators of our own acts and of the motivations which have incited us to do so.
I do not necessarily speak about verbal or aggressive conflicts with anyone. These are common situations encountered at the wheel of his vehicle or between spouses, for example, in the smallest things, but in which we feel some discontent, which leads us to manage an attitude according to a dimension that does not seem clear to us before God. One of the tests is simple for those who want to examine themselves, and it is not the only one in the matter, because there are as many as situations that we can meet, even if they are all in the same direction. We have already quoted it, but let us reread it (Matthew 5-
If we sometimes see ourselves acting or reacting differently, let us not believe we have arrived more than others, only pride could make us believe. And then for those who would have no doubt about their correct course of action, that they look at then their motives of the moment. For even at the moment of putting into practice what we have just read, and especially at this moment, we must know to look at the motivation that leads us. If it is for the good of those who persecute us that we pray, without hope of receiving anything for our part in return, then at that moment we act well. But if somewhere in us there is a vague idea of receiving the benefit, or even the smallest of the justifications, let us not deceive ourselves, it is not this kind of attitude that God accepts.
The motive will have then been of various natures, as bad as the others. This will help us to justify ourselves and sometimes to convince ourselves of our respect for the word of God. In this case, it will undoubtedly allow us to boast more or less our spirituality to those who have heard us pray in this way, or to those to whom it will be reported. We can indeed easily deceive men, but do not deceive ourselves, we cannot deceive God.
If we yield to hypocritical attitudes, He knows, and as Jesus said then (Matthew 23-
1) Pharisee. The Pharisees, whose name presumably meant the separated, were very rigorists in the observation of the commandments of the Law, and many of them were scribes or doctors of the Law. They believed in the resurrection of the dead and the angels, unlike the Sadducees.
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