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Exit Strategy End Times: “What the heck is a paradigm?”

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“Blessed be the name of the Lord, the Lord is One.”

Websters: Paradigm (Para dime) 1. An example or model. 2. A generally accepted concept that explains a complex idea, set of data, etc.

A paradigm shift is a change in that example, model or in the generally accepted concept that explains a complex idea or set of data.

Why would God wait to turn our thinking away from something that seemed so sure and we are talking about Christ here? Is there something new that changes things which necessitates this change in our understanding of Him; an expanded purpose?

I was told (taught) once that a paradigm shift in thinking takes the support of many over time and typically first by those in authority. I thought, “No wonder Jesus had such a hard time.” Then I thought, “But these guys were destined to put Him to death. They were not to get it until later.” Then I thought, “In Christ, once dead and resurrected, the shift in the pattern of understanding about a relationship with God began to take place, one disciple at a time, unto the whole world. All that was needed was the sureness of the end game conclusion. That is what the resurrection proved.”

Another paradigm shift is taking place. We are seeing into how He accomplished His departure and how we to must implement the same plan. As the hour came literally for Him to be obedient to the Father’s will, the hour (figuratively) has arrived for us. Oh Jesus prepared in advance, thinking about it every time He spoke of it. He even rebuked His disciple Peter for not thinking as He did about the death He (Jesus) would “accomplish” in Jerusalem; even after the Mount of Transfiguration experience!

This book is about that very shift. Jesus faced this very problem as He pointed to heart conditions covered by the Law but not grasped in Spirit. It was just as lethal then, for those people as it is now for us, to reject the paradigm shift that is taking place. There is nothing new here except our point of view and the effect of that new view on our eternal lives.

Jesus pointed over and over again to heart condition. He did so because heart condition is the ticket to eternal life.

Wait a minute Mike! The Word says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

Agreement is the standard that puts Christ in the Father and the Father in Christ and us in Christ and the Holy Spirit in both them and us. We are in them IF we are in agreement with them. Agreement, agreement, agreement!  Grace and our will get us to that place of agreement but we must get there before we depart.

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) So who are we? What are we thinking? What are we feeling and does it reflect something contrary to what Jesus taught? Is not our agreement, (with Him) the perfecting of ourselves, the perfecting of our relationship with God? How can it not be critical to our eternal life?

Jesus taught on things that lead to salvation! No? “We are saved when we ask Jesus into our hearts!” No, you are reconciled to God, then by following Jesus you will maintain the righteousness you were given freely. (Romans 5:10, John 3:36) Why did He bother teaching if He was going to do it all for us on the cross? The Cross is our beginning our Alpha experience with Him. Life with Him is our Omega experience, ending with our actual salvation and eternal life. We must have both Alpha and Omega.

This is the paradigm shift. Yes there is more required of us now. It was always there and foretold; the fact that the responsibility is upon us now is as sure as dusk precedes the night. Then again Dawn follows the night!

This Resurrection Day I was reminded. Let us remember there is a life to live, both here and there! One prepares us for the other. We can remain in worldly or carnal thinking or we can embrace the distressing teachings which are however the saving Ways of Christ, in the face of distressing events.” Look away loved ones. Do NOT judge. Only intercede for the doomed that the blind may see.

The teacher that shared his premise about paradigm shifts admitted that this was the first time he had taught this. If any one individual brought a shift in how to think Jesus did. He too was rejected in favor of traditional thinking by leadership. The teacher was sadly correct, in light of Christ. My question is shall we, especially in leadership, learn from our mistakes or not. Do we have to repeat history or can we learn from it?

“But Michael, you are just one man.” I doubt it. Others around the world are hearing from the Lord about this. I cannot be the only one, although I will shout it all alone from the house tops KNOWING He has given me this charge and a heart to rescue.  God knows I am at my best in a crisis.

“Michael how can we change everything on your word alone?” Throughout my posts and in my book, there is an abundance of scripture. All I bring is the inspiration to point you to the scriptures! His Truth contains truth we had to be guided to by the Holy Spirit. It is truth about what is to come and the truth about how we are to weather the storm while glorifying Him. Get your eyes off of me. Look to His Word.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13 (NASB)

Dear brethren, Christ is our example, our Paradigm, and He is focusing us forward on forgiveness for forgiveness. This, the last message of the cross,  is being preached more and more around the world. Why?

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” Matthew 6:14-15 (NASB)

When “forgiveness” expands to a teaching about “enduring love” then the prophecy Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:13 and 14 will be fulfilled, as it must be.

God may have allowed our original understanding (whatever you call it) to exist for so long because of its simplicity or because circumstances were not yet ready for His shift in our thinking to be successful. We did not have to know more at that time and if we died we were still covered by the basic understanding we held. Now things are different.

Today our hearts are being challenged more than ever before. Shall the warning from God not go out? What kind of God would he be, what kind of love would it be, to not warn your children, the future citizens of Your Son’s kingdom?

Concerned over the warnings, some may have a sense that the enemy is approaching but most do not even want to think about it! Many just want to trust God in all this. Is that bad? Not in itself. Trusting in God is good. “I trust Him for my salvation!”

What is trust if not exercised during the challenges of life? He has in fact taught us so that we will trust in His Word of protection. He is the Word! Trusting the Word is the same as trusting the Father or Jesus.

Our protection is in implementing the mechanisms He has provided. These same attitudes of the heart are meant to carry us into eternity where our new “second nature” will rule our souls, where the Ways of God and Christ IN US will mean a kingdom of peace ruled by the Prince of Peace.

There will be no compromise in the choosing of this eternal population. Rejoice that He has made the Way known to us!

Below is detailed posting about the Apostasy. I found it very informative.

“THE APOSTASY”

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

In the guardianship of Christ,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “We are waiting for Jesus but God is coming first! “

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“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)

The following is a portion from Chapter 4 of Exit Strategy “The storm of the Lord ….”

 

“We are waiting for Jesus but God is coming first!”

Does our patriotism overshadow our Christianity? It often does because it (and Christianity) originally had some semblance of righteousness. God will not take a back seat to patriotism when the nation has chosen to forsake Him. The majority voted for a party that wants God to be relegated to the imaginary, the inconsequential or wants all gods to be equal. With no God, they have no sense of consequences. Oh my, we are seeing the consequences, the very dismantling of the system that made it possible for them to choose. Faint not, God knows.

“It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.” John Adams

(Source: John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown, 1854), Vol. IX, p. 401, to Zabdiel Adams on June 21, 1776.)

Dare we ask ourselves, in being offended, could both (political) sides be deceived and not just “them?” Is it possible Satan hates BOTH sides (ya think?) and has deceived all of us into ungodly reactions through this turmoil we are seeing? You bet’cha!

Man we have been duped for destruction! The topic or offense does not excuse our angry reaction. It is the biblical hope of our enemy! God’s word is the enemy’s only weapon! If he can get us to violate it, God will be forced to do what He must do. His Word will judge us!

The choice is ours as to the Word of God judging us or not. I would have said, “We know the Word,” but the crux of this book is that we do not understand His words exactly. We honestly thought we did but He is now revealing the proof that we must make a course change. The blessing is that we can be blessed if we will change our thinking, our course. Our destination is still the same.

Once reconciled to God, we are accountable to God. If we do not do as Jesus commands us to do, we are not His friends! He lovingly died for His friends. If I do not do as He commanded, if I did not learn to love as He taught, then I am not His friend, I am an adversary of the kingdom of peace and grace, of God and His eternal will. If this is me then Jesus may as well have not died for me! (John 15:13-14 NAS) He tried to include me but I rejected my responsibility of obedience to His Lordship, His commandments.

As we shudder at the horrendous acts of people that think we have no God, do we wonder where God is? In opposition to His commands, has our hatred or anger been hindering the Lord’s return? I believe it is very likely that it has. Because of God’s mercy and grace, His patience that none should perish in their anger and hatred, in their unresolved family conflicts, He waits. Maybe now we know where He is!

It is God’s grace that He has waited this long! Oh yes. God knows that Satan knows; un-forgiveness can and will rob us of eternal life. Why don’t we know this? Because we have been taught otherwise? Some of us have. Are we “eternally secure” once we make a confession? Is that a relationship? No it is not. God never looked for a confession. He looks for convictions! He looks for commitment based on understanding that, by the power that lies within, sweeps aside worldly and religious understanding for the “saving knowledge” of Jesus Christ; knowing Him yes but much more His intention that, knowing and acting upon what He knew and taught will then save us eventually. What is our will? That will always be the question.

Is there no test to pass, no proof of Christ within us? Even Paul’s instruction, “If you confess,” “if you believe in your heart.” (Romans 10:9-10) is a test! There is no salvation without our involvement, because we are the self-willed subjects of God’s salvation effort.

We must recognize our need for a Savior. We must ask and then make Him Lord by obeying His Ways. Our ways are not His ways. Our ways take us careening off course toward a deadly destination over a horizon we are headed for helter-skelter in our self-righteousness. Like a car racing, air-born over the top of a hill, our brakes are of no use at that point.

His ways and only His Ways, qualify us for eternal life. What are those Ways?

Because, there is a Way, I must follow it. Because there is Truth, I must seek it and know it. Because there is a Life I can gain, I must gain it. (John 14:6 (NASB77)

On talk radio yesterday I heard a moderate Muslim say, “It is ok to deny our faith if our life is being threatened.”

It is our faith that says, “…whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.”

Jesus also said, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  Matthew 16:25 (NASB)  [Context: What we believe matters! Which life are we seeking? ]

Paul writing cryptically, about capture and duress, to the believers in Rome says, “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”  Romans 10:9-11 (NASB)

Choose ye this day, which life do you want the most.

Now join the church around the world and prepare yourselves. This preparation will start a revival like none other.

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Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “How much more God?”

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“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!

It is Palm Sunday.  3-20-16

In prayer I sought. My bible was already randomly opened to Jeremiah 35

I was directed to read it. Then I knew why.

Stop here and read the entire chapter.

How can we cry out Hosanna and not see how He will do it?

Listen to the Spirit and begin to intercede for the church world wide.

Begin, to the extent the Spirit speaks to you, to repent.

You trusted even as a child his father. How much more God?

The reward of standing before the Lord and how to, is spoken of here.

It is God’s grace when He speaks to us, calls to us.

When we listen and answer, in this way, we honor Him as He deserves.

It is not about drinking or not drinking wine. It is about …..

How often has He already shown us?

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Not He…misfortune will not come?”

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“The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

Today 3-18-16 I asked and the Spirit said, “Go back to January first.” [in my journal]

I re-post with additions for “…those who should listen.”

On January 1st, I asked. “Jeremiah 6, was the Spirit’s response.

I read 6 and continued into chapter 7, then went back to chapter 5 also.

In Jeremiah 5:11-13 (NASB) it says, “For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously with Me.” declares the LORD. They have lied about the LORD and said, “Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, and we will not see sword or famine.” The Lord goes on to say, “The prophets [the ones declaring ‘Not He]’are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!” [added for clarity]

Has the church world wide heard these words? Has the concept of “Not He…” been taught when there are qualifying portions of verse that stipulate why and when “Not He?”

Jeremiah continues in verse 14, “Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, “Because you have spoken this word, [Not He] Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.” [added for clarity]

Better we be consumed by the fires of God’s Word here, and be resurrected to new life, than to be consumed forever and ever in an unquenchable fire, wrought by God for those who reject Him by rejecting His ways.

In recognizing destruction as a means to repentance in the camp Paul speaks of one man and says, “ I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:5 (NASB)

Paul knew eternity was more important than this life but that in this life repentance must come before eternity.

What God was willing to do to Jerusalem and His people He is still willing to do to us today, and all the more since we have known His grace, mercy and compassion. We have known His love as well as His discipline. Even the Tares have prospered in this time of waiting. He has been patient but there comes a time.

It is not that each of us has sinned to this point but have we said or have we been taught, “Not He; misfortune will not come on us and we will not see sword or famine.” And yet we stand next to the Tares, the rain falling on the just and the unjust! We have His Word foretelling things clearly. We must see what we see, to avoid what we must avoid!

The world today sees corruption and evil in the midst of our “Christian” nation. Evil and carnality go unchecked by the very “Savior” we proclaim allegiance to. “They are heathens, He is powerless,” they conclude, in their assay of our nation. He is not our God, as some have declared; “We are not a Christian Nation.”  Oh what destruction we have brought upon ourselves! Sadly, the remnant will suffer with the unbeliever but the everlasting conclusions are far removed from each other.

“They [those who say Not He…] have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace.” Jeremiah 6:14 (NASB)  [added for clarity]

“Be warned, O Jerusalem, Or I shall be alienated from you, And make you a desolation, A land not inhabited.” Jeremiah 6:8 (NASB)

BE WARNED AMERICA. If guilty of the same things what should we expect? To be uninhabited by Him is to truly be uninhabited. So,…

“Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 16:6 NASB

Righteousness was our ancient path. Christianity was our path. In His Ways are the Truth, and Life everlasting. Beginning with our own hearts, we must make the journey back to His Way, Truth and Life whether the nation does or not.

By Jeremiah here is what God said at the end of verse 6:16.

“But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.

“And I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ 6:17.

We might say about some prophecies, “This has happened already.” However, God is talking about things that He is against and not about events.

I believe He is saying to us again, “I change not. My standards are no different. I delivered Myself into your hands, appealing to your hearts as your means of escape. I did it for My names sake. My name means salvation not judgment.”

“My Word explains how to avoid the judgment that a rebellious heart will bring upon its self. As a nation you have forsaken, personally you who have not embraced My salvation, My Way, My Truth, My Life, have forsaken the gift I have freely given. The real gift is My Sons life in front of you. To the extent you do not obey Him, you have not honored our agreement. I forgave and saved you and you were to obey the teachings, the Way, of Christ Jesus.”

The free gift to us is not the washing and the forgiveness alone. It is the Words of Eternal life, in the lessons by Christ. It is the washing and forgiveness we learn to and do grant others. This demonstrates who and Whose we are.

He is the judge. We must guard our tongues. His righteousness that we demonstrate in the face of persecution, false accusation and trial is what teaches and leads others into the kingdom. Christ proved it. It also delivers us into the arms of our benevolent heavenly Father, as it did Christ Himself.

Do not think trouble is not coming. It is. Whether it does or not, eternal preparation now protects us then, whenever our “then” comes upon us.

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Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “I have sent you to those who should listen.”

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (NASB)

  • Egypt viewer yesterday, “Children of Abraham or not.” Many in Middle East have read our posts. They should.

3-16-16 In prayer I asked where in the Word I should read. “You have opened it already. See Ezekiel 3:6.” (I did not know what was there. God knows this is true.) “… nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you;…”

The Spirit did not say 3:7 “… yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate.”

I felt the Spirit was not willing to say this through me now (verse 7) because it is time for Israel to listen and all who will, will. Just because He spoke of their being stubborn and obstinate does not mean it is a condition that cannot change. It would seem logical that in speaking through His Word He could omit anything that He no longer wants to be true. Still with all men everywhere, some will listen, some will not.

“Thank You Lord for opening hearts and making Ways.”

I speak to all men for all should listen. Is it possible God is no longer declaring rebelliousness over Israel? For what difference is there between nations when one has believed a lie and another has followed a contradiction. For one nation Jesus is not the Messiah. For the other, God kills when His name means the opposite and His patience has been made known. Yahweh means “Salvation” not destruction. Jesus means, “Yahweh saves” not Yahweh destroys.

When the covenant of Moses is satisfied by a premier sacrifice and is replaced by a new covenant a restoration of Abraham’s covenant, then that which was established through Jesus the Messiah, through the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob must stand. It is the last covenant to be made for eternity.

To cry “We are children of Abraham” and not keep the covenant where God is to be Lord, is to be removed as one who breaks the covenant. See Genesis 17:14. It was not the lack of circumcision it was refusal to be circumcised, refusal to obey the instructions of the Lord through His man Abraham. This breaks covenant with God because one is actually saying in his heart I do not have to obey Him or He is not my God, even though there is evidence that God is in Abraham’s life or later on in the life of Christ and His disciples. And how much more should we now submit to His benign Lordship when uncountable numbers around the world can testify of personal experiences with God.

Submission by self crucifixion? God says vengeance is mine. There is no place for vengeance in the heart of true followers. Vengeance is a privilege of absolute authority, of God the Father alone.

To all men I say the one and only living God does not contradict Himself. You are not to hate or kill in His name, the name that means “salvation.” You contradict the One who says He is, “I AM that I AM”, for by His name He shall be known and not by your actions.

To offer Himself as “Salvation” and to uphold His name through His Son Jesus, whom He named, is the ultimate expression of love.

Yahweh is the God of love. Only those who reject His loving appeals and instructions need fear damnation and eternal judgment and that by their own choices.

For the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. NO ONE shall enter who is of a different spirit or retains a different spirit on purpose.

The days of opportunity are numbered. Do what you can to spare, be merciful and show grace so you can receive the same from Him.

To those Islamic militants who might read this. Listen to the persecuted Christians as they pray for you as you torture, rape or kill them. Ask yourself “How can this be?” Their intercession protects their salvation while it also opens a door to your salvation and true eternal life.

To not respond to the Spirit of God in them, to not call out to the real God of Abraham, to remain on this doctrinal side, is damnation. There are no virgins; only utter darkness and eternal separation from God. How grieving it will be to spend forever in darkness, weeping and gnashing your teeth when such a radical effort was made to reach you?  It was love like you have never known and will not know unless you cry out to God and His Son Jesus the Christ to be rescued from yourself.

To break through your own understanding, to receive His understanding, is eternal life. We all must make that break through, crucifying our own positions for His. He will help if we ask for help. Courage will enter your heart that is simply and profoundly His presence in you. You will know He is real.

As those you kill intercede for you, the God of Abraham places value on their sacrificial interceding efforts by valuing your soul as they did, as Christ did before them. They are the proof of God Himself seeking you. Their testimony, this enduring love that treasures eternity and your soul more than you do, will be a witness to all nations and then the end will come. Salvation will be too late for any who refuse to grasp the gift, who fail to endure in the loving Way of Christ.

All men really should listen. Jews, Christians, Muslims, all men. None are exempt.

To those who rise up against Christianity. You are spoken of as well as your demise. THAT is why this appeal is being made. All men, all men, will bow now or be lost then. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob never loses. He does appeal to all in justice and righteousness desiring that none should perish. Some will.

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Exit Strategy End Times: “The Core Problem of Mankind.”

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If we could know the core problem of mankind, would we do what it takes to remedy our problem? God knows the core problem and God has made it possible for us to “do what it takes” to resolve a condition that WILL NOT enter eternity with Him. No the problem is not man’s depravity, it is not sin. It is the cause of the depravity (“to make morally bad: corrupt” Webster’s New World Dictionary) and the resulting sin! Jesus Himself spoke of it directly.

As I have written before, (Romans 3:25) Jesus died for sins previously committed; for our sins before we met Him. Afterwards, we are to walk in the self-crucifying ways of Christ, the merciful, forgiving, loving Ways of Jesus as a testimony of Him and in order for us to maintain our covering of Christ’s blood. He is not to be crucified again by us. (Hebrews 6:6 NASB)

Via the Way of Christ, we are to maintain our reconciled relationship with the Father. As I have written before, we must “do righteousness” in order for God to give us all that is promised in the Abrahamic covenant. (Genesis 18:19) Again this is not traditional thinking but no less true. It is actually more believable than the Carte Blanch grace and forgiveness that has traditionally been our favorite doctrine.

Can we not see this training by Christ (to actually become Christ-like) as the eternal life kingdom Way which He then showed us both for His and our eternal purpose? Does one become a Marine (for instance) without “doing?”

I volunteered and was sworn in as a Marine in 1969 but was deferred out within a few short weeks for medical reasons. I could say I was a Marine (being sworn in) but I did not go through the training that “makes” one a Marine. I get “sworn in” as a Christian accepting the Lordship of my commanding officer, my obedience to the prerequisite training then makes me one in fact.

It is true, Jesus died once for all but not for all sins. He did not die for sins not yet committed. Jesus died for the sins of all men that turn to Him for merciful reconciliation to God. As I spoke of above, there is a cost and commitment on our part. We must submit our will to His will. This again flies in the face of some traditional thinking but is no less true.

I find no provision for the forgiveness of our future sins except in the good news of the kingdom, the Way as expressed in the Lord’s Prayer. The forgiving by God of our future sins comes as we obey Christ’s teachings to forgive to be forgiven, reaping what we sow, as we climb upon that daily cross, willingly dying to self, forgiving and interceding for our persecutors and enemies, NOT returning evil for evil. We are covered by Him as we cover others by self crucifying grace.

Why would Jesus tell us to pick up our own cross daily if we are not to climb upon it, if our climbing upon it willingly did not have eternal purposes like it did for Him, accomplishing our (eventual) salvation like it did for Him? Or was it only to have us just carry it or hang it around our neck? “Well He died so we would not have to!” Yet scripture over and over says die to old ways, whoever loses his life shall gain it, flesh and blood will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. Any benefit to be received by us will be the result of choices we must make with His help. The more we do not require His help, the more His second nature becomes obvious in us! This is in fact the distressing news of Daniel 12. We must awaken to our responsibility and empowerment in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings rejoicing in our future with Him.

Think people. If all is done, if Jesus did it all, why pick up a cross at all. Why the teachings that contradict our nature except that our carnal condition must be replaced by a Christ condition? There is something far more than symbolic to be accomplished here! Or have we missed something?

“We’re not good enough are we?” We all would agree but I say we are missing something because of our impaired judgment. This is the problem since Adam. To the extent our thinking is un-renewed our doomed impaired judgment is not healed. Impaired judgment is not healed by Christ’s death. Our ability to judge righteously is healed by the teachings of Jesus life! “We are saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10) Our old ways must die. His new Ways must live!

Jesus, the Son of Man, has shown us the Way to our potential! It is a potential God designed into us, in His image and His likeness, to be accomplished here in preparation for there! Our impaired judgment must be repaired for us to meet our potential in Him.

If we keep saying we are not good enough, then how can we ever overcome when salvation and perfection through reconciliation make us good enough for Him, by His own plan,? We are prophesying against ourselves!

Once reconciled to God through the death of His Son and our surrender to Jesus as Lord, our potential is unlimited. It has never been about doing something to get “saved” or reconciled. That was a free gift from God upon our surrender to Christ and His Lordship.

Rejoice! In being reconciled to God by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10 NASB) we are made perfect by the utter cleansing of our sins, we are made sinless, new born, all unrighteousness removed SO THAT we can have a relationship with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 1 John 1:5-10 warns us what to avoid afterwards.

From the point of reconciliation forward we stay saved now and in the future by the life Jesus showed us and taught us. Jesus came as a second Adam to repair our impaired judgment caused by the first Adam, by teaching us about our impaired judgment. Impaired judgment is the core problem of mankind.

In John 9:39 Jesus says,  “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”

Read it. The Pharisees by their impaired judgment threw the healed blind man out of the Temple and so excommunicated him from God? Jesus hears about it. Jesus comes to the man and says plainly why He came into the world, not to judge but because of our judging! “For judgment…” or “against” (“eis” Strongs 1519) judgment I came…  Remember His last portion of teaching at the Sermon on the Mount.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2 (NASB)  

I absolutely believe mankind was destroyed the first time, by God and the flood, because of the multiplied upon multiplied judgments mankind had brought upon itself. Those judgments had been measured back to them with exponential effect. The Matthew 7:1-2 principal existed even though it had not been written yet. It is an eternal principal. In each case they became guilty of that which they judged others for. Over the decades all men became poisoned by their own words. God was sorry He had made man. God starts over with Noah and his family. They are not perfect, just righteous through obedient hearts. They built the Arc despite the worldly criticism. Their obedience determined the end for almost all life. Our Arc of obedience to enduring love will do the same!

So Jesus comes to us not just to die for our sins or to pay the ultimate price, as we call it; I call it, the “going” rate, in laying down His life for our sake as we must for Him.

To make His death meaningful in a more far reaching way, He first teaches us new ways to deal with this life. They are the gospel or good news of the kingdom of God, the qualifying characteristics of a child of the king. It is no longer an eye for an eye but to turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. By obediently following Him we express our submission to and love for God.

In Christ our impaired judgment (through Adam) can be repaired! This is good news! This is what God must see in us after our reconciliation. He must see the righteous judgment of Christ functioning in us. We will see the truth about others but we are to intercede only. Grace must reign over our hearts, toward others. Our eternal life depends on it.
”…so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21 NASB

Jesus also tells us, in Luke 17:26 (NASB) “And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man,…” speaking of the sudden return of Christ like lightening across the sky, verse 24.

We have a responsibility to obediently prepare ourselves. The Holy Spirit will help.

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Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Children of Abraham or not.”

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

In prayer on 3-4-16 my bible was already opened to Genesis 18. In verse 19 I read,

“For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” Genesis 18:19

I asked where to read. The Spirit replied, “Look at what you have already been given and share; or do you decide what is important or not?”

Feeling the rebuke I asked, “Are we done (this morning) Father?” His reply was “Leviticus 16.” I looked and read, The Laws of Atonement.  “What am I to see Father?” It was overwhelming.

The next day in prayer on 3-5-16 looking at the same scriptures, I saw.

If you read Leviticus 16 you will appreciate the wonderful simplicity of Christ’s suffering for all. I was overwhelmed by the thought of doing all as instructed in Lev 16, forever! Christ is relief personified.

What was at best symbolic then, accomplishing a type of peace for them, is no longer symbolic now. Real peace is available and forever!

Each time we crucify our carnal will we move further into the perfection of Christ.

Jesus is the sacrifice we all require, and we employ His sacrifice once in being reconciled to God. We are not to crucify Him over and over! We don’t get “saved” over and over. We do and can however sincerely repent over and over as we work out our salvation. There is only one principle we must follow. We must offer others the same we are asking of God.

The sacrifice that covers us now is the same that covered Him on the cross! For surely He was not cleansed by His own perfect blood! Only our sins were His burden. Becoming sin for our sake, He gave what He now needed. So He spoke from the cross what was to mean everlasting  life to Him and to us, IF we would see it! For even Christ could die only once having one life to give for all, and He had to die right in order to live forever in righteousness and the life He now lives, He lives to God. (Romans 6:10 NASB)

By faith we know we are cleansed in reconciliation. It does not take faith to realize we must now walk in this life. How do we really die totally to our old ways, our impaired judgment? Rejoice! Understanding has been provided! All is yet to be purged from us and will be, by our obedience to the understanding that is in Jesus Christ and His life!  We do not have Carte Blanche with God. We have a responsibility to DO righteousness and justice if we expect God to bring upon us all that we are to receive through Abraham.

This “doing” is not to gain salvation. It is to keep it.

If we do not obey His commandments, we have no covenant. See Genesis 17 especially verse 7, it speaks of God’s understanding of our covenant with Him, “to be God to you…” Verse 14 addresses disobedience and the cost. “But an uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” How much more obedience does God expect from a new covenant made easier at the cost of His Son’s life?

Old covenant or new makes no difference. The new is achievable in its simplicity and provision. He makes a covenant with us first. We must maintain it by keeping Him as our God, living by His guidelines from our heart of understanding. It has always been so. He knew and has told us in advance, one day the majority of man would reject Him. Un-renewed minds will perish. You do not have to be one of them. He does not want you to be one of them.

If you knew me, and asked; “How can God use this man?” you would betray yourself and the level of relationship you have with God. If you were moving forward in Him you would believe me because you would know that God saw more in you than you saw in yourself and He is using you. This is my only claim. What God saw in me years ago is now being manifested for such a time as this.

I have always wanted Him to use me and over the last years (35) He has. The fact is, now my hour has come. Like John the Baptist, his life and learning added up to that moment when Jesus was baptized by John. John was teaching “repentance for forgiveness of sins” before Jesus was. The only thing lacking was a sacrificial Lamb that would end one covenant and begin a new. “Behold, the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world.”

Knowing me is not important. In my last 10 posts or so I have addressed political situations and I always address our obedience. I pray. He directs. I listen for Him as I read the scriptures He points me to and I share from my journal as I write what I am impressed to write. Maybe you do not hear from Him the way I do. That does not mean I do not hear or that you lack in any way. Believe me brethren I listen along with you. Do you hear God speaking to us all in these desperate times? The wise learn from history.

Please dear brothers and sisters around the world, followers and believers in Christ, we are in danger to the extent we are not obeying our Lord and His teachings. We must maintain what was given freely. He has presented us the keys to the kingdom. This Way holds our protection from the things to come, the feelings trying to invade our hearts today. It is something we the church must do. It is righteousness we must do as a testimony to all nations.

There are over 100 posts on this site and the Way is at the heart of them all. Read them. Eat the meat and spit out the bones. Ask the Spirit to show you what He wants you to see and understand. Souls are at stake.

The Arc is built and souls must enter. That includes us! Like Lot we must leave the city of our worldly existence and live on higher ground. There is a day coming when God will close the door, reign down obvious judgment, and only the obedient will survive.

For some reason my readers from around the world are suddenly not registering on my site details. Only USA readers are registering. Please consider becoming a “follower” (of Christ with me) by clicking below. Then each post will get to you automatically. I have a large readership in South America and in the Mediterranean Sea region not to make less of the rest of you on all continents. Suddenly no one? This message will spare some from the Apostasy. It draws us into a deeper and real relationship with the Holy Spirit. God only knows the forces that would try to hinder us. We know one for sure.

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“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

In the guardianship of Christ,

Michael

    Exit Strategy

   We initiate the return of Christ!  (The E-book)

Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, many others and around the world. $2.99