The Church — Part 2
In the previous text, we focused on two subjects.
First was a song that a young woman was singing; calling, actually begging God to deliver us and send down His power.
Second, we were given an example along with scriptures that show that Jesus has already given His Church authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) ... and the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, to bind and to lose. (See Matthew 16:18-19)
Many who are writing and singing heartfelt songs to God are doing so in error.
Why is that? The words they are speaking do not line up with New Testament Scripture. That’s a big problem which points to the neglect of teaching who we are in Christ and what Jesus died to give us.
You can’t act on something you don’t know you have.
Many times, born again children of God are being taught scriptures given to the Jews under the Old Testament. It’s very important to remember that the Jews did not yet have God’s laws written in their hearts. For instance, when reading Old Testament scripture like the Psalms and before receiving instruction for your life, ask “Does this line up with my identification in Christ?”
THE NEW COVENANT
The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Hebrews brings correction and knowledge about their new identity in Christ.
“‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’” Jesus offered Himself to God to “cleanse our conscience from dead works.”
Not only that but “... the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins...” (unless in our weekly services we’re continually reminded of them.) (Hebrews 10:16-17, 9:14, 10:2-3)
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
Do we really think Father desires to hear an assembly of His children begging Him in worship for something He has already given them through the Blood of His Son? Does He get pleasure hearing about our past sinful ways and in the next breadth praising Him for His goodness?
THE ERROR OF MIXING SEED
“You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.” (Leviticus 19:19)
Words are seeds!
Not only is the New Creation Man born of an “incorruptible seed” (1 Peter 1:23), but we know from the scriptures that words are seeds. Speaking words is planting them.
“... for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
What happens in the spirit when we focus on our past sin?
It inhibits the born again inner man from entering into true worship (John 4:23-24) because it unleashes the soul: the mind, will, and emotions.
During worship, songs with error in them get Christians speaking/confessing error over themselves which will produce a harvest of unworthiness!
And where “two or more are in agreement, they will have what they desire.” (Matthew 18:19)
OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD
Here’s the root of a begging mentality: a lack of knowledge!
“For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”
“But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).’
“But what does it say?
“‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
This is that...which Peter revealed about our new nature in Christ.
“...His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)