Search This Blog

Saturday, December 29, 2012

God's Plan for Human Relationships

Fellowship, Communion, and Intimacy

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

From the beginning God said that it was not good that the man should be alone. God never intended for the human race to consist of only one man and one woman, but from the beginning He intended for them to multiply and fill the earth. Since there were to be many people God made man with a need for companionship. By God's design we are social creatures and we need other people. This is basic to God's plan for the human race and to our God-given nature. Time alone is important and profitable to our soul and spirit, but not as a way of life.

The need for companionship is much more defined than just general socializing and mingling with other people. There are at least three basic levels in human relationships. There is fellowship, communion, and intimacy. They are like stairs, with fellowship being the first and lowest step, communion the second step, and intimacy at the top of the stairs.

All human relationships begin with fellowship, and usually never go beyond this level. These are casual acquaintances, people at work, neighbors, most relatives, and sadly, most of the people we go to church with. Some relationships progress from casual fellowship to the next level, which is communion. These are the few people in our life with whom we become good friends. We include them in the important and cherished events of our life. They are the ones we seek out and whose company we prefer. These are the people whose prayers we especially value. We feel comfortable sharing our heart and our problems with them. All of the relationships we have on the levels of fellowship and communion are non-committal. They are not bound by vows or promises, but rather are more dependent upon convenience. Those we fellowship with and become good friends with are always changing throughout our lives. Almost always they fade away with time and circumstances which separate us. Sometimes we encounter problems or conflicts, which break the bonds of fellowship, even with very good and close friends.

Then there is the intimate relationship where two souls are knit together in complete trust and commitment and there are no secrets. It is possible to have a somewhat intimate friend of the same gender, but the very best friend we could possibly have does not come close to what God has in mind for man and wife. The marriage relationship between a man and a woman is the ultimate intimate relationship, and it is forever. It is the crown of human relationships. It is the one relationship where true intimacy can find its completion and fulfillment in the physical, spiritual, and emotional realms, and the element of unconditional commitment is what makes all that possible. While it is obvious that most marriages do not measure up to these criteria we must recognize the fact that it is because of sin and selfishness, and not because of a flaw in God's design and plan.

Man needs more than casual fellowship with others. He even needs more than a pal or a very close friend. He needs someone with whom he can share his very soul. He needs someone with whom he can become one on the level of the soul. When God created the man He left some places empty in him so there would be room for another. The soul of man was created by his Maker with needs, and God created a woman to fulfill those needs. Not only that, but when God created the woman, He created her soul with needs that could only be fulfilled by her husband. The relationship between husband and wife goes far beyond the shallow waters of fellowship and companionship. It goes beyond physical intimacy, also. It is a union of their souls and spirits, their minds and their wills, their affections and desires. We may have fellowship and companionship with many people, but we cannot experience what God has in mind for husband and wife except in a garden enclosed by the fence of commitment where only the two are allowed admittance. By God's design it is meant to last a lifetime, with death as the only means of separation.
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matthew 19:5-6)

This special, intimate, ultimate human relationship is not something that happens instantly or even quickly, but it develops in a certain order, and over a period of time and experience. It is Genesis 4:1, after sin has entered into the world and they have been driven from the garden, before the Bible tells us that Adam "knew" his wife. The word "knew" has much more meaning here than most people think. To consider it to merely mean carnal knowledge is to make a terrible error and miss some of the most important knowledge and understanding. Although the marriage bed is part of God's design of male and female, God did not create a woman solely for the carnal pleasure of a man. God's purposes encompass far more than that. This is the definition of the word "know" as used in the Scripture. Look at all the words and ideas expressed by this word God chose to use.

To know: (properly, to ascertain by seeing); (including observation, care, recognition; and instruction) be aware, comprehend, consider, be diligent, discern, discover, familiar friend, feel, instruct, have knowledge, make self known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, prognosticator, regard, have respect, be sure, teach, understand.

Many people live with their spouse for a lifetime and find out that they never really knew them. They might have known each other intimately in a physical sense for years, but kept a curtain drawn around their heart. To find out that your spouse is not the person you have thought them to be at all is very sad and most devastating. To truly know one another takes a lot of time and earnest effort and cannot happen quickly. It takes more than physical intimacy. It takes a truly honest heart and an openness and willingness to bare your most intimate soul to your spouse. There is a progression in the development of this relationship, and we are going to look at the three distinct aspects of it. These truths should be our guides and way marks for courtship and marriage.

Be sure to check back next week for the next part.

Email Me
Straight Paths Bible Church

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Why a Woman? - Male and Female Created He Them

Why a Woman?

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)

When God created man He made the distinction of male and female and stressed firmly that it was by divine design. It is not only the differences in the physical bodies that prove they are made for each other, but their natures and attributes also prove they were made for each other. Out of one He made two, then of the two He made one and called their name Adam. Although they lived in two separate bodies they were made one flesh and formed a union so much in harmony that God said they would be one - not two anymore. This reflected what God had done when he made Adam before He made the woman. God made another in his own image and breathed into him the breath of life and Adam became a living soul. Then Adam was to be one with God in spirit and soul, while living in a separate body.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Adam was different than the other creatures in that he had the ability to understand spoken language and to speak and communicate his thoughts with words. If Adam is going to fellowship with God and with his wife, as well as the children that will be born he must have the ability to understand and communicate by means of spoken language. So God begins to speak to Adam and Adam understands.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (Genesis 2:16)

Just a few verses down and we find Adam speaking and commanding what the names of the animals will be.

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:19-20)

The first step toward communication between kindred spirits happened when God spoke to Adam and Adam heard and understood the thoughts and feelings of another soul beside himself. The ability to communicate makes it possible for us to feel and experience the feelings and thoughts of another heart besides our own. Language makes it possible for one heart to speak to another heart - and that is the very core of what it is - it is communication between souls. The ability to communicate our thoughts with others is evidence that we were created to be social creatures and have a need for companionship and fellowship with others. The beasts are not really social creatures, even though some live in groups. Animals do not form governments, or churches, or clubs, or any other social organization. Of course, in nature there are examples of what are called social creatures, especially among the insects. (Go to the ant thou sluggard…) But the creatures that we call social creatures do not actually communicate thoughts and feelings because they are not a living soul as man is - they simply perform as they were designed by their Creator. And as they are studied and examined it is found that what appears to be social behavior actually is the result of physical things, like scents and organs in their bodies that perform functions to make the group work as a whole in certain circumstances. Since the beginning their lives have always been the same in every one of their generations. Only man has a hand in his own destiny and course of life by the choices he makes. What his reasoning approves and rejects from the Word of God and the thoughts and opinions of others affects the course of his life here as well as his eternal destiny.

Man was not made to be alone - by design he is a social creature.

… but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:20)

Adam could speak to the animals and call them by their names, but they could not speak to him. With animals it is pretty much a one-sided relationship - they receive love and attention, but they cannot fulfill that deep longing in a human soul for companionship. It is a true fact that many people prefer a relationship with a pet rather than another human being, but that just shows that man has fallen far from what God designed him to be. Those who order their lives in such a way settle for something far less and far different than what their Creator meant for them have. They do this because something in them is broken, usually from being hurt by other people, or they do it out of fear of being hurt by other people. In either case they are robbing themselves of the most fulfilling and important thing in life, which is a companion who was made to be a help MEET for them. God himself has testified that it is not good for the man to be alone and then He acted upon the matter.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Although man is a social being he cannot find fulfillment in simply being with others. You can be lonely in a crowd, so that shows us very clearly that God had something else in mind when He created them male and female. The design of the Creator was for there to be a relationship between husband and wife that is set apart and different than all other relationships.

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:21-25)

God made a woman so that the man would have exactly what he needs and longs for in a companion.

The woman is the glory of the man.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. (1 Corinthians 11:7-9)

"The glory" means that she manifests his honor and his praise and his character. She does this by her own character and presentation of herself. Just as the man is the glory of God by having a heart that loves God and conducting himself in a way that honors God, so it is with the wife who loves her husband and conducts herself in such a way as to bring him honor in the minds of others. By being identified with him as his wife she makes the difference in what others think of him. She is his glory - so she either brings him honor or shame.

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4)

A crown is defined as an ornament worn on the head by kings and sovereign princes; as a badge of imperial or regal power and dignity. Crown signifies authority, honor, dignity, royalty, the king - she makes him a king, not only in her own eyes but in the eyes of others. Rottenness signifies decay, stink, and abhorrence. It is HER character that crowns him or destroys him.

Woman is the completer - she was created for the man. God determined before he made man that He would make a help meet for him. God had male and female both in mind before he ever created man, but he made the man first and the woman second. God does things perfect and in perfect order.

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Woman was no accident or afterthought. She was the last step in Creation, and remember that the Creation began in chaos and confusion and progressed to perfect order and godliness. God did not take a step backward and make a lower creature when He made a woman - she was the crown of the creation - made for the man. She completed the Creation and made the whole thing perfect. She fulfilled the need of the man for someone his equal to love him. She fulfilled the need of the man for someone his equal to be the object of his love. She fulfilled the man's need for a beloved one to protect and provide for. She fulfilled the need of the man for a counterpart to make him whole. She fulfilled the need of the man to have someone who was his and his alone, not through bondage, but freely, simply because she loved him. She gave him purpose and order in his life. She made it possible for him to live forever through his offspring. Her presence made possible the highest pleasures and delights of body, soul, and spirit - and this was God's idea, so it was pure and holy and right - and it STILL is.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)

Email Me
Straight Paths Bible Church

Friday, December 14, 2012

Male and Female Created He Them - Part 2

Male and Female - Reference Points for Life
This is such an important matter because the God-designed distinctions between male and female are reference points for us in understanding life, direction, purpose and God himself. Male and female are opposites, just as is everything else in God's creation. As we brought out in a previous message from Genesis 1 the basis of our power of reasoning is simply the discerning and choosing between two things at a time that are opposed to one another. There is hot and cold, up and down, right and left, north and south, east and west, positive and negative, light and dark, day and night, good and evil, right and wrong, clean and dirty, and there is no end to it - everything in God's creation is set over against its opposite - or its image. An image is the opposite of its source. Two right hands do not match when placed together face to face - it must be a left and right. God made man male and female and this is God's divine order and design - this is the foundation and a firm constant for living life here on earth and understanding God.

This principle of opposites is what creates order and literally holds God's Creation together. If the atom was not made of opposing parts it would fly apart, but the protons and electrons having opposite charges attract one another and hold the basic component of all matter together. To blow them apart creates an nuclear explosion. This principle of opposites is what makes it possible for us to navigate through life. Consequently, it is the basis from which all the forces of evil begin in their attempts to destroy the works of God. Their goal is to create confusion by blurring the distinctions between the clear markers God has established for us. Confusion is the opposite of order and God is not the author of confusion. (1 Cor 14:33) For sure, God is not the author of confusion in the hearts and lives of those who obey him. So the most basic goal of Satan is to cause confusion, which by definition is:

In a general sense, a mixture of several things promiscuously; hence, disorder; irregularity.

A blending or confounding; indistinct combination; opposed to distinctness or perspicuity.

Want of order in a society.

So it is very clear that Satan works to cause confusion, or the blurring of the distinctions that God established when He set everything in perfect order in his work of Creation. One of the most obvious results of sin is that it always causes confusion, and confusion always leads to more sin, especially for the next generation.

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. Mark 10:6

Confusion is the breaking down of absolutes and order. Satan always begins his attack right here with male and female - this is the distinction that he works on the hardest to break down and confuse. The decline and decay of every civilized society begins right here with this matter. Because of the sinfulness of mankind it is the most vulnerable point where he can begin his destructive work. Rebellious, self-seeking, and lustful hearts are actually looking for any way to cast off God's boundaries between male and female.

When the God ordained distinctions are blurred or erased between male and female then the God ordained relationship between the two has no guides or boundaries and no place to take our bearings from. God made great distinctions between male and female and they are much more than physical. These distinctions are divine attributes assigned to male and female by nature itself. They are not choices to be made by the individual. They are not subject to "rights" of an individual. We have a world now that is attempting to make it a matter of choice whether a person is a male or a female. That fact alone should startle any sane person into waking up to the depravity of our society.

A feminine man and a masculine female are unnatural and ungodly.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (1 Corinthians 6:9)

"Effeminate" refers to a feminine man and this verse from the Scripture clearly states that they do not know God and will not go to heaven. Abusers of themselves with mankind refers to sodomites (Webster's 1828 Dictionary) and also makes it very clear that they are not going to enter into heaven. A godly person will desire to be what God has made them to be and will not be kicking and fighting against God's order and design for their life.

The breakdown always begins when the God-ordained roles of men and women begin to be portrayed as unsatisfying or unfulfilling. This happens as a result of losing sight of the purpose of life and God's role in it all. Soon after becoming dissatisfied and rebellious against their God-given gender assignment we see the physical appearance begin to change, with cross-dressing, swapping hairstyles, etc. It begins with the female becoming more masculine in her appearance, her actions, her language, her manners, her hair, her clothing, and it is accompanied immediately by her ambitions and desires to live in the role of a man instead of a woman. She believes she is liberated from her God-given role by her rebellion against God's authority and from there she rejects and rebels against all authority over her life. Immorality follows immediately because there are no rules, no boundaries, no guide, and no authority, and no order anymore. She thinks she is "liberated" and free from the bondage of being a woman, but she has reduced herself to nothing more than a toy for ungodly men. Ungodly men do not do much to resist this tendency of the female because it makes her much easier prey for him. She refuses to submit to a man, so he doesn't have to worry about submitting himself to her - he can have what he wants from her with no commitment and no strings. Love as the basis for the relationship is now out of the picture and the relationship is reduced to that of barnyard animals.

But man was not designed to live this way and confusion follows in every aspect of life. The children are desolate and have no purpose for living, and cannot find their way. Man needs a wife, and a wife needs a husband, and they cannot be happy and fulfilled under any other arrangement.

Knowing this we should resist anything that even resembles a breaking down of the distinction between God's divine design of male and female. We should be diligent to make clear the differences. We should honor the proper roles and teach our children and others by example. We need godly men and we need godly women. That is what it takes to have godly homes and churches and nations. That is what it takes to live a happy fulfilled life that has meaning and purpose. This is God's plan and God's design and those who resist and reject it do so at their own peril, but they also bring down the society in which the rest of us live. So the people of God need to set the proper example by ordering their lives, their marriages, their families, and their churches according to God's divine order established so clearly from the beginning of Creation.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:31-33)

Next: It is not good for the man to be alone.

Email Me
Straight Paths Bible Church

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Male and Female Created He Them

Male and Female - The Image of God

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)

God repeats over and over the fact that He created man in his own image. He really wants us to understand this fact. It is a foundational fact that He wants us to work from in understanding the reason for our existence, and our purpose and role in life.

So the Bible teaches us that man is made in the image and likeness of God and is male and female. When He speaks of man He is not referring to mankind as males only, but as both male and female, because God has defined man as both male and female. All the attributes of God could not be completely expressed in the male alone - it takes both male and female to form the image of God. There are distinct attributes of God that are dominant in the nature of the male but much less manifested in the female (courage, strength, dominion). Likewise, there are attributes of God that are dominant in the very nature of the female that are much less visible in the male (tenderness, nurturing, embellishing). Only in the union of male and female is the image of God complete. Thus marriage is called "Holy Matrimony," because it is the intended completion of God's image. Where the man is lacking or weak, the woman fills the gap, and completes the image. Likewise, where the woman is lacking or weak, the man steps up, and together they make up the image of God. As they are united into one flesh over a lifetime they both are enriched and both become more well rounded in their character and soul. Together they present a powerful testimony about what life is supposed to be like. We have all seen older couples who have been married for 60 or 70 years and we have stood in wonder at a marriage that has survived that long in this wicked world. We are always impressed with the degree to which they have become one flesh and many times we see them die a few days, or even a few hours apart because they literally cannot live without one another. This is God's design and plan for man and life is not complete otherwise.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. (Proverbs 18:22)

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:31-33)

The only exceptions are those very few who consecrate themselves to the service of God alone. Jesus said:

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. (Matthew 19:12)

It needs to be said here that by definition the word "eunuch" means that something had to be physically done to stop the desires and capabilities that are there by nature for the fulfillment of God's design for union of male and female. There are some who have a purpose in God's plan that sets them apart and their life is lived without husband or wife or children, but these are exceptions and not by any means the rule. If God does this in their life then it is the right thing for them, but it is not the standard for mankind.

…let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)

Marriage is honorable in ALL. It is God's plan for man or He would never have made them male and female.

Next: Male and Female Created He Them - Reference Points for Living

Email Me
Straight Paths Bible Church


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Captivity Cometh - Part 2

The first step in preparing yourself and your family for what is coming is to disassociate yourself and your family from the false prophets of our day. Captivity is always preceded and accompanied by false prophets having the ear of the people, and therefore holding them in blindness and deceit. False prophets must be identified if you are to separate from them and not allow their influence upon your life or your family. There were people in Israel who listened to Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the others, and who recognized the false prophets as imposters and refused to allow them to influence them or their family. But these people were practically invisible because they were scattered and separated from one another - not gathered together all over the country in great congregations in metal buildings with big parking lots. The Bible gives us plenty of information about the false prophets of those days, so please do not skip over these Scriptures, but read them carefully and think about how relevant they are to our present situation.
(Isa 9:16) For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
(Isa 3:12) As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
(Isa 56:10-12) His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
(Jer 5:31) The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
(Jer 14:13-16) Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
(Lam 2:14) Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
(2 Pet 2:1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
(1 John 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
False prophets are self centered and often immoral. Many times they are lazy and indulgent. They are cowards, but often they act like spiritual bullies, also. They shrink from standing against true evil and those who promote it, but they are fierce against anyone whom they perceive to be a challenge to their position or authority. They may be knowledgeable of worldly things like sports and making money, but they are ignorant and confused about spiritual things and therefore contradict themselves in their teachings and doctrines. False prophets do not walk with God and therefore do not get their messages from God, they get them from the deceit of their own heart. They get their messages from their imagination and they get them from each other (outline books, outline subscriptions, etc.) King Saul did not walk with God – he got his messages second-handed. As long as that situation continued he could be the king and rule, but when Samuel was gone and he had no direct link with God himself he was in big trouble.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! (Ezek 13:3)
Some other things that identify false prophets are that they deal in lightness with the weighty things of God: judgment, mercy, faith, righteousness, and especially sin. They are guided much more by their feelings and imagination in dealing with these matters than by the written Word of God. They use the Bible not as the authority, but by wresting the Scriptures, and omitting some, they use it as a support for their imagined ideas based upon their feelings and desires. They also major on vain things that are of no real or lasting importance, such as how to be successful in earthly things or how to maintain happiness with psychological babble instead of by knowing and obeying the Word of God and walking with a holy God. Their minds are more focused on carnal and contemporary things instead of eternal things, and therefore they tend to bring sex into their message often, and usually with very little discretion concerning the children and young people who are listening to them. This kind of preaching and teaching turns the church into a den of iniquity and it does not take long to do it.
(Jer 23:32) Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
These kinds of men are imposters and phonies, they are the blind leading the blind – and they will lead you and your children no where but into deeper oppression and captivity. Run from them! The true men of God are indeed very few in these last days, but God does indeed have his men in their places, even in this evil day. If you are serious enough about it you can find one. He may be located far from where you are, but it will be a blessing to you and your family just to know that there are still people who are living for God. With all the means available to us for communicating with one another we are without excuse if we just keep following one of Satan's false prophets while judgment is about come to the full in our land. If you know of a spring somewhere where thirsty souls can find refreshment tell others about it and point them in that direction.
And above all, keep looking up because Jesus is coming soon for his bride that He is even now preparing for himself. He is working out all the spots, wrinkles, and blemishes in her so that he can present her to himself pure and holy and without any of these things. That is what captivity does for us and that is what is going on in your life now if you are truly one of his.