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Passover 5

Passover 5

Bread of affliction

The bread from Heaven is the Messiah who feed Israel while in the wilderness. Just as in the wilderness Christ will share His body with believers. So when we see the Messiah on the cross, He is dispensing His body to a dying world.

The crushing of the Bread paid for our sins, but the restoring of the Bread mixed the crumbs from gentile nations and Jewish believers into one bread.
Isaiah 35:10 ransomed. Someone who is ransomed is someone who has had a price paid to set him free from captivity. This promise looked forward to the return of the political captives and, in a much fuller sense, to the salvation through Jesus Christ, who gave “His life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28; Mk 10:45; 1Ti 2:6).

Because of the Torah Law, the Lord set penal restitution for those who committed crimes against the innocent.

pe·nal
[ˈpēn(ə)l]

ADJECTIVE
relating to, used for, or prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system.
“the campaign for penal reform.”
Synonyms: disciplinary · punitive · corrective · correctional · retributive
(of an act or offense) punishable by law.
synonyms: disciplinary · punitive · corrective · correctional · retributive

res·ti·tu·tion
[ˌrestəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n]

NOUN
the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.
“seeking the restitution of land taken from blacks under apartheid.”
synonyms: return · restoration · handing back · replacement · [more]
recompense for injury or loss.
“he was ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution.”
synonyms: compensation · recompense · reparation · damages · [more]
the restoration of something to its original state.
“restitution of the damaged mucosa.”

Hand nailed to the cross with blood and dirt
Psalms 98:1-3

 1 Sing a new song to the Lord,
 for he has done wonderful deeds.
 His right hand has won a mighty victory;
 his holy arm has shown his saving power!
 2 The Lord has announced his victory
 and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
 3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
 The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
(NLT)

Bread of affliction

Isaiah 52:13-15
The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
He will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.
(NLT)

Discovering the Core Values of our Massiah’s

Yeshua’ the Jewish Messiah tough one crowd, saying my family is “Anyone who does God’s will.”
Mark 3:33-35 33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Core values are traits or qualities that you consider not just worthwhile, they represent an individual’s or an organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces. They are the heart of what your organization and its employees stand for in the world.
Core values are also known as guiding principles because they form a solid core of who you are, what you believe, and who you are and want to be going forward.https://www.thebalance.com/core-values-are-what-you-believe-1918079

who you are and want to be going
As our Lord walks alongside us, He gently takes us to the next level; by testing the Core Values learn in His teaching.
If our set of Core Values are the same as the Mind of Christ, the trial only turns us into a living stone like our Lord the Rock.

The Rock that comes from Mount Sinai where the Lord set HIS Core Values, The Word of God.

Daniel 2:45
45 That is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain, though not by human hands, that crushed to pieces the statue of iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold. The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.”(NLT)

 

The set of core Values were set in place by God for the nation of Israel. These sets of Core Values were called Torah Instructions. Torah instructions were much more important than rules and regulations; they were strategies for maneuvering within a spiritual domain where creatures of darkness attach themselves to the Core values of Darkness. Just as necessary as core values are for the building of a set of principles for cooperations, the code for ethical behavior was Torah Law in the beginning.

What was the meaning of what the Prophet Isaiah when he said “an individual will “see what they had not been told,” I believe some people will realize that there has to be more to life than parties, meaningless relationships with sex and alcohol.

Romans 2:12-16 12 When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. 13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.
15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

As with my life, I found that after a while the heart hungers for the meaning of life and one’s life purpose. But this type of hunger had nothing to do with freedom and expression or a time discovering who I am; it was more like an invite to know God. While vaguely able to remember anything I heard in Church, there remained a powerful presence seem to follow and nagging me about my immoral lifestyle. So I can totally understand Isiah when he says, “they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about.” (Isaiah 52:15)

It’s that image of Christ on the cross; I have to make sense of it because it calls out to me, It has to mean something. Why must I reconcile its image of a suffering Son of God?

I have witnessed that the Gospel message is changing quicker than the seasons. The power of God has changed to a God that loves without judgment, and the correcting or guidance of the Holy Spirit is out of the Equation. Demons are gone away, and the Devil along with sin has been removed from sermons within the Gospel music industry.

Nevertheless, the God of Israel has reserved a people who value the price of the Oil of the Messiah’s, and the Bread of Affliction our Lord became on our behalf.

Why did Christ pay so much for that Passover feast? Why are these heartbreaking, powerful images apart from the Passover celebration?
Beyond Satan’s expectation Jesus Christ, unfairly take the punishment for the worst sinner and is crush beyond whats necessary. He is beaten beyond recognition. (Isaiah 52:14)

By His Stripes, We are Healed

Isaiah 52:13-15
The Lord Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.
(NLT)
Because Pilate viewed Jesus as innocent, he may have ordered the beating expecting that the Jews would consider it adequate punishment and consent to Jesus’ release. Scourging was a horrific, brutal form of punishment. The glass and metal of the whip tore the body apart, exposing the vital organs. Men frequently died of the scourging. Isaiah 52:10
(Amplified Bible – AMP)

However, the Bible reader’s heart is broken when they realize the cost of the Anointing Oil of the Messiah. Faithful Believers would never allow our Lord to suffer such punishment and continue to obey the Satan.

Isaiah 52:13-15
The Lord’s Suffering Servant
13 See, my servant will prosper;
he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.
(NLT)

Debt canceled but entirely paid

Isaiah 48:16-18 And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit
have sent me with this message.
17 This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is good for you
and leads you along the paths you should follow.
18 Oh, that you had listened to my commands!
Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.
There are many passages in the New Testament which represent Christ’s sufferings under the idea of a ransom or price, and the result thereby secured is a purchase or redemption (comp. Acts 20:28; 1 Cor 6:19, 20; Gal 3:13; 4:4 5; Eph 1:7 Col 1:14; 1 Tim 2:5 6; Titus 2:14; Heb 9:12; 1 Pet 1:18, 19; Rev 5:9.

The idea running through all these texts, however various their reference, is that of payment made for our redemption. The debt against us is not viewed as simply canceled but is fully paid. Christ’s blood or life, which he surrendered for them, is the “ransom” by which the deliverance of his people from the servitude of sin and from its penal consequences is secured. (Eston’s Bible Dictionary)

A relative must pay the price for redemption. He became one of us, but nothing like us.

גְּאוּלִים Redeemer; Theologically a relative of someone in the same family. Foreigner and Strangers traveling with Israel had to come under the Torah Law system just as non-believers today have to be converted into the life of a God-fearing believer. When we adopt the Word of God for our lives, ADONIA gives us the Holy Spirit as a dedicated administrator guiding us into the truths of the scripture.
A life with Christ is a life in God’s word, where we become a part of the bread of life, bringing nourishment to a dying World.

Know the difference between the converted Children of God and religious smooth talkers and figure out what will please Christ, for yourself

The Message Bible
Ephesians 5:5-13 5 You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God.
6 Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. 7 Don’t even hang around people like that.
8 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! 9 The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. 10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
11 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. 12 It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. 13 Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. (The Message Bible)

Ephesians 5:6-13 6 Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. 7 Don’t even hang around people like that.
8 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! 9 The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. 10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
11 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. 12 It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. 13 Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

H1350. גְּאוּלִים ge’ûliym, גָּאַל gā’al: A verb meaning to redeem or act as a kinsman-redeemer. The word means to act as a redeemer for a deceased kinsman (Ruth 3:13); to redeem or buy back from bondage (Lev. 25:48); to redeem or buy back a kinsman’s possessions (Lev. 25:26); to avenge a kinsman’s murder (Num. 35:19); to redeem an object through a payment (Lev. 27:13). Theologically, this word is used to convey God’s redemption of individuals from spiritual death and His redemption of the nation of Israel from Egyptian bondage and also from exile (see Ex. 6:6). (Complete Word Study Bible)

Proverbs 23:11-14 11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead — their cause with thee.
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Overcomer

Overcomer Revival Notes

 

The next three blogs should be somewhat different than the most recent one because our ministry is in the process of revival. After a week of the same dream, I told the church that I perceived that the Lord was arousing my spirit in planning for some extraordinary meeting with high expectation from God.

In the dream, I saw myself going into the enemy’s prisons and pulling out captives. Night after night the same dream occurred over and over. I know this seems out of the ordinary, but we have been in the Deliverance ministry almost 40 years and have seen God do amazing things.

How do we go into the enemy’s camp and pull out souls? We should follow the teachings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus.
Sometimes, the enemy’s camp is right inside the Church.

(AMPC)
32 And they were amazed at His teaching, for His Word was with authority and ability and weight and power.
33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the foul spirit of a demon; and he cried out with a loud (deep, terrible) cry,
34 Ah, let us alone! What have You to do with us [What have we in common], Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know Who You are—the Holy One of God! (Luke 4:32-34)

Therefore, sometimes people may have doors open for Satan unaware, and he is only capable of operating when a person is involved with recurring sins or whenever an individual is in grave error within the church, especially in the spirits of those who stop growing in Christ.

Spirit of Error

KJV 1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1Jo 5:4 KJV)

NLT 1 John 5:4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
(1Jo 5:4 NLT)

Defining moments in our past can influence our behavior today. Moments of rejection, painful moments or tragic moments are ways of how Satan hinders the spiritual growth in the house of God.

CJB 1 John 5:4 because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust. (1Jo 5:4 CJB)

One thing we know is Satan cannot cross the Word of God or attach himself to those who are standing in truth. The difference between a child of God and a child of the world is that the child of God loves his or her Father’s Voice. Unfortunately, the child of the world rarely seeks true commitment.
The child of God who trusts Him for strength which flows from Jesus is called an overcomer or one who is victorious.

Over Comer / Victorious

3528 nika,w nikao {nik-ah’-o}
Meaning: 1) to conquer 1a) to carry off the victory, come off victorious 1a1) of Christ, victorious over all His foes 1a2) of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions 1a3) when one is arraigned or goes to law, to win the case, maintain one’s cause
Origin: from 3529; TDNT –

1John 5:3-12 NLT

3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.
4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross– not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.

7 So we have these three witnesses–
8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood– and all three agree.
9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son.
10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.
11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. (1Jo 5:3-12 NLT)
(AMPC)

17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin which does not [involve] death [that may be repented of and forgiven].
18 We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].
1 John 5:17-18

Character on the Cross

Character on the Cross

The Lion of the tribe of Judah

Jacob blessed his sons. Then, he called Judah over and spoke a word into his life by comparing him to a lion. Jacob told Judah that the scepter would not leave his descendants.

“Judah, my son, is a young lion
that has finished eating its prey.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down;
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants.” (Genesis 49:9-10)

This powerful blessing stayed with the tribe of Judah continuously up unto the birth of the manifestation of the Word Man, our Jewish Messiah. The use of the term, Lion, indicated strength, but Lions are also social creatures and caring. A Lion is also a protector of his pride and other lions (male and female) who make him their king and leader.

 

 

So, what can today’s believers learn from this prophecy?
One thing we do know is that to be human predisposes us to be selfish, self-centered and self-serving.
The Messiah came to establish the Kingdom of Character and Uprightness. While His integrity (challenged on the Cross), would have given Him the rights of self-preservation, He chose not to. Jesus did not fight for Himself, but He fought for the undeserving and hopeless sinner.
Interestingly, He identified Himself as one of us, but not like us. It was because of His close association with us – Jesus, an innocent man, was condemned to death.
Here is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the rightful Owner of the souls of His believers, being intruded upon by Satan (with his sickly roar), yet the Lion of Judah is not moved by this “threat” because He fully trusts in His Heavenly Father’s plan.

Lions of The Bible

1 Peter 5:8(NLT) 1 Peter 5:8

Looking for someone to devour.

Looking for those whom He can save.

 

Lion of the Tribe of Judah in Hebrew: HaAryei Mishevet

Yehudah  האריה של שבט יהודה
Pronounced—(ha-at-Yey

meesh-SHE-vet  ye-HOO-dah)  Rev 5:5;  Gen 49:9

Aryei–Strong’s #744 (Hebrew)-means Lion   (“Ha” is a direct article meaning “the”)

Shevet–Strong’s # 7626 (Hebrew)-means rod, staff, scepter or tribe.  (“Mi” is a preposition meaning “of”)
Yehudah–Hebrew name for Judah

 

A scientific fact about a male lion’s roar is that other lions can hear it as far as 35 miles away. The vibration and the frequency of the roar communicate his general age and health.

Furthermore, the color of a lion’s mane directly correlates with his health, testosterone, and vigor. The color indicates a lion’s prowess power. The darker the hair, the more powerful the lion; when darker, the lion will scare off potential rivals or attract potential mates. A lighter colored mane conveys the opposite. -National Geographic-

Question: Since a tiger is stronger than a lion, what makes the lion the King of Beasts? It is because the lion is not a solitary animal like the tiger. Lions hunt in packs and have cubs who grow up to be powerful, faithful followers known as his Pride.

Spiritually speaking, the Lion of Genesis 49:9 hears the challenge of the lion in 1 Peter 5:8 and the one stronger of the two will lead the pride.

Note that silence is not a weakness; rather it depicts a quality of character and self-control. The mindset of the world is, “I must look like a winner and be in control.” However, our Lord and Savior had no need to prove Himself to anyone. His mindset was to serve. And, by serving us through His sacrifice on the Cross, He won the souls of sinners.

In our last blog, we shared that if the motives and reasoning behind someone’s study of the Bible are to debate their personal opinions, they will know more Scriptures to argue about, but experience no change in their lives. However, if a person is studying the Bible to learn how to follow Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) and to know Him as his source of redemption; that person may only quote two Scriptures, but he will experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

We have learned that the Messiah was careful, not to allow His humanity to interfere with the outcome of His purpose nor to overshadow the glory of His Father. Jesus knew that man’s central battleground is within his mind and that no individual can go any further than what inspires his thinking. This Jewish Messiah was well acquainted with the history of man’s fall.
God’s redemptive plan would require Him to be the first example of one surrendering both flesh (will) and life circumstances to God. Likewise, we are to follow this example of the Word in human form, and the only way we can renew our minds in this battle is through obedience to His Word.

22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. Mat 13:22

Jesus also knew that the fallen nature of man was the result of Satan’s influence. Scriptures refer to Satan as the prince of the air. He uses an unfair advantage of controlling the spirit of the air (spirit of the world). At this time in God’s design, the plan for salvation was intended to be a deliverance of the mind rather than the physical body. As the mind is reborn or renewed, the body comes under the control of God’s Holy Spirit.

The apostle Paul said, I know how to be abased and live humbly in difficult circumstances, and I also know how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.
I have the strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally.

I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.

Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT Study Bible Text,)
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

The secret weapon Yeshua used to defeat Satan was HUMILITY. When Satan comes to the body of Christ with the Gospel of having a person’s every want and need to be met, it does not produce humility. It creates a spirit of pride and greed. Riches in glory is not the same as having a bank account. Heavenly treasure is having your name written on the duty roster in Heaven. Therefore, it is the believer’s calling to rescue souls (Luke 10:20). “These signs shall follow them that believe” is what Jesus told us to seek for and it is the most important work for us to do in God’s Kingdom (Mark 16:17).

Satan influences the unredeemed and the lukewarm conscience of man. He can be successful at doing this because people who are lukewarm perceive the voice of God entirely different from those who are “hot.” (Revelation 3:15-18 KJV)

21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

1 Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

Satan will put into the hearts of man that this Gospel is only about peace on earth – man receiving from Christ, rather than a Godly community of believers serving one another. We can have His Peace, but we follow Him because we love Him out of a pure and sincere heart. Therefore, the approach one uses to enter into the Holy Word of God is just as important as the humble spirit of the student.

A motive is everything when searching for the voice of God from within the Bible. The Biblical text explains that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].
For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.
Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
[That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.

So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.
But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God].

Romans 8:5-11 5 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! 6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. 7 Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores

God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. 8 And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
9 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. 10 But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. 11 It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
(1 Pet 5:8.
Men are said to be “taken captive by him.”
(2 Tim 2:26).
Christians are warned against his “devices” (2 Cor 2:11)

, and called on to “resist” him (James 4:7.

Christ redeems his people from “him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb 2:14).

Satan has the “power of death,” not as Lord, but simply as executioner.
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Editor Pastor Pauline Roscoe