Replay #16: Spiritual Warfare–A Question of Authority

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Authorized by ChristNow that we have completed the first three levels of spiritual exercises in our Workout Room replays, it is time to move on to the fourth and final level dealing with Spiritual Warfare.  Having been prepared and matured through our Salvation, Sanctification, and Service level exercises, we are ready to take on the exercises here at this level that cover such things as the Authority which we have in Christ, the Destiny for which we are being prepared, the Nature of the Conflict in which we find ourselves, the Character and History of our Enemy, the Mapping Out of Satan’s Kingdom, the Strategies, Operations, and Tactics being used in this war, and the Defensive and Offensive Weapons that we have at our disposal.  So, to get these exercises underway, let’s make our way on over to Spiritual Warfare: A Question of Authority | His Truth, My Voice (histruthmyvoice.org)

 

Replay #10: Service–Continuing the Work of Christ in the World

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Now that we have finished with the replay of exercises at the Sanctification Level in our Workout Room series, it is time to move on to those exercises in the Service division of that program.  The first of these can be found here, with a replay of…Service: Continuing the Work of Christ in the World | His Truth, My Voice (histruthmyvoice.org)

Replay #9: Sanctification–Restoring the Soul Through Worship

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Worship Brings Our Wills into Alignment with God’s Will

Here is the replay of the last exercise in our series of exercises on Sanctification.  In it, we learn that the Holy Spirit uses Worship to bring our wills into alignment with the Will of God.  To learn more, please go to Sanctification: Restoring the Soul through Worship | His Truth, My Voice (histruthmyvoice.org)

Replay #8: Sanctification–Restoring the Soul Through the Word of God

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Continuing on in the replay of our Workout Room Series of discipleship training exercises, we have come to Replay #8–on how the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to transform our minds and restore our souls to their original function.  Please be blessed as you read…Sanctification: Restoring the Soul through God’s Word | His Truth, My Voice (histruthmyvoice.org)

 

Replay #6: Sanctification–The Work of the Holy Spirit

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The Three-in-One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

In the on-going review of our Disciple Training Series–Workout Room–here is the second exercise at the Sanctification level, an exercise which will help us understand the important role that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives.  It is found at… Sanctification: The Work of the Holy Spirit | His Truth, My Voice (histruthmyvoice.org).

Replay #1: Salvation, What It Is and Why We Need It

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Jesus, Our Advocat and Only Savior

Back in March 2016, I began a new series of posts dealing with what I considered to be the basics of Discipleship Training–something which the Church has, by and large, neglected to address in recent years.  Given all the shaking that has taken place in our world during the past couple of years, and in anticipation of the coming harvest of souls that will be produced as a result of that shaking, I would like to Replay the posts found in that original series–a series of Spiritual Exercises covering the topics of Salvation, Sanctification, Service, and Spiritual Warfare, with several exercises under each of these topics.

The first of these exercises deals with the basics of Salvation and is found at… Salvation: What It Is and Why We Need It | His Truth, My Voice (histruthmyvoice.org).

 

 

Walking Lightly

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I don’t know about you but the older I get, the darker the world seems to grow.  This may be because the farther along I walk with God, the more discerning of the world and its ways I am becoming.  Or, it could be just another indication that the long-awaited day of Jesus’ return is rapidly approaching.  Certainly, the conditions prevailing in our world today greatly resemble those described by Jesus in Matthew 24:4-8, when He answered His disciples’ request for a sign of His coming by saying…

See that no one leads you astray.  For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will lead many astray.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are but the beginning of birth pains.

If these conditions—the same ones that we are experiencing today—are but the “beginning of birth pains,” what can we expect to follow?  Jesus goes on to address this question in verses 9-14, when He declares…

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.  And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.  And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Undoubtedly, all of these things are taking place in our day and age, but the truth is that much of what has been described here has also taken place throughout most of human history.  In fact, with the exception of the gospel being proclaimed throughout the whole world, I think that every generation of believers has looked around at the events taking place in their particular era and seen a world growing darker as a result of sin, thinking surely that the end of the world would soon be upon them.

As an example of this, listen to what Jude, the brother of Jesus and James, had to say about the conditions in his world back in the first century AD…

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain people have crept in unnoticed who were long ago designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ…these people…defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones…blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understood instinctively.

While this is a pretty scathing indictment of his own times, Jude goes on to tell us about a time when the same kind of wickedness had saturated another, much earlier, society—and when another godly man arose to address the evils of the world around him then…

It was about these [the people referred to above] that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, ‘Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him (Jude 14-15).

Wow—such was the world in which Enoch lived!  And when was that?  It was, according to Genesis 5, about halfway between the creation of man and the Flood which took place in Noah’s day.  And what was the reason for the Flood?  It was the judgment upon all of the “ungodly sinners” about whom Enoch had prophesied.  Did Enoch live to see the fulfillment of his prophecy?  No, because, as we are told in Genesis 5:21-24…

When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah.  Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years.  Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

In other words, Enoch, after walking with God in the midst of his sin-saturated world, was “raptured” out of that world before the Tribulation of the Flood came upon it.

It was this very time to which Jesus referred when He continued in His reply to the question His disciples had asked in Matthew 24.  Likening it to the time preceding His own return, He said…

For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming…you must also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect (vv. 39-39, 42, 44).

And how are we to make ourselves ready?

According to Jude, we…

…must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, ‘In the last time, there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the spirit.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.  And have mercy on those who doubt, save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Or, as Jesus put it in Matthew 5: 14 &16…

You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

…which, in our world of rapidly escalating darkness, is just another way of saying that for us to able to find our way through the darkness, we all need to be walking lightly!

Walking Lightly in a Dark World

Welcome to His Truth, My Voice

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Welcome to His Truth, My Voice

For those of you who are new to this website, we are currently engaged in a series of exercises designed to help strengthen us in our spiritual walks with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Hopefully, these exercises will help explain what Salvation, Sanctification, Service, and Spiritual Warfare are about and, in order to make their study a bit more accessible and orderly, they are arranged chronologically on the Workout Room page located at the bottom left side of the home page.

Once this series has been completed, we will return to our presentation of the Bible as “God’s One Big Story”–where we will once again be enjoying the story of the Bible as it is presented in the form of a play.  To learn more about that and what we have covered so far, please follow this link, as it will give you a list of our studies in that series…http://histruthmyvoice.org/?p=2748.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope that what you find here will be prove to be a blessing to your spirit.

Judy Roberts