Romans 12:2

 

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” King James Version (KJV)

 

Part 1 STOP, LOOK and LISTEN 

Chapter 2

THE ROAD TO TRANSFORMATION: 

Follow the Heart and Turn to Change

 

The world will tell you to follow your heart, meaning, your feelings and desires, but the heart we must follow is not based on feelings alone. No, it is our spirit--our inner man, turned toward God and aware of His presence and guidance; a heart fixed on Jesus, ready to follow; and a heart focused first on things above, knowing the rest will follow.

 

One can not expect the spirit to operate in the same manner as the mind, for it is of a different nature and capacity, taking on the characteristics of the Father. Therefore, scientific assessment and evaluation of the spirit is not given to man to perform.

 

The Creator knows how His creation functions and how to transform us. Believe it or not, God has a plan to make this happen, tailored just for you and me.  This plan begins with His Son, Yeshuah--Jesus--The Christ.

 

Jesus tried to explain the concept of the spirit and rebirth to Nicodemus, of the Pharisees.  However, Nicodemus could not move beyond concrete and critical thinking.

 

John 3: 1-21

 

1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 

 

2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come  from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 

 

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he  cannot see the kingdom of God. 

 

4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 

 

5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

 

6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 

 

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 

 

8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it  cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 

 

9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 

 

10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 

 

11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye  receive not our witness. 

 

12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 

 

13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 

 

14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 

 

15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 

 

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

 

17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 

 

18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

 

19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than  light, because their deeds were evil. 

 

20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 

 

21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 

 

CONFUSING SIGNS AND DIRECTIONS 

 

Finding the way to the Truth and Transformation can be very confusing and one could get lost along the way due to confusing information and directions. People are still looking for signs of divine inspiration and trying to map out a route to self-improvement and success to change their lives. Churches are divided by doctrine and interpretations of the Bible. Worldly doctrine and ideology most often leave out the Power and Will of God. As Jesus said, "a house divided can not stand." Certainly, the evil one will not work against himself.

 

So, naturally, some who observe and evaluate behavior are confident in postulating laws and indoctrinating ideology and supporting medical and scientific research, along with principles and theories on the process of thought, behavior, behavior modification and rehabilitation. While others know that these things are just the beginning of reconstruction that may or may not lead to transformation.

 

God is not against science and medical practices, for He created them. Through the account given in the Bible, of the woman with an issue of blood, God gives us a clear and poignant example of putting ALL our faith and money in man to heal us. This woman heard about Jesus and the Truth changed her heart giving her great faith; so great, that Jesus felt the power drain from His body, as she touched the hem of His garment.

 

Years of suffering and misplaced faith prepared the woman for a great spiritual awakening and she filled her suffering heart with Jesus, putting all her faith in Him. Her spirit thirsted for the Truth and was led to The Fountain of Living Water--Jesus.

 

This does not mean that the woman should not have sought medical help and that it did not help sustain her life. What we do know is that it did not alleviate her suffering or cure her condition. And just as the blind man through no fault of his own was blind from birth, perhaps the significance of this woman's ailment and miraculous healing also demonstrate how God uses us to bring glory to His name, so that others may be saved.

 

NOTHING is too hard for God, but because of His love and compassion for us and desire to strengthen and mature us, He has to get our attention. Once God has our attention, He begins to work on the root of our problems and to address our spiritual starvation and illnesses that are affecting our mind and body.

 

If we truly want recovery, restoration and transformation, it is of the utmost importance that we examine our hearts. Do we truly believe in Him and place Him at the head of our lives, or have we placed our faith in the things of the world?

God wants to know where our faith lies. So, once again He is looking at our heart to see if we truly believe, trust and have faith in Him. The more faith we have, the greater power is given unto us.

 

The most astounding and significant revelation of this healing is that, unlike the others that were healed, Jesus did not initiate the act. The woman did not have to ask Jesus to heal her, yet, she had access to the healing power of God's Holy Spirit! Jesus said that the woman's faith had made her whole. What faith she must have had!

 

God wants us to be WHOLE and has given us access to His power just by having faith; faith in Christ Jesus 

 

There are those who will still question transformation and say it is the individual who brings about change to himself--not God. This is because, like Nicodemus, their eyes cannot see beyond the flesh. They do not look upon man as a spiritual being.  The world will not accept without doubt that God IS our Creator and we are the spiritual beings He created in the flesh. Just as the Jews did not understand when Jesus told them that He was not alone and that His Father was with Him. He was in the Father and the Father was in Him and they were One.

 

Still, the Truth will set you free and set you upon the road to transformation. The mind (soul) is led by the heart, our inner man or spirit. God awakens our inner man to Truth to reprogram our mind. This is why God continues to pursue our hearts and chooses whom He will. He feeds our spirit; for it must be fed by the Word of God to be healthy and bring about positive, righteous, holy, and complete transformation, because contrary to belief, man cannot change his own mind to live holy and righteously as God would have us to do. 


From the beginning, man was meant to coexist with God as did Adam. However, the sin of Adam and Eve, separated us from our Father, setting us on the path of redemption.

 

Jesus' parables lead us to examine the treasures of our heart, for example: The Prodigal Son, who squanders his inheritance; and The Rich Young Ruler, who will not sell all of his riches to follow Jesus.  Jesus showed us that we can have status, wealth, discipline and integrity in the eyes of men, but still lack one thing--perfect love, which encompasses and conquers all things.

 

Jesus--The Truth, The Way, and The Life--sent to be the gateway--the door to restore our relationship with our Father; to lead us into His marvelous light so that we will become whole--One with God in perfect love, born of His Holy Spirit. Once we are united in spirit, with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we do what we see the Father doing and obey because of our love for Him. God speaks to our spirit man--inner man, which He created to know His voice and submit to His will.

 

The Road to Transformation becomes much simpler and assured, if you just keep your eyes on Jesus. You will not sink below the dark waters of the abyss; for you are operating under His power.

 

It is God's desire that no one should perish. Nevertheless, He has set the standard: a hardened heart cannot enter the Kingdom; God resists the proud and rewards the humble; lovers of the world are enemies of God; and you must be born of the water and the spirit. 

 

Once again, God has made it very simple to choose life. If we will only accept Jesus into our hearts, as our Lord and Saviour, He will lead us down the true path. God's Holy Spirit will come and abide in us making us whole through rebirth, giving us a changed heart and mind to obey our Heavenly Father.

 

As Believers, will others recognize Jesus in us and reach out for us? Can we change the hearts of others, thereby changing their mind? When we have first come under obedience, then, we can draw others to follow Christ, because, we are operating under the power and authority of God.

 

OPERATING UNDER THE POWER OF GOD

 

As Jesus' Ambassadors, God requires us to have real, open and truthful relationships with others, clothed in humility; yet, bold in Truth and strong in Faith and the Love of God.

 

In this manner was Moses sent out to change the Egyptian Pharaoh's mind, with God knowing that the state of Pharaoh's heart would not allow him to do so. Yet, He also knew that Moses' presence and persistence, along with the onslaught of plagues, would harden Pharaoh’s heart, driving him deeper into darkness and self-destruction.

 

This was not simply manipulation. It was spiritual warfare to prove that He was the One and only God, who did not need chariots, horses and weapons to wage war with the flesh.

 

As Pharaoh's Creator, the maker and breaker of kings, God knew exactly what it would take to break him, because He knew what treasures and idols laid within Pharaoh's heart. God attacked Pharaoh's authority; his gods; his wealth; his vanity; his sovereignty and finally, the only love he knew--his flesh and immortality as a god--his son.

 

God used Moses to bring about change.  He built up Moses as He tore down Pharaoh. Moses and Aaron were sent to speak Truth to Pharaoh, telling him of the Almighty God of the Jewish people--the Only God. The Living Words they spoke, given to them by God, created change within Heaven and earth and within the hearts of men.

 

The enemy will tell you, well, it wasn’t Moses who changed Pharaoh, but Truth stands that, as God’s ambassador, Moses had the same authority, as if God Himself were standing before Pharaoh.

 

God said He would make our enemies our footstool. As He demonstrated to us, through the Israelites, He has many ways of doing this to meet any situation. He chose Moses to be His ambassador; to harden a heart and free His people; and to Esther, He gave the power to soften a heart and save a nation.

 

God had a plan to save and preserve the Jewish people and Esther (Hadassah), was to play an important role. God had a plan for Esther’s life. It had to be Esther, not only because of her beauty, but because of who she was.

 

Mordecai was a Jew working within the courtyard of King Ahasuerus. Esther was a Jew and Mordecai's cousin, his uncle’s daughter, who upon becoming an orphaned child, he took in and raised as his daughter.  It had to be Mordecai’s cousin because there was an age-old feud between the tribes of Mordecai, a Benjamite and Haman, an anti-Semitic Agagite; a feud that left them embittered and at odds with one another.

 

The Agagites were descendants of the city of Agag, named for King Agag of the Amalekites, the Amalekites, who had waged war with the Israelites, in the wilderness.  Thus, God used these circumstances to make Haman and the Amalekites a footstool to the Jewish people.

 

Esther, because she had the king's heart, was able to entreat King Ahasuerus to save her people and maintained his favor, avoiding the death penalty for those who were not summoned. His heart changed his mind about killing the Jewish people. At the same time, by destroying Haman and his seed, God settled an old account with the Amalekites, who had killed many Jews.

 

David, whose heart was filled with lust for Bathsheba decided to have her husband killed in order to have her and this was against the will of God.

 

David was forced to have a change of heart for his wrong doing, when God sent His prophet Nathan to confront and chastise David.

 

David's punishment was severe, because his sin was great. He was the leader of God’s people, appointed by God.  David’s sin would allow God’s enemies to blaspheme the name of the Lord.  God, because of His Grace and Mercy, did not kill David.  God did not have to do this, but He loved David, despite His sin.

 

Again, we must look at the bigger picture and see what is at stake here.  This is not an angry, evil, unforgiving god.  This is The One and Only Loving God who must do what is necessary to preserve the remnant of Abraham and fulfill His promise unto him, in order to bring about the salvation of mankind, through his seed.

 

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

 

It is important, when speaking of changing hearts, not to miss the opportunity to expose relevant lies related to the subject. These lies effect us individually and collectively.

 

Today, we are faced with religions living under the old covenant with Abraham, whose descendants feel they must do whatever is necessary to preserve the remnant; claim their birth right; and bring about the salvation of mankind, through his seed.

 

Many, with hardened hearts have resorted to unspeakable terrorist acts. Peace is not an option for them. How do we combat warfare and terrorism based upon these principles?

 

We must move warfare to the highest level--not with hi-tech bombs, guns, drones, tanks, aircrafts, ships or political and economic espionage and sabotage, but with SPIRITUAL WARFARE, as God did with Pharaoh.


Spiritual Warfare goes to the very heart of men. It will either tear down the walls of hate, pride and idols or harden their hearts and drive them further into darkness and self-destruction. It is important to remember that God will not move through you if it is not His will.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; thewill I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

 

This is as relevant to us today as it was long ago. We must examine our own hearts as individuals and as nations. What lies in our hearts? Pride? Sin? Anger? Frustration? Vindictiveness? Revenge? 


Is the heart of our nation stricken with these diseases? Prejudice? Hatred? Greed? Immorality? Has God set others against us because we have turned our back on Him? Have we gone against the will of God and must now take our punishment? 

 

ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE HEART OF A NATION, hardening it and driving it into destruction! We could make a list of leaders who came to power, like Pharaoh and Hitler who led their people into destruction. The list continues to lengthen, because history repeats itself. Each time the people are so blinded by their hardened hearts, they don't even realize they've changed and helped to destroy themselves.

 

Luke 6:42 (King James 2000 Bible)

 

Either how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me pull out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself behold not the beam that is in your own eye? you hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to pull out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

 

When Jesus stood before the man  possessed by many demons, who called themselves Legion, the demons knew Jesus had the power to cast them out. Upon sending His disciples out to spread the Good News of the Kingdom, Jesus gave this same power to them. After driving out the demon from the boy who seizured, Jesus said that they would have the power to do even more.

 

Jesus described the magnitude of power that can be given to us even if we only had faith the size of a mustard seed, which is miniscule in size. It is our faith that allows us to overcome the world; and that faith is increased through Jesus--the Author and Finisher of our faith, whereby the power of the Kingdom is given according to our faith.

 

Jesus made us His ambassadors. God uses us as ambassadors, disciples sent forth by His Son, to change the hearts and lives of others.  When we stand before men, we represent Him and possess the power of the Kingdom to bring forth change. We must have faith in the power of God. We must live in holiness, covered by the blood of Jesus so that the power of God can run through our veins, as we stand steadfast with faith in an Almighty God.

 

We must approach others with the love of God in our hearts, to bring forth Truth and thereby witnessing it's transforming power. It can often transpire so subtly that it catches others unaware, not knowing what's come over them or from which direction it has come. At other times, it can be like a fiery arrow shot through the heart or as a jolt from lightning that awakens them from the darkness.

 

As we help to build the Kingdom, we must love even our enemies and rejoice for their deliverance and transformation. A changed heart will free a sinner from bondage and lead them to repentance, feeling as convicted as David.

 

The path of those who reject Truth can only lead to one thing. They will be cut off from the Light and propelled deeper into destruction, feeling as insanely outraged as Pharaoh. Both hearts, have no choice, but to surrender to the will of God. 

THE DECREE OF PUNISHMENT TO DAVID:

 

2nd Samuel 12:10-15 

 

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 

11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 

12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to  blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.  

15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 

 

 

 

 

Romans 12:2

 

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

King James Version (KJV)

 

CHAPTER 2

THE ROAD TO TRANSFORMATION: 

Follow the Heart and Turn to Change

 

The world will tell you to follow your heart, meaning, your feelings and desires, but the heart we must follow is not based on feelings alone. No, it is our spirit--our inner man, turned toward God and aware of His presence and guidance; a heart fixed on Jesus, ready to follow; and a heart focused first on things above, knowing the rest will follow.

 

One can not expect the spirit to operate in the same manner as the mind, for it is of a different nature and capacity, taking on the characteristics of the Father. Therefore, scientific assessment and evaluation of the spirit is not given to man to perform.

 

The Creator knows how His creation functions and how to transform us. Believe it or not, God has a plan to make this happen, tailored just for you and me.  This plan begins with His Son, Yeshuah--Jesus--The Christ.

 

Jesus tried to explain the concept of the spirit and rebirth to Nicodemus, of the Pharisees.  However, Nicodemus could not move beyond concrete and critical thinking.

 

John 3: 1-21

 

1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 

 

2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come  from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 

 

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he  cannot see the kingdom of God. 

 

4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 

 

5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

 

6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 

 

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 

 

8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it  cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 

 

9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 

 

10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 

 

11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye  receive not our witness. 

 

12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 

 

13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 

 

14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 

 

15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 

 

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

 

17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 

 

18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

 

19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than  light, because their deeds were evil. 

 

20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 

 

21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 

 

CONFUSING SIGNS AND DIRECTIONS 

 

Finding the way to the Truth and Transformation can be very confusing and one could get lost along the way due to confusing information and directions. People are still looking for signs of divine inspiration and trying to map out a route to self-improvement and success to change their lives. Churches are divided by doctrine and interpretations of the Bible. Worldly doctrine and ideology most often leave out the Power and Will of God. As Jesus said, "a house divided can not stand." Certainly, the evil one will not work against himself.

 

So, naturally, some who observe and evaluate behavior are confident in postulating laws and indoctrinating ideology and supporting medical and scientific research, along with principles and theories on the process of thought, behavior, behavior modification and rehabilitation. While others know that these things are just the beginning of reconstruction that may or may not lead to transformation.

 

God is not against science and medical practices, for He created them. Through the account given in the Bible, of the woman with an issue of blood, God gives us a clear and poignant example of putting ALL our faith and money in man to heal us. This woman heard about Jesus and the Truth changed her heart giving her great faith; so great, that Jesus felt the power drain from His body, as she touched the hem of His garment.

 

Years of suffering and misplaced faith prepared the woman for a great spiritual awakening and she filled her suffering heart with Jesus, putting all her faith in Him. Her spirit thirsted for the Truth and was led to The Fountain of Living Water--Jesus.

 

This does not mean that the woman should not have sought medical help and that it did not help sustain her life. What we do know is that it did not alleviate her suffering or cure her condition. And just as the blind man through no fault of his own was blind from birth, perhaps the significance of this woman's ailment and miraculous healing also demonstrate how God uses us to bring glory to His name, so that others may be saved.

 

NOTHING is too hard for God, but because of His love and compassion for us and desire to strengthen and mature us, He has to get our attention. Once God has our attention, He begins to work on the root of our problems and to address our spiritual starvation and illnesses that are affecting our mind and body.

 

If we truly want recovery, restoration and transformation, it is of the utmost importance that we examine our hearts. Do we truly believe in Him and place Him at the head of our lives, or have we placed our faith in the things of the world?

God wants to know where our faith lies. So, once again He is looking at our heart to see if we truly believe, trust and have faith in Him. The more faith we have, the greater power is given unto us.

 

The most astounding and significant revelation of this healing is that, unlike the others that were healed, Jesus did not initiate the act. The woman did not have to ask Jesus to heal her, yet, she had access to the healing power of God's Holy Spirit! Jesus said that the woman's faith had made her whole. What faith she must have had!

 

God wants us to be WHOLE and has given us access to His power just by having faith; faith in Christ Jesus 

 

There are those who will still question transformation and say it is the individual who brings about change to himself--not God. This is because, like Nicodemus, their eyes cannot see beyond the flesh. They do not look upon man as a spiritual being.  The world will not accept without doubt that God IS our Creator and we are the spiritual beings He created in the flesh. Just as the Jews did not understand when Jesus told them that He was not alone and that His Father was with Him. He was in the Father and the Father was in Him and they were One.

 

Still, the Truth will set you free and set you upon the road to transformation. The mind (soul) is led by the heart, our inner man or spirit. God awakens our inner man to Truth to reprogram our mind. This is why God continues to pursue our hearts and chooses whom He will. He feeds our spirit; for it must be fed by the Word of God to be healthy and bring about positive, righteous, holy, and complete transformation, because contrary to belief, man cannot change his own mind to live holy and righteously as God would have us to do. 


From the beginning, man was meant to coexist with God as did Adam. However, the sin of Adam and Eve, separated us from our Father, setting us on the path of redemption.

 

Jesus' parables lead us to examine the treasures of our heart, for example: The Prodigal Son, who squanders his inheritance; and The Rich Young Ruler, who will not sell all of his riches to follow Jesus.  Jesus showed us that we can have status, wealth, discipline and integrity in the eyes of men, but still lack one thing--perfect love, which encompasses and conquers all things.

 

Jesus--The Truth, The Way, and The Life--sent to be the gateway--the door to restore our relationship with our Father; to lead us into His marvelous light so that we will become whole--One with God in perfect love, born of His Holy Spirit. Once we are united in spirit, with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we do what we see the Father doing and obey because of our love for Him. God speaks to our spirit man--inner man, which He created to know His voice and submit to His will.

 

The Road to Transformation becomes much simpler and assured, if you just keep your eyes on Jesus. You will not sink below the dark waters of the abyss; for you are operating under His power.

 

It is God's desire that no one should perish. Nevertheless, He has set the standard: a hardened heart cannot enter the Kingdom; God resists the proud and rewards the humble; lovers of the world are enemies of God; and you must be born of the water and the spirit. 

 

Once again, God has made it very simple to choose life. If we will only accept Jesus into our hearts, as our Lord and Saviour, He will lead us down the true path. God's Holy Spirit will come and abide in us making us whole through rebirth, giving us a changed heart and mind to obey our Heavenly Father.

 

As Believers, will others recognize Jesus in us and reach out for us? Can we change the hearts of others, thereby changing their mind? When we have first come under obedience, then, we can draw others to follow Christ, because, we are operating under the power and authority of God.

 

OPERATING UNDER THE POWER OF GOD

 

As Jesus' Ambassadors, God requires us to have real, open and truthful relationships with others, clothed in humility; yet, bold in Truth and strong in Faith and the Love of God.

 

In this manner was Moses sent out to change the Egyptian Pharaoh's mind, with God knowing that the state of Pharaoh's heart would not allow him to do so. Yet, He also knew that Moses' presence and persistence, along with the onslaught of plagues, would harden Pharaoh’s heart, driving him deeper into darkness and self-destruction.

 

This was not simply manipulation. It was spiritual warfare to prove that He was the One and only God, who did not need chariots, horses and weapons to wage war with the flesh.

 

As Pharaoh's Creator, the maker and breaker of kings, God knew exactly what it would take to break him, because He knew what treasures and idols laid within Pharaoh's heart. God attacked Pharaoh's authority; his gods; his wealth; his vanity; his sovereignty and finally, the only love he knew--his flesh and immortality as a god--his son.

 

God used Moses to bring about change.  He built up Moses as He tore down Pharaoh. Moses and Aaron were sent to speak Truth to Pharaoh, telling him of the Almighty God of the Jewish people--the Only God. The Living Words they spoke, given to them by God, created change within Heaven and earth and within the hearts of men.

 

The enemy will tell you, well, it wasn’t Moses who changed Pharaoh, but Truth stands that, as God’s ambassador, Moses had the same authority, as if God Himself were standing before Pharaoh.

 

God said He would make our enemies our footstool. As He demonstrated to us, through the Israelites, He has many ways of doing this to meet any situation. He chose Moses to be His ambassador; to harden a heart and free His people; and to Esther, He gave the power to soften a heart and save a nation.

 

God had a plan to save and preserve the Jewish people and Esther (Hadassah), was to play an important role. God had a plan for Esther’s life. It had to be Esther, not only because of her beauty, but because of who she was.

 

Mordecai was a Jew working within the courtyard of King Ahasuerus. Esther was a Jew and Mordecai's cousin, his uncle’s daughter, who upon becoming an orphaned child, he took in and raised as his daughter.  It had to be Mordecai’s cousin because there was an age-old feud between the tribes of Mordecai, a Benjamite and Haman, an anti-Semitic Agagite; a feud that left them embittered and at odds with one another.

 

The Agagites were descendants of the city of Agag, named for King Agag of the Amalekites, the Amalekites, who had waged war with the Israelites, in the wilderness.  Thus, God used these circumstances to make Haman and the Amalekites a footstool to the Jewish people.

 

Esther, because she had the king's heart, was able to entreat King Ahasuerus to save her people and maintained his favor, avoiding the death penalty for those who were not summoned. His heart changed his mind about killing the Jewish people. At the same time, by destroying Haman and his seed, God settled an old account with the Amalekites, who had killed many Jews.

 

David, whose heart was filled with lust for Bathsheba decided to have her husband killed in order to have her and this was against the will of God.

 

David was forced to have a change of heart for his wrong doing, when God sent His prophet Nathan to confront and chastise David.

 

David's punishment was severe, because his sin was great. He was the leader of God’s people, appointed by God.  David’s sin would allow God’s enemies to blaspheme the name of the Lord.  God, because of His Grace and Mercy, did not kill David.  God did not have to do this, but He loved David, despite His sin.

 

Again, we must look at the bigger picture and see what is at stake here.  This is not an angry, evil, unforgiving god.  This is The One and Only Loving God who must do what is necessary to preserve the remnant of Abraham and fulfill His promise unto him, in order to bring about the salvation of mankind, through his seed.

 

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

 

It is important, when speaking of changing hearts, not to miss the opportunity to expose relevant lies related to the subject. These lies effect us individually and collectively.

 

Today, we are faced with religions living under the old covenant with Abraham, whose descendants feel they must do whatever is necessary to preserve the remnant; claim their birth right; and bring about the salvation of mankind, through his seed.

 

Many, with hardened hearts have resorted to unspeakable terrorist acts. Peace is not an option for them. How do we combat warfare and terrorism based upon these principles?

 

We must move warfare to the highest level--not with hi-tech bombs, guns, drones, tanks, aircrafts, ships or political and economic espionage and sabotage, but with SPIRITUAL WARFARE, as God did with Pharaoh.


Spiritual Warfare goes to the very heart of men. It will either tear down the walls of hate, pride and idols or harden their hearts and drive them further into darkness and self-destruction. It is important to remember that God will not move through you if it is not His will.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; thewill I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land

 

This is as relevant to us today as it was long ago. We must examine our own hearts as individuals and as nations. What lies in our hearts? Pride? Sin? Anger? Frustration? Vindictiveness? Revenge? 


Is the heart of our nation stricken with these diseases? Prejudice? Hatred? Greed? Immorality? Has God set others against us because we have turned our back on Him? Have we gone against the will of God and must now take our punishment? 

 

ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE HEART OF A NATION, hardening it and driving it into destruction! We could make a list of leaders who came to power, like Pharaoh and Hitler who led their people into destruction. The list continues to lengthen, because history repeats itself. Each time the people are so blinded by their hardened hearts, they don't even realize they've changed and helped to destroy themselves.

 

Luke 6:42 (King James 2000 Bible)

 

Either how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me pull out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself behold not the beam that is in your own eye? you hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to pull out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

 

When Jesus stood before the man  possessed by many demons, who called themselves Legion, the demons knew Jesus had the power to cast them out. Upon sending His disciples out to spread the Good News of the Kingdom, Jesus gave this same power to them. After driving out the demon from the boy who seizured, Jesus said that they would have the power to do even more.

 

Jesus described the magnitude of power that can be given to us even if we only had faith the size of a mustard seed, which is miniscule in size. It is our faith that allows us to overcome the world; and that faith is increased through Jesus--the Author and Finisher of our faith, whereby the power of the Kingdom is given according to our faith.

 

Jesus made us His ambassadors. God uses us as ambassadors, disciples sent forth by His Son, to change the hearts and lives of others.  When we stand before men, we represent Him and possess the power of the Kingdom to bring forth change. We must have faith in the power of God. We must live in holiness, covered by the blood of Jesus so that the power of God can run through our veins, as we stand steadfast with faith in an Almighty God.

 

We must approach others with the love of God in our hearts, to bring forth Truth and thereby witnessing it's transforming power. It can often transpire so subtly that it catches others unaware, not knowing what's come over them or from which direction it has come. At other times, it can be like a fiery arrow shot through the heart or as a jolt from lightning that awakens them from the darkness.

 

As we help to build the Kingdom, we must love even our enemies and rejoice for their deliverance and transformation. A changed heart will free a sinner from bondage and lead them to repentance, feeling as convicted as David.

 

The path of those who reject Truth can only lead to one thing. They will be cut off from the Light and propelled deeper into destruction, feeling as insanely outraged as Pharaoh. Both hearts, have no choice, but to surrender to the will of God. 

THE DECREE OF PUNISHMENT TO DAVID:

 

2nd Samuel 12:10-15 

 

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 

11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 

12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 

13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to  blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.  

15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.