Faith is not foolishness and the sin of presumption will never take you where God wants you to go…
Let us rightly divide the Word of Truth (the Bible) so that we not enter into error (2 Tim 3:16).
We enter into deception and give the enemy a stronghold in our life when we believe that something is right, when it is wrong and is not supported in Scripture!
One example of this, found in the Bible, is when Paul warned the Christians at Ephesus not to let the sun go down on their anger, least they give a foothold (stronghold) to the enemy in their lives (Eph 4:26).
We must ALWAYS maintain a balance between the Spirit and the Word because Jesus Christ is our ONLY true North, and His written Word is the ONLY means by which we are able to constantly monitor our spiritual course and heading.
We must always keep in mind that God NEVER contradicts Himself!
Let us not then find ourselves giving too much attention to and focusing upon the lesser powers of darkness that exists in the world – those principalities and powers of darkness, who rule over this world, by controlling spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12).
Rather let us keep our focus centered ALWAYS upon Jesus Christ and let us follow the biblical chain of authority and rules for engagement in spiritual warfare, as it is outlined in the Bible and as it was exemplified and demonstrated through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, here on the earth!
In ALL things Jesus Christ, whom the Bible calls the “Last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45) is our model, our Chief Rabbi and our example of how we, as God’s covenant children, are to live and minister in the earth (1 John 2:6).
In this video, recorded back in 2013 – on the Jim Bakker TV program – John Paul Jackson talked about the “Needless Casualties of War;” where he explains how we as Christians sometime get ourselves into trouble, when we step outside of our lawful position and authority in Christ.
I believe this to be an important teaching and a proper warning for us ALL to be mindful of, least we get ourselves into trouble; but with that said I have one correction I would like to make.
At the beginning of John Paul Jackson’s message and then later on again he makes reference to:
“What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him (man) a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.”
Let us look very closely at both of these passages.
We read here that, “God has made man a little lower than the angels,” and David proceeds in the next verses to show that man has received dominion over the animal world (verses 7-8).
However in the margin of the New King James Bible, it is stated that in the word translated as “ANGELS” is “Elohim,” which means “God.”
(Compare the footnote in the Elberfelder Bible and the Schlachter Bible.)
While translations such as the New International Version and the Living Bible render it, “angels,” the Revised Standard Version, the English Revised Version and the American Standard Version say, “little lower than God.”
[So it is also in the revised Luther Bible (“Gott”) and the Menge Bible (“Gottheit”)]
The truth is the ONLY time in the entire Bible where the word “Elohim” is translated as Angels is here in this verse; but the correct rendering is that God has made MAN a little lower than himself.
However with that said, our problem and where we often can get ourselves into trouble is when we presume to take authority, without God’s leave or allowance, in areas that have not been granted to us in His Word, and therefore were not exemplified and demonstrated in the life of Jesus, in His earthly ministry.
Let us remember ALWAYS that the Written Word, the Holy Bible, is our ONLY plumbline that keeps us from error; and faith is always action that we take based on God’s Word, and NOT on our feelings and/or natural impulses!
Jesus, who is our example and model for ALL things in life and in ministry, said that He only did the things He saw the Father do; and that he ONLY even spoke the words He heard the Father speak.
In another words Jesus, in His earthly ministry, never took any rabbit trails, and He was always operating under God the Father’s authority and direction, through the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
And then Jesus tells us in another place, that as the Father has called Him, so is He calling us.
So come join the Adventure!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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