The Body and the Sword

The Body of Christ and the Sword of the Spirit are two well-known “buzzwords” in Christian circles. How do these two separate buzzwords relate? This is a teaching for those who call themselves “Christians” as well as for those who have never known Him, but who believe on some level that there is a God, Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He rose from the dead. There is a shaking going on in the Body of Christ, and it is being shaken by the Sword of the Spirit of God.

The Last Days

Like it or not, believe it or not, want it or not: we are living in the last days. Matthew 24:3-14, reads like today’s newspaper and news headlines. What are these signs? Take a look at this checklist:

Rampant Deception in the Church: “Take heed that no one deceives you, for many will come in My name saying “I am the Christ; and will deceive many.”(verses 4 & 5) What does this mean? I haven’t heard anyone say “I am the Christ” lately. But I have heard people claim to have “special” visits with Jesus Christ, or claim Jesus is coming here tonight or somewhere else next week. People who claim to prophesy in Jesus Name for money. For ten thousand dollars, you’ll get a great big good prophesy, for a thousand a mediocre prophesy. This is deception! It is a false prophet, a false claim on Jesus Christ! The purpose of Satan is to lead people AWAY from God using these false, greedy prophets. Many of them started out on the right track but the love of money has corrupted them and they have gotten off course.
Wars are Everywhere: Verse 6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet For kingdom will rise against kingdom and nation against nation.” There are wars on almost every continent on the planet. Africa, the Middle East, South America. There are rumors of war coming out of Iran and North Korea threatening nuclear war on Israel and the United States. Peace and safety are rare commodities these days.
Famine – has been a problem in Africa for decades, but there is a world food shortage in progress right now that will rear it’s ugly head at the appointed time. Drought has plagued the US agriculture industry for the past several years. Verse 7 “And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”
Pestilences – there are so many deadly viruses floating around these days it is mind-boggling. Influenza is becoming more dangerous to the young and the elderly with new strains coming to light more and more frequently. The West Nile virus from mosquito bites, the SARS virus that hit Asia a few years ago. With all the advances in medicine you would think they could eradicate these pestilences. “And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”
Earthquakes – are becoming more frequent and more violent. An earthquake in Virginia that shook the White House! Japan’s horrible quake that spawned a huge Tsunami that they are still trying to recover from. Haiti is still trying to recover from a disastrous quake. The list goes on and on showing the frequency and the violence of earthquakes in these days. “And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”

Betrayal – there is no loyalty among even families these days. Children are killing their parents, parents are killing their children for selfish reasons; silly reasons! Blood family ties are weakened to the point where it’s nothing to betray family anymore. It used to be a given that when all your friends deserted you, your family would still be there. Not these days. The news shows time and again, the cruelty and betrayal of family members against one another.
Persecution for the Gospel – The spiritual climate around the world and in America is anti-Christ. The Word of God, the things of God are not being tolerated and people who love God are beginning to see this fact much more frequently. As the darkness deepens, our “lights” will be more visible. Because men love the darkness, they want any light turned off so they can continue to work in the darkness! Eastern philosophies, have turned their lights off so as not to offend the world. Only the lovers of God are facing true persecution.

In the Christian world, most of us have read or at least heard the scripture in Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJ).

The Amplified Bible delves even deeper into the meaning of this verse. It says “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”

The Body of Christ, which is made up of people professing to follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Bible says that the Word of God is “sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath and life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit.” The soul area represents our carnal nature and the spirit is what communes with God. There are Christians and then there are Christians. There are Christians who go to a “Christian” church, but their love for Him is cold. They go for the social networking, the programs and activities, the sense of community. They go for the kids or because their husband or wife wants to go. Then there are those Christians who actually LOVE Him and follow Him and even seek Him passionately in their personal daily lives. There are those who are going through the motions and those who are worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth.

The line in the sand has been drawn by the Hand of God Himself. The fence has been ripped away. You either LOVE Him or you don’t. Those who love Him are getting “hotter” and those who don’t are getting “colder.” The LORD is calling people back to the fire of His Holy Spirit! He has not changed, we have changed, our country has changed, the world has changed.

Time is running out for people who know they need to come back to Him, but they just simply love the world too much to give it up. They love to party, have sex with whoever strikes their fancy, commit adultery, or love the gay lifestyle. Whatever the world has to offer, that keeps you from God is an idol. It must be said: God is NOT winking at your sin! You don’t have special permission from God to continue sinning; you aren’t “special” or God isn’t “down” with your sin. Everyone is equal in His eyes. Choose life or choose death.

So what does all this gloom and doom stuff have to do with the Heart of God? God’s Heart is crying out for His children to return to Him. His Heart is hurting for every soul that dies in their sins and has to be turned into hell! He wants EVERYONE to come to Him. He wants EVERYONE to turn from their wicked ways and love Him! He loves EVERYONE so much that He gave His only Son to die in our place.

We are living in the “Age of Grace” where EVERYONE is welcome to come to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. We are not called to religion, we are called to a relationship with Him! Religion has no life in it. Religion has no peace in it. It is only bondage and misery and very hard work for nothing in return! A personal RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ, on the other hand, has life in it. It has peace in it. And His yoke is EASY, His burden is LIGHT. Even though you may work hard and suffer, it’s still EASY because of the RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.

The soul loves religion because it is carnal. The spirit loves relationship because it is spiritual communion with God. When you are in a right RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ, your soul is at rest! It is full of peace! There is no other place in the entire universe where you can find this peace. It is ONLY found in a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ.

Soon and very soon the Age of Grace is going to be over and the judgement of God shall begin. The great harvest of souls is beginning now. This is wonderful news for those who have a personal relationship with Him. Those who don’t are fearful and dread it. It doesn’t have to be that way. In one prayer, YOU can return to Him and begin again; no matter what you’ve done or how far away you have drifted. He still loves you, He’s never left the spot where you left Him! Come back My Child! He’s calling to YOU today! Come back home to Me! That is His Heart for His lost and cold children….Come home and find rest for your souls…

If you are reading this blog, and you once knew Him personally but have grown cold and drifted away OR if you are reading this blog and you have NEVER known Him personally OR if you are reading this blog and you know Him personally but you have been neglecting your relationship for the cares of this life first. Whatever your situation, you know if the Holy Spirit is stirring you to come home, to come to Him, to stoke the fire of your passion for Him. Take a moment to think about this. To weigh the pros and the cons of continuing down the path your are on, or making a change to follow Him—truly follow Him.

If you have made the decision in your heart to return or come to Him, then pray this prayer out loud and mean it in your heart. You are using your FAITH to reach out to God for help. He WILL answer you; He WILL receive you; He WILL welcome you!

“Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ. I confess that I have sinned against You. I ask You to forgive me and cleanse me through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Wash away all my sins. I ask You Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take the keys of every door in my heart. I cast down every idol sitting on the throne of my heart and I give the throne to You Lord Jesus. Be the Lord of my life now! I ask You to fill me to overflowing with the Holy Spirit that I may live my life in power before You! Thank You for saving me Lord Jesus! Thank You for filling me Holy Spirit! Thank You for giving Jesus in payment for my sins Father!

Now say this: I AM SAVED! I AM FREE! I HAVE PEACE! I AM LOVED! I AM FORGIVEN! I AM ON MY WAY TO HEAVEN!

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