Chapter 4

Only Love Makes Perfect and Holy

 

1. The Manifestation of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit

 

            God created man to love and He predestined man to be perfect creation only through His love.  This is why God created man as beings who can love with partial personality although man was created in the image of God.  This partiality resulted in self-consciousness and a sense of belonging.

            The self-consciousness of a man can be established only through his neighbor’s sense of belonging and the neighbor’s sense of belonging makes and forms his self-consciousness.  Man therefore must spiritually need a ‘help-meet’ (companion).

            This characteristic of man was possibly developed when man ate of the Tree of life in the Garden of Eden.  Then man was able to continuously exchange the love of God forever.

            Adam was fully conscious of himself through Eve, ‘my bone and my flesh’.  If a man is alone, he cannot be conscious of his own bones and flesh.  He may sense other objects whenever he is using his five senses but not his own existence.  The power to be conscious of one’s own existence is stems only from his neighbor’s sense of belonging.

            The sense of belonging, by which a person may meet his beloved ‘inside’ of him, is a characteristic of a man which differentiates man from animal. Animals meet other animals in instinct, but men meet each other through a conscience reaction (love) between self-consciousness and a sense of belonging.  This is the image of God.

            The Father God loved us ever before, He belonged to us (Heb 2:14), foreknew us, predestined us, and was pleased with us (Eph 1:3-6).  We also belong to God as His children through the Holy Spirit in us, we know the Father, and received the Father’s blessings provided for His children (Rom 8:16).

            After Adam had eaten from the tree of knowing good and evil, his self-consciousness and sense of belonging became corrupted and changed into a desire of ruling others by oppression and self-submission to others in order to get something he needs (Gen 3:16).  By this way, as stated before, people became rulers and the ruled, being bound by the law of sin and death, and people had to kill each other (Rom 8:2).

            As a result, the inner problems of the people of this world are loneliness, fear, oppression, and injustice.  Endless loneliness and fear of losing his power to rule are those of ones who want to rule over their neighbors, and limitless oppression and injustice are those of the ones who subdue themselves to a ruler in order to satisfy his desire.

            This loneliness and fear caused by ruling others and oppressed and unfairness of being ruled cause many problems in many areas of life in this world: Families, work places, societies, nations, and between nations.  There is no ‘peace’ wherever human relationships are (Isa 48:22, 57:20-21).

            Human relationships, thus, will never be healed by complaining to others or asking repentance, but by calling on the name of the Lord, who was at the Garden of Eden as the Tree of Life. We first have to remove the ‘planks’ in ourselves (Matt 7:3) which is the loneliness and fear, and desire to rule others, by the power of the Holy Spirit Who shed abroad the love of God in us (Rom 5:5).

            We have to confess our flesh desires and sins to the Lord, and receive the Spirit of the Lord, Who is the Spirit of repentance, and the Spirit of love as well.  Then we can be the ‘peace makers’ by serving our neighbors who have been hurt and oppressed by our actions (Matt 5:9).

            We should not bring our problems to the Lord, but bring our sins to the Lord.  We have to confess our sins before God, and receive the riches of the Lord, then share the riches of the Lord with our neighbors.

 

(Romans 10:12)  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 

            This is the way to serve one another with the Holy Spirit.  This is when the riches of God are shared with our neighbors, and we may receive in turn these gifts of love from our neighbors whose hurt and oppression caused by misdeeds have been healed.  This response of love will satisfy our need and this is the way to share the riches God has given to us.  Isn’t this exactly the work shown to us in the book of Acts through the first church?

 

Acts 2:37-47  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  (38)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  (39)  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  (40)  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  (41)  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  (42)  And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  (43)  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  (44)  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  (45)  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  (46)  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  (47)  Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

            Therefore, the Holy Spirit works outwardly with His gifts for us to serve our neighbors and their goodness (1 Cor 12:7), and He also works ‘inside’ of each of us to make us holy by leading us to repent our sins and by renewing our inner person; this is fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). 

            The harder one seeks the gift of the Spirit without repenting sins and without confessing sins against one’s neighbors, the more intense is the temptation of the devil and the more intense one’s spiritual confusion gets, resulting in severe dual spiritual manifestations which will hurt oneself and his neighbors. 

            We have to confess our own sins and make peace with our neighbors and serve our neighbors with fruits of repentance, before seeking the gifts of the Spirit. This is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  We have to avoid all miss-leadings which may cause more damage to churches when believers seek the Holy Spirit for their own benefit without bearing fruits of repentance.  They may give more confusion and hurt to their neighbors while they try to satisfy their desire to control others and desire to be successful.

            Many believers including pastors are seeking the powers of the Spirit to fulfill their greed and desire to rule others in order to rule and deprive their neighbors.  These are not churches but the world of religion which the devil produces. It is an empire of religion (Matt 4:9).

            In history, all of the kings who have established empires used the name(s) of god(s).  But such empires were constructed by their gods and destroyed by the same gods.

            Even nowadays there are many false leaders among believers who want to pursue their ambitions by establishing such religious empires and religious business corporations.  They are antichrists and false prophets against whom the Lord has warned about (Matt 24:4-5).

 

 

2.  Repentance than Powers (The Fruit of the Spirit: Fruit of Repentance)

 

            The gift is the work of the Holy Spirit through which our neighbors can be healed and filled with the wisdom of God, the movements (energy) of God, and the comfort and joy of God.  Thus, a gifted person always has to receive God’s power to be content because they have to fill the weak and oppressed people with their needs and benefits.

            If not, they become proud of themselves, oppress people around them, or use the weakness of their neighbors to satisfy their own greed and desires.  They will kill and destroy others just like what the prince of the world, the devil, does.

            Furthermore, when that person serves weaker and oppressed people with the gift, they easily tire both spiritually and physically unless they do receive the power of being content with the fruit of the Spirit.

            These are common things that frequently happen in churches or among believers including trained clergies.  Churches then try to work with doctrines or a system that can hire professionals in order to maintain their churches as some kind of religious organization instead of serving people with the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

            Some of pastors want to overwhelm others by using their gifts to keep others in a passive and subdued position.  Pastors and members then lose the love and joy of the Lord, causing wrong environments filled with affairs of the world such as separating into groups, gossiping, or an impulsive and rebellious atmosphere.

 

1 Timothy 3:1-5  This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  (2)  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;  (3)  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;  (4)  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;  (5)  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

 

            However good a believer a person is, if he does not bear fruit of repentance with the Holy Spirit, he is no different than a person in the world.

 

Galatians 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  (20)  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  (21)  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

            A person of a strong gift cannot be useful to his neighbors, if he lacks the love of the Lord (fruit of the Spirit).

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  (2)  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  (3)  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 

            Therefore it is not difficult to imagine that there will be forsaken people among servants of the Lord who served with gifts of the Spirit in the name of the Lord during the last days.

 

Matthew 7:17-23  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  (18)  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (19)  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  (20)  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  (21)  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

            It is also more important for pastors to be humble servants of the Lord who are filled with the personality of Jesus by taking off the outer man and repenting in order to bear fruit of the Spirit than to be a ‘successful’ pastor after receiving powers from God (Matt 5:48).

           

1 Corinthians 11:1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

 

Building a big church building or having many church members have nothing to do with the fruit of the Spirit but something to do with the nature of the outer man, unless they were achieved by the Lord.

Believers have to seek for the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Gal 5:22-23).  Believers should not seek powers and give offerings in order to solve their personal issues or satisfy personal desires of this world.  It clearly is flesh work if one seeks goodness and benefits for one’s children, spouse and self.  If you do so, you may lose the power to repent and may become a friend of the world.

 

James 4:4-5  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  (5)  Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

 

            The Holy Spirit in us mourns in jealously of our soul when we have the friendship of the world.  Remember, we are His love from ever before, He purchased us by His blood, and the Holy Spirit is in us in order to have an intimate fellowship of love with us (Jam 4:5).

 

 

 

3. The Gift of the Fruit of the Spirit (Manifestation of the Spirit)

 

            When the Holy Spirit works, the devil does, too.  The Holy Spirit came down on the Lord like a dove when He was baptized in the river Jordan (Matt 3:16).  After this instance, He was led by the Spirit to the wilderness and tested by the devil after 40 days of fasting (Matt 4:1-10).  We can learn an important spiritual principle from this:  When the Holy Spirit opens spiritual realm to a person, the devil appears as well.  Our Lord had been armed with the Word, and He defeated the devil with the Word.  We learn another spiritual principle:  Power of prayer is demonstrated when the Word is confessed.  Faith is to confess the Word of God (Heb 4:14).

            In general, when the gift of the Spirit manifests in a believer, the work of the Spirit and the works of the devil appear together, and this is called a dual spiritual manifestation.  When it happens to a believer who does not have any foundation in the Word of God, he/she can not discern whether it is work of the Spirit or of the devil.  The person can easily succumb to the temptations of the devil resulting in an inability to develop the gift of Spirit properly, or the person will receive strong criticism or complaints from others, the gift of the Spirit which has been given to the person then cannot be used in the correct ways and it will be quenched. 

            The person can also have a very strong self-consciousness or pride due to these various temptations of the devil, and eventually becomes an instrument of the devil.

            In other word, when the gift of Spirit appears, the flesh manifests as well.  This is why we have to prepare ourselves with repentance based on Word and keep in prayer at all times.  Prayer alone without the Word is very dangerous too.  One can easily pray for solutions of one’s own problems without the Word and be trapped by the snares of the devil.

 

1 Timothy 6:3-5  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  (4)  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings.  (5)  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

 

            In order to fulfill God’s will with the gifts of the Spirit, the most important trait that a saint requires is holiness.  When a gifted person with a well defined mission receives a good reputation from many people for his successful work, it is so easy to be tempted by the world; he may be corrupted like Solomon or fall by his pride like King Saul.  Therefore, anyone who has the gift of the Spirit or a mission from the Lord should perform work which bears fruit.

 

Matthew 7:18-23  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  (19)  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  (20)  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  (21)  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

            Let’s look at the relationship between the Gift and the fruit of the Spirit.

 

1) Love – The gift is transferring of goodness (usefulness) by serving God-designated people through a motion (movement) of love, God-designated people being people who God loves and directs you to serve.  Since the Holy Spirit delivers the love of God to us and to our neighbors, any manifestation of gifts and serving neighbors with the gifts is not possible without the love of God.

            The reason the gift does not manifest to a people who have been seeking the gift long time through Bible studies or mountain prayers is often due to the lack of love.  They might have sought for gifts but not the love of God. 

 

1 Corinthians 14:1  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

 

2) Joy – Joy is a measure of life.  Joy overflows where life abounds, life abounds where joy overflows.  The death and resurrection of the Lord supplies joy to His believers that can not be deprived.

 

John 16:22  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

 

            Joy therefore is a great power for those who keep the word of the Lord.

 

John 16:22  And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

 

            We believers have to make sure that we should, with joy and power, comfort and give the joy of the Lord to our neighbors who are oppressed and heavily burdened by loneliness and hard life in the world.

 

1 John 1:3-4  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (4)  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 

3) Peace – The sense of belonging and self-consciousness of a corrupt man would kill and destroy his neighbors in order to satisfy his own desire of ruling others, or result in cowardly subduing to others to fulfill their desire or greed while filling his heart with vengeance and hatred, as driven by the devil.  There is no peace anywhere.  The supposed closest relationships, such as husband-wife or parents-children, are labeled as ‘too close for comfort’.

 

Micah 7:1-6  Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.  (2)  The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.  (3)  That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.  (4)  The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.  (5)  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.  (6)  For the son dishonoreth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.

 

            Our mission field is everywhere.  We have to work as peacemakers for them with the fruit of the Spirit (Matt 5:9).  Peace of the heart is an absolute condition required for a peacemaker.

 

4) Longsuffering – A farmer has to wait long time to have a harvest after sowing crops (Jam 5:7). The same is true if you want to increase and multiply your livestock.  It is of no use how hard a man tries.  All of His creation moves along time and duration according to what God has determined (Ecc 3:1).

            It is the same in working in the Kingdom of God.  Leave the Lord to do the work that He and only He can do.  That is why we have to have longsuffering until the Lord establishes and finishes them.

            Even the united entity of God respects all the wishes of the individual personas of the trinity of God.  Furthermore, God’s unit of time is from ever before to eternity, we have to wait for his time.

Satan always tempts us and gives impulse that we do want for instant gratification.  Only things that can be done quickly are of the lust of flesh, lust of our eyes, and in pride of life (1 Joh 2:16).  Our Lord received the same temptations (Matt 4:1-10).  We really need the power of longsuffering and patience when seeking the Will of God and be obedient to Him.

 

5) Gentleness – A compassionate heart is the basic motivation of serving needy neighbors.  Our Lord also fed, healed and taught His people because of the compassion in His heart (Matt 14:14, 15:32).

            If a minister of the Lord works very hard for his own desire and benefit, he may establish some religious works, but will fail in saving his neighbors, living a holy life, and becoming a whole person in the love of God.

            Although many professionally trained ministers are toiling in the kingdom of God, we see that the number of overall believers is declining.  Why is that?  It is because that they are tending to believers with their knowledge and methods, not with the fruit of the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is wailing and groaning for He lost his place in these people, because the hireling ministers with cold hearts are doing their religious jobs without compassion (gentleness) and comfort of the Spirit which works ‘inside’ of people (Rom 8:26; Jam 4:5).

            Even now, the Lord speaks to us that God does not want sacrifices but mercy (Matt 12:7) and for us to go and show mercy to those who are needy around us (Luk 10:37).

 

6) Goodness – God gives good things to all without distinguishing between the wicked and the righteous (Matt 5:43-45).  God’s servants and ministers thus must preach His goodness to the world.

 

Matthew 5:15-16  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  (16)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

            Receiving this goodness of God from God is ‘grace’ (1 Pet 5:10), preaching and giving this goodness to our neighbors is ‘gift’ (Rom 8:32), this is the manifestation of the Spirit and it is given to man to profit their souls (1 Cor 12:7).  We believers should do good work as chances are provided and opportunities arise, but more for the sake of our fellow believers.

 

Galatians 6:9-10  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  (10)  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 

            In order not to be weary in doing the work of God, we need goodness as the fruit of the Spirit.

 

7) Faith – This is a required characteristic absolutely needed for any servants and ministers of God regardless of who they are (1 Cor 4:2).  The Lord still works as a faithful witness even now (Rev 3:15).  The most important condition the Lord sees when He gives His work to us ministers is faithfulness (Rev 2:10).

            Our faith in the Lord is more than enough to overcome all hardship even when people in the world and those we love (and minister to) persecute and rebel against us.  From this work of faith, we will be given the crown of life.  That is why we have to be faithful, not by the faith that comes from human endeavor, but the faith grafted in us as the Spirit of Jesus, the fruit of the Spirit.

 

Revelation 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

8) Meekness – Living things grow in soft and warm places.  The womb is the most warm and soft place in a woman’s body.  It is just right place for infant babies to grow and to be protected. 

            The Lord renews our lives by embracing our weak and tired souls and relieving us of our heavy burdens (Matt 11:29).  People who the servants of the Lord will minister to are all weak and tired broken souls.  We absolutely need the fruit of the Spirit, meekness, when we embrace these broken souls.

            Broken hearted people can easily get hurt from false ministries going on in churches. We should develop meekness in us before we minister with gifts of the Spirit.  The meek servants will inherit the land of the kingdom of heaven.

 

9) Temperance – Paul the Apostle said that “And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things” (1 Cor 9:25).  Here ‘the mastery’ is receiving a crown of olive branches in an Olympic competition. 

Servants of the Lord receive a lot of oppressions, persecution, and adversary when doing the works of the Lord.  They absolutely need to have self control in all aspects of their lives in order to continue faithful obedience in the love the Lord in whatever situation they encounter (2 Cor 6:3-10).

 Thus, Paul the Apostle said “I keep under my body and bring it unto subjection under word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 9:27).  Since we cannot overcome our flesh desires by any human endeavor, we definitely need temperance as a fruit of the Spirit.

Human emotion always is under a certain tension and it is a necessary tension.  But when the tension disappears, our human nature has a tendency to make mistakes like Samson or King David (Jud 16:4-22; 2 Sam 11:2-5).  That is why we need to be awake and pray always in order to stand before the Lord on that Day (Luk 21-36)

 

            We have to be holy and spiritual before we want to be a gifted person.

 

1 Corinthians 2:15-16  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  (16)  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

 

A spiritual man is a person who has the mind of Christ, who judges all things but he is not judged by any other.  On the other hand, a gifted man is person who can give manifestation of the Holy Spirit to others.  He should have the fruit of the Spirit to do so.  If not, he can not give the perfect gift without contamination.  Remember Peter and John? They gave what they had: the manifestation of the Holy Spirit NOT silver and gold.

 

Acts 3:6-8  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  (7)  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  (8)  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

 

 

 

4. Manifestation of the Holy Spirit (Gift) solves All Problems

 

            As stated before, all the problems in the world arises from that people forsook word of God.  People lost direction for their behavior and choices, they do not know what, how and when to do, and they are totally confused.

 

Our God of love gave the Holy Spirit to us so that we can discern all, know the direction of our behavior and choices, and understand the origin of these problems through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  This is gift of the word of wisdom and knowledge (1 Cor 2:15). Anyone who lost the directions of their lives - failed business, family dysfunction, sick, distorted personality, etc. – can be healed by this gift of word of wisdom and knowledge.

Some people know the directions of their lives very well but they do not have power to pursue, and they often fall into agonies and disappointments.

In this case, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit helps these people, those who could not move to the direction of the word before at all, to move according to the direction of the word and to create new forms of life.  Faith that avails someone to move mountains or to heal the sick is of this example (1 Cor 13:2-3).       Again, although some people know their direction and live according to such, they may not have joy or worth in their lives, or they may lose motivation to continue.  The longer they feel this way, these people become tired and stressed, or get sick, and eventually some try to seek worldly pleasures.

            This is the reason why the world is so filled with pleasure-seeking business.  People waste far too many resources satisfying their desires in seeking pleasure.  In modern life, the cost for maintaining basic needs – food, clothing and housing – is not so expensive and it can be considered more or less the same between rich and poor people.

            But people spend a lot of money in seeking pleasurable or cultural life.   Even a king could jeopardize the kingdom’s finance when if he lived hedonistically without proper control.  Therefore, it is not too hard to imagine how great a power it is to have indescribable comfort and joy through manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

 

1 John 1:3-4  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (4)  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 

 

5. Repentance with Word and Prayers is the Only Solution to Life Problems

 

            It is not uncommon for believers (pastors of the unemployed and low income population) to pray for problems.   They also open seminars for solving certain problems.  These things however cannot provide fundamental solutions. 

            Problems can only be solved by repentance with the word of the Lord and prayer.  Our problems come from our flesh, our sins (Jam 1:5)  It is therefore a wrong prayer when one prays for the solution of particular problem(s) without dealing with one’s greed and sinful desires which have caused the problems.

 

James 4:2-3  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  (3)  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

            We have to seek repentance with word of God before asking anything in faith (supplication).  We have to read the Bible in order to repent, not for knowledge that may satisfy curiosity, nor for teaching others.  The word alone can penetrate us and reveal and eliminate sins and desires which are hidden in our flesh, in the marrow of our bones and consciousness.

 

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

            We should not habitually believe the Lord but seek God’s pleasing will by renewing our mind (consciousness) everyday.  The Lord in me is the word in me.  So when we pray with the word, in me is confession of the word, the confession of faith.  That is the word of my mouth (prayer).

 

Romans 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

 

            When we speak of and confess, the Lord in me, Who has created angels and is holding all things with word, the Holy Spirit, works in me and consumes every flesh desire so that I may subdue myself to the Lord: This is repentance.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4-5  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)  (5)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

            Through repentance, our past life, which once lacked direction, accused innocent neighbors, and never was helpful to others, is now finding the right direction of life by the love of God through word and prayer. 

            This way opens the future of our life, we can start a new life, and we can plan our new life in detail with the wisdom and knowledge from above (Jam 1:5)   The light finally comes to our once-dark life and gives us hope (Rom 15:13).

            All the problems caused by this lack of direction in life will gradually disappear: stress, agony, oppression and depression, sickness, dysfunction of family, self-indulgence, distorted character, loss of job, etc.  Our life problems were insurmountable without the Christ.  However, although we may experience temporary solutions sometimes but these life problems immediately revisit us and put us into captivity again.

            Some people who believe in Jesus and know word of God want to live a godly life but cannot do good work and live a sinful worldly life and become harmful beings to others.  They may sincerely want to get away from their old flesh life, but they can not put off the old man by their human endeavor. 

            This old lifestyle or flesh desires give rise to many personal problems: family dysfunction, loss of job, distorted character, alcoholism, etc.  We can put off our old nature through the work of word alone, which pierces and can even tear asunder our soul and spirit, and rebuild ourselves by our joints and marrow, by the life (motion) that works in of us.

            Apostle Paul confessed that there is nothing good in his flesh (Rom 7:18).  Being saved from such a state, i.e., setting ourselves free from the grip of the law of sin and death through repentance and the confession of sins, is the solution of life problems and the salvation from our old life (Rom 8:2).  

            Churches of today (last days) are mostly filled with people who have a form of godliness but deny the powers thereof.  They are focusing on solving their own problems in their church lives.  These churches are even leading their members to pay more attention on their physical development such as a building program, humanistic and social businesses, recreation programs, sports programs, social programs, etc.  Their preaching is aligned with achieving these worldly goals, misleading individuals to follow their flesh desires. 

 

2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 

            It is so easy for us to be busy with things of the world or vain things.  If you do so, your life does not change although you attend your church for many years.  Such churches cannot make any positive impact to society.  Therefore we need a movement of repentance just like what happened to the churches of the first Century.  Only word and prayers, and repentance can solve life problems.

 

Acts 2:42-47  And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  (43)  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  (44)  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;  (45)  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.  (46)  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  (47)  Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

            As we have seen before, happiness (joy) is man’s final goal.  However, the majority of the population is not happy or satisfied through their ‘sincere’ life in family, work places, church and society.  That is why they are going out to the world in search of happiness or pleasure.

            Joy, which is richer and more abundant than any of the worldly pleasures, is springing out and overflowing from the depths of our heart when we repent with the word and prayers.

 

 

 

The world tempts us with pleasures.  The only thing that helps us to avoid and overcome the temptation is the joy of the Lord in the Spirit.

 

Acts 8:5-8  Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.  (6)  And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.  (7)  For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.  (8)  And there was great joy in that city.