Who is your Shepard?
It is by Faith not works that we allow real grace to take root in our lives! It all starts with who is really the Shepard of my life. Many have heard the name of Jesus or even made the choice to believe in what Jesus did for us but we have never been taught the reality of how deep the fight is in this evil world! For many we say we don’t have time for Jesus these days! Some say that the words I write for my Shepard are too long at times! All I have to say is that it is a choice to read or write! If I can’t finish writing what God and His Christ asks of me then how will I ever expect to hear more! If you choose to read only part of these words then how will you ever know if these words are from God or just some random words I threw together! It is all personal choices that we all have the chance to make and God is always watching! The words of Saul of Tarsus who turned into Paul the Apostle have so much weight to them when we truly meditate on the truth of them!
32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.
I wrote a blog several weeks back called “what is your mind set on” and it was one of the greatest Revelations I have ever received on the truth of salvation! The problem with most of us is that we get salvation and sanctification confused with each other! See the only thing that qualifies me to be righteous in the eyes of the Father is my Faith in His Kingdom! His Christ was born and taught the real truth so that when all things would come to pass the words spoke to the prophet Isaiah would make total sense to those who believe by faith!
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
This same word was spoken into the womb of a virgin and through this the world was saved from the tyranny of evil! The problem with the world though is that so many people still live in this world not by the word of Yahweh! The eyes and hearts of people get so stuck on what is seen and never even weigh the unseen in the Spirit. For those who have not accepted the truth of Jesus they cannot weigh the real truth by the Holy Spirit because it is not possible too! Jesus makes one of the boldest statements ever made in this world when He explains this to the people around Him!
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
2 “But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.
3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
5 “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
6 This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.
7 So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
12 “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
13 “He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,
15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.
17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.
18 “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”
19 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?”
21 Others were saying, “These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?”
The man that stood before these religious men was straight telling these men that they were fakes, and thieves as it sank deep to the very bones of those men! How do I know this? The Holy Spirit teaches me all things and the conviction from the truth I love! Men who claim to know the living God get defensive and run from this conviction when standing against it! Jesus spoke truth and just like the word of God says the word of God is sharper than any two edged sword! Here were the men that were supposed to be men of God but were just men of satan! They were the wolves that were devouring the meek, the poor, and the gentle hearted that wanted truth in Yahweh! Jesus told all who could hear Him that day and all who have heard these words echo sense then, that there was no need to search any longer! He was here and if your heart be willing then you can enter the safety of the sheep fold through Jesus! The evil knows this better than any of us so that is why evil seeks to get us to wonder from this safety! So many people have been dumbed down by what we see and hear that we fall for all the lies of evil! Like “woo look at that pretty shiny object” and away we go! I know for a fact that if you truly accept Jesus in your heart then He never leaves you, it is I who left Him! It wasn’t until the last 4 years or so that I truly wanted the truth as all my lies in life had added up! The Shepard who I had truly received when I was 15 was there waiting with open arms! This parable never made more sense in my life until just a few years ago!
The Lost Sheep
1 Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.
2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So He told them this parable, saying,
4 “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5 “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
7 “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
See Jesus can’t look for the ones who haven’t turned their hearts to him already! That is why so many people who have accepted Jesus when young stray from the fold of safety because of the lies of evil. We are all sinners but until we hear the voice of the Father calling us to Him and His Son then we are like the goats of satan! Why does satan need to tend to his goats because he already has them fooled? It is those of us who receive the invitation from Yahweh to accept His grace through Faith in His Son that get attacked! Look!
Luke chapter 12
God Knows and Cares
1 Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
3 “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.
5 “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
7 “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
8 “And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;
9 but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.
11 “When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
14 But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”
15 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.
17 “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.” ’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’
21 “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.
23 “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
25 “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?
26 “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
27 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
28 “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
29 “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
30 “For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
31 “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
36 “Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
37 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
38 “Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
40 “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”
41 Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?”
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
43 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
49 “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 “But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
51 “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;
52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
53 “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.
55 “And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way.
56 “You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
57 “And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
58 “For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
59 “I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent.”
People will get to the word of God and blank out for many reasons! They lose interest and claim they love God! How can you truly love something and have no interest in that which you claim to love? Jesus is teaching us that we should fear Yahweh (God) and that we have the choice to believe in Jesus for who He says He is! Jesus warns us of greed and tells the man in verse 14 that it isn’t the job of Jesus to tell us what to do with our treasures that is between us and the Father! Nothing can be hid from God and when Jesus was given all authority from the Author of life it was He who can help us make the right decisions, but no matter what happens it always comes down to your personal heart! The disciples never had Jesus make a choice for them or else it would had been easy to watch the one they loved crucified for them! Jesus taught the disciples to repent (change one’s mind) about who it was they truly believed in! Yahweh or the gods of the world that were wrapped in the very evil that was separating them from the living God! Jesus couldn’t force them to do this but He did walk with them and teach them along the way! If we choose to believe in Jesus, and I mean truly believe from the heart, then we can walk with Him as well via His teaching through the Holy Spirit! That is why we were told the Holy Spirit would come and be the helper we would need! Faith is the only way we can please God and Jesus taught us the truth about it all! Of course when we look back at the one who had the greatest Faith first, Abraham, it can all make sense if you truly do have faith! So many people call the words of the bible stories but I know they are truth! I think of them as documentaries of the reality of what it is we have to do to fight evil! The ones who truly have faith in God or the works of His Christ will always be welcomed into the fold of Jesus’s safety! Look at this woman’s faith!
The Syrophoenician Woman
21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”
23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”
24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
Here Jesus is on a mission to wake up the sleeping spirits of the chosen ones of His Father and this woman just blows Jesus away with her faith! This woman and her kind were seen as dogs in the flesh but in her spirit she proved otherwise to the Son of God! Jesus was taking the word of God, the bread of life to the ones who were supposed to be living it and here came an outsider with a faith that was deeper than the sea! She saw the truth in who Jesus was not with her eyes but with her heart! Jesus then tells her that it was her great faith that healed her daughter nothing less! Too many people are trying to obtain the grace of God through Jesus but are totally leaving out the fact that they need faith! Faith in who?
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2 For by it the men of old gained approval.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Enoch was taught by God Himself and when the time came Enoch taught Noah and then after the flood Noah taught Shem! Noah and Shem taught Abram who became Abraham and would later teach Jacob Himself! Walking by faith is not easy and Yahweh knows this better than any of us why do you think His mercy and grace runs so deep! The fact is though we now have the greatest Shepard that anyone could had ever dreamed of and for the most part we have turned Jesus into some genie in the sky for our selfish wish lists! Don’t get me wrong I was one of these idiots at one time! Jesus taught His disciples for almost three years on how to really have faith! It wasn’t their sin and mistakes He focused on it was their unbelief that He addressed! Even when Peter who had a heart of Faith was victim to the evil of satan constantly!
Peter’s Confession of Christ
27 Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?”
28 They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.”
29 And He continued by questioning them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”
30 And He warned them to tell no one about Him.
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
35 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
37 “For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Peter just had the greatest revelation of His life but turned around and let the evil persuade him something was more important than the Kingdom’s work! Jesus did not rebuke the flesh of Peter He went straight to the heart of the problem and rebuked the spirit of evil which was telling Peter lies! In these end days we will have to truly have the faith that surpasses all understanding and that only comes from the Holy Spirit! Salvation only comes through Jesus but all the sanctification comes through the Holy Spirit that is here now because of Jesus! It is this inner voice that we want to convict us daily! It is this love that speaks truth in us convicting us of all things we do! So many want the big things but fail to even listen in the small things! How can we allow Yahweh to use us if we can’t even speak truth to the people we do have around us daily! It was the Holy Spirit that convicted Peter after the ascension that did more work than the actual walk with the Son of God ever did! Peter failed to stand tall for Christ at the day of the crucifixion but 20 years later or so it was the helper (HOLY SPIRIT) that gave Peter the strength to die for the name of His Christ! The evil of this world wants us to believe in the lies that they have weighed this world down with! Doctors, governments, doctrines of religion, and the list goes on! I have mentioned this many times in my blogs but I have been led to mention this again! In Matthew we are told these words by the great Shepard!
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
26 “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
To come to the rest of Jesus literally means “To be at ease”! So anything away from His ease is a “dis” “ease”! It means you’re away from ease so the world without the truth of Jesus is diseased for this reason and this reason alone! You can allow the evil to persuade you it is some stupid virus, or some cancer, or whatever the case may be but when we choose to deny the Shepard or even accept the Shepard then wander from the gates of His fold then we are open to the evil that has a hold of this world! To believe in Jesus takes Faith and to obtain the grace of the Father we truly have to have Faith in the one who Yahweh predestined to be our Shepard! Doctrines of mankind that are rooted in the truth of Christ are only the start of what it is we can truly obtain in the Holy Spirit! To live for The Father through Christ I have to seek Him daily in the teaching of the Holy Spirit! The words that were given to this world are just that if we don’t have the helper! All the details are God’s and Jesus knew that better than anyone! See even the most knowledgeable people in this world can be fooled by the lies of satan! We were told it would happen so to deny it is only to remain in such lies! I don’t know everything but I do know the one who does! We get taught about all the goodies and great things that Jesus has done in the word of God all the while the majority of people leave out the parts that speak of persecution, tribulation, and judgement! The evil in this world is laughing at us who claim to know Jesus but have no real power because we live half-hearted for our Shepard! The bible tells us the wages of sin is death! Death comes for all of us but the sad part is that these days we have truly put our faith in doctors more than the blood of Jesus! We have traded the blessed assurance for the lies of mankind’s insurance laying treasures up down here instead of in Heaven!
God gave me such a huge revelation on the spirit of fornication this week! See I have battled drugs, alcohol, nicotine, and so much more throughout my life but this week the Holy Spirit taught me one of the greatest things I will have probably ever received! The evil spirit that comes with fornication takes root in the average person at a young age! It is this evil spirit that can take even the biggest hearted Christian out of the fold and cause them to fall so far away that it reaps evil all throughout their lives! Drugs, alcohol, and whatever else are just the symptoms of what the evil spirit causes them to do! Most will start at a young age with masturbation and all the while the world says “oh yeah this is normal” while the evil spirit takes hold a little at a time! It then causes people to get curious about sex as I know it all too well when I lost my virginity at 14! Slowly but surely this evil spirit takes root and causes people to run from the shame! It causes guilt which in turn we sooner or later want to drown out so cigarettes seem cool! Then alcohol! Then drugs! I am sure you get the point right! If we do not rebuke the spirit of fornication then it can haunt us our whole lives and yes even Christians! See the fact that we can leave the sheep fold willingly does mean we choose to wonder in a evil world! This means that we too can be oppressed by the evil in this world just not possessed and that is exactly what the enemy wants! Porn, T.V., movies, and so on can all take us by surprise and allow the evil in our lives! We will spend forever and a day seeking out how to stop the symptoms such as drug use, alcohol, prescription drugs but will never face the root problem that has allowed that evil spirit in! If you think this is a joke then I feel sorry for you and more than likely you struggle with looking at the opposite sex or even the same sex and want no one to know! That is the evil spirit that has a hold of you! I have been seeking truth whole heartedly for a couple years know in all areas of my life! The Holy Spirit is faithful in exposing the truth for us who believe but is us who are not faithful in facing what it is the Spirit exposes for us! Most so called Christians will face all sorts of things but when it comes to the realities of sex and fornication we just wiggle right around that! I know because I am one who has done it! I was so excited when God told me about this evil spirit because what it has done is allow me to say “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus” and all the thoughts I had ever received or actions I have done I released in prayer! Jesus never gives up on the one, but 9 times out of ten we are the one who has already left the fold of the Shepard and gave up on Him! If Jesus spent most of His ministry facing evil, why would we be any different? If Jesus knew that the root problem of sin is unbelief then why can’t we believe this? Umm? By letting sin in it slowly kills our flesh! It takes several years to manifest and satan is ok with that! All the while we live parts of our lives in the dark we are choosing to live outside of the fold of the Shepard! I can tell you that salvation is the easy part because Jesus did all the work! Now sanctification on the other hand is all up to how we choose to face that conviction in us as we grow in the Holy Spirit! Most just want the salvation and we totally miss the whole point! Once again salvation comes through Jesus and sanctification comes through the Holy Spirit! When I am convicted of even the smallest thing like not putting a shopping cart in the proper place, it is these things that will slowly lead you to knowing the voice of your Shepard! He will never stop calling but it is our stubborn asses that will ignore it! How can we cast out demons if we are choosing to entertain them? How can we heal the sick if we don’t believe our Shepard is the true healer? We have a voice in us if we truly do have the Holy Spirit in us! Evil has deceived us into believing that our pastors are who we should listen too! Of course any man of God is going to speak words of truth if they are a man of God but they are not our Shepard! How can we hear the true Shepard’s voice if we are deceived by this? Paul told us that it was a thorn in the flesh sent by satan himself that kept Paul from the reality of truth!
2 Corinthians 12:7-15
A Thorn in the Flesh
7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.
9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.
12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.
13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
15 I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
The average Christian won’t even acknowledge satan has a hold of them in some area of their life! I was all to deceived myself! Too many people are denying the sanctification process confusing it all with salvation! Yahweh has told me it is better to be wrong in your sanctification process than to deny the sanctification all together! We stay weak and act like we are strong in our works all the while never even expose the things that can set us free! I hope and pray that these words can allow people to find the true Shepard or return to Him before it is too late! May we all choose to expose our faults and cast out these evil spirits around us so that Jesus and His blood can cover it all! May Yahweh Bless you and His Christ guide your steps!