Letting go of the “I wills”!

The following is a statement taken from Isaiah chapter 14. These statements speak of the devil and are most commonly referred to as the five “I wills”:

I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.

These next statements are what I perceive to be modern Christianity’s equivalence of the famous five “I wills”:

I will transform myself into the image of Christ by what I do; I will sanctify myself by what I do not do; I will remain justified by observing the commandments; and I will keep myself cleansed and righteous through my confession. I will keep myself saved!

Author’s note:
My friends, the devil would love to keep us stuck in the “I wills”, but we are not his we are Christ’s; and we have been transformed into the image of Christ by Christ Himself! In other words, we were sanctified, justified, cleansed and made righteous the moment we received salvation. Thus, it is Christ and Christ alone who is and will remain the eternal author of our salvation! So if you are stuck in the “I wills”, please my beloved, refocus on the He has and He wills! God bless!

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20

Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Heb. 12:2

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ~ II Cor. 3:18

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

P.S. Here is Paul’s attempt to reason with the Galatians regarding this subject: This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain? ~ Galatians 3:2-4

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Law and Grace – Conflict or Peace!

As I sat this morning to contemplate a world on fire, the words of the apostle James came rushing in like a flood, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” The book of Hebrews tells us the law made nothing perfect; that there is a bringing in of a better hope through which we draw near to God. ~ Hebrews 7:19; meaning quite simply that the law would not allow man to draw near to God; but that the New Covenant agreement between God and man would. That is of course should one actually choose to enter in. Jesus put it this way in Matthew 11: 28-29: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Notice the word rest is used two times in this short set. The Master knowing full well that the law would always produce a state of unrest which in the end will always bring about conflict, confusion and spiritual blindness, i.e. death! The following is an example of what the apostle James would say to the law driven religious evangelicals of our day:

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend to the world makes Himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the scripture says in vain, the spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~ James 4:1-8

Authors note:
My friends the law demands that we fight for our rights! The gospel on the other hand declares that we are to look out for the rights of others and esteem others better than ourselves. That we are in fact ministers of reconciliation! I know this will not sit well with the constitutionally driven right, but then the flesh is always at odds with the spirit; just as surely as friendship with the world is enmity with God.

Father please give us discernment that we may know what is of you and what is not! That we do not fall prey to any more shock and awe campaigns posed by Christian lawyers who do not know You from Adam. Father let us radiate the love You have so freely given us towards those in need of that love! We thank You Father that You hear us and that You love us. In your precious name Jesus…Amen!

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. ~ Col.2:6-8

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. ~ Gal. 5: 22-23

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

The author of doubt!

The serpent told Eve that she would not die if she ate of the forbidden fruit! Eve did not even consider what God said; thus took the fatal bite! The enemy effectively producing two of the worse hindrances known to man in regards to our relationship with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. These two things are of course: doubt and spiritual death!

As I am writing this, it is Sunday morning and my wife and I are sitting at home! The reason we are sitting at home is because we refuse to go to a church building and be tempted by the devil via the same tactics he used thousands of years ago to create doubt in Eve. Only now it looks like this: God did not say it is finished; you can walk away from your salvation. God did not say you have been perfected forever; you gotta work for that. God did not say you’ve been made holy, blameless and without accusation in His sight; you better walk worthy of your calling to achieve that. God did not say you are the righteousness of Him in Christ; you better keep a short list in order to maintain that position. And the list goes on! I believe Andrew Farley caught the gist of what I am saying in one phrase, stating, “The devil has a theology for us Christians; and he is using it quite effectively in our churches today!”

Author’s note:

I do not understand how a pastor or teacher can say they are believing when they do not believe what God said! To rephrase this I will say it like this: How can anyone really say they are believing when they don’t believe what God said? I know this is harsh, but it is what it is! Either it is finished, and Christ is the author; or it is not finished, in which case the devil remains the author!

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

“You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.” Galatians 5:7-8

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Commentary by:

George L. Miller