We Know This Stuff – 11-22-22

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:                                                                   

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the First Book of John, chapter 2 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).

The Test of Knowing Christ

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The Test of Knowing Him

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God [a]is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

[b]Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard [c]from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Their Spiritual State

12 I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13 I write to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children,
Because you have known the Father.
14 I have written to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Deceptions of the Last Hour

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the[d] Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you[e] know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Let Truth Abide in You

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to [f]deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you [g]will abide in Him.

The Children of God

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that [h]when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Colossians 4:2 – 

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Those of us who have been around the Christian world for a while have heard the verses that tell us to test the spirits – Paul, Luke and John have all given us instructions to do so. Often times in churches and reading we are told to do something but not given good instruction on how. It makes since that we should test the spirits and see if it is God or not. But how do we and when do we? I am learning I do not test them often enough, something I make an assumption and that leads to doubt. And since God WANTS us to test, God is happy to provide clear and loud – obvious answers. The confirmations never need to be tested as they prove themselves. Let me give you an example:
As I told you I went to a conference an God did a million things in my life and I will be talking about it for a while (sorry, not sorry). I know many things I experienced were to make me a better teacher, so I have my own experience and not just head knowledge (and many things were for my reproof and correction and there was even an extraction of a demon or more and SO MANY GLORY TO GOD things). I am very busy this season, sales are picking up a little praise the Lord (and keep praying they are not yet where I need them to be), and I have Pre-black Friday Sales and Black Friday Sales, and sales just to keep up the excitement and sales, etc. etc. Lots of energy, lots of excitement, AND cleaning for company on Thanksgiving. AND prepping for thanksgiving. AND 3 long days away in a conference. AND late night up catching up on emails and correspondence because of being away for 3 days. And a godly woman in my life says: you need a day of rest. I tell her not to worry, I have Sunday. I was not going to work on Sunday and go to church and then start the thanksgiving prep and then go visiting and then and then and then… so that will be my day of rest. She strongly encouraged me to take a day still, praying, worshiping, thinking on Jesus, maybe even napping, and rest. I thanked her for her wisdom. Older people always are so smart, but I know it is restful to get responsibilities done, then they are not looming over you waiting to be completed.  I kept my plans the same. Lesson one is to test the spirits and I failed to even wonder if it was a God message or if it was a kind older woman’s wisdom.
The last day of the conference, the altar call, I told you yesterday how I blindly had to walk to the altar being led by a stranger – it was NOT an activity everyone did, just me. After all was said and done, and I was about to head back to my seat, the man added on that I should take a day off to bask in God’s presence. To rest in Him. To NOT ask for anything. Just be with Him. I said you just confirmed what this lady said to me. Lesson learned: I do not test enough. Lesson 2 learned: test the spirits, test if it is the voice of God, test if the person giving it is a person of God.

I know of one teen who often questions her salvation. This is something many young believers do and as we will see in today’s reading there is a test for that as well. Testing is something we should be doing. As time passes believers should be growing and should stop questioning the foundational salvation – if they are still questioning, there might be a spirit problem and we should do more testing.

The first test is the test of salvation. Why don’t we do it along with John in our reading – are you saved? If you say no or do not know, or if there is hesitation, or if there are other things making you say no or doubt your eternal salvation in Christ, with Him in Heaven – the first step is to be honest about it with yourself. Step two, read this:

1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

Do you believe it? Jesus is the propitiation or the substitute – He died so we do not have to. All we need to do is confess our sins – bring stuff into the light. We can ask for forgiveness for only the things we acknowledge – and with forgiveness comes cleansing and mercy. Then we can turn away from doing those sins again – and with the help of the Holy Spirit we are able to succeed in not sinning.
This is a long process for most of us. AND Jesus told us to repent daily, because He knows it is a long process and God is merciful – He works on us on a few sins at a time. We will fall down – but we must get back up and try again as many times as it take until we succeed. Do not buy the lie that since we always have some sort of sin, it is not worth it, because it IS possible to not sin in our corrupted bodies (read verse one again!) – it is impossible to not have ever sinned (except for Jesus).
I have heard it preached that when you overcome sinning, God takes you to heaven – I have found NO Biblical evidence for that. People who learn not to sin are rare and never point it out so I am sure it is hard to identify them. But they have learned things that John knew – and they are valuable teacher for us. I am SURE God lets us keep them to learn from.
Now that we understand that all a little better. Take a moment to ask Jesus to save you or to rededicate your life to Him. Confess to Him your sins and if you have sins you struggle with bring them into the light and confess them to someone who can hold you accountable. Ask for forgiveness and help to never do those sins again. (Do it right now – before you keep reading.) Then put todays date down somewhere you will have it – like inside the front cover of your Bible. So if you ever doubt again, you can look at it and see it and know – without ceremony of religion, you simply entered into a relationship with Jesus and now have committed yourself to work on that relationship daily, going forward.
Every time I feel I was separated and had a breakthrough I rededicate my life to Him. Not in a ceremonious way or anything. God DOES NOT want that. He wants it real and raw and honest. In my mind I equate it to… ya know when you have a fight with your spouse and after you make up, you bring flowers or you go out on a special date to a fancy restaurant and you know you’ll fight again and you pray you’ll work it through again – but you want to promise it will never happen again… you want to recommit your love? Do you know that feeling? That is what a rededication can be like. It doesn’t need a doubt of your salvation – it could be a breakthrough and a moment of closer intimacy with Jesus.

Remember that teenager I spoke of above – she was giving herself to Jesus daily, she was just so unsure. But there is a second test that John says, and she passes this test with flying colors. (So we can tell her she is saved, but work on whatever is causing her to doubt it.) This second test is:

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Did you read this? If you or I or other people DO NOT do the things Jesus commanded we do, we are a liar and the truth is not in us.  If you just gave your heart to the Lord and have not yet walked out the process: First – PRAISE THE LORD! And Welcome to the Kingdom Community. Keep your eyes on Jesus and not us, we are all a mess and need Him just as much as you do! Second – find out what Jesus said and did and do that. Find out what Jesus said to do and do that. Then find out about how the apostles acted like Christ and do that! And you’ll be fine all the days of your walk with God!

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

Here is a sad truth. Jesus said love, if you do not love – you might need to rewind and go back to set one of falling into alignment with your salvation – which comes by having a relationship with Jesus. People in relationships begin to act like each other – act like Christ. Recommit and start fresh, submit to the will of God.
Another example, if you aren’t testifying of His goodness in your life, you are not keeping to a task Jesus has told us to do. We should be more grateful and excited that Jesus was good to us (met a need, opened a door, brought comfort and peace, etc.) than we are embarrassed to speak to people about it. They might think you are a Jesus freak – and hopefully you are! Now, the first time you don’t testify, you aren’t losing your salvation, and it is not a sign that you aren’t saved. But testifying is not a task you need to wait for God to prompt you to do. You should just do it – to everyone. Work on your gratitude and open your eyes to the mighty things He does for you every day. However, if you never share, ever… then you are in a wrong place and I do question your salvation.
Same for those without joy, same for those living in open un-repented sin, and same for those who refuse to read the Word of God (because the word tells us it is God’s command that we hide His word in our hearts). There are no new commands, so this isn’t hard, nothing is hidden.

7Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.”

John is not trying to trick you by saying there is no new and the next verse below says a new. Let’s exam this – The command from the beginning is the word – who is The Word? Jesus is the Word and was in the beginning when God spoke light and everything else into existence. Jesus is there for the old commandments given to Moses in Words on Mt Sinai.

Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.”

So the new commandment is? Jesus, word become flesh. Jesus is the truth and light. If you turn on the light, darkness cannot even run – it can only be overcome and turns into light! This is a deep and rich spiritual type of command and principle. In the spirit before darkness could hide as shadows and now darkness is overcome by light.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

John only uses the example of love – which I briefly spoke of above, knowing John would explain it further.

When we were reading James and I asked are we really doing this Christian walk thing? Just something for you to think on. Well, that question is here woven into the text again. So many times when I ask people about their relationship with Jesus that talk about their prayer time, their reading or studying time, there church attendance, if they give tithes and offerings, if they are memorizing scripture, and how they feel God speaks to them.  There is undoubtedly a list of things we should do and too often pastors, with good intentions say: we do not want to just be checking off boxes on the list.  I am sorry to say, some of us need to check off boxes on a list – even those who it comes organically to them are still checking off all the things. Just because you write down your list, doesn’t make it any less heart felt.
When I describe this blog – I say it is ALL the things on the list we should be doing: I encourage a life of prayer over a time of prayer, I put out there the reading and studying together, I remind you to attend church and to give tithes and offerings. I challenge you with a verse a month to memorize – and put it before your eyes daily. And we pray daily for God to speak back to us through His word daily. Together we hit all the boxes and there is a HUGE reason I do this. But that is NOT supposed to be the stuff that trips us up. But we all too easily get choked by the cares and busy of this world that we stumble and can’t even do the check list. Check those things off and move onto the real stuff, the important stuff. Like the commands of Jesus: love one another, go ye therefore and make disciples, lay hands on the sick, cast out demons, minister to the random stranger in the grocery store, AND BE THE LIGHT TO A DARK AND DYING WORLD! If we are not doing this stuff – are we even saved? what are we even doing?

12 I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13 I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
14 I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.”

I was almost ready to think, John must be writing an evangelistic letter to save souls, right?? I mean, He is not writing to the church questioning their salvation – these are forgiven people who have known the Father from the beginning (and he repeats it). These are overcomers. These are people who knew the Lord as children and as adults. These are strong people of God, who have the word hidden in their hearts. John emphasizes 2 times that these are the believers – yet, he hands out the question: are you even saved if you aren’t keeping ALL of Jesus’s commands. We are also goodly Christians, you and I, aren’t we? Therefore, where do we fall in this equation and what do we do? How do we fix this?

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

I love when we ask a question and God immediately answers. We do not love the world and we DO the will of God.
I used to say and I hear so many others say: I am waiting for a prompting. I am waiting to be led by God to speak to someone. I see that person had a need, but I was not led to fill that need, I assume God has it for someone else to do.
That my friends is the voice of the enemy. Congrats – you now know what the enemy sounds like. If you see the need, then it is YOUR job to act. You DO NOT need a prompting or leading to minister, pray for, or speak to others about Christ – you have ALREADY been told to – your prompting and leading are writing in the Bible – GO DO IT. This is YOUR SIGN = Get up and go out there and do it. Just do it. Don’t complicate it.

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”

If John says that it is the last hour…. How many years ago? …then we are definitely close to the end, now. We still have lots of little “a” antichrists running around our world. I believe the big “A” Antichrist is already alive and also on this planet with us right now. The end is near, much nearer than we think – yet we do not behave like the time is short. Yet we aren’t soul winning like the time is short.

Next John addresses the lowercase “a” antichrists – they are people behaving in a manner that ends up being about something, anything else besides Christ. 

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.”

Many church splits back in those days – but back then, the one not in submission to Christ was always the one who left. I have seen modern church splits where the people wanted to split off in mass for the holy teachings so they kicked out the man of God. However MOST of the church splits I have seen are much more complicated and pride caused the split and there really was not a bad guy or a good guy. How do we navigate when it’s a grey mess and not black and white?

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.”

God reveals it to us. Jesus is light and truth and through that we can see the truth in many situation.
But let us talk about anointing. So many people think it is some magical mantle that comes over you and surges energy through you and in you. There is a different between the power that flows when needed in ministry and the anointing in the way the Bible speaks of anointing. Biblical anointing is literally to seal something with oil – they sealed their wine with oil, it was anointed. You could seal and protect the skin on your face with oil. Anointing with oil became a symbol of the seal of God on you.

So when this verse says you have an anointing from the Holy One – it mean God sealed you in with the ability to see the truth. Now the real question is: who? And to answer it you must scroll back up through the text and see it is those of us who are living out our walk with the Lord in the light doing all the things, both the personal things as well as the for others things that are required of us. Those who live and do this – they are sealed with the seal of knowing all things.

21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”

Ya know, I never set the stage for this book, did I? Well, many scholars think it was NOT the apostle John but someone else who wrote this book and since there are so many cross references to John’s works that was why early Bible scholars thought it was John. It is also unclear which church(s) it was written to and the year it was written is also up for debate!
Those who say it is of John – here is the thought: John was the leader of the church of Ephesus and was captured and dragged away and imprisoned on the island of Patmos in the year 95. It is unclear if he survived being boiled in oil before or after Patmos. Also one account says he died in the year 98 in Ephesus and another said in the year 99 in Patmos. He was an old man even by our standards in his mid to late 80’s while in Patmos. It is commonly thought he wrote to his home church while he was imprisoned in Patmos.
We have discussed the City of Ephesus in depth before. They had an assimilation culture where they had more temples to more gods than most known cities. They quickly assimilated Jesus culture as well as Jewish culture into their practices. John was the solid force calling out the lies and keeping the false teachers separate from the truth. Before John took over running that church Paul wrote to them about letting in false teachers and being led astray. This was a battle against a principality. And John was anointed and capable of handling it. But John also knew, now that he was in prison – the body was vulnerable to an attack.
The church he was writing to, knew and loved John; and John knew and loved them. They were familiar with the NO COMPROMISE nature of John and understood, because they saw and experienced John, that he was compelled by love. They were no doubt familiar with these types of teaching and this letter would give them encouragement and strength to do what is right. And like we just read, God has sealed them with what is right, they know.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

Which is also a good lesson for us now, while world religions join forces and all roads lead to god / assimilation culture is really taking off. And as Christianity gets assimilated by this cult, Jesus loses his lordship, become a prophet, a teacher, and a good person – striped of the Godhead, from the trinity, and placed equal to man. This is a HUGE problem.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”

We need to call out the truth and not let our Jesus be dethroned. We must be keepers of the truth and committed to it – Jesus is the truth. We must drag it all out into the light. It might get messy for a minute – but we can clean up the mess we can see – but there is no cleaning up the mess that hides in the darkness.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

Paul did not go to Jesus school like the other 11 Apostles. Paul was separated for a season and Jesus taught him through this very anointing that John speaks of here. John is not speaking to a bunch of new believers – these men and women did not have need of teaching, especially teachings that had a new revelation that their Lord and savior was no longer God.
John is reminding them that they are smart, and have already been taught and now that John is not there to do it – they can learn from God directly. I know a handful of people who God took and set aside and He did not send them to Bible College and he anointed and appointed them – and HE taught them. They know the word of God cleaner and in context than most local preachers do. You see, in many cases and we will see more in time – God himself has trained people.
At the conference, the speaker had a doctorate – what made him different? He was taught directly from God. He found himself in a stuck spot and he asked God how to get unstuck and God said … and he word confirmed and BOOM! You see – God himself is enough. It is great to have more – but a relationship with God the father by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit is the best classroom training ever. I have learned more from them than from any other teacher.

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

What more can we say? I suppose it is just time to practice righteousness in love.

***

I also wanted to remind and inform all of you, that instead of writing a book on fasting (since it is the topic I get asked the most about) I have created a Facebook group that is designed to be interactive and give you all the Bible verses on fasting, all the types of fast, and how to fast. In the group are specialist to help us along the way, like the creator of The Fasting Protocol (fasting for health and weight loss; which is part of fasting and important to know about – He can also speak to fasting in a healthy manner). The group is new and other experts are invited, I am hopeful they will join. So let’s join the group and see what we will learn about prayer and fasting. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/509149707741862

Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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