The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. (2Peter 2:9)
PREAMBLE by Robert
Knowing the nature of man, the Holy Spirit has brought us a warning not to fall into our practical life and succumb to our bodies temptations (passivity). Apostle Paul warned we need to put our bodies into submission. Coming out of the darkness truly is a miracle recognizing you were a spiritual prisoner of war subject to the wiles of the enemy, under Satan’s control and whims. Being born again is literally having your spirit removed from Satan’s power. Brought into the light of Yeshua as a new spirit now filled with the knowledge of your free will, supported by precious Faith having the ability to decide where your walk is going to take you, and who you are going to follow to get to life and eternity.
“OK,” there are those who will scoff at what I am about to reveal! They were around in Paul’s time as well. However, Paul left us knowledge of how to deal with them, and to recognize it’s important we don’t fall into the trap of thinking we are more than we really are once we accept the gifts God will bestow on His elect. I believe those who have followed our articles, who have fervently made the changes in their walks and are repentantly walking in the light of Yeshua, are those elect who would and will receive God’s gifts. As such no matter the depth of your walk or position you believe you’re in with Yeshua, please study this article as it is for all, Satan’s plans are so subtle and his minions very highly skilled, patient, and crafty. We are all affected by his plans to cause us to stumble
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father, hear this short petition which I lay before your throne and plead for your attention. Father, as you called to have your children come out of the darkness and false teachings, audit their walk and return to your laws. My petition is to provide through the Holy Spirit guidance protection and a clear mind to see the snares in place and those laying in wait. Bring them Father knowledge of how to recognize your will through the Holy Spirits tutoring. Provide food for their soul to nurture their free will and strengthen its understanding of how to exercise it and make it more efficient in their pursuit of Salvation Life and Eternity. This I pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Paul, in his letter in 1Corinthians 4:7-13, describes a condition the Corinthians had fallen into and what they should do to fix it. I believe the Holy Spirit has brought us to 1Corinthians 4:7-13 to show us where we actually stand in God’s presence. Matthew Henry’s (1662 – 1774) comments emphasize the importance of this position in the believer’s life, no matter the depth of their walk. “We have no reason to be proud. All we have, or are, or do, which is good, is owing to the free and abundant grace of God. A sinner snatched from destruction by sovereign grace alone, must be very absurd and inconsistent, if proud of the free gifts of God.
In my earlier comments, I eluded to our will being once again free to guide us in our choices of who we follow for guidance in our journey to eternity. The previous articles have been preparing us for battle. Have you not wondered who it is we are to do battle with? I am bringing forward information presented by Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 – 1927) on pg 70 -71 from her book “WAR ON THE SAINTS,” where she describes our most vulnerable time as born-again followers of Yeshua. She states, “There is a passivity of the will; the “Will” being the helm, so to speak, of the ship. This originates from a wrong conception of what full surrender to God means. Thinking that a “surrendered will” to God means no use of the will at all, the believer ceases to (1,) choose (2) determine, and (3) act of his own volition. The dangerous effect of this, he is allowed by the powers of darkness to discover, for at first, the consequences are trivial and scarcely noticeable. In fact, at first, it appears to be most glorifying to God. The “strong-willed” person suddenly becomes passively yielding. He thinks that God is “willing” for him in the circumstances, and through people, and so he becomes passively helpless in action.
Ms. Penn Lewis is precise in her rendition on passivity and then goes on to identify the scripture most misinterpret Philippians 2:13 “It is God which worketh in you, both to will, and to work His good pleasure.“ ‘The affected person reads it, “… God which worketh in me the willing, and the doing,” i.e., willeth instead of me.” The first means God working in the soul up to the point of the action of the will. And the second assumes His actually “will”-ing instead of, and “working instead of the believer. This wrong interpretation gives ground for not using the will, because of the conclusion “God wills instead of me”; thus bringing about the passivity of will.
Why am I bringing this information to the forefront? What is the Holy Spirit attempting to show us? When we go to Philippians 2:12, perhaps he is showing us that God is supporting what we are required to do when working out our Salvation. Giving us the answers to our prayers we place before Him once we use our free will in determining how and what we will be using to work out our Salvation. You see Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) comments, “He exhorts them to diligence and seriousness in the Christian course: Work out your own Salvation. It is the salvation of our souls (1Peter 1:9), and our eternal redemption (Hebrews 5:9) and contains deliverance from all the evils sin had brought upon us and exposed us to, and the possession of all good and whatsoever is necessary to our complete and final happiness. The word signifies working thoroughly at a thing and taking true pains. We must be diligent in the use of all the means which conduce to our salvation. We must not only work for our salvation, by doing all that is to be done and preserving therein to the end. Salvation is the great thing we should mind and set our hearts upon, and we cannot attain salvation without the utmost care and diligence. He adds, With fear and trembling, that is, with great care and circumspection: “Trembling for fear lest you miscarry and come short. Be careful to do everything in Christianity in the best manner, and fear lest under all your advantages you should so much as seem to come short.” (Hebrews 4:1) Fear is a great guard and preservative from evil.
If you recall in an earlier article, I stated we have been snatched from Satan, and as such, he would then recognize us and develop a plan to win back control over us. Please note his attacks now will be to prevent our movement forward within God’s light by any means he can. The Holy Spirit revealed one of his very subtle plans is just to have us following one of his minions, believing it is God we are following or receiving instruction from which is the Passivity of our will. This is usually one of his very first attacks bringing believers into the passivity of their free will, bringing it into idleness. Remember, our free will, when combined with faith (which is powerful already), becomes what I call supercharged and unmoveable and impossible for Satan to defeat. Then connect the information garnered through the use of your will (discernment, understanding, wisdom, mercy, tolerance, patience, devotion, godliness, and goodwill) placed before God’s throne for confirmation and received via the Holy Spirit as God’s will and confirmation (Philippians 2:13). I believe we now know why Satan wants us to become passive prisoners again because once we recognize these gifts operating through and in our free will, there really is no one who can stand against us (Romans 8:31).
Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 – 1927) from her book War on the Saints from pg 74 – 75 explains, “GOD DOES NOT WILL INSTEAD OF MAN”! The truth to be emphasized is that God never “wills” INSTEAD of man, and whatever a man does, he is himself responsible for his actions. The believer whose “will” has become passive, finds after a time, the most significant difficulty in making decisions of any kind, and he looks outside, and all around him for something to help him to decide the smallest matters. When he has become conscious of his passive condition, he has a sharp sense of being unable to meet some of the situations of ordinary life. If spoken to, he knows he cannot listen till a sentence is completed; if asked to judge a matter, he knows he cannot do it. If he is required to “remember” or use his imagination, he knows he is unable to and becomes terrified at any proposed course of action where these demands may come upon him.
PERSONAL TESTIMONY by Robert
At this point, I am being compelled by the Holy Spirit to share. What has been brought to me by the Holy Spirit as tools and weapons for those caught in Passivity? To battle their way back into control of their will. Please recognize it will be a significant spiritual battle; however, totally winnable if the individual follows the lead of the Holy Spirits guidance and input.
Currently, I am spiritually assisting and emotionally supporting a gentleman who is fighting Passivity in his Christian walk, which has been compromised for a lengthy number of years. This situation was brought to my attention by his wife. Who has had enough and was frustrated with where their relationship is going. As for any further background, I am not going to relate as it is not necessary nor lends anything to what I am about to testify as I would see it as gossip. For simplification of this part, I will refer to the gentleman as J.
The purpose of this testimony is to place before those following Yeshua’s lead through the Holy Spirit’s information, which will inform support and return control over their free will. I believe what is being shared is the power of God being applied through the leading of the Holy Spirit to an individual in a spiritual battle to regain complete control over his Free Will.
Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 -1927) gave us pertinent information to understand how Satan could be successful by the lack of information (proper spiritual teachings), acknowledging we are at war from the moment we accept Yeshua as our saviour. What will bring back total control over this individual’s Free Will, which is in passivity, is sound information obtained by that person to recognize, work and use as a weapon, that information being supplied by the Holy Spirit. This battle is personal, however, supported by the Holy Spirit using me (Robert) as a willing vessel to lend physical support to a fellow Christian. Remember, it is my heart’s desire to save a soul from death; anyone being in a passive state is on the broad path to destruction; they just don’t realize it.
*** A spiritual rule Satan cannot operate in our lives unless we give him permission to do so.*** I can hear many stating I would never do that willingly. Here is an example of how easy it is for Satan to gain ground in our lives ever had a thought about a sin of any nature and not rebuked it, grounds are given. When a thought enters our mind it is our responsibility to be in control (James 2:4) Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? It matters not where the idea originated from. It’s what we do with it when recognized.
The Holy Spirit showed me how J was being held in passivity and what I needed to relate to J for him to understand who he was, always praying for spiritual leading. J has suffered from inaction for approximately 25 years, which has over those years, destroyed his ability to hold a job, has driven his children away and, at this point, divided him and his wife. Many of the symptoms Jesse Penn Lewis described have established themselves as regular living habits for J. For me to begin working with J, I needed to build trust and that I was working as an instrument of God through the Holy Spirits guidance.
With that established, I began to demonstrate how J was placing himself into submission to this entity he believed was his god. I presented a simple question which involved the use of his free will. J immediately went into prayer, asking for leading how to deal with this request. I pointed out he didn’t need to pray and to recognize who he was or had been praying to and that it was not God but a demon posing as God. I quoted James 3:16 For where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work.
Why I used this scripture was to show J what was in his life and why he lost the respect of his children why he had no real friends why people were shunning him why people could not carry on a sensible conversation as well why he seemed to be in a confused state at all times. The other thing I offered him to see was his inability to make a decision on his own, especially when it involved his free will. I showed him where he immediately went into prayer, asking for guidance, which was really not necessary.
I related the following information and exercise for J to follow over the next period of time to slowly break free from the grasp and dependency on praying for guidance. I showed J he needed to halt all information about spirituality before accepting it as truth. For J, it was a simple word “NO,” he had to learn how to say and take “NO” when any spiritual thoughts entered into his mind or conversation. I explained this was the first step to retaking control of his free will by preventing any form of information coming into that thought process. I related his next step was to stop all processing of data until he could move onto the next phase of deciphering who was providing the information. He was not to immediately pray nor without exception accept any thought process. The next step was to ask how the information pertained to his personal relationship with God, then ask if the info edified his walk. Third, did it edify the Lord the third stage was to determine who this information was from based on data from the first two? The final step once learned who was delivering info J would either accept as from Holy Spirit or reject from a false god. Each step was forcing j to use his free will gather information to take and place before the throne in prayer, asking for confirmation and edification in the spirit.
What I pointed out to J was each time he went to his free will, it was getting stronger and easier to use, just like exercising a muscle. As well he was gaining more and more control, pushing this entity further and further away from him by standing on truth instead of lies. What I was showing him was that once we put everything on hold and discern the information is from the Holy Spirit. Is why we are then to pray and place our concerns or questions and queries. For confirmation before the throne of God. I took him to Romans 8:26-28 v26. Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. v27. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Here is where I showed J his misunderstanding of Philippians 2:13 and how God’s will is applied to us as saints. v28. And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Currently, I am still working with J as this is an ongoing battle with the progress and freedoms of J’s free will won. However, there are more battles ahead as over time, many different lies deceptions and fiery darts have been put into place. Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 -1927 has described possibly seven other spirits operating as passivity. I see it as an Octopus with eight tentacles. Each one must be dealt with in like manner using J’s rejuvenated free will and polished faith. I will periodically put a testimony as it applies to future articles. This is an example of continuing to work out our Salvation, bringing our flesh into subjection who it is and what we are at war with. Again I welcome you to Fighting the first fight rescuing a lost soul from death. Thank you for your patience.
I want to close with Matthew Henry’s (1662 – 1774) comments on Romans 8:26 – 28. Because I feel he in his commentary is showing us just how much we need to learn about our walks and relationship with our Father Yehwah, the son Yeshua and our teacher and comforter the Holy Spirit. “Our weakness in prayer: 1). We know not what we should pray for as we ought. As to the matter of our requests, we know not what to ask. We are not competent judges of our own condition. Who knows what is good for a man in his life? (Ecclesiastes 6:12). We are short-sighted, and very much biased in favour of the flesh, and apt to separate the end from the way. You know not what you ask, (Matthew 20:22). We are like foolish children, that are ready to cry for fruit before it is ripe and fit for them to see (Luke 9:54,55). 2). As to the manner, we know not how to pray as we ought. It is not enough that we do that which is good, but we must do it well, seek in due order, and here we are often at a loss -graces are weak, affections cold, thoughts wandering, and it is not always easy to find the heart to pray. (2Samuel 7:27). The Apostle speaks of this in the first person: We know not. He puts himself among the rest. Folly, and weakness, and distraction in prayer are what all the saints are complaining of. If so great a saint knew not what to pray for, what little reason have we to go forth about that duty in our own strength!”
Satan sends this fiery dart of passivity towards the unsuspecting saint, knowing when it strikes its mark paralyzing this warrior preventing him from moving forward. He prevents the Holy Spirit from providing comfort teaching uplifting, and most of all, pray for God’s intervening will to be done. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) reveals what is being prevented by this fiery dart once in place. “The assistance which the Spirit gives us in that duty. He helps our infirmities, meant especially of our praying infirmities, which most easily beset us in that duty, against which the Spirit helps. The Spirit in the world helps many rules and promises there are in the word for our help. The Spirit in the heart helps, dwelling in us, working in us, as a part of grace and supplication, especially with respect to the infirmities we are under when we are in a suffering state when our faith is most apt to fail for this end the Holy Ghost was poured out. Helpeth heaves with us, over against us, help as we help one with that would lift up a burden, by lifting over against him at the other end – helps with us, that is, with us doing our endeavour, putting forth the strength we have. We must not sit still and expect that the Spirit should do all when the Spirit goes before us, we must bestir ourselves. We cannot without God, and he will not without us. What help? Why, the Spirit itself makes intercession for us, dictates our requests, indites our petitions, draws up our plea for us.
Here is the answer for those wounded spiritually by the fiery dart of passivity. As you break the bindings on your free will and then use it to discern the messages and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) further explains how we gain our complete freedoms from infirmities Christ intercedes for us in heaven, the Spirit intercedes for us in our hearts so graciously has God provided for the encouragement of the praying remnant. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for, as a sanctifying Spirit works and excites praying graces, as a comforting Spirit silences our fears, and helps us over all our discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all our desires and breathings towards God. Now this intercession which the Spirit makes is with groanings that cannot be uttered. The strength and fervency of those desires in which the Holy Spirit works are hereby intimated. There may be praying in the Spirit where there is not a word spoken as Moses prayed (Exodus 14:15) and Hannah (1Samuel 1:13). It is not the rhetoric and eloquence, but the faith and fervency of our prayers, that the spirit works, as an intercessor, in us.
The Spirit in the heart never contradicts the Spirit in the word. Those desires that are contrary to the will of God do not come from the Spirit. The Spirit interceding in us evermore melts our wills into the will of God. Not as I will, but as thou will.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father hear this prayer of thanks for the teachings for your servant to know the Holy Spirit and his workings as your personal messenger teacher, comforter, and interceder in your name. Give us the courage to receive him into our hearts, hear his words and work with the Father that we grow and continue to do your work. This I pray in Yeshua’s name Amen
Please remember these are the words of a humble servant doing the bidding of our Father. I would ask if you are being blessed by these articles pass them on to as many others as possible so they may be blessed and share their blessings as well.
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