The Enemy of God
George Kirkpatrick
 


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Today we live in a world where knowledge is king. Man has come to the place where everything must be understandable with the carnal mind. If man cannot figure it out he rejects it as not being possible. God must fit into their framework and mindset. The Apostle Paul must have known by the Spirit where man would fall to when he wrote to the church at Corinth:

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" Romans 11:33

The depth of God's wisdom, knowledge, judgments, and ways are past finding out. Carnal man has no conception of God's beauty, glory, or endless wealth. Solomon, who was given more wisdom than any man of his day, set out to understand the ways of God:

"And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Ecclesiastes 1:13-14

With all the wisdom God had given him, Solomon could only conclude that all the efforts of man to understand the ways of God are only vanity and vexation of spirit. The Lord revealed to the prophet Isaiah:

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

God's ways are not our ways. Neither does God think as man thinks. Man's thoughts are finite (limited). God's thoughts are infinite, (not limited). Man's mind is on the here and now. God's mind is on eternity: eternity past, eternity present, and eternity future. Time and space are no obstacle to God.

Man is limited by both time and space. Yet man continues in his quest of self-importance, self-exaltation, and self-rule, only accepting that which he can understand with his own mind. How foolish and self-centered man has become.

Man has come full circle, back to the tower of Babel. After the flood, man journeyed to the land of Shinar (Babylonia). There they decided to build a city and tower:

"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." Genesis 11:4

They did this for two reasons:

1       to make a name for themselves
2       to bind themselves together

How like man today. All their works are to make a name for themselves, and to have men follow them.

"And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let Us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." Genesis 11:6-7

God knew when man began to accomplish on his own, anything he imagined in his heart he could do. So God confused their language. The same is true today. Everything has become so technical. Only those of the same profession can understand the language of that profession. Computers must be programed with the same language, or they will not work with any other computer. The space program has its own special language. Words have been added to our language not even thought of a few years ago.

Simple things as automobiles, airplanes, and telephones have become so complicated, they can only be repaired with special computerized equipment and special skilled technicians. Our language has truly been confused.

Even the things of God have been complicated. The simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ has become so infiltrated with the precepts and doctrines of men, that it has become very difficult to distinguish truth from error. The prophet Jeremiah foretold the day in which we live:

"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13

Cisterns are designed to catch and hold rain water, or the water that comes down from heaven. Spiritually speaking, this is the Word of God. The church system has forsaken the living water of the Word, and have hewn out their own cisterns to hold their own precepts and doctrines. These are the two evils the people have committed against God. As Jeremiah proclaimed, these are "broken cisterns" that can hold no water.

Cisterns can become polluted very easily by surface water. This is the water that runs off the earth, picking up all the pollution that collects on its surface. Again, Spiritually speaking, the earth represents the flesh. It is the things of the flesh that have polluted the Word of God in the church system. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans also spoke of these evils:

"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Romans 10:3

The cvhurch system continues to drink from their broken cisterns, establishing their own righteousness. This has not, nor can it produce life. Until the people return to the fountain of living water, and submit themselves to the righteousness of God, they will continue to build their own cities and towers trying to reach God through their own efforts, and in the vanity of their own minds. As Paul wrote to Timothy:

"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:7

As we begin to understand more about our all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful God, we come to the knowledge of one thing; God has no natural enemies. Everything that exists, He created. And He retains power and control over His creation. Yet there are those who insist the devil has power outside of God.

Many believe the devil has power co-equal with God. This error has permeated the church and the thinking of many who are called by Christ's name. Many who sit in church blame all their problems and short comings on the devil. The devil has become their crutch because they refuse to walk the way God has chosen for them.

When chastisement comes many cry, "O woe is me! The devil is so mean to me!" When in reality, it is God trying to straighten up their walk. The writer of Hebrews has much to say on God's chastisement. Chastisement will bring us into a place where God can bless us. We are informed:

"Ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him:" Hebrews 12:5

Through God's Word, He has given us examples of His chastisements upon His chosen people. Job was a good example of God's chastisement. Eliphaz spoke these same words to Job in his distress:

"Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:" Job 5:17

Through further study of the book of Job, we discover twelve things in Job's life God had to correct before He could pour out His double portion blessing. [See "Job, the End Time Son" by George Kirkpatrick].

The book of Proverbs was written to all young men to bring wisdom into their lives. The All-wise Solomon admonished all the young men, and all who would read:

"My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction:  For whom the Lord loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom He delighteth." Proverbs 3:11

Many will teach God accepts us as we are, and this is true. What is not being taught is that God accepts us as we are so He can change us, to bring us again into the image and likeness of His original creation, perfect and complete in every aspect. The writer of Hebrews continues:

"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." Hebrews 12:6

We may not want to accept it as such, but this is a promise of God. This is one promise that must be fulfilled if we are to receive all God's promises. If we are going to be received of the Father, then chastisement and scourging is necessary in our lives. It all depends on us, how much chastisement and scourging is necessary to bring us into the place where God can pour out His double portion promise.

"If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?" Hebrews 12:7

When we receive chastening and scourging, God is dealing with us as sons. The Hebrew writer asked, "For what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?" God has no sons He has not taken through the chastening process. This again is a promise of God.

Many today refuse to accept chastisement from the Lord. When things get a little tough, they begin to confess, "Satan is being mean to me again". They blame satan for their circumstances. Again they need to study the book of Job. When they do they will come to the understanding that satan is a tool in the hand of God to bring His people into a place of blessing. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7

It is the overcomers who will inherit all things, not the overcome. It is the sons who will inherit, not the children who never come to maturity. Matthew recorded the words of Jesus:

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matthew 24:13

There is an enduring process we all must go through until the end, if we are going to be saved. The "go to the altar, get baptized, and you are home free" message so popular in the church today will not stand up in the Word of God. The writer of Hebrews made this very plain:

"But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." Hebrews 12:8

Those who refuse chastisement are counted as bastards. The word bastard means "not having a father". Many who sit in the church believe they are acceptable in the sight of God because of their church affiliation, their attendance record, their good works, and their giving. This means nothing unless they know and have a relationship with their heavenly Father. Bastards will not inherit because God does not treat them as sons, nor will they enter into the congregation of the true church, "the body of Christ". Under the old law...

". . .a bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord." Deuteronomy 23:2

Spiritually speaking, bastards will never enter into the congregation of the Lord. Those who know not their Father will never become part of the body of Christ. God does not desire to chasten His people. He prefers they change without chastisement. But he knows chastisement is necessary if He is going to have a church without spot or wrinkle, who will stand holy and blameless before His throne, Ephesians 5:27. The writer of Hebrews concludes:

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11

God's chastening is not pleasant, nor is it joyous, but we have God's promise that His chastisement and His scourging will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. This again is a promise of God. His promise to His sons is they will be inheritors of all things. A Psalmist wrote:

"Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of Thy law;" Psalm 94:12

We must be chastened if we are to learn God's ways and walk in His will. We need to learn to walk in God's law, not as ancient Israel who were put under the law of Moses because of their disobedience, but God's law of righteousness. This is His "Royal Law". James spoke of God's Royal Law:

"If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:" James 2:8

God's Royal Law is "Love thy neighbor as thyself". If mankind could learn God's Royal Law there would be no need for standing armies, law enforcements, lawyers, or judges. Man only needs these because they have forsaken God's ways. Man has chosen to go his own way, do his own thing, and then wonders why he is sick, living in fear, and destined for God's judgment.

The question running through most minds is, "Why do we need chastisement in our lives?" The answer is very simple: to destroy God's enemies in our lives. As was stated before, God has no natural enemies. Satan is not the enemy of God. His power was destroyed on the cross. All the demonic forces on earth are not God's enemy. The demonic forces are only enemies of unregenerate man. We have God's Word the demonic forces only have power and authority in those lives who give them place. Paul warned the Ephesians:

"Neither give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:27

When we talk about the devil or fear him, we are giving him place. When we allow the things of his kingdom to infiltrate our lives, we truly have given him place. The Apostle James gave us more wisdom concerning the demonic realm:

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

When we resist the devil, he will flee from us. We have God's Word on this. Many are not able to resist the devil because they are not submitted to God. Their minds are on everything else except the things of God. They don't know His Word, nor do they know their power in the Holy Ghost. Many have refused the Holy Spirit anointing in their lives, and because of this they live in defeat and fear. The devil has total access to their lives because they have given him place. They have no power to resist him or his demonic realm. [see "Pulling the Lion's Teeth" by G. Kirkpatrick]

What are the enemies God is trying to destroy in our lives through chastisement? Once we realize the enemies of God are resident in man's fleshly, carnal mind then we can begin to deal with them. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:6-7

The carnal mind is enmity against God. The word enmity means "hatred, enemy, foe, and hostile". It is the carnal mind that is the enemy of God. The word carnal is a very interesting word. Basically it means "flesh or fleshly mind". But the meaning of carnal goes much deeper. It also means "the sensuous nature of man, the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin; the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God".

Paul reveals, "...to be carnally minded is death...", because the carnal mind is not subject to the laws of God. What are the laws of God the carnal mind is not subject to? In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul wrote:

"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." II Corinthians 3:3

God has written His laws on the fleshly tables of the heart of those who have come to Christ (the Anointing). We do not follow the law He etched in stone for Moses and ancient Israel. The law God has written on our hearts is His Spiritual law. This is why Paul proclaimed, "to be Spiritually minded is life and peace".

Those who are carnally minded find it necessary to constantly justify and make excuses for their actions because their way is death. For them to continue in their carnality, they must entice others to follow their footsteps.

As we begin to recognize the carnal mind as God's enemy, we begin to view God's Word differently. We begin to read and apply it Spiritually. The question we need to ask ourselves is, "How do we deal with the carnal mind?" The mind is the heart of man. The mind controls all the functions of the body. As the All-wise Solomon wrote:

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" Proverbs 23:7

As a man thinks, so is he. If his thoughts are carnal, fleshly, and sensual, his way is death. If his heart is on God and the things of God, he is promised perfect peace and eternal life, Isaiah 26:3. Jesus informed us:

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

What man thinks is what comes out of his mouth. What he thinks on also dictates his actions. If a man has a carnal mind, his carnality shows in everything he says and does. If his mind is on Spiritual things, then the same is true. With the Spiritually minded, all he says and does will bring glory to the Father. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul gave us insight into dealing with the carnal mind:

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." Romans 2:28-29

Spiritually speaking, Paul was speaking not of the circumcision that is outward in the flesh, but rather the circumcision that is in the heart and spirit of man. God gave circumcision to His ancient people Israel as a sign of the covenant He made with Abraham, Genesis 17:11. Israel was to take all male children on their eighth day after birth and cut off the foreskin of their reproductive organ. This was to display to all the world God had chosen Israel to be His people, and He was their head or King. There was a stiff penalty for all those who were not circumcised to keep God's covenant:

"And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant." Genesis 17:14

Any Israelite who was not circumcised was cut off from his people. The uncircumcised were cast out, no longer considered a part of Israel. When Israel was ready to enter into their promise land, God dealt again with Israel in circumcision:

"At that time the Lord said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time." Joshua 5:2

As we study the Scriptures we discover Israel did not circumcise their children during their wilderness journey. So before any could enter into their promise land all had to be circumcised. Those who were circumcised in Egypt before the Exodus had to be circumcised again.

"And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins." Joshua 5:3

As we view what God is revealing to us through Spiritual eyes, we come to the understanding that before we as God's people can enter our promise land the Kingdom of God, all must be circumcised again. As Paul wrote, all flesh must be removed from our hearts (minds) and spirit, so there is no flesh hindering the headship of Christ in our lives.

The Jews still circumcise their children on the eighth day as a religious act. We need to consider circumcision as a Spiritual act. This is when we allow the Holy Spirit anointing to have free access to remove all carnality from our minds. Then our thoughts, our actions, and our whole being will bring glory to the Father.

When man's heart and spirit are not circumcised (that is to say to have all flesh removed) then the carnal mind becomes the enemy of God. How do we recognize the carnal mind? Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" I Corinthians 3:3

When we witness envying, strife, and division in man's life or in the church, it is because they have not dealt with the carnal mind. They remain as carnal man. Today in the church we witness so much division, strife, and contention, we wonder what is holding back God's total judgment on those who have perverted His message to His people. In his same letter to the Corinthians, Paul declared:

"That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another." I Corinthians 12:25

The word schism means "division and dissension". It becomes easy to understand why God inspired Paul to write, "The carnal mind is enmity against God", Romans 8:7. The carnal mind must be circumcised. How can this process take place? Paul revealed the secret to the church at Rome:

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

We are not to conform to this world. Yet the world and the world governments demand complete obedience to their will and their way. They hold God's people in fear by threats and intimidations. They can accomplish this because God's people have not had a renewing of their minds. Their minds can only be renewed by the anointed Word of God.

As we continue to read Paul's word to the church at Corinth, he states:

"So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." Romans 8:8

Those who continue in their fleshly thinking, only thinking of themselves, cannot be pleasing to God. Their selfishness, self-rule, and self-designed ways of life also become God's enemy. The flesh only serves self. This leads to spiritual death in the sight of God because the flesh has not been circumcised from the heart and spirit of man. He has allowed his flesh to become God's enemy. Paul wrote to the church of Galatia:

"They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24

If we are to be pleasing in the sight of God, then the affections and lusts of the flesh must be crucified. The word affections means "passions". We must crucify our passions if we are to be pleasing to God. If we are to be pleasing to God we must also crucify our lust. The beloved John wrote:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:15-16

Those who love the things of the world are devoid of the love of God. They are filled with lust for all the things of this life. Their flesh lusteth, their eye lusteth, and they are filled with pride in their own accomplishments. When someone is confronted about their lusts, their immediate reply is generally, "These are from the devil". Blaming the devil for all man's weaknesses is a crutch most will use instead of dealing with their problem. The Apostle James took away this crutch when he proclaimed:

"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." James 1:14

The devil has nothing to do with man's lust. Man lusts because he has not crucified his fleshly desires. Man is tempted when he is drawn away from the things of God by his own lust. Lust comes from the carnal, worldly, sensual mind that has not been dealt with. When man is drawn away of his own lust, then he is enticed. The word enticed means "trapped". The carnally minded are trapped by their own lust. The lust of the flesh is one of the hardest things to overcome.

Lust generally starts with the lust of the eye. The lust of the eye inspires the lust of the flesh. The apostle James revealed to those who are trapped by the lust of the flesh:

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4

Being a friend of the world makes us the enemy of God. James made reference to adulterers and adulteresses. These are married people who have allowed the lust of the flesh to jeopardize their marriage and ruin their relationship with their God. What a high price to pay because of their lack of control in their Spiritual walk. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Romans 8:5

When man is minding the things of the flesh, the Spirit of God has no access in his life. The enemy of God, the fleshly mind, will have been given full control of every activity of that life. The fleshly mind exalts itself. The Spiritual mind humbles itself because the Spiritual mind has God as supreme.

The fleshly mind has self and self-will as supreme. The fleshly mind always wants others to agree with, and follow them. This is what holds man's religious system together. When you disagree with one of their doctrines or precepts you must change your mind, or be treated as a trouble maker; and if you do not repent or recant you will be asked to leave. The carnal, fleshly mind cannot be challenged. It is controlled by a religious spirit Paul warns against this in his letter to the church at Colossi:

"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." Colossians 2:18

"...Let no man beguile you..." The word beguile means "to decide as an umpire, to defraud you of the prize of victory". Paul warns us not to give any man authority in our lives, to defraud us of our victory (reward) in God.

"...In a voluntary humility..." Voluntary humility is self-abasement. In other words, it is telling people how humble you are, instead of being humble in your mind. The fleshly mind cannot humble itself. It must be brought under the control of the Holy Spirit anointing, only doing and saying as the Spirit directs.

"...and worshiping of angels..." The word worshiping in this context means "external religious worship through ceremonies and religious discipline". Paul is addressing those who are held in religious bondage through man's religious system.

The word Paul used for angels is the Greek word AGGELOS and is translated "messengers". Paul wrote to the church at Colossi to warn them about the worshiping of angels. He was not referring to God's heavenly Spiritual beings. He was referring to those who are sent as messengers from their denominational headquarters, trained in the ways of their denominational orders to be their messengers unto their people. God's warning to us is clear. We are not to hold those man has sent to be their messengers to their people in reverential awe. This honor is reserved for God alone. God's people are not to submit themselves to external form worship, nor are they to listen to those who can only expound religious doctrine. Paul continues,

"...Intruding into those thing which he hath not seen..." The word intruding means "to go into detail" about something they have not seen. Here Paul is warning against operating your life on another man's vision which they have only said they have seen. The prophet Ezekiel warns us also against this same error:

"Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing." Ezekiel 13:2-3

Today there are many so-called prophets and groups of prophets who are prophesying out of their own heart. They attempt to forecast the future by their carnal understanding of God's Spiritual Word. These prophesy out of their own spirit, and not by the Spirit of God. To these prophets, the Prophet Ezekiel proclaims, "Woe unto them".

Yet many today are held in bondage because they listen to these men. These claim to have seen visions and heard wonderful things from God. But they have not seen visions, nor heard God's voice. Many have chosen to believe these men instead of taking the time and putting forth the effort to check out their words. Every vision given, and every word spoken must line up with the Word of God. One thing we must be sure of, God does not speak anything that cannot be confirmed in His Word.

Paul says these men are vainly puffed up in their fleshly minds. The word vainly means "without success or purpose". The phrase puffed up means "to inflate or swell up, to make proud". Man stands proud, thinking because they have been accepted to stand and teach before God's people, they are high and lifted up in the sight of God. In reality they are high and lifted up in themselves. As Paul relates, "...puffed up in their fleshly minds...".

It becomes easy to understand why the fleshly mind is the enemy of God. It is the fleshly mind that makes us a friend of the world and an enemy of God. So what is God's enemy? God's only enemy is the carnal, fleshly mind that controls our flesh. It is our carnality that makes us desire the things of the world instead of the things of God.

The Power of the Risen, Glorified Christ

Jesus proclaimed for all to read and believe:

"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18

Jesus spoke this after His resurrection, as the risen glorified Christ. He proclaimed all power is given Him in heaven and in earth. Heaven is the Spiritual realm. All power belongs to Christ Jesus in the Spiritual realm. Satan can only act as He is given permission to act by our heavenly Father.

We, too, can receive the power to overcome the enemy. Jesus spoke to the seventy when they returned:

"And He said unto them, I beheld satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:18-19

We have been given power over serpents and scorpions. This is satan and his whole demonic realm. We need to come to the understanding that satan has no power except the power we give him. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus:

"Neither give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:27

The word Paul used for place means "opportunity, power, or occasion to act". When we give the spirit of darkness opportunity, power, or occasion to act in our lives, then we have give him power. The Apostle James informed us:

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

God has promised if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. This statement would appear to be knowledge in its simplest form, but James qualifies how we can resist the devil. First we must be submitted to God. If we are not totally submitted to God, then we cannot be empowered by the Holy Spirit to have the power to resist. Those who are not submitted totally to God have given place to the devil, and he will make their lives totally miserable.

Jesus was not only given all power in the heavenly (Spiritual) realm, He was also given all power in the earthly, fleshly realm. He can only operate in our flesh realm as we become submitted to Him. We must allow the Holy Spirit anointing to have complete control of our thought processes. We must take the time to be quiet and hear the voice of God. We must also seek Him in every situation. When we come to this place, then God's enemy, the carnal mind will be defeated.

When we overcome the carnal, fleshly mind, and allow God to have total access to our lives, then we will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to become His Christs in the earth.

His Christs in the Earth Today

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth gives us much insight into what God expects of His Christs, His anointed ones in the earth:

"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." I Corinthians 15:23

Those who live in this hour who have put on the mind of Christ will be the Christs, or the anointed ones, at His coming.

"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." I Corinthians 15:24

Paul is revealing the end of the age when the Kingdom is delivered into the hand of God by His people, His faithful messengers. John, on the Isle of Patmos, proclaimed that day:

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15

The Kingdom of God is coming upon the earth. God is in the process of preparing a people who will rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom in His one thousand millennial reign. Those who are prepared in this hour will be part of God's ruling and reigning force.

For years the church has proclaimed the imminent return of Jesus to set up His Kingdom. But before this can happen, the enemies of God must be destroyed in our lives. Once we recognize God's enemies as the carnal mind, our fleshly desires, and our worldly lust, we can destroy these enemies. King David spoke of putting all God's enemies under His footstool:

"The Lord said unto My Lord, Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool." Psalm 110:1

David stated, "The Lord said unto My Lord". When David spoke this he used two different words for the word Lord. When he wrote LORD, it was the word Jehovah. When he used the phrase My Lord, he used the Hebrew word ADOWN. This term usually refers to man who has power or authority over man or property. Jehovah said, Sit thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. There is only one person who the Father proclaimed would sit on His right hand. Many Scriptures proclaim who David was proclaiming would sit on the right hand of God. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." Romans 8:34

To the Ephesians Paul wrote:

"Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places," Ephesians 1:20

The writer of Hebrews wrote much about this same subject:

"Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" Hebrews 1:3

"But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" Hebrews 10:2

"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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

More Scriptures proclaim this same truth. When David stated the Lord (Jehovah) said unto My Lord, He was not speaking of Jesus in the flesh, He was speaking of the risen, glorified Christ who was given all power in heaven and in earth. The Apostle Peter was given the keys of the Kingdom. He declared, speaking of the risen, glorified Christ:

"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him." I Peter 3:22

The angels, authorities, and powers are all made subject to the risen, glorified Christ. There is no power or authority greater than His in the Spiritual realm or the flesh realm. In David's words, the risen, glorified Christ will sit on the right hand of the Father until all His enemies are made His footstool.

The word footstool means "to bring or gain complete victory over". The term comes from ancient customs. When they conquered or were victorious over their enemies, they placed their foot on the necks of the conquered enemy. This was a sign of their total victory over their enemy. The same is true in our lives. When we gain the victory over the carnal mind, the fleshly desires, and the worldly lusts, we will place them victoriously under the feet of our risen, glorified Christ. This is when we have allowed Him to be completely victorious in our lives. Jesus quoted David's words when speaking to the Pharisees. Jesus asked:

"What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He? They say unto Him, The son of David.

He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying,  The Lord said unto My Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Matthew 22:42-44

We understand by Jesus' words that when David spoke, he spoke by the Spirit. When Jesus spoke He also spoke by the Spirit. When Jesus spoke exactly the same words as David, He only used one word for Lord, it was the Greek word KURIOS. Kurios was translated 722 times as Lord, and means "in complete control and power, the owner of a person or thing". When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, He was not speaking of His fleshly existence, He was speaking of His risen, glorified position when He would have all power, authority, and rule. Just before Jesus went to the cross, Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was:

"O Father, glorify thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5

Jesus had the glory of the Father before He came to earth to dwell in the flesh for thirty-three and one-half years. Jesus' prayer was answered and He regained the glory of the Father after His resurrection.

As Paul proclaimed, the risen, glorified Christ is now making intercession for us. Those who are looking for Jesus' soon return need to read the words of Paul to the church at Corinth:

"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet." I Corinthians 15:24-25

We have come to the end of the age when God is about to bring in His Kingdom Age. In order for Him to bring in His Kingdom Age, all self-rule, all godless authority, and all the power of the carnal mind must be brought under the control of the Christ anointing in our lives.

Many ask, "When will Christ return?" The answer is very simple. He will reign in the Spiritual realm until all His enemies residing in His chosen people have been put under His feet, and He has gained total victory in their lives. When we gain the victory over the carnal mind, then our way of thinking will change, and we will put on the mind of Christ. Paul spoke of this victory in his letter to the church at Colossi:

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." Colossians 3:1-4

When we gain the victory Christ planned for us through His glorious resurrection, it is then we will appear in His glory. It is then we can take our rightful place in His Kingdom. When we have gained the victory in our earth, then God will give us rule over all the earth in His Kingdom Age. It is during this time man will overcome his final enemy. Paul disclosed this enemy to the church at Corinth:

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death". I Corinthians 15:26

Paul spoke of a change that would take place in God's chosen people at the last trump, or at the end of the Great Tribulation. This change will come in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Speaking of our earthly body, Paul wrote:

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory." I Corinthians 15:53-55

The word corruptible means "will rot or perish in the grave". The word mortal means "subject to death". God has promised us immortality in an incorruptible body. Most believe, or have been taught, eternity is in a place called heaven. Eternity will dwell within us when we allow the Holy Spirit anointing to have complete control in our lives. There is no eternity in the flesh. Eternity only exists in the Spirit.

When we allow the Spirit of life to consume our old life, beginning with the carnal mind, then we will know the reality of the Scripture when Paul wrote, "Death is swallowed up in victory". God is dealing with His enemies in each of His chosen vessels. Our thinking must change to where we are willing to submit with our whole heart to His correction and His will. Only then will His glory become evident in our lives.

The Apostle Peter gave all who would hear God's plan for the future. Speaking of the risen, glorified Christ, Peter proclaimed:

"Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began." Acts 3:21

Jesus will remain in the Spiritual realm until all His enemies are put under His footstool. This is the time of "Restitution" the prophets have declared since the world began. We live in the day we can witness this coming to pass. We need to allow God to destroy all His enemies in each of our lives. Amen!


For Further Discussion

The Confusion of Babel
Contaminated Cisterns
The Church's Crutch
Chastisement and Correction
Overcomers
God's Royal Law
God's Enemy, The Carnal Mind
Circumcised hearts
Renewed Minds
The Lust of the Flesh
The Lust of the Eyes
The Pride of Life
Unfaithful Messengers
Christs in the Earth Today
God's Faithful Messengers
The Power of the Risen Christ
God's Day of Restitution


Questions

1.Cisterns are designed to catch and hold rain water, or the water that comes down from heaven. Spiritually speaking what is this water that comes down from heaven?
2.What is necessary in our lives to be received by the Father?
3.Who will inherit all things?
4.If we are to learn God's ways and walk in His will, what must we be?
5.What is God's Royal Law?
6.What is enmity against God?
7.What does it mean to be carnally minded?
8.What does it mean to be Spiritually minded?
9.What happened to an Israelite who was not circumcised?
10.Define the following:
schism
corruptible
mortal
11.The flesh only serves what?
12.What has become a crutch for today's church?
13.Finish this scripture, "Neither give place to the ." Ephesians 4:27
14.What glorious happening is coming upon the earth? Revelation 11:15
15.What does the word footstool mean and what was it a sign of?
16.When we gain the victory over the carnal mind, the fleshly desires, and the worldly lust, where will we place them?
17.Eternity will only dwell within us when we allow the to have complete control in our lives
18.When will Christ return?
19.When will we know the reality of the Scripture Paul wrote "Death is swallowed up in victory"?
20.Are you allowing God to destroy all His enemies in your life?
The Enemies of God Answer Key
1.Cisterns are designed to catch and hold rain water, or the water that comes down from heaven. Spiritually speaking what is this water that comes down from heaven?
The Word of God
2.What is necessary in our lives to be received by the Father?
Chastisement and scourging is necessary in our lives to be received of the Father
3.Who will inherit all things?
The overcomers, not the overcome
4.If we are to learn God's ways and walk in His will, what must we be?
We must allow God's Royal Law to chastise us.
5.What is God's Royal Law?
"Love thy neighbor as thyself"
6.What is enmity against God?
The carnal mind
7.What does it mean to be carnally minded?
constantly justify and make excuses for our actions
8.What does it mean to be Spiritually minded?
to have life and peace
9.What happened to an Israelite who was not circumcised?
Any Israelite who was not circumcised was cut off from his people.
10.Define the following:
schism division and dissension
corruptible will rot or perish in the grave
mortal subject to death
11.The flesh only serves what?
Self
12.What has become a crutch for today's church?
Blaming the devil for all man's weaknesses is a crutch most will use instead of dealing with their problem
13.Finish this scripture, "Neither give place to the ." Ephesians 4:27
devil
14.What glorious happening is coming upon the earth? Revelation 11:15
The Kingdom of God
15.What does the word footstool mean and what was it a sign of?
"to bring or gain complete victory over"
total victory over their enemy
16.When we gain the victory over the carnal mind, the fleshly desires, and the worldly lust, where will we place them?
Under the risen, glorified Christ's feet
17.Eternity will only dwell within us when we allow the to have complete control in our lives
18.When will Christ return?
He will reign in the Spiritual realm until all His enemies residing in His chosen people have been put under His feet, and He has gained total victory in their lives.
19.When will we know the reality of the Scripture Paul wrote "Death is swallowed up in victory"?
When we allow the Spirit of life to consume our old life, beginning with the carnal mind
20.Are you allowing God to destroy all His enemies in your life?


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