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Here is what to expect in the book: The premise is that Christ gave us another huge commandment—the eleventh. He said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). This commandment has been hiding from us in plain sight. But in it He commands us to do something that is impossible for most people—to love like Christ and in so doing to be like Christ. Nobody believes that anyone can actually do that.
Because of its difficulty, the Spirit has given us many easier to obey imperatives. Like, “Forgive.” That is something we can accomplish. Forgiving is a facet of loving each other the way that Christ loved us. God’s love flows through us when we forgive another. This helps us to obey Christ’s eleventh commandment. Christ forgave us; now we, to be like Him, forgive each other.
The book shares a dozen of these easier-to-obey commandments, like “put on the armor of God” and pray like Christ prayed, to name a few. This is how we fulfill God’s purpose in us, which is this: God is reproducing Himself—in us.
Order your copy now of this Spirit inspired knowledge. May He bless you on your journey back to His heart. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
How far down the rabbit hole are you willing to go to know your God and Savior? I mean to really know Him. Not just know about Him, but to know Him. Knowing Him is knowing what He knows. It is knowing Him that is from the beginning. It is not like knowing your best friend. Friends can betray you. He cannot. I am talking about you knowing Him so well that He invites you to sit beside Him on His throne, a viceroy and confidant of the King.
How can this grandiose vision ever be? Only those who overcome all things will know Him this intimately. And those overcomers that Christ speaks of will do what it takes. They will squeeze down that rabbit hole and go deeper in order to find what is necessary “to know Him and the power of His resurrection.” The ones that He has chosen are His elect; that is what “elect” means.
Am I one of the chosen ones, someone will ask. If you are, there will be an unquenchable thirst for the water from heaven. You will “dig deep and lay the foundation on a rock” (Luke 6:47-49). You will seek the truth, and you will find it, and you will study it out with a passion.
Only they will get a dinner invitation to dine with the Creator Himself. To know Him as He really is, to sit at His feet after dinner and ask Him a question that you have always wanted to know about life in His universe. That is possible for you and me. But we must overcome some things before that takes place. [It is a good sign if you are still reading.]
The overcomers. But overcome what? You have to go down a little deeper for this to crystalize. Going deeper is to sell all. To sell out. To count everything that you could gain in this world as “dung” that “you may win Christ.” The apostle Paul knew that his life prior to the happening on the road to Damascus amounted to nothing. Our old lives are a mere chasing the wind, a blink of vanity with an expiration date that looms larger the older we grow. All of our earthly works are but dust and rubble.
But we are destined for much greater things in Him. We are talking about a chance of being anointed. Who got anointed back in the biblical days? Kings. And the spiritual anointing oil that is used is the truth, the truth of who the Father/Son is.
Christ Tests Us
I am still talking about overcoming. Before Christ anoints us, He tests us to see if we are up for the task of ruling this earth. He mentions this overcoming in Rev. 3:21. “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.” There it is. If you want to go all the way with Him, you have got to study out what to overcome. Don’t pass over what the Spirit is sharing with us now. This knowledge is rare; we won’t get it by passively listening to some words about Christ in a church house somewhere. If we want to “reign with Him,” we have got to get serious about His words. Stay with Him, and He will show us what to overcome.
Overcome what exactly? We must go back seven verses for the answer. This message is to those in Laodicea, which means “laity deceived.” This is our church age. Wholesale deception pervades the airwaves here in the 21st Century.
Christ is speaking to us Christians today. “I know your works” (v. 15). Your works. You are doing your works, not My works, which are done by My Spirit of truth. What you are doing in your worship of Me is lukewarm; it is neither cold nor hot. Why? Because it is your works, full of man’s wisdom. Your works are based in man’s interpretations and imaginations about how they think that I want to be worshipped. To worship Me, it must be in Spirit and in truth. No falsehoods present.
He says that self-proclaimed followers of Christ are lukewarm, and He will spue them out of His mouth” (v. 16). If they do not take to heart this message of His, then they will be rejected by Him for higher service and the closer walk with Him that He desires for them. They won’t make it to the throne.
And why will He spue them out? “Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (v. 17). He is talking about the spiritual here, not the material. We see the spiritual in the “lukewarm” statement. They are neither hot nor cold. He was not talking about the weather.
So in that same flow, Christ exposes the things that modern church goers do. They think that they are rich. They say that they already have the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit and that they already are born again and filled with the Spirit. They still sin, mind you, but they don’t want anything “new,” or “different.” Therefore, they say that they “have need of nothing.” They think that they already have all they need. They are unteachable. Most all denominations believe that they have the truth–nobody else. Question: Do we honestly think that we are baptized and filled with the Spirit of truth when we have so many erroneous errors guiding our worship. [I know that this is a sharp sword for some, but hang in there. He chastens those He loves.]
Christ exposes this prideful state of the church in our day. He says, “You don’t know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (v. 17). Christ speaks this with mercy, for He outlines next just how to repent of this lukewarmness and pride. He counsels us to buy of Him gold tried in the fire, white raiment, and eyesalve that we may see. Doing these three things is how we overcome.
Christ says this: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (v. 19). When we buy something, it costs us something. We are to buy gold, white raiment, and eyesalve. To buy these three spiritual things, we must sell our old Christian traditions, our old conceptions of the Godhead, and the doctrines of men. These old leaven concepts are what we must overcome.
He is at the door of our hearts; He is knocking. He wants us to know Him. If we open the door, He will come in and have dinner with us (v. 20).
And here’s the next step. “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne (v. 21). This is His promise to the overcomers. What would prohibit someone of pursuing this promise? Unbelief.
[Below are some links to articles that further elucidates these points]
You may be spiritually hurting right now. You are seeing deeper into God’s plan and purpose and you love it, and you try to share it with your family and friends, and try as you might, you just can’t seem to win your family members over. It’s a struggle as they seem to thwart you at every turn. It’s bad enough that the world, in general, is resistant to the truth. But your own family, too?
Many of you are sparring with spirits in your own house. They withstand you and plague you with worldly thoughts, tempting you away from thoughts of Christ and His righteousness and ways.
“Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (I Pet. 4:12-14) Rather, rejoice. You are “partakers of Christ’s sufferings.”
Our sufferings are His because we are His. He knows that we are going through anguish with the unbelievers in our family. That wayward son or daughter, that wife or husband who resents us when we speak of Him, that uncle or aunt, or cousin or friend—all these He has in our world for us to overcome. Don’t we know—we’ve all read it I am sure—that a “man’s foes shall be they of his own household”?
He is come to send a sword onto the earth, not peace. This war is raging in our own families. Christ is “come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother (Matt. 10: 34-36).
He Is Sending A Sword
Christ says that He sends a sword, which symbolizes war, conflict, confusion, desperation, fear, dread, frustration, tears (v. 34). And then the very next breath He sets a spiritual war in the hearts and minds of us and our family and loved ones. The fight and struggle that we must endure is on the battlefield of our homes. Period. In this battle, the sword He brings will slice away our selfishness.
The apostles warn us of the sword that Christ will send to us. First, we are not fighting or wrestling with the flesh and blood of our family members. We are battling spirits. We are pitted against powers that God has ordained for us to overcome—for our spiritual growth. God has created that family member or friend to come against you. Remember, His purpose is to reproduce Himself in us. He is Love. He loves your family member who is your enemy. And we should, too.
So He commands us to “love your enemies. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Our enemies are not in Washington, D.C. or Moscow. Our enemies are those close to us dwelling in our house or close by. When their actions and words break your heart, this is the golden opportunity to forgive them. The struggle is not with them. It is in ourselves. Will we love and forgive them, thereby expressing agape love? Or will we remain the victim of a selfish hardness?
Someone is saying “How can I do this? How do I love my family member who has tried to shipwreck my faith so many times? How do I do it?
You ask Yahweh, the God that King David served. Study the story of how his son, Absalom, betrayed him in an attempt to steal the crown from David’s head. Study David’s response, and you will understand why he was so loved by Yahweh and why David was considered “a man after God’s own heart.” Read of David’s heartbreak and then his love for Yahweh expressed through his heart and lips (II Samuel 19).
The poet and prophet wrote of this trial in Psalm 41:9. Though heartbreaking for David, the betrayal of his son Absalom helped develop God’s Spirit in David’s heart. Your trials brought to you to overcome by your Father, will do the same, as we call on God with a humbled heart.
Knowledge is the first thing–knowing who the real enemy is. Then it is loving and forgiving them with Christ’s Spirit emanating out of your heart. This is part of fulfilling God’s purpose of reproducing Himself in us. Agape love is growing, and this gives us the victory.
If we are to ever understand why this pandemic has swept the globe, we must see it through God’s eyes. The word “pandemic” is not in the Bible, but “pestilence” and “plague” are. We Christians must search out the causes and effects of our current pandemic. As we dig deep, we discover that Yahweh, the Hebrew God uses pestilences and plagues in His plan. Why?
As I ponder this viral crisis, other questions arise. Where are the overcomers for these last days? Where are the Jeremiahs and Daniels of today? Where are the latter rain apostles who will do the “greater works” that Christ promised they would do, even greater miracles than what Christ did (John 14:12)?
And then I thought of the pandemic that we have all been going through, how it has robbed our joy by spreading fear of death and fear of the other. Our shared experience…