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Resist the Devil by Thinking God’s Thoughts

On our sojourn to the Eternal City, the New Jerusalem, we are to overcome many road blocks and hazards along the way. These are imposed and green lighted by our Father. He knows that our struggles against our adversary Satan will strengthen and fortify us and prepare us for kingship, which is His plan and purpose, after all.

God has authorized us to overcome Satan. He said, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Before we came to Christ, we were children of selfish darkness. We overcame the sin in our lives by coming to the cross and letting our old sinful self be “crucified with Christ.” And by belief in His literal bodily resurrection, He has raised us up to spiritually walk in “a newness of life.” HalleluYah! A wonderful freedom!

But that is only the first few steps of our walk with God. Satan is still around, trying to invade our minds with improper thoughts. He still “comes against us” by trying to direct our thoughts into retaining false concepts. Therefore, we are encouraged to “bring every thought into captivity unto obedience unto Christ.”

Those called and chosen are locked into a battle of the minds. Will we conquer, defeat and destroy every thought that comes against God’s plan? Will we search and destroy the vestiges of the carnal mind within us? When we receive Christ’s Spirit, we receive a new spiritual beginning. But in the Holy Land of our minds, thought-nations reside; they must be destroyed like Joshua and the Israelites were directed by God.

These are selfish little thought-nations; they are fearful little cowards that say, “The giants are too big. We cannot be like Christ. Nobody can.” These dastardly little beliefs have remained in the Holy Land of our minds, and they must be conquered and annihilated. We are to “bring every thought into captivity.” Studying His word will give us the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and will enable us to do battle.

There is a fight, a war that is waged against Satan. Much war imagery is used by the early apostles to describe what we are going through. But it is this very struggle with evil that strengthens us spiritually. We grow as we overcome Satan and the negativity that pervades his agenda.

In the parable of the tares, if the workers pulled up the tares, which are the evil ones, it would root up the good wheat and disturb their growth. So the Lord of the harvest told His servants to not gather up the tares. “Let both grow until the time of the harvest.” The children of God need to grow in the presence of the evil ones. Prematurely up-rooting them would impede the spiritual growth of the elect. This is why in God’s plan that evildoers inexplicably prosper while the righteous suffer. It is because the wheat needs the evil ones in order to grow and overcome and become stronger. The children of God have to suffer at the hands of the evil ones. These are the sufferings of Christ—our temptations and over comings (Matt. 13: 24-30, 36-43).

This is what helps us to grow as we overcome. The sons of God, the elect, need things to forgive so that His divine nature can mature within us. We need battles to win. We need the sick to heal and the dead to raise. By overcoming Satan, we grow into the manifested sons and daughters of God.

So how do we overcome the devil and all his wiles? First we have to learn just who and what he is. We need to know his purpose and the source of his power. And through our entire enquiry, let us remember that his power has limits. Why? Since Satan flees from us when we resist him, then he does not have unlimited power. Righteous resistance thwarts his attacks.

And God has provided us a way to resist. It is clear cut and to the point. The Spirit writing through His apostle Paul tells us to put on the armor of God. “Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Eph. 6:13-18 NASB). We resist the devil by arming ourselves with “the same mind that was in Christ” (I Peter 4: 1). When meditated upon, the armor fills our mind with the same thoughts that Christ our example thought upon. The literal armor represents aspects of God’s vision and plan to fulfill His purpose. His armor is spiritual, clothed in thoughts—Christ’s thoughts. As we exercise all aspects of the armor, we will resist the devil by standing against him and for God.

The devil works through our mind. We are, after all, led by our thoughts. We then must repent of our old thoughts and think God’s thoughts. The armor of God is an array of His thoughts, likened to parts of armor, both offensive and defensive. Thinking these thoughts allow us to resist the devil: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and prayer. But they must be free from old leaven teachings in order to be effective.

To more efficiently fight Satan, we need to know just who he is and for what purpose the Creator has loosed him on the earth.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Obeying Christ’s New Commandments Answers our Prayers

For instance, we might be praying for Robert. “God, please help him. I am troubled about him. He’s going through a lot right now. Would you help him, Father? Please bless him…”

We want God to answer our prayer. But our perception of where God answers from, and how He answers is askew. We think that our Father is separate from us, that He is apart, like our earthly father is. By our words to God, in our prayer we approach Him as if He is an entity that is away from us. Like we are here standing on earth, and He is far away in the heavens somewhere.

Conversely, when we receive the Spirit of truth within us, we now have our Father inside of us, inside our hearts. The Father “is a Spirit,” and “God is love.” When we obey Christ’s New Commandments, the Father loves through us. Obeying His New Commandments exercises His love, thus manifesting God in human form once again, and thus fulfilling His purpose of reproducing Himself—Agape Love.

How Does This Work?

The answer to our prayer for Robert lies in obeying the New Commandments. The answer to the prayer above is answered in the application of agape love through keeping the New Commandments. Christ commanded us to forgive. Let’s say that Robert has rejected our witness to him in the past. So we now forgive Robert. We don’t judge him. We wipe the slate clean through the power God has given us. Christ commanded us to “give.” So we give to Robert—our time, our acceptance, our help, money. Like the Good Samaritan we offer our assistance to Robert and help him.

The point: Obeying the New Commandments exercises the Spirit within us. It takes agape love to forgive. Many think that receiving the Holy Spirit in their lives is for them to have joy and peace. No. We are to be channels of the Father’s love, conduits of the Spirit’s care and mercy. It is all for Him and others. One of Christ’s commandments is “Pray for them who spitefully use you.”

The Spirit of truth is the answer to all prayers and all our problems. For it is the Spirit within us that obeys Christ’s New Commandments. When they are obeyed, the Spirit within us is doing it. The answer to our prayers is the Spirit inside us. God answers prayer by His Spirit within us forgiving, giving, not judging, believing in the meaning of His name, abiding. This is how agape love is formed within us; this is how God grows inside us unto the “fullness of Christ,” unto the “manifestation of the sons [and daughters] of God.” Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Royal Destiny of God’s Elect. It explores God’s vision for us, to be kings with Christ and how He will use us to reproduce His nature of Love.

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“Yahshua”–Believing in the Meaning of His Name

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The  disciples are looking up into the serene face of the risen Savior.  They have been with him for forty days now—witnessing the glory in His every word and movement.  He has taught them precious things “pertaining to the kingdom of God.”  He has also instructed them to stay in Jerusalem and “wait for the promise of the Father.”  He has told them to wait for a spiritual baptism in which they will be immersed in God’s very own Spirit.  No water like John’s baptism—this time the power from on high will come upon them.

This promise to them must have been difficult to believe because instead of asking questions about it, they ask a question concerning the kingdom.  Thinking He was talking about a political government, they ask, “Wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”

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The Sovereignty of God and the Addition of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

When we really believe that the Creator of the Universe, our Father, is in complete control of every one of the human beings that He has created, it takes the burden off of us. We have been told that life on earth is a complete train wreck, an Edenic experiment gone terribly wrong. But the scriptures of truth say that “He does all things well.” God did not make a miscalculation in the Garden of Eden. Things went down just like He planned it. When we believe this, we do not feel the need to go out there and take personal responsibility to make sure that every person in the world “gets saved” before it is too late. That is such a heavy burden.

But Christ said that His “burden is light.” When we truly believe that the Father is in control and that everything is going according to His plan and purpose, then the burden becomes much lighter. There was a hit song back in 1957 called, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” It  was #1 on the top 40 songs of the nation. (This shows us how far U.S. culture has slidden toward the pit). It is all in His hands. “He’s got you and me, brother, in His hands. He’s got you and me, sister, in His hands…”

It is not that we do not care about the lost. We, the elect of God, indeed do. But God has not given us a mandate at this time to save every person that we meet. Many “on fire” Christians tear out with evangelistic fervor, literally huffing and puffing, and they burn themselves out. They seek for numbers of souls brought to Christ, thinking that without their effort, the lost will stay lost. “So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy.” And who gets the mercy from above? It is to whomsoever He chooses to be merciful to. “Therefore, He has mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens” (Rom. 9: 16-18).

We need to come to grips with this fact, that God, the Hebrew God, is in charge, and that He “rules in the kingdom of men” (Dan. 4: 25; Psm. 103: 19). Vengeance is His but also mercy. We should hold Him in reverential awe, for He can harden our hearts in unbelief, or He can shower mercy upon us to satisfy His good pleasure. He is that much in control. We just think we are.

What Should We Be Doing Then?

We should first give thanks to Him for His mercy in revealing to us His plan and purpose of reproducing Himself, and including us in it. We then need to “study to show ourselves approved unto God,” that we could be conversant with His doctrines, the teachings of the early apostles. We need to add to our faith seven qualities that characterize the “divine nature,” found in II Peter 1. In a word, we need to “wait on our ministering.” Our time as His elect is in the near future when the “manifestation of the sons of God” sweeps the earth.

Right now God is dealing with His remnant. They will be His cadre of sons and daughters that He will use in the retaking of this earth from the clutches of Satan. He is calling and choosing His overcomers for this last generation. They are the first fruits of His harvest. They will be the first to receive immortality upon His return to earth. They will be the first people that He will use to reproduce Himself in.

These who have a position in the “manifestation of the sons of God” are at present awakening to this holy calling and election. They will see that now is a time of preparation for the spiritual battle that is coming. Now is the time to sharpen our spiritual Sword and check our armor to see if it is complete and in order. Right now God is allowing the adversary to be in charge of the kingdoms of men. But after His spiritual army of sons prepare and receive their immortal orders from the King, they will rise up and fulfill their destiny to be that “royal priesthood,” to be kings ministering love and healing to the inhabitants of the earth during the 1,000 year reign of Christ. The point: He is sovereign and is bringing it all to pass, for it is His will.

All of this should be studied in a matrix of faith—His faith—now “once delivered to the saints.” For we now live “by the faith of the Son of God,” not our puny faith in Him. And besides, there is only one faith (Eph. 4: 5). Christ’s faith, now imputed into our spirit, is a faith that believes in the sovereignty of the Father. He talked about it all of the time.

Without a firm grasp of what His sovereignty means, the scriptures will not open to our understanding. We will remain partially blind, our white cane feeling its way along, bumbling and bumping into a brick wall of false doctrines.

God Planned It All Out—Good and Bad

The sovereignty of God means that everything is His baby. The universe and all that is in it are the work of His miraculous hands. He has meticulously planned everything out, and He is executing His plan and purpose in every detail.

This is what we have to believe in order to continue walking on the road to immortality. But there is a sticking point. It is here that many will turn away from the deeper walk. He is the Creator of every “good” thing that happens, and He is the Creator of every “bad” thing that happens. The Spirit said, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD (Yahweh) do all these things” (Isa. 45: 7).

Everything that we humans deem as “good” emanates from His mind and heart. And everything we humans deem as “bad” or evil, He instigates it—for our perfection/maturity. He administers good and evil into our lives, as it is needed to further His plan and purpose—not ours. Go back into your memories when you were hurt the worst; it is usually a betrayal of some kind. It may seem like a curse to you, but it is an opportunity to forgive the betrayer. This develops agape love within us. This is God love, not our puny human love. For only God can forgive the unforgiveable. That is why Christ said to love your enemies.

But our minds fight this kind of love. This is why we must keep His plan and purpose of reproducing Himself in us –we must keep it foremost in our minds. He is reproducing Himself in a group of people that He calls His elect, or chosen ones. They did not earn this right to be in this first fruit company. It is total grace on His part. You cannot buy a spot in the elect, nor can you earn it. It is all His doing. The elect will be the first group to grow to full maturity in His likeness.

Many of you reading this now have been called to this honor. We all need to make our calling and election sure. You may have an indifferent spouse or other family member who is steeped in the things of the world. They may think you are crazy for following this way; they may withstand you at every turn. Just know that God has placed them in your life. Resistance builds strength and patience, two good qualities of the divine nature that God is putting together in your life. Forgive them and you will be loving them with agape love. He is in control of both you and them.

Finally, believing in His sovereignty is believing that our God is doing what is necessary to effect His purpose. He will use both good and evil to do this. That God uses both good and evil in our lives is essential knowledge to be added to the virtue that He gave us at the beginning of our walk with Him. This knowledge helps us to grow and not sit there spinning, wondering why God allowed all of the “bad” things that happened to us. He does it for our good. This is a big part of the addition of knowledge.        Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[Thanks to Garrison Russel and his book Son-Placing, for clarity on the “knowledge of good and evil.”]

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The Vision of the Manifestation of the Sons of God

Chapter 1 of New Book, The Additions to the Faith

Vision is not man looking through his own eyes at God executing His will on earth. Nor is it us looking through God’s eyes. But rather vision occurs when God looks through our eyes. When our eyes are but His oculars through which, unclouded by the stains of earthly wisdom’s tainted presumptions, He assays His creation, and brokenheartedly sees the need for justice, love, and mercy. And He sees that from these three pools of water must He now use our hands and hearts to minister moisture to a parched and famine infested land.

For “where there is no vision, the people perish.” Where no man gives his eyes that He may peer our sad present world, then the vision is dim and the people suffer. But after He has made His abode in many, then in the presence of choirring angels He at last will stride forth across the domain of His kingdom here on earth, righting wrongs held seething in hearts for ten thousand years.

But first, those called to surrender their own regal aspirations and dreams of their own greatness must abdicate and throw all attempts at self glory on the “dung heap.” For in comparison to their calling to be one of God’s sons, seated fittingly on the throne with Christ, their present vainglorious dreams do futilely fade.

For the dreams of mortals are not worthy thoughts for the immortal children of the Immortal King. Surrendered eyes, directed by allegiant hearts bring vision to the earth. For the King will then see through our unencumbered eyes the needs across the land. It is the need for love and balm and a gentle touch to heal the sores of many nations and peoples. And He will bring it through the unveiling of His offspring. For they are His princes and princesses, full of His Spirit, soon to be immortalized with their “house from heaven,” their spiritual body.

They Must Prepare Themselves

In preparation for that glorious day, these elect of which we speak must educate and consecrate themselves by holding to John Baptist’s adage. They “must decrease, and He must increase.” The Spirit must increase to a point that it would no longer be them that looked out of their own eyes, but the Spirit of the King. 

To be fruitful and to attain this heavenly vision, the elect, you and I, must add attributes to God’s faith within them. Outlined in II Peter 1, these are not spiritual things about God, but rather they are integral, distinct qualities of His divine nature. When these are  added to His faith in us–by faith–He will then feel welcome to come into us and make His abode with us and look through our eyes.    Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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New Jerusalem—Heaven on Earth, Our New Home

{Continued from 8-10-19}

All of the illustrious people of the Bible looked for the heavenly city of their spiritual birth. Abraham, the father of our faith, after his first visit from Yahweh, began to look for this city. “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise…For he looked for a city whose builder and maker is God.”

Abraham looked by faith because that city was invisible to mortal eyes. Yet he along with his offspring believed in the promises of God that the heavenly city was real and was their future home, and that its center would touch down where Old Jerusalem is. They were persuaded by God’s promises, and they embraced them “and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.” That “better country” is the city of God New Jerusalem (Heb. 11: 9-10, 13-16).

At present neither do we have this city on earth, “but we seek one to come” (13: 14). If we are of the same faith of Abraham, we will look for her. For the “Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4: 26).

New Jerusalem is our spiritual mother. She is above, and we now are “born from above.” We are now a “quickening spirit,” the second man, who came out of our mother New Jerusalem.

Christ is our example. We are to walk in His steps. What did His steps entail? He existed in a spiritual body before His earthly incarnation. He existed before the earth existed, for He created the earth and all things therein. Christ visited Abraham about 2,000 years before His earthly walk took place. He told Abraham about the New Jerusalem, how he was spiritually born there and how he would end up there. After all, we have dwelt with the Father through “all generations” (Psa. 90: 1).

Here is a closing thought on these matters. Christ said, “I am from above.”  Then He promises that we His disciples are as their Master (Lk. 6: 40). He came from above; we came from above.   “He that comes from above is above all,” said John the Baptist (Jn. 3: 31).

We come from above, from New Jerusalem which is above and is our spiritual mother. We are “above all.” We are above Satan and every evil spirit this world nurtures. If we really believed all of this, what confidence we would walk in! What authority! What compassion! What gratefulness!

Tell me what you think about these extraordinary things.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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The Spiritual Mother of Those “Born from Above”

Our mothers are universally dear to us humans. We Christians are no different. We love and honor our earthly mothers. On the spiritual side, we love our Father who dwells in heaven, and we praise Him. But we rarely have anything to say about our spiritual mother. No one has ever told us that to be “born of the Spirit,” one needs a spiritual mother. Some will say that they have never even heard of a spiritual mother. Their preacher evidently has not heard of her either. Then some will say, “I’ve read something about it, but I didn’t get the revelation.” Then a Catholic might ask, “You mean the Virgin Mary?” No. Definitely not.

Who Is Our Spiritual Mother?

Our spiritual mother is the city of the great King, New Jerusalem. She is foursquare, roughly 1,500 miles wide, tall, and deep. She will come down out of heaven and land on the earth from the Nile to the Euphrates Rivers. She carries herself in stupendous beauty, “the joy of the whole earth.” She will descend out of the heavens, and when she lands, we will know why they have called that spot on earth The Holy Land. Holy because it has always been set aside as the landing zone for New Jerusalem (Rev. 21).

Living in this wonderful “city of the great King” is what “going to heaven” is really all about. Heaven on earth. “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all [those of the freewoman, the sons and daughters of promise like Isaac]” (Gal. 4: 26).

If I could speak a special mystical word that would ignite a fire of understanding about New Jerusalem and what she means to those walking upon this earth, I would. But I cannot make anyone understand our relationship with our mother New Jerusalem. Only the Father can reveal these secrets to whomsoever He will. But I will endeavor to explain how we came forth out of her.

The Real Meaning of “Born Again”

In order to spark a bit of warmth toward our spiritual mother, we need to visit a worn out Bible verse that all scholars admit was mistranslated, thus introducing much confusion. That verse is, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3). This is an absolute mainstay for much of Protestant Christianity, and it takes a brave soul to question its use today. My question was spurred by reading the footnote on the words “born again.” It said, “from above.” We have to be “born from above.”

New Jerusalem is from “above.” So here is our first real clue. She is from above, and if we are to be in the number who will live in New Jerusalem with the King, we “must be born from above” (John 3: 7). God has chosen a few to fulfill this; they are on a spiritual trip of a lifetime.

Their origin is a place and time no mortal eye has ever glimpsed. For God’s elect at present reside in houses of clay, destined to melt back into the earth from which they came. But their spiritual destiny is to be housed in an eternal glorious body.

Yet, through the current rough seas of perplexity, His chosen ones have been brought by Him to the peaceful shores of light. They rest there, but their hunger for the bread of understanding yearns within their hearts.

They have been assured that they are “born again,” seldom knowing its true meaning, “born from above.” Or, You must be engendered from on high.

Why did the King James translators say, “born again” when the Greek clearly says “from above”? They must have looked at themselves and said, Yes, we started out in our natural bodies that need saving. Our present existence in them is first. And our spiritual bodies promised by the Savior is the second man. Thus born first naturally and then born again spiritually. But what they did not see was that the first man and the second man are the witness to a heavenly record where dwells our spiritual bodies (I John 5: 7-8).

The standard concept is based on the mistranslation “born again.” It implies that our first birth is the fleshly, earthly one, and then comes the spiritual birth. But “that which is to be”—the spiritual birth—“has already been,” and “there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecc. 3: 15; 1: 9). Our spiritual bodies, at present in the heavenly city, was before we as prodigal sons came physically to the swine pits of earth [more on this later].

“Names Written in Heaven”

Before we were ever born from our earthly mother’s womb, our names were “written in heaven.” The disciples were marveling that the evil spirits were subject to them. Christ told them, Don’t rejoice about that; that comes with the son’s territory. Rather, “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10: 20). This is before their conversion and salvation. Their names were already written down by God in His book of life! Before they were born here on earth, God already knew their names in a previous heavenly existence! This is proof that they had a pre-existence with Him before their earthly sojourn ever began. They were known by name by their Creator. And so are we.

Jeremiah’s testimony confirms this. Yahweh came to him and said, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew you, and before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations” (1: 5). Jeremiah’s name was written in heaven before his earthly birth. He was “born from above.” And so are God’s elect of our generation. We were “born before the wind.”

Since we are “born from above,” let us rejoice in our Father’s will that we attain this knowledge of our spiritual mother. Let us bathe in the light of New Jerusalem’s celestial glory. Let us by faith look for this heavenly city as did Abraham. Let us praise the King for His great mercy in restoring this knowledge—knowledge about our home and our spiritual roots. Let us be grateful to Him for choosing us for so great an honor—to be His sons and daughters, citizens of the Kingdom of God.       Kenneth Wayne Hancock   [To be continued…]

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