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The Way (How to walk in it)

May 26, 2012

You have been reading about the Way which was to try and get you to admit that you didn’t know it and need to learn it so that you can begin growing in your relationship with God through Jesus. If you have been wanting to know the Way How here it is…
From the book “The Authorized Book of Short Christian Stories” at: http://amazon.com/products/dp/1442145137 by permission of the Author.

THE WAY
From
“Works by J.J.”

“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, “this is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isa. 30:20-21)

I believe this is an end-time prophesy. Continue reading on to verse 26 to see this is to happen: “in that day,” which along with the phrase: “in those days” is almost always a reference to the endtimes.
Could verse 25 referring to: “the great slaughter when the towers fall…” be talking about the twin towers of 9/11 infamy? And has verse 26 happened yet? I dare say, NOT! Perhaps it’s a duel prophecy, that happened then, and will happen again now? So then, what is this: “The Way?” I believe it is a spiritually understood message that teaches us how to give our whole heart and soul to the walking in the truth and spirit of God.

It is a message hidden in the gospel that is revealed to apostles and prophet’s, (Eph. 3:1-7), and those that love God, (I Cor. 2: 6-10) However, of those that love God, it must be understood that the love for God we are to express is the “Agape” love He reveals to us as we walk in its spiritual enlightenment, and not the love we imagine, Eros – phileo – storge – or Epithermia; with our emotions.

Read with me John 4: 23-24 “…But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: For the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Do you find it curious that Jesus would say such a thing: “the hour cometh and now is…” Why not just say, ‘The time has come?’

I believe the reasoning is clear, the teaching of the way started with Jesus and the apostles, but the prophets, or ‘teachers,’ were being held back till these end-times. Thus the hour [that] cometh, is referring to these end-times, while the hour that now is, is referring to Jesus and the apostles time.

“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the spirit…”
Continued reading in these two remarkable chapters in Ephesians chapter 3 & 4 tells us that this message of understanding found in the mystery of Christ is a message of “fellowship,” that, according to verses 4: 11-16, it is given to bring us into: “a unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God!” Amen!

But have we come into this unity yet? There is a false attempt to unify the churches, (the organizations of man’s invention), orchestrated by the Catholic Church, but its unity is not in “the mind of Christ” where true faith is known, but its unity is simply in the profession of belief in Jesus.

Of the majority of the over 34,000 different Christian doctrine teaching churches, we have that unity already, but of the one doctrine known as “The Way” there is no unity of understanding. Men are still being deceived by the craftiness of Man’s teaching.

A reason many churches today don’t accept any different teaching purportedly from a prophet, is because many churches do not even believe prophets exist any longer. They quote I Cor. 13: 8-10 and say: “that which is perfect,” is the King James canonized Bible. And if you point to chapter 14 verses 1 & 22, as saying desire the gift of prophesy because prophesy is for believers; then they come back at you and say: ‘the letter to the Corinthians is not written for us today, but to the Corinthians back then, and while some of it is useful today, most of it isn’t.’ Wow! I just read out Chapter One vs. 2 to them and say: “Your lost buddy!” Read it:

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.”
It speaks clearly, the letter to the Corinthians is also a letter to us!!

It’s obvious that satan has attempted to corrupt the Bible and its believers. He’s been successful with both to some degree. But the time cometh – these end-times, when the teachers of “The Way” are being revealed. Why, you may wonder, did God hide the teachers of the way? Wouldn’t they have prevented so much corruption?

The answer can be found when we consider the ministry of Jesus. His ministry was to the Jews only! Why? (Acts 13: 46-48 tells us why.)

His purpose and message was to fulfill the 10 commandments; a message that caused the Jews to believe he blasphemed. Yet in truth he taught a deeper message of understanding. Had he gone to the gentiles they would have gladly enjoyed his power and miracles, but his message would not have been understood. The gentiles did not give reverence to the Law of Moses, and certainly would have had no reason to crucify Jesus, which was necessary for the anointing of the New Covenant.

For this same reason is the message of “The Way” given unto the Christian churches of today. It is a message of deeper understanding in the “Fellowship” we can have with God, found in the “unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”

Yet because it is “spiritually” discerned, which only Born-again Christians are, “We” are the only ones able to come into the discerned understanding. Yet, this discerned message will be very difficult for most of the churches to grasp and accept because of the many blind faiths that they have already accepted in blind ignorance. Most of the churches don’t want a deeper understanding that goes against what they teach.

The good news is, it’s a covenant that Jesus ushered in, and I don’t have to spill my blood to make it a valid Testament. But the bad news is, I probably will spill my blood over it because of the anger of the many fanatical Christians, (whether truly born-again or not) who will believe that by killing me they will be doing God’s will. Even as the Jews did! (John 15: 20, 16:2)

Read Colossians 1: 9-13, “…that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…that you might walk worthy of the Lord…increasing in the knowledge of God…giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light…and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”

I can’t prove it to you, but like God did with Isaiah in1:18, and Paul did with king Felix in Acts 24: 25, I can make a “reasonable” argument to make you see that the way is true. And, if in the reasoning of scriptures I am able to get one of you to acknowledge and accept this message so that you –move: To put your feet firmly onto the ‘path of understanding,’ so as to establish it for yourself; then I thank you for the opportunity and for helping me cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5: 19-20) It’s a clue brothers!! If one sin brought all this death into the world, then the difficulty of the task that would remove a multitude of sins, must be no easy task….

In fact, a recent ‘Science of the Mind’ journal stated, that the odds of changing a person’s already accepted beliefs are 9 to 1 against being successful, even, if you can prove them wrong in their belief. Yet, Matthew 10: 41 says: “He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.” What is a prophet’s reward? It’s a confident understanding of the faith to believe in Jesus, while walking in the spirit of God’s love and truth. In the churches of today most Christians have a blind faith.

They do not know how to develop a personal relationship with God. They do not know the true meaning and application of the six key concepts of the gospel: Faith, Believe, Hope, Obedience, Repentance, and Love. Once learning those, they still need to grow “determinedly” true to their calling. (See Jude 3) How many of us have resisted sin to the point of shedding our blood? How many have agonized in our resistance to sin? To fail and fall into wretched despair? To then pick yourself up to strive a little farther, to gain a little more insight? To walk a path that most don’t even know exists?

Let’s look at your doctrines…How many teach that II Tim. 2:15 means to ‘study your bible to know when it’s taken out of context?’ It doesn’t! How many teach that Mark 10:15 means, that like a child trustingly receives a gift from its loving parents; we too must trustingly receive the gift of salvation from Jesus? Your wrong! How many say we are not suppose to judge others?

Missed. that one too. How about Romans 10:17 says ‘faith comes from hearing the word of God?’ Nope, wrong again. How about, repentance means to turn away from your sin 180º and turn to God in prayer or as you find him in the Bible? That faith must be acted upon by belief to become real…that hope is in an empty grave from which Jesus rose…that walking in love means stopping the wrong you do and show love instead??? Get any of those right? Did you say yes to those? They are all No!!

How about this one: we cannot prove there is a God? Did you say yes? Wrong! We can. Did you say we can? Then tell me How! That’s the teaching of “The Way” and it will tie up every one of these questions you missed into one clear concept of understanding. Have you ever heard of the phrase: W.W.J.D. (WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?) Is that a good phrase? Nope, it’s not.

There’s Billy Graham, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Pat Robertson, Creflo A. Dollar, Merlin Coruthers, Robert Falwell, Robert Schuller, Joyce Myers….are any of them teaching “The Way” as this article does? Nope. Not a one. Every preacher I’ve ever heard or read of has not been seen to be teaching “The Way” as you will see me do in this article. None of them know it.

Listen to Paul in I Cor. 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Are ‘they’ saying the same thing? Do you see that in the Christian churches of today?

Maybe a little bit in one denomination, but the rest of the world sees even that teaching as being wrong. What is the hidden wisdom spoken of among the mature in Christ? As referred to in I Cor. 2: all? And NO! Mr. Creflo A. Dollar, it’s not the gift of tongues as you so proclaimed in your telecast.

Can you, dear reader, admit you don’t know? Can you admit that even your favorite pastor/ evangelist hasn’t taught you how to know for yourself: the wisdom of this knowledge? How to have the one mind of Christ? Can you let loose of your churches doctrine, so as to consider the reasoning of the teaching in The Way? 9 to 1!!! Says NOT.

Ask yourself right now, “If I let go of all that I’ve been taught in church, what do I have left over to hold onto?? How confident am I in this? Jesus says: “In every season have a reason for your hope.” I ask you, “Why do you believe in Jesus?”
[There are only three answers. Number one: ‘I believe by faith.’ This answer tells me you aren’t ready for the truth. You are still holding on to your churches doctrine. It’s a vague answer, and if told to a non-believer, would have no value to them. It would require you to explain faith, and in “The Way”, repentance comes before faith.

Jesus’ first words were: “repent and believe the good news.” Faith is a fruit of the spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the gift of repentance.

Number two: I believe because I’ve repented and proven that God is not a liar, so when he says that Jesus and the Father are one, I know he is being truthful and I believe him. (see John 3: 31-36) This is the correct response. It opens the door to sharing the doctrine of repentance. Not as the churches teach, but as the Bible teaches.

The third answer is: I believe because I have received the Holy Spirit. This answer is half right. The Holy Spirit is given to lead us to the acknowledging of the truth in/of Jesus. (II Tim. 2:25-26).

Jesus is the truth, and when we repent unto the acknowledging – (spiritually discerned recognition) of the truth revealed by the Holy Spirit, we can then say we have a reason to believe in Jesus. But jumping from receiving the Holy Spirit to instant belief in Jesus is a blind admission. Faith is established through the love found in the acknowledgement of truth. (see proverbs 24:3-4, Galatians5:6).]

I pity those with the kind of faith depicted by their answer of number three. They know they are saved, yet have not yet established their understanding of The Way, and do not grow into the knowledge of God’s Righteousness which allows us to receive his abundant promises…(see II Pet. 1: 3-11).Quite possibly many of those who gave answer to number one are of this faith; but are so caught up in their churches teaching they could only give a vague scriptural response. And sadly, many of the first response are not even saved. They just think they are because they were mistaught the meaning of Romans 10: 9,10 and 13 to mean that a sincere confession of faith makes one a child of faith. It does, but how do we know we are sincere in our hearts? “man’s heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)

Only God can know it. Not us. God also looks to see if we are fully prepared. He uses the parable of the two kings who go to war. The king only half prepared lost the war. But Jesus says: “Not one that the Father has given me has been lost.” Hence God also determines our preparedness. This is why he gives us the promise of John 3: 19-21.

Too many people are letting the churches interpret the bible for them. A good example is found in Mark 10:15; “Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, * he shall not enter therein.”

Do you see that asterisk? At that place in a bible put out by the Billy Graham Association, he inserts a parenthesis and adds: (like a little child trustingly receives a gift). But why choose a positive quality of a child? Some children are petulant, and pout and throw temper tantrums to get what they want. I believe this goes deeper, back before the child even knows who God is, but knows of him in their innocence. Hence if we repent of our sins until our conscience is clear, then we will know the innocence of a child and know God firsthand.

Now let’s look at repentance. But first take a break….go on get up and stretch…

Are you back? Okay…most churches teach repentance is turning away from your sin, 180º . But that’s the Old Testaments way of repentance. The old covenant of the 10 Commandments have been replaced with the new covenant of Jesus and a new commandment: John 13: 34 says it like this: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” For as we see in Romans 13: 8-14, love is the fulfilling of the law. In the New Covenant we now have the word of God engrafted in our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit, and through the Holy Spirits guidance we are able to come into acknowledgement of the truth of that engrafted word. (please see pages 24-26 for the example given to Sandy, in my book: God’s Prisoner).

In the Old Testament, that’s all they could do was turn away from sin. In the New Testament we are called to confront sin so that we can reconsider sins motive from a divine viewpoint of thought, will and emotion; and then choose to submit to the way of God in his Agape Love.

That is the meaning of the new word used in the New Testament Greek : ‘Metanoeo’. It’s a completely different word than the word used in the Old Testament, yet preachers everywhere seem to like to use the Old Testament word as found in the book of Isaiah. (please read I Cor. 2:16 in an amplified Bible.)

With knowledge of our need to question our sins motives rather than turning away from even considering them, James in 4:1-8 tells us to ask of ourselves the questions necessary to discover the reasons for the motives we have that desire to experience pleasure. And in 1:13-15 he uses the word: Entice. Which is defined in a dictionary as: seeking to satisfy the desire for riches and/or pleasures. And Jesus, in Luke 8:5-15 adds the third desire of: worries, of the worries, riches and/or pleasures that keep our Fruits from maturing.

Then we are taught in Eph. 4:20-24 to put-off the deceitful desires of our sins, and put-on the revealed alternatives created in ‘true holiness and righteousness’ which is to say: The Mind of Christ Jesus.

In a crude example: who knew that a reason for drinking or drugs was to gratify the desire of a pleasurable sexual relationship? Yet the question remains: Why do I need drugs or booze to obtain this desire? For some reason I, (we) may have learned to fear that we were not able to have such a relationship without the help of the booze or drugs. We need to find the cause of that fear.

“When I was a child I thought like a child, talked like a child, acted like a child. But now I’m a man! I put childish things behind me.” I can’t do it though if I turn away from my sin without even knowing why I do it! Those false faith Christians who say you don’t need to know why are wrong!! You do need to know. Why? Because when you see the truth of why you fear, you will also be given to see and understand that the person who hurt you by laughing at you, is still thought to be laughing at you, and you drink or do drugs to forget it in your current attempts to start a relationship. You are able to understand that, that person is or was immature and you are now able to forgive them. Then and Now!!
Would you let a kid’s laughter at you now as an adult be a reason to get high? Of course you wouldn’t. You would see to be patient, gentle, kind, and understanding, (all Fruits of the spirit) to the kid who is immature acting towards you today. Then, what a joy to know it’s not me, but them! I can now see their immaturity is their handicap. It is the reason for their bitterness and sorrow. And you say to yourself: I can love you now with the compassion of Jesus who said: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do!” They may say they do, but they don’t because they are not acting in love. “Love does no harm to its neighbor.” They haven’t found the love that repentance reveals in the alternatives to our reasons for sin and becomes the light of the word that we learned to see and submit to. I didn’t see that wisdom when I was a child and crying. And if I just turn my back on my sin and act loving – and that’s what it is, acting—I’m just being a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And your love becomes imagined love. Not the love we find in the understanding of truth, the love we can easily submit to in our obedience because we now understand the cause of our fear.

When you find this true love and submit to it, and continue to abide in it, it will transform you. It will increase with each measure you find and put-on, (submit to and abide in,) you will be conformed to the mind of Christ.
This is how II Pet. 1:3-11 is done…
This is how Eph. 4: 17-24 is done…
This is how Romans 12: 1-3 is done…
This is how Matthew chapter 7 is done…
This is how Matthew 23: 25-28 is done…
This is how James 4: 1-8 is done…

It all ties together. Now read John 17: 25-26 Jesus reveals the love of God! He does this so that God the Father and himself can both (spirit and truth)make their home in us! Now read Luke 10:22! Jesus is not seen but he reveals the Father to us. How? By his love! Our faith is established in love…(Gal. 5:6).

“ Faith [love] is the evidence of things not seen, the substance of things hoped for…” I John 3:2-3 …if our love increases with just the small measure of faith that has been given to us, imagine knowing the fullness of what we will be when we are given to know the fullness of Jesus at his 2nd. Coming. (see I Cor. 13:12) To the Jews Paul said, “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in the newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Rom. 7:6) Yet Paul also said it to us; “[God] Who hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit:
for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” (II Cor. 3:6) All that turning our back on sin and turning to God in the bible is the same thing as holding to the letter! Jesus said, “You diligently study the scriptures thinking that by them you have eternal life. These are the same scriptures that testify of me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” niv
We don’t come to him in scripture, or song, or prayer, or fasting; we come to him in repentance.

“The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it nor overcome it.” As we repent of the darkness, the light of God’s love is seen. Jesus is showing it to us. “The kingdom of heaven is within.” Now you know what that means. “Meekly accept the engrafted word which can save you.” “Repentance leads to salvation and growth in the spirit.”

Another example of false teaching that lives by the letter is IITim. 2:15. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, who rightly divides the word of truth.” Where does it say, ‘study the bible?’ It doesn’t. But many churches today interpret it as such because they don’t know How to walk in the spirit and truth of God.

Compare that verse with I John 2:28, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”

This is the same verse. The word study means: “diligently strive” so, to diligently strive to abide means: we repent unto the acknowledging of the truth in love and submit to the trans-forming conformation of becoming one with the mind of Christ. Christian means Christ-like!

Let loose of those things you were taught in church to believe and make room, (John 8:37niv) for the truth. John 7: 14-18 tells us we will learn of God’s way if we become, “men of truth with no unrighteousness in us.” Jesus is our righteousness, as we grow to know his way, we grow to know him! In Gruden’s dictionary the pearl of great price is the message and the person of Jesus.

Truth is covered with a lie; repent to find it! If all you do is read the bibles do’s and don’ts, and follow them, all you are doing is hurting yourself. But if, while you resist doing the wrongs the bible says don’t do, and at the same time begin your search with repentance, to find the light of God’s love under the darkness of sin’s motive and then submit to that loving response, then, you will be in obedience and grow in your understanding.

Once you are saved, for repentance leads to salvation, continue in your repentance to gain “Godliness”, and in godliness we find the abundant life!
Jesus promises to finish our faith. (Heb. 12:2) So once you begin walking on the road to salvation and gain the gift of repentance: The Holy Spirit, if you were to die before finishing your growth, Jesus will finish it for you in heaven.

An interesting aspect of walking in The Way is; when, in the end-times, the anti-Christ appears as an angel of righteousness, telling us to love God, be at peace with all men, repent and believe…you will know he is a fake because he doesn’t tell you how! The Way of repentance is how!!

He can cast out demons to make a show of his powers, but he knows that if you haven’t learned to find the loving and truthful alternatives to your sin, you won’t know how to fill the emptiness, and the demon will come back and bring 7 more demons with it. And you know he won’t tell you how fill yourself with the love and truth of God because he has no truth in himself.
Many Christians are not being obedient to the love beneath the sin, and because of this dis-obedience, even Jesus will become a stumbling block. For Jesus is: “The Way, The Truth and The life.”

I’ve shared the way with many already ‘indoctrinated’ Christians and initially they love the message of understanding, but a few days later they reject it: 9 to 1!! It’s hard to give up a false belief. By rejecting the way, they are rejecting Jesus. If they are born-again, they will be saved as one passing through the flame, but they will suffer loss. (I Cor. 3:10-15)

If you don’t walk in the way you won’t become good teachers of the way. (Matt. 7:3-5, 13:52) for it is the increase of treasures that makes you a good teacher and disciple in Christ. Teaching will sharpen your ability and exercise your senses to distinguish between good and evil ways. It’s a lifelong process that stands the best chance of standing strong in the coming tribulation period. And though many churches teach that Christians will be raptured and not face any tribulations; there is no conclusive proof of this teaching. And ample proof that it won’t. It would also necessitate that we reject other verses that seem to say we will suffer tribulations.
You’ve read the New Testament, now set it aside for a while, while you perfect your walking in the way. Then come back to it and see the many verses you didn’t see before. Write your insights down, for re-reading later. Abide in the fruits especially of patience.

Don’t get caught upon the doctrines of men: of baptisms, of tongues, of Sabbath days… the Lord God The Father, wants for us the same thing he did for those of old: To walk in the truth, (in Jesus) with all ourheart and soul.
So now you can see why the way was revealed to Christians now, everything I said a Christian would understand. Can you meekly accept it? Are you teachable? We can thank God that understanding is not a prerequisite to salvation. Spiritual growth can take years. Salvation can reach the world faster; Which was necessary before the evil in the world, destroyed the world.“Prophets are for believers!” (See I Cor. 14:22) If you see the reasoning of all this and believe I’m right, you just can’t go back to the way you use to believe. This is your defining moment. The End

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