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Church covering or God's covering

  • What does the Holy Spirit reveal to us in the life of Jesus because you are called to walk as He walked? 1 John 2:6-7  
    Are we called by God to walk after the order of a man-made doctrine or are we called to walk as Jesus walked by the covering, the protection, the leading and the sovereignty of the Spirit of God?  
    I was walking in a shopping mall one day and bumped into a guy selling Christian T-shirts.  
    He asked me that religious question. Who is your covering?  
    So the Holy Spirit prompted me to ask him; who is your covering?  
    He said Pastor so and so.  
    So I asked him; ok, and who is that pastor's covering?  
    He said, God.  
    So I said to this man who was clearly deceived and blinded by the traditions and doctrines of men that cannot be found in the word of God. So your pastor is good enough to receive the Lord's covering but not you?  
    Please in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth who is the only sovereign Head of His Spirit-led body understand the importance of the following fact because I am so tired of men who want to play God. You are called to walk by the Spirit of God. Only God can provide the covering over His children. Nobody has the authority to want to control what He does through the vessels of His choosing.  
    In my Bible, the Holy Spirit teach the following because the whole body of Christ are supposed to operate by these truths. It's because religious men want to control what God wants to do that we sit with so much confusion in the world of Christianity.  
    Who do you believe?  
    God's word or the inventions of men?  
    If you do not walk after the order of Christ by the Spirit of God then who is controlling you?  
    Every born-again child of God should be able to declare every morning when they wake up; Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.  
    Why?  
    Because; Romans 8:14-16 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.  
    Can you see that?  
    Almighty God testifies who His true sons and daughters are because He bears witness with our spirit.  
    When the body of Christ can come to the place where each member follows the leading and the guidance of the Head of the church Christ Jesus then we shall find that we are all walking in agreement with God's sovereign agenda and plan for His church and His creation without the control or interference of flesh.  
    Why do religious men want to control what Almighty God wants to do through His sons and daughters?  
    The Lord told me that every child of God should be walking as He did being empowered by His Spirit, not after the traditions and doctrines of men.  
    1 John 2:4-6 He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.  
    Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  
    The word of God commands us in 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  
    1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him stays with you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.  
    As I always say to people. Those who walk by the Spirit of God will ALWAYS BE IN AGREEMENT because God is not the Author of confusion.  
    God's covering should be sufficient for every believer without the pride or control or interference of man.  
    If religious men want to persecute me as a son that walks in subjection to my Father Yahweh and for speaking His truth to His people then so be it because I will one day stand before Him.  
    Do you want to talk about accountability?  
    Then consider the following truth.  
    Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him to whom we shall give an account.  
    Matthew 12:36 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  
    Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.  
    May we all find ourselves covered under the shelter of the Most High God.  
    Psalms 91:1-16 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust: his truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the most High, your habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the serpent shall you trample under feet. 14 Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.  
    Understand the teaching of the Nicolaitans which God hates.  
    COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!  
    For one more attribute did I commend the church at Ephesus. 'But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.' (Rev. 2:6). The Nicolaitanes were those who slyly sought to elevate certain lea­ders above the people in such a way that they gradually assumed sacerdotal importance, even as the priests of the pagan religions. But such deeds were clearly detected in those who were followers and promoters of false apostles, and the true saints refused to be misled by those who sought to substitute spiritual authority for authority appointed and en­forced by men. If my people in this day are to enter into my purposes and receive the glory awaiting, they must have the spiritual perception to discern between the false and the true, and 'hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes' even as the early Christians. My true ministries do not need the carnal ways of man to fulfill their calling, and I will hold my peo­ple accountable, that they be not deceived by those who would exalt and promote the flesh of men as a substitute for true spiritual authority and power. That which is highly es­teemed among men is an abomination in my sight. (Luke 16:15).  
    [Pergamos]  
    The third letter was to the church at Pergamos. This church represents that period in church history following the establishment of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire, early in the fourth century. It represents the period of great spiritual decline and the ascendancy of man-controlled apostasy. Since this was a gradual process, there were still many who held fast to the faith and did not deny my name. But others became so engrossed in counterfeit forms of church life that the very seat of Satan became entrenched within the growing church structure. Thus it was a period of increasing contrasts and conflicts. And so did I speak after this manner: ‘I know your works, and where you dwell, even where Satan's seat is; and you hold fast my name, and have not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells.' (Rev. 2:13). Antipas is represent­ative of all those who remained faithful and resisted the en­croaching apostasy of this period. The fact that he was slain, speaks of the power of entrenched authority to ‘kill out’ the resistance of those who continued to stand for pure and unadulterated Christianity. 
    The ability of Satan to so rapidly establish his 'seat of power' within the organized church structure was a direct result of the church-state marriage. Such a union constituted spiritual adultery and unfaithfulness to me. Therefore, I withdrew my favor rapidly. I expressed my disfavor in these words; "But I have a few things against you because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornica­tion.' (Rev. 2:14). Balaam was a true prophet who was corrupted by the desire for material gain. Therefore he promoted compromise with heathen religious practices in order to secure what he wanted. Balaam, therefore, becomes a type of ambi­tious leaders who increasingly caused the people to ‘sacrifice to idols' by introducing many pagan beliefs and practices; and by leading the people into further 'fornication' with the state, they caused the 'arm of flesh’ to arise in strength and dominate the affairs of the church.  
    Not only did the 'doctrine of Balaam' become firmly entrenched during this period, the 'doctrine of the Nicolaitanes' also increased rapidly. And thus the 'deeds of the Nicolaitanes' among a few in the apostolic period of the church, became in the Pergamos period an established doc­trine. Increasingly the ministries took on sacerdotal impor­tance, becoming fashioned after the priesthood of the pagan religions. This put more and more power into the hands of fewer, as a hierarchy of authority began to grow. Thus the groundwork was being laid for complete carnal usurpation of my spiritual authority, and the bringing about of a coun­terfeit form of Christianity, the nadir of which would be reached in the next period of church history.  
    But for those who would hear what the Spirit was saying to the church, I did speak a word: "To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows save he that receives it' (Rev. 2:17). The overcomers are always privileged to ‘eat’ of that which is not available to the many, for they draw on my grace to rise above the carnal tendencies which continually draw most of my people into various compromise positions in their Christian life. The hidden manna was that which was placed in a container and deposited in the ark of testimony as a memorial of my sustaining the people of Israel in the wilder­ness. It was hidden within the ark. Was not the ark a type of me, in my incarnation and glorification? Am I not ready to reveal my hidden mysteries to those who are ready to re­ceive? (See Matt. 13:11). Did not the apostle Paul speak to me when he said, 'In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge?’ (Col. 2:3). By the Spirit of revel­ation do I give to those who are hungry to eat of the precious truths of the living Word. To the overcomer was also promised a white stone with a new name written. The white stone is a token of a course finished and a race won; it constituted the prize, in ancient times, for those who were victorious. The new name written on the stone is symbolic of the new realm of glory which will be inherited by those who attain to the prize of the high calling (see Phil. 3:14). The whiteness of the stone indicates that purity of life which marks those who will enter that realm where they will see me and be in constant fellowship with me. It is symbolized elsewhere as being clothed in white (Rev. 3:4-5, 7:9, 19:14).  
    Because of the Increasing apostates of the Pergamos era, my words were spoken as a sharp sword with two edges. (Rev. 2:12). My command was to repent; 'or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth’ (Rev. 2:16). This I did by raising up many faithful servants who denounced the false teachings and prac­tices of a power-hungry clergy who were increasingly making merchandise of the people to further their own ends. By the time this era of the church came to a close, the darkness which almost totally eclipsed the light of my truth had en­gulfed the Christian world. For several hundreds of years, there would be only slight glimmers of light among small groups of faithful followers here and there. Truly the night had come when no man could work effectively, (see John 9:4-5).  


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