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Title: Wholeness Journey V: The Seven Steps to the Life of God


1
Wholeness Journey V The Seven Steps to the Life
of God
  • This presentation is not designed to give you the
    formula that will get you whole, but to put you
    on the journey to discover Gods custom made plan
    for your individual wholeness

Adapted from What the Bible Teaches about
Mercyby Rex B. Andrews
2
Prayer
  • Blessed and Holy Father, speak to us in Thy love
    and let us see the beauty of Thy holiness. Open
    Thy Word to our hearts, and open our hearts to
    Thy Word, we pray. We ask for the witness of the
    Holy Spirit in every one who receives this study,
    that they may see that Thou are really guiding
    into a life of full triumph over all the works of
    the devil and of the flesh. O Jesus, take over in
    every life and show each one how to lose his own
    life, too. In His dear name Who led the way
    through death into life - Jesus the Christ, the
    Son of the Living God. Amen

3
Retracing Mankinds Descent
  • There are seven steps down and out of the
    knowledge of God
  • Seven steps mankind has followed down, and out,
    from the God-knowledge into the flesh lust-love
    and works which are in the world - and in
    ourselves by being born into it
  • Seven steps that have landed mankind in the
    anti-God, and anti-Christ realm called the lusts
    of their own hearts, and the spirit of this
    world
  • The purpose of this study is to set out on a
    journey to retrace these seven steps back up and
    into the lost knowledge of the living God
  • Jesus called that knowledge, eternal life

4
The Knowledge of God
  • NKJ Hosea 41 Hear the word of the LORD, You
    children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge
    against the inhabitants of the land "There is no
    truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.
  • NKJ Hosea 46a My people are destroyed for lack
    of knowledge of God.
  • of God added to show that it is the knowledge
    of God or rather knowing God intimately that is
    the issue contextually (see Hosea 41 above) and
    not simply knowing about things. Knowing God
    intimately will reveal the truth that He is Mercy
    Himself!

5
First Step
  • NAU Romans 121a For even though they knew God,
    they did not honor Him as God
  • Why has mankind refused to honor (glorify) God?
  • Because there was something about Him which they
    did not like
  • Therefore, they would not glory in that which He
    gloried in
  • It is Gods will that the first Adams race
    detests, despises, and refuses
  • It is His will which causes the reaction in the
    human heart, to refuse Him as God
  • God Himself is what His will is - they are one

6
First Step (Contd.)
  • What the Bible teaches about Mercy is the
    Knowledge of God or said another way - knowing
    God intimately
  • When you know God intimately, will you glorify
    Him as God - as the God who reveals Himself as He
    is?
  • NLT Hosea 66 I want you to be merciful I don't
    want your sacrifices. I want you to know God
    that's more important than burnt offerings.

7
Genesis Chapter 1
  • Why are most Christians bored?
  • They view the Bible from a people-centered view
    of the Scriptures
  • Most dont get excited until Genesis 3, then they
    have something to live forsaving the lost world!
  • They have nonverbally communicated to themselves
    and God that the Bible is all about people

8
Genesis Chapter 1 (cont.)
  • Two views on the main character of the Bible
  • God is the main character of the Bible and lives
    to radiate His glory therefore, God lives for
    God
  • Humanity is the main character of the Bible and
    God lives to provide for us therefore, God lives
    for humanity
  • The average true believer says the Bible is all
    about God, but lives as if humanity is
  • Consequently, humanity often replaces God as the
    main character of the Bible

9
Genesis Chapter 1 (cont.)
  • Lets look at two examples
  • First example What did God get out of Jesus
    death?
  • Most Christians want to say He got us but that
    is jumping straight back into a people-centered
    perspective!
  • He also received glory, honor, praise, adoration
    and obedience. Most Christians overlook this
  • Second example Why dont you want others to go
    to hell?
  • Most people dont want others to go to hell
    because theyll suffer (back to a people centered
    perspective)
  • David talks about the praise God wouldnt receive
  • NKJ Psalm 309 "What profit is there in my blood,
    When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise
    You? Will it declare Your truth?

10
Cat and Dog Theology
  • These two views on the Bibles main character
    have birthed two types of Christianity
  • These two differences are seen in the different
    attitudes between a dog and a cat
  • A dog says You pet me, you feed me, you shelter
    me, you love me, You must be God.
  • A cat says You pet me, you feed me, you shelter
    me, you love me, I must be God.
  • Its very hard to differentiate between a Dog and
    a Cat in church
  • They both look and act Christian but there is a
    huge difference in their heart attitude

11
Getting to Heaven
  • Cats have a tendency to walk away from hell.
    Their sole focus is on themselves
  • Dogs walk toward heaven having fallen in love
    with God
  • Many Christians today are joyless simply because
    they are still focused on themselves and are
    walking away from hell
  • NKJ Matthew 1344 " Again, the kingdom of heaven
    is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man
    found and hid and for joy over it he goes and
    sells all that he has and buys that field.

12
Guarantee of Salvation
  • Cats are sure they are Christians because they
    prayed a prayer some time in their lives
  • Dogs are sure they are Christians because they
    hunger for God in their lives. This is how they
    know they are believers whether or not they
    prayed a prayer at some time in their lives

13
Obedience School
  • Both Cats and Dogs want obedience in their lives.
    Dogs want to obey God. Cats want God to obey them
  • You usually see this reflected in the motive for
    their prayer requests
  • Cats pray for a more Christ-like spouse in order
    to have a better quality of life for themselves
    and children
  • Dogs pray for a more Christ-like spouse in order
    for the name of Jesus to no longer be reproached
    by their poor behavior

14
Quiet Times
  • Both Cats and Dogs have quiet times
  • Dogs focus on Gods glory (they think, How is
    Gods reputation being affected by my life?)
  • Cats focus on themselves (how can they better
    their life?)

15
Prayer
  • NKJ Matthew 633 "But seek first the kingdom of
    God and His righteousness, and all these things
    shall be added to you.
  • Dogs pray to establish Gods kingdom
  • Cats pray to establish their own kingdom

16
Blessing and Responsibilities
  • Cats want all the blessings and none of the
    responsibilities
  • As a result, two major problems arise in Cat
    Theology
  • An incomplete gospel comes about, and
  • Cats have mixed-up priorities

17
Incomplete Gospel
  • Over time, Cat Theology develops into an
    incomplete gospel
  • Cats are saved from hell and it stops there
  • This is not incorrect, but it is incomplete
  • Dogs are saved from hell, FOR WORSHIP

18
In Our Prayers
  • Praying Father, thank you for dying on the cross
    for our sins is not incorrect, but it is
    incomplete
  • He died on the cross for our sins SO THAT we
    might point to God and glorify Him

19
In Our Blessings
  • Cats focus on gathering all of Gods blessings
    with a bucket. And once they have them, they keep
    them
  • Dogs gather as many blessings as they can from
    God and pass them on to others. They know that
    the blessings are meant to go through them to
    others

20
Mixed up Priorities Blessings and Glory
  • Both Cats and Dogs want to see God glorified and
    want to be blessed by God
  • Dogs hunger more for Gods glory
  • Whereas Cats hunger more for the blessings

21
Worship
  • Dogs worship God primarily for who He is
  • Cats worship God primarily for what Hes done for
    them

22
Tessara
  • Why all these differences? Dogs study Theology
    while Cats study MEology
  • Dogs see Gods glory like a stained glass window
  • Each piece of glass is called a tessera.
  • Each tessera uniquely displays Gods glory, such
    as the animal kingdom, the family unit, taste,
    the stars
  • Glory is any revelation or expression of His
    excellency in His presence, creativity and/or
    character
  • One way God chooses to reveal His glory is
    through blessing us!

23
Satans Strategy
  • Satan doesnt want Christians to focus on Gods
    glory
  • His strategy is to get humanity to focus in on
    something safe and close to Gods heart so
    their focus is off of Gods glory
  • As a result, we begin to think that life is all
    about us. Because of this, we make a foundational
    shift in our theology
  • Our focus goes off of God glorifying Himself
    through blessing us
  • Our focus is on receiving the blessings from God,
    and we become primary Gods glory becomes
    secondary

24
Cats are Living for Themselves
  • Cats are basically living for themselves in a
    Christian context
  • Theyve rejected other ways of life and have
    chosen Christianity as the best way to live for
    themselves
  • Therefore, Life is still all about them

25
WDGG
  • Dogs ask one key question as they go through
    life What Does God Get?
  • As a result, they realize that life is for God,
    it is not for us
  • They see the joy God had in Genesis 1 while He
    was creating!

26
A Prayer of Repentance
  • Heavenly Father please forgive us
  • For thinking life was about us and not You
  • For advancing our kingdom and not Yours
  • For seeking Your blessings more than You
  • For an incomplete Christianity
  • For mixed-up priorities
  • For living for ourselves in a Christian context
  • For not seeing Your glory all around us
  • I repent (i.e., change my mind and heart)
  • Please fill me again with your Holy Spirit that I
    might live to make You famous

27
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory
  • NKJ James 43 You ask and do not receive, because
    you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your
    pleasures.
  • Our motive in prayer must be only for our
    Fathers glory it is not enough just to pray for
    good things
  • For example, you may be praying for revival in
    your church so that we might have more people
    born again, that we would be better parents, or
    that the world would not influence our children
  • These are noble requests that are in Gods will
    but are selfish in motive
  • The only motive that is free from selfishness is
    the desire to see our Heavenly Father glorified
    in the things we ask of Him

28
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • The proper motive in asking for revival would be
    because we can not endure God seeing the blood of
    Jesus trampled underfoot by the worldliness of
    the church, by the sins of our children, or by
    the lack of Christ-likeness of our spouse
  • We may be praying for the Holy Spirits power in
    our lives so that we can have a victorious
    Christian life
  • This again has the selfish motivation of
    something to make our life easier or more
    pleasurable
  • The proper motive would be that God would no
    longer be dishonored by our low level of
    Christian service and poor testimony but rather
    be glorified by the inward beauty in our lives
    and the power in our service that comes by the
    Holy Spirits presence

29
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • NKJ 2 Corinthians 47 But we have this treasure
    in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the
    power may be of God and not of us.
  • NKJ Matthew 516 "Let your light so shine before
    men, that they may see your good works and
    glorify your Father in heaven.
  • The reason we stay on Earth after being saved is
    to show forth our Heavenly Fathers glory
  • Our Heavenly Father is glorified by the
    revelation of His Son in our lives by the Holy
    Spirit
  • The revelation of Jesus shows the world that He
    was Gods Son who died and now lives resulting in
    their salvation

30
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • NKJ Philippians 210 that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of
    those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11
    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus
    Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Our Heavenly Father is glorified through our
    verbal and nonverbal (i.e., our actions)
    confession of Jesus Christs Lordship
  • The confession of Jesus Christs Lordship is
    testimony that God is merciful!
  • This is the glory of God - that He is merciful!
  • The revelation of Jesus is the revelation of
    Mercy!

31
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • NKJ Hebrews 11 God, who at various times and in
    various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by
    the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to
    us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all
    things, through whom also He made the worlds 3
    who being the brightness of His glory and the
    express image of His person, and upholding all
    things by the word of His power,...
  • NKJ John 149 Jesus said to him, "Have I been
    with you so long, and yet you have not known Me,
    Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father
    so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
  • When the world sees Jesus, they see the Heavenly
    Father
  • They then realize that He is for them and not
    against them
  • That Satan has lied to them about God
  • That He came to save the world and not to condemn
    it

32
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • NKJ Exodus 3318 And he said, "Please, show me
    Your glory."
  • Recall that Moses asked to see Gods glory (His
    most magnificent attributes and power) and God
    answered
  • NKJ Exodus 346 And the LORD passed before him
    and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful
    and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in
    goodness and truth,
  • This truth was known by King David the man after
    Gods Heart (1Samuel 1314)
  • NKJ Psalm 1038 The LORD is merciful and
    gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

33
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • NKJ Psalm 1172 For His merciful kindness is
    great toward us, And the truth of the LORD
    endures forever. Praise the LORD!
  • NKJ Luke 636 "Therefore be merciful, just as
    your Father also is merciful.
  • We glorify the Heavenly Father when we act like
    Him by being merciful
  • However, we can only give what we have received
  • NKJ Acts 36 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I
    do not have, but what I do have I give you In
    the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and
    walk.
  • Mercy, all mercy!

34
Seek Only our Heavenly Fathers Glory (cont.)
  • Again, we honor God as God when we chose to
    reveal that He is merciful by being merciful
  • The more we understand from His word that He is
    merciful the more merciful we become
  • Heavenly Father please FLOOD us with mercy that
    we might be merciers and not judgers
  • NKJ Luke 636 "Therefore be merciful, just as
    your Father also is merciful. 37 " Judge not, and
    you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you
    shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be
    forgiven. 38 "Give mercy, and it mercy will
    be given to you by God good measure, pressed
    down, shaken together, and running over will
    mercy be put into your bosom. For with the same
    measure that you use, it will be measured back to
    you."
  • Words in added by author

35
Second Step
  • NKJ Romans 121b nor were thankful
  • Ungratefulness for the mercy-of-life produces a
    very visible result - unthankfulness
  • Gratitude for His mercy produces a very visible
    result - thankfulness
  • Our thankfulness is really the only thing we have
    to give God that He has not given us

36
Second Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Philippians 46 Be anxious for nothing, but
    in everything by prayer and supplication, with
    thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to
    God 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all
    understanding, will guard your hearts and minds
    through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren,
    whatever things are true, whatever things are
    noble, whatever things are just, whatever things
    are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever
    things are of good report, if there is any virtue
    and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate
    on these things.

37
Second Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Proverbs 237 For as he thinks in his heart,
    so is he.
  • You become like what you think about in your
    heart for good or for bad
  • NKJ Colossians 42 Continue earnestly in prayer,
    being vigilant in it with thanksgiving
  • NKJ 1 Thessalonians 516 Rejoice always, 17 pray
    without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks
    for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
    you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.
  • NKJ Ephesians 520 giving thanks always for all
    things to God the Father in the name of our Lord
    Jesus Christ,

38
Second Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Colossians 26 As you have therefore received
    Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted
    and built up in Him and established in the faith,
    as you have been taught, abounding in it with
    thanksgiving.
  • NKJ Hebrews 1315 Therefore by Him let us
    continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God,
    that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to
    His name
  • As you thank God for His name, God will become
    that name to you (e.g. as you confessed Jesus
    Lordship over your life He became your Lord)
  • As you thank Him for being the God of Mercy He
    will become Mercy to you

39
Second Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Ephesians 51 Therefore be imitators of God
    as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ
    also has loved us and given Himself for us, an
    offering and a sacrifice to God for a
    sweet-smelling aroma. 3 But fornication and all
    uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be
    named among you, as is fitting for saints 4
    neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor
    coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather
    giving of thanks.
  • We are to give thanks rather than filthy talk,
    foolish talk, or coarse jesting
  • Give thanks that He is merciful!

40
Second Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Habakkuk 317 Though the fig tree may not
    blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines Though the
    labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield
    no food Though the flock may be cut off from the
    fold, And there be no herd in the stalls --18 Yet
    I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God
    of my salvation.
  • Having an attitude of gratitude will keep our
    hearts tender towards God
  • Consequently, we will have a heart through which
    Gods mercy can pour to meet the needs of others
    and ourselves
  • Will you give Him thanks for the mercy freely
    given?

41
Third Step
  • NKJ Romans 121c but became futile in their
    thoughts
  • Imagination is the creative faculty by which we
    can form thoughts or ideas in the mind
  • These ideas are images, produced by the ruling
    love
  • Self-love produces self-images - futile or vain
    things
  • Ideas which are forms of desire - desire for
    wants for self satisfaction - all vain, all
    futile
  • Vain or futile means empty, worthless, especially
    that which disappoints hope

42
Third Step (Contd.)
  • The higher degrees of vainness are found in the
    idea-images of ones own greatness of intellect
  • Pride of intellect is such an immersion in vanity
    as to leave one blind, and almost helpless to
    break down and destroy the self images which are
    for the gratification of self
  • Realize, arrogance is the precursor to ignorance!
  • Vain imaginations, or thoughts, are the beginning
    of idolatry and idolatry is covetousness
  • Covetousness is a lusting after something to
    exalt, and satisfy, and complete self
  • These are thoughts of things that please the flesh

43
Third Step (Contd.)
  • The mind of this world, no matter how brilliant
    intellectually it may be, is a reprobate mind
    apart from the understanding of repentance and
    faith
  • The Science and wisdom of this world is still
    foolishness with God, and a reprobate mind may be
    full of all such knowledge and wisdom
  • Opposite to vain imaginations are merciful
    thoughts which arise from the ruling love of
    Jesus Christ, in the blood washed heart and mind
  • Your imagination is no longer vain when you live
    to do His mercy-will for Him

44
Third Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Isaiah 558 " For My thoughts are not your
    thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the
    LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the
    earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And
    My thoughts than your thoughts.
  • God thinks and does things differently than we
    think and do
  • However, we are commanded to learn to think as
    God thinks and learn to understand His ways
  • NKJ Romans 122 And do not be conformed to this
    world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
    mind, that you may prove what is that good and
    acceptable and perfect will of God.
  • God has given us the Helper the Holy Spirit in
    order to learn Gods thoughts and ways

45
NKJ 1 Corinthians 29 But as it is written "Eye
has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered
into the heart of man The things which God has
prepared for those who love Him." 10 But God has
revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the
Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things
of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a
man except the spirit of the man which is in him?
Even so no one knows the things of God except the
Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from
God, that we might know the things that have been
freely given to us by God. 13 These things we
also speak, not in words which man's wisdom
teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches,
comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14
But the natural man does not receive the things
of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to
him nor can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is
spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is
rightly judged by no one. 16 For "who has known
the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?"
But we have the mind of Christ.
46
Third Step (Contd.)
  • We change the way we think by meditating on the
    scriptures until we know them by heart (i.e., in
    our hearts)
  • NKJ Proverbs 420 My son, give attention to my
    words Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not
    let them depart from your eyes Keep them in the
    midst of your heart 22 For they are life to
    those who find them, And health to all their
    flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
    For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put
    away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse
    lips far from you.

47
Third Step (Contd.)
  • NKJ Joshua 18 "This Book of the Law shall not
    depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in
    it day and night, that you may observe to do
    according to all that is written in it. For then
    you will make your way prosperous, and then you
    will have good success.
  • NKJ 3 John 12 Beloved, I pray that you may
    prosper in all things and be in health, just as
    your soul prospers.
  • NKJ 2 Peter 14 by which have been given to us
    exceedingly great and precious promises, that
    through these you may be partakers of the divine
    nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
    the world through lust.

48
Fourth Step
  • NKJ Romans 121d and their foolish hearts were
    darkened.
  • Darkness is the result of not doing what God has
    said to do
  • A wise heart is an enlightened heart
  • Jesus said that the wisdom in man is to hear His
    words and do them
  • The thoughts of the wise of heart arise from the
    love of giving life to others
  • The giving of life is mercy - this is the wisdom
    of God!
  • A heart full of the wisdom of God is full of
    light!

49
How It Works
NKJ 1 Thessalonians 523 Now may the God of peace
Himself sanctify you completely and may your
whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved
blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Heart
Spirit
Soul
Body
Brain
Contains Mind (logic) Will Emotions
Holy Spirits Holy of Holies
Physical connection between the Body and Soul
Has 5 senses Hearing Sight Smell Taste Touch
Spiritual connection between our Spirit and
Soul It is the incubator for our thoughts.
Hebrews 412, Luke 811-15
50
New Christian without a Renewed Mind
The soul calculates a response by our mind
(logic) and/or emotion
The Holy Spirit knocks on the door of our heart
desiring to fill it with mercy for them us
The brain converts sight and sound into pictures
and speech - they are being unkind
The senses detect someone talking to us
Something tells us we should not tell them off.
This is our conscience which is the hidden man
or voice of our heart
Spiritual Heart
Spirit
Soul
Body
Brain
We give them a piece of our mind!
The person is being unkind to us and based on a
mind conformed to this world we will or
choose to return anger - our justice!
We sow anger into our spiritual heart causing
it to harden or be seared to receiving the
Holy Spirits voice (via our spirit) and anger
starts growing in our heart
The brain converts the thoughts into signals to
operate the body
The Holy Spirit is grieved and respecting the
choice of our will being done - goes silent
51
Cultural Christian with a hardened Heart
The soul realizes that the mercy message is truth
and is convicted of sin
The Holy Spirit knocks on the door of our heart
desiring to fill it with mercy
The brain converts sight and sound into pictures
and speech - we have been judgers
The senses have read this teaching
Our conscience by the Holy Spirit tells us we
should repent (i.e., change our mind) and chose
to be a mercier in His strength
Spiritual Heart
Spirit
Soul
Body
Brain
We say a prayer of repentance from the depths of
our heart
We chose to repent and be cleansed from all
unrighteousness (1 John 19)
The brain converts the thoughts into signals to
operate the body
Our heart is renewed again to be a heart of flesh
(i.e., a heart sensitive to the voice of the Holy
Spirit) Ezekiel 3626,27
The Holy Spirit is overjoyed and floods our heart
with mercy
We believe the truth that if we repent God will
forgive us and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness 1 John 19
52
Spiritual Christian with a Renewed Mind
The soul calculates a response by our mind
(logic) and/or emotion
The Holy Spirit knocks on the door of our heart
desiring to fill it with mercy for them us
The brain converts sight and sound into pictures
and speech - they are being unkind
The senses detect someone talking to us
Something tells us we should not tell them off.
This is our conscience which is the hidden man
or voice of our heart
Spiritual Heart
Spirit
Soul
Body
Brain
We ask the Lord to flood them with mercy to meet
all of their needs!
The person is being unkind to us but the renewed
mind knows Jesus has already paid for this sin,
we listen to our conscience and will mercy!
We sow mercy into our spiritual heart causing
it to remain sensitive to receiving the Holy
Spirits voice (via our spirit) and mercy starts
growing and enlarging our spiritual heart
The brain converts the thoughts into signals to
operate the body
The Holy Spirit is pleased with Gods will being
done (i.e., mercy) and fills our heart with mercy
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The Fifth Step
  • NKJ Romans 122 Professing to be wise, they
    became fools,
  • There are many forms of the self-profession of
    wisdom
  • Nearly every darkened heart on Earth has some
    sort of profession of self-wisdom
  • Ranging from trifling things to the folly of
    belief in ones own intellectual superiority
  • In Jesus we see the lost wisdom of of living a
    simple, lowly life consisting of doing Gods
    desire - DOING MERCY!

54
The Fifth Step (cont.)
  • Professing to be a fool, and to have nothing of
    of your own, you become wise!
  • NKJ 1 Corinthians 410a We are fools for Christ's
    sake,
  • NKJ Proverbs 334 Surely He scorns the scornful,
    But gives grace to the humble.
  • NKJ James 46 But He gives more grace. Therefore
    He says "God resists the proud, But gives grace
    to the humble.
  • It is the humble that receive Gods grace (i.e.,
    favor freely given)

55
The Fifth Step (cont.)
  • NKJ 2 Samuel 2226 "With the merciful You will
    show Yourself merciful With a blameless man You
    will show Yourself blameless
  • NKJ Matthew 57 Blessed are the merciful, For
    they shall obtain mercy.
  • NKJ James 213 For judgment is without mercy to
    the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs
    over judgment.
  • NKJ Proverbs 1117 The merciful man does good for
    his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his
    own flesh.
  • NKJ Proverbs 2211 He who loves purity of heart
    purity of heart only comes by being a continual
    giver of mercy - a mercier And has grace on his
    lips undeserved favor for all, The king God
    will be his friend not just a son, not just a
    bond servant, but a friend of God!
  • Words in added by author

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The Fifth Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Psalm 671 To the Chief Musician. On stringed
    instruments. A Psalm. A Song. God be merciful to
    us and bless us mercy, And cause His face to
    shine upon us grace. Selah 2 That Your way
    mercy may be known on earth, Your salvation
    mercy among all nations. 3 Let the peoples
    praise You, O God Let all the peoples praise
    You. 4 Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for
    joy! For You shall judge the people righteously
    mercy, And govern the nations on earth. Selah
    5 Let the peoples praise You, O God Let all the
    peoples praise You. 6 Then the earth shall yield
    her increase mercy God, our own God, shall
    bless us. 7 God shall bless us, And all the ends
    of the earth shall fear Him.
  • Words in added by author

57
The Sixth Step
  • NKJ Romans 123 and changed the glory of the
    incorruptible God into an image made like
    corruptible man -- and birds and four-footed
    animals and creeping things.
  • Think of it! Changed Gods glory into something
    else - a corruptible something else
  • God is seen as a monster of destruction and force
  • However, Gods glory is being merciful
  • By becoming givers of mercy (merciers) we can
    change our love of corruption back into a true
    love of His glory

58
The Sixth Step (cont.)
  • When our eyes being single on God as our wisdom
    then we exchange all images of corruptible things
    for the glory of God
  • Christ-in-you, the hope of glory releases our
    eyes from their bondage to self-desires
  • We see the need of others as He sees them
  • God then takes over to separate you to the
    holiness of the zeal of His own love in your
    heart
  • The dishonor disappears as you honor your
    redeeming God in all relations to all creatures
  • We can do it in the will of mercy
  • Gods love and will is to give life
  • The giving of life is MERCY

59
The Sixth Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Matthew 622 " The lamp of the body is the
    eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole
    body will be full of light. 23 "But if your eye
    is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
    If therefore the light that is in you is
    darkness, how great is that darkness!
  • We either see God as He revealed Himself -
    Merciful - leading to being full of the light of
    mercy or we make God in our image - judgmental -
    leading to being deceived into thinking that the
    darkness of legalism we have is light
  • NKJ Matthew 2324 "Blind guides, who strain out a
    gnat and swallow a camel!

60
The Sixth Step (cont.)
  • Remember that we are not seeking the presents of
    God but rather Gods presence
  • However, in order to see Him as He is we must
    have the veils of deception removed from our
    lives
  • I am referring to the mask(s) that we wear to
    keep others from seeing who and what we really
    are our personas
  • The same mask(s) that we wear to keep others from
    seeing what we are really like also keep(s) us
    from seeing what God is really like

61
The Sixth Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Psalm 1154 Their idols are silver and gold,
    The work of men's hands. 5 They have mouths, but
    they speak not eyes have they, but they see not
    6 They have ears, but they hear not noses have
    they, but they smell not 7 They have hands, but
    they handle not feet have they, but they walk
    not neither speak they through their throat. 8
    They that make them are like unto them so is
    every one that trusteth in them.
  • We become like what we worship therefore, it is
    paramount that we see God accurately in order to
    become just like Him
  • NKJ 1 John 32 Beloved, now we are children of
    God and it has not yet been revealed what we
    shall be, but we know that when He is revealed,
    we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He
    is.

62
The Sixth Step (cont.)
  • NKJ 2 Corinthians 318 But we all, with unveiled
    face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the
    Lord, are being transformed into the same image
    from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the
    Lord.
  • Furthermore, we must realize how great is our God
  • NKJ Acts 424 So when they heard that, they
    raised their voice to God with one accord and
    said "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and
    earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
  • As we realize how great our God is then giving
    Him glory becomes a natural response and faith
    becomes easy

63
The Seventh Step
  • NKJ Romans 124 Therefore God also gave them up
    to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to
    dishonor their bodies among themselves,
  • Lusts (strong desires) of our heart cause us to
    change the truth of God into a lie and to worship
    the creature more than the creator
  • Mercy is a zeal, a controlled fire, a divine
    passion, to effect the proof and image of Gods
    love by filling the need of others
  • The mercying heart finds a power working within,
    a holy fire, that destroys the need-to-sin
  • There is no lust or power of the devil which that
    holy zeal (i.e., mercy) cannot destroy

64
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Romans 1221 Do not be overcome by evil, but
    overcome evil with good.
  • NKJ Matthew 1917a So He said to him, "Why do you
    call Me good? No one is good but One, that is,
    God.
  • Evil is overcome by God as we yield our lives to
    His mercy in extending mercy to those wronging us
  • NKJ Matthew 544 "But I say to you, love your
    enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to
    those who hate you, and pray for those who
    spitefully use you and persecute you,
  • Holy love is holy fire and mercy is love in action

65
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NAU John 724 "Do not judge according to
    appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
  • There are two types of judgment, according to
  • appearance and accusation of evil (condemnation)
  • truth and mercy (righteous judgment)
  • NAU Matthew 71 "Do not judge so that you will
    not be judged. 2 "For in the way you judge, you
    will be judged and by your standard of measure,
    it will be measured to you.
  • The measure which you use for others is the very
    same measure which will be used for you

66
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Matthew 58 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.
  • This is the Spirit of Holiness, which is the
    Spirit of purifying, fire, separation from all
    that is not God
  • NKJ Matthew 311 "I indeed baptize you with water
    unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is
    mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to
    carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit
    and fire.
  • The blessedness of the understanding open and
    alive in the knowledge of God is is the ability
    to see God as He really is

67
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • To see God, means to be opened to Him, and alive
    in His light, and to see as He sees - in LOVE
  • We view others the way we view ourselves
  • Without a purified heart we will see God in our
    image
  • We must submit to Gods cleansing fire, becoming
    merciers, in order to have our hearts purified
  • NKJ Isaiah 4810 Behold, I have refined you, but
    not as silver I have tested you in the furnace
    of affliction.
  • NKJ 1 Peter 122 Since you have purified your
    souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in
    sincere love of the brethren, love one another
    fervently with a pure heart,

68
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Matthew 1518 "But those things which proceed
    out of the mouth come from the heart, and they
    defile a man.
  • The scribes and Pharisees were offended by Jesus,
    because His disciples did not ceremonially wash
    their hands when they ate their food
  • They were offended because He did not keep the
    tradition of the elders
  • However, Jesus pointed out that they transgressed
    Gods commandments by their traditions
  • One such tradition was that they could designate
    support that should go to their parents as
    corban (Hebrew for gift, offering, or oblation)
    and give it to the Religious Leaders

69
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • By declaring it corban they could supposedly be
    exempt from honoring their father and mother as
    stated in the Ten Commandments (5th Command)
  • NKJ Exodus 2012 " Honor your father and your
    mother, that your days may be long upon the land
    which the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Their tradition rendered the Word of God of no
    effect
  • NKJ Mark 713 "making the word of God of no
    effect through your tradition which you have
    handed down. And many such things you do."
  • They were hypocrites, RELIGIOUS ACTORS

70
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • They honored God with their lips but their heart
    was far from Him
  • Such worship was and is vain, empty, useless
  • It was teaching, as rules for life, the
    commandments of men - their heart was wrong
  • These religious actors (hypocrites) were
    scrupulously attentive in seeing ceremonial
    observances, but stone blind to the one important
    thing which they were doing - making the Word of
    no effect
  • The reason for this level of blindness is a
    defiled heart

71
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Jesus corrected their error concerning eating
    with ceremonially unclean hands by stating that
    it was what came out of the person that defiled
    not what goes into them
  • NKJ Matthew 1511 "Not what goes into the mouth
    defiles a man but what comes out of the mouth,
    this defiles a man."
  • Jesus later explained that it was what came out
    of the heart of person that defiled them
  • NKJ Matthew 1518 "But those things which proceed
    out of the mouth come from the heart, and they
    defile a man.
  • Point 1 of a purified heart It is what comes out
    of the heart that defiles the heart

72
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • A defiled heart is caused by what proceeds out of
    it
  • What does proceed out of a defiled heart?
  • NKJ Mark 721 "For from within, out of the heart
    of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries,
    fornications, murders, 22 "thefts, covetousness,
    wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye,
    blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 "All these evil
    things come from within and defile a man.
  • Covetousness is the central name on the list
  • Covetousness is lust (Romans 77)
  • Lust, or coveting, is the source of the
    corruption which is in the world (2 Peter 14)
  • Covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 35)

73
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Idolatry is the love and worship of something in
    Gods place
  • Therefore, coveting is the root of all evils
  • The breaking of the tenth commandment is what
    causes the other nine to be broken
  • NKJ Exodus 2017 " You shall not covet your
    neighbor's house you shall not covet your
    neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his
    female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor
    anything that is your neighbor's.
  • Point 2 of a purified heart covetousness-lust
    proceeds out of the heart and defiles the man

74
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Matthew 2325 "Woe to you, scribes and
    Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the
    outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are
    full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 "Blind
    Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and
    dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
    27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
    hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs
    which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but
    inside are full of dead men's bones and all
    uncleanness. 28 "Even so you also outwardly
    appear righteous to men, but inside you are full
    of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

75
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Jesus declares four times, in these four verses,
    that those directly named (the religious leaders
    or clergy) are defiled WITHIN
  • However, this was not truth without mercy for in
    Christ Jesus mercy and truth have met together
  • Jesus was not venting an overflow of aggravation
    or angry like we regular humans get angry
  • He was pointing to the one and only hope left to
    them and by so doing was extending mercy
  • The mercy is found in the words, Cleanse first
    that which is WITHIN

76
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Again, four times with unerring aim, Jesus points
    to the ONE thing wrong they were unclean WITHIN
  • Any one of them, then or now, who would be
    willing to ACKNOWLEDGE the truth of what He said,
    AND appeal to Him for deliverance, would find
    that the truth was with MERCY, for that was what
    He had come to do
  • He was not just closing the matter but rather was
    opening the way out CLEANSE FIRST THAT WHICH IS
    WITHIN

77
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • It is true that the blood of Jesus Christ
    cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 17b)
  • It is equally true that if we walk IN THE LIGHT,
    as He is in the light, we have fellowship with
    Him (1 John 17a)
  • THEN, in that WALK, there is a continual
    purifying, cleansing of the heart from all sin,
    by the blood of Jesus
  • This is how the heart may be cleansed (cleansed
    within) and kept free from defilement

78
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Luke 1137 And as He spoke, a certain
    Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went
    in and sat down to eat. 8 When the Pharisee saw
    it, he marveled that He had not first washed
    before dinner. 39 Then the Lord said to him,
    "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup
    and dish clean, but your inward part is full of
    greed and wickedness. 40 "Foolish ones! Did not
    He who made the outside make the inside also? 41
    "But rather give alms of such things as you have
    then indeed all things are clean to you. 42 "But
    woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue
    and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and
    the love of God. These you ought to have done,
    without leaving the others undone.

79
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • The Pharisee was faultfinding with the True Light
    because he did not conform to one of their
    ceremonials of exterior holiness
  • This holiness in forms (e.g., ceremonials and
    symbols) is that which is outside and is the
    way the whole world worships
  • The world ascribes holiness to the office of
    priests, symbols, vestments, writings, etc. -
    THINGS OUTSIDE
  • However, there can never be any deliverance of
    mankind from the power of the devil (i.e.,
    deception) except as the heart is opened up and
    exposed
  • Gods Kingdom must come WITHIN - Lord Jesus reign!

80
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Jesus stated, directly, in words, that their
    inward part - their heart - was full of lust,
    uncleanness and all wickedness
  • They did not refute that directly but wanted to
    kill Jesus
  • People do not like having their heart exposed
  • But Jesus said that He who made the outside, made
    also that which is WITHIN
  • Jesus sought to focus their attention on the
    heart, by the expressions inward part and that
    which is within
  • Then He declared the MERCY

81
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Luke 1141 "But rather give alms of such
    things as you have then indeed all things are
    clean to you.
  • The Greek phrase for such things as you have is
    ta enonta where ta means the things and
    enonta is a compound word meaning within
  • NAU Luke 1141 "But give that which is within as
    charity, and then all things are clean for you.
  • Jesus was talking about things outside and
    inside, without and within

82
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Jesus was talking about what they have and do
    WITHIN the heart, and what a terrible condition
    of defilement they were in
  • This was true even though they were exceedingly
    religious - Jesus called them religious ACTORS
  • A hypocrite is an actor - one who performs
    outwardly what they are not within
  • However, Jesus shows them the key to overcoming
    this inward defilement

83
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Give alms from the heart (from within) and you
    are truly cleansed, and are not defiled by things
    outside of you
  • Jesus has declared that as truly as the evil
    thoughts defile from within that from within can
    come forth cleansing
  • This cleansing will clean the inside (the heart)
    and the outside (our relation to all things) of
    the man
  • This giving must be of things that you have

84
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • There are three vital keys here
  • Such as you have (you can not give what you do
    not have)
  • What you have WITHIN
  • We are to give that
  • NKJ 1 Corinthians 47b And what do you have that
    you did not receive?
  • NKJ 2 Corinthians 41b as we have received mercy,
    we do not lose heart.
  • NKJ Titus 35 according to His mercy He saved us

85
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • What we have received freely from God we are to
    give freely
  • NKJ Matthew 108b Freely you have received,
    freely give.
  • Mercy is what we have all received and it is
    within us by the Spirit of Mercy (the Holy
    Spirit)!
  • Jesus is saying that if we give mercy it will
    cleanse us on the inside and purify our view of
    things without

86
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • The evil heart pours out that which defiles the
    man
  • The good heart pours out that which purifies the
    man
  • Our hearts are purified by faith, we are cleansed
    by the blood of Jesus, we are made holy and
    righteous by His grace, and through Jesus Christ
    - we are made a new creature
  • And it is all, literally all, MERCY!

87
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • What does the new heart do which purifies instead
    of defiles?
  • It gives that which it has received - MERCY!
  • How can we abide in a purified heart?
  • By doing that which purifies!
  • NAU Luke 1141 "But give that which is within as
    charity, and then all things are clean for you.
  • However, you can not understand this teaching
    except by doing it

88
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • God earnestly desires you to be more than
    conquerors through Him that loved us
  • However, you can not be this apart from a
    purified heart
  • NKJ Matthew 58 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God.

89
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ John 738 "He who believes in Me, as the
    Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow
    rivers of living water." 39a But this He spoke
    concerning the Spirit,
  • NKJ 1 Corinthians 619 Or do you not know that
    your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is
    in you, whom you have from God, and you are not
    your own?
  • NKJ 1 John 227a But the anointing which you have
    received from Him abides in you,
  • NKJ Proverbs 1821 Death and life are in the
    power of the tongue, And those who love it will
    eat its fruit.

90
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • NKJ Mark 721 "For from within, out of the heart
    of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries,
    fornications, murders, 22 "thefts, covetousness,
    wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye,
    blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 "All these
    evil things come from within and defile a man."
  • Evil thoughts are from evil desires of
    anti-mercy
  • Evil thoughts are the images of those evil
    desires
  • Evil desires are made strong and able by the
    thoughts which make a place for them and a way
    for them
  • What we think about grows in our heart to become
    intentions and then actions - for good or bad

91
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • We are to stop thinking anti-mercy thoughts and
    start thinking mercy thoughts
  • NAU Philippians 48 Finally, brethren, whatever
    is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
    right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
    whatever is of good repute, if there is any
    excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
    dwell on these things.
  • Thoughts of good are from desires of mercy
  • Mercy is
  • a passion to do the good that another needs
  • the infinite supply of pure love for every need
  • Again, this giving of mercy purifies the giver

92
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • For every case of the works of evil thoughts,
    mentioned by Jesus the purifying opposite is
    found in the thought and prayer of mercy
  • Flood them with mercy fulfilling all their need
  • The strength of this prayer is the BLOOD of Jesus
  • Our very knowledge of what mercy is comes by the
    blood of Jesus
  • The power of the blood of Jesus is Gods mercy
    overcoming evil!
  • NKJ Revelation 1211 "And they overcame him
    Satan by the blood of the Lamb mercy and by
    the word of their testimony mercy, and they did
    not love their lives to the death all mercy.
    (Words in added by author)

93
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • The evil thoughts and temptations of adulteries
    and fornications can all be overcome by
    persistently praying the mercy prayer
  • Again, it is the giving of what we have within -
    MERCY - that purifies and overcomes evil with
    good
  • NKJ Romans 1221 Do not be overcome by evil, but
    overcome evil with good.
  • That is Gods truth, Gods method, Gods plan
  • Gods way to overcome evil is to overcome it WITH
    GOOD

94
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Adulteries and fornication's are covetous desires
    of evil
  • Do the opposite good and it (i.e., mercy)
    overcomes them
  • We can overcome evil with good because it is the
    Holy Spirit who does the doing through us
  • NKJ Ezekiel 3627 "I will put My Spirit within
    you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you
    will keep My judgments and do them.
  • Just as the evil spirit does the evil through us
  • NKJ Ephesians 22c the spirit Satan who now
    works in the sons of disobedience,

95
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • When the thoughts of adultery and fornication
    come we must learn to pray instead of think
  • That is, we oppose the evil thoughts by turning
    to the Lord in prayer
  • Turning to the Lord is turning AWAY from the evil
    desire
  • Praying to Him is putting Him and His pleasure
    before our eyes in place of that which tempts us
    to evil
  • Flood them with mercy fulfilling all their need
  • That means, GIVE instead of GET
  • Help, strengthen, BLESS, instead of defile

96
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • The opposite of looking on a woman or man to lust
    after her or him is to look on them with the
    desire and prayer for their best good
  • Sometimes you may have to pray the Mercy prayer
    repeatedly for it to take hold in your heart
  • But the turning to God, and the thinking of His
    GOoD thoughts, robs the evil spirit of its power
  • The answer to the Mercy prayer destroys the evil
  • KJV Isaiah 1027b and the yoke shall be destroyed
    because of the anointing mercy.
  • The angels go forth and separate the evil from
    the good
  • The Holy Spirit pours from us and defeats and
    casts down the unclean spirit and all its lusts

97
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • The whole Kingdom of God goes into action, and
    into motion to accomplish that mercy and to fill
    the need WHEN THE BELIEVER PRAYS
  • True lowliness prays so, and triumphs, for the
    Holy Spirit is the SPIRIT of prayer
  • NLT Zechariah 1210 "Then I will pour out a
    spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David
    and on all the people of Jerusalem.
  • NKJ Romans 826 Likewise the Spirit also helps in
    our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should
    pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself
    makes intercession for us with groanings which
    cannot be uttered.
  • The lowliness is the Holy Spirit, and the mercy
    is the passion of the Holy Spirit to do good

98
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Murders are obliterated by the Mercy prayer upon
    the one you hate-and-want-dead
  • We murder in the heart just as truly as
    committing adultery in the heart
  • The opposite of looking on someone with
    destroying lust in the heart is to look on that
    one with desire and prayer, in the heart, for
    their best good (God knows just what that is)
  • What we know is that they, like us, need MERCY
  • We ask God to pour abundantly overflowing floods
    of mercy on the object-of-evil-thoughts-and-tempta
    tion and all things become clean to us
  • It is the purified heart overcoming evil with good

99
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Thefts, covetousness, and wickedness are all
    workings of desire to take away what belongs to
    another in order to satisfy and please ourselves
  • Lust is coveting desire
  • If you pray the Mercy prayer then God is in all
    your thoughts and the evil is overcome and
    destroyed
  • If you pray to give instead of steal, the theft
    is destroyed
  • It is the same way with all covetousness and
    wickedness

100
The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Lasciviousness is the maggot like pleasure of
    enjoying all kinds of unclean thoughts
  • One of the most certain proofs that the world is
    DEAD in trespasses and sins is lasciviousness -
    an internal pleasure in uncleanness, especially
    in sexual things
  • The Holy Spirit will purify and cleanse all
    things before you if you will persist in the
    Mercy Prayer
  • Mercy is a passion just as truly as
    lasciviousness is a passion but mercy is a
    passion to do good to another
  • It is Gods clean and holy passion of heavenly
    love, to GIVE instead of GET

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The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • An evil eye desires to see evil happen to another
    and often is the retaliating spirit at work
  • It means to project evil from the heart
  • What will pluck out the evil eye, as Jesus said?
  • Changing it at the root by projecting good
  • Praying the Mercy Prayer upon whom your eye is
    set will cause it to be swallowed up in the GOoD
    eye - MERCY
  • Gods eye is not an evil eye for that is the
    devils eye, the destroyer and the thief
  • NKJ John 1010 "The thief does not come except to
    steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come
    that they may have life, and that they may have
    it more abundantly.

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The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Gods eye is good
  • NLT Jeremiah 2911 For I know the plans I have
    for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good
    and not for disaster, to give you a future and a
    hope.
  • If you will pray Gods thoughts and His ways, by
    praying the Mercy Prayer, then Your eye will
    become good
  • We ask God to project good - floods - and when we
    do so we are seeing in His light as He sees
  • NKJ Psalm 369 For with You is the fountain of
    life In Your light we see light.

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The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Blasphemy, pride, and foolishness are all much
    the same thing
  • All blasphemy is both proud and foolish
  • All pride is both blasphemous - in character -
    and utterly foolish in truth
  • Foolishness is the working of folly, and the love
    of it
  • Foolishness is blasphemous in character, because
    it is exalting folly in place of giving thanks
  • The opposite of foolishness is giving of thanks
    and praise to God
  • NKJ Ephesians 54 neither filthiness, nor foolish
    talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not
    fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

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The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • Foolishness, foolish talking, and jesting are
    full of pride (i.e., the desire to show off)
  • Foolishness is a love of the pleasure of folly
  • Folly is wisdom dead
  • In all cases the character of blasphemy, pride,
    and foolishness is the complete opposite of both
    lowliness and mercy
  • Giving thanks is clean and wise and light from
    heaven
  • Giving thanks is lowly
  • Giving of thanks is the very spirit of lowliness
    and mercy

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The Seventh Step (cont.)
  • In all cases the character of blasphemy, pride,
    and foolishness is the complete opposite of both
    lowliness and mercy
  • Giving of thanks is the very spirit of lowliness
    and mercy
  • The prayer for FLOODS of Mercy from Heaven, is
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