Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Is Your 'Holy Ghost' Counterfeit?

by steven masone

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. 

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His" (Rom. 8:9)

JOHN 4:24  God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit, 

and in truth.

"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him."

"My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love." I John 4:7-8. 

What God is like (substituting "God" for "love" in I Corinthians 13:4-8)

God is patient and kind; God is never jealous, he is not boastful nor conceited, he is never rude, God never seeks his own way, he does not take offense nor store up grievances and is always ready to make allowances. We know God is like this since the Bible tells us love is like this.
"Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offense or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth.It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love never comes to an end." I Corinthians 13:4-8

Love of enemies

"But I [Jesus] say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it. Treat others as you would like people to treat you... You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked." Luke 6:27-31,35

"That is why we do not waver; indeed, though this outer human nature of ours may be falling into decay, at the same time our inner nature is renewed day by day... since what we aim for is not visible but invisible. Visible things are transitory, but invisible things eternal." II Corinthians 4:16-18

"After saying this, what can we add? If God is for us, who can be against us? Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us, then can we not expect that with him he will freely give us all his gifts? Who can bring any accusation against those that God has chosen? When God grants saving justice who can condemn? Are we not sure that it is Christ Jesus, who died - yes more, who was raised from the dead and is at God's right hand - and who is adding his plea for us? Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ - can hardships or distress, or persecution. or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence; scripture says: 'For your sake we are being massacred all day long, treated as sheep to be slaughtered'? No; we come through all these things triumphantly victorious, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39

Knowing God directly by sharing in his Spirit

"... but it is as scripture says: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, what the mind of man cannot visualize; all that God has prepared for those who love him, to us, though, God has given revelation through the Spirit, for the Spirit explores the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, is there anyone who knows the qualities of anyone except his own spirit, within him; and in the same way, nobody knows the qualities of God except the Spirit of God. Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God's own Spirit , so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us. And these are what we speak of not in he terms learnt from human philosophy, but in terms learnt from the Spirit, fitting spiritual language to spiritual things. The natural person has no room for the gifts of God's Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognize them, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit. The spiritual person, on the other hand, can assess the value of everything, and his own value cannot be assessed by anybody else. For: who has ever known mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser? But we are those who have the mind of Christ." I Corinthians 2:9-1

End times

"Many false prophets will arise; they will deceive many, and with the increase of lawlessness, love in most people will grow cold; but anyone who stands firm to the end will be saved." Matthew 24:12-13

Love casts out fear
"God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. Love comes to its perfection in us when we can face the Day of Judgment fearlessly, because even in this world we have become as he is. In love there is no room for fear, butperfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and whoever is afraid has not come to perfection in love. Let us love, then because he first loved us." I John 4:16-19

Love is the goal of faith

"The final goal at which this instruction aims is love, issuing from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith. Some people have missed the way to these things and turned to empty speculation, trying to be teachers of the Law; but they understand neither the words they use nor the matters about which they make such strong assertions." I Timothy 1:5-7

Love is more important than faith
"...and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains -- if I am without love, I am nothing." I Corinthians 13:2.
"As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love , the three of them; and the greatest of them is love." I Corinthians 13:13

Love in action"Let everything you do be done in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14

A Liar And Murderer!

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his

 brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 John 3:15 - Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has

 eternal life abiding in him.

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