Guarding Yourself from the Idolatry of Unbelief

by John Greene

death-to-lifeIn the last study, I reviewed the dilemma that all of mankind faces, the tendency to receive the things of man over what our Heavenly Father, His Son and the Spirit tell each of us – including what the truth of scripture says. However, last time this tendency to listen to the fables of various men and women was considered within the framework of love. At some point, love must be returned or love isn’t love at all – but hatred. So each of us must decide whether we will return that love or reject it for the love of another, even the love of our own selves. (“Consenting to Fables of Men“; “The Idolatry Factor“; “The Basics of Strongholds & Idolatry“)

agreement with YHWHLet’s face the facts. How often do you actually seize upon the testimony of man and give this more validity than anything that Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] has done for you? For example, this happens all the time in political elections, where millions of professed Christians lose sight of reality for a fictional soap opera of worldly ringleaders that want attention to what they claim are one or more of the most important topics in your life – despite the reality that little actually changes over time. They claim to hold the answers, while professed Christians become conflicted and put in turmoil by the drama and the potentials of fear. Another example is listening to the testimony of a certain religious leader over the testimony of scripture based on what this leader professes, even though this profession is not scripture, nor even part of scripture. If you are doing these things, you are likely in the dangerous territory of putting the testimony of man first. Scripture tells us that generic confession alone isn’t the reality behind the truth of righteousness that our Savior spoke, but true AGREEMENT with our Savior IS. (“Understanding Sin“; “Agreement with YHWH – Not the World“; “Millenniums of Human Exploitation“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)

“Beloved, do not believe every ruach [spirit], but discern between the ruachs [spirits], whether they are from Elohim. Because many false prophets come forward to the world. By this One you know the Ruach of Elohim. Every ruach that agrees with the living appearance of Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah is from Elohim. Then, every ruach that does not agree with the living appearance of Yahshua Messiah is not from Elohim. This then is the antichrist that you heard will make an appearance, and at the present time, is already in the world.” – 1 John 4:1-3, PT4

“Then this is the witness, that Elohim offered to us everlasting life, and the same life is in His own Son. Anyone possessing the Son possesses life. Anyone not possessing the Son of Elohim does not possess life. I have written this to you believers on the Authority of the Son of Elohim with the purpose that you know you possess everlasting life, and that you believe on the Authority of the Son of Elohim. Then this is the outspokenness we possess in Him, because when asked anything according to His own purpose, He hears us. Then because when we know He hears us, whatever is asked, that we know we possess the requests that are asked from Him.” – 1 John 5:11-15, P4T

american exceptionalism vanityIs there a requirement in the offer for everlasting life? Many have decided that the answer is ‘no’. However, John agrees with the rest of scripture, indicating a different conclusion is truth. To seize after the testimony of man instead of the testimony of Elohim is idolatry, which is unbelief, the only sin that always leads to death. Preferring the testimony of man over Elohim is supplanting His Authority, becoming as an antichrist. When a disciple fully accepts what He says and seeks to build a relationship with Elohim, this one is said to possess or hold life through Messiah, being able to be regenerated through the Set Apart Spirit of Elohim [‘Holy Spirit’]. This relationship builds trust and the confidence that He hears the concerns of His people. As individuals, we believe in what has been done for us. In this way, through trust, each of us possesses Him in mind and heart, or at least, is actively seeking to do this, even as you seek to banish the love of the world from your life. (“Leaders & the Antichrist Spirit of Wisdom“; “Love: Departing From Death to Life“; “Loving the World & Rejecting the Messiah“; “Foundation of Salvation“; “Roots of Salvation“)

“When anyone observes his brother missing the mark in sin not ending in death, that one will ask and receive life for not sinning into death. There is sin that leads to death due to a darkened and hardened heart. Do not speak with the purpose of praying around that sin or for these rebels. (Jeremiah 7:6-16, 11:13-14) All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. Know that all regenerated of Elohim do not miss the mark, but are regenerated from Elohim guarding that one, and wickedness does not touch that one. Know that we are from Elohim, and the whole world is laid out in wickedness. But know that the Son of Elohim is present and grants us deeper understanding with the purpose of knowing truth in His Son Yahshua Messiah. This is the true Elohim and everlasting life. Beloved, guard yourselves from idols. May it be so.” – 1 John 5:16-21, P4T

baptism-of-trust-Holy-SpiritJohn admonishes disciples to observe their brothers and sisters in truth, to assist them in belief and relationship with their Father, and encouraging them to repent. The sin of unbelief leads to death and cannot be overcome through prayer, except through belief and repentance before death. Disciples are regenerated through the Set Apart Ruach [‘Holy Spirit‘], protected by Elohim and remain untouched by wickedness. Disciples can come to know deeper understanding through discernment in the Ruach [Spirit] through Yahshua Messiah. Each of us needs to ask and seek to be in harmony with His Will, to be in complete agreement with Him. (“The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Faith: What You Believe is Important“; “Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“)

“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your righteousness. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. May it be as you have promised!
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The name Yahshua [Y’shua] is an original language name for Jesus.
He is often referred to simply as the Messiah or Master.
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