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PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING - Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set
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Point 8:  This is the NUMBER 1 WAY
 
 
God leads his children!
 
This leads into into the assembling of God's people, this fellowship coming together and the Prophets - prophesy, exhort and give comfort. This is the dynamics of God with the Church supporting individual hearing from God. It is important for members to be baptised into the corporate vision too.
 
What is God saying? –What is God saying is what we should say to those asking for prayer for we do not know how to pray – the great Intercessor does.
What is HE SAYING?
 
1 Corinthians 14:3 (King James Version)
 
But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
 
Romans 8:26 (King James Version)
 
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 
Ephesians 6:18 (King James Version)
 
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
 
Romans8:14 (King James Version)
 
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 
The N.T. Believer hears from God personally. The Prophet operates in at least two of these gifts: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits and the gift of prophecy.
 
 
 
Point 9: Another Challenge to "Purpose-Driven!"
The “Sons of God” are not led by someone telling them what to do!
 
 
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 
 
Point 10:   Understanding Romans 6, 8, Ephesians 1 & 2, & I John 5 
removes the "Purpose Driven" Model
 
Romans 6 (King James Version)
 
The whole concept of the Christian walk is explained here about the old man (of flesh) being dead, the individual now joined to Christ Jesus being raised up with him in resurrection power.
 
A contrast to the strict laws of "purpose-driven" is the liberation being offered here. Of LIFE and not DEATH once the dying to self process is complete - the life being JESUS - not man's ideas!
 
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
 
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
 
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
 
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
 
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
 
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
 
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
 
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
 
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
 
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
 
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
 
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
 
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
 
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
 
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
 
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
 
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
 
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
 
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
 
 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now shamed? for the end of those things is death.
 
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
 
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Romans 8 (King James Version)
 
It is clear that the "purpose driven" model has its roots in humanism rather than the Word of God and so from this passage we can discern plenty of condemnation for its adherents. Since the "Purpose Driven" era, there has clearly formed a competitive spirit between fellowships on numbers etc.
 
It is clear too that the carnality of "purpose driven" is regarded as enmity against God, the emphasis here being to move by the Spirit, recognising human inability so as the strength of God can manifest through the Spirit Led Son of God.
 
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
 
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
 
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
 
 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
 
 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
 
 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.
 
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
 
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
 
 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
 
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 
 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
 
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
 
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
 
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
 
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, ven we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
 
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
 
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
 
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
 
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
 
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
 
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, hem he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
 
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
 
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
 
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
 
 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen gain, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
 
 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
 
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
 
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
 
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Ephesians 1 KJV
 
The Calling of God on the believer is here and that is to be holy and without blame. Whilst it is true you can have man-made ethical business plans, these are not holy!
 
The Believer is not called to follow such a plan but instead (on the eyes being open) an understanding comes of the true calling on the Believer, that is the Believer being the fullness of HIM! 
 
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
 
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
 
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
 
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
 
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
 
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
 
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
 
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
 
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
 
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
 
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
 
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
 
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
 
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
 
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
 
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
 
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
 
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
 
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
 
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
 
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
 
Ephesians 2 KJV
 
This Chapter begins with times past having establish the quickened state of the believer.
 
This quickened state is "not of works" thus leaving "purpose driven" in great difficulty.
 
What is exciting here is the heavenly places walk so far away from human philosophy and business methods - this is the place to be!
 
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
 
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
 
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
 
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
 
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
 
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
 
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
 
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
 
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
 
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
 
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
 
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
 
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
 
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
 
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
 
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
 
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
 
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
 
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
 
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
 
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
 
1 John 5 (King James Version)
 
Overcoming the World does not come by appeasing it with user-friendly programmes. It comes by offering a hand from the heavenly place so that others through repentance by faith can come and be one in Christ in the heavenly places - as overcomers!
 
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
 
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
 
 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
 
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
 
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
 
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
 
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
 
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
 
 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
 
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
 
 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
 
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
 
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
 
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
 
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
 
 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I don ot say that he shall pray for it.
 
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
 
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
 
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
 
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
 
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.