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Am I A Pharisee






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Am I A Pharisee

Paul said that he was a Pharisee because he believed in angels or spirits and that people will rise from the dead. Am I a Pharisee because I believe that people can rise from the dead? I also believe in angels, good and evil spirits. I can tell you why I believe in both.

It is because the Holy Scriptures tell us that good and evil spirits exist.

1 Corinthians 12:10 is just one of the places that talks about spirits and there many others.

The Spirit gives one person the power to do miracles, another ability to prophesy and another ability to know the difference between good and evil spirits. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak in different kinds of languages and another ability to interpret those languages. (1 Corinthians 12:10 New Century Version)

It’s the word, so it is true! I’ve seen evil spirits attack both children and men that are immature in their faith and not ready to move on to the next level. The Scriptures tell us what to look for and that it is our faith in Christ that can remove the evil spirits. In order to remove the evil we must first open our eyes and hearts to the fact that evil spirits exist.

“Our fight is not against people on earth, but is against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. It is against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world”. (Ephesians 6:12 New Century Version)

Yes I am saying that we are at war against the evil one and that the battle is a spiritual one. As soldiers in this battle, we need to know the Word and live by it and teach it. We all need to know him for ourselves. Give the Word to your wives and children. That is why God appointed you head of the wife as Christ is head of the church.

Through the word you can see evil spirits and will have the tools to defeat them. Instruct them in the word and live in the word. It’s an everyday battle, not a single, one stop, solution. Every day we study and learn. Every day we grow in faith. Every day we sacrifice. Every day we suffer, just as Christ suffered for us.

We evaluate our actions and the actions of others in their walk with God.

When an evil spirit attacks my son, it throws him on the ground. Then he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes very stiff. I asked your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they couldn’t.” (Mark 9:18 New Century Version)

It’s funny how so many selfish children and adults act in this manner. Their spirit is affected by a demon and they don’t recognize it, they don’t know. It is caused by a lack of knowledge, faith and understanding of the word. The word tells us that we can perform miracles if we have faith.

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will be able to do what I did to this tree and even more. You will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Go, fall into the sea.’ And if you have faith, it will happen” Matthew 21:21

Paul, in this story, is being judged by men (Pharisees and the Sadducees) that believed in the law. The Sadducees did not believe in angels or spirits and that people will rise from the dead.

The two groups fell short in their obedience to the Word. The Word told them of Christ’s coming and because they would not repent of their sins and were not obedient to God’s Word, their hearts were hardened and their eyes closed.

Act 27:28

Because these people have become stubborn, they don’t hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might really understand what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They might really understand in their minds and come back to me and be healed.’

The Sadducees and the Pharisees had become too stubborn to hear with their ears and they closed their eyes. They refused to believe that Christ was the way. They didn’t understand the Word because they wanted their own way. They wanted it all, power, fame and money. The way of Christ is to sacrifice and give.

Just like the authorities today, the principalities that rule the world today take and give nothing. They devise systems that govern by fear. If you don’t do this, then this will happen to you. You must do this, by that date. They sound like the Sadducees and the Pharisees. They obey the law when it benefits them and break the law when it benefits them.

They want you to make promises you can’t keep and take the food out of your child’s plate to keep them. A company went bankrupt the other day, reorganized and now wants to pay $20mil in bonuses to top execs. They take and take and give nothing.

There will come a day when the true and righteous judge will have his say. So who do I trust? Do I trust that man will do what is right?  No!

I trust in the righteous judge and my hope is in the will of God and his Word. These men were trusted to save a company. But whose interests will they serve? Can they be trusted to do what is right?

Luke 16:10

Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with a little is dishonest with a lot.

Luke 12:31

But seek God’s kingdom, and all your other needs will be met as well.

Can we trust men whose desire is for money to lead us?

If they hope for a better future, then should they not give up their bonus to keep others working for the future? Or do they lie? Is this a trick of an evil spirit? They claim to have Faith that the economy is going to get better, so where is the work?

James 2:18

Someone might say, “You have faith, but I have deeds.” Show me your faith without doing anything, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

So, wouldn’t it be good to sacrifice now for a better future for all. Sacrifice and service is leadership!

Isaiah 6:9-10 (New Century Version)

9 Then the Lord said, “Go and tell this to the people: ‘You will listen and listen, but you will not understand. You will look and look, but you will not learn.’ 10 Make the minds of these people dumb. Shut their ears. Cover their eyes. Otherwise, they might really understand what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They might really understand in their minds and come back to me and be healed.”

Paul defended himself against the Sadducees and the Pharisees, his accusers. They wanted to have him judged guilty and convict him for following the way of Jesus, and for confessing and repenting. Before his conversion, Paul was just like these men. Following men and not the Word, he did as they did.

But God choose him. God picked him and his talents. God picked him in much the same way as he picked Abraham. He picked Abraham, because of his experiences, his preparation and because he withstood the test of faith. He confessed his sins. I was just like you (Sadducees and Pharisees) stubborn and unable to see God words and commands until I confessed and repented my sins.  Now I am truly free from the evil that imprisoned me (his spirit).

As you read through Acts starting with his imprisonment in Jerusalem (Acts 22) through his imprisonment in Rome (Acts 27) Paul was in a spiritual battle. Man tried to imprison him, but God set him free. Even those that did not believe in the ways of law and were not followers of Christ could find no fault. Those that wanted to find Paul guilty, were those that refused to find fault in themselves. They were the ones that did not confess and repent their sins!

Just like our civic and business leaders today, they have imprisoned their spirits for physical desires.

But I will tell you this: I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way of Jesus. The others say that the Way of Jesus is not the right way. But I believe everything that is taught in the Law of Moses and that is written in the books of the Prophets. I have the same hope in God that they have-the hope that all people, good and bad, will surely be raised from the dead. This is why I always try to do what I believe is right before God and people. Acts 24:14-16(New Century Version)

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