Saturday, January 28, 2017

Harkening

And, behold, there was A man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
   
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
   
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

   
“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,”
   
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. Luke 2:25-32



There be many today that will say “mine eyes have seen THY salvation.” 



Simon = "harkening"



What the Spirit is saying is that God must have a people in whom the Lord is BECOMING rather than DOING.



Paul said “It pleased God to reveal His Son in me” (Gal 1:15,16) Paul did not say “It pleased God to reveal some of the works of His Son in me and give me some great experiences"



Paul desire was to see the man child come to be by the Truth for God is making a body that will fit the head ….. Christ!



“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” …. Gal 4:19
   

The LORD is my strength and song, and is become MY salvation. Psa 118:14

When one needs, one DOES NOT KNOW the need!

This is the hour one must have the need to give to the needy!



From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying OF ITSELF in love. Eph 4:16



Instead of witnessing about God, we BECOME the witness!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Smell

Christ Jesus was not walking after the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We can see that when He was confronted by issues that required of Him the Word of God.

"...a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment." Ecc 8:5

Only BABYLON builds a wall of creed and doctrines based upon what she sees and she holds it up before the eyes of all.

That is not what Christ Jesus came to do!

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. John 2:24, 25

Ohhhhhh don't get me wrong Truth is needed for one to be MADE free .... However, taking verses out of the bible and forming creeds and dogmas based upon man's carnal mind is man acting like God and speaking on behalf of self.

See, Christ Jesus was able to discern people regardless of the external appearance many used to judge that person.

Ask yourself "Do you judge by what you see? or "Do you judge by discernment?"

As a cook my nose has as much a role in cooking as my eyes and mouth. For with my nose I able to smell if the product is good or bad. My nose doesn't judge the product on sight but on smell.

Thinking like that look at this verse ---->But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

SENSES EXERCISED!

Strong meat, the very Deep of God will come unto them that are MATURE in that they don't use it for their own glory or self gain but for the Kingdom of God. This mature son of God will have his organ of perception EXERCISED!

EXERCISED = train, of one who strives earnestly to become godly.



But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: … Eph 4:15



By speaking the truth IN LOVE from the tree of Life that one will GROW UP into him in ALL THINGS. They will have by Truth and love their senses exercised in Him and not what they know as good and evil.



This is not an over night learning experience nor is it a one time amen. For Paul said “by reason of use” that is showing us we need to grow in this by use. Ohhhhhhh we can fail and yea we stumble but that is the sign of one growing!



The mature ones that ones that grow up in Him have been learning through situations in life to exercises their senses for truth sake rather than self sake.

It is by experience to discern, what is profitable and unprofitable by truth speaking from love within.



Jesus smelled the stench in the lives and hearts of the Pharisees. Their legalistic morality, drifting through the air behind their Scripture-quoting words. His senses knew the aroma of death in them for He said “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity.”

Something very dead was lying behind the white-washed walls of their religious lives.



For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12



The word of God is QUICK, POWERFUL, SHARPER …. Piercing and dividing the soul and spirit and is a DISCERNER of the THOUGHTS and INTENTS OF THE HEART!



When one has had the word change them, that one with His discernment shall speak the word and the word will do as it is …..

For the word of God “is the spirit of prophecy” and manifest what is unseen, what is hidden.



For it can smell the evil hiding behind good; for it does not judge by the appearance of things. It judges righteous judgment.



For they that judge by the letter only shows themselves to be carnal and as so use the word of God unskillfully.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
   
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:12-14

Monday, January 23, 2017

Light to Transform

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1,2

The Lord Jesus asked me how I am "transformed."

I replied by ‘Studying the bible so that my mind can be renewed!’

The Lord Jesus asked me “Where it says that” in Romans 12:1,2

I looked at the verses and said 'No where Lord Jesus.'

I was left alone .....

I talked to my wife about it, but still was so alone.

This morning the Lord Jesus shone His Light upon Romans 12:1,2 and by His Spirit I see.

For the Light shines in me so that seeing I may become what the Light shows. Seeing is knowing, and knowing is becoming. For to see is to indeed become what you see and that one will be transformed into the Light that he sees.

Again from the Amplified Bible ---->Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Romans 12:1,2

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Walk in Newness of Life

In my time of studying the bible I hear questions that always leads to truth that empowers me to be made free and alive by Him.

Today as I was studying I heard “I never told Noah to leave the ark.”

I quickly turn to Genesis and started to allow His Spirit to speak the answer to me since I know I did not have it and only by Him will I get it. As I read I saw Noah when faced with the issue of leaving the ark turned to the flesh instead of the Lord.

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth Genesis 8:6,7

Yes Noah made the choice to release a raven which was but a flesh eater and no doubt found dead flesh to feed upon so it had no need to return to the ark.

Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; Genesis 8:8

Noah second choice was the releasing of the dove. But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. Genesis 8:9

The dove could find no rest for the sole of her foot and neither would Noah if he trusted the raven his flesh.

Just as Noah learnt from the dove that it’s only rest is the ark, I must also learn Jesus Christ is my only rest for I  have been baptized into Him.

As I dug in deeper I saw that Noah’s name means ‘rest’

And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed. Genesis 5:28, 29

Yes His father foretold that his son would bring comfort to mankind, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.

Just as Jesus Christ is my rest from myself in that He alone gives unto me His righteousness as I rest in Him.

So I see that I also must learn from Noah and trust not the raven that feeds upon dead flesh, but to Him that is able to empower me to live by His Life.

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. Romans 8:13

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:17

Even though Noah was named ‘rest’ he would follow the leading of the dove.

See the dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit given unto them that have been baptized in Jesus name. So I will find no rest if I think I can work on mine own salvation by using the abilities of my flesh.

And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluck off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. Genesis 8:10.11

Glory unto you Lord Jesus!

Noah sent forth a dove on the 7th day and the dove returned with an olive leaf. A foreshadow of a Word from God! It was an olive leaf which represented the Spirit’s empowerment.

Jesus my Lord and God, how blessed you are for you are my ark and as I walk after you and in you I am walking in your anointing as a priest, empowered by you.

Grace in action on me and through me!

I cease from trusting my flesh, my raven abilities and present myself as one back from the dead to be lead by your Spirit of Life.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:10

Just as Noah had to leave the ark I also must leave the baptism into Christ and walk in the newness of Life God intends for me.

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.” Romans 6:3,4

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16, 25

Lets go forth as one’s dead to the flesh and alive by Him and proclaim to all as Paul did … I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Friday, January 20, 2017

Process and Order

.         sit and set
.   process and order
Aaron and Melchizedek

In my studies I now see how the high priesthood of Aaron was one of "process."

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: Hebrews 9:13

When one studies the priesthood of Aaron one sees it"...was a figure for the time then present." For the Lamb of God had not yet come. So the priesthood of Aaron which was under the law that was given unto Moses "... could not make him that did the service perfect."

It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. Hebrews 9:23

So no priest under the law was able to be made perfect and as so no perfection was offered to the people under the law.

It was "imposed on them until the time of reformation" Hebrews 9:6,9-10

Now as New Covenant Priests we see Jesus is after the "order" of Melchizedek and that order of Melchizedek is the pattern of the heavenly priesthood. The Priesthood of Melchizedek points toward the ultimate goal of priesthood; whereas the Aaronic priesthood characterizes the means to that goal. The Aaronic priesthood reveals the qualifications which must be met, and the prescribed order by which they can be met, while Melchizedek reveals the majesty of the finished product.

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

High Priest my Jesus

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
   
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
   
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be PRIESTS of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev 20:4-6

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Rev 21:7

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. Romans 8:17

So sons of God and of Christ shall “inherit” but the priests shall “reign.” Hmmmmmmmmmm

Now Christ was a Son before he was a High Priest. The Son came to overcome death which is the penalty for sin. However, after he rose he went to provide the priestly ministry on the right hand of the Father.

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Heb 4:14

So the Son needed to experience flesh and blood in order to be a High Priest.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
   
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
   
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
   
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Heb 2:14-18

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Heb 5:8-10

By being tempted in all things and overcoming he is able to know have compassion upon us and to provide grace to over come what is trying to bring death in us.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Makes my Jesus more real, more closer, more forgiving, more loving, more kind, more full of compassion for me.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

God the Son

This pagan world were men that are gods walk as men in this world and when needed they cast off the men to be seen as gods.

How that lie has entered the Church by the teaching of God the Son.

"And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, ...

"Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, ..." John 4:6

"Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered." Matt 21:18; Luke 4:2

"... I thirst." John 19:28

Sorrow, Joy, Love, Compassion, Astonishment, Grief, Anger .... for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. Hebrews 5:2

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, not,  nor, and never God the Son.

" Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; ..." Heb 2:14
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. Heb 5:11

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Holy brethren PARTAKERS of the heavenly CALLING .....”

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. Hebrews 3:1, 2

"Holy brethren" PARTAKERS of the heavenly CALLING .....

Now by the blood of the Son of God I am called by Him "brethren" and not just "brethren" but “holy brethren.” That is what I am however the reason why He has called me holy brethren is to have me partake in the hevenly calling of His.

The heavenly calling is to be a builder of His house. He has enabled us by His grace and invested His power into us so that we may share with Him in the building of His house .... We have an example of one before that was faithful. --> Moses was faithful in all his house.
   
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; .... Hebrews 3:2-5

This Moses was called by God as one that was “faithful in ALL his house.”

However a greater one has come forth “... Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”

Yes Christ is the greater one that has made us His “holy  brethren” to be partakers with Him IF WE HOLD FAST the confidence AND THE rejoicing of the hope FIRM UNTO THE END.”

Hold fast the CONFIDENCE ..... WHAT!

Confidence what is confidence?

confidence = "boldness" "out-spokenness"

If one loses his boldness they will not enter into God’s rest.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
   
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
   
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:12-15

One that has lost their confidence in God is one that thinks sin has no penalty (Proverbs 14:16). It can be seen when they Have confidence in their flesh and not in Him (Philippians 3:3; Romans 10:11; Psalm 118:8,9)

We can find true confidence in Psalm 16, for David shows us his “goodness” comes from the Lord and everything good in his life has been given to him from God For David in confidence (boldness) has set the Lord always before him and leaned not on his own ways but God’s.

How we must have this “confidence”  for without it we will not come out of the wilderness in to His rest.

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
   
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
   
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
   
For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Hebrews 4:1-4

"Holy brethren PARTAKERS of the heavenly CALLING .....”

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:11, 16

Shallow .... but the deep he has called us in ....

Thursday, January 12, 2017

…I die daily!

33+ years and I have talked to my wife on how I listen to a teacher for a season and find him repeating himself. Then a new teacher comes a long and I spend another season listening and learning and again find he is repeating himself.


I've wonder why many times.



However, I have started to wonder if not the mountain I had climbed by His grace not been the base of the next one.

Meaning. Many times I grew and reached a peak, a point high up a mountain where the Word is flowing, I hear it ringing within and its like life at its finest.

Yet. I look about and realize the mountains around me are higher up and reach further in to the kingdom than mine.

As I realize this I look back to the mountain grace and truth brought me up to see again the valley of the shadow of death.

Many times my mind fails me and I struggle with this shadow and I find it so over powering I wanting nothing more than to hide in its shadow for I am so overwhelmed with self.

Did Paul experience this when he wrote by grace and truth

“…I die daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31)

What! Paul had to die daily to himself? How? Why?

He moved the kingdom of darkness so far from the Church by the grace and truth of God and yet he had to die daily.



The core of my mind starts to wonder at this Paul and the One he served.

Why did the Apostle Paul have to die daily, and what am I missing in this Word of life.
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Than comes the Word of life and the light of truth shines in my mind to let my heart know the way of life is why He came.

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9



The Apostle Paul did not have to die to his flesh daily nor did he have to die to himself daily.

What he died to was the glory God took him to.


But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18



Yes.

That glory that Paul was beholding brought about death in him so that a greater degree of glory would be seen.

 For mankind can not live off stale bread anymore than a child of God live with the glory of past day.

For tomorrow glory will reflect in a greater way the glory of its day.

Daily Paul was dying to the glory he beheld to see his image change to the glory of Him!



Progressive glory some will call it or maturing in Christ as Paul would call it …. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, 



unto a perfect man,

unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: …. Ephesians 4:11-13

I see why the valley of the shadow of death is before me when upon a mountain I was. 

God is removing everything about ME and replacing it with the very image of Him!


The Apostle Paul understood this and he also knew that it was necessary to die to that former glory so that the greater glory could come forth in him.

YES!

The painful cycle of ever dying to the old and coming alive to the new.

See as long as we are alive to one glory, the greater glory cannot take its place!

I now face the shadow of death with the Word of life!

For behind that shadow is but the Light of life that wants nothing more than to have His life consuming me.

“…..weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:2

So as Paul I too understand what it means to die daily and as the old is replaced with the new I am assured His Word abides within ever change me to be as Him.

Word of life

Truth is a foundation that we stand upon and as we grow we begin to walk upon that foundation by His grace and mercy.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

This walk we are in is one of humbleness, knowing we are really of no value to a kingdom of Spirit; but that we are of value as His sons in His kingdom born again of His Spirit.

But none of these things move me, "neither count I my life dear unto myself", so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Act 20:24

The meekness of Him is not taught in a book but by being on course with Him and not counting our own lives. As meek ones we bring His Word of life to the hungry in heart but also as meek ones we are as savage sheep dogs to the ones that walk not in the light of His Word.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Single Eye

"...I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."

"reins" Now that is an odd word for it means = a kidney.

I understand the functions of our kidney and like to look at it as our mind.

Our mind filter out the debris and filth in our lives, and as the kidney our mind will regulate and control whose life will be lived in our souls - God's or our own.

Lets look at the Greek word "Mind"

Mind - Nous (#3563) = the intellect, the mind in thought, feeling or will; the understanding.
    
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, G3563 that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
    
For who hath known the mind G3563 of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind G3563 of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; .... Ephesians 4:23

 For me that is not enough to draw a strong study from so I like to dig deeper and explore the word ‘mind’ in the Hebrew (OT).

In the Hebrew (OT), the word ‘mind’ was translated from three Hebrew words: spirit, reins, and kidneys.

I have listed “spirit” first for me it is a word that is used a lot without its proper meaning. The word “spirit" when used in scripture describes our “mind.” Our mind/spirit is the  seat of our will, what comes in the mind and studied becomes the life source the or the power source of our being (body). Our mind/spirit resides at the core of our being and it is what creates the thoughts of our hearts and produces them as actions in our lives. 

Some say you are what you eat, I say the same with the mind …. you are what tree you feed from!

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17

The source of life for the born again believer is the “Word of life.”

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
   
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
   
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:1-4

Them not born again of ‘water’ and ‘Spirit’ are they that serve the darkness that exists within their minds.

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Ephesians 4:17-19

Our mind initiate an idea in our heart (life), which is seen or acted out in our souls.

The "renewing our minds" will allow God's Life to show forth, and not our own.

"Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed (how?) by the renewing of your mind, so that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. Luke 11:34-35

The eye I feel stands for “sight” or "mental vision"

So to see one needs light and that light is the Word of Life and our mind is how we see. Once the light of the Word of life enters our eyes it is seen in the “spirit of our mind.”

God is Spirit and as so His Word is Spirit also and flesh and blood will never understand the Word unless that flesh and blood is born again of ‘water’ and ‘Spirit.’

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: …. Ephesians 3:8,9

Unbeliever’s Mind

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14



So we see the "Unbeliever" "...cannot understand [or know] the things of God...." Therefore, they really cannot know true love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, or any of the fruit of the Spirit, because they don’t not have the “Word of life” operating within them to produce these through them.

Yes some or many will say they have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, but what they miss is Truth is not a gift it is the very Word of life transforming them into His image.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
   
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Philippians 2:12-16

Believer’s Mind

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
   
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1,2





The believer’s mind will no longer be self centered but God centered for the Word of life will transform them. For the Word of life will become the believer’s life (heart), which will then produce God centered life actions in their soul.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matthew 6:22
   
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34

Do we see how a single eye (understanding) causes the whole body to be full of light?

This will be for that body will have one desire, one way and most of all one will. His!

We can say this be single-mindedness or one soul. For the Word of life preceding from this person's heart is freely coming forth and producing fruit of the Spirit and this is what it means to “…walk in the light, as he is in the light, and we will have fellowship one with another (1 John 1:7)”

I see now or shall I say I understand now this verse in a greater way ----> “… and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost,” Act 6:5 

Here we see the qualification of the seven men … “seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, ..…” Act 6:3

No doubt they were obeying the Word of life rather than the old man.



Double Minded

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:…”Proverbs 23:7 

One has either the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to eat from or he has the tree of life to live from. 

The double minded believer is no longer seeking Him but rather they seeks the needs of self. 

This is a believer who has encountered God's Love, His Thoughts and His Power in their heart (life), but because they have chosen to follow their own lusts, hurts, frustration, anger, guilt, etc., God's thoughts are blocked from coming forth, and thus self-centered life actions (another life) are produced. 

James wrote that "a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways" will not receive anything from the Lord. Such a man flip-flops "like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." (James 1:6-8) 

They profess that they know God (intimately); but in works (actions) they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:16 

Instead of His actions they chose their own self centered actions and begin to live the lie.



No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:4 

Jesus said "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24) 

Now we may just want to look at ‘mammon’ as riches or wealth, but what it comes down to is one seeking personal selfish gain by not seeking Him who has eternal life. 

As His children and His body we are to “let your conversation (manner of life) be as it becometh the gospel of Christ …” Philippians 1:27 For in His body is singleness of mind seen in unity and oneness in purpose, love. For singleness of mind is displayed in humility, and in genuine concern for others, for we are "bondservants of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:1) 

"Let nothing be done through self ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians 2:3,4) 

That is the mind of Christ, one who walks in the light as He is in the light!