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By Joseph Diop

Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Diop

 

I had just been jotting down some ideas that were flowing out of my heart in the presence of the Holy Spirit one evening. I was sort of conversing in my heart with the Spirit about the preeminence and the pricelessness of unlimited love between the heart of God and the heart of His worshipper. I got all the way down to the end of the second paragraph, before I realized that what I was writing was actually a song.

 

All my Spirit-filled life, I have regularly been challenged by a spiritually lackadaisical world on the point of finding something called “balance,” where my love and devotion to God are concerned. But thank God, by his grace, my heart could never be moved from its path. No matter how seemingly ‘prudent’ the objection to my spiritual obsession, I knew that all I was really trying to do in life is to give God nothing more or less than what He had asked for, which was that I  Love the Lord my God with ALL my heart, with ALL my soul, with ALL my mind, and with ALL my strength  (Mark 12:30). And in my simple mind, you don’t need a cup, a scale, or any other kind of device to measure out “ALL.”  All is all. And, if all means all, then how much do you WANT to hold back? All you need to do to render “all” is just turn the vessel upside down and pour out every last bit of it to the very last drop. Simple, right!? And hey, this is God’s recipe for what he considers acceptable love—not mine.

 

But anyway, as the years rolled by and life experiences and relationships marched onward, that same old chorus of complaints kept being leveled at me, like a broken record. And in my own narrow focus on my own life and duty to God, it was many years before I could really decipher just what was really behind all that scorn. The Lord eventually set my soul at ease by enabling me to recognize that it was just the world’s way of reacting against and resisting the conviction that the zeal of my spirit was imposing upon them. But even to this day, I am so sick and tired of hearing those same old tired mantras from the zombie army of lukewarm ‘Christians.’

 

Don’t rock your own boat.

Let God ‘bless’ you. You deserve it.

Don’t be so heavenly-minded that you’re no earthly good.

You need to be “balanced out.”

(And, my all-time favorite):  It don’t take ALL that.

 

I got Spirit-filled when I was fourteen years old, so I have had to listen to all these same old sad songs from “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38) now for forty years. And while the Spirit of holy zeal itself has its own good code of divine discretion, it is never given over to mere creeds of self-preservation, like the carnal-minded are. That crowd is always looking for some way of dousing the flames of the single-minded saints with reproaches that try to appeal to the spirit of wisdom, but are in fact nothing more than smoke screens for their own spiritual compromise, cowardice, carnality, and complacency.

 

(And over the years, my life has borne the markings of God’s fiery flames of purification. Season in and season out, an awesome, fearful display of smoke has billowed up from my life as my God has consumed me – spirit, soul, and body. At times, my life has seemed to be nothing more than “a proverb and a by-word” to every Tom, Dick, and Harry passing by. “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean [i.e., not messy]: but much increase comes by the strength of the ox” (Proverbs 14:4, brackets mine). But, I have deeply and intimately known the Lord, as He has known me, and has wrought in me His good plan and purpose – ever making, shaping, and molding me into the image and likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ. And, time alone (in the will and purpose of God) will tell the story and confirm to the world if I be a charlatan, a fool, or indeed a saint. But, in the meantime and between time, I will worship the Lord, and render all praise to Him with my heart and with my mouth.)

 

Anyway, since God calls for every bit of our love and being to be His, if we try to “measure that out” and “balance that out” with other things and interests of this world, God ain’t going to like that. But, when God finds a heart whose love for him is uncontested, unmitigated, unquenchable, and unparalleled, then He will mortgage all heaven and earth, and give that individual the world itself to possess or to dispose of at their own holy whim. Does the scripture not say?: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth that he may show himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards Him”  (2Chronicles 16:9).  Anyway, that is the opinion of one “fool for Christ.”

 

If God be willing, on tomorrow I will share with you my song – in lyrics only. I call it, the Song of Satisfaction. And all those of you on this “strait and narrow” path of love, faith, and service to God will recognize the heart, soul, and spirit of the song. So until then, the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

 

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Phonto 2

By Joseph Diop

Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop

 

Life can be very scary and uncertain sometimes. It can be very puzzling, especially in terms of our interplay with the LORD God our Father. All the drama, the intrigue, and the suspense of life can be summed up in the fact that we have a very sovereign God, who controls all things, and who seems to like to deal with and work through us creatures who are weak, frail, and finite. Sometimes we find that we are not even in control of the one thing we are always supposed to be in control of – our own behavior. Sometimes, we find ourselves in need of praying that prayer King David taught us, when he was fingered by the prophet Nathan for adultery and murder,

 

Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me… 11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:5,11

 

So, the question is, at what point can a Christian know that his soul is secure and that he/she is bound for heaven in the end, no matter what? How do we escape that uneasy, unwelcome, and troubling feeling of eternal UNCERTAINTY, considering all our stumbling, misdeeds, shortfalls, and let’s be plain, all our sinfulness? By virtue of our own rotten human nature, no matter how hard we try, at times we just get tangled, twisted, and tossed about by sin. This was certainly Paul’s experience (Romans 7:7-25).  So, let’s look very briefly at this issue from the two distinct points of view – God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility.

 

First, realize that God is sovereign in the affairs of salvation, as we dealt with in the previous article, “Pen Me In in the End…” http://wp.me/p4eK9Z-Bs.  And, God is faithful. There is a doctrine floating around in the Christian camp called “Eternal Security,” which attempts to offer Christians escape from the pressures of uncertainty by reducing God’s part down to this simplistic formula, “Once Saved, Always Saved.” That statement falls short of the volume of the teachings of scripture however, simply because it does not start at the right point in the process. (So, the apostle Paul said, “Work out your own salvation with FEAR AND TREMBLING” Philippians 2:12.  Therefore, that sense of uneasiness is not a dirty thing. It’s essential to the process. Scripture says, “The FEAR of the Lord is clean, enduring forever” Psalm 19:9). The scripture places the point of certainty much earlier in the process.

 

28 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. 29 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. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 28-30

 

So, the actual links in the process of salvation are:

 

GOD’S PURPOSE (1) → God’s foreknowledge (2) → God’s predestination (3) → God’s call (i.e., the preaching of the gospel) (4) → God’s justification (what we refer to as, getting “saved”) (5) → and, God’s glorification, which is the end result of the process (6).

 

The problem with “Eternal Security” as it is commonly presented, is that it presents the “salvation” of man, step five (5), as the root and foundation of the process and of our assurance, when there are four (4) earlier steps that are most decisive to the outcome. And, all those steps lie totally out of the scope of human knowledge or temporal confirmation. They fall wholly within the domain of God’s sovereignty and control, which we shall sum up under the heading of God’s “election.” And, that is why Peter said,

 

And beside this, giving ALL DILIGENCE, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge… But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to MAKE YOUR [OWN] CALLING AND ELECTION SURE: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (1Peter 1:5-11 brackets mine)

 

So now secondly, we must realize that we are forever responsible to be DILIGENT as far as our soul’s ultimate salvation is concerned. At no point can we escape the drama of it all, by just taking our eternity for granted. God alone sees the end from the beginning, and knows what souls shall make it from the start of our salvation unto the end. Ultimately, in the realm of time to which we are confined, our assurance is a rooted in the hope and faith of the believing heart. Of that root system, Hebrews says,

 

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil [of eternity]” (Hebrews 6:19, brackets mine).  Furthermore, Paul explains,

 

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  Romans 5:1-5

 

Ultimately then, assurance of salvation is negotiated between the individual human heart and the Spirit of God. It is a function of the enduring hope and faith of the heart, sustained and grown throughout time. That faith is maintained through grace by God’s eternal love, the bestowal and receipt of which is the very “PURPOSE” (Romans 8:28) for which we were created. That ‘purpose,’ as you recall, was step one (#1) of our salvation process. You may be sure that if you can CONNECT AT THE HEART LEVEL WITH THE LOVE OF GOD, and maintain that connection throughout all the many ups and downs of life, then YOU WILL most definitely BE SAVED.

 

The love of God will never, ever let you down. As 1Corinthians 13:8 assures us, “Love never fails.” Like King David, even in the most desperate of times, when we are utterly guilty and stained before God, that love connection in our hearts will make us come out with the most gracious prayers and supplications. Those, God will always recognize as being consistent with his own eternal grace and purpose. God will respond with downloads of the abundance of his steadfast love, and your heart will grow yet to another level of capacity to always believe in His faithfulness. May you be filled with grace, peace, and assurance as you grow and produce fruit in our heavenly Father’s love. Selah. Maranatha. Amen.

 

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The testimony of our Lord is that we don’t always understand things as well as we like to THINK that we do. As a young minister, I use to expend a whole lot of time and energy desperately trying to understand even the most basic concepts of our faith. “I must be the stupidest Christian in the world!” I sometimes thought to myself, because the doctrine of the gospel did not come easy to me. As a matter of fact, it seemed quite hard, almost impenetrable. I was blind, and I knew it. So, progress in understanding things was very slow – at snail’s pace. I give my testimony of this in the article, “THE GOOD NEWS FOR DUMMIES, LIKE ME !!! http://wp.me/p4eK9Z-6o

Then, eventually as I grew and became acquainted with the messed-up condition of the church, I concluded, “Hey, they don’t really understand either! If they did, they would be in much better condition than they are.” So, all the scholars, degrees, and Ph.D.’s in the kingdom, didn’t really seem to avail much in the way of knowledge. But, that was little comfort to me, since my own blindness weighed heavily on me, and kept me from seeing the glory of my God clearly. Then, I began to find scripture after scripture that seemed to indicate that this blindness was just the common condition of mankind. For example, it says,

The Lord said, “MY PEOPLE are foolish. They don’t know me. They are stupid children. They don’t understand. They are skillful at doing evil, but they don’t know how to do good.” Jeremiah 4:22 ERV

And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 1Corinthians 8:2

Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1Timothy 1:7

In other words, they don’t understand what the heck they are talking about. They don’t have a clue really. If you want to make real progress in understanding the word, you have to take a precept approach. That means that you have to take the time to rightly define all the terms you use to talk about your faith, so that you build a house of correct understanding. The word itself says that this is the right and necessary approach.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little… But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and FALL BACKWARD, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Isaiah 28:10, 13

So, the word solemnly warns that failure to take a precept approach will eventually lead to a bad backslidden condition. Precepts are basic building blocks of right knowledge. They are the A.B.C.’s — 1,2,3’s — doe-ray-me’s of the faith. They provide essential definitions of elemental concepts. So, today, I give you just three precepts that will help you get started. There are some good precept ministries out there, but I feel personally led of the Spirit to share a few of my findings here with you. Meditate on these. Plug them into your understanding and Bible study, and see if they don’t help your understanding. Selah. Amen.

FAITH – heart-level connectedness between God and man

POWER — the ability to force changes and rearrangements, at will

IMAGINATIONS — the thoughts of the heart projected onto the mind’s visions and cognitions

 

 

By Joseph Diop

Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop

 

I recently did a review of a young, millennial prophet’s visions for my eldest daughter, who is also a millennial and a prophetess. The young prophet reported visions that were quite remarkable, and overall, I enjoyed his ministry and commended him to my daughter. Nevertheless, he had still two very common underlying misunderstandings in his mind, that I want to address with my readers today, so that you too can finally walk in the light of truth. Please, listen very carefully. If you EVER, really hope to understand your New Testament identity, or if you want to comprehend real prophecy in real-time, in general, then these are two concepts that you MUST come to understand and walk in.

 

The young prophet admitted that his visions were “Hot off the press…  [And, that he] had not had a chance to process them yet.” This is where the prophetic generations differ. I have been dealing with these prophetic issues, and God has been dealing with me on them now for forty (40) years. Many things which he has not had a chance to process, I have. I can truly already see and know where he is coming from, and where he is going. Because like we say, “Been there. Done [or rather, Seen] that.”

 

For example, he said, concerning the Passover being a “Jewish” calendar event, “I’m not Jewish, I’m quite Gentile, thank you.”  He only said that, because he has not yet had a chance to “process” these truths:

 

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But HE IS A JEW, WHO IS ONE INWARDLY; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Romans 2

 

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being IN TIMES PAST Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands… 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 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…  Ephesians 2

 

So, you must understand this. Anyone that is a born-again Christian is indeed an official “Jew,” according to the New Testament definition of the word. This is just one truth that the vast majority of young prophets and ALL Christians alike have not yet processed. This marks a real identity crisis in the Church today. (I have devoted an entire article to expounding this concept from the scriptures. You may read that article at: “You Talkin’ to Me???” —  http://wp.me/p4eK9Z-bp )

 

But as you see, that one misunderstanding colors and covers much of our perspective. You see, different people process different truths at different times and at different points in their life. You have to take all ministry and sift out the ready food from the raw food.

 

Secondly, the young prophet went out of his way to say that his visions were not about “judgment.” That is only because, he himself had a righteous spirit, and was reminding us of our mandate to love others, in spite of their behavior. He did not want us to become focused on anything negative, or get in a self-righteous spirit. That is only because, he was sincerely confused about what “judgment” truly is. But, the scripture says,

 

And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy on you, FOR THE LORD IS A GOD OF JUDGMENT, blessed are all they who wait for him.  Isaiah 30:18

 

I grew up with the erroneous impression that God’s judgment was always a bad thing. But actually, justice and judgment are integral parts of God’s very character. They are a part of His holy and eternal attributes. So, judgment is going on continually, and simultaneously, and harmoniously with His love, and His mercy, and His grace, and His longsuffering, etc. Judgment can be either positive or negative. I and my generation were brainwashed to think of “judgment” as something that was always only negative and undesirable. Yet, it was his judgment upon Egypt that freed Israel (Exodus 12:12), his judgment upon the world at large that caused Noah to be “saved by water” (1Peter 3:20), and it is his judgment upon America and this whole living generation here and now that is going to account for the fact of our anointing, deliverance, and miracle ministries that are coming.

 

Let these New Testament verses inform you. The judgment upon the faithful saints of the seven churches of Asia [the same seven spirits that are in the Church today] in Revelation 2 & 3, demonstrate the fortunes of those whose judgment is very positive:

 

Upon Ephesus-spirit saints; saints of the 1st level:

I will give [you] to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.   2:7

 

Upon Smyrna-spirit saints, saints of the 2nd level;

10 I will give thee a crown of life. 11 …He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.   2:10,11

 

Upon Pergamos-spirit saints, saints of the 3rd level;

I will give [you] to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except he that receives it.   2:17

 

Upon those with a Thyatira spirit, saints of the 4th level;

26 I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star.   2:26-28

 

Upon those with a Sardis spirit, saints of the 5th level;

[You] shall walk with me in white: for [you] are worthy.   3:4

 

Upon those with a Philadelphia spirit, saints of the 6th level;

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.   3:9-12

 

Upon those with a Laodecean experience, saints of the 7th level;

I will grant [you] to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.   3:21

 

And, there are yet three levels more beyond these. But, I hope that you can see that all these are very positive “judgments.” And, for those to whom they apply, their appearing will be a very, very happy time. And likewise, for those to whom they apply, the appearing of the negative judgments, which happen simultaneously with the positive judgments, will be a very sad time. To each his own. When judgment time arrives, all you can say is,

 

“Time to get what’s comin’ to ya. ‘Let the chips fall where they may!’”

 

As the scripture says,

 

But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth… Romans 2:2
And I heard another out of the altar say, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.”  Revelation 16:7

God don’t make no mistakes. He ain’t blind. There are no miscarriages of justice with Him. Like Abraham alluded to, He never punishes the righteous with the wicked (Gen 18:23-25). He don’t have bad aim, nor ever hit the righteous with the judgment due to the wicked. In light of these things, I want to offer a new and fresh operating definition of God’s Judgment:

 

God’s judgment is A PROPER ALIGNMENT WITH HIS HOLINESS AND PURPOSE.

 

That definition will work and apply to both positive and negative fortunes, depending on whatever the individuals in question may merit. With these two corrective understandings to strengthen and inform your walk with God, may you be in position to receive the best that is coming to meet God’s people.

 

Selah.  Maranatha.  Amen.

 

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By Joseph Diop

Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop

 

Man was designed to be a glorious, God-like being made up of five incorporeal parts — spirit, heart, will, mind, and soul — housed in a very sophisticated physical body.  This model displays the separate elements of man’s makeup in order of their strength and priority within the human system. Starting in the center with man’s spirit, the strongest and primary element, we proceed then outward to man’s soul, the weakest part. In redeemed persons, the Holy Spirit resides within and throughout as both the eternal core and crown of the individual.

 

The human spirit is the very identity entity of the person. It is the ontological/ motivational facet of man’s being, responsible for his knowing and rejoicing functions. Its purpose is worship. The heart is his audio/ verbal facet, responsible for hearing and believing functions. Its purpose is work. The will is the moral/ intentional facet, responsible for acknowledging and submitting. Its purpose is to wait. The mind is the perceptual/ logical nature. Its responsibility is comprehending and proving. Its purpose is war. The soul is the emotional/ expressional nature. Its function is feeling and magnifying. Its purpose is to witness. And then, there is the body. It serves as the physical/ visible facet. It is responsible for possessing and displaying. Its purpose is to wrap the glory of God.

 

 

Finally, the seventh and last element to make man complete is the Holy Spirit. It is the eternal/ Christological nature, which makes a man what God originally created him to be. His function is to cause man to experience the life and the love of the heavenly Father. He purposes to make man a living window of the glory of God.

 

This then, is that “burning bush” of Moses, which ultimately, he himself became in the hand of God. When the Holy Spirit enters any man, it immediately makes him a new creature – a member of the unified Godhood – which is called the body of Christ. Then He, the Holy Spirit, makes him a vehicle and vessel of the Most High, powering him towards his eternal destiny in Christ Jesus. Therefore, Paul prayed,

 

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Thessalonians 5:23).  Amen.

 

The Word of Wisdom

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The “Word of wisdom” (1Corinthians 12:8) is the special unction to receive “downloads” of God’s strategic advice and divine counsel. This gift is designed to keep God’s people thriving and surviving in very trying, difficult, and challenging times. It generally occurs as a word of divinely inspired direction from God. But, the gift not only operates through God’s anointed people by declaration with regards to specific concerns of our life, but it also operates upon God’s people by divine manifestation, with respect to much broader concerns of life.  Meaning…

The all-time most spectacular display of this gift was when Christ allowed himself to be crucified for us. For, the word declares,

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1Corinthians 2:7-8)…

14 …that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:14-15).