WHY DOES RESTORATION
SEEM NEVER ENDING?
CORRUPTION CAME TO HUMANITY LONG AGO,
AND IT IS STILL NOT FULLY RESTORED.
We are in the process, we have been saved, but the CORRUPTION of sin is still evident in this world, and still affecting our lives. Adam and Eve allowed the devil’s ideas to enter their minds, and they accepted that pollution.
First, Eve allowed the devil to insert, into her mind, DOUBT OF GOD'S WORD.
"hath God said"
Lucifer questioned God's veracity, and injected doubt into Eve. She had not heard the original message of God to Adam, and had heard it second hand from Adam. So the devil used that fact, to inject the seed of doubt, of either Adam, or of God, or of both. There are many today who allow doubt of God’s Word into their minds. This is a horrible pollution, and leads to great sin.
Secondly, the devil ADDED TO, and MISQUOTED GOD'S WORD.
"...lest ye die..."
Lucifer implied doubt as to the certainty of death. Many today have added to, or misquoted, or ignored certain parts of Scripture- to satisfy their own desires. Satan wants us to reject certain portions of the Word. If we do, the ‘adding to, the misquoting of the Word of God will pollute one’s mind.
Thirdly, the devil put into the mind of Eve, a CONTRADICTION of GOD'S WORD.
"...ye shall not surely die..."
Lucifer sought to give his denial a rational basis, by casting an aspersion on God. This serpent, making a blanket denial of the truth of God, gave Eve the "authority" she desired to excuse her rebellion. Many look for someone to make a claim against the truth of God, so they can blame their own rebellion on the word spoken by another. The pollution of one’s mind soon brings this contradiction of God’s Word. We see it in the world, we see it even in the carnal church.
Then, the devil inserts into the mind of Eve, a MISINTERPRETATION OF GOD'S WORD.
"For God doth know... your eyes shall be opened.. ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil..."
II Corinthians 4:4
"...the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not..."
Lucifer offers a reason for God to have been untruthful with Adam and Eve. Eve is anxious to believe such an aspersion against God, for it fits in with her desire to partake of that which was forbidden. She begins to believe the devil's implication.
Then, the already polluted mind, takes non more pollution, and the devil inserts TEMPTATION TO TRANSGRESS GOD'S WORD.
"... the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise..."
I Timothy 2:14
"Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
The devil has tried to get all of us to this point of trusting another source, other than God, and disobeying the Word of God. Deception is still possible, and that is why there are "false prophets" galore in our day. The Bible is filled with warnings against them. Beware, for disobedience against God's Word is still a temptation that we must avoid, rebuke, and shun.
Finally, after all those polluted thoughts, it is easy for the devil to get Eve, and her descendants today, to TRANSGRESS GOD'S WORD.
"...she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat..."
I John 2:16
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but of the world..."
How easily we sin. We are RESTORED spiritually at salvation from the penalty for our past failures and sins, but the corruption of sin is still evident in our lives with temptations, subsequent failures, and a need for a continuing process of RESTORATION.
The devil inserts the pollution of thinking, and that leads us down a staircase of failures still after our initial beginning of the process of RESTORATION. All of us have so often ignorantly fallen for the same kind of deception as Adam and Eve.. Beware of the polluted sin of the devil, it kills, corrupts, and ultimately damns!!!
Because of the pollution of the mind, man’s thinking is darkened.
I Corinthians 2:14
"the natural man receives not the things of God for they are foolishness to him, neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned..."
Those who have pollution of the mind are debased in thinking, deceived by their own minds into thinking they are still pure in thought.
"the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?"
Pollution of the mind makes the will to be weak, unable to choose right, unless the pollution is eradicated by the grace of God.
"For that which I do, I allow not, for what I would that do I not, but what I hate, that I do..."
Like Paul, saved, regenerated, and in the process of RESTORATION, he was not perfect, not fully RESTORED from the dastardly work sin had done in this world. He was still battling the corruption of sin in this world, still allowing the Holy Spirit to continue his RESTORATION.
The conscience of a person, polluted in mind, will not work properly.
I Timothy 4:2
"having their conscience seared with a hot iron..."
The polluted mind needs redeemed, reborn, made totally new.
"You hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins..."
If mankind does not get rid of pollution of the mind, there is a sentence of God’s wrath and deserved judgment.
"...were by nature the children of wrath..."
"The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost..."
Mankind is so easily seduced into allowing insertion of pollution of sinful thinking into themselves.
"..in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air..."
"All we like sheep have gone astray..."
"But your iniquities have separated between you and your God..."
Evil thoughts, carnal thinking still can be present in those already in the RESTORATION process.
The early church, as founded by the apostles, was not perfect. They struggled too with the mind pollution. They remembered the teachings of Jesus, and fought the pollution of sinful thought. Our churches of today are very different though. In the interim time between our church, and the early church, much has happened. The false doctrines in the early church led to a departure from certain primary factors that had given the early church revival and power.
The early church degenerated into such sins as selling indulgences, forgetting the importance of the prophetic message, abuse of others, dogmatic judgmentalism. The protestant reformation changed some of these, but it soon degenerated into a competition for people with the Catholicism that it had broken from, and soon used infant baptism to try to outnumber the other churches. The abuse and false doctrines have so permeated congregations today, that it bears little resemblance to the original foundation of the church. The church, both the protestant, and the catholic, are greatly polluted by evil thinking inserted by the devil through the ages.
We need to step away from the dogmas of denominationalism, and look to the New Testament, and study the doctrines and truths presented by the early church. To hold onto the present adulterated traditions and dogma, does not result in the power and love the church is to have. Many do not want to admit it, but the powerless, impotent, confused, apathetic, ignorant churches of today cannot, will not, and have not made the impact that the Lord intends. To have revival, we must un-pollute the minds of those in the church. We must get back to the purity of truth, to the Word of God, so that the mission, truths, and sincerity that can be received by the mind of Christ will rule our hearts and minds.
The main thing that caused all the degeneration of the minds in the church is the carnal thinking that has overtaken the spiritual understanding that we are to have. The word for "carnal" is the Greek word "sarkikos" which literally translated means: "meathead."
We have a "meathead" mentality in far too many Christians, and this has engendered a "meathead" church. They fought this tendency even in the early church. In our age, we find many churches, many in those churches to have pollution of mind. The meathead mentality is that polluted mind.
Romans 8:6, 10-13
"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. 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 shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. ...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."
In Christianity, there are many who have allowed a "meathead" mentality to re-emerge. It has led many to false doctrines, wrong emphasis, and mistaken ideas. Many in Christianity have wrongly emphasized the carnal life. Many teach how to have carnal riches, how to have physical prosperity, but neglect the many Scriptures about spiritual blessings, riches in heaven, and eternal rewards. When the early church was in revival, they emphasized the spiritual, and mostly, they ignored the fleshly.
Most in the early church (Ananias and Sapphira being notable exceptions) did not seek earthly riches, but forsook all and served the Lord. Many of the early church could be put into prison, sacrifice their earthly wealth to give to the poorer saints in Jerusalem. They saw the world as dead souls needing life from the Lord.
Today, many are seeking to be carnally rich, and spend more time counting their monetary wealth than enjoying their spiritual wealth. There are gifts of the Spirit that many are satisfied to not have. There is the fruit of the Spirit that can be totally absent, and yet, un-missed.
Why are we so interested in the natural life, the carnal mammon which purchases only things of this world, and the acclaim of men? It is the pollution of the mind, inserted by the devil, that we need earthly riches, earthly possessions to be happy. We need to put aside this "meathead" mentality, and begin valuing the spiritual blessings of salvation, gifts of the Spirit, and heavenly reward. We need to realize that this earthly life is just temporary, and our real emphasis should be the spiritual life. The polluted ideas of the devils, bring despair, depression, and loss of real joy and peace.
As the revival of the early church subsided, many allowed the pollution of thinking to be more and more on the physical and carnal plane. This led to many problems, some of which we still suffer. RESTORATION may seem never ending, but it can be continuing, if we allow the Holy Spirit to continue His work in us, up and until, the rapture or our entering into heaven before the rapture event.
In the current RESTORATION process, we need to cleanse out, with repentance, the pollution of the mind. Let us now begin to have a spiritual minded approach to the RESTORATION process of the Holy Spirit.
Many saints today have not asked of the Lord for spiritual things. They get too taken up with their physical and monetary needs to see the spiritual victories that God wants us to have. To pray in the "name of Jesus" means more than to tack that to the end of prayers. It means to pray according to what He desires for us, and we must therefore get the "meathead mentality" out of control and the spiritual mind into control, so that we can think as Jesus thinks, desire what He desires for us.
We must keep the polluted "meathead" mentality out of our thoughts, as did Paul, and keep the spiritual mind in control.. The "meathead mentality", the pollution of mind, has devastated the most of the church today.
We are to ask largely, and not to simply ask God for the minimum RESTORATION. We have a God Who can do "exceeding abundantly above..." all our requests.
"Now unto Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..."
We can ask God "whatsoever" (John 16:23) we desire. Too often our minds are too "meat headed" with carnal, physical, and temporal things. God wants us to raise our prayers to a higher level.
We are to ask for even more than the minimum, but do it with un-polluted thinking.
"Ask ye of the Lord rain, in the time of the latter rain..."
We can pray and ask for the heathen for our inheritance...
"Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession."
Too many saints try to make their prayers easy for God. They try to ask God for only what they can foresee Him being able to do, and they have so little faith, that they cannot see the possibility of God doing great things. They are "meat-headed", and shallow in faith. They are allowing the devil to slip in doubt of God’s promises, doubt of God’s power, to pollute their minds.
The prodigal son, when traveling home from his rebellious stay away from the father. He only had faith to ask the father for the position of a slave, but the father gave him a robe, ring, shoes, fatted calf, feast, and sonship. The elder brother complained that the younger brother received so much... and the father told him that he only had to ask, and he could have always had it.
Many of us are like the prodigal and elder brother, and we ask little, we ask for the wrong things, or are too busy to ask at all.
Jonah prayed from sheol (Jonah 2:1-9). He had been dead, and God had to resurrect him to go do his job. Stephen prayed for the salvation and mercy on his enemies, and as a result Paul became a great apostle. (Acts 7:59-60)
RESTORATION does seem never ending, but we have the Holy Spirit continuing His work of undoing the corruption of mankind’s fall into sin. Jesus has died for our sins, but the carnal nature is not to be fully removed until the completion of RESTORATION, when we depart this earth and get our uncorrupted body in heaven.