November 21, 1999
Re: The Peace of Death or Life
How are you doing? I wanted to share with you what constitutes for success.
We always have our eyes on the bigger picture and canít see the battles that
need to be won right in front of us. Jesus said, "He who is faithful in
little will be faithful in much." Jesus has a will and plan for your life.
What that is isnít revealed all at once. Jesus gives you to start with only
what you can handle. The problem is unless we can understand why he wants us to
do currently what He wants us to do, we have a hard time submitting to it.
"Jesus, why? Why do You want me to go through a two year degree in
electronics when You have already revealed to me I will never use it? Why?"
Thank God I submitted to that discipline because as a result of submitting to
that discipline I have been able to succeed in everything He has wanted to do
with my life. This was because in submitting myself to this discipline I won the
battle over my feelings and my life is no longer controlled by what I feel like
John, what God has for us doesnít come about through how we feel. Our
feelings are an organ of our soul. Our soul is fallen and so are our feelings.
They arenít operating like they are supposed to, so they arenít reliable for
what we should or should not be doing. Doing Godís will and fulfilling His
will in our lives has nothing to do with feelings. John, the Bible says in 1
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and
do His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments;
and His commandments are not burdensome."
The Bibleís definition of love is not a gooy feeling that we may have. The
Bible and Godís definition of love is making a decision of the will, most of
the time completely contrary to our feelings, to do what is right, to obey God.
In fact, the depth of our love for God is determined by how perfectly we do obey
Him. So when we choose to obey God, when you choose to obey God, you are
loving God and God says when you choose to obey Him, love Him, at that moment,
and only at that moment are you loving your brother. Why? Because when you
choose to obey God, love God, by your example you are encouraging others to do
the same. So love is not a feeling, but a choice to obey God, to do his will
regardless of how we feel.
What are feelings? They are part of our flesh, our soul, they are the enemy.
They are not for us, but against us. For example, when a person gives into his
feelings, his lust for a woman outside of marriage and commits fornication (sex
outside of marriage), Proverbs 6:32 states the following: "The one who
commits adultery with a woman is lacking heart; he who would destroy his soul
does it." This says that when a person gives in to his lusts and surrenders
to them, that person looses control over his will, thus lacking heart, and
becomes a slave of his lusts, of his feelings. This means that even if he wants
to do Godís will, because he listens to what he feels like doing instead of
choosing to do what God wants him to do, the end result is Godís will and plan
for his life is not fulfilled, does not come to pass, the soul life God intended
for him or her is destroyed.
What does this mean? It means that love is not a feeling and the Bible states
that the only time we are loving God and loving others is when we are obeying
him. Thus, if God has a plan for your life and instead of choosing to obey him,
you obey your feelings, you chase girls for example when He doesnít want you
to, God says not only are you not loving Him, but neither is what you feel for
that girl or girlís love. Why is that true? Because you are allowing your
fallen misguided feelings to rule over you and by yielding to them and chasing
them, because in this instance you are not in Godís will, if that girl or
girls go along with you, they are not in Godís will either. You become Godís
enemy, those girlís enemy and the enemy of your own soul.
Donít think that I donít know how hard it is to get oneís emotions
under control. I was in love with a girl who was a dedicated Christian, but the
Lord made plain to both of us this was not his will. I however kept chasing my
feelings. I thought I could change Godís heart. God, however, is absolutely
perfect and never ever wrong in the first place. He kept encouraging me to do
his will and I kept chasing her. What happened? Jesus became no longer Lord over
me, and as a result His will for my life wasnít being fulfilled. Until I
obeyed the Lord and let go of that relationship, His will in my life didn't
began to be worked out again.
John, there are two kinds of peace: the peace of life and the peace of death.
If a person continues to resist the Holy Spirit and grieve Him, there will come
a point where the Holy Spirit will no longer try to deal with that person, he
will back off. When that happens, that person will feel at peace, he will think,
"Everything is okay, I am fine." Only this is a peace of death,
because its end is a fiery hell for ever. This is the man of the world without
Christ. The peace that leads to life forever is the peace that comes after
one has received Jesus as Savior and Lord and then made the choice to say
"NO!" to his feelings and his flesh and choose to do what God wants
Him to do. At first making this choice is not pleasant for two reasons: one,
because it is contrary to our feelings and, two, because it is contrary to the
demonic forces we have been catering too. When you decide to obey God and go
against your feelings, it wonít be pleasent. Your flesh will fight and squirm.
Also, Satan wonít leave you alone in it, He will fight you, bring all the
distractions against you He possibly can. Satan controls the lost, he may even
cause the person of your affection to suddenly take interest in you. That has
happened to me in my past. But you have to fight it, you have to stand your
ground. If you do, eventually your flesh, your feelings will surrender, they
will stop fighting you and you will find yourself at peace, only now for the
right reasons because you are in Godís will. The demons will no longer fight
you because they will come to a place of seeing, "We have lost this one,
nothing we do gets his attention." They finally say, "Let us go
torment somebody who will yield to us," and they will leave (James 4:7).
Then you will experience Godís peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy
Spirit. This is the peace that leads to life. This is the meaning of the
following passage in the Book of Job (O.T.),
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise
the discipline of the Almighty. For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He
wounds, and His hands also heal. From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in
seven evil will not touch you. In famine He will redeem you from death, And in
war from the power of the sword. You will be hidden from the scourge of the
tongue, Neither will you be afraid of violence when it comes. You will laugh at
violence and famine, Neither will you be afraid of wild beasts. For you will be
in league with the stones of the field; And the beasts of the field will be at
peace with you. And you will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit
your abode and fear no loss. You will know also that your descendants will be
many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth. You will come to the grave
in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season." (Job 5:17-26)
Job says "For you will be in league with the stones of the field; And
the beasts of the field will be at peace with you." Boulders canít be
moved. When you stand up against your feelings and win over them, then nothing
and no one will be able to move you away from God and His will and plan for your
life. When you also resist the temptation of the demonic forces that afflict
you, they will go away and you will be at peace with them. Your walk in Jesus
will become secure. However, John, there is no easy road to this place. We all
have had to walk it, no one gets to pass it buy. Your eternal soul is dependent
on your winning this battle and putting it off is dangerous. No one can fight it
for you or make your decision to fight and win this battle. Only you can fight
and win this battle for yourself, only you. I wish I could help you and I
am. I am doing what I can. I am sharing with you why you must choose
now and fight this battle.
When the Lord said He could not do with you what He wanted, this is what he
was talking about. He meant that, "John insists on living by what he feels
and following his feelings; therefore what I want to do with him I cannot."
This wasnít a statement of condemnation, it was a statement of fact!
What is the solution to this? Choosing right now, today,
"Lord, today starting right now, I no longer want to be ruled over by my
feelings, I no longer want to be content with the peace that leads to death; I
want You to rule over me, I want the peace that leads to eternal life. So today
I choose right now to no longer live by my feelings, to be ruled over by my
feelings. Today before I go to bed, I will sit down and take a piece of paper
and right down what I am going to do for every day this week that is according
to your will and then commit myself to do it, and not allow anything to distract
me from it, even if it means losing friends. I realize if they encourage me to
not obey you, they are not my friends, they are the enemy of my soul. Therefore
they can go and I will trust you to bring me true friends, people who will
encourage me to do your will, like Dale. Jesus, today I make this decision by
faith, acknowledging my total 100% need of Your grace, strength and power to
live it out and see it through, so I ask You for Your grace, strength and power
to live it out and I give you permission to do whatever is necessary to help me
see it through, even if you have to use a BIG BEE! to help me obey You. I make
this commitment by faith in Your name, Jesus, amen."
John, this is what you need to do if you want to succeed. To not do it is to
choose the peace that leads to death and eternal hell (Matt 7:20-23). The choice
Sincerely in Jesus,
Dale P. Kruse