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The Peace of
Death or Life

November 21, 1999

Re: The Peace of Death or Life

Hi John:

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 doing.

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 John 5:2-3

"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 is yours.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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