The Sword of the Spirit: The Sound of Many Waters
Chapter: The John Tyler Lion (Pages 111-114)
As we consider true strength from the Holy Spirit we must consider the power of a lion. A lion is the strongest and fiercest of all in the animal kingdom. The lions are protectors and their role is to provide a source of guidance for all. Allow lions to demonstrate their calm and cool qualities in a way that reflects that of Christ.
A lion provides guidance, security, and peace.
As we consider the problem that has arisen in many of our churches we need to address where each of the problems exist.
I believe that in the Book of Revelation we see where Christ addresses the seven churches which are symbolic of denominations throughout the world.
By studying the history of the Baptists we can begin to paint a picture of areas that may be improved from within the church. After toleration was legislated in 1689, Baptists did not grow rapidly, as would have been expected. They actually exhausted their strength during the harsh days of persecution. Particular Baptists framed a confession of faith in 1677, on the pattern of the Westminister Confession. A large assembly adopted this confession in 1689, and it became the principal English Baptist confession. The confession was the model for the Philadelphia Confession of Faith adopted in America in the next century. General Baptists were overwhelmed by Socinian currents in the opening years of the eighteenth century, and many of their churches became Unitarian. Baptists fell under hyper-Calvinism, hemmed in on every side by what they believed was God’s elective limitation.
This preceding paragraph clearly outlines a major issue of concern from within the Christian Church. The simple fact is that the Baptist Church, who holds the key of David, must hold onto the truth of the Revelation delivered to John, concerning the identity of Christ, by God’s servant angel. This is where God has placed His hope and is testing all the world to see who has believed.
As we carefully consider the crucifixion of Jesus, we ought to be mindful of the crucifixion of the church. The crucifixion of Jesus in detail involves mocking, ridicule, persecution, antagonizing, doubt, deceit, rebellion, hate, manipulation, and simple disbelief. If you would like to know the sufferings of Christ acknowledge that this is much of the life that He has endured. Acknowledge that He has always been surrounded with evil spirits who have attempted to overtake and destroy His existence as the Son of God. Acknowledgment of this fact, allows us to understand what Jesus has endured as a man here on earth. Jesus’ church is to fight for truth, and to instill wisdom into the hearts of the entire congregation.
We are to conduct our lives as shepherds and examples of Christ.
This means that we are to test individuals as to their heart and dedication to God’s Word. As a lion, we have no fear, for God is with us. We live our lives as lions, not aggressive, but in control of the evil world around us. The power belongs to the lions. For they are those who hold onto God’s Word with all of their heart knowing that a Savior would arise in order for their voices to be heard.
Key Note: This can also be recognized as a Great Earthquake, unlike the world has ever seen, hitting the earth and disrupting everything that man has created…in order for God to establish His New earth…
The lions are those who have awaited justice and who have endured much persecution. These are those who have patiently been in waiting.
You see, there is both a black and a white lion. These two work together to seek out justice and solutions that help to empower those in need. Let the church that holds true to God’s Word know that a church of God is filled with all peoples of all races.
Let us build educational tools that empower those who do not have the means to gain the knowledge. This is what we identify as true work within the ministry.
Revelation 3:7-13 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since, you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign here on earth.”
Revelation 7:16-17 “Never again will they hunger; need again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
To overcome the problem of violence in our schools we must educate the younger generations on how to live a life of faith. Violence within public schools is unacceptable and we must do away with the beastly attitude that is being promoted in public schools across the country. We need new legislation passed that will allow for teaching students about the pillars of Christianity.
Let’s start with the pillars of Christianity that I have written about before…
1) Love 2) Justice 3) Righteousness 4) Immortality- Eternal Existence 5) Truth
6) Honor 7) Discipline 8) Joy 9) Peace 10) Health 11) Empowerment 12) Wisdom
These twelve pillars are how we begin to define Christianity and to see God’s Holy Temple, who is Jesus Christ.
The one pillar of mercy that has been used and abused in the past needs to be left out in order to establish a society that will flourish. Love in itself is forgiveness. But Satan wants us to believe that we may act now and ask for forgiveness later. That is not how God ever intended for His creation to exist. Satan allowed for temptation to enter the world. By Living Godly lives we overcome falling and allow God to be our guide. We follow His instructions as He provides for us.
This is to be addressed throughout schools and churches world wide…