Law of Spiritual Substitution – Pastor Don Moore

Friday, August 11, 2006
This computer challenged person here wants to learn how to allow people who are not Xanga people to comment. I need step by step, easy instructions. Is anyone up to the challenge. I am also trying to find a way to have more than one link in my links column.

Heather

Two years ago I would have heard this teaching and my hackles would have risen, it is not an easy teaching even now for me, but now I recognize the truth of the teaching and know that I am learning to apply these truths to my life. But I warn you to fasten your seat-belts. Please read through this because the first part didn’t make sense to me until the later part. I am just giving you my notes on Pastor Don’s teaching in the order that he presented them. First I will present the problem, then the solution.

THE PROBLEM

Psalm 52:1-4 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.

We are spirits who live in a body and and have a soul (mind, will, emotions).

Our spirit also has a mind, will, and emotions and when we die, it will still feel.

In our carnal bodies, our spirit is encased in a physical body. When we die, our Spirit will not be so encased. Because our spirit is a mirror of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit feels, we can assume that our spirits also feel.

Right now we have a pride of the flesh. Our bodies stimulate our emotional feelings, but that won’t be so when we go to the Lord. For example, in the physical we obsess over dress, but in our glorified bodies that will not be needed. In the flesh we respond to things according to physical circumstances, but in the Spirit we will respond to the truth of God.

Our emotions fluctuate. Bad news on a “good” day may not impact us as much as bad news on a “bad” day.

When we say “I feel” we have to ask ourselves where we feel, is it in the Spirit or in the flesh.

God feels – Jesus is God and he wept, God has shown many emotions: anger, jealousy, joyous, loving, sad, weeping. The Holy Spirit feels – it can be grieved. Remember Jesus did what He saw His Father do, and Jesus showed all the above emotions.

Moses saw God angry, and Moses interceded with God so that God’s anger was not acted immediately on the Israelites. But yet, his anger did get acted on – the Israelites died in the wilderness for disobedience, but God gave them the chance to repent and change.

We were created in God’s image, and we have feelings – God has feelings, but in His Sovereign nature, God’s feelings are righteous. In our limited, physical understanding we cannot understand God’s feelings. His thoughts are not our thoughts.

We have our pet ways of doing things, and we continue to do them that way. Do we really expect God to reward us if we continue to do or say something that God tells us not to do?

Pastor Don gave the example of your kid screaming, and do we then give in and teach them that screaming will get them what they want, or do we withhold the blessing until they learn a more appropriate way to ask for things.

When God withholds from us it is from love, because God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son for us.

Our Spirit man must rise up and dominate our feelings and emotions, and then the body will follow God’s ways. 

Our words (like the above Psalm says) have force and creation. If our words express our feelings and emotions, not the truth of the Spirit we can talk ourselves into some rather negative thinking and believing. We have to let our Spirit be in control, not our feelings and emotions.

We lie to ourselves when we say, “I can’t help it.” That is letting our emotions set our parameters. We need to follow God’s parameters. God wants us to feel, but within the confines of His Word. The Word bids us to control our feelings within the acceptable realm of righteousness.

You words will determine what you will.
Your words set the parameters of your life.
Your feelings are no longer permitted to take you beyond righteousness, no longer are you allowed to make excuses to speak evil.

(Heather’s note: The above is hard to swallow for me. This is a teaching for believers, because when we believe, we are new creations in Christ. The old passes away and we are new creations. What we cannot do in the flesh, we can do when we are IN Christ. When we keep speaking the negative things that we are used to speaking, our words will bring forth the negative things that we speak. A few years ago I would have bristled at that comment because I would have felt that if someone hurt me, or if something went wrong, that I had the “right” to speak my peace. That would have dug me into a deeper hole and not helped at all. We have to speak God’s truth into a situation, not our outward circumstances. That is not to say you deny the circumstances or feelings, but you must take steps to go beyond it. Today I was talking with Pastor Don and telling him that a few years ago I would have heard this teaching and stamped my foot and said, “It isn’t fair – I was hurt, I was the abused person, and now I have to control what I say about the situation. Where do I come in? When do I get to be pitied and comforted, listened to?” Now I see that it is God’s love that causes Him to teach me to speak edifying words, to speak His truth, because that is His best for me. When I cling to the past, the hurt, the anger, the unforgiveness, the complaining, it doesn’t help get me out of the situation. Years of therapy, focusing on the feelings, etc. did nothing to heal me, but God’s Word heals. I can honestly say that when I follow God’s principles as laid out below this, life is much better for me. If your old way isn’t working, consider giving the following a try. What can it hurt?)

Back to the above mentioned Psalm – It is not just what we talk about out loud that affects us, but what we think in our minds. We have, as  verse 3 says, to accept the fact that we like evil thoughts (evil thoughts being thoughts that do not agree with God’s Word), we say them in our heads, and let them out of our mouths. Then we complain about how bad we feel. There is no excuse for feeling bad if we are causing those bad feelings by speaking things that do not line up with God’s truth.

(Heather’s comment: OUCH!!!! that one strikes home for me. Every time I speak the circumstances instead of God’s truth, I focus more on the circumstances than on the way to get out of them – that way being speaking God’s truth. It “feels” good to be able to gripe and complain about my circumstances, but it sure doesn’t help me to escape them, and then I get others speaking to me and enforcing the circumstances, sigh.)

Verse 4 talks about devouring words, those words that we make excuses about, feel justified in saying – but they are evil. It can be gossip, evil speaking, or jealousy. The Korah Rebellion, the sons of Korah spoke what was going on in the minds of the other Israelites – their thoughts about why does God use Moses and Aaron – aren’t all good, why are they singled out. What happened? God opened up the earth and it swallowed up all the sons of Korah, their possessions, tents, etc. They spoke outside of God’s parameters. satan loves to cause us to speak negative things, it does his work for him.

Verses 5-7 God shall likewise destroy you forever; he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and uproot you from the land of the living. Selah. The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him saying, “Here is the man who did not make God his strength but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.”

How hard it is to not gossip. And Christians can get holy and gossip under the guise of prayer, “Let’s pray for brother/sister so and so, that they do not continue to commit adultery, etc.”

(Heather’s note, Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.)

Psalm 52:8-9 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.

THE SOLUTION

The LAW OF SPIRITUAL SUBSTITUTION

There are truths that must always work. One such truth is gravity. We can choose not to believe in gravity, but if we throw something up, it will fall down. We also have the law of inertia that an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force, etc.

The law of faith – Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Or the law that says, you shall have what you say.

Whether we know the law or not, believe the law or not, the law will work every time.

Mark 11:22-24 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Romans 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did..

Spiritual laws affect our feelings, thinking, and reactions. What comes out of our mouths can lead us to unrighteousness.

Pastor Don gave an example. Say if God anointed his wife with a powerful teaching ministry. Pastor Don then gets jealous, feeling she is usurping his position, feeling rejected, etc. Then he would have feelings of jealousy and begin to get annoyed when he was around her, then his body language toward her would change, the tone of his voice, etc. The adjectives and adverbs he uses about her would change. His body poses would change, his relationship would weaken. He might choose to undermine her ministry. But Pastor Don’s Spirit Man would know better, that God gave her that ministry as a blessing, perhaps to free himself for a new level of ministry, to reach other people for God’s glory, etc.

When he is around her, those feelings would not make him feel good, and he might choose alternative actions to make him “feel” good, going to a bar, a diner, hanging out with friends away from the home. His body would start being stressed, using up vitamins and maybe losing sleep. His health would suffer, etc.

So Pastor Don has a choice in the above example. When the thoughts and feelings come, he has to ask where they are coming from. Are they a physical emotional feeling, or from the Spirit. Then he can choose to dismiss the false feelings, and align with God’s Word and Spirit.

The feelings cause thoughts, the body responds, and this leads to what the above Psalm calls “devouring words.” That is believing a lie.

Far too often we yield to the lie, in big and little ways. Never stopping to ask ourselves, “What is the truth? Where am I stepping outside the boundaries of God’s Truth?”

To put a stop to the above example, or similar situations in our lives is to recognize is that the feelings I am feeling are a physical feeling, and seek God’s truth about it.

So often we say the word “feel” and we don’t hear that word. We substantiate what comes after the word “feel” as if it is a fact and a truth. It may have nothing to do with anything true. When we say “I feel” it negates the truth. If it is a bad feeling, a lie, it comes from outside the realm of God’s parameters. If it is a good feeling, it is within the range. Bad is what does not line up with the truth of God, and good is that which lines up with the truth of God.

When we realize that we have adopted and accepted a lie, we need to take it to the Lord. Faith is a fact, it is when we call those things which aren’t as if they are.

Two thoughts cannot hold the same space in our mind – if we substitute the Truth of God for a lie, we can no longer keep the lie in our minds, for our minds are taken up with the truth. This is the Law of Substitution.

This is such a long study that I am going to stop here – I did not want to stop after the problem without giving a hint at the hope. Tomorrow I will share the rest of the study and go into the solution more.

I think that each and everyone of us at times succumbs to lying thoughts that do not line up with the Word of God. As we grow in the Spirit, they will become apparent to us sooner, and eventually, I hope, we do not act or think them anymore.

Have a blessed night.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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