Category: The Will of God

Pick and Choose?

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart,” Hebrews 4:12. It has always amazed me that so many people approach the word of God so irreverently. They act as though they are called to sit in judgment of the word of God, critiquing each subject to see if it is acceptable to them.

Consider this, the word of God states that women are not to speak in church, yet women stand up and speak in churches worldwide. “Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression,” 1 Timothy 2:11-14. How is it that both men and women ignore these verses today? It is because some have overturned the word of God, saying it is behind the times, and therefore is not to be heeded in certain things because society has changed. Still, the word of God cries out, “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to or take away from it,” Deuteronomy 12:32.

This is just one subject being dismissed by the church today. Again, the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. It is more than obvious that a large number of professed Christians today simply guard themselves from the sword of the Spirit by holding on to the shield of self, in order to appease society.

I am well aware this is a touchy subject, but it is one covered by the word of our God. My purpose for this letter is not to find fault, but to shed light on the truth that many have ignored the parts of the word of God with which they don’t agree. We are not our own; we were bought with a price; we have no right to pick and choose.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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Called By My Name

I have noticed that many people in the United States use the Scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 to call our nation to prayer and repentance, that our sins may be forgiven, and our land may be healed. This bothers me very much. We may have been founded on Christianity, but we are not the nation called by God’s name. To insert our nation into this Scripture borders on hypocrisy and blasphemy.

The true nation of Israel today is comprised of all who believe in, and follow, Jesus the Son of God. The nation of Israel are the children of the promise, inhabitants of the body of Christ, set apart to God, a chosen race, a royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a people for God’s own possession, Romans 9:8; 1 Peter 2:9.

The inhabitants of this Israel, the elect of God, are scattered throughout the earth, and are as aliens and strangers to the earth. Their lives and their freedom are found in the bosom of their mother, the new Jerusalem from above. They, in fact, are citizens of heaven where their hope as well as their lives are. So to call the United States the nation whose God is the Lord and the nation called by His name is ludicrous.

I understand those who assume the United States is the people called by God’s name mean no harm. They actually care deeply for our country. But their feelings for our country don’t justify their taking Scriptures out of context. When we take Scriptures out of context we subvert the word of God.

The word of God is a book of words interwoven into a divine tapestry containing the mystery of God. To take one word out of context is to put a blemish in that tapestry, and thereby that mystery. For this reason the Lord says, “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar,” Proverbs 30:5, 6.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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True vs. False Apostles

Paul, in explaining the ministry of apostles, said, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake; that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you,” 2 Corinthians 4:5-12.

The rubber doesn’t get much closer to the road than this — death is at work in us, but life in you. In another place He says, “For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fool’s for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.”

Knowing these things, who would want to be an apostle? Would you believe about everybody and his brother and sister? Yes, there are people crawling out of the woodwork, men and women, who claim to be apostles, especially in the New Apostolic Reformation movement. Even though Paul said apostles are men — ‘as men condemned to death’ — pompous women are claiming to be equal to men in the call of the apostle. This is a sure sign of the anti-christ, for Daniel said the man of sin will have no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women; and we know from Genesis 3:16 that a woman’s desire is for her husband. The man of sin will show no regard for men or for any other god, for he will magnify himself above them all. The women’s liberation movement in the 60’s and 70’s had its origin in the spirit of anti-christ. For the word of God says, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 11:3.

These women and men in the NAR movement are false apostles. They actually choose the office for themselves. The office of the apostle is not sought, nor is it a feeling that makes one think he might be an apostle. The Son of God Himself chooses and personally appoints His apostles.

The man who wrote the Passion Translation professes to be an apostle. If you compare the Passion Translation with a legitimate Bible, you will see that he is living in a dream land filled with ice cream and lollipops. And, if this doesn’t make you throw the PT away, just look up his so-called experience in the Library of Heaven, or study his testimony that there is one more chapter in the book of John and that he is chosen to reveal it when the time comes for what he calls the greater works generation (John 14:12).

I say these things jokingly, but they are true. He really believes this stuff, as do most of the other self-professed apostles in the NAR movement. (The PT was written explicitly for the NAR movement). They all put themselves on a pedestal, thinking themselves to be above their flocks. But what does Paul say, “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.”

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

Belief in God

Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” From this verse we see that faith is not only the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen, it is also believing that God is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

One must first believe that God is, and that He rewards those who seek Him. These two beliefs are the basis on which faith stands. Without believing that God is, there is nothing to place our faith in. And without believing that He rewards those who seek Him, there is no reason to expect an answer for any prayer. But believing that God is and that He rewards those who seek Him lends tremendous credence to having the substance of something hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

If one believes God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him, believing we have the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen is a given. Think about it, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:32-35a.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

Under Grace

Romans 6:1-14, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.

“For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.”

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

May the World Come to Know

My wife found this letter in some old boxes. It was written in 1997.

Love is a rose whose fragrance overshadows its thorns. It is a seed which sown lies hidden, patiently awaiting the flower if its beloved. Love is the tear in Compassion’s eye, the smile on Mercy’s lips, and the warmth of Understanding’s embrace. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Never.

My heart’s desire is for our Father’s love to be perfected in me. I want to be clothed with compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness and patience. I want these virtues to emanate from me as God sheds His love abroad in my heart. If I never see another miracle, at least let me love my wife as though she were my own body; let me love my neighbor as though I were loving myself; let me love my brothers and sisters and all my enemies as I have been loved, — kindly, patiently, unselfishly, and unconditionally.

I believe that as we walk in love and work from love we are planting seeds that might one day grow to become sturdy oaks. I believe we are pervading the earth with the fragrant aroma of the Spirit of Jesus. (The Holy Spirit tells me now the creation appreciates the children of God.) I believe love is of God and we are of God if we love one another as He has love us. And God loved us not in word, but in deed, by sending His only begotten Son to redeem us and reconcile us to Himself, that He might bestow upon us His exceeding great and precious promises. I long for His love to be perfected in me!

Our works of love, whether they be toward our spouse, our neighbor, or our enemy are never in vain. They speak volumes throughout eternity even as I write. Our God is not confined by time. At this very moment He exists before time, He exists today, and He exits forever. Since love of Him, the works we do in love ring through the ages.

The spirit of love is the Spirit of the Lamb, giving oneself for the sake of others. May we live, breathe, and walk in the Spirit of the Lamb. May we take his yoke upon us and learn of Him. May we assimilate His ways in all our dealings with our spouses, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters, and even our enemies. May we always be true children of God.

Dear friends, faith moves mountains — love moves men; may we be fishers of men. Let us pervade the earth with the fragrant aroma of the Spirit of Jesus, loving one another from the heart, in deed and in truth. May the world come to know we are true disciples of the Son of God.

Rev. Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

Stand for the Good

The gun laws that exist, such as licensed carry, are illegal, for the Constitution says we have a right to own and to bear guns, and that this right shall not be infringed upon. Thus the illegality of gun laws. Many other laws are in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States.

The word of God says, Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves, Romans 13:1, 2. In view of these two verses, how do we react to those in authority who are trying to do away with our Constitution and change our country from the land of the free to the land of socialism? God says we must submit to governing authorities. The answer to this question is in the two subsequent verses.

For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil, Romans 13:3, 4. These verses say the governing authorities are there for our good, praising those who do good, and bringing wrath upon those who do evil.

I believe that, as long as there is a chance to change things, we are not to submit to any authority who does the opposite of what is in these verses. If the authorities begin to punish the good and stand for the evil, I believe we must stand for the good, even though it is in opposition to them. I believe this because God is good, and Satan is evil.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

The Children of the Flesh

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but, “Through Isaac your descendants will be named.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. For this is a word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son,” Romans 9:6-9.

Those with faith in, and obedience to, Jesus, the Son of God, are the children of the promise. But where does that leave the children of the flesh? As Paul said, “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uniformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be saved…” Romans 11:25-26a.

My friends, we are so indebted to the Jewish people. We are enjoying the delicacies of God’s kingdom because of them. God, in His infinite wisdom, put a partial hardening on them and sent the gospel to the Gentiles. When the fulness of the Gentiles has come in, He will remove the partial hardening, and all Israel will come in.

“The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.’” From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable,” Romans 11: 26b-29.

Please remember that it is only by their disobedience that we are in the kingdom. They received a partial hardening and, because of this, the majority of them didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah, and God counted their unbelief as disobedience. The Gentiles, who were without God and riddled with sin, received mercy because of the disobedience of the children of the flesh. Now because we, the children of the promise, were shown mercy, thank God, they, the children of the flesh, will also receive mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all, Romans 11:32.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

All Authority

These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee, even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent,” John 17:1-3.

Jesus was given authority over all mankind during His ministry. Just prior to His ascension He was given all authority in heaven and on earth, Matthew 28:18. Now the risen Christ has authority, not only on earth, but in heaven as well.

Why was He given all this authority? He was given it in order that He might give eternal life to all God has given Him, that is, the chosen of God. In order to attain eternal life, we must endure to the end and we cannot make it on our own. And for that reason the risen Christ now sits at the right hand of God in heaven and intercedes for us, that we might endure to the end. He also intercedes for the chosen who aren’t yet in the kingdom, for John 17:2 says, “to all whom Thou hast given me.” Those whom He has been given are all who have been predestined to eternal life, those in the past, those in the present, and those in the future.

In summary, not only was His body broken and His blood shed for us, now that He has been taken up to heaven, His love for us still shines as a light in our darkness, guiding us through trial after trial, through the valleys and over the mountains, as He intercedes between us and our loving Father. Yes, all authority in heaven and on earth was given to Jesus, and He uses it for the good of the chosen of God — what a wonderful and perfect Savior. Amen.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

By This is My Father Glorified

We are all human, and being human makes us susceptible to many shortcomings. One of these short comings is the attitude that we must pay for everything we get. This attitude flies in the face of faith.

We must daily come to terms with the fact that we do not have to pay for heavenly things; they are already paid for. Jesus paid it all and because of this the Word says, “For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us,” 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Notice that the above Scripture said “in Him they are yes.” Only in Him are the promises of God yes, just as Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me,” John 15:4. And, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples,” verses 7, 8. We must abide in Jesus, for if we abide in Him, and He in us, we will only pray for things according to the will of God; for abiding in Him, we will be led by the Holy Spirit.

In earthly terms, all this is totally absurd. But we have been raised up into newness of life in the heavenlies. We are to no longer think in earthly terms; we are to now think in heavenly terms. In earthly terms we must pay for everything we get; in heavenly terms every promise of God was paid for by Jesus, and in Him every promise of God is yes. In Him is our faith. In Him is our life.

Look to Jesus; trust in Him; He is the way and the truth and the life. In Him the promises of God are yes. Abide in Him. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples,” John 15:7, 8.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

The Father in Secret

Matthew 6:3,4, “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

Matthew 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

Matthew 6:17,18, “But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

In each of these quotations “your Father who sees in secret” is mentioned. In the second and third quotations “your Father who is in secret” is also mentioned. So our heavenly Father is in secret and He sees in secret. The overwhelming majority of our prayers should be in secret, as well as our giving and our fasting. These are three commandments from Jesus. He said pray in secret, give in secret, and fast in secret. These three commandments are rarely spoken of in churches, but they are essential to an obedient walk with God.

Beyond this, in Matthew 6:7,8 it says, “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.”

How many times have you heard someone praying with meaningless repetition? They go on and on, sometimes using inflections and modulations, as if they are giving an oration. Jesus told us not to pray like this, yet many do it anyway. Prayers with meaningless repetition are nothing more than babble.

A true disciple prays with few words because he is communicating with a holy God. His words are chosen carefully and thoughtfully for the same reason. And when he cannot find the right words, he kneels in silence, while the Holy Spirit intercedes for him with groanings too deep for words.

Dear friends, our Father is in secret, and He sees in secret. Let us approach Him in secret.

In the holy name of Jesus, the name through which God showed His great love for us,

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

The Nation Whose God is the Lord

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance, Psalm 33:12. This nation mentioned in this verse is Israel, however, it is not the children of the flesh who are chosen for God’s own inheritance; it is the children of the promise who are regarded as descendants. For this is a word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son. This son of promise was Isaac, as God said to Abraham, “Through Isaac your descendants shall be named,” Genesis 21:12.

So, my friends, we who believe in Jesus are the children of the promise. We are those chosen for God’s own inheritance. We are the nation whose God is the Lord, not the children of Israel’s flesh, that is, the nation of Israel, not the United States, nor any other nation. We, who are the true descendants of Abraham through faith are the chosen of God, and the true descendants of Abraham.

We are the people referred to in 2 Chronicles 7:13, 14, “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

The true Israel is scattered throughout the earth. There is no physical Christian nation. The United States was, at one time, a nation founded on the principles of the Bible, but that is no longer the case. Through the years it has, for the most part, slowly turned aside from Christian morals and principles. Even so, there are still a few scattered throughout the earth who have not turned aside to the whims of man, for God has kept for Himself a remnant according to His gracious choice.

We who still believe in, and obey, the Lord Jesus Christ are the remnant of God that stands today, heralding the good news of the gospel, and inviting any and all who believe in Jesus Christ to step forth and partake of the divine delicacies with us. Our land, that is, the heavenly places in which we walk, will be healed as we pray and repent of our sins, and regardless of what we may come to endure, we will be more than conquerors through Him who loved us to the uttermost.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

Thy Will Be Done

I saw a post yesterday where a lady and a man were supposedly ministering to President Trump. I say supposedly because it was far from ministering.

The lady first told him the Lord revealed to her that He had said of President Trump, “This is My son, in whom I am well-pleased.” She then gloated over the President as though he was a second messiah. After dribbling over him for several minutes, she removed the arrows people had been throwing at him, so he won’t be bothered by what has been said and done against him.

The man, performing what he called a prophetic gesture, had the President hold his hands out, palms up. When President Trump held his hands out, the man conjured up the Holy Spirit and poured Him into the President’s hands.

First, the lady, who claims to be a minister of God, tells President Trump that God has said something about him that, until now, He had only said of one other person since the beginning of time, when He spoke of Jesus, “This is My beloved My Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” From this, one might conclude that President Trump is equal with Jesus in God’s eyes. He would have to be if God actually said that about him.

Secondly, she removed the arrows that people had been hurling at him so he wouldn’t be troubled by them anymore.

Thirdly, the man performed what he called a prophetic gesture, which I haven’t seen in the Bible, or even heard of it being in the Bible. It turned out to be a conjuring up of the Holy Spirit, and pouring Him into President Trump’s hands.

The lady, I believe, is President Trump’s so-called spiritual adviser. I don’t know who the man was. Neither one of these two people were sent by God. President Trump is getting spiritual advice from a woman who has no experience in the things of God; a woman who believes and preaches false doctrines. She, and countless women like her, are living monuments to the truth of what Paul said, “Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. But women shall be saved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint, “1 Timothy 2:11-15. And, “Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says. And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church,” 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.

Dear friends, this woman and this man are both what the Bible calls false prophets and impostors. They don’t walk with Jesus; they don’t submit to God; they just ramble on, as if they have all authority, commanding this and declaring that. Following Eve’s reaction to the Serpent when she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to become like God, Genesis 3:5. 6, these people have raised themselves up to the level of Jesus. And raising oneself up to the Lord’s level is anti-christ. So also are women who ignore the word of God.

In the most holy name of our Savior,

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

P.S. It is appalling that certain sections of the Scriptures have been ignored for so many years.

Please know this has not been written with animosity. It has been written with love for the Lord and His children, as well as love for the truth. When the Lord spoke to me about my call, He explicitly said I must always speak the truth. I can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

It is close to blasphemy to say President Trump is God’s son, in whom He is well-pleased. There is only one man who has received that compliment from God, and He has been given a name above all other names. 

May God have mercy on those who use the name of Jesus and do not submit to the person of Jesus. May He have mercy on those who claim to be submitted to Jesus, but ignore sections of the Bible they don’t agree with.

It is time, dear ones, to submit to God 100%. 

P.P.S. People are very much concerned about our country now, but few are willing to humble themselves before the living God and sincerely ask for His mercy and help. A great many of our citizens will cry for His help without submitting to Him, much less seek His will. I, myself, have only sought that His will be done, regardless of what it is.

We Cannot Be Moved

Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous; that the righteous may not put forth their hands to do wrong,” Psalm 125:1-3.

Is it hard for you to obey Jesus and keep His commandments? Trust in Him; yes, trust in Him. Know that Jesus is a perfect Savior, as Paul wrote, “But by His [God’s] own doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” He has become all this to us, and the Spirit of God dwells within us. How can we not overcome? “For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead,” Colossians 2:9-12.

Consider our Savior today, “Therefore He was obligated to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted,” Hebrews 2:17, 18.

Not only has He become to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, He has become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, Hebrews 5:6-9.

With these truths in mind, let us have faith in the word of God when it tells us that He will not let the scepter of wickedness rest upon us, in order that we may not put forth our hands to do wrong. Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved. We are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, because we have a Savior who gave Himself up for us, and now sits beside the right hand of God, interceding and reaching out to help us in our times of need.

Dear friends, we cannot trust ourselves, for we were conceived in iniquity; nor can we make ourselves holy and overcome sin. Only God can accomplish these things for us, therefore we must trust in both the integrity of our Father, and the efficacy of the obedience and sacrifice of His Son. We must rely on Him to keep us as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved. And He will do this, His word says He will. We need only trust Him, and set our hearts and our minds to learn obedience as we press through the things which we suffer, as did our beloved Savior Jesus, who is now able to come to our aid when we are tempted.

To God be the glory, and every knee bow to Jesus.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

The Temple of God

After Solomon built a temple for the Lord God, He (God) said in 2 Chronicles 7:15-16, “Now My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. For now I have chosen and concentrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”

In 2 Corinthians 6:16 the word says, “For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’” My friends, we have been chosen and concentrated just like the temple Solomon built. 

It is God who chose us and consecrated us that we might be with Him forever. And He sent Jesus to tear apart the veil of the temple that we might enter in. And He did so by the shedding of His blood and the breaking of His body. What a glorious Savior; what a loving and merciful Savior; the Father wanted us to spend eternity with Him, and Jesus offered up Himself to make that happen. And now God’s name and His eyes and His heart are within us perpetually, and His eyes are open and His ears are attentive to our prayers, for we are now His temple.

May we continually offer our thanks and our praise to both the Father and the Son, who have shown us love beyond comprehension. May we strive to do the will of God for ourselves, as Jesus did for Himself. May each of us always be a holy temple of our God and Father. To Him be glory forever.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant