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No plague!

John 10:12-14

“But a hireling, {he who is} not the shepherd one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them, The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd and I now My sheep, and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

The enemy- the wolf- the thief- only comes to kill, to steal, and to destroy as is written in John 10:10. Therefore when anyone or any situation presents itself that would kill, steal, and/or destroy the sheep, any elder in the church or an “spiritual guru” who does not have the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the living God will allow the sheep to be taken by the wicked wolf. This is a profound understanding and a methodology for discerning the hearts of men. Jesus cautioned us not to judge by the site of our eyes nor the hearing of our ears but with righteous judgment- this is one way to fulfill that command. There is a denomination of Christianity wherein it is discouraged to believe that Jesus has healed and will manifest that healing to people today - they would much rather allow a sick person to suffer and die “for the glory of God” than to help them. In this way, those of us being led by the Spirit are able to discern the hearts of the elder that exhibits this sentiment. Their mouths draw near to God, but their hearts are far from Him. 

    The motivation is love. Jesus said that He laid down His life for the sheep. Thus, anyone who is filled with and led by the same Spirit, the Spirit of the living God will not be concerned with their own life, reputation, etc., but will lay it down so that the sheep might be saved. This can be seen clearly as an example in the particular instance of Mr. John G. Lake. Mr. Lake went into Africa wherein, at that time, they were experiencing a pandemic of Bubonic plague. Mr. Lake laid hands on those who were “contagious” and healed them as the Lord directed him to do and the plague did not come near him. He had the Spirit of the Living God inside of Him and was moving with Him. 

    Psalm 91:10 is a promise that is specifically related to this situation. It is written that no plague shall come near {your] dwelling …

The term “near” here is the term “nigh” in the KJV and it means to come near of course but more literally it conveys the understanding of conjugal intercourse or marital sex. The term for dwelling here is specific to the tabernacle of the Lord. 

    Thus, it can only be claimed that no plague shall have intercourse in the body of those wherein the Spirit of the Lord makes His home. To further define this person, the Word is clear in John 14:23-

    “ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

In conclusion then, it is those who keep- by doing- the word of God that love Jesus thus the Father and the Son will come to him and make their “tabernacle” with this one {in the person of the Holy Spirit} and it is this one who can trust that any plague will make no conjugal intercourse with their body. 

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