Carnality is the seat of all division. Get carnality out and God’s people will get together. What is carnality? Carnality is living after the flesh. Verse 27…”And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my statutes and do them.” Before you can get the Spirit of God, you will have to get a right spirit within you. We’ve preached on full consecration every day this week from a different angle, because if you don’t get a different spirit, (a right spirit) you won’t receive the Holy Spirit. There’s a need for it. The Gospel stands beside the prophecy.
John 14:16: “And I will pray the Father and He will give you another comforter that He may abide with you forever. (17) Even the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” In John 14, “if ye love me, keep my commandments.” The world has to get a right spirit before they can receive the Holy Spirit. The spirit of the world does not want the Holy Spirit. He knocks at their heart’s door, but they reject Him and turn Him away. The world cannot receive Him because they have the spirit of the world. What kind of a spirit is the world’s spirit? It’s a blind spirit. Jesus said they couldn’t see. How do they get blind? 2 Cor. 4:4, “In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. We have to get to where we can see Him before we can have Him.
Not only is the spirit of the world a blind spirit, but an ignorant spirit. It knoweth Him not. But you know Him. Not only a blind spirit, an ignorant spirit, but a disobedient spirit. Paul said in Ephesians: “You hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins, where in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” We must obey God and keep His commandments before He will send the comforter to us. Psalm 34 tells us that the Lord is nigh unto them of a broken heart and of a contrite spirit. There are only two spirits---the Spirit of the Lord and the spirit of the devil. But John said there were many that went out. Let’s read Ezk. 36:26: “A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and ye shall keep my judgments.”
HOW TO KEEP OFF THE ROUTE TO WORMWOOD
When you keep God’s judgments and do them, you will keep off the route to wormwood. Ezek. 2 and 2 Kings 2:19: (Jericho was under a blight of divine curse---God told Joshua back in the 6th chapter, when they brought Jericho down, which we proved to you already, was a type of Babylon.) It was the first thing they ran into after they crossed the River Jordan (a type of full salvation under the New Testament). The only one that escaped, was a harlot that owned her condition, put the scarlet colored thread in her window and came out when the message came. God said, “Joshua, the city must never be rebuilt. And if any man tries to build it he will lay the foundation in his oldest son and build the gates in his youngest. What did he mean by that? It would take him a whole lifetime to do it, and after he gets it done, there will be a curse on it. When God tears something down, He doesn’t want us building it up again. If we turn around and build the things we once destroyed, we become a transgressor.
The Bible lets us understand that the Bethelites took the job of building Jericho again. And he got it built. Elijah had passed off the stage of action; Elisha had received his mantle. We need the mantle of God if we’re going to be of God. Elisha was really tried and God will try people yet. He passed up three colleges. Elijah started on his journey and Elisha followed him. They soon arrived at the school of the prophets and the prophets came out and said to Elisha: “You know that Elijah is going to die. Stay here with us.” But he said: “Hold your peace. I’m going with Elijah even if he is going to die.” Then Elijah brought him around to another mountain where there was another school, and the prophets were just getting out. They tried to persuade him to stay there. But Elisha said: “Even if he is going to die, I’m still going to go with him.” Then, Elijah took him to another school and let him visit a while. The prophets said: “Better stay here a while, Elijah is going to die.” Again Elisha said: “If he is going to die, I’m going along with him anyway.” Then Elijah went down and they wanted to cross over the waters. He took his mantle off and waved it out over the waters and the water backed up and they went over on dry ground. Then he turned around and said: “What are you following me for? He answered, “I want a double portion of your spirit.” Elijah told him he had asked a hard thing. Just keep watching; God is going to take me away.
People talk about going into space. Enoch was the first man in space. Elijah went into space and his missile didn’t miss nine times. It went off the first time. Elijah said, keep your eyes on me. When the chariot of fire appeared and the whirlwind, Elisha looked up and said: “…Father, My Father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof.” Elijah shed his mantle and it fell on Elisha. He went back down to the water and waved the mantle over and the water again receded. He began his labors in the place of Elijah and he was called to serve as his master before him. When people see that God’s hand is on a man, they’ll be calling him and he’ll find plenty to do. 2 Kings 2:19: ”And the men of the city said unto Elisha, behold I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my Lord seeth; but the water is nought and the ground barren.” We have a good set up here, they said, but the water is bitter and not fit to use---so the ground is barren. Verse 20: “And he said: “Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein.” And they brought it to him. He started up the river and just kept going until he reached the very spring or fountain of it, then he threw in the salt and said: (21) “Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from hence forth anymore death or barren land.
That’s the message for our day. Jesus used salt as the symbol of the Holy Spirit. And he’s calling also, for a new cruse (as did Elisha) or a new vessel. He said, “Don‘t put his wine in old vessels.” That’s the reason we have so many failures, trying to put this wind in old bottles. We have to have a new cruse. We must be born again and be new creatures. Then we can put the salt in. It will sweeten the fountain and the waters will be sweet again. Then, the church can quit the miscarrying business and bring forth babes unto God.
Let’s turn to James the 3rd chapter, verse 2: “Does the fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” Hebrews 12:14: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Verse 15: “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness spring up, trouble you and thereby many be defiled.” Springs do not spring up unless there’s a root there. When any thing springs up and lives, there has to be a root there. Also the root was there before the thing sprung up. Let’s get the old root out. [ The End ]