BITTER GREEN FIGS FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
By Martha © 1998, Revised 2012
Book Four Of Eight
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I have ministered to many around the world by personal letters for decades, and in these letters are hidden tidbits of manna, and mixed in with the every day counseling and answering letters are hidden crumbs of wisdom, and hidden secrets of the scriptures, and hidden thoughts of the LORD as He ministers those things each believer needs to hear, words of comfort, and sometimes even rebukes, coming from the Spirit of Prophecy as the Holy Spirit answers troubled hearts and weary minds with a touch of the bread from heaven. This treatise is formed from bits and pieces of some of the letters that the manna from heaven might be given to all who believe, and some are literally, bitter, green figs, hard truths and new. These are treasures from the Holy Spirit, pearls from the Kingdom of Christ Jesus, precious fruits from the Tree of Life.
Chapter 34 The Power at the Throne
The power to enter the throne in heaven, for the believers, was given in the crucifying of Christ, was given in the blood of Christ, was given in the baptism of water for the remission of our sins. Now, remission spiritually means the same as it means carnally, our sins are in remission. They are forgiven and washed away and in remission. It does not mean that they are dead. Our sins are only dead when we ourselves crucify them, and forsake them, and overcome them, and understand the scripture that says for us to work out our salvationís with fear and trembling. Now, that fear and trembling has everything to do with satanís power at the throne. When we are covered in the blood of Christ and have been baptized for the remission of our sins, we are free in Christ, as written, free from satan and his power of judgment at the throne of GOD in heaven against us for our former sins. When we are under the baptism, judgment is done away with, unless we sin after baptism, of the which the scriptures say, If we sin, we have an advocate in Christ Jesus at the throne of GOD.
We are also commanded in the scriptures to confess our sins, our faults, one to another, and to pray for one another that we might be forgiven our sins and healed of our transgressions. Now, if we are suddenly made into little Jesusí when we are baptized and saved, and the battle ended, and over, and we are in the gate, why do we suffer such an onslaught of spiritual and carnal battles concerning the retention and gaining of eternal life? Why do we suddenly come face to face with the enemy, the powers of darknessí, satan, whom we must defeat and overcome in every fashion in order to gain eternal life and possess immortality? The scriptures say, if we sin we have an advocate in Christ Jesus. And that word if, is a very, very noticeable word and a very sword in the hand of the powers of darkness. For under the law, it was church as usual, sin and sacrifice, sin and sacrifice. But now under grace, under Christ, there is no more sin and sacrifice, there is a noticeable, IF! And the scriptures say, If we willingly sin after coming to a knowledge of Christ Jesus, we have only judgment to face for that sin and those sins that are committed with knowledge.
We need to protect ourselves on earth from the powers of darkness, and protect ourselves at the throne of GOD in heaven as well, and that protecting is coming to a purification and sanctification that says as Christ said, satan has nothing in me! We must not let sin rule over us, nor give satan the advantage over us in any fashion whatsoever.
Satan has an entrance at the throne of GOD for every sin a child of GOD commits. Therefore, are we commanded to work out our salvationís with fear and trembling here on this earth, protecting ourselves from satanís power at the throne of GOD. He is an accuser of the brethren, and at the throne of GOD, only righteousness shall protect a believer from the darts, arrows, and accusations of satan. Satan has the power to destroy us and that power is given to him by GOD. Paul turned over a man to satan for the destruction of his flesh, to slay the man. Paul tried to teach us that to sin immorally after receiving Christ has grave and deadly consequences.
Paulís whole ministry was for the purifying and edifying of the body of Christ, to warn every soul about the judgments of sin and to warn all of us to flee temptation and to sin no more, lest we find ourselves hopelessly without help in the face of accusations at the throne of GOD. Why is a Christian warned about sin? Because of satanís powers at the throne of GOD unto our own destruction. After we are forgiven in Christ, every single sin then is judged and judgment issued that we not perish with the world. So Jesus says, Cut off your hand if your hand causes you to sin, and pluck out your eye if your eye causes you to sin, rather than to perish in hell.
Our ever so quickened conscience to sin and the pains of it, must be listened to, and not only heard, but obeyed. Those that cloak themselves in a garment of praise, worship and works, sometimes are found to be the most deceitful workers of darkness. These that outwardly are pious and obedient, are yet inwardly angry, rebellious, deceitful with repentance, and deceitful with a self-righteous exaltation. These do their works to be seen of men, and from men do they receive their rewards, praises, exaltations, applaudings, gifts, tithes, offerings, and admirationís, with positions. These do not repent when the Holy Spirit grieves. These harden themselves to His grievings. His grievings are like inward tears and painful tears that sob quietly and are unheard, but O, the tears are outwardly streaming down their faces to be seen of men how pious they are, and how religious they are.
A man ought to love his wife, and a woman ought to love her husband. It does not matter if they agree or not about anything or everything. For when one loves, love grants freedom, and grants privacy. A husband should demand as much rights for his wife as he does for himself, as well as allow her the same rights and privileges as he allows for himself. He should allow her privacy of thoughts, privacy of purposes, privacy of rights, privacy of wants, privacy of friends, privacy of faiths, privacy of careers, privacy of clothingís, privacy of personal things, from shoes to skirts, unless she is immoral and no man even when wicked cares to have his wifeís legs showing to the thighs or her breasts draping out over her clothing. No wife ought to shame her husband by any manners of conversation or dress. Nor does a man like a woman to prance. If there is one thing that is so despicable to GOD, it is the prancing of women and the butterflying of women that is so apparent in the presence of the male. Nor, should a husband be flirtatious with anything that looks and smells like a female. That is for dogs of the streets.
The woman is aware of her femininity, and the maleís maleship. She is aware of herself and aware of him. What is this anyway? Women know when they prance. Women know when they look with the eye and lust with the eye. Women know when they run here and there giving excuse to be in the presence of a male. Women know when their feet are quick to run to mischief in a garb of needing to go here or there just to be in the presence and touch and sound and smell of the male. All women know it. The wicked know it and welcome it and follow after it, and the believers know it and do the same. How can they escape likewise the anger and wrath of GOD when they prance and tinkle and throw their spirits at a male? They shall not!
Women know when they rise expecting to hear the sound of a familiar voice. Women know when they have thoughts as they dress for the day thinking of this one and that one that they shall meet during the course of the day. Women know. Of course, women know. Men know, too, but we are not dealing with men but with women, for you will never have holy men till you first have holy women.
It was Eve who first fell with the beast, not Adam. It was Eve. Satan used Eve to get to Adam to get to GOD. Eve is the weaker vessel when it comes to lust. And man is to honour the woman as the weaker vessel, knowing her weakness toward him. GOD looked upon His whole creation, and looked upon Adam, and said to Himself, This is not good that Adam should be alone. Adam needs a helpmete that he not sin with beasts of the field as he beholds their passions, mixing therefore the spirit of man with the spirits of beasts. Adam needs a mate for himself that he sins not.
About your wayward daughter, sometimes tears are true but mostly they are not. They are tears not of repentance but anger. They accuse the accuser of false accusations. Tears are saying, I am guiltless. Tears are saying, I am innocent. Tears are saying judgment is the lie and liar. Tears are saying the judgment is unjust. Tears are just not righteousness, never, not in the face of chastisement.
There are allowable tears, and these tears are at the grave and the loss of a loved one. These are but allowable tears, tears without sin. Yet, what profit are these tears? Tears from hopelessness or from a spirit of completed exhaustion, spiritual exhaustion, are allowable. These are not righteous tears, as no tears are righteous tears. They are simply allowable and if one continues to cry and cry and cry after a time of mourning, one would become angry and more angry and at GOD as well, and in time become filled with vengeance, hatred, and false accusations, defiling the soul with bitterness. Tears will become very destructive. If they wash the soul and flesh of pain, and if they bring forth righteousness, they are allowable, but if they bring forth sin or if they do not cleanse sin, they are all the more wicked.
Most times tears are a frustrated anger at someone, GOD, the situation, or all of these at one time. It is like a child standing in a corner without a way out of cleaning up his room, with his mother standing in front of him with a great switch, and every time he tries to escape from the room, she smacks him, and he runs and is smacked and runs and is smacked, and every time he is smacked he cries all the harder and louder and becomes angrier and angrier till hatred and cursing comes and a total breakdown in a temper fit, and the more angry he becomes the more angry the mother becomes and the more violent the whack, till just the appearing of the mother causes hatred and anger to come, and just the appearing of the switch causes hatred and anger to show itself, and just the appearing of the messy room anchors the rebellion that is ever ready to be accused and to accuse. What ceases these things? The child alone can cease these things by simply being disciplined by the switch and the whacks, and to avoid them, do what is right. The switch and the whacks have come from only rebellion and disobedience in the first place. If he had picked up his room and was disciplined by righteousness on his own, he could have avoided the switch, the tears, the anger, the hatred, the beatings, the whole mess. He made the mess in the first place!
Jesus said we must fast and pray that we enter not into temptation. We must always be praying and fasting. We must always be denying ourselves. We must deny ourselves those things that tempt, from sight, to smell, to looks, to watching, to thinking. There is no power in the blood of Christ that will take away the will of anyone. Therefore, our will must give way to the will of GOD and follow after the will of GOD, knowing that GOD will not take away the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The mind, the heart, the flesh, all must be purified of sin, by the cleansing of our own wills unto obedience.
So we fast, and we pray. We fast from recreations, denying ourselves intemperanceís. We fast from frivolities. We fast from thoughts. We fast from wasting time. We fast continually, praying continually, keeping the flesh in a fasting state, not from eating and drinking, but from wants and passions and desires, giving the flesh no occasion to be frivolous or naughty nor do we allow it to enter into careless, seemingly harmless temptations nor enjoyments with other men or women. Those born of GOD keep themselves and satan touches them not. There is no harmless temptation!
We as women of GOD are to be about the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We have no time to be frivolous with our thoughts. Thoughts are sin. They are more deadly than anyone could ever contemplate. For all sin begins with first, a thought. And if a thought is sin, it is as the sin thought about having already been performed. We are commanded in the scriptures to think pure thoughts. How can the lusts of the loins be pure? How can the greedís of this world ever be pure in thought?
When you are in the Spirit, the flesh dies. When you are empowered by the Holy Ghost, passion so dies you feel condemned, being married. Now, passion for a holy woman is fired by love only, by the person, by the object of that love, and if there is no object, there is no passion. It has no life on its own. There is no where else for it to come from for the flesh is crucified to its lusts. It is fired only by love and created only by love and must be thoughtfully primed and brought up out of a deep, deep, silent and sleeping well. The flesh shall abate, and not only abate, but literally, die. Passion shall literally die. Passion on its own, shall literally, die, as you are about the works and ministries of Christ, now being unmarried. For a holy woman, lust is just not acceptable.
Women of the world are like dogs of the streets. Women of GOD must be as pedigreed that are owned by a master that lays her with whomsoever he lays her with and that is that, that the lineage remain pure. She is owned by her master, not even owned by the one she is given to. So then, your Master, Christ, shall preserve you unto Himself as well as provide your necessary Ďspiritual surgeryí to remove all your desires that you are contented in Him, giving you power over your own flesh that you sin not, and if you are not contented in Him, marry only in His will. But, be pure and truthful in your prayers, for if you pray with hypocrisy and deceits, He will not only not remove your desires or give you power over them, but He will give them power over you and drive you into sin that you might learn to give yourself unto Christ in sanctification. For the commandment is still, If you are married, desire not to be unmarried, and if you are unmarried, desire not to be married. The power at the throne that satan has against us, is sin. Let not sin have dominion over you, for the time is shorter than any flesh could realize.
It is still written and more so now necessary than in generations before us, that we put on the whole armour of GOD, that we can stand in this evil day, and remain standing. Your strength comes from righteousness. Be strong in righteousness! Eph. 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 29 The Male and Female Differences
Chapter 30 On the Election
Chapter 31 The Authority Cross
Chapter 32 The Letter of the Law
Chapter 33 A WORD of Prophecy, March, 1992
Chapter 34 The Power at the Throne
Chapter 35 The Saul Spirit
Excerpts from Bitter Green Figs From The Tree Of Life
Book Four of Eight, Written By Martha ©