The Life Force
Recently God started talking to me about a subject that sounds really 'New Age' but as usual He gave me copious amounts of scripture to back it up. The subject is the 'life force' that is in each of us and what we do with it. He is telling me that Christians need to stop wasting their life forces on the things of this world if they want to be used by Him.
Truly God's people perish for lack of knowledge, because New Agers and other occultists are fully aware of the power of the life force and use it for evil. This may be the most important article I have ever written so please consider it carefully and pray on it.
The Life Force is Not the Holy Spirit
Just to be clear, the life force is not the same as the indwelling and works of the Holy Spirit. Every person has a soul force but only followers of Christ have the Holy Spirit. He is subject to our life force (free will) and can be easily grieved, and if so will not operate in our lives. It is only when we have submitted our life force (soul) to God that the Holy Spirit is able to operate through us.
A good way to understand this concept is in electrical terms. Think of the life force as the conductor and the Holy Spirit as the power source. Our potential as Christians is only limited by how good conductors of God's power we are. Do we allow His Spirit to flow through us, or do we resist it?
And he did not many mighty works there because of
In the above verse we see that even Christ Himself is unable to do miracles without cooperation. We see through the glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV) and all sin is resistance to God and his will. Unbelief is sin to God and He will not violate our free wills. In the case of the Holy Spirit working through a Christian to heal another both parties must be willing participants for the power to flow.
What is the Life Force?
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I
perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
Of course I looked up the Greek word that is rendered here as 'virtue', and it came as no surprise to find that it means 'force'. What is this life force? It is the power of the soul which resides in both our physical and spiritual bodies, the essence of who we are. It is the 'Ghost in the Machine', the power of our free wills. It is that same life that God breathed into Adam when he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7 KJV). As part of the Godhead Christ's soul force was infinite yet when He put on a mortal body He was able to be drained of it.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called
Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray
yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to
be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding
sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
People tend to forget that Christ was fully man as well as fully God. In His mortal body He had to pray to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane for this strength to be renewed within Him, just like we do. He needed it to go on and finish His race, which was to die on the cross for us the next day. This is one of the most wondrous things about God coming down and taking on a human form. He understands our weaknesses and suffering because He experienced them all for Himself. Remember that when you pray!
And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of
men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him
that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon
me, and I have retained no strength. For how can the servant of this my lord
talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no
strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.
In Daniel we see that he had a similar experience of being weakened in his spirit. He was having a vision; it was his spirit body that had no strength whilst his mortal body was fast asleep in bed. Even so, when the spirit body is weakened the physical is effected as well (Daniel 8:27 KJV). It is our soul force which energizes both the body and spirit. Jesus Himself bore witness to this fact in the previous scripture where He told His disciples that His soul was sorrowful unto death.
How is Our Life Force Drained?
And he shall speak great words against the most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times
and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and
the dividing of time.
This is exactly what Daniel was shown would happen in these days; even now the saints are being weakened and worn out. Unfortunately though it is not through a preponderance of Godly visions like Daniel was but because we have not fully separated ourselves from this world.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
As dangerous as it is for us to allow the things of this world to drain our life forces away we have compounded that problem by not renewing our minds and strength daily through interaction with God and His Word. Friends, the only way we will survive is if we make seeking God the top priority in our lives.
For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a
piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
Sex is one way that the life force is expressed and thereby used up. Perhaps this is why even within the confines of marriage the bible advises that the man and woman abstain for a time from marital relations (1 Corinthians 7:5 KJV). The real sexual culprits though are adultery, fornication and masturbation and beyond that rape, bestiality, homosexuality and every other sexual deviancy that man can imagine.
The power of sex is well understood in occult circles. Aleister Crowley wrote extensively about sex magick and how it may be used to cast powerful spells or 'workings' as he called them. Satan is perfectly aware of the power of this life force and causes men to use it for evil.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither
cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet,
and turn again and rend you.
Any strong expression of desire or other emotions is a drain on the life force. Sexual fantasy is a good example of this. Do you have fits of road rage? Anger and hatred directed at another person is another way we negatively drain our soul force. I was surprised to find that even passionately arguing with a fool drains the life force.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon,
and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for
looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of
heaven shall be shaken.
Scripture is clear that the most common way Satan is going to wear out the saints and the rest of the world is through fear. This will be used to drain our life force so effectively that it will actually cause men's hearts to stop beating. The fear that God instills in men calls us to repentance, not terror and death. I believe most of these signs are not going to be from God, but manmade.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and
they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was
shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man
I've said it before and will repeat it as many times as necessary. If you are not anchored in Christ, right now, you will not make it. This is the moral of the parable of the foolish virgins. They waited until the last minute to get oil for their lamps and missed the Bridegroom's coming for His bride. That is the rapture of the church folks, which occurs just before Daniel's 70th week begins. There are two folds; the Bride and the 'friends of the Bridegroom' (John 3:29 KJV), the Jewish people.
How is the Life Force Properly Used?
As important as it is for us to protect our life force from being drained for our own sakes there is an even greater reason for us to renew and guard it. Remember when the woman with the issue of blood reached out and touched Jesus? That 'force' that was taken from Him didn't just leak out, it went to heal her body (Luke 8:44 KJV). That force caused all the miracles that the father wrought through Him. Do you see where I am going here?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on
me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall
he do; because I go unto my Father.
Christ said that we would do even greater things in His name, could it be that Satan by wearing out the saints gets us to drain ourselves of this 'life force' in order to prevent God from healing of the sick and working other mighty miracles of God through His Holy Spirit in us? Before you say that it is the Holy Spirit in us, not our life force that causes miracles I point you once again to Christ's experience in the garden of Gethsemane. As God He had the complete Holy Spirit available to Him, yet as a man He needed His life force to be renewed before He could go on.
How many miracles have we missed by not putting soul draining sins out of our lives? How many prayers do you need an answer for, and how many miracles do you need today?
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Speaking for myself, after this revelation I really felt strongly that God wanted me to ask Him to both forgive me for misusing my life force to sin and to restore any of it that has been stolen from me by Satan and quite literally 'wearing out the saints'. These sins not only limit God from working through us but literally bring death into us, mind, body and spirit.
Although I have given a few examples here God told me that there are numerous other ways we give up our life force to Satan and He wants each of us to seek Him about those that Satan has specifically used on us.
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