Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! II Corinthians 5:17
God is love, and your Heavenly Father is reaching out to you no matter how much pain and hurt you have gone thru. God is calling those who want to be pure in heart to come together and to come home to His love. If you are reading this web page, no doubt you have seen the testimonies and examples of hundreds of born again Christians who are full of life, light, love and joy! It is something that we all want—but the question is how do we, too, become born again of the Spirit of God? Most people have given up on religion due to hypocrisy, but when you meet the inspiring, loving members of the Remnant it gives you hope that Isaiah's prophecy of the New Jerusalem and Jesus' pointed message of a Kingdom that was to come could be true. Jesus said you could not enter the Kingdom unless you were born again (John 3). It is time to join those who are going all in and depending on the Truth of the Scripture that says, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33 We are all praying now that you tap into the resources listed on this web site.
Picture families all over the world who have been transformed and who are lights—wherever they are, no matter their job, wherever God has placed them, they light up the world. The building of the Church and care for the Body of Christ is phenomenal. The immediate love and connection members feel with other Saints is amazing—they are no longer alone, regardless of their location, with instant fellowship and friends for adults and children, no matter where they live. Immediate answers and counsel are available for financial, parenting and marriage issues. Members also have help with any area of need from other Saints willing to lay down their lives and use their gifts for others—from basic needs like clothing and food, to moving (including packing, loading, unpacking and people willing to drive cross-country to help), job/career/resume advice, medical advice, people willing to freely share their automobiles, give rides and help with decorating and construction advice and services. From having no help to suddenly being surrounded by wisdom, generosity and love. In Zion, it is the description of Isaiah 65 and there is an endless supply of energy to serve and untold numbers of volunteers who almost compete for the opportunity to serve. The vitality is beyond belief. In the True Church, the Ministries to help the Saints abound. One such Ministry is called WeighDown, and it started over 30 years ago helping Saints to be transformed. There is a Community of Love that is beyond description, and there is hope for you, your family and the future families who are to come.
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How to Begin
The Remnant was founded on finding God’s will and living it. There was instant fruit. People who had been sitting in other denominations for two decades unchanged, stagnant, in fact getting worse, would be set free from bondage within hours after hearing the Truth. Consider the example of losing weight—you must eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied—and you choose to obey or put God’s will into practice, then the Spirit of God, which includes self-control, is given to help you. There is the meaningless counterfeit way of teaching salvation that says, “Hear, believe, confess, repent, and be baptized.” It was a crime to take deep concepts and reduce them to shallow interpretation of the transformation that must take place to be saved, and there is no doubt it was shallow teaching by the examination of its fruit—unchanged lives.
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Now, yes, it is hearing, but hearing what? If you listened all your life to rules not from God, you will die with your rules; the Truth of God’s will must be sought out because it is a rare jewel.
Hear, believe…To believe is the same as to acknowledge—you will support what you hear with your actions.
Confess, repent…You must hear the Truth so that you are informed enough to be able to confess or point out what has been against God’s will and then repent of the old life. To confess in front of the Saints is to ensure you will take action.
Think of your most tender moments with your children…think about how you love for them to be near you and how you hold them or wrap your arms around them…and how much more when they confess and repent? Do you not remember that it made you more compassionate and closer to them as they were sorrowfully sniffling on your shoulder? However loving and caring a human can be…God is this and so much more. Do you want to draw near to God? Then be real and confess. It is not just a one-time confession but a daily way of life with your conscience.
And be baptized…Then be born again of a new life—be immersed into Christ…imitating the life of Jesus Christ forever, not just a day. Assuming zero pride and projection, once you confess and repent (rid your life of your old attitudes), a portion of baptism is death—death to your old ways and then rising from that dead life (that is worse than being six feet under) and walk in a new life. Symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you walk that out with every component of Love and the fruits of the Spirit. Once you obey in any area (purify yourself), the Holy Spirit is given to you in increasing measure. The Bible speaks often of those who were baptized and received the Holy Spirit. I have more of the Holy Spirit of God today than I did a year ago. Every year, God’s lead and Spirit become stronger and you love more and more. When you are born again of the Seed of God in your heart, you cannot/will not keep sinning. That is how God gives you the gift of His all-essential, priceless, powerful, amazing Holy Spirit. Once you have the Holy Spirit, a part of the Holy Spirit is love…and you are on your way!
Four Steps to a New Life
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” Luke 13:22-24
I have lived a long time and counseled many. I have watched people fall off the path, and I have seen how narrow the door to the Kingdom really is. It is a narrow focus, a narrow road, but Jesus walked this road and he is now sitting at the right hand of God. We have been told to walk in his steps, and this cannot be said enough, for it is essential that we think like he thinks, love like he loves… care and live and teach like he teaches. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through him, or living as he lived. To follow in his steps, we must turn our steps away from where they were going. Where have you been walking?
To start down the narrow path, you need to walk through the following steps…
Step One—Make A Choice
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24
Nothing narrows the road more than this one choice. You cannot have it both ways. Many people have deceived themselves and believe they are serving God when they are still serving the food. No one can serve two masters at the same time. You cannot work at McDonald’s all day and at Wendy’s all day at the same exact time. Impossible. So pick a boss, a business. I choose God and His Kingdom because it has the best benefits and retirement program.
What is this saying? You cannot have it both ways. You cannot love the world and love the Father at the same time. If you love the world, you have no room in your heart to love the Father. This means that the love in your heart is finite. You only have so much to give. You have to choose the path where you live forever.
Most people never realize that they have to choose. They think they can get away with several interests, get away with eternal life and a half-interested life in God and His True Church. This is the mind-set of people who think that they can keep their spouse and have an affair. It is impossible! This is the “Both Ways Delusion.” As prophesied in II Thessalonians 2:11-12:
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Once you break free from the powerful delusion, you wake up from this coma and comprehend that you cannot have it both ways. You become aware that you need to make the right choice—love God over and above your own selfish greed. When you finally make a decision of masters, then you have narrowed your load so that you can enter the narrow door.
Step Two—Turn Around
Once you choose, then walk away from the old master, let it go, repent.
Peter said to the crowd, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
To serve the new Master, you have to leave the other one; to work for McDonald’s, you have to put in your notice and leave Wendy’s. This repentance is like someone who wakes up from an affair and says, “I have got to get out of this affair because I cannot please two women. One is going to leave me. I am going to choose my wife before I end up having two women rob me of a marriage, my children, and my finances,” and they get up and they go home to stay… forever. You have to say goodbye forever to that way of living, that selfish love. Overeating or tobacco or alcohol or any vice is no different. You either obey the voice of one or you obey the voice of the other. You cannot please both the world and God. And what is more, the passage brings out the point that you will hate the one and love the other. You yourself have to get out of these affairs before you are loving the wrong one. Go home to your wife; go home to God. The wrong slave master will be the death of you. That is why the children of God had to get out of Egypt.
What if you have repented many times and you do not trust yourself? Then you never really repented. You were simply sorry.
Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while—yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. II Corinthians 7:8-11a
To repent means you have stopped the past action. This is not about saying you are sorry that you messed up. This is about saying “goodbye” to behaviors of the past. When you hate your life, you will find the new life. Put to death your old ways, take off the old garments, say goodbye to the old man. No more overeating, no more eating past full. No more greed! Get rid of the old life and never pick it back up. That will be your first time to have true repentance.
Step Three—Put On The New Life
Put on the new life, be born again, and be a new creation by putting the behaviors and mindset of Christ into practice. Live like Jesus Christ in all humility and willingness to suffer to complete the will of the Father. Christ did not complain, he simply lived to please the Father, whatever it took. You cannot stop at just killing your old desires; you have to replace those old desires with godly new desires. You have heard of this parable taught by Jesus in Luke 11:24-26:
“When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.”
This person that Jesus was talking about had accomplished Step One (made a decision to serve God) and Step Two… they had repented and left the old behaviors behind. But they had not done Step Three… put on the new self to be like Christ. By not filling the heart with the love of God, the wanton demons came back in and were seven times more wicked than before—now more bingeing, more greed, and more lust than before. Like Ephesians 4:19 says, “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.”
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:5-11
Perseverance means sticking with it even though it might be hard. The path gets narrow as those who are struggling give up. Do not give up, because it is hard to get started again. Just keep swimming!
Perseverance is commitment. It is like finally letting your spouse know that you are going nowhere, even if it has been difficult. It is that commitment to keep going no matter what comes your way or how heavily tested you are, for you are in it for the long haul. Now you know you will never again put food or anything else above the Almighty Lord of All.
Never consider giving up. This is not just a decision that you make one time. This is a constant, ongoing decision… first every hour, and then every day. The desire to please God starts off your day and it finishes your day.
Why do you have to keep it in the front and center? Because there are all kinds of things that stop you, distract you, and pull at you. The world does not want you to lose weight, the smokers do not want you to stop smoking, your drinking buddies do not want you to stop drinking, etc. I am sure that you have sensed this by now. Misery loves company, so the demons do not want you to overcome, to be born again, and to be saved from your old self. The world wants you to join them in every kind of dissipation.
Day by day and step by step you make every effort and walk on the narrow path and enter by the narrow door. Keep going and you will make it!
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The Truth Will Set You Free
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
We must tell ourselves the truth. For example, the world will tell you that you are overweight from eating the wrong foods, that it is genetic, that it is your hormones or a metabolism problem. This is not true. Notice the pattern. All of these lies have one thing in common… they take the responsibility out of your hands and put the blame on the food, your mother, your genes, or anything but yourself. In addition, notice these lies make you feel sorry for yourself because you accept the lie that you are a victim. A voice tells you that you must have been left out by God.
Now, notice how you feel when you hear the truth…You are not a victim, you have not been left out, and you can lose the weight permanently and be thin for the rest of your life by choosing to obey God with eating! Notice that satan tries to rob you of joy. But the truth energizes you and convicts you to take responsibility: you have been overeating, and if you reverse this today, you will lose weight. I see people taking responsibility each day, and it is exciting. But projection and blaming others will paralyze you, rob you of the God-given responsibility, and give you an invitation to give up, rather than fight to eradicate your own selfish desires for too much.
There is a one-to-one correlation between telling yourself the truth and being set free. Those who hide from the mirror never progress. If you listen to the truth of Remnant Fellowship, keep and just get up to fight the good fight, God will see you through. Take responsibility for desiring too much food and change your mindset. Remnant Fellowship and WeighDown Ministries give you all the tools. I cannot tell you enough about listening to the truth and the effect it is going to have on your transformation and being born again to a whole new you! Romans 12:1-2a says:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
When you transform your mind, your heart, and your desires by listening to the truth and by getting into the Bible, then you will desire less food. This is a permanent lifestyle change. Admitting your late-night eating is going to unlock binge eating. The truth is going to release the chains and the slavery of the imprisonment that you have been bound to—the enslavement to the pantry, the refrigerator, and all the chocolates in your drawer. We tend to change when we look in the mirror and see ourselves for what we really are.
I want you to experience freedom. Jesus came to Earth—he lived and died to set you free, and down deep you long to be free. Truth helps to end your anxious greed for food. For example, the truth is that you have thousands of eating occasions left in your life, even if you are 30 or 40 years old, and you will see the food many more times during your life.
Just as truth sets you free, lies keep you locked in your prison of poor choices. For example, the lie… “I have to eat this food now because I might not see it again.” The truth is that America is not going to run out of food. Another lie… “I am different, I cannot reform.” But the truth is that you can reform your ways and you probably used to eat this way as a child. The truth is that God commands you to eat right and to take care of your body. In I Corinthians 3:16-17 it says:
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
But of course you can change today. You were made to change! Here is the truth… You cannot just disobey God and destroy your body with overeating. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.” If I could sum up the definition of sin—which, of course, now we know also means wrong choices/addictions—I would say that it is giving yourself permission to get out from underneath the guiding hand of God/authority. Jumping in and out of authority means you are your own god, and the problem with this scenario is that it keeps the insubordinate person up 3 pounds, then a few years later up 5 pounds, and what used to be disgusting to you becomes normal; and then you find yourself up 11 pounds, up 20 pounds, and you just get used to being “up” and you dress for it. Disobedience (partial obedience) becomes obedience in your mind— the norm. People who create the “new norm” scare me to death—it is no different than the “new norm” all of the sudden being polygamy... So where does it stop? God has told us not to continue in sin, and He would not have told us that if we could not do it. Obey God fully—this is the essential, imminent requirement.
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A Whole New Life
The Remnant is about our purpose in life. Many have confused our purpose and live to eat instead of eating just to live. Food is sensual indulgence, not fuel. It is hard to stop eating because we have become so sensually oriented... just one more salt, one more sweet. We also started the book with conveying the decline in virtues in this country, which implies a rise in depravity and corruption, due to half-hearted Christianity. For every action, there is a reaction. The society follows the church, and as much of the pulpit has lost its way to holiness, the people have followed. For 50 years, we have relaxed our morals. The Prophets warned us that there would be men who would infiltrate the church and create a gospel and a grace that would give us a license to sin. What are the results of this infiltration in the twenty-first century? May I be so bold as to say that much of the country’s troubles have come from several generations who have become increasingly self-focused, prima donnas accustomed to being spoiled—taking the priceless, precious, valuable, irreplaceable life that the generous Creator has offered and wasting it. We have replaced God-adoration and God-dependence with self-assurance.
No doubt there are global pockets of godlessness, however, it appears that so much of the other parts of the world are ahead of us concerning humility, appreciation, and “outdoing one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 Perhaps having gone through hardships encouraged virtues such as no expectations—which is the source of happiness—while our country birthed a generation born with wealth, which encouraged arrogance. Haughtiness is repulsive, while humility is disarming, engaging… magnetic. We could all use a new life… a whole new life to bear good fruit for the glory of our Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ first sermon on the mount provided us insight:
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. Matthew 7:15-29
Growing up in mainstream Christianity, I had no concept of nor was ever told that I could or should have a whole new life. A whole new life… what does that mean? Why would I even want to be a different person? How much of me do I have to lose? Jesus said we should be born again, yet in the last 50 to 60 years, the false grace warned about has insidiously come forth, teaching that our evil wayward desires are blotted or covered by Jesus—God does not count these unrepentant sins. This tempting lie or delusion teaches that we are all pretty good and our weaknesses of indulgence are cancelled... right? However, Jesus said that a good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. I wanted you to read this whole passage in its full context. What this passage says in whole is that there are many false teachers who will lead you to believe that you are saved when you are not; even if you have done good things, they were not the things Jesus told you to do. So obey Jesus’ words and do not just listen… put them into practice.
The person who built their house on the rock, meaning doing the will of God, would withstand the great storms and the great Day of Judgment when all would be exposed and even every word you had spoken would be analyzed and judged. (Matthew 12:36-37) When you read from Genesis to Revelation, you finally see that it is all saying the same thing… you must master it. We are responsible for our own actions. So that is what Jesus meant by saying that we have to be born again, be a new creation, for our flesh does not want to take responsibility; however, once I tasted personal responsibility with the help of God’s Spirit, I did not want to go back to the old life!
What a joy to know that you are showing the whole Universe that you love God more than anything, and it points to Who the authority is in this Universe. This is essential and fundamental, and it is a guilt-free life. It is a choice that costs you nothing, a free choice that saves you money. You actually put currency in your pocket from these life choices—fewer doctor bills, pharmaceutical bills, every-size wardrobe bills, diet program bills, lower food and alcohol bills, and fewer counseling bills. This is the grace of God: to be able to choose Him to love so that you do not overdo it on anything in the world.
Why is this grace? It is grace because our nature is to be a slave to something, and the Lord God Almighty is the only loving, merciful, and wonderful Master in the Universe. All other masters are tyrants, dictators, oppressors, persecutors, authoritarians, totalitarians. By grace we have been saved to give our allegiance to the only one Good God in existence. We have a 70-year job interview on Earth, and by grace, if we work for the right boss, we will be hired by the right boss. To be born again—to have a whole new life—you have to stop working for yourself, stop working for evil and evil desires, and work for the One Good Boss, God Almighty. Loving the world is painful—it hurts, and it will never love you back. It is the ultimate unrequited love. It is grace because without Christ’s sacrifice, the Holy Spirit and personality of God would not have been sent to us to dwell in our hearts; we could never have been born again, we would be heavier than ever, angrier, more depressed, having every bad spirit and none of God’s wonderful Spirit in our lives. (John 14:15-27)
Trust me. I am telling you the truth. This world is not special, for it will pass away—however, the man who does the will of the Father will live forever. (I John 2:17) That is special! You think food or alcohol or lust or fortune are special? Is it special to go eat? No, it is not special. Food is not special. God and His Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control is special! That should make your heart rate go up! That should make you excited—a chance to get close to God, a chance to commune with God through Jesus Christ. King David considered this relationship with God better than gold and sweeter than honey. That is exceptional, that is superior! Food, alcohol, or TV is not the reward you give yourself at the end of the hard day anymore. It is God and a relationship with Him, a chance to get alone with Him. That is what you reward yourself with. Yes, you have to eat food, but look at little children. They are not excited about the food. They are excited about life, about fellowship with their parents and other children, and they love God with a simple, childlike heart. Unless we become like little children in heart and love for God we will not enter the Kingdom of God. There is a whole new life out there waiting for you beyond the food.
Walk In The Spirit
If you are having a hard time, then this is perhaps the most important chapter of all. There is something in the teachings of false religion that seems very hard to get rid of and it is very devastating to our success. The worldly churches teach something that gets so deep in your heart that you really never just drop everything and get it right. It is the combination of the legalism of man-made rules, along with the self-assured false grace that gives a license to sin. Jude 4 says:
For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
The basic fear of not obeying God is not in your blood… not in your upbringing. So you switch some things but do not really eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
Jesus said that you had to be born again to even enter this Kingdom of God. In John 3:1-8 it says:
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
So Jesus explained that you cannot even see the Kingdom of God nor can you enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born again, born of the water and the Spirit. The water is the baptismal decision of repentance—to die to what you used to do—and born of the Spirit is following the guiding hand of the Almighty God, moment by moment. People read these words and then turn the rules into their decisions and it goes back to a pre-planned day. No good—this will not work. This is about following the guiding hand of God, being quiet and still and listening for Him every day, everywhere, every moment. This wind blows wherever it pleases, not wherever you please. You hear its sound, but you cannot predict beforehand where it is going, you cannot always decide the week before, the day before, the hour before. After years and years, you can get better at following and knowing the heart of God, but you must stay awake, following hunger and fullness, following His lead on when to speak and where to go. He can guide all decisions.
A diet is just fine with the unrepentant overeater who wants to control their own week, day, moment. This person is not under authority. If you are still not just instantly turning and sinning no more, you are missing it. Just as Jesus told the woman caught in adultery… “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11:b) Jesus said that we needed to make drastic measures to get it right. (Matthew 5:30, Mark 9:43)
It is time, while you have the chance, to change and be born again with the water and the Spirit. Do you not feel the time running out? There is something in the air. We need to all look in the mirror of our heart and see if we are giving all aspects of our lives over to God and following the guiding hand of God. “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” II Corinthians 3:18
Our own guidance (management and taking control) and antiauthority have left us with many miseries and a lack of favor from God. To enter the Kingdom of God, you have to be born of the water and the Spirit, and where God takes you will be much better than what you think or imagine.
Walk In The Steps Of Christ
You can do this! You can only do one thing wrong, and that is to quit, to give up. So remember, there is suffering both ways in life: doing it God’s way or doing it your way. If you go your own way it results in suffering from curses, while the suffering that comes from doing it God’s way is guilt-free and brings blessings. It is better than giving up and giving in to following your own ways. Remember, Jesus said his yoke is easy. (Matthew 11:30) You can choose this new life if you just focus on putting the truth into your mind daily. It will finally go into your heart and then into your actions.
Many a Saint has walked this path before you. You can get this weight off permanently or lay down your strongholds—the keys are in the Word of God. In I Peter 4:1-2 it says:
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin and as a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
The Kingdom of God is in your heart, and Jesus’ Church is the fellowship of those who are pure Saints. Being done with sin is after you have been through the suffering of the Desert of Testing, and the Promised Land is that place where Saints acknowledge and show with their actions that God rules.
Walk In Love
If I could come up with a one-word answer for how you are going to reverse this sensual feeling and walk away from your dependencies forever, it would be the word “love.” How could something like the love of God release you from greed? The answer lies in the fact that indulgence, greed, and lust are wrapped up in a love for self. We are programmed by God to love ourselves, and that is why Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39b) You do not have to train a child to take toys for self. Worldly psychologists and even spiritual counselors will say that you are overeating because you do not love yourself enough. This is incorrect. We are actually too focused on ourselves and our selfish desires. We are excessively worried that we are not going to be taken care of—so we overdo it. Greed for self drives binges.
Success or failure is in your choice of who you love, adore, worship—one is life and one is death. Your passions and your loves dictate your actions today, tomorrow, and the next day. The object of your passion determines whether you binge tonight or victoriously let go of being a god of your life and allow the Creator to rule. If you love God, you will not take His throne. The love that makes it into Heaven forever is selfless, surrendered love and a mind focused on the dominion of God.
We have been given such grace and good news that we can and must change to enter the Kingdom of God. This means that you have the ability to follow Christ and find this genuine love that sets you free from loving yourself. Love of self and selfish desires lead to binge eating, overdrinking, carousing, laziness, and feeling like you deserve more. The only way to get over this entitlement is to realize that you are not a victim but rather incredibly gifted to have life and a chance at eternal life. The answer to eternal life is love of God above all things. It is not just about the stopping; it is about instinctively knowing who is Lord of All and showing you acknowledge this authority with your actions. He cares that you would rather obey Him, because it says to Him that you still have a relationship. You are home. You are not off having an affair with food. Why do people make it sound like it is so hard to do? It is hard if you have not made a choice and you are secretly holding onto a relationship with food.
There comes a time when you just make the decision and you do what is right. If you are praying, “O God, can You do better than rocky road ice cream? O God, can You do better than the food in the refrigerator/pantry? Can You do better than these relationships I have had?”—He is so humble and longsuffering that He will allow you back after trying the world. And He comes in and fills your heart better than any food, drink, drug, or lust could do. You start seeing that He is the Ultra-Giver of All. He is beyond personal, caring, and comforting. Invisible, yet present. He is beyond a personal coach or professor—so genius and brilliant! He is worthy, and so worthy that He would even take the time, as busy as He is. There is a relationship with God and an adoration of Jesus Christ, His Son, and it is real, and it is far better being in tune with the Creator who has more capital, more power, and better perks than anything else that is going to destroy you and rob you of a relationship. Anything taking that relationship away from you or discouraging you from a relationship, please get far away from it! It is not your friend. It is a lie, and it is not the truth! You, too, can have this relationship.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. I John 5:1-5
Walk In The Light
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. John 3:19-21
It is so strategic that you stay in the truth and walk in the light so that you can see what is really in your heart. Jesus is the light, which means he is the plumb line or the raised bar that we aim to reach, the standard that we compare ourselves with for quality control. You have to keep the light of Christ all around you at all times to make sure that all actions, thoughts, and words are lined up with the superior actions of Jesus Christ.
Focus not on your will each day but rather on the superior will or mindset of Christ. His preferable response to the will of God is what surpassed those who disobeyed God’s will.
The main thing to know about Christ is this… he loved the Father and he did exactly what the Father told him to do. This adoration is the main characteristic to ponder and imitate. The mighty warrior King David adored God and publicly danced in the streets, singing to Him. (Psalm 119, II Samuel 6:14) It says three times that Noah did exactly what God commanded. (Genesis 6:9, 22; Genesis 7:5) Love of God is everything. In John 14:31, Jesus says, “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”
The main warning… Americans believe that they deserve more than any other group of people. America is overweight because each person believes that they deserve to reward themselves after five o’clock. We do not deserve to indulge ourselves after work. It is God’s day, God’s body, God’s time, and He has plans for you—and it may not be for you to be a couch potato each evening. It is time to give God back the second half of His day.
Notice that the animals, just like the Angels, just do will of God. Mankind as a whole stops to consider their own will far too much. However, Christ perfectly responded… “not my will but yours be done”—which is the exalted foundation of the New Covenant and True Religion. “Not my will but thine be done” should be every word spoken, every word of every song sung, every thought you have left on Earth… then you will truly be like Christ. We are to be like Christ—commanded to be Christ-like—which is consistently, faultlessly, faithfully married to God. Another way to say this is that the spouse who stays faithful is superior to the spouse who commits adultery. If people in their 20s can choose a human spouse and remain faithful for life, mankind can choose to commit to their Creator and stay faithful evermore. Jesus asked us all to pray that the will of God be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10)
Christ is in the image of the Father, and for all mankind to return to the Father we must be like this Christ—free of sin or our own will. The emphasis must be on the superiority of his actions and heart in relation to God. We are imitators at heart—it is a part of our genetic makeup—thus why we should watch the company we keep, the company our children keep, our children’s children.
To focus on Christ for the purpose of imitation is but a joy… his whole life was admirable… one unbroken continuum of selflessness to the service and glory of God for the glory of love and for the eternal welfare of his brothers and sisters—to all mankind. Now Jesus had no beauty so as to attract mankind, no formal education to impress mankind, no artistic gifts to draw attention... He neither offered nor promised wealth to his followers, indeed, he only offered self-denial and possible martyrdom to his followers… So what was attractive about Jesus Christ... he offered the secret of a relationship with God and spoke with authority about such a relationship because he had the most experience—he was the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15)
When the beam of white light of Christ passes through the prism, the optical window, it disperses into a spectrum of light waves, broken down into a collection of virtues and graces, kindness and love that would outshine any rainbow in the sky. What is the light made of ? It is the spotless purity, sinlessness, and innocence of this Sacrificial Lamb—the Lamb who, when the lots were cast, was chosen by God Himself and set aside, dedicated as the “Lord’s Lamb.” This purity toward God first has been acknowledged and undisputed by friend and foe and every religion and devout person in every generation as the most influential and greatest man who has ever walked the Earth. The only possible competition or comparisons would be those Saints and Sages and Martyrs who have walked in his footsteps. Yet, no one who has walked the Earth can compete. Why? All superlatives belong to Christ because no one has made the sacrifice that he did… Jesus, the highest next to God (seated on the right-hand side of God), became the lowest. He was the closest to God in power, wisdom, and age—the firstborn over all creation—yet He bowed lower than any man has bowed. He had the right to power, yet chose the lowest position of man and the humblest of all deaths. Who is this Christ? Moses gave up a lot, going from being a pharaoh to being a nomad—but Christ gave up much, much more. Think of the range of superlatives… royalty and yet a servant, authoritative and yet submissive, powerful and yet weak, a King and yet obedient, strong and yet empathetic, he was complex and yet lived simply. Christ was Lord and deserved reverence, yet he daily displayed more holy fear toward God than any being ever created. It is, in a word, the absolute profound perfection in character; above all in surrendering his agenda and in connecting to the will of the Father—completely in tune with God’s Spirit, which positions him above all. Beyond a doubt… Christ loved God. Philippians 2:5-11 says:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We are asked to imitate Christ, and we can do this because we are much lower and have less to give up. We are to walk in his footsteps, and it is a nothing but a joy to be given this as a purpose and directive for our lives. God is truly trying to build a Holy Priesthood of believers.(I Peter 2:9)
“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:32 Though Christ had nothing to offer man but a relationship with God, he was a magnet—those who follow in his footsteps will have the same draw.
This is your personal responsibility, however, the Scriptures teach us that it is easier when you do not neglect the fellowship of believers, because they will uphold you, carry your burdens, and encourage you in many ways. The gifts of the Saints are essential for the health of the entire Body. Likewise, you are more fulfilled as you use your gifts. Fellowship like we have at the Remnant Fellowship Churches provides such light, and I know I could not do without it.
These are trying times, for there is a great judgment ahead.
In II Timothy 3:1-5 it says: But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
Yes, have nothing to do with them—bad company does corrupt good morals. However, I have good news... good company creates good character. Here at the Remnant, God led me to encourage parents to raise children in a different way than the previous and present generations who have been spoiled rotten with entitlements. How? By, first of all, teaching the parents to live a life of self-denial following Christ, and then sacrificially raising the children so that every need would be met as an infant—basically, selfless parenting. This was something that I had tried… knowing the infant so well that you would meet their needs before they could even whimper. My belief was that it would build an incredible trust and relationship with the child.
Then, as they get older, just spending hours teaching them how to get answered prayers and showing them the rewards for obeying authorities, parents, teachers, etc. so that they will have their own personal relationship with God and a wonderful relationship with mankind.
Next… teaching appreciation of what you have—eyes, ears, legs, and to be content with what God was giving them, not manipulating to get more—more was not better.
Finally, teaching how much joy comes from being a servant. The results were phenomenal, so I shared this concept with the other parents and now we have a youth group that has grown up selfless but at the top of their class, not grabbing but winning the scholarships, humble servants but in demand from employers and moving quickly into management positions. By just putting all of Christ’s words into practice, the blessings abound. There is hope for you, for your family, for the true Church, for the community and for the country through Jesus Christ as the sole answer.
In I John 1:7 it says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” This is the type of transparent light and fellowship that builds you up day by day. A foot cannot say to a hand, “I have no need of you.” (I Corinthians 12:21) We need each other to make this journey to the Promised Land. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens man.”
This serious calling is asking for solid choices of conclusive decisions, permanent turning away from the evil life, decisive new behaviors to be just like Christ—undeviating, daily, perpetual perseverance! God has called us out to change. We are “The Changers.” Let nothing deceive you or deter this essential CHANGE.
You have made a decision to have a whole new life, a connection and surrendered relationship with God, and you will need constant reinforcement. Besides having a full-time office that is manned with loving counselors, WeighDown and the Remnant Fellowship Churches have provided many resources to help with this transfer. Remember that it is the truth that will set you free, transform your mind, and change your heart. Make sure you use the WeighDown websites, Truthstream, YouTube channel, and Facebook group. You can see that you have much support and that you are not in this alone. Do not neglect the responsibility you have to pass this truth on to those you love. This next generation needs this truth and the powerful connection to THE ONE TRUE GOD to live and live an abundant life! Let us all keep doing this together for the glory and the rule of The One True God!
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In a world of uncertainty, there is a message from Christ of certainty. We do have control over our lives and the outcome. This grace gives us all so much happiness!
The resources at Remnant Fellowship Churches and WeighDown are abundant, and the fellowship is around the world and is powerful. Additional Remnant Fellowship Resources including Truthstream will take you deeper into these profound subjects of transformation involving the will of God… deeper into His purposeful suffering, His use of rewards, His curative and skillful process of the Holy Spirit—all reinforcing an ever-strengthening Connection between God and man. The resolve of this webpage has been to convey how God is trying to get through to mankind and how much man needs God to live fully now and to live forever—but not to force this upon people with persuasive words, rather to motivate your own personal experience. Religion should be an experience with God rather than a dogmatic doctrine on a piece of paper. “You fall in love with what you focus on.” This was the foundational teaching of WeighDown that went out around the world in the 1980s to 1990s. I will clarify this statement with… you imitate what you admire. The main point to a relationship is that were made in His image and we need to show love and respect for God’s character by imitation—you imitate what you respect. In other words, you verify what is in your heart by your focus and imitations. Think about your behavior... what or whom do you imitate—God’s self-control or man’s evil rebellion, the godly or the worldly? It is telling.
We are made from moldable clay which is transformable. Our primary characteristic from birth is replication—until the moldable clay is hardened into the nature we have chosen. Time is a factor. It is very hard to change a stony heart. When you choose the image of the Father and the gorgeous character of Christ, your heart will cry out “Abba, Father”—and to long for worship and time with God will be natural. Galatians 4:6 says...
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
If you choose evil, then you will act and look like the idol of choice—if food, obese; if money, materialistic; if alcohol, a drunkard, etc. Your choice of imitation sets your course and, indeed, your destiny. It is best to be around those who have chosen the Heavens to imitate; however, know full well it is all in your heart’s choice, for you could be the Noah in a sea of evil—a man and his family, eight in all, who were the only ones who bore God’s character and therefore saved. Do not be deceived—you do reap what you sow. If you live to please sensual desires, you will reap eternal destruction, however, if you work to please the Father by imitating Christ, you will reap eternal life. Life is an incredibly expensive gift—take inventory and take care to imitate the Heavens.
Well, this is a journey of choices to a whole new life, and on this path, much may be taken away or asked of us, but in the end all that matters is this one thing… to be born again, to have a transformed mind, to be a new creation so as to return to the Creator from whence we came. It is all, again, about showing respect, love and love for God and being able to draw near to Him by imitating Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is not the end but the beginning of a whole new life.
For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea. Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord: “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.” So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord. Psalm 102:16-22
Prepare yourself for a barrage of lies over the next few months that will undermine this message of fully surrendering (from playing God) and giving God back His rightful position. The reason that this message has been under attack from the enemy is because it is so very clear. The average person—upon hearing this—will repent and then give our glorious God back His rightful throne. Then our wonderful God will have His will done on earth as it is in heaven and Lucifer will lose territory. Do you see that the greedy Lucifer is not happy about this? Lucifer tries to make a counterfeit religion that looks right, but in reality, God is not crowned. But if you listen to the dark side, it will flatter you into believing these lies: “Did God really say that He doesn’t want you to eat beyond full, and did God really impose that restriction on you?” If you hear people say that this message is legalistic and that you do not have to obey, then you are hearing from the dark side.
Now please listen. This is such a tricky and devastating lie. Man-made rules are troublesome and tiring. God’s laws are food for the soul that set you free and help you to rise above the pull of the refrigerator. Remember that I told you God loves brownies. He loves sour cream. But how sneaky of Lucifer to say that that God doesn’t put a tree in the middle of the garden to see who wears the pants in the relationship between you and God. Of course God is going to test our hearts while on this earth before letting us enter heaven forever! That is an understatement. Eve was tricked into forgetting that important point. God wants you to enjoy the earth and what He has made—but when He sets up guidelines—don’t test Him. Obey. He does want you to let the world and the evil forces of the dark realm know that you have acknowledged that He is God of all and that He is Lord of all.
Remember this: God has set up tests for you to see if you want to rule Him or if you want to be under His rule. Don’t let the devil or one of his helpers trick you into believing that these tests are legalistic. Look at what happened to Eve as an example to warn you. Don’t listen to the lies that you do not have to show—through your actions—who you have made Lord of your life. That deception has been in the church way too long and it is time that you and I give God the throne, the crown, and the surrendered life that He deserves. Instead, listen to and encourage the truth that says totally surrendering to God is how we show Him that we have chosen Him to rule and that we have humbled ourselves. Jesus—though in the very nature God—did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. (Philippians 2:6) We must not consider equality with God. Each time we savor temptation, we are considering that we are equal or above God.
To understand new life, we have to understand this death…more of that will be on All Access as you progress to a new level…
What does WeighDown have to do with the Remnant? WeighDown is not about losing weight at all. It is about connecting to God your Creator so that you can live and live eternally. To connect, we must be like Jacob and compete for His presence and love and show God that we want it—that we are not going to let food get in the way of a relationship with God, laying down the love of the created things on Earth over the Creator, and the result just happens to be the receiving of the fruit of God’s Spirit and His characteristics, which include love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control. This self-control leads to weight loss.
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