R e g u l a t o r
[ An Advanced Study ]
Although there are some similarities, this is not a teaching on auto mechanics. It is Advanced to the point that it is strictly designed for the believer – one who comes to it with no doubt whatsoever in his or her heart.
But let him ask in faith [pistis – to believe], nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. – James 1: 6 - 8
If you, as a believer, doubt the principle I refer to as ‘Regulator’, you too will receive nothing from God and from this teaching. A person with multiple personalities can be referred to as a double minded man. That person is unstable in all his ways. Remember when you work the Word of God, “God says it, that settles it.” Forget the statement “God says it, I believe it, that settles it”. That’s a lie from hell. Whether you believe the Word or not does not affect the truth of the Word itself.
The adversary does all he can to manipulate, influence and control a person’s actions and behavior. Out of all of the enemy’s names, he can truly be called “The Regulator”. He regulates a person’s behavior and actions without the person even knowing it. He sets up people to be stealed from, killed, or destroyed in any way possible. Only a believer set free from his clutches is not being regulated by the god of this world. We are going to talk about specific instances of daily living whereby a person is being controlled, influenced, and even possessed as Satan uses any means he can to ‘regulate’ that person’s life.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: -- John 10: 10a
Ok, you get your mail. And there it is - a coupon for something that maybe you can use. Well, you figure you can go for a ride and then while at the store you can buy a few more things. Oh, there’s nothing wrong with shopping, right? But!….. for things that your really don’t need. That’s why it’s an Advanced Study. Many of you don’t see it, do you? That’s why Jesus Christ often spoke in parables. You’ve got to look behind the scenes at what is really happening. Was this shopping trip a free will decision? Well, was it? You see, no matter how innocent this example may seem, you have been regulated. The world regulated your behavior. Of course, not everything you receive from the mail or anywhere is coming from the wrong source. But just give this example some deep thought.
The following are three (3) Scriptures from Romans that you should consider deeply in your heart. They have perplexed me for many years, maybe because they are so simple, maybe because they seem too good to be true.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. – Romans 7: 15 – 17
What are these verses saying? ‘For that which I do, I allow not.’ The literal translation of this phrase is saying that what I REALLY WANT TO DO, I DON’T DO. And the next phrase says: ‘but what I hate or dislike, THAT IS WHAT I’M DOING! Continuing, ‘Then if I do that which I hate to do, it cannot be coming from my heart. It is then sin, a devil spirit influence that is regulating my behavior.’
Isn’t that something? Do you know what the more than abundant life really is? It is waking up every morning and doing exactly what you want to do while staying in alignment and harmony with God’s Word. So if we hate what we are doing, it is because sin dwells within us. We are out of fellowship. These three (3) Scriptures are part of many which seem to be too good to be true. So what happens?! We don’t believe it and then we never see the results of God’s promises. For many people (including and especially believers), it is as ironic as it can get. God expects us to do only two things in our lives and that is: 1) to keep God first by standing on His Word and 2) to love our neighbor as ourselves. God has everything else covered.
REGULATOR: Here is a sneaky, sly example that almost everyone can relate to. For 12 years, we are on dial-up on our computers. And do you know why? A DSL internet hook-up is more than enough speed than we need. Do you know why we cannot get a DSL connection in our area? Because a huge telephone company that sounds like ‘Horizon’ will not place a server 3 miles closer to our location!! For 12 years. Why? Because they planned to manipulate and control people in the future. They planned to REGULATE what we were to do. Too bad. They failed. What this company did was come out with this new technology that sounds like ‘Bios’. It is much faster than their DSL connection and three times as expensive – about $700 per year. Of course, they ran their Bios cable right outside of our driveway, but they still never offered us the DSL connection for $240 per year. So if we wanted to get off the dial-up connection, we seemed to have no choice but to go with the Bios and pay about $60.00 per month. DSL is $20.00 per month. We presently pay $12.95 per month for dial up with an accelerator which makes it faster. But a surprise may be in store for this company soon. This will be mentioned at the very end of this teaching. I want to close with an example that will illustrate that not everything you receive by mail or otherwise is a regulator from hell.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. -- I Corinthians 10: 13
How do you discern when something is coming from hell or from the true God? This principle will help you a great deal. You should remember that whenever you are tempted, it is NOT FROM THE TRUE God. Satan is the only source of temptation. There are no exceptions to this rule. So ‘temptation’ tells you that an evil source is trying to regulate your behavior. Another strong indicator of the adversary trying to manipulate your behavior is ‘doubt’.
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. – Luke 12: 29
So often we have decisions to make and we are unsure what to do. You see, this is the true God’s way of flashing a warning light in our head. In this case, you don’t feel temptation as much, but you just have a little bit of doubt as to whether you should go ahead with your decision. When you have this doubt – DON’T! It’s that simple. When you have the smallest bit of doubt whether to do something or not to do it, DON’T DO IT. When the true God wants you to carry out some action, you will have no doubt whatsoever in your mind. That’s how the true God works within you. The counterfeit god will put doubt in your mind and/or he will tempt you. He will make the decision a source of aggravation instead of a blessing. When you apply these two (2) principles, you will greatly reduce your chances of being regulated by the world and it’s countless devices.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -- Matthew 6: 33
When you keep God first, He will handle everything else.
Now here is a pill that is tough to swallow.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. -- Romans 12: 19
I happen to live in a neighborhood that is loaded with unbelievers. This neighborhood became this way because of my stand for the true God, so the enemy regulated many of these people to try and hurt me mentally or in any way possible in a desperate attempt to stop the movement of the rightly divided Word of God. The Word of God is the only thing that defeats him. He was able to send his people to buffet me – to become thorns in my flesh. We were the first ones in this neighborhood – the first house built and occupied. It took many years, but the God in Christ in me defeated each and every one of them. They make sly, feeble attempts, but their own god destroyed them. I have never seen such rude and mindless people in all of my life.
Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. – Psalm 70: 2
Romans 12: 19 is one of the most difficult Scriptures that you will ever have to master. Most men and women have a little bit of devilish pride that they must keep under control. God says we are not to seek vengeance. He says it is His job and He will see to it that an evil person receives their just reward. I did a teaching lately called “Don’t React”. You may want to study that teaching. Remember from Psalms 70: 2 that God will allow the enemy to confound, shame, turn backward and put to confusion those that hurt you or even attempt to hurt you.
Now, getting back to our subject, here is a more specific example.
I live next door to a woman who is now married three (3) times. She makes a lot of money and has a contractor at her house almost every week. She believes that she is going to make everyone else feel small because she has a fancy driveway, front door and a ‘thousand’ other material things. Only she can’t get at me or my spouse. No one messes with God’s kids. NO ONE!
So she has her third husband doing her evil work. This person, when he first moved in, was coming farther and farther on my property when he cut his grass each week. Finally, I had to put up a makeshift fence to show him the property line. The woman left work to come home to talk with me – on her terms, of course. Her mother, who watches her property constantly, told her about the fence. Her husband, who caused the problem, had nothing, and then he marries this woman for her money. So now he thinks that he has all this power. He has power – the devil’s power, however greater is He that is in me that he that is in the world. Recognize that Scripture? Look it up.
Well, she doesn’t like my fence so I got my point across and took it down. I found out she was having a party that night and didn’t want people to see the fence. That’s why she left work that day to confront me. Par for the course for an evil heart. These things stopped surprising me years ago.
Apparently the husband got upset, to put it mildly, because I put a stop to his antics. Do you know what this person does every so often? He waits for me to leave my house and hides behind bushes and then runs out as I drive by. He doesn’t do anything to confront me – he is a coward. At times, he hides in his garage and ‘just happens’ to come walking out of his garage when I am driving by. Do you see the insanity as a result of living without God’s Word? Something is eating away at this person and he will try to get at me – but he cannot. Why? Because of what God says in the previous verses. Christ in me is greater than what is in him. It’s that simple.
But it may be easier to understand this in the terminology of this teaching: WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING HERE!!???
This pawn for Satan is trying to REGULATE my behavior. He is trying his best to make me angry and to make me react in some way. Instead, all I do is look the other way and laugh out loud. You’ve got to look at the spiritual side of what is happening. The spiritual realm always supercedes the natural realm. When an unbeliever is trying to harass a believer that stands with God Almighty, his chances of succeeding are that of a snowball in hell in July. The true God will crush Satan before your very eyes.
Be careful. Believe it or not, there are people inspired by Satan who are constantly trying to regulate your behavior.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8: 32
Only the truth of God’s Word will set you free from the manipulation of the adversary. There is nothing else that will set you free – not all of the enemy’s counterfeits. That includes dianetics, the occult, meditation, Yoga, spiritualism (seances etc.), horoscopes, all form of idolatry, etc., etc., etc., etc. In fact, these activities and many, many others are of the god of this world and will only REGULATE and control your behavior and thoughts even more so! KEEP AWAY OR BELIEVE ME YOU WILL PAY DEARLY. God makes it so simple for us and gave us free will to accept Him or to reject Him.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. – Romans 8: 6
You have to be crazy to choose the former. But believe it or not, the Word says that not all people will believe. So, do not let the unbeliever regulate your life. Remember, devil spirits that infiltrate the minds of unbelievers, are parasites. They attempt to live off the good of a righteous person. Get rid of the unbelievers – do not fellowship with darkness.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? -- II Corinthians 6: 14
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. -- Ephesians 5: 11
Now I would like to conclude this teaching on a more positive note. As I said before, not all influences are of the god of this world. You remember the example of the large phone company that tried to manipulate us into signing up for a very expensive internet service. Well, this true story is along similar lines.
A true believer never gives in to what the adversary throws at him. He waits upon God to help him and give him a Godly alternative. We received information through the mail about a brand new (for our area) internet service provider. This provider offers satellite internet service. There is no connection charge – no wires to be run through your house – actually, you can sign up only by purchasing or renting a very small modem. The internet services offered are very fast and it costs about one half of the large phone company. If you choose to buy the modem, there are no yearly contracts and you can cancel any time. How about that?! We will look into this new satellite internet provider and may very well sign up to use their service. And the only Scripture I can think of to close this teaching is:
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them [the regulators/devil spirits]: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. – I John 4: 4