Early morning fire on May 12 ruled an arson

News, Press Release
arson

ATLANTA – Fire Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined a fire
that occurred around 5:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 12, at a Fannin County unoccupied residence, was intentionally
set.

“The fire appears to have been set to the rear portion of the home located at 586 Galloway Road in Blue Ridge,
Georgia. Thankfully, no one was living in the residence at the time,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
John F. King. “If you have any information on the individual or individuals responsible, I ask that you call my
Fire Investigations Unit at 1-800-282-5804.”

Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s). Calls
are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit is assisting the Fannin County Fire Department with this
investigation.

Fetch Your News will update this story as more information about the arson becomes available.

FANNIN COUNTY FIRE RULED ARSON

News

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2019

ATLANTA – A fire investigator with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office has determined that a
structure fire which occurred the morning of Saturday, September 14, in Fannin County was intentionally set.
“The home is located at 1588 Mountain View Road in McCaysville, Georgia. The 52-year-old structure suffered
major damage from the blaze,” said Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “The home was occupied up until the
day before the fire. If you have any information on who might be responsible for setting this fire, please call the
Arson Hotline.”

Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King is asking anyone with knowledge about this fire to call the Arson Hotline at
1‐800‐282‐5804. Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the
arsonist(s). Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.
The Fannin County Fire Department, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are assisting with this investigation.

Update: Details about early morning lumberyard fire

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Fannin County Fire Department (FCFD) responded to a blaze on Tuesday, Sept. 10 that had early morning commuters concerned and commenting via social media on the size of the fire.

Lumberyard Fire

Fire visible to commuters on Hwy. 515.

Dispatch came out at 5:23 a.m. that there was a commercial fire in the vicinity of 27 Patterson Lane, just short of the Gilmer/Fannin county line.

Emergency personnel were on the scene within 7 minutes, and found that the source of the fire was a structure housing multiple loads of stacked lumber. Also on the property, owned by Charles Sisson, were other structures similarly housing stored lumber.

“They were reporting that it was a structure that was fully involved,” FCFD Fire Chief Larry Thomas said explaining what those who were first to arrive witnessed as the fire was already raging and growing by the minute.

The FCFD was able to set up quickly and began to contain and extinguish the flames. Fannin County Sheriff’s Office parked along Highway 515 to provide the fire department with a visible barrier for commuters to see. This allowed fire engines to shuttle water from a main hydrant to the scene of the fire.

Among those to respond were Engine 1, Engine 11, Engine 12, Engine 16, Medic 1, Medic 11, and Brush 1. Brush 1 is a brush truck which is a smaller 4 wheel drive vehicle equipped with its own pump and capable of getting into areas where the larger engines can not go.

For a brief time the woods directly behind the structure also became involved with the fire.

“It wasn’t traveling at a high rate of speed in the woods,” Thomas said of the fire’s path and added, “We did call Georgia Forestry in.”

Georgia Forestry Commission is equipped to handle brush fires. A team of two arrived from the department with a bulldozer and helped to put out the small amount of spread left in the woods. They also established a fire break to help prevent any more spread to the wooded area from the large structure fire.

fannin county fire department

The structure at the time of being fully involved.

The Georgia Forestry Commission then used the bulldozer to move extinguished lumber away from the woods to prevent any spread through hot-spots left in the lumber.

The fire was contained to the single structure without spreading to neighboring structures and was extinguished. Crews left the scene at 12:48 pm.

In total 14 firefighters from the FCFD responded to the early morning emergency and all left the scene without any reported injuries. No workers from Sisson lumberyard were present at the time of the fire.

Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) responded to the property and reported that there was no electricity running to the building at the time of the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

“The team did a great job,” Thomas said of the efforts of all involved. He expressed thanks to the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas added, expressing his gratitude for those on the roadway, “Traffic got a little heavy because of the morning commute, but everyone on the road yielded to our vehicles as we went to the scene, and while we were shuttling water.” He would like to give a special thanks to those citizens traveling Hwy. 515 that morning for using caution while passing through the area.

 

 

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Outdoor Grill Safety

Community, Outdoors

Press Release

Outdoor Grill Safety

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safetyAgent Kevin Panter of Kevin Panter Insurance, Inc. is teaming up with the Georgia Arson Control Board to urge the citizens of Fannin County to take proper precautions when enjoying outdoor activities such as grilling.

According to Panter, “While grilling can be an enjoyable outdoor activity for families and friends, it is important to make safety a priority.” Panter also offers the following tips for grilling:

  • Keep flammable materials such as leaves and other debris away from the grill. Also, keep the grill a safe distance from your house or car. Don’t leave a grill unattended. Keep children and pets away from cooking areas.
  • Use only lighter fluid specifically made for starting charcoal fires. Don’t use gasoline; it can explode. Don’t add starter fluid of any kind after charcoals are lit.
  • Always light a gas grill with the lid open. After cooking, shut off the tank first, then the burners.
  • Use outdoor grills where they belong — outdoors. Charcoal fires give off carbon monoxide, which can reach toxic levels in an enclosed space.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near. Use baking soda to handle small grease fires. If it’s safe to get near the grill, close it to suffocate the flames.
  • Georgia law states that, “No charcoal or liquefied petroleum gas or liquid-fueled burners shall be kindled or maintained on balconies or within 10 feet of combustible patios on ground floors.” That means no cooking is allowed on apartment balconies. Check with your complex to see if they have a common grilling area for residents that is safely away from the residential area.
  • Always follow the instructions for your grill and check your local fire codes.

The Georgia Arson Control Program, Inc. (GAC) was formed in January of 1979 by property and casualty insurers writing business in Georgia. GAC, with the cooperation of the Commissioner, Georgia Department of Insurance and Safety Fire, and state/local law enforcement agencies, established an ARSON HOTLINE 1-800-282-5804. A reward fund of up to $10,000 was initiated from which monetary rewards are given to individuals who come forward with information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for arson and/or fraud.

Visit us at: www.georgiaarsoncontrol.com

Facebook: @GeorgiaArsonControl

Twitter: @GaArsonControl

Source: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/

07/22/18-07/28/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

July 22, 2018 thru July 28, 2018 Responses

M1: 43
M3: 18
M4: 25
M11: 27

Total: 113

Total Emergency Calls: 561

The Devil Manifest

Religion

The Great Deceiver

 I want to share with you a visit I had from the devil. Please listen. I hate talking about sin and the devil, but this is what the Lord has given me to do at this time. The devil needs to be expose our families are being attacked. I will tell you how important this is  and I want you to pray about it. You can ask the Lord to judge me. Ask him if what  Bob Allen said is true. He knows who I am, and I have total faith and confidence in what I am saying.  I give you permission to judge me for yourself. I was put in the presence of the devil to see how evil and wicked he is, so I could share it with you. I had been saved a very short time and one day while driving my car; I ask the Lord if tongues are real and if they are for today. The power of God fell on me in the car, and I began to speak in tongues! I had the true “ book of Acts” experience. I had to get my car off the road and just lay in the seat while the Spirit was upon me. I spoke what seemed to be many, many languages for maybe over an hour I could not stop until the Lord was through. At that time I received the gift for giving message and interpretation in tongues for the Church.  I lay down in the seat until the Lord was finished with me. My mouth was filled with the Spirit. I was completely consumed in the Spirit world. It would be too much to try to share all I experienced that day.

Shortly after that, I had three personal visits from the evil one. I am only going to share  one with you. It seems to me; his greater purpose was to stop or discredit my new language of tongues. I still don’t quite know how to value our Holy Spirit languages, but the devil evidently does. I know that the most important thing to him was to stop these tongues now at any cost. I was in the First Baptist Church in a small town on eastern shore Maryland and tongues had never been introduced there, in that Church. You would think the way the devil came after me that I was the most important person in the world. It was as if I had my hands on the pearl of great price which Jesus spoke of and satan thought it was his. I knew little to nothing. I was just starting to read the Bible for the first time. You would find it hard to believe, but I was in a constant battle with satan for at least a year. Try to hear this. If you are a child of God, you most likely have never had troubles that he was not the author of. His footprints would be on all family problems. In that first year, he knew every place I would go, and everything I would do. I went to a motel to fast and pray for three days just to seek the Lord and to pray for my marriage. He was there. He spoke to me and answered my very first prayer, disguising himself as the Lord Jesus. He is a never ceasing evil force against you. One of the things he said was, “you don’t need to pray in tongues just talk to me, and I will answer you.”

 Be a real Marine for the Lord and fight! You can beat him every time with the Spirit of God that’s in you. Please wake up! When it comes to sin, if you are not in spiritual warfare you’re not in war. You are in defense or defeat. Don’t forget ,David didn’t make David famous; Goliath did, so fight.

 While I was on my knees in the midst of prayer, the devil showed up. The first thing I heard  from him was “God doesn’t want you to praise Him.” What a lie. The devil hates it when we praise the Lord. Praise the Lord more often and with your whole heart. I am going to take you into my visitation from the devil then my last teaching on sin will be my trip to heaven to learn more about sin.

“The Visit” By Bob Allen

Religion

Visit With Evil.

This is urgent, must rear.

This, my friend, is a word from the Lord for the followers of Christ Jesus. The message is not about my experience, but to encourage you to put on the whole armor of God and get yourself into the fight.

In 1987 I had cancer in my throat, while being prayed for the minister said, “You have been shot, I see shrapnel in your jaw I had been shot in my throat and jaw at age 17 as a young Marine.  The minister said, “There was a death sentence attached to that bullet by Satan it had now been broken. The devil wanted to destroy my throat because of the calling on my life.  No one but the Lord could have revealed the knowledge of the shrapnel in my jaw to that little housewife that spoke this word over me; it can only be revealed by an x-ray, the cancer was also from the devil.

                 Let me now show you what this ugly thing is like.

Another person and I from the church were having a disagreement, and I said let’s pray about it. We went downstairsto my game room, and we got on our knees facing each other around an eighteen-inch round footstool and began topray.  I just began to praise the Lord, and all at once the person said, “Stop! He doesn’t want you to praise Him.”  So I stopped. I had no reason to question this person. I had just gotten saved, and I knew little to nothing, but I was hearing from God, I guess I thought everyone could. All of a sudden, the person’s eyes were changed to a bright yellow with a red center stripe running perpendicular; very terrible and scary.  Their thumb was cocked back like a pistol, and their finger  was thrust into my side applying pressure to my side. It was sore for a few days.   Suddenlytheir language was changed to a cold, hard, evil, scary tongue.  The sound was as fast and loud as a German machine gun.  I had never heard teaching on casting out devils, and I was too scared to run. I remember looking at the stairs and wondering if I could make it without being overpowered.  I waved my hand before their eyes and could see that the person was hypnotized. Their eyes were like glass.  The person never moved their finger or released the pressure from my side, or stopped speaking in the harsh, evil tongue. I had never heard this tongue. Before or since itwas like perfect evil. It was very fearful and scary. The devil kept this evil tongue up using this person like they were a piece of trash until they fell out from exhaustion. I thought they might be dead.  All I knew to do was put my hands over their head and praise the Lord. After a time the person set up and was normal; just as if nothing had happened.  I said, “What did he say?” The demon spoke through the person and said, “He just said, you stand accused.” I said what’s going on here?  They asked what I meant. I said do you know what just went on here and they said no. They never knew or believed they had such an experience and were taken over by the devil, and yet it happened. The person left the room perfectly normal with the demons still in them. Once in you, until he is dealt with, he can come and go at will, and he can appear to be a good manager of your life.

One of the things the devil wanted to convince me of was that tongues were his. The pastor had already told me that tongues belong to the devil. This person was in the First Baptist Church on Sunday with a choir robe on and teaching Sunday school. There was no sign of demons, but the demons were still there. This is not that unusual. Satan was at the table with the disciples at the last supper “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot being of the twelve.” (Lu22:3) “And when the hour was come He (Jesus) sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.”(Verse: 11)  Jesus said, “But, behold, the hand of him that betrays me is with me on the table.”(Verse: 21)

 I had two more visits about this same time when the devil made a statement about tongues. The Lord wanted me to have this experience to learn about the evil devil’s ways, so I could help others. Most of us will not see a face taken over and changed like I did that day.  I still find it a mystery the way he was exposed to me. One day during a visit from him while trying to pass himself off as the Lord I caught him in a lie and told him so. I think it is a mystery why he let me catch him lying, and why he exposed his hand to me. It only made me a greater lover of God. The evil, wicked power can be used by him if he can get you over into sin. It is his to use if he can get to you through deception.  The devil totally possessed this person, but don’t worry; he can’t touch you, just like he couldn’t touch me. There must be something for him to travel on to get into you. It is what I call a sin road. If you are in sin or deception, he has directaccess to you.  If you will hide the Word in your heart and won’t sin against God, the Word in you will be a stop sign for the devil. If you can handle this next statement ok, but if not, so be it: I have heard many, many preachers say a Christian can’t have a demon, but I must say they have all been  wrong.This person was a Christian caught up in lustand lies to cover the sin. Remember  the devil cannot touch a born again spirit, but if your soul and body step into sin, you leave yourself wide open , and If you play in his sandbox, you are going to have company from sin’s rightful owner.

  This person was delivered from demons about forty-five days later.  They called the pastor and said, “I am deathly sick. Come quickly.” I stopped in just to check on the person at the same time the pastor showed up; he said, “Do you want me to call an ambulance and get you to the hospital?” They said,” don’t you know what this is? This is demons coming out of me.” Neither of us had ever been around anything like this before. The pastor was very scared. He never believed in demons being active today, and he had not believed me when I tried to tell him about my prior experience with the person. Now, this happened about forty-five years ago at that time you would have a hard time finding a TV preacher as well as very few Christian books on this subject.

This was a solemn work of the Lord. I don’t know how this person knew that they were full of demons or that the Lord was going to deliver them at that time. If this person had not been a child of God, the Lord would not have delivered them like this. It was His solemn work. It was a beautiful thing to see the Lord rescue one of His own. He never wants the devil’s wicked ways to touch us. The Pastor and I did nothing; we didn’t know how. The word, come out, was not spoken by us one time. This goes against every deliverance I have ever witnessed or heard of or been involved in. I saw this evil; wicked devil operating, even in one that is in the church. Satan has great power to use, but only against those not under the Father’s protection at all times through the Lord Jesus.

The Lord wants me to share with you what I saw in the evil, wicked, hideous one who hates you. If you belong to Christ Jesus, Satan is most likely the author of everything that’s going wrong in your life.

 Father God loves you with perfect love, and through the overcoming power of our Lord Jesus, we can put the devil under our feet. If you know anyone who needs help in this area, please push this teaching forward this is the work of God and not man. This work needs to touch the whole body of Christ; Please ask the one you forward it to also to pass it on.If you know someone that is maybe struggling or needs deliverance, I can and will help, and I can get you to the right Church. Boballenministries@gmail.com

The last teaching on this subject is coming up: a trip to meet Jesus to learn more about sin.

06/24/18-06/30/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Arrest Reports

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

June 24, 2018 thru June 30, 2018 Responses

M1: 40
M3: 11
M4: 27
M11: 27

Total: 105

Mutual Aid:

Law: 370
Fire: 13
Rescue: 34

Total Emergency Calls: 481

Total Calls: 1659

05/27/18-06/02/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

May 27, 2018 thru June 2, 2018 Responses

M1: 31
M3: 11
M4: 24
M11: 29

Total: 95

Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 348
Fire: 10
Rescue: 20

Total Emergency Calls: 472

Total Calls: 1452

07/29/18-08/04/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

July 29, 2018 thru August 4, 2018 Responses

M1: 42
M3: 12
M4: 31
M11: 20

Total: 105

Mutual Aid: 1
Law: 436
Fire: 7
Rescue: 27

Total Emergency Calls: 554

Total Calls: 1477

07/08/18-07/14/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

July 8, 2018 thru July 14, 2018 Responses

M1: 37
M3: 17
M4: 32
M11: 28
Polk: 1

Total: 115

Mutual Aid:
Law: 360
Fire: 11
Rescue: 36

Total Emergency Calls: 502

Total Calls: 1596

The Great Victory

Religion

 When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Spirit of God came upon Him, and all the Spirit and power of God  in heaven and earth would soon be given to Him; that is as soon as He beats satan. “For what the law could not do,in that, it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh [like us] and for sin, [because of sin] condemned sin in the flesh,” (Rom8:3) Sin started in the flesh. It must be overcome by the flesh.” But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” (Gal 4:4 )To know Jesus, as we should ,we must understand we were not made like Him, but He was made like us.  When Jesus went into this battle, he was a man. Isaiah said,”   For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given.” (Isaiah9:6) The child is Mary’s son. The son of man, every time you see the son of man, He is the man, Christ Jesus. The son given is the son of God from heaven.[perfect man ,perfect God]  Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tried and tested by the devil for forty days and nights.  (Luke4:2) It was as though He was thrown in the ring with Satan and with the wild beasts! This is a very tense time. I believe this is the greatest battle in the history of the world.  Jesus, the man in the flesh, against the devil for forty days and nights! Jesus is the first sinless man standing on the earth since the fall of Adam. He has the new sinless bloodline from the Father which Adam had in the beginning before sin. Jesus is the only man in the history of the world not fathered by the sinful bloodline. He has stood the test. Jesus never sinned. He has a perfect, sinless body, and perfect, sinless blood. He bypassed the sinful bloodline. The devil beat Adam in what seems to be just one try.  Jesus is called the second Adam. We can read this story in Matthew chapter four in about five minutes, but let’s slow down and try to see it as the Lord Jesus lived it. Jesus is fasting forty days and nights while in the wilderness alone and with the wild beasts. The Word says afterward He was hungry. At His weakest point, the tempter tempted Him with bread. What I am trying to do here is show you the battle that Jesus went through for your soul. Our everlasting, eternal life is free for us, but it was by no means free to Jesus! It was fought for and won. What can we say but thank you, Father? Thank you, Jesus!

 Father God is now starting over. It has been about 5,000 years since God had a man on the earth to confront the devil. Since the fall of Adam, until now, there has not been a man who was not of the sinful bloodline of Adam and sin can never take away sin.There has not been one recorded fight between the devil and man from Adam to Jesus.  Job never entered the fight. Satan dealt with Job by permission from God. Job never put up a fight because he thought it was God dealing with him. Jesus came out of the wilderness after forty days of temptation by the devil. The devil promised Him the world, but Jesus rebuked him as a man with The Sword of the Spirit which is the written word of God. It is written in Matthew and Luke; when it was all over angels came and ministered to Him. Everything changed that day. God now has a champion, Jesus. Jesus said, “All power in heaven and earth has now been given unto me.” (Matt28:18) Jesus now has the keys to heaven and hell. All the Spirit and power of God  upon the earth is now His. Satan has been judged and defeated.

 What do you think your chances are of beating the devil if you fail to join yourself to the faithful, overcoming one, Christ the Lord Jesus?  How tough it must be for the poor sinner out there being steamrolled by demons and blinded about it all.  Get going, be a witness. Help somebody. Paul said, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2Cor 4:4) Help somebody get their eyes open.

( Jesus)” Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had (by himself purged our sins) sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb1:3) He has blottedout the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. (Col 2:14.) How about you? Are you blotted clean?

The wages of sin is death. (Rom6:23) For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; [killed in our place] that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him. (2Cor 5:21)  Spiritual death is separation from God for all eternity.

Peter, speaking of Jesus said, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” (1Pet2:24a )Try to remember; your sins should be history. Keep your eyes on the Master. Paul said, “Lest Satan should get an advantage on us, for we are not ignorant of his devices (2Cor2:11).  If you leave a door open satan will stick his foot in it. Don’t forget to fight for your family and loved ones.

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,[yours and mine] the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh,” ( Pet3:18)

 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh [soul] but after the Spirit.”(Rom8:1)

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06/17/18 to 06/23/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

 

June 17, 2018 thru June 23, 2018 Responses

M1: 35
M3: 12
M4: 25
M11: 31

Total: 103

Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 403
Fire: 12
Rescue: 29

Total Emergency Calls: 529

Total Calls: 1564

05/20/18-05/26/18 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

 

May 20, 2018 thru May 26, 2018 Responses

M1: 33
M3: 12
M4: 37
M11: 19

Total: 101

Mutual Aid: 0
Law: 402
Fire: 7
Rescue: 33

Total Emergency Calls: 510

Total Calls: 1514

Part 2: Sin Killed Jesus. Dividing the soul and spirit

Religion

The Lord knew the road  the knowledge of the tree of good and evil would take Adam down, and that sin would kill him because he had eaten from the tree. He knew the lust that would be in the soul and the flesh of man.God is love.  God is Spirit and can only lead us by His Spirit, His Word, and His love. The Spirit of God does not feed or satisfy the desires of the flesh or the soul unless the soul has been converted back to Him.

 Adam would no longer be led only by God, but by the spirit of darkness.  Adam’s desires would now come through the demands of the flesh and the decision of the soul. The soul, his mind, will, and emotions, would no longer be pure. The wicked one whom Adam had obeyed can now lead him by his flesh as it makes the demands upon the soul. The devil operates in the hidden darkness. He can’t touch our spirit. If we belong to God, we are sealed! We are zip- locked in. We are led by God’s Holy Spirit, and the more of His Word we take in, the more influence our spirit will have on our lives. The spirit works from inside of you to the outside. The soul and body, however, have to be fulfilled by the things on the outside of this fallen sin ruled world. This is where the devil tries to step in and offer you this, that, and another thing. In other words, he offers”nothing for everybody.” The soul operates through taste, touch,see, feel, hear,and smell. And all the lust of the world flows through these streams.Once man drew the knowledge, and the dark power of evil from that tree of good and evil, it is his. Out of that tree comes every temptation that is in the world .The desires of the body and soul are many many times stronger than the spirit. All the spirit needs to be secure and complete in God, is His spirit, His word, His love, His mercy and His grace. Your living soul is not the same as your spirit. The soul and spirit can be divided. If you are born again, your soul will be saved, and it will go with you to heaven, but if you are not saved, it will go to hell with you.

 The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.” Heb 4:12, the great divider is The Word. Do you believe It enough to act on it or not?  

I believe these experiences of Jesus with Peter are the best examples I can find of the dividing of the soul and spirit. When Jesus said to Peter, “come,” Peter stood on the water on the word of Jesus, which is spirit. When Peter looked at the storm,  he saw it with the eyes of his soul, and he was filled with fear; standing on spirit, but looking with the soul at the same time. The spirit and soul were divided. He had been standing on the faith of Jesus. If Jesus had said to Peter, I have the storm covered; he would have walked right through the storm. Peter had not been converted at this time. “Jesus said,  when you are converted strengthen you’re the brethren.” Peter did not receive the spirit until Jesus breathed on him. Therefore, the  spirit was not in him. He could only see through his soul. When Peter cried out for Jesus to save him, Jesus said, “oh you of little faith, wherefore did youdoubt.”Mt.14:31 the soul can never believe for more than it can see.

Although Jesus was God made flesh, the Son of Man, Christ Jesus, was 100% man. When He was on the cross, His spirit said Father into your hands I commend my spirit. His suffering soul, on the cross,cried out MY GOD! My God! Why have you forsaken me? We must as children of God have a perfectunderstanding of sin; to hate it as we should and to move others away from it. Today sin is toocommonplace,even within the church.

When Jesus was being tried , This good man, Peter who had spent over three years with Jesus,denied Him.  This perfectly taught man said three times, I don’t know the man. So the best, of the best of men, without the spirit in him, is nothing but a liar. His life is a lie.  No liar will ever enter the gates of heaven. Rev 21:8”…. all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.” The soul will never value anyone or anything above itself, and it’s will to care for itself. Much more to come on sin, share with everybody, share with your pastor. The Lord has a cry in his heart for those trapped in sin, and not getting help. Do you have  friends and family that you need to be fighting for, praying for, and talking to?

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