Before you read this study understand that we do not teach, we share and then ask all who read the following take it to God and verify it with Him. We believe a lot of the world is misled by the church of the world and religion vs the one true church. And to know the truth can only come from knowing, not just knowing of God, John 14:26, I John 2:27, Rev 3:19-22.
Many are called but few are chosen because many are misled by false teachers Matthew 7:13-15 so we help all who wants to know the truth how to find and know the truth of and by God and not of and by man.

Growth in God

Jerry Wilhite, author

Please do not read this unless you have a real desire to grow with God and learn all you can, and have an open mind.

A closed mind or being of the law only will lead a person to offense in this study especially because we discuss a lot of scripture that has been miss-taught due to a lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4

6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Revelation 1

6. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The following verse is something that you can grow into and have as part of your life, and is part of what this study is about.

1 Corinthians 1

24. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

What you need to understand is (as I often say to do) listen to me, but take everything you hear and read to God and ask Him to explain it to you. This includes the word of God as well, and never take anyone's say so on anything. Always verify it with God.

So why read this study or others?

It took me years to understand what all I write here, by reading this and taking it to God and having God explain it to you will save you years of study.

One of the problems people have in really understanding the word of God is lack of knowledge of the original languages (Hebrew and Greek) used.

Understand that there is a major difference between English language of the US and the UK.

Here are a few examples:

Lift in UK means elevator

Post in UK means mail

Solicitor in UK means attorney

Then there is a difference between the English language in the UK today and 1612AD when the King James version of the Bible was translated.

Every version other than the Literal, Jerusalem, and the amplified are all based on the King James Version of the Bible.

The Hebrew and Greek language are both more in depth than the English, and pictorial languages. Each word in both have deeper meanings and mean more than just one word.

So here are the facts you should now understand:

Difference in English language between US and UK.

Difference in English language between 1612 AD and now when the King James versions was written.

Difference between English and Hebrew/Greek languages.

Due to the lack of knowledge and the difference in the languages have caused some to teach scripture in correctly.

For example, all who teach that God tests us use Job 1:8 and the way it reads in the English language present day it would appear that God is pointing Job out to Satan to test him.

Job 1

8. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Now read how it is in the Literal version of the Bible:

Job 1


|0559| And said

|3068| Yahweh

|0000| to

|7854| Satan,

|7760| Have you set

|3824| your heart

|5650| on My servant

|0347| Job?

|3588| For

|0369| not is {any}

|0000| like him

|0776| in the earth,

|0376| a man

|8535| perfect

|3477| and upright,

|3373| revering

|0430| God

|5186| and turning away

|7451| from evil.

So instead of God pointing out Job to Satan, God was questioning what Satan was doing and by what right he had to mess with Job. Now re-read Job 1:8 as it was written in the King James version, and before you get the idea that the KJV is wrong, it is not. It is the way we read and understand the language.

All of the above is the physical side of the word of God. Did you know there is a Spiritual side to the word as well.

In Job the attacks from Satan are in the physical, but they start in the spiritual.

John 3

5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

As you read above Jesus said that we are of the flesh that is the physical side, but we have to be of the spirit as well, and that is the spiritual side.

In every verse is a physical and spiritual side.

Part of the problem is threefold:

We to often take something as the truth just because someone who is a leader and/or a well known leader states it is truth. A lot of the time they did the same thing.

The word of God is interpreted instead of understood.

Ministry leaders attend 4 years of college and maybe have one semester of the Word and the rest in people management, money management, etc.

Jesus stated in John 14:26 we are to be taught all by the Holy Spirit.

John 14

26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

And in I John we are even told we are not to be taught of man, but by the Spirit only.

1 John 2

27. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The anointing referred to in the above verse is Christ.

Christ in Greek is Christos (Which is Christ) and Christ translated to English is anoint(ed(ing)).

A sponge dripping water is anointed with water. We are to be anointed with the Spirit of God.

Luke 4

18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

So far, what you should be starting to understand is:

That the word of God requires the Spirit to be involved along with knowledge

That without the Spirit to explain each and every verse and show you the full depth of each verse you only see one side.

That you only get a tenth to maybe sixty percent of the full understanding.

Before I explain the above imagine two people read the same book.

They get two totally different meanings of the book. Then they meet the person who wrote the book and discover the true meaning of the book. And realize they only interpreted the book and did not understood the book because they left the author out.

We do the same with the word of God. We are supposed to have God involved. We are supposed to actually hear His voice, not just read His word, but actually hear the voice of God.

1 John 4

1. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

We would not be told to test the spirit we hear from to verify it is God if it were not possible to hear from God.

Most of those who say that we are not to hear from God are like those who also say the spirit and faith are no more. They say this because they tried and it did not work for them so they then think since it did not then it does not work at all.

Why it did not work for them can be any number of reasons:

They did not try long enough (not enough time a day or not enough days)

They did not do it in private and had other things distract them.

They never really tried at all.

There are more possible reasons, but that is not what you should center on, but how you can hear from God in your life.

To hear from God only requires:

1. Desire to hear from God and have a one on one relationship with God.

Knowledge that you can hear, by now you should know that part.

Time daily, the same amount minimum at least 30 minutes a day.

Do this only in an area where you will have no distractions, no noise, no phones, TVs, etc.

Be totally quiet, listening totally for the voice of God.

Understand this may take, days, weeks or longer depending on how well you follow all of the above, your age (how many walls God has to get through).

When you do start hearing from God continue, do not miss a day, actually increase the time listening daily.

Matthew 12

25. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Understand you have an enemy, and he is real; he is Satan, and he has been here longer than you and all of your family put together. Do not under estimate Satan. He will try to find the buttons in you and push them, and when he can not get to you, he will try to use others.

Living and walking in the Spirit also means being of the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5

22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Here is another example of where people reading the word in the physical without the spiritual has caused miss understandings.

Matthew 7

16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

People take the above verse meaning to be our works -how many people we witness to, how many we help, etc. This is important, but not unless it is guided by God. Only God knows who needs watering and who needs light, who needs to be left alone for now.

But with God you will know where it needs to be watered, where it needs to have light and where it needs to be left alone.

I promised I would explain about the 10, 30, 60% understanding, and here it is.

Notice Jesus states in Mark 4:13 that if you do not understand this parable how will you understand any. So He is letting us know there is a key to growth here.

Mark 4

12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

13. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

14. The sower soweth the word.

15. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh imediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

16. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, imediately receive it with gladness;

17. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, imediately they are offended.

18. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

19. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

20. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

In the Literal it is not 30 fold, 60 fold, 100 fold, but 30%, 60%, 100%.

Again we find another area that was taught just enough off to miss the point.

The point is that the first group will not grow, the second will get as much as 30%, the third as much as 60% and the fourth ground 100%.

The key to the forth group to be of the 100% growth you need someone to protect your ground, to rebuke Satan:

Malachi 3

11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

As you may be realizing the key to growth other than having the Holy Spirit is in the tithe.

Anyone truly of the Spirit walking in and anointed of the Spirit of God will not just understand this, but about now be saying YES, Amen (so be it).

So many are scared to talk about the tithe, and that is because Satan knew that the tithe will rebuke him from stealing the word from us. If he can steal from us we lose and do not grow, but if he is rebuked we grow and he is scared. So Satan has contributed to, if not was totally responsible for the fear of talking about the tithe. Ministry leaders and the individual have the wrong idea of the tithe. The individual takes it that it is just a ministry trying to get their money. If that is the case then no, no one should tithe just to give money.

No one should tithe without a basic understanding of the tithe.

Basics of the tithe:
1. Tithe is required of us by God, not man, but God.

2. The tithe shows we are responsible with little so we can have much.

The tithe also protects our income.

The tithe is to be only given to where one is fed the word of God. Meaning if you grow at your local church, you tithe to your local church.

Tithe is not just for a church you attend, or a church in general. If you are fed totally or mostly by someone on television then you tithe to that ministry.

Tithe is to be given not just because God said to do it, even though that is enough to protect your income. But should be given out of love for God and one should not be able to wait to tithe again and again.

Tithe is on all of your income, before taxes not after taxes. Anything that is an income is to be tithed. That is why God said bring ALL of the tithes.

Tithing in percentages is not tithing and means one is still stealing from God.. Tithing in percentages are those who try to grow their members to the tithe by starting them with 1% then 2%, etc.

If you are going to tithe add all of your income up, all paychecks, insurance checks, etc…

The only time you do not tithe is if you already tithed on it, or it is a reimbursement of something like furniture you lost in a storm or for expenses for a trip, or office supplies, etc.

Anything anyone receives that they did not have before is income and should be tithed on.

Say you lose a stove in a flood and you upgrade to a bigger better one, but the insurance only paid replacement cost. That only gave you what you already spent on the stove in the first place, so is not something you tithe on because it is just replacing what you already had. The upgrade is paid for with money you already have tithed on.

Now, say you get dividends for stock you bought, yes, you tithe on the dividends even if you lose money on the stock, because the dividend is paid as bonus for buying their stock.

If you're not sure it is always best to err on the side of caution and tithe on the item.

The worst thing that could happen is that you tithed more than 10% and could have covered something you missed.

If you miss a tithe and can not afford to catch up, just start from that moment on.

Every time you miss a tithe you give Satan ground to devour your ground - the word you have grown in and by which you are blessed.

Malachi 3

8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

What else is needed to grow other than what we have talked about above:

Forgive all, including yourself,

Do not judge.

Desire to know God.

Mark 11

25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 7

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

The word denomination means to divide, and even in the first century church there was a division starting.

1 Corinthians 1

11. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

13. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Now let's look at this verse as it would be read today.

1 Corinthians 1

11. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Baptist; and I of Catholic; and I of Methodist; and I of Christ.

13. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Someone out there is thinking ok, now you have altered the way we look at the 30, 60, 100 fold return, and now we know it is 30,60, 100% instead. So what is the return of sowing if it is not 30, 60, 100 fold?

The 30, 60, 100 fold return always limited God. Remember that Jesus fed 5000 men, with women and children so any where from 10,000 to 20,000 people with a few fishes, so the return on this is about 3,300 times, not just 100 fold.

And look at the Lord's prayer to know God's will for us:

Matthew 6

10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

God's will for us is the same here as it is in heaven. There is no sickness, illness, depression, debt, lack, etc in heaven so the same should be here for us.

God Bless You as you hear His words and follow His leading.


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