A dream came early this morning. I was in an old farm house with a conglomerate of believers. I use the term “conglomerate” because they each held different ideas about the way the kingdom of God was to unfold. After a lengthy conversation with one brother, I stated we were right on the edge of major breakthroughs. The brother then said to me, “So-and-so believes this.” He then elaborated on a certain teaching. (I am using “so and so” in place of the person’s real name.) I said, “Yeah, so-and-so (another person) believes that way too.” What the brother I was talking with was conveying was the belief that we have such a long way to go, and that the kingdom of God only progresses through process. Continue reading
All Generations Shall Call Her Blessed
39 ¶ Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,
40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.
45 “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
50 “AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
While all this literally took place, it also speaks mystically of Zion. Mary is a type of Zion, and the child she is pregnant with, and eventually bears, is indicative of resurrection, the redemption of our bodies. Continue reading
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
These passages speak of the discipline of the Father upon our spirits. Verse nine states: “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?” There is a way we relate to the Father that brings us all the blessings and security of the Father’s family, which is our heritage in Christ. There is another way we relate to the Father that cuts us off and limits us in what we can receive. Continue reading
6 ¶ Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
These passages are quoted in Heb. 10 as pertaining to Christ. In verse six it says, “My ears you have opened.” A more accurate translation would be, “My ears Thou hast pierced.” The piercing of the ear is an outward sign of becoming a bond servant. Continue reading
The following message/teaching was contributed by Gerri Bolton.
The Rudiments of Christ…..Who is Jesus, and/or Who is CHRIST.
Hebr 10:5 “Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says: “Sacrifice and Offering thou hast not desired, but a “BODY” thou hast prepared for Me; vs 6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin, thou hast taken no pleasure. vs 7 Then I said: “Behold, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of me (Ps 40:6-8) to do thy will, O God.”
Ps 40:6-8 “Sacrifice and meal offering thou hast not desired, My ears thou hast pierced; Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the roll of the book it is prescribed for me. I delight to do thy will, O my God; Thy Law is (carved -on-the-tablets of) within my heart.”
2 Cor 5:19-21 namely, that God was IN Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of Reconciliation.
God-IN-Christ “occupied/inhabited” that “FLESH-body” named, Jesus, THAT “body” that was “Prepared” for Him (CHRIST) in the Mind/Heart of God, before the creation of the world, was created in the-likeness-of-sinful-flesh. “For what the law could not do, weak-as it-was through the flesh, God did; sending His Son (Christ) in-the-likeness-of-sinful flesh (Jesus) and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us-who-walk-according to the Spirit.
It is Christ-the-SON (within the “man” Jesus) whose “BLOOD” is the blood-of-the Covenant that Redeems man’s soul. Not until after His Resurrection was Jesus given a Name-above-all-names in that He was THEN called “CHRIST-Jesus” and “DECLARED” the Son of God “with-power” (as the” First”– “BORN” out-from-among the DEAD) according to the Spirit of Holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 1:1-4
Jesus was the first “Man” to be united to the Head, which is Christ, becoming the FIRST of a New Creation, AS the “First-Born” out-from-among-the dead. (these “dead” are not the ones in the grave in the ground, but they who-have-not-yet HEARD the Voice of the Father). Continue reading
2nd Cor. 4:
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1 ¶ For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,
3 inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.
4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
Within these passages lie the key to experiencing all that God has promised us concerning sonship and resurrection. Verses 16-18 tell us that momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. But what does this mean? If we have been following the Lord and submitting to his dealings, we know very well what devastation means. But let’s look carefully at verse one of chapter five. “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Our “building” from God, our “house” eternal in the heavens, is the life of Christ manifested in us, what we call resurrection life. Notice carefully that these passages say IF the earthly tent which is our house is torn down we have a building from God, eternal in the heavens. In other words, there is no “house” from God until the earthly house is torn down. This means more than just physically dying. Physically dying can sometimes be the easy way out. It means no amount of revelation, no amount of desire is going to propel us into resurrection fulfillment. It is a work of Christ that must be done in us. This is where many will seek to enter, but not be able. Continue reading
There is a way we disconnect with ourselves beyond what we have known. The emotional bonds and ties with our lives are to be broken. How was it that the saints of old could suffer such torture and persecution and yet still worship and delight in the Lord? There was something in them that disconnected with their circumstances and environment. We must exceed our fathers. We are to disconnect, not just with circumstances and our environment, BUT OURSELVES. We are not going to produce something by our own hand, but a deeper work than what the saints have known must be accomplished in us. Continue reading
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
We are exhorted by Jude to keep ourselves in the love of God. What does this mean? Can we slip out of God’s love? Only in our awareness. To maintain an awareness of God’s presence in our lives, and to walk in immunity from the vulnerabilities of the flesh nature, we must live on a level conducive to experiencing these things. How do we do this? Continue reading