Eating the Sacrifice

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross opens the door to our salvation. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover which was instituted in the days of Moses. All the Old Testament rituals pertaining to Passover are fulfilled in Christ. This is important to understand. We cannot partake fully of the provision if we don’t understand the significance of the rituals. Continue reading

Hearing His Voice

John 6:63:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”

Jesus said His words were spirit and life. Language is only a vehicle to carry the reality behind our thoughts and intents. If we have a certain purpose in mind we wish to convey, we convey it through a language. There are thousands of languages, and regardless of which one we use, it’s still just a vehicle for conveying what’s on our mind. The same reality comes through, regardless of which language is used to convey it.

God is spirit. His words are spirit. His life and nature is conveyed through all that He “speaks.” What made Jesus’ words spirit? What makes our words spirit? Jesus said the Father abiding in Him did His works. It’s the Spirit in us teaching us how to speak and function that translates into words and works of spirit. Remember how Simon the magician offered the apostles money to be able to lay his hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit? He saw something he could not duplicate because he did not have the Spirit within him. Peter rebuked him because Simon’s heart was not right.

God “spoke” and the worlds were created. He did not speak a language as we define a language. He “spoke” Christ. Continue reading

Today If You Hear His Voice

The following message came some years back. It is more pertinent today that when it was first written.

At the present time the message of sonship is being heard more and more in certain circles of Christianity. With the hearing of the message comes the great danger of assuming to have something that really hasn’t been incorporated into our lives yet. If we have heard His voice concerning what He has to say to this generation, there must be a corresponding faith to experience and walk in all that He is revealing. Continue reading

We Have the Right

Many messages have come concerning dying to self. Usually it pertains to preferring our brother or sister, putting their needs ahead of our own. But as we enter the realm of sonship, another emphasis takes precedence. There is a dying to self that enables us to keep a humble spirit before the Lord. A humble spirit means a brokenness to worship the Lord and believe His word regardless of circumstances. This is easier said than done. I don’t believe we have connected the dots when it comes to discouragement and the state of our spirits before God. Discouragement is a luxury of the self life. Disillusionment and frustration are a luxury of the self life as well. They give the adamic nature a reason to stop worshipping God, to stop contending for the fulfillment of His word. Discouragement is a focus on self. We do not have the right to discouragement in the Kingdom of God. We have the right to love God and worship Him with all of our hearts. Continue reading

In the Cool of the Day

Gen. 3:
6 ¶  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
7  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
8  They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Verse 8 is the passage we want to examine. Adam and Eve heard the sound (or the voice) of the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day so they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord.  It is somewhat difficult to ascertain what the he phrase “cool of the day” really implies. The Hebrew word for cool is ruwach. It is translated as cool only once. It is translated as spirit 232 times. It is also translated as wind 92 times and breath 27 times. The Hebrew word for day is yowm. It is translated “day” 2008 times. That word is beyond dispute. The translators seem to have arrived at the translation “cool of the day” by interpreting breeze or wind of the day as cool since the wind or a breeze is usually cool.  Any attempt to interpret these passages as strictly a physical phenomenon however, is going to miss it. As with all Scripture, there is a mystical conveyance here of spiritual truth. We can better understand the phrase, “cool of the day” as a certain realm or relationship with the Lord. It’s significant that the verse reads, “They hid themselves from the presence of the Lord.” The cool of the day is related to the presence of the Lord. It’s a realm we can move into and abide in. Elijah made this proclamation in 1st Kings 18:15: “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”  Elijah stood before the Lord. He stood in the Lord’s presence. Now, many, many Christians have felt the Lord’s presence at times. But this “cool of the day” realm speaks of a perpetual abiding. The Song of Solomon sheds a bit more light on this realm although the term for “cool” is different. Continue reading