A Prelude to Three Messages

The following three messages are linked together. The first one, Transitioning From Soul to Spirit, was written just last night. The message From Soul to Spirit was written last year. I was not aware that I had written this message when writing Transitioning From Soul to Spirit. I only came upon it in my files while searching for something else. I emphasize this because the two messages sound very similar. Yet they came independent of each other. This further serves to confirm what God is speaking to those endeavoring to walk as mature sons before the Father. The third message is called In the Secret Place. It also came independent of the other two, yet emphasizes the same truths from a different perspective. It is clear that the realm of sonship is of another realm just as when Jesus said that His kingdom was not of this world. The present state of Christianity can only rejoice in the words of sonship. It can rejoice, but entrance is denied. This denial is not based on worthiness, because we are all unworthy. Denial or admittance is based solely on abiding in the right realm for it to be experienced. This is a faith endeavor and it is no respecter of persons. No one is denied who hears these words and is stirred to walk in them. God has set an open door before His people. It is at our initiative that we enter in.

Transitioning From Soul To Spirit

It’s very difficult to make the transition from soul to spirit. This is because we fail to recognize one realm from the other. When we use the term “spirit,” we are referring to our human spirits. This is the part of us that is joined to the Lord. All of our emotions and feelings belong to the realm of our souls. When we “feel” the presence of the Lord it’s because our soul lives have come alive in some way to His presence abiding in our spirits. The transition that God is ordaining is one in which we become aware of Him in our spirits, regardless of how we feel. The fact is, when we get “in tune” with our spirits, our soul lives always follow. Christianity however, experiences it exactly the opposite. Christians tend to wait until they “feel” God’s presence before they act or believe He is leading or speaking to them. Continue reading

From Soul to Spirit

Many books have been written on the visions, dreams, and miraculous ways in which God leads us. I do not discount these leadings of the Lord. Many dreams, etc., have come to me over the years revealing God’s purposes. However, I have found that the further we move into God, the less these manifestations occur. You would think it would be just the opposite, but it is not so. God is not interested in putting on a show for us. His one goal is to create the maturity of sonship in us. Because this is true, we learn to walk with the never ending pressures upon the soul life. These pressures crush the soul life  that we might be free in our spirits to know Him. We should all be able to discern and identify our spirits as separate entities from our souls. This new day of the Kingdom that God is opening is a day of spirit. It is a great transition from soul to spirit. It is in our spirits that changes come. It is in our spirits that we take on the nature of Christ. As anyone who has ever had an experience with God knows, the blessing lingers for a season, then fades. It is like the glory that Moses had when he came down from the mountain. He face so shown that he had to wear a veil so that the people could look at him. But that glory eventually faded. So it is with the soul realm. The soul life cannot sustain the blessing of the Lord indefinitely. As the blessing of the Lord fades, it is the nature of the soul life to begin looking for a fresh blessing. And so it becomes an endless cycle. How is it that people can go for years, having great experiences, and still not mature into the deeper things of God? If the blessings and revelation we receive from God do not penetrate deep into our spirits, we don’t change. The day of spirit is a day of impartation. The soul life learns through process, here a little, there a little. But the transformation we desire comes through exposure. The Lord imparts to our spirits, and as the revealing of the Lord is established in our spirits, we change. The blessings that don’t penetrate into our spirits are superficial, regardless of how wonderful they may appear at the time. Continue reading

In the Secret Place

God is bringing forth sons and it is contrary to all the spectacular fireworks associated with such teaching. It is in the quiet place, in the lonely place at His feet that we are sealed as sons. The dealings of the Lord upon our spirits do not excite the religious soul realm in us. Walking as a son is first and foremost a relationship with the Father in the secret place. This is typified in the Scriptures when Jesus would retreat to a lonely place to pray. Continue reading

Faith or Fatalism?

Many messages have come about the transition from soul to spirit. They are two different realms entirely, yet most of Christianity cannot distinguish between the two. Inherent within the distinguishing of these two realms lies the difference between fatalism and faith. Fatalism belongs to the soul realm. Fatalism is waiting on God to complete His purposes. In the realm of soulish fatalism we constantly here about what God is going to do. He’s always going to do this, or going to do that. This realm locks us into a mindset that is subject to what we think is God’s timing and will. The entire soulish, fatalism realm fosters passivity. This truth is revolutionary. Christianity hears this message and says, “Yes, amen!” and then continues to walk fatalistically before God. The light does not come on. But the light must come on for a people! Continue reading

Beyond Revelation

There is a realm in which we grow strong in faith. It is the realm beyond revelation. In this realm it’s not taken for granted that the word will come to pass, but rather it is a deliberate choosing to believe the word, to believe what God has revealed about Himself and whatever vision He has put into our hearts. This is a realm God brings us into. We find we are no more rejoicing in just the revelation that He has revealed. Almost imperceptibly, we find the earnest expectation, the determination to believe, entering our hearts. It is the same path Abraham walked. In speaking of Abraham, Rom. 4, says:

18  In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”
19  Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
20  yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
21  and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Continue reading

Which Baptism?

Acts 18
24 ¶  Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures.
25  This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;
26  and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
27  And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,
28  for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

There are mystical connotations in these passages and the ones following in chapter 19. They teach us the necessity of moving into a higher realm. Apollos was an eloquent man. He was fervent in spirit. He was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus. There was certainly nothing “wrong” with him. Why then did Priscilla and Aquila take him aside to explain to him the way of God more accurately? We have the answer beginning in chapter 19. Continue reading

The Kingdom Passover

It is important to see the full significance of the Feast of Passover. Too often Passover is considered fulfilled. Yes, Jesus was our Passover lamb. He died for us. But Passover goes deeper than just an initial entrance into salvation. We cannot read of the first Passover in Exodus without understanding that the blood on the doorposts to avert judgment was not the end of it. The lamb slain and eaten, and it’s blood sprinkled upon the doorposts, was but one of the rituals the Israelites were commanded to perform. The Passover was ultimately a deliverance out of Egypt. It opened the door to possess the Promised Land. It’s significant that the Passover came with judgment. There can be no possessing the Kingdom in this natural realm without the judgments of God. By possessing the Kingdom in the natural I mean seeing sons and all of creation loosed from futility. Continue reading