A message by Henry DuBose.
We are in a very important time right now. One of the songs we sing, “Behold, I Will Do Something New,” is quite indicative of where we are. We are becoming something new. The last line of the song speaks of the most difficult part of our transition – “Do not remember the former things; do not remember the past.” We tend to function in the way we always have. Old habits and routines are hard to break. Our experiences in the Lord and what He has been to us in our relationship with Him influence us in the way we function now. That has to change. Continue reading
A message by Henry DuBose.
Everything took place on the natural realm in the Old Testament. The enemies of God’s people were real people, and their battles were real battles. David, for example, conquered a real Goliath. It was different in the New Testament, and that was one reason why Jesus was not received as the Messiah. He didn’t come on the scene as they expected. They were under the domination of Rome, and they expected the Son of David to deliver them from the Roman oppression just as David did when he went out and defeated the Philistines. But Jesus didn’t do that. He came in a very different way. Instead of casting out the Romans and establishing the kingdom of Israel, He came casting out demons and ministering the Kingdom of God. That wasn’t what they were expecting. His coming and ministry dealt with a different realm than the natural. This time the Goliath was the demons He was casting out of the people.
After His crucifixion and resurrection we have another new order that is presented to us in the Book of Acts. Now Christ is not one person, but a many-membered Body. This new level is called the Church Age. It didn’t start out as a Church Age, though. It started out as a new level of the Kingdom of heaven. It degenerated into a Church Age. Then after the Dark Ages the Restoration began (formerly called the Reformation), and Christianity has been changing since that time. Continue reading
A message by Henry DuBose.
Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Isaiah 43:18-19 Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Philippians 3:7-8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
We have talked about the need to count all as loss in order to move into the Life-Realm of the Lord. This was somewhat difficult for some to receive because it not only meant counting as loss that which had been a blessing to us, but also our present relationship with the Lord. In the past we have always endeavored to progress in our relationship with Him, moving on into spiritual maturity was our hearts’ desire. And now we find it necessary to abandon even the spiritual progress that has been a way of life to us. Some, no doubt, have wondered why such a drastic step was necessary. The following is what the Lord spoke to my heart as to why it was needful. Continue reading
There is a higher realm of the kingdom that God is drawing His sons into. Although we say that all things are being made new and that we haven’t passed this way before, we don’t yet fully grasp how true this is. We don’t yet fully grasp how the old rudiments of past levels in God continue to influence our thinking. We habitually revert to what we have known to evaluate what is coming. We are not speaking of moving around in a certain circle, we are speaking of stepping into a whole new circle. Continue reading
One characteristic of a living word is that it progressively opens higher and higher levels in God. No message is an end in itself, but each builds upon another revealing Christ in greater ways. There is a new dimension of the word that is opening. It is revealing the kingdom on a new level. It is akin to viewing a landscape with wider and wider lens.
In a previous message it was stated that even our individual relationship with the Lord must be crucified in order to move into the kingdom as it is being revealed now. I am still exploring this truth. Last night this came: Individuality is but a fragment of the whole. I made it a point to look “fragment” up in the dictionary. The word “fragment” is defined as “an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part.” Another definition is “a part broken off or detached.” We must die to an individual relationship as we have known it so that we can participate with Christ in His expression in the whole. It is not that having an individual relationship with God is now “wrong.” It is about our expanding awareness of the kingdom. A one-on-one relationship with the Lord as we have known it often expresses intimacy. We speak much about what God is doing for us, how He is blessing us, and what He is speaking to us. We relate God’s love and grace in such a relationship according to how He reveals Himself to us. Individuality limits how much of God we can know. As we lose our lives to become part of the greater whole, our relationship with the Lord becomes one we share in with all of Zion. This is where true oneness is made real to us. The intimacy we seek with the Lord will overwhelm us in this new realm. It will overwhelm us because we won’t experience it as individuals, but as the body of Christ. Our consciousness will not be as a member of the body of Christ, but as the body of Christ. Oneness swallows up all distinctions on an individual level. Continue reading
The oneness of the kingdom is forever established. True oneness is first and foremost entering into the oneness of the Godhead. This is the essence of John 17.
19 “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 ¶ “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
24 ¶ “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25 “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Verse 23 states, “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity. The Greek word for unity is heis. It is most often translated as “one,” not unity. The term “unity” can be misleading. There is a distinction between oneness and unity. Unity implies everyone getting along and being of the same mindset or accord. Oneness implies being of the same essence. Christianity is filled with teaching on unity but it will never be realized on the level that it is taught Continue reading
More and more we are moving into the realm of the mystical, leaving behind the realm of human thinking which keeps us separated from God. It could be asked, “If Christ is in us, how are we then ever separated?” We are separated in our conscious awareness of Him. Soulish thinking creates a gulf between us and God. There is a strange reluctance in our Adamic, soul lives to relinquish that which we are familiar with. The soul life draws back when it is pushed too far out of its comfort zone. This comfort zone is devoid of the presence of the Lord. We could say there is a part in each of us that does not want to get too close to God. To do so means the death of many unconscious wants, and the soul life unconsciously draws back. If we have ever sincerely said “Yes, Lord” with our mouths, yet found an inner resistance that belies those words, we have witnessed the roots of the Adamic nature struggling to stay alive. Jesus said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” The foxes and birds of the air are indicative of the soul life. The birds and foxes have their places of refuge and comfort. But Jesus said He had no where to lay His head. Jesus had no place outside of the presence of the Father in which to rest. There was no separation between Jesus and the Father. God is leading us into the same “comfort zone.” Continue reading