Isaac and Ishmael

Religious pride will never submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It will mouth the words, it will weep and cry over how much it loves Jesus, but when it’s confronted, it will react. It’s important to see that there is a false realm of Ishmael, and a true realm of Isaac. It is the nature of these realms that must be seen. It’s not about individuals having religious pride, although it certainly has its manifestation through individuals. The false realm of Ishmael is not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is only Christ’s Lordship that creates humility. It is our submission to the Lord’s dealings that create His Lordship over us. The Ishmael realm will not recognize its own need. It refuses to see. Ishmael is all about claiming promises and boasting in the great things God is doing. Ishmael presumes much. The Ishmael realm quotes Scriptures as being done deals and does not acknowledge the need for every promise to be worked experientially into our lives. In other words, it avoids the cross that produces the reality of the promises in us. Continue reading

Come Closer

With Jim Puntney.

There is to be a an appropriation of the Lord’s presence beyond what we have known. In the Old Testament before the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, certain rituals had to be performed. If these rituals were not performed correctly, the priest died before the presence of the Lord. When Israel broke camp and the Tabernacle was packed up, all the holy things were first covered by Aaron and his sons. The sons of Kohate, of the tribe of Levi, were assigned the task of carrying the Tabernacle once it was disassembled. But neither the sons of Kohath, nor anyone else, was allowed to look upon the holy things lest they die (Num. 4).

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Until Shiloh Comes

As with all things, there is the true and the false. You cannot have one without the other. Thus, we have an Isaac and Ishmael manifestation in everything that God brings forth.

Over the last few decades great emphasis has been placed upon the prophetic ministry. There are entire movements calling themselves “prophetic.” Apostles and prophets  have become household terms in some circles. The false always precedes the true just as Ishmael preceded Isaac. Everything true that comes forth in God is related to one thing: The Lordship of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Attaining the Unity of the Faith

 

Eph. 4
11  And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
12  for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
13  until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
14  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
15  but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
16  from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

 There has been much emphasis in recent years concerning the ministries listed in verse 11, especially apostles and prophets, which are called the foundation upon which God’s house is built, with Christ Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20). In the days opening before us, these ministries give way to higher expressions of the kingdom of God. The soulish, religious realm has taken the titles of apostle and prophet and parlayed them into uncountable opportunities to build personal kingdoms and control God’s sheep. Thus, God is deemphasizing these ministries as they have come to be recognized. However, the authority associated with true apostles and prophets is not being deemphasized, only the name tags and titles of Adamic prestige. God is opening gates into Zion for His people to enter through. He is establishing Christ’s spiritual priesthood in a people that they might faithfully bring His people into the “Promised Land.” The spiritual Promised Land, like the literal land given to Abraham, is a realm where God becomes to us all that He has promised. We want to examine the above passages because they define this spiritual Promised Land we are to enter. Continue reading

The Great Separation

A message by Jim Puntney.

There is a great need for separation, of discernment, of the distinction between the soul and the Spirit. This can only happen as the Living Word is appropriated within, this is when we are humbled and see the errors of our ways. We see how we have mixed the Truth with our understanding and validated our position, thinking, or revelation.

Today there is the need to see with the eyes of our Father the difference between the soul and the Spirit, and the difference between the theoretical and the practical. Continue reading

Shared by Sylvester Ofori-Atta

I was in worship this morning and saw myself in a different environment. A very beautiful environment; with trees, mountains surrounding, with green grasses and a flowing crystal clear river. I saw all kinds of birds flying gently and flapping their wings.

One thing that surprised me was that everything in that environment was so much alive. I could see the trees alive, the flowing river, and the mountains alike. There were all kinds of animals in that environment. The animals were so much friendly and they could be played with. The amazing thing was I saw some animals like lion that could fly. Whilst I thought about all that was going on, I heard a voice saying, I am the Lord of the Living… It was so refreshing sight. I also wondered during that moment, indeed creation has being subject onto bondage and how beautiful it will be to see them free. What a sight I can’t tell whether I was in another garden of Eden.. One could literally see the rivers worshiping the Lord as well as all the other creation. I knelt down before the river and drank, I couldn’t stop drinking. What a heaven on earth!!!.

I believe we have entered refreshing times in the spirit. In this season, the Lord is going to strengthen us for the journey ahead. As I always say, we have come this far and we can’t quit. He is refueling us, refreshing us and giving us new abilities for the journey ahead. Our walk with him, is always expanding, methinks..

May the Lord be with us.