From Genesis 17 onward the commandment of circumcision is given. This is important because God’s covenant with Abraham is the beginning of a walk that takes us all the way into the fullness of the kingdom of God. Abraham is called the father of faith and the father of us all (Rom. 4:16). We are to walk in the heritage of Abraham, our father.
7 ¶ “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
8 “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
9 God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
10 “This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.
11 “And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.
12 “And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants.
The covenant of circumcision is linked to our possession of our inheritance in God. Without keeping God’s covenant there can be no possession of His promises to us. At best, we can only walk in a token. Verses 10 and 11 establish God’s covenant with us. We must see this covenant in light of the new day in Christ that is opening. It’s important to note that verse seven says it’s an everlasting covenant. It does not pass away. This has nothing to do with the old covenant of the law where physical circumcision was required. This is not about keeping the law. It’s about entering into the spirit of the covenant. Continue reading
A message by Jim Putney.
The Living Word is active; it separates the false from the true, provides discernment, and reveals the Lord. In this we find His ever beckoning call to “Come to Me”, to “Come up here”. His calling is always into Him, to embrace His Lordship, and to see life from a new and ever deepening perspective, His. Continue reading
Everything originates in the sovereignty of God. He is the source of everything.
1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Christianity relates passively to God. It acknowledges all things coming from His hand, both things in the heavens and the things upon the earth. But this is where Christianity’s faith stops. There is another step into the kingdom we must take. We must enter into God’s sovereignty and become channels of that sovereignty. It is not enough that we do the will of God. We must become the will of God. This takes things to a whole new level. Christianity speaks of being in the perfect will of God. Being in His perfect will is contrasted with being in His good or acceptable will. This has been a noble endeavor throughout the church age. “Let us attain to the perfect will of God.” But as we come to Zion, the realm of sons, it is not enough to “attain” to His perfect will. We must become it. To become His will is to see all of God’s creativity expressed through us. He will create through us. There is an important distinction to be made here. This does not mean we make things up as we go along and call them God. This is why this message began with the emphasis that God is the source of everything. We are to come to a level of maturity as sons where we are participating with Him because we are inseparable in our spirits from His word. We do not hear such a message as this, pray over it, and then claim it. It is the sum total of God’s work in us. This is the bringing, as in present tense, many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10). As we embrace the word of the kingdom that is coming, it creates in us the oneness with God that is necessary to see an age change. There is no hypothetical Bible thumping in this realm. His word must become a living reality in our spirits. Continue reading
A message by Sylvester Ofori-Atta — Ghana, Africa
A community whose very foundation is the love of God .He’s building a community of fellowship in us and with us. Just like the Garden of Eden, where he can dwell again, He yearns for an unbroken fellowship he had from the beginning. He wants to take the preeminence of our lives, where he becomes everything he is in us. His very glory shall become the boundaries of this community he’s building, his light shall become our very light, his sight our reality. His words will become the food we live on. Living waters will flow through this community and anybody that drinks of the waters shall never thirst again. A place where his life flows through the inhabitants in an unceasing way such that he will be the very expression of the inhabitants, the lives of those who live there will be totally swallowed up with his life. An absolute oneness being reached…the inhabitants can confidently say, as you have seen me, you have seen the father. A oneness among the inhabitants, where everyone lives in the heart of each other.
What a time to be born, what an era that has been opened to us to walk in. We are the blessed ones who come in the name of the Lord to walk on this path. This realm of spirit walk is being opened to this dispensation. Many people have desired such a walk; we aren’t going to take chances, we are in for all he has on the table for us. We are feeding on everything that has been presented on the table of the Lord for us. We will not let this realm pass by without us not grabbing anything that is for us, we won’t let it go. Just like Jacob said to the angel,’ I won’t let you go until you bless me’, we say to the lord that we won’t let him go until we appropriate everything in this rich, glorious realm that has been opened to us. We will not sit passively waiting for it to drop like the manna from heaven, but instead we take the initiative to appropriate all he has for us. We drive in with this aggressiveness and intensity of our spirits to take in what He’s prepared for us because the Kingdom of God suffered violence, and the violent ones take it by force.