Inside the Gates of the City

Zion is a realm of the kingdom of God that is pure and free of Adamic defilement. The realm of Zion embraces the true body of Christ. This is distinguished from what parades as the body of Christ in the earthly realm. Naming the name of Christ does not translate into a functioning member of Christ’s body. To the contrary, 1st Cor. 12 tells us that we enter into this realm at God’s discretion. “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.” This corresponds with 2nd Tim. 2.

19 ¶  Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

20  Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.

21  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

The kingdom of God is a large house as described above. There are vessels of honor and dishonor within the house. The vessels of honor express Christ’s own nature. They are typified by gold and silver. The vessels of dishonor have the Adamic nature mixed in, and are aptly described by Paul as vessels of wood and earthenware, which express the earthly realm. There is a necessary cleansing to move into the realm of honor. Jesus Himself said that in His Father’s house are many dwelling places. We can settle on many different levels in God, but it is Christ’s desire that we be on the same level, in the same realm, as Himself (John 14). Continue reading

Hunger

How is it that some people can devote their lives to religious matters without ever having any real hunger for God? There are those who will argue tooth and nail over doctrines and points of Scripture without any hunger for the Lord Himself. It is to the hungry of heart that God looks. Matters of doctrine mean nothing to God. That is the preoccupation of religion. We can get many things wrong yet be approved of God if our hunger for Him is genuine. Continue reading

In a Certain Place

Gen. 28
10 ¶  Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran.

11  He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.

12  He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

13  And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.

14  “Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15  “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16 ¶  Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”

17  He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18  So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top.

19  He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.

20  Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear,

21  and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the LORD will be my God.

22  “This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

 1 ¶  Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.

Verse 11 says that Jacob came to a certain place. This “certain place” was the prelude to a revelation of the Lord. Each of us also must come to a certain place. God prepares our hearts for a fresh revelation of Himself. We each come to our “certain place” as God leads us. For Jacob, God gave him a dream in which He reaffirmed the promises that He had first given to Abraham and Isaac before him. Continue reading

Who Hates Who?

It is important to the see to the root of a thing. What is behind all of the upheaval in our country today? What is the spirit that is driving the political agenda in America? It is the antichrist spirit. The restraints that have held in place our society over the history of our country, and indeed, the history of the world, are being removed. God is allowing this. It is in accordance with Psalm 2.

1 ¶  Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
2  The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3  “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” Continue reading