Until We Say, Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

2nd Kings 5
1 ¶  Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.

2  Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

3  She said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.”

4  Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

5  Then the king of Aram said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” He departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes of clothes.

6  He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, “And now as this letter comes to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

7  When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.”

8  It happened when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

9 ¶  So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha.

10  Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.”

11  But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’

12  “Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

13  Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

14  So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.

15 ¶  When he returned to the man of God with all his company, and came and stood before him, he said, “Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; so please take a present from your servant now.”

We have within the above passages the revelation of our entrance into Zion. Zion is the realm of sonship, and the realm where all of God’s provision for us is fulfilled.

Verse one tells us that Naaman was a great man and highly respected. He had been blessed by the Lord Himself. But he was a leper. There is much symbolism in this. If we truly have Christ in our hearts, then we too have been blessed of the Lord. Yet, we too have carried leprosy. Our “leprosy” is the fallen, Adamic nature. Quoting Scriptures does not make the various aspects of Adam go away. Sometimes it cloaks Adam in a facade of religiosity, producing a pseudo-spirituality. If this statement is offensive, although it’s not meant to be, it serves as proof that Adam still lingers beneath the surface. It is an experiential work that must be done in us to see Christ’s nature replace Adam’s. Continue reading

A Steadfast Heart

1st Kings 5
1 ¶  Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always been a friend of David.

2  Then Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying,

3  “You know that David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the LORD his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.

4  “But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune.

5  “Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.’

6  “Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

7  When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the LORD today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people.”

8  So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you have sent me; I will do what you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber.

9  “My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place where you direct me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away. Then you shall accomplish my desire by giving food to my household.”

10 ¶  So Hiram gave Solomon as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber.

11  Solomon then gave Hiram 20,000 kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of beaten oil; thus Solomon would give Hiram year by year.

12  The LORD gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He promised him; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.

I was struck by these passages because they portended such a wonderful future for Solomon and Israel. Verse 12 speaks of how Solomon and Hiram made a covenant together. At the end of Solomon’s life, however, his heart was turned to idolatry. Continue reading

A Time of Purim

The following two passages of Scripture should be studied carefully. They reveal to us the purposes of God right now. We can take the principles revealed in these passages and bring them into real time. We are to be more than observers in what God brings forth. We are to be the channels of its manifestation. We are to prophesy the word of the Lord as it is real to us. We speak His purposes into being.

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Praying According to God’s Will

1st John 5
14 ¶  This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

If we ask anything according to God’s will, He hears us. Now, that sounds simple enough. But the problem is knowing His will!  Have you ever had times when your prayers were met with silence? Or worse yet, the feeling that you might as well be talking to rocks? Asking according to God’s will needs to be defined. We can better understand God’s response to our prayers if we picture God’s will as a realm, not a mandate. We must be in the right realm for Him to hear. God does not respond to our requests many times because we ask from a realm that is not rooted in Him. Our prayers and requests do not compute. Imagine a young child asking their parents an impossible question. The parents cannot answer the question because there has been no foundation laid in the child’s mind to understand the concept of the question. Continue reading

The Progression of Christ’s Nature in Us

The divine nature of Christ is progressively created in us. It is erroneous to say we either have His nature fully abiding in us or we don’t. Christ’s nature is formed in us through assimilating Him as the Living Word. An open, honest heart is the fertile ground needed for the Word to be planted in us. The seed then grows accordingly. Keep in mind, when we say “the Word,” it is not the letter of the Scriptures or anointed teaching, but Christ Himself. Christ IS the word. Only a living word, Christ, can form the divine nature in us. It can be difficult to distinguish Christ, the Word from Christ, our Savior and His many other manifestations. Rev. 19 opens this revelation to us.

11 ¶  And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12  His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13  He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14  And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15  From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Continue reading

How God’s Perfect Will Comes Forth

Fatalism is a false concept. It is fostered through theology, not a relationship with God. We have examples of God changing, or being willing to change His intent, through both Jonah’s and Abraham’s interaction with God. God’s purposes are fulfilled through His people. This means we are to participate with Him in the unfolding of His will. This is revolutionary from earthly Christianity’s perspective. Christianity continually separates God from His people. “He is in heaven and we are on earth” the narrative goes. The Lord is put on such a high pedestal that it becomes blasphemy to speak of our oneness with Him. Blasphemy is exactly what the Pharisees accused Jesus of when He claimed God as His father and that He and the Father were one.

The purposes of God exist outside the realm of fatalism. Yes, for the big picture God has a plan that will be fulfilled. How that plan is executed is determined through us. It was God’s plan to take Israel immediately into the Promised Land after their exodus from Egypt. Israel’s refusal to obey and trust God resulted in them wandering in the wilderness for 40 years until the first generation died out. Continue reading

The Head and Not the Tail

Heb. 9
27  And just as surely as it is appointed for all man to die once, and after that pass to their judgment,
28  so it is certain that Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many and after that, to those who look for him, he will appear a second time, not this time to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who eagerly await him (Philips translation).

Jesus Christ came forth the first time to die for our sins. He was crucified and suffered under the powers that were set to kill him (1st Cor. 2:5-9). God allowed the powers of darkness to have their way. Jesus Himself said, “While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours (Luke 22:53).” Christ’s crucifixion opened the door to an age of God’s people suffering victoriously for the name of Jesus. Many, many martyrs have died for their faith. This has all been to God’s glory. But now we are at the end of one age and the beginning of another. There is a second appearing of the Lord that is taking place now. It is happening for those who have eagerly awaited Him as verse 28 from our text states. He is coming (appearing) in His saints (2nd Thess. 1:10). Continue reading

A Door Standing Open in the Heavens

Rev. 4
1 ¶  After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
2  Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.

There is a door standing open in heaven. This is not historical in the sense that John saw this and it passed. There is still a door standing open in heaven. And what is “heaven” by the way? The Greek word for heaven is ouranos. It denotes more of a realm that a place. We have all grown up hearing and using the term “going to heaven.” Heaven is not a place in that sense. The word ouranos embraces both the natural heavens and the spiritual heavens. Here are the definitions according to Strong’s.

1) the vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it
1a) the universe, the world
1b) the aerial heavens or sky, the region where the clouds and the tempests gather, and where thunder and lightning are produced
1c) the sidereal or starry heavens
2) the region above the sidereal heavens, the seat of order of things eternal and consummately perfect where God dwells and other heavenly beings

We have a door standing open in the heavens. We have an ascension to make in God. This is akin to Jacob’s ladder. Continue reading

God’s Chastening in the Lives of His Sons

Heb. 12
5  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
11  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12  Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13  and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

It is very difficult to understand the chastening of the Lord. It is easy to rejoice in its theory. We can preach and teach about the Lord’s chastening right up to the point we begin to experience it. And then verse 11 comes into play. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful…” All the air goes out of our balloons when God begins to chasten us. How does His chastening work in the lives of His sons, and why does He chasten us to begin with? Verse 10 says He chastens us that we might become partakers of His holiness. Partaking of His holiness is just another way of saying partaking of His nature. God’s purpose is to create His nature in us. God’s nature formed in us only comes about as the old, Adamic nature is broken. Claiming it broken does not make it so. We are to experience the transformation. Continue reading

In God’s Energies

There is a scenario that shows up many times in movies. Someone is getting beaten up really bad, and is told, “Just stay down.” But the guy getting beat up is determined to stand up again and keep fighting. So, he gets punched around some more, and ends up on the ground again. Each time he tries to get up, he is knocked back down. He is continually told to just stay down. This is exactly the way God deals with His sons. We have within us a determination to be pleasing to God. We want to “pass” whatever test we think we are under. So, we continue to “get up” and keep swinging in an attempt to win. But the Lord is going to prevail over us, just as He prevailed over Jacob. Our continuing to get up and fight is an expression of the Adamic energies within us. “We” are going to win. “We” are going to prevail over whatever conflict we are in. We don’t perceive that God’s purpose in allowing the battles to begin with is to crush the Adamic energies that drive us. While we may be good intentioned, the Lord will not allow us to prevail in our own strength. No, this is not a pep talk about trusting God. Trusting the Lord is absolutely a necessity. However, that phrase is too often used without any practical application. It ends up being nothing more than pseudo spiritual rhetoric. Continue reading

Observe! Be Astonished!

Much has been written and taught concerning the Kingdom of God. There are even groups who pride themselves in teaching “Kingdom theology.” But one thing is always overlooked: The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed (Luke 17:20). The kingdom of God comes within us as an inner work. The kingdom of God is the transformation that takes place in us as Christ’s nature displaces Adam. Jesus said that unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. We are born again into successive levels of God’s kingdom. Ultimately, the completed work that God will accomplish in His sons will no more resemble what has passed for Christianity than what was opened up on Pentecost resembled Judaism.  Continue reading

Separation

Everything God creates is created as one, then separated. It is then made one again on a higher level. This is borne out in Genesis.

3 ¶  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4  God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5  God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

6 ¶  Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
8  God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

14 ¶  Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
15  and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
16  God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
17  God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18  and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
19  There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

In each of the above separations, although dealing with the natural earth, there are spiritual connotations. For example, God separated the light from the darkness and called the light day and the darkness night. Rev. 21 speaks mystically of the New Jerusalem and that within her there is no night at all because the presence of the Lord illumines her. Thus, the new Jerusalem, or Zion, becomes a fulfillment of how separation results in a permanent oneness with the nature of God. Continue reading

The Religious Spirit

We don’t fully realize how deadly the religious spirit is. The religious spirit is the antichrist spirit. This goes way beyond just a certain religiosity forcing us into condemnation or works of legalism to merit favor with God. The religious spirit continually fosters a false revelation of Jesus Christ. It is so ingrained in Christianity that Christians will perpetually bristle when this spirit is confronted. This is why the Pharisees were so enraged with Jesus. Paul, before the Lord met him, was driven by this same religious spirit. Acts 26 states, “And as I (Paul) punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.” Continue reading

Understanding the Mind of the Lord

Events are escalating in the earth. Here in America brooding clouds of violence and civil war are gathering. The religious, fatalistic mindset says that such things are inevitable and must come to pass. There may be some truth in this, but we don’t realize how much can be avoided, and even that which must come to pass, can be cut short in righteousness.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said things like turn the other cheek, and do not resist him who is evil. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” From these passages, and others like them, many Christians assume a mindset of passivity in all areas of conflict. This is a false concept. Others claim we must defend ourselves against those who would kill us and our families. Such mindsets encourage “arming up and being ready.” This too is a false concept. The truth is that when Jesus spoke the related passages, He was revealing the need to move into a higher realm. When Christians attempt to walk in Jesus’ commandments in the soul realm, trying to adhere to His exact words, it is a fruitless endeavor. The Scriptures are not a guide book. The Scriptures are a revelation of Jesus Christ. To understand the Scriptures, we must abide in the realm in which they are revealed. We must learn to walk in the realm of spirit. Continue reading

A Full Day Relationship with God

Heb. 1
1 ¶  God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2  in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

These passages tell us that in days past God spoke in the prophets in many portions and in many ways. But now He has spoken to us in His Son. Jesus Christ becomes all that God will ever have to say to us. God is expressed through the revelation of the Son. There is no such thing as God “speaking” apart from Jesus Christ being revealed. This all goes to the heart of what it means for God to “speak.” Christians constantly use the phrase, “The Lord told me this, the Lord told me that.” God speaking is more than conveying information. If our experience of God speaking only consists of information conveyed, we still remain in the shallow end of the pool. As we shall see, this is not meant as a putdown, but as an encouragement. If we love the Lord at all, we are constantly wanting Him to speak. But the term “speak” needs to be thrown out, or at least redefined. When we go through times of blessing and revelation, or gaining some insight, we say God is speaking. But when there are periods of hardship or struggle, and we cannot sense the blessing, we tend to say God is silent. Many times Christians will even blame these times on Satan. They will say they are being battled, or that the devil is trying to rob them of their blessing. When we have periods where we feel deeply our need for more of God, that is God “speaking” too. When we feel as if God is millions of miles away, that too is God speaking. The Lord is ever attempting to draw us into a deeper involvement with Himself. Speaking must be defined as God revealing Himself, not conveying information. Continue reading

No Strings Attached

We are to serve the Lord with no strings attached. The love of the Son for the Father must live in us in a way that surpasses any promises of blessing. We have made the transition from the self-life to the divine life when it’s no longer about us on any level. But what about all the wonderful promises and provisions? Here is a parable Jesus told. We want to hear it on a spiritual level, not a soulish one. Continue reading

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

Becoming God’s Farmers

This message came initially to a small group of believers, thus there are references that might not be familiar to the casual reader. The following message, Resurrection Life, is also part of an ongoing dialog between certain believers, and also contains references that might not be familiar to the casual reader. This dialog that is opening is not limited or exclusive in any way, but open to all that are hungry.

 

Micah 4
1 ¶  And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
2  Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3  And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.
4  Each of them will sit under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

We have come to the mystical fulfillment of these verses. We are not interested in the state of the world, per se, but what God is opening for us in the realm of spirit. For many years the emphasis has been on Joel 3.

9 ¶  Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10  Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.” Continue reading

Resurrection Life

The only ministry that matters is resurrection ministry. The only word that matters is a resurrection word. Now, here is the problem. Resurrection tends to be taught from two extremes. The first extreme is the teaching that generalizes Christ’s resurrection and assumes we have something simply because there are scriptures to back up the teaching. It is theoretical teaching. Religion always assumes more than it walks in. The other extreme is the teaching that places Christ’s resurrection into the future. It tells us that one day our bodies will be transformed into His likeness, and we will all be manifested sons. The truth lies outside of both extremes. Jesus said in John 11 that HE is the resurrection and the life. Resurrection is not a doctrine, and it is not an event. It is a realm of life we enter into. The Lord has recently brought the emphasis on the passage “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Life only precedes from death. This is the order of resurrection. Just as His resurrection is a living experience for us, so is His death. Only that which has died carries His life. It is that simple. The further we go into this circumcision of the eighth day we have discussed, the deeper becomes His life in the words we minister. Why is it that some can teach and bring forth revelation, yet the authority and weight of Christ cannot be discerned in the ministry?  It is because such persons are ministering from this side of the cross. Christ’s death, i.e. the circumcision of heart, has not been fully incorporated into them. Varying degrees of this truth can be applied throughout Christianity. Continue reading

The Eighth Day: Our Circumcision

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

The Eighth Day

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

Becoming the Sovereignty of God

Everything originates in the sovereignty of God. He is the source of everything.

John 1
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

His Community — Our Becoming

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.

The Realm of Spirit

The realm of spirit is very scientific. It functions according to divine principles laid down by God. The soulish realm of religion is not so. It is governed by human feelings and emotions. Thus, in the realm of soulish religion we battle guilt, condemnation, and a host of other “feelings” not rooted in God. Receiving revelation is the same way. Revelation comes on many different levels. We can receive revelation through the living word of Christ being revealed to us, or we can receive it through the many levels of the religious soul realm. It is very difficult to discern between the two if we are not constantly feeding upon a living word made real to our hearts. Continue reading

If We Will Not Wake Up

Rev. 3
3  ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

“If you do not wake up.” This is a statement to Christianity today. It is a statement to Christians everywhere. There is a willful mindset in the majority of Christians that refuses to wake up. If certain teachings are not emphasized, then Christianity turns a deaf ear. Everything spoken in the Christian realm, from the social gospel to the so-called kingdom and sonship message, must emphasize how God wants to bless, and how Christians are a special people just waiting for end-time prophecies to be fulfilled in them. If this familiar litany is not preached, then it is rejected as false, or ironically, religious. This in truth is the Adamic, religious realm that refuses to hear the call of repentance. Christians repent? Of what? It’s an hour of humbling oneself before God. Let’s go back one verse in Rev. 3. Continue reading

Displacement–A Higher Perspective

All of Adam’s needs are fulfilled in a higher realm in Christ. Here is a greater perspective on the work of the cross. While it is true that we die to the Adamic nature with all of its drives and wants, it is also true that those drives and wants are valid. For example, our innate need to be accepted and loved is valid. Our need for approval is valid. However, because the Adamic nature is corrupt, indelibly tied up in the satanic seed, the quest for fulfillment is forever centered on self. Our fallen ego in Adam ever seeks gratification. Continue reading

The Hour of Separation

It is a time of separation. Jesus told the parable of the separation of the sheep and the goats. He also told the parable of the separation of the wheat and the tares. This is a very difficult thing to see. Jesus spoke the following in Mat. 13:

10  And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11  He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

12  “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

13  “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

14  “And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive;

15  For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’

16  “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;

Jesus said that it had been given for His disciples to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to the multitudes it had not been given. In verse 13 Jesus said that He spoke in parables because seeing, they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand. How could Jesus say such a thing? It is because our inability to see and hear and understand is determined by ourselves, thus we are held accountable. Verse 15 speaks of how the hearts of the people had grown dull, and their eyes had closed and their ears hard of hearing. This is all speaking of our spiritual faculties. Verse 15 holds a very important key of judgment. The lack of seeing, hearing, and understanding is a willful choice that is made. Continue reading

Zeal for Your House Shall Consume Me

The boldness and zeal necessary to confront the spirit of this age comes only through the work of the cross. It is only as Christ’s nature is experientially worked in us that we find His zeal also consuming us. Passivity and lukewarmness are traits of the Adamic nature. The secular push for tolerance and diversity spring from the Adamic nature, not God’s. It is true that there is a false zeal, a false boldness, that springs from the religiosity of Adam. This too must be crucified. Paul expressed this spiritual boldness perfectly in Gal. 6:17. “From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.”

The prophet Elijah was another man of boldness. He confronted the prophets of Baal, and after humiliating them and proving them false, slew them with the sword, all 450 of them. Such zeal is distasteful to Adam’s religiosity. Why is it that false Christianity has no backbone? Why does it play into the hands of the politically correct, antichrist spirit dominating Western culture right now? Jesus answers this question in John 16. Continue reading

The Gospel of the Kingdom

Mark 1
14 ¶  Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
15  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.

Let’s look first at the phrase, “The time is fulfilled.” This statement is somewhat misleading. The word “fulfilled” is past tense, implying it has already taken place. The Greek word for fulfilled is pleroo. It more accurately means the time or season has come to the full. In other words, it is happening. It is a present manifestation, not a past one. It is difficult for Christians to grasp this truth. Everything tends to be put in the past or future. The soulish realm of religion is two dimensional. It cannot grasp the reality of the “now realm” of the spirit. Jesus came forth in the fullness of times preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand. His kingdom was proclaimed at the beginning of His earthly ministry.

No less than four times is the phrase, Gospel of the Kingdom, used by Jesus. Let’s read the passages.

Mat. 4:23
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Mat. 9:35
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

Luke 16:16
The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.

 Mat. 24:14
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Now, what is this gospel of the kingdom? The gospel preached in Christianity is salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This was the message proclaimed by Peter on the day of Pentecost. But Jesus had not yet been crucified when He preached that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. He was not proclaiming His mission of dying on the cross for us. So, what was the gospel He was preaching? There is no kingdom without a king. The gospel of the kingdom is the proclamation of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God is not a doctrine, but a spiritual realm. Jesus stated in John 18 that His kingdom was not of this earthly realm. The kingdom of heaven is an order, a divine order, with Christ as its head. Jesus told many parables likening the kingdom of heaven to various scenarios. Mathew 13 is known as the chapter of the parables of the kingdom. In each of those parables, such as the wheat and the tares and the pearl of great price, we see the kingdom of heaven as a realm in which a plumb line is laid. Jesus Christ is to be proclaimed as Lord. Ironically, Christianity while attesting to this truth, does not walk in it. Christianity is like the early Pharisees who preached and taught doctrines that they themselves did not live.   Continue reading

Searching Jerusalem With Lamps

Zep. 1:12:

“It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!’

We want to focus on the first part of this verse. “It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps…” We are in a time of God searching spiritual Jerusalem with lamps. Lamps are indicative of illumination by the Holy Spirit. Mal. 3 says:

16  Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
17  “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18  So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Continue reading

The Rod of Iron

Rev. 19
11 ¶  And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

12  His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.

13  He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

14  And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.

15  From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

16  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

These passages are revealing the Living Word, Jesus Christ. He strikes the nations with the sword which comes out of His mouth. It is the Word that judges all things. We want to look carefully at verse 16. Verses 15 and 16 are inseparable. On His thigh and on His robe a name is written, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Verse 13 says His name is called the word of God. The Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Word manifested are one and the same. When the sword that strikes down the nations is manifested, the ruling with a rod of iron is manifested simultaneously. Continue reading

Final JobThe book of Job is one of the most widely misunderstood books in the Bible. Bible scholars attempt to use Job to answer the question of why God allows mankind to suffer. But the book of Job is not about mankind. It’s about how God creates and increases the revelation of Himself in the lives of His people.

These passages from 1st Peter summarize the entire book of Job:

3 ¶  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4  to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5  who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 ¶  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
7  so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 Peter says that the trials and testings God puts us through are to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. A deeper revelation of the Lord comes to our hearts as a result of the things God puts us through. This is because His dealings are designed to tear down the old, Adamic nature and replace it with His own. A greater revelation of the Lord is always the result of the death experience He orchestrates in our lives. This is exactly what happened to Job.

Notice the similarity of Job’s cry in chapter 23 with the passages in 1st Peter:

8 ¶  “Behold, I go forward but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9  When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.
10  “But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

To come forth as gold is indicative of bearing the Lord’s nature. Gold in the Scriptures always symbolizes the nature of God. Peter tells us that God has given us great and precious promises that we might become partakers of the divine nature (2nd Pet. 1:4).

The book of Job gives the pattern by which God creates in us a greater capacity for Himself to dwell. Anyone who has ever experienced the fiery trials and dealings of the Lord will be able to identify the pattern we are going to examine in Job.

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For Such an Hour as This

Esther 4:
10  Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai:
11  “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.”
12  And they related Esther’s words to Mordecai.

Hopefully everyone is familiar with the story of Esther. If not, it would be good to read the book to get the full impact of this message. Esther is only a few chapters.

Two main themes are running through Esther. The first is Esther being chosen from among many women to replace the former queen who angered the king by not responding to him when he called her into his presence. This by the way, carries much spiritual significance in itself. The second theme is a plot to destroy all the Jews in the land.

Esther is urged to go before the king and plead for the lives of her people. This is where we pick up the story. If Esther goes before the king without being summoned, she could be put to death. She makes that clear to Mordecai, explaining she had not been summoned. Continue reading

Coming Down Out of Heaven

Rev. 21:

9 ¶  Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11  having the glory of God…

The angel tells John, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” John is then carried away to a great and high mountain. Whenever the term “high mountain” or “holy mountain” is used in the Scriptures, it is speaking of God’s domain. It’s a spiritual sphere or realm where God’s presence is manifested in a unique way. John saw the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. Plainly the holy city, New Jerusalem, is a symbolic picture of the bride of Christ. The New Jerusalem is the saints of God, not a physical city.

Notice that they are coming down out of heaven. This indicates these are people who have their roots in one realm but are manifested in another. “Coming down” means they descend from a higher realm into a lower one. This occurs without their feet ever leaving the physical earth. It’s a spiritual manifestation. Jesus is our prime example of how this operates. We will look at His life momentarily. Continue reading

Lawlessness

Mat. 7
15 ¶  “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16  “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17  “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18  “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19  “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20  “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
21 ¶  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22  “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23  “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

 There have probably been ten thousand sermons preached on the above passages. Everyone seems to know who the false prophets are and how to identify them. But there is no formula for recognizing the true from the false. It only comes one way. Jesus said in verse 21 that not everyone who says to Him, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus also spoke of bearing good fruit and bad fruit, and doing the will of the Father. These are all suggestive statements and are interpreted as one sees fit. One person’s definition of good fruit or bad fruit is different from another’s. So is the definition of doing the will of the Father. So, how do we really come to recognize the true from the false? It is not by outward manifestations but by a work done in us. Continue reading

The Perfection of God

The Law is the perfection of God. The Law is synonymous with the Lordship of Jesus Christ. “So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. For we know that the Law is spiritual . . .  (Rom.8:12,14).”

Mat. 5
17 ¶  “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
18  “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

The Law was fulfilled perfectly in Jesus Christ. What does this really mean for us? The standard Christian teaching is that Christ fulfilled the Law, thus our faith in Him releases us from its requirements. While this is true, it runs much deeper. God is perfect. He cannot relate to us through any other means than perfection. God is always true to His own nature. His own need is that everything He looks upon must measure up to His perfection. He is clean and He will not touch what is unclean. In the Old Testament this is the revelation behind all of the rituals of the Law that were required of Israel. The Tabernacle, and later the Temple, were set up as a buffer between God and His people. God established a means by which He could relate to His people without them being destroyed. Continue reading

How Christ’s Lordship is Established Over us

When we are young, we have certain reactions and responses to adversity. If we believe the source is spiritual warfare, for example, we tend to fight back, binding the enemy, etc. When we are older, there is another response. The response is humbling oneself and worship

The first response reflects one who is growing in God. The second response reflects one who has had a revelation of the Lordship of Jesus Christ established in his spirit. As we come under Christ’s Lordship, we learn there is really only one response to everything that comes our way. Whether it is God dealing with us, or the devil harassing us, our worship resolves the issue. There is one answer to a thousand problems.

When we are young and growing, it is difficult to respond with heart-felt submission to the Lord. We want to fight, or kick and resist. This is because His Lordship has not yet fully subdued us. The realization of all things being resolved by our humbling ourselves in worship comes from beginning to perceive Him as Lord. His Lordship will break our hearts, and we will find we can’t submit deeply enough.

Our submission to His as Lord does not come overnight. It is the sum total of His dealings in our lives. Calling Him Lord will always carry a measure of hollowness until He has worked the revelation of Himself deep within our spirits. The revelation of Christ as Lord comes through the daily submission to Him in the little things. It is only in hindsight that we realize that all of our small victories in submitting to Him have accumulated into a revelation of the Lord that is wonderful. This is how we come to know Him. He establishes His Lordship over us imperceptibly. We should be encouraged with this truth. Even our smallest victories have merit and contribute to the sum total of our lives before God.

 

Have You Known Him as Jehovah?

Ex. 3
10  “Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”

11 ¶  But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”

12  And He said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.”

13  Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”

14  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

15  God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.

In verse 13 Moses told God that he was going to the sons of Israel and say that God had sent him. Moses then said that Israel might ask what God’s name was. “What shall I say to them,” he asked. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM; Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” In chapter six God speaks the following to Moses:

1 ¶  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for under compulsion he will let them go, and under compulsion he will drive them out of his land.”

2  God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD;

3  and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.

The above verses are very important. God told Moses He appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty. “God Almighty” is an expression of El Shaddai. When God wants to reveal a certain aspect of His nature to us, He reveals that aspect of Himself through the name He calls Himself. El Shaddai means the Great Breasted One, or the All Sufficient One. God revealed Himself to the Patriarchs as the God who would meet all their needs. But He was not known to them as Jehovah. Jehovah is “I Am.” He is the God who manifests Himself in the present. This revelation of Himself exceeds El Shaddai. Jehovah implies a God who not only meets our needs, but interjects Himself into the “right now” of our lives.  Jehovah becomes an ever present personal encounter. This revelation of the Lord becomes the means by which His nature is established in us, not theoretically, but practically. It is the revelation Jehovah that interacts with us and confronts everything in our lives that must conform to His Lordship. Continue reading

Searching Jerusalem With Lamps

Zep. 1:12:
“It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!’

We want to focus on the first part of this verse. “It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps…” We are in a time of God searching spiritual Jerusalem with lamps. Lamps are indicative of illumination by the Holy Spirit. Mal. 3 says:

16  Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.

17  “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

18  So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Continue reading

Accountability

Christianity too often relates to the Lord two dimensionally. God is not a genie, and He is not Santa Claus. Our relationship with Him is not to be one of Him just delivering us from circumstances. Too often we never connect the dots that it may be God Himself who has allowed certain situations in our lives to exist because He wants to get down to the roots of what created them in the first place. True deliverance never occurs in us without there first being a nature change. When we are able see, and then acknowledge our needs to God, a heart-felt repentance occurs. A door of deliverance then opens for us. The repentance addresses the roots of Adam, crucifying them, and establishes God’s mindset in us, which is His nature. True deliverance does not come any other way. Neither does the establishment of His nature in us. His nature is always established by a direct encounter with the Lord. It does not come through claiming promises or quoting Scripture. Continue reading

What is a Son Worth?

What God does in us has greater importance than what He does through us.

What is a true son worth? There are true sons and false sons. Heb. 12 states:

4 ¶  You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6  For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that if we have not experienced the chastening of the Lord in our spirits, we are illegitimate, and not a true sons. It is the work done in our spirits that creates His nature in us. This is borne out by verses 9-11. Continue reading

From the Theoretical to the Practical

God is continually taking His sons from the theoretical to the practical. The theoretical is the realm of revelation. We see and perceive many things in the realm of the theoretical. The practical is the realm of assimilation. John was told in Rev. 10 to take the book from the angel and eat it. The book was sweet as honey is his mouth, but bitter in his stomach. The theoretical is always sweet as honey. It is easy to rejoice in the theoretical. When we assimilate the theoretical, it works deep within our being, and we become what we have eaten. It is just like eating natural food. As long as it stays in our mouths, we can experience the taste and flavor of the food. We can smell its aroma. But that food cannot nourish our bodies until we swallow it. Once it’s in our stomachs, all the nutrients in that food begin to be assimilated into our bodies. While the food is in our mouths, it can be spit out. In the early stages of swallowing we can still vomit it up.  But once those vitamins and nutrients begin to be absorbed by our bodies, the food becomes indelibly a part of us. It cannot be separated from us. And so it is with spiritual things. Continue reading

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

Until We Say, Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

2nd Kings 5
1 ¶  Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.
2  Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
3  She said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.”
4  Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5  Then the king of Aram said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” He departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes of clothes.
6  He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, “And now as this letter comes to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
7  When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.”
8  It happened when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9 ¶  So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha.
10  Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.”
11  But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’
12  “Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
13  Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
14  So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.
15 ¶  When he returned to the man of God with all his company, and came and stood before him, he said, “Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; so please take a present from your servant now.”

We have within the above passages the revelation of our entrance into Zion. Zion is the realm of sonship, and the realm where all of God’s provision for us is fulfilled. Continue reading

The Gates of Zion Are Given a Voice

A message by Jim Puntney

The gates of Zion are given a voice, they are likened to the Watchman on the wall, it is their duty to speak, and to proclaim the will of our Father. This has played out in the past, and from the past examples we can take heed.

John was sent to the Jordan River to prepare a way, to cry out to those who had ears to hear. His message was contrary to the message of the day. He stood in opposition to the status quo. When questioned by the “authorities,”
his response was simple, and true.

“He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Continue reading

The Word Made Flesh

The Lord is appearing in His sons through the word. He is revealed in us by the word manifesting itself.

2nd Thess. 1
10  when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.
11 ¶  To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,
12  so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The above statement, that He is appearing in His sons through the word, is not a watered down “spiritualized” expression of the passages in Thessalonians. It would only appear that way to the religious soul life which always looks for the outwardly spectacular. Continue reading

More on the Word Made Flesh

 

Above all else we want to be fruitful in the Lord. But how does the fruitfulness come about? The fruitfulness we desire comes through the word in us. It is a living word grown to maturity within us that produces the fruitfulness of the kingdom of God. But how does the word come to maturity? It comes through many testings and adversity.

Psalm 105:
16  And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.
17  He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18  They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons;
19  Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.

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Christ Formed In Us

 

As sons are brought to maturity, we find it’s never about “us” becoming sons. The focus is on the one Son, Jesus Christ, formed in us. It is the Father relating to His son, Jesus Christ, abiding in us.

When we are in our spiritual infancy or adolescence, it’s always about “our” relationship with God. Our emphasis is always on what God is doing for us, or what He is doing in us. The focus is “us.” There is no reproach implied in such a statement. It must be this way as we grow. But there comes a time when we must die to this relationship. It doesn’t happen all at once, but a displacement of focus takes place. The Father cannot delight in His son within us if the Son is not yet formed in us. Yes, the moment we accept Christ into our lives the spirit of Christ dwells in our spirits. But this is not the same thing as Christ’s nature formed in us. Paul told the Galatians, “My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.” Many Christians live their entire lives in an infant/adolescent state. Why is this? It is because they have never embraced a living word. It is the living word of Christ, spoken into our lives, that grows until everything of self is pushed out. How we receive a living word and hold it dearly determines much. Paul told the Thessalonians, “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” A living word will perform its work in us. It will cause the crucifixion of the “me” realm and lead us into living in the “Him” realm.

It cannot be overstated that sonship is about the Father relating to the Son. The Father delights in the Son. When He sees His son formed in us, it becomes the basis of our joy. For it is Christ’s life coming forth in us, and we in Him. Being IN Him, and Him IN us, enables us to partake of all the joy wrapped up in the Father/Son relationship. It will forever be a paradox that Jesus Christ is the preeminent one, yet our lives are inseparable from His.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

 

A message by Jim Putney.

Honor your Father and Mother. This has far reaching significance indicating our true parents, Truth & Love, Spirit & Truth — our Father and Mother from above.

Eph. 6
1 ¶  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Our Father is revealed in Christ, and so is our Mother, she is Zion, Jerusalem from above, and carries the same qualities the ability to conceive, nurture, and produce children. This is the core of our Fathers heart to see His children come forth from the marriage of Spirit and Truth. Zion being symbolically represented as our Mother from above. This was portrayed in Abraham and Sarah, and the birth of Isaac.

Paul states that Jerusalem from above is our Mother, and this reference is to Zion.

When we can see who are true parents are, we see the beauty our Father and Mother. There is nothing but our best interest expressed in them, regardless of the perceptions we may have about ourselves. Our parents are constantly looking out for our best, with wisdom, insight, and eternity all clearly in focus.

This understanding brings discipline or correction into greater meaning, in faith we can purely trust our parents, and rejoice in the correction they provide, even when it seems severe, or distasteful, we can be thankful for the wisdom, and Love that is expressed, knowing it is always perfect, and will yield the precious fruit of righteousness. This is the thankfulness in all things, for we begin to see how all things work together for good.

Gal. 4
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

To see our Mother we must seek the Lords best, and that is to see Zion as our home, and the perfect will of our Father. Here we find all that we could ever need and more, we find the blessings of the New Covenant, and the warmth of Truth and Love. We find our true family, those who are gathered along with us. Zion is the fulfillment of Bethany, a place of intimacy, of sharing, and rest. Zion is where the sons are born, and are prepared for the responsibilities that are soon to unfold.

This cannot be overstated due to its enormous meaning, “Honor your Father and Mother that it may be well with you, and that you may live long upon the earth.”

Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.” Isaiah 66:8

The Diversity of Zion

Rev. 21
9 ¶  Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11  having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.
12  It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
13  There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.
14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

 An angel spoke to John, saying, , “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  From this point John is taken to a great and high mountain, and shown the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. The holy city, Jerusalem, IS the bride. The great and high mountain is the realm of Zion, from which the bride ascends. From verse 11 onward John begins to describe what he saw. Like the rest of the book of Revelation, what John sees are symbols of spiritual realities. Coming down out of heaven is indicative of descending from a higher spirit realm into the lower earthly realms to be manifested. Thus, every eye shall see Him. Verses 11-14 are describing the diversity of Zion, for the holy city, Jerusalem, is both a realm in God, and the Bride. Zion is also indicative of sons. These titles are all interchangeable. Continue reading

Our Father’s House

John 14
1 ¶  “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
2  “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
3  “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

The realm of Zion is our Father’s house. The following is an excerpt from a message by Henry Dubose. Continue reading

The Great Commandment

Mat. 22
35  One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,
36  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
37  And He said to him, “’YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’
38  “This is the great and foremost commandment.
39  “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
40  “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

 The transition from individual experience to collective experience is summed up in the above verses. We enter initially into a relationship with God according to “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the individual experience. Most of Christianity still lives in this realm. It is about what we receive and give on an individual level. But Jesus said there is a second commandment like the first. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is a higher realm of fulfillment. This level, while not neglecting the first commandment, embraces a collective experience with all of the body of Christ. This level is fulfilled on a spirit level. Continue reading

Sons After God’s Own Heart

 

God testified that David was a man after His own heart. This is quite an endorsement! But what was it that made David such a man? I suppose we could point to how David served God without compromise, and how he was zealous for the name of the Lord. He was a faithful man who never bowed his knee to foreign gods. All of this is true, and no doubt factored into God’s assessment of David. But there was one thing about David that was most important. He had an honest heart before God. He was quick to acknowledge his sins and shortcomings once they were exposed. Now, this may not sound worthy of being at the top of God’s list in terms of importance. But consider this: It is an honest heart that allows God to flow freely through us. The Lord will never stop revealing Himself to us as long as we walk with an honest, contrite heart. Our problems are never an issue with God, regardless of how deep they are. Covering them up, or worse, refusing to see our own need, is the true obstacle. Continue reading

Having Eyes Like a Flame of Fire

The deeper we move into a living word the greater our perception becomes. It is the word in us that peels away the layers of deception created by religion. We are crying to see and understand the hour that we are in, and what really opposes sons coming to maturity. But we cannot see everything at once. Layer after layer is removed, like scales falling from our eyes, and then we begin to see as our Lord sees.  “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: “The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this…” And again in Rev. 19:

11 ¶  And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12  His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13  He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. Continue reading

Seeing By the Living Word of Christ

The word of God living in us is to become the means by which we discern and appraise all things. There is a gift of the Holy Spirit, the discerning of spirits, that is listed in 1st Cor. 12. This gift of discernment is not the same thing as the discernment that comes by the living word of God abiding in us. The gift of discerning of spirits can come to anyone, anytime, according to the need. The discernment which comes through the living word abiding in us only comes as the word becomes a part of us, inseparable from our own spirits. It is created through the fires of God sealing His word in us. It is us becoming the word. Continue reading

Observe! Be Astonished!

Much has been written and taught concerning the Kingdom of God. There are even groups who pride themselves in teaching “Kingdom theology.” But one thing is always overlooked: The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed (Luke 17:20). The kingdom of God comes within us as an inner work. The kingdom of God is the transformation that takes place in us as Christ’s nature displaces Adam. Jesus said that unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. We are born again into successive levels of God’s kingdom. Ultimately, the completed work that God will accomplish in His sons will no more resemble what has passed for  Christianity than what was opened up on Pentecost resembled Judaism.  Continue reading

The Trumpets Herald the Life-Realm

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

Leave the Ark Behind

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

The Life-Realm is not Just Another Link

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

All things Being Made New

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

Individuality is a Limitation

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

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

The New Creation

2nd Cor. 5:
14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 ¶  Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

These are powerful passages. All the more so when we realize they were not written to unbelievers, but believers. Verses 16-17 emphasize that we find our lives in Christ, the new creation. When verse 17 says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the words “he is” are in italics, indicating they are not part of the original Greek. A more accurate rendering is, “If anyone is in Christ, a new creation.” Christ is the new creation and we enter into Him. Old things pass away and new things come IN HIM; all things are not made new in separate entities apart from Him. This is very important. In spite of what Christ accomplished on the cross for us, the majority of Christianity still relates to God as separate from us. He is in heaven and we are on earth. There is a separation. As long as we relate to God as separate from us, we can never know the full extent of His provision for us. We are limited in what God wants to be in us and to us. Continue reading

Jesus or Immanuel?

Mat. 1:
20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

In these passages we have two distinct references to the Lord. Verse 20 states that Joseph was to name Mary’s child Jesus. Verse 23 references Isaiah the prophet and calls the child to come Immanuel. Why two names? The names reveal two separate manifestations of the Lord to us. Continue reading

A Day In God’s Courts

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

He Has Many More Things to Say to Us

There are seasons of sorrow we must pass through. These seasons are inevitable. God Himself is the creator of them. When we are abiding on a certain spiritual level, we can only see our need from the level we have attained. It may seem that all is right and wonderful in our lives; God is speaking, and we are learning and ministering. But as we ascend upward into new realms in God, these new realms bring an exposure. They bring an exposure of our need in a way that we could not see before. This is why Jesus told the disciples what He did in John 16:

12  “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

Jesus had many things to say to the disciples, but they were not yet on a level where they could hear them. Jesus was telling them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into the truth as they were able to bear it. Continue reading

Has the Lord Entered Your Synagogue?

Mat. 12:
1 ¶  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
2  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”
3  But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4  “how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
5  “Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
6  “Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.
7  “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8  “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
9  Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.
10  And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.
11  And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?
12  “How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13  Then He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.

While reading the above passages verse nine leaped out at me. It doesn’t say the synagogue, it says Jesus went into their synagogue. Prior to verse nine, Jesus had been berating the Pharisees for their hardness of heart. When verse nine says He went into their synagogue it is conveying a lot more than just Jesus going into a building. The synagogue comes to represent the religious realm that exists apart from the Spirit of God. The “Synagogue Realm” exists in each of us. It is the religious realm of our old nature as it attempts to appear righteous and spiritual before man. Continue reading

Our Oneness With God

The Trinity, as in all things pertaining to God, must be viewed from the perspective of God inter-relating with His people, not as a doctrine or an intellectual exercise. Doctrines originate with man, but the realities of all spiritual truths are realized in our interaction with God Himself.

Mat. 28:
18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Jesus said to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; this is what constitutes the Trinity in the eyes of the religious world.

 So little of the reality of God is experienced by His people. It’s human nature to perpetually create doctrines and build monuments to Him without ever having experienced the realities behind them. How is the threefold manifestation of God played out in our lives as we endeavor to walk with Him? God always reveals Himself to us on the level we can receive Him. As we change and grow spiritually, the Lords’ manifestation to us changes also. Continue reading

One Person

The following was written by my dear sister, Emily.

A few evenings ago, my 26-year old son who has struggled in “coming to grips” with faith came into where I was sitting and said, “I think I am really understanding now, Mom, there is really only one person, God.” Well, my heart lept within because I knew he was on to discovering the outcome of our faith which is the promised seed – Christ – growing up in us. He had received he revelation of not I, but Christ, and Christ in me, the hope of glory. It is no longer I (independent self) that lives, but Christ lives in me as me – so yet I live (in Him) the one person – as son of God. This is, was, will be such an astounding revelation as Christ continues to come and ultimately will come to be glorified in all.

In Galatians, Paul identifies exactly who this one person is and who we are in Him through God’s promise to Abraham, given in Genesis 12:7: “Unto thy seed will I give this land,”. This is the Lord promises Abraham which was typified through Isaac – he promised seed/son. In Genesis 13:16, God expands this promise/revelation o Abraham when He says that Abraham’s seed will be such a multitude as if we could count the dust of the earth, and in 22:17,18, God promises Abraham’s seed will be as the stars in the sky in number, and in Abraham’s seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Paul brings out in Galatians chapter 3 that the “seed” God is talking about with Abraham is not plural, as in seeds, but singular in meaning.

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Abraham’s promised “seed” is Christ, THE CHRIST, in whom all the nations of the earth are blessed — but — it – the one seed- becomes plural in the sense that the one seed is as the dust of the ground and the stars in the sky in number, because that one “seed,” which is Christ in us, is the same seed in each of us, the same Christ, and therefore the same PERSON, who blesses all the nations of the earth, in each and every one of us, and AS each and every one of us – just as He – the one seed is the voice of many waters.  Because we are Abraham’s SEED, we are also of the seed of Christ. Father has only ONE seed, Christ, and that seed, the most powerful seed in the universe, produces Christ. When you plant tomato seeds, you get tomatoes, etc…. as God established in the beginning that each seed shall produce AFTER ITS OWN KIND, thus, when the Christ seed is planted, it is CHRIST WHO GROWS UP,  in us, as us – the Word alive in us.

Christ is bringing all back into Himself, the all, the one person who fills all and is in all.

Paul reinforces this same concept when he says that he labors and travails until Christ is formed in us. Christ — in our form (Gal 4:19). This is also our travail for those who yet without faith, hope and love.

This is the astounding, glorious, awesome work of Christ in the earth until we see no more a division but ONE PERSON – all in Christ – and is the basis of Jesus’ statement. “My meat is to do the will of the Father and finish His works.”

Rev 5:11  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Rev 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Rev 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

Our Faith: Created By God

It is faith towards God that brings us continually into a “now” revelation of the Lord. It is our faith in His word to our hearts that enables us to bypass the process of agonizing over our shortcomings. Sonship will never be “mighty warriors” without problems. One of my favorite passages is Heb. 11:21.

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

In Jacob’s youth he was a wheeler dealer. He conned the blessing from his brother Esau, and he did his thing with the spotted and solid colored sheep. He had a genuine hunger for God, but his methods did not pass muster. God put Jacob through many trials and hardships. He had to serve fourteen years to get Rachel, being conned himself by her father. He finally met God face to face when he wrestled with the angel of the Lord. He was touched in the socket of his thigh by the Lord, dislocating it. He limped the rest of his life. At the end he worshipped God, leaning on his staff. He had been completely transformed. We can aspire to no greater goal than to be so crippled by God that we can only lean on our staffs and worship. Continue reading

The Tabernacle of David — Part One

Acts 15
13  After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.
14  “Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
15  “With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
16  ‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
17  SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’
18  SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

James quoted the above passages from Amos. He applied them to the entry of the Gentiles into the plan of God. There was much discussion among the apostles and elders in Jerusalem over the inclusion of the Gentiles into the purposes of God. We know that God opened the door through Peter in the house of Cornelius. The revelation of the tabernacle of David is very important for us right now. The Tabernacle of David speaks of inclusion. In the era of the birth of the Church it pointed to the Gentiles. For us today, it points beyond that. Before we read the actual passages from Amos, let’s read about the tabernacle that was actually erected by David. Continue reading

The Tabernacle of David — Part Two

1st Chron. 15

16  Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

17  So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel, and from his relatives, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and from the sons of Merari their relatives, Ethan the son of Kushaiah,

18  and with them their relatives of the second rank, Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, the gatekeepers.

19  So the singers, Heman, Asaph and Ethan were appointed to sound aloud cymbals of bronze;

20  and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah, with harps tuned to alamoth;

21  and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith.

22  Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

23  Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.

24  Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer, the priests, blew the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah also were gatekeepers for the ark.

25 ¶  So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy.

26  Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

27  Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen.

28  Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres.

29  It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart. Continue reading

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

There is a realm we have yet to fully enter. It’s the realm of reality beyond process. As we know, the realm of process is valid and binding to those who live in it. It’s the realm Christianity has lived in, including us, since Jesus died on the cross. Maturity has been a process of growing spiritually and progressively seeing the work of the cross have its way in our lives. You have to be 18 before you can be 21, right? Only in the realm of process is this true.

I believe maturity is going to be defined differently. We have not seen yet what maturity will mean in the realm beyond process. We who have been walking the process road into maturity must break through. But once the breakthrough fully comes, the sky is the limit as far as becoming goes. We have barely scratched the surface of the ministry of impartation. We don’t know yet the wonder and glory of how people will change and mature through pure impartation. Continue reading

Aaron’s Rod

Recently, I was perceiving the Living Word within me as an embryo. I don’t mean the spirit of Christ in me, because His spirit abides in us from the moment we open our hearts to him. But I mean Christ, the Word. The Living Word in me is an embryo. I was initially taken aback by this realization. I was asking God, “It’s taken 44 years of walking with You to reach this point. I don’t have another 44 years in this natural life. Is maturity really so far into the future?” There is a passage the Lord brought to my heart. But before going there, I want to express what I believe to be true. All the messages on mature sons, manifested sons, manifesting sonship, have the element of falseness in them. No one is walking in true maturity as defined by Christ, the Word, being completed in us. It is a sobering realization that we are not so far along as we would like to believe. It gives us perspective and a healthy dose of humility. The religious, soul realm always presumes more than it has. But it is enough to know the Word has been birthed in us. Now, for the passage of Scripture that came to my heart.

Psalm 144
12  That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13  That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14  That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets.

God is greatly accelerating His Kingdom in us. It is according to the passage about God cutting the days short. While we may be in an embryonic state, we have the promise of accelerated growth. We are to be as plants grown up in our youth. Plants spring from seed, or embryos. There can be no plant without it first being a seed. Grown up in our “youth” is a mystical reference to maturity springing up even from an embryo. We are to be as Aaron’s rod that budded. Hopefully, everyone is familiar with the story. God commanded Moses that the heads of the twelve tribes should take an almond rod and write their name on it and place it before the presence of the Lord in the Tent of Meeting. This was the way God would indicate who He had chosen to stand with Moses. Here is the outcome:

12 Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.

Overnight in the presence of the Lord the almond rod put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds! So shall it be for His sons in this hour. We humbly embrace His word in anticipation of a miracle growth in us. This is a true work of grace.

 

Hybrid or Seed Bearing?

 

There is something grievous I have been observing. It has been stated before how the false always intertwines itself with the true. The activity of satan always manifests itself in the name of Christ. The false is very subtle. It is like what was written of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” The Hebrew word for cunning is ‘aruwm. Subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly are some of the definitions of this word per Strong’s. Paul makes reference to this truth in 2nd Cor. 11. Continue reading

The Glories to Follow

There is a realm we have yet to fully enter. It’s the realm of reality beyond process. As we know, the realm of process is valid and binding to those who live in it. It’s the realm Christianity has lived in since Jesus died on the cross. Maturity has been a process of growing spiritually and progressively seeing the work of the cross have its way in our lives. You have to be 18 before you can be 21, right? Only in the realm of process is this true.

Maturity is going to be defined differently. We have not seen yet what maturity will mean in the realm beyond process. We who have been walking the process road into maturity must break through. But once the breakthrough fully comes, the sky is the limit as far as becoming goes. We have barely scratched the surface of the ministry of impartation. We don’t know yet the wonder and glory of how people will change and mature through pure impartation. Continue reading

Living in the Moment

Living in the moment is the most important thing God is emphasizing right now. It is the key to bypassing the “process realm” by which God traditionally has brought forth His people into maturity. There was a prophecy spoken once years ago that God’s sons would be as plants grown up in their youth. This is only possible through bypassing the time realm of process, otherwise only those with years and years of the dealings of God under their belts would see maturity. This bypassing the process realm of time and living in the moment is a faith endeavor. Continue reading

Our Faith: Created by God

It is faith towards God that brings us continually into a “now” revelation of the Lord. It is our faith in His word to our hearts that enables us to bypass the process of agonizing over our shortcomings. Sonship will never be “mighty warriors” without problems. One of my favorite passages is Heb. 11:21.

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

In Jacob’s youth he was a wheeler dealer. He conned the blessing from his brother Esau, and he did his thing with the spotted and solid colored sheep. He had a genuine hunger for God, but his methods did not pass muster. God put Jacob through many trials and hardships. He had to serve fourteen years to get Rachel, being conned himself by her father. He finally met God face to face when he wrestled with the angel of the Lord. He was touched in the socket of his thigh by the Lord, dislocating it. He limped the rest of his life. At the end he worshipped God, leaning on his staff. He had been completely transformed. We can aspire to no greater goal than to be so crippled by God that we can only lean on our staffs and worship. Continue reading

No More Worms in Our Manna

A dream came early this morning. I was in an old farm house with a conglomerate of believers. I use the term “conglomerate” because they each held different ideas about the way the kingdom of God was to unfold. After a lengthy conversation with one brother, I stated we were right on the edge of major breakthroughs. The brother then said to me, “So-and-so believes this.” He then elaborated on a certain teaching. (I am using “so and so” in place of the person’s real name.) I said, “Yeah, so-and-so (another person) believes that way too.” What the brother I was talking with was conveying was the belief that we have such a long way to go, and that the kingdom of God only progresses through process.

The dream shifted and I was in the kitchen of the farmhouse. I looked down and there were small piles of live bugs and worms writhing around. It looked like a street after a very hard rain when you see worms everywhere. At first I started trying to just pick them up and throw them out, but it was if they were multiplying. I then got a broom and dustpan to sweep them up. That didn’t work. Finally, the floor was covered in white worms, like those associated with maggots. I grabbed a vacuum cleaner to suck them all up, but there were too many. It was like the entire floor was moving. Continue reading

Bypassing the Process Realm

Gen. 5:
19  Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.
20  So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
21 ¶  Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
22  Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.
23  So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24  Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

The experience of Enoch is the classic example of bypassing the process realm. Jude says:

14  It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones,
15 ¶  to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Enoch looked down through thousands of years of history and saw the manifestation of Christ in His sons. He saw it, and then experienced it. Continue reading

The Word Is Nigh Thee

The following two passages are living for me right now. Part of the transition out of the soul realm is ceasing to think in terms of how God is going to meet us, or speak to us, or do something He is not doing right now. In days past, meetings with God came this way. We would go through periods of dryness followed by periods of blessing and fruitfulness. I have painfully noticed that the dryness now becomes a permanent way of life unless we transition into a higher realm. This higher realm is expressed in the following passages. Continue reading

God Has Spoken

Too often we cry for God to speak to us in times of His dealings upon our lives. But the fact is, it’s because He HAS spoken to us that the pressures begin. We will find the releases we look for, not from crying to God, but by allowing His word in us to come alive in a greater way. This is the way of sonship. It is always about the word that He has deposited in us. The word growing to maturity in us blossoms into the fullness of Christ. This is a hard lesson for the soul life. It always wants God to “help us,” i.e. rescue us from the very fire He created to begin with. God is creating His sons with backbones of steel. It takes a great deal of humility to embrace the word within us because the soul realm constantly wants to whine and pitch a fit and not have to deal with taking any initiative. It’s a hard lesson to realize that no miracle deliverance is going to be forthcoming. We can’t save ourselves, but we CAN exercise faith and embrace His word. This creates the crucifixion of the self life quicker than anything else. God is going to have mature sons, not glorified babies who think they are spiritual because they have received revelation. The means by which revelation becomes a living word in us is not pleasant. It is as Hebrews 12 says. Continue reading

Purity

I have often wondered through the years how so many things could appear as God, yet be in opposition to what I knew was a living word being formed in a people. I have known brothers that loved God, and He loved them. Yet, when I looked closely, the level they ministered from did not line up with the kingdom of God as it is being revealed through a living word coming forth. This is not the same thing as God being a God of paradoxes where many things, seemingly opposite, can exist simultaneously. The paradoxical nature of God is one thing, but what appears to be of God, but fails the litmus test in light of Christ, the Living Word, being manifested, is quite another. At best, we can but say Christianity has been a mixture of the true and the false. Continue reading

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