It’s significant that Jesus never said “Thus says the Lord.” He also never spoke in first person when relating the word of the Father. He simply spoke the word. Yes, Jesus did say He only spoke what He heard the Father speak. It was the oneness with the Father that allowed Him to speak naturally without any hyperbole. So many want to emulate the Old Testament prophets by speaking in first person. They think by doing so it will give legitimacy to what they have to say. But this is not so. Only in the soul realm of religion are people impressed by someone speaking in first person or saying “Thus says the Lord.” It brings self importance to the speaker more than anything else. Consider also that 1st. Cor. 14 speaks of how the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. This means we bear the responsibility for what we speak. This is why Paul said to let the prophets speak two or three, and the others judge. The Greek word for judge is diakrino. It could more accurately be translated as discern. Let the others discern what God is speaking. This is the reason behind Jesus speaking in parables. Truth is hidden from those without the capacity to hear it. When truth is heard by a revelation of the Holy Spirit, then it has truly been heard. We should never have to tell anyone God is speaking when speaking His word. Continue reading
26 ¶ While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 ¶ The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
When God begins to speak such as He has in the messages The Divine Order of the Kingdom and Serving the Server, I am always looking to Him for the practical application of His word. We make a mistake when we rejoice in the revelation of the word but never walk in the practical application of it. The two messages mentioned above carry sweeping revelation that seems beyond where the kingdom of God’s manifestation in the literal earth is right now. By that I mean where Christianity is living on a practical level. But here is the point. Everything that God speaks has a personal fulfillment as well as a collective one. Fulfillment begins individually in sons before it is manifested universally in the earth. Verses 12-13 of the above text say “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” These passages are speaking of receiving. This is the same emphasis of the message Serving the Server. When Jesus washed the disciples feet they needed to receive what He was doing to them. We remember how Peter first protested when Jesus began to wash his feet. Jesus told Peter that if He didn’t wash his feet, then he had no part in Him. This is what verses 12-13 are telling us. Only those who receive Him are born of God, or, being born of God (an on going manifestation). This is not a one time receiving. We are to perpetually receive Him as His word comes to us afresh. Continue reading
How does Christ wash our feet? Jesus told Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Now, we know that Jesus does not come and physically wash our feet. He also told Peter, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Jesus was not teaching the disciples about humility in washing their feet. He was teaching them about authority. This is often missed when reading these passages. What is the application of these passages for us today? How is Christ’s authority manifested to us? His authority is manifested to us through His word. Interestingly enough, it is also through the word that we are cleansed. Jesus told the disciples in John 15, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” When we receive a living word from the Lord that word has within it the capacity to cleanse us. A true living word doesn’t come just as a teaching or a revelation, but as an expression of Christ’s authority. It is a manifestation of Christ Himself. When Peter protested Jesus washing his feet, it was an expression of the Adamic nature’s pride. Christians in general are very desirous of the blessings of Christ’s word. But too many pick and choose which words they will receive. If there is humility being taught in the washing of the disciples’ feet, it is not the humility of doing the washing, but in receiving the washing. Continue reading
The divine order of the kingdom has yet to be manifested. We have seen shadows of it in the predominately soul realm as God has restored gifts and gift ministries over the years. The emphasis of Eph. 4 on apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers has brought much teaching on so-called divine order. The shepherding movement of some years past attempted to impose a “divine order” upon people. Some of these movements were well intentioned while others were blatant attempts at controlling others. But they all collapsed or are tottering under the weight of soul realm hierarchy.
The divine order of the kingdom will not be ministered through church age ministries, whether it be apostles, prophets, or any other office. The divine order of the kingdom of God will be established through sons functioning in Christ’s priesthood. Continue reading
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross opens the door to our salvation. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover which was instituted in the days of Moses. All the Old Testament rituals pertaining to Passover are fulfilled in Christ. This is important to understand. We cannot partake fully of the provision if we don’t understand the significance of the rituals. Continue reading
What is the word of God? Is it the print written in our Bible? No! An individual does not have the word of God until what God has spoken comes alive and lives in them. It’s the Spirit of the word that matters. Continue reading
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
Jesus said His words were spirit and life. Language is only a vehicle to carry the reality behind our thoughts and intents. If we have a certain purpose in mind we wish to convey, we convey it through a language. There are thousands of languages, and regardless of which one we use, it’s still just a vehicle for conveying what’s on our mind. The same reality comes through, regardless of which language is used to convey it.
God is spirit. His words are spirit. His life and nature is conveyed through all that He “speaks.” What made Jesus’ words spirit? What makes our words spirit? Jesus said the Father abiding in Him did His works. It’s the Spirit in us teaching us how to speak and function that translates into words and works of spirit. Remember how Simon the magician offered the apostles money to be able to lay his hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit? He saw something he could not duplicate because he did not have the Spirit within him. Peter rebuked him because Simon’s heart was not right.
God “spoke” and the worlds were created. He did not speak a language as we define a language. He “spoke” Christ. Continue reading
The following message came some years back. It is more pertinent today that when it was first written.
At the present time the message of sonship is being heard more and more in certain circles of Christianity. With the hearing of the message comes the great danger of assuming to have something that really hasn’t been incorporated into our lives yet. If we have heard His voice concerning what He has to say to this generation, there must be a corresponding faith to experience and walk in all that He is revealing. Continue reading
Perseverance is an integral part of God fulfilling His word in us. God gives us His promises, yet they seem to linger beyond their fulfillment date. There is a divine reason for this. Here are a few examples of God’s promises that seem late in arriving. Continue reading
Many messages have come concerning dying to self. Usually it pertains to preferring our brother or sister, putting their needs ahead of our own. But as we enter the realm of sonship, another emphasis takes precedence. There is a dying to self that enables us to keep a humble spirit before the Lord. A humble spirit means a brokenness to worship the Lord and believe His word regardless of circumstances. This is easier said than done. I don’t believe we have connected the dots when it comes to discouragement and the state of our spirits before God. Discouragement is a luxury of the self life. Disillusionment and frustration are a luxury of the self life as well. They give the adamic nature a reason to stop worshipping God, to stop contending for the fulfillment of His word. Discouragement is a focus on self. We do not have the right to discouragement in the Kingdom of God. We have the right to love God and worship Him with all of our hearts. Continue reading
6 ¶ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
8 They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Verse 8 is the passage we want to examine. Adam and Eve heard the sound (or the voice) of the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day so they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. It is somewhat difficult to ascertain what the he phrase “cool of the day” really implies. The Hebrew word for cool is ruwach. It is translated as cool only once. It is translated as spirit 232 times. It is also translated as wind 92 times and breath 27 times. The Hebrew word for day is yowm. It is translated “day” 2008 times. That word is beyond dispute. The translators seem to have arrived at the translation “cool of the day” by interpreting breeze or wind of the day as cool since the wind or a breeze is usually cool. Any attempt to interpret these passages as strictly a physical phenomenon however, is going to miss it. As with all Scripture, there is a mystical conveyance here of spiritual truth. We can better understand the phrase, “cool of the day” as a certain realm or relationship with the Lord. It’s significant that the verse reads, “They hid themselves from the presence of the Lord.” The cool of the day is related to the presence of the Lord. It’s a realm we can move into and abide in. Elijah made this proclamation in 1st Kings 18:15: “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” Elijah stood before the Lord. He stood in the Lord’s presence. Now, many, many Christians have felt the Lord’s presence at times. But this “cool of the day” realm speaks of a perpetual abiding. The Song of Solomon sheds a bit more light on this realm although the term for “cool” is different. Continue reading
2nd Cor. 6
14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.
18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
1 ¶ Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
In verses 14-18 of chapter six Paul is exhorting the Corinthians to walk clean before the Lord. The reason parts of verses 16-17 are capitalized is because they are quotes taken from the Old Testament. As a side note, it’s interesting that Paul pulls these verses from various Old Testament passages. According to the strict rule of hermeneutics (the “science” of Biblical interpretation) this is a no-no because the verses are taken out of the original context to accentuate another point. But such is the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Verse one of chapter seven is the passage we want to focus on. We understand well enough what it means to be cleansed from the defilement of the flesh. The Adamic, flesh nature is a bottomless pit of corruption. But what about the defilement of spirit? What does that mean? Our spirits are influenced by the defilement of the soul realm. We are created spirit, soul, and body. But these three aspects of our being are not separate compartments each unaffected by the other. For example, what we eat can adversely affect us not just physically, but emotionally. What we eat can also affect our spirits. Have you ever had a keen awareness of the presence of the Lord and then after a big meal feel as if you couldn’t discern you way out of a paper bag? Or, if you are going through some emotional trauma find that your physical body develops certain ailments? That same emotional trauma can also cloud our spirits from perceiving the Lord. We are an interrelated and complex creation. We want to be a people who can live, move, and breathe in a pure atmosphere of spirit devoid of the defilements that inevitably come. Now, how does this come about? Continue reading
1 ¶ In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,
2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt.”‘”
3 Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?”
5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways!
6 “You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”
7 Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways!
8 “Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD.
9 “You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the LORD of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.
10 “Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce.
11 “I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”
12 ¶ Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the people showed reverence for the LORD.
13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the LORD, spoke by the commission of the LORD to the people saying, “‘I am with you,’ declares the LORD.”
14 So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,
15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.
Judah had been taken captive into Babylon because of its disobedience to the Lord. But God had spoken that after 70 years had passed He would bring the tribe of Judah out of captivity and re-establish them. Initially, work began on rebuilding the temple, but interference from those who did not want to see the Jews succeed brought the work to a halt. The work lay dormant for 16 years.
2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt.”
The people had resigned themselves to the resistance of the temple being rebuilt. The full story of the resistance and battles they faced in rebuilding the temple is found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The temple, which was central to Judah’s relationship to the Lord, was being neglected. It’s so easy to think we have a word from God to accomplish something, but when resistance and battle come, we back off, saying, “It’s not the time.” Continue reading
The realm of Zion holds a special place in God’s heart. Psalm 87 says, “The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.” This is easily misconstrued when quoted. The inference is that those who speak this are somehow boastful and proud. But this is not so. It is kind of like political correctness. There are some things you just cannot say without them being misinterpreted and used against you. But the fact is there is a spot in God’s heart for Zion above all other realms. It does not make us special as individuals, because that is the soul realm. But as we walk in Zion, we “are counted among those who are born there (Ps. 87:5-6).” I want to share Isaiah 60. It is the Lord’s heart to Zion, and to those born in her. Such is the wonderful relationship God is birthing His sons into. Continue reading
7 “Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.
8 “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.
9 “Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.
10 “Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her; Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
11 That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts, That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
12 For thus says the LORD, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
14 Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad, And your bones will flourish like the new grass; And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants, But He will be indignant toward His enemies.
These verses are all related Zion. Let them burn in our hearts! Zion is in travail and she is bringing forth sons. Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God. It is so abundantly clear. It is Zion who is giving birth to sons. Sons are not brought to birth in some random fashion through various teachings and ministries. Sons do not come to birth through isolated personal experiences. Sons are fathered out of the realm of Zion. Continue reading
In the midst of all the heartache, sorrow, and violence being perpetrated in the world right now, we must reach with our spirits into Zion. She must live in our spirits in such a real way. Zion must first live in our hearts before she can be manifested in the Earth. She must first live in our hearts amid the turmoil of Adam that also resides in us. Continue reading
Many, many sincere Christians will inevitably betray the Lord in this hour. How could such a thing be? It comes to pass because of the realm in which Christianity dwells. No, there will not be Christians denying the man Jesus; but they will deny the Word. We must know the Lord in the realm in which He is being revealed. If we don’t, we become those who ultimately betray His current manifestation. The predominately soul realm of the church age is passing away. The realm of Judas is the realm of soul. Continue reading
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.”
11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, And gather yourselves there. Bring down, O LORD, Your mighty ones.
“Let the weak say, ‘”I am a mighty man.’” We are made weak for the purposes of God. The strength we have when we begin to serve God comes from the energies of our soul/flesh nature. Some may come full of zeal, hard charging fire pissers, ready to take the Kingdom. Some may come reluctantly, seemingly with no zeal at all. It makes no difference. All that we are in our soul/flesh nature must give way to His divine strength in us. This comes about through one dealing after another. Those who come with natural strength He tears down. Those who come fearful He builds up, but no one escapes the fire that produces the warriors of the Kingdom. Whether we come strong and zealous, or weak and timid, it’s the same flesh nature and God will have none of it. He will reproduce His own nature in us, and then we will be ready to walk as the Army of the Lord.
We must perceive that all the difficult circumstances of our lives are ordered to drive us deeper into Him. Jer. 12:5 says, “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?” In the day of battle to which we have come, only those who are strong in the Lord will stand. It’s that strength of spirit that comes from being forced into appropriating more of Him that will sustain us. Daniel 11:32 says its those who know their God that will be strong and do exploits. God is creating us to be fighters. His dealings make us understand that if we don’t lay hold of more of Him we will fall by the wayside. We are forced into fighting for our lives. But really, it’s fighting for His life in us. That life will surely come as we stand on His word and believe it with all our hearts. He is making us strong for Himself (Ps. 80). Continue reading
There is an unleavened work that must be accomplished in God’s sons. It is a work where the Lord is wholly glorified. This work epitomizes the true meaning of grace. Continue reading
The last few posts I have made all seem to highlight dying and being crushed through the work of the cross. I realize these messages are not something the soul life delights in. They are not popular with Adam. The religious side of Adam would prefer to hear how he is going to be blessed. But it is so important to “read between the lines” and see the wonderful relationship with the Father these messages are to open for us. There is a revelation of the Father’s love we have not experienced yet. We embrace the cross not just for the sake of dying, but that we might know the fullness of the love of Christ. Continue reading
In the Scriptures the phrase, “A dwelling place of jackals,” is often used as a metaphor for the utter destruction and desolation that comes from the judgments of God. The jackal was regarded as a scavenger, an animal of reproach. We will read a few passages that bear this out. Continue reading
The pure realm of sonship is very impersonal. When we come to this realm, we do not find some deeply intimate relationship with the Lord that we might have been expecting. It becomes very impersonal. This is so because the soul realm of Adam thoroughly dies on this level. Everything we have known in a “personal” relationship with the Lord has had its roots in our soul lives. Yes, God meets us in this realm. As we grow in Him it is very necessary that God confirm His love towards us. We need that. It enables us to keep moving forward. If God suddenly pulled back from our soul lives while we were in an adolescent stage of spiritual growth, it would devastate us beyond what we could bear. But ultimately, the religious/soul realm within us must be crucified. This realm embraces our most innate needs. We all have within us the need to know we are loved, that we are wanted, and have worth and merit before God. But these needs are born out of Adam, not Christ. I have brought many, many messages in the past on how we are each unique and special in God’s sight. The Scriptures themselves bear this out, most notably 1st Cor. 12. In these passages Paul expounds the diversity of the body of Christ. None of this is “wrong.” It is a necessary step in our growth in God. Continue reading
I am overwhelmed again tonight at how totally and completely Christ’s provision for us is “impersonal” with God. A familiar passage from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” WHOEVER believes in Him… Christ died to save an entire race of people — Adam. Christ is the second Adam. God does not cherry pick those whom He would save. The invitation is to all of the race of Adam. In Christ, the second Adam, we become a new race of people. The Lord Jesus Christ is the source from which a new race of people grow and multiply, just as the first race did in Adam. We will never feel worthy of His great love and goodness towards us because it doesn’t exist in Adam. His love and fullness towards us is realized only in Jesus Christ. He will not love us “personally” apart from His love for the only begotten son, Jesus Christ. This frees us from the lies of satan and the restrictions placed upon us by the Fall. To walk and live as a son means to walk and live in the worthiness of the only worthy one, Jesus Christ. Continue reading
It is very difficult to fully accept it is not about us, but about Christ. The lie of satan continually pounds the soul life. Col. 3 tell us:
1 ¶ Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Living in the new nature, living with the motivations and drives of the second Adam, is a faith endeavor. It can’t be any other way. God is not just going to “fall” on us. Those who are waiting for some type of individual fulfillment to happen to them will wait forever. It won’t happen. Our lives are hid with Christ in God. Or, as Paul once said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” This does not mean we reach some type of refined state where we walk around feeling spiritual all the time. It means we learn to live in another person’s life altogether, and that person is Jesus Christ. Continue reading
There is a reason the Scriptures speak of the Day of the Lord coming as a thief. While there is certainly a basis for spiritualizing the “Day of the Lord” as an occurrence within us as we grow in Him, it is also literally a time (kairos) in which many things come to completion. This is not a popular topic, especially among certain Christian groups. Hearing the phrase “the wrath of God” conjures up images of fire and brimstone preachers proclaiming damnation upon sinners’ heads. This imagery is not by accident. Everything emanating from the present world system mocks the righteousness of God. Zeph. 1:12 states, “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!’” Peter voices a similar statement in 2nd Pet. 3. Continue reading
Virtually everything being propagated by the liberal/progressive mindset is geared towards the destruction of the very fabric of the way God created us. The spirit that drives the liberal/progressive mindset seeks to change the root thought patterns through which we can come to a knowledge of God. The Scriptures do speak of the day when good is called evil and evil good. But it is much more subtle than that. The liberal/progressive mindset seeks to condition people into thinking on different wavelengths, regardless of how perverse they may be. When one is conditioned into thinking in these patterns even the most obscene behavior becomes acceptable and “normal.” Continue reading
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 ¶ For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
These passages have been quoted countless times. “All things work together for the good, so just praise the Lord.” Well… yes, maybe. The key to these verses is “to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” It is being in the will of God that opens up fantastic provisions for our lives. If we are walking in His will, if we are submitting to His Lordship, if we are dying along the way in order to become conformed to the image of the Son, then we can be assured God’s provision in our lives will be perfect. Verse 29 speaks of being predestined. Many a theological debate has centered around this concept. Have you ever wondered just exactly how being predestined works? Does it mean having our lives fatalistically determined so that we are locked into some destiny? No! Our predestination as sons is determined by our dedication to God’s will for our lives. Everything of God’s provision for us involves our participation. Nothing is manifested in our lives without our initiative (Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. James 4:8). The great error of theological debate is assuming the purposes of God without an active participation in a personal relationship with Him. Continue reading
The Feast of Tabernacles carries much significance. It is prophetic of all that we have yet to enter into concerning the Kingdom of God. The following verses should be very dear to us right now. Continue reading
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
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
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Part of the fruit of the Spirit in a believer’s life is longsuffering. A few translations use the word patience, but longsuffering better conveys the spiritual significance of the word. What does it mean to be longsuffering? Longsuffering with what? Does it mean persevering through certain unpleasant circumstances in our lives? Does it mean enduring hardship? Every day people from every walk of life have to endure hardships of one kind or another. The world is filled with hardship. First, we must understand longsuffering as it is mentioned in the above verse is a fruit of the Spirit. This means it has been divinely created in our lives. It is not a natural response to the unpleasantries of the world. Second, we must understand the fruit of the Spirit is a response, not just an abstract manifestation. The following is quote from someone I have respected as a spiritual father. Continue reading
I just read another article where an atheist group is suing. This time it’s over a high school football team that prays together on the sidelines before games. My first reaction was one of indignation. The arrogance of it all. Well, that may be true, but there is something much deeper taking place. In some corners of Christianity there is the rallying cry to fight back. But Jesus said this: “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.” We are moving rapidly into the fulfillment of Luke 21:17: “…and you will be hated by all because of My name.” It’s significant that all four Gospels record this truth. There is something in the very nature of what is unfolding in the world that confirms these passages. The hatred being manifested is against Christ. If we are identified with Him, then we will be hated also. It’s not necessarily people consciously hating Christians. It’s the very spirit of the age that is rising up in rebellion. Spiritually, we are seeing Armageddon unfold before our eyes. Continue reading
CHRISTIANS ARE IN LOVE WITH THEIR CHURCHES THAN WITH JESUS.
This morning on my threshing floor God challenged me. Isn’t it so interesting that nowadays Christians are busy advertising their churches more than Jesus? No wonder the church is empty today. We go to our Jobs, friend’s homes, streets and instead of talking about Jesus, we talk about how our churches are this and that. I’m not against advertising but I came to realize many Christians don’t even know Jesus Christ. Did we erase this scripture from our bibles? John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” We are in love with our churches more than Jesus Christ. Some even have soul ties with their Pastors.Then God flipped my mind to the first apostles even before the church began. Peter, after the day of Pentecost preached about JESUS CHRIST THE RISEN SAVIOR, and three thousand people came to the Lord. Continue reading
It is important that the judgments of God be spoken in the earth. When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He went into the Temple and read from the scroll of Isaiah. Continue reading
The purposes of God will never be realized through prophetic information. Information is passive. Knowing is not enough. Seeing is not enough. Reference the sons of the prophets telling Elisha again and again that his master would be taken away that day. Elisha’s response each time: “Yes, I know, be still.” Each place Elijah went he attempted to discourage Elisha. Please stay here, he would say. Elisha’s response? “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” Elisha was determined to have the double portion, and he pursued it with relentless faith. The streets are filled with those telling us of what is coming, using all the appropriate buzz words of the hour. Information lulls us to sleep. We mistake it for inclusion into what God is creating. The kingdom of God comes within; it is a work accomplished in those standing as Jacob, wrestling with God until He prevails in them.
Holy and His
19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
26 ¶ In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Verses 26-27 explain that it is the Holy Spirit within us that helps us in our weakness because we do not know how to pray as we should. We do not realize yet how much of what is being birthed in us is holy to the Lord. It is also wholly His. Continue reading
There is something troubling about the Islamic terrorism sweeping the earth. It is militant and aggressive and is not going away. It would be erroneous, however, to simply call it evil and driven by the devil. It is more complex than that. We need to look to the root of not just Islam, but the culture and bloodline that perpetuates it. Continue reading
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
We want to examine this passage in a new and radical way. Traditionally, we would interpret this verse as pertaining to the way of the flesh, the way of Adam. It seems right, but it’s end is death. But there is a deeper truth hidden here and it is for God’s sons right now. This small verse holds the key to fulfillment. Continue reading
It is important to understand the nature of our salvation. The message A Way That Seems Right explores how we must reject the process realm of spiritual growth and embrace a present manifestation of Christ in us. We must transcend the time element and change from glory to glory (2nd Cor. 3:18). We must learn to eliminate the valleys that have an been an integral part of our walks with God in the realm of time. The message A Way That Seems Right emphasizes a completed work of Christ in us that exists in the “now realm” of the Spirit. We are to constantly draw on that completed reality.
The question now arises, “What is complete?” Just exactly how does this all work anyway? Let’s begin first by examining the natural universe. Scientists agree that our universe is continually expanding. It is growing. We know that the natural realm is but a shadow of the spirit realm. The things that are true in the natural realm are true because they are first true in the realm of spirit. The following verse is a key for us in understanding our salvation and our completeness in Him. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU BIRTH IN WORSHIP BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE THE EARTH
I wasn’t going to share this word tonight but it was burning on my heart. I saw a vision and in the vision I saw the people of God and some were worshipping in freedom and some were worshipping in pain and discouragement but pressing through. Continue reading
If we have an understanding of how the kingdom of God is unfolding it is then easy to understand the unfolding of the antichrist spirit, because the false always mimics the true. Continue reading
I don’t usually go in for translators putting the Scriptures “in their own words,” but these passages from The Message give us some insight.
21 “This is going to be trouble on a scale beyond what the world has ever seen, or will see again.
22 If these days of trouble were left to run their course, nobody would make it. But on account of God’s chosen people, the trouble will be cut short.
23 “If anyone tries to flag you down, calling out, ‘Here’s the Messiah!’ or points, ‘There he is!’ don’t fall for it.
24 Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better.
25 But I’ve given you fair warning.
26 “So if they say, ‘Run to the country and see him arrive!’ or, ‘Quick, get downtown, see him come!’ don’t give them the time of day.
27 The Arrival of the Son of Man isn’t something you go to see. He comes like swift lightning to you!
28 Whenever you see crowds gathering, think of carrion vultures circling, moving in, hovering over a rotting carcass. You can be quite sure that it’s not the living Son of Man pulling in those crowds. Continue reading
We must walk with an awareness of who we are. Not doctrinally, but experientially.
1st. Pet 2:
9 But you are A chosen race, A royal priesthood, A holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Continue reading
I have heard the statement, “We are Christ,” many times in various teachings of one kind or another. It has come across as a “super spiritual” statement, mostly exalting the religious nature of Adam. The statement is based on the doctrinal theory that Christ is no more one man, but a body of believers, with Jesus as the Head. Paul even says as much in 1st Cor. 12. So, where does the truth lie? As always, it lies with the understanding that everything we are begins first with our own individual relationship with God. What we enter into as individuals always gives way to a collective consciousness. This is the wonder and paradox of the Kingdom of God; everything begins in individuality and ends in oneness. This is a truism because no one will enter the Kingdom of God on assumption or by quoting Scriptures. It must be that each individual wrestles with God as Jacob did, alone in a lonely place, until the Lord prevails in them. We all must know Him experientially. Continue reading
In that place of not being quite asleep or awake, revelation began to come. There were about ten or fifteen passages of Scripture that were coming one after the other. Each time one came to mind, I saw it from a completely different perspective than I ever had before. You could say I was seeing them from a “mystical” angle because each one had an emphasis that it was being fulfilled right now in the Body of Christ. The Lord was saying about each one, “This is happening now.” Continue reading
All Generations Shall Call Her Blessed
39 ¶ Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,
40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.
45 “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
50 “AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
While all this literally took place, it also speaks mystically of Zion. Mary is a type of Zion, and the child she is pregnant with, and eventually bears, is indicative of resurrection, the redemption of our bodies. Continue reading
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
These passages speak of the discipline of the Father upon our spirits. Verse nine states: “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?” There is a way we relate to the Father that brings us all the blessings and security of the Father’s family, which is our heritage in Christ. There is another way we relate to the Father that cuts us off and limits us in what we can receive. Continue reading
6 ¶ Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
These passages are quoted in Heb. 10 as pertaining to Christ. In verse six it says, “My ears you have opened.” A more accurate translation would be, “My ears Thou hast pierced.” The piercing of the ear is an outward sign of becoming a bond servant. Continue reading
The following message/teaching was contributed by Gerri Bolton.
The Rudiments of Christ…..Who is Jesus, and/or Who is CHRIST.
Hebr 10:5 “Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says: “Sacrifice and Offering thou hast not desired, but a “BODY” thou hast prepared for Me; vs 6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin, thou hast taken no pleasure. vs 7 Then I said: “Behold, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of me (Ps 40:6-8) to do thy will, O God.”
Ps 40:6-8 “Sacrifice and meal offering thou hast not desired, My ears thou hast pierced; Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the roll of the book it is prescribed for me. I delight to do thy will, O my God; Thy Law is (carved -on-the-tablets of) within my heart.”
2 Cor 5:19-21 namely, that God was IN Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of Reconciliation.
God-IN-Christ “occupied/inhabited” that “FLESH-body” named, Jesus, THAT “body” that was “Prepared” for Him (CHRIST) in the Mind/Heart of God, before the creation of the world, was created in the-likeness-of-sinful-flesh. “For what the law could not do, weak-as it-was through the flesh, God did; sending His Son (Christ) in-the-likeness-of-sinful flesh (Jesus) and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us-who-walk-according to the Spirit.
It is Christ-the-SON (within the “man” Jesus) whose “BLOOD” is the blood-of-the Covenant that Redeems man’s soul. Not until after His Resurrection was Jesus given a Name-above-all-names in that He was THEN called “CHRIST-Jesus” and “DECLARED” the Son of God “with-power” (as the” First”– “BORN” out-from-among the DEAD) according to the Spirit of Holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 1:1-4
Jesus was the first “Man” to be united to the Head, which is Christ, becoming the FIRST of a New Creation, AS the “First-Born” out-from-among-the dead. (these “dead” are not the ones in the grave in the ground, but they who-have-not-yet HEARD the Voice of the Father). Continue reading
2nd Cor. 4:
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1 ¶ For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,
3 inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.
4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
Within these passages lie the key to experiencing all that God has promised us concerning sonship and resurrection. Verses 16-18 tell us that momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. But what does this mean? If we have been following the Lord and submitting to his dealings, we know very well what devastation means. But let’s look carefully at verse one of chapter five. “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Our “building” from God, our “house” eternal in the heavens, is the life of Christ manifested in us, what we call resurrection life. Notice carefully that these passages say IF the earthly tent which is our house is torn down we have a building from God, eternal in the heavens. In other words, there is no “house” from God until the earthly house is torn down. This means more than just physically dying. Physically dying can sometimes be the easy way out. It means no amount of revelation, no amount of desire is going to propel us into resurrection fulfillment. It is a work of Christ that must be done in us. This is where many will seek to enter, but not be able. Continue reading
There is a way we disconnect with ourselves beyond what we have known. The emotional bonds and ties with our lives are to be broken. How was it that the saints of old could suffer such torture and persecution and yet still worship and delight in the Lord? There was something in them that disconnected with their circumstances and environment. We must exceed our fathers. We are to disconnect, not just with circumstances and our environment, BUT OURSELVES. We are not going to produce something by our own hand, but a deeper work than what the saints have known must be accomplished in us. Continue reading
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
We are exhorted by Jude to keep ourselves in the love of God. What does this mean? Can we slip out of God’s love? Only in our awareness. To maintain an awareness of God’s presence in our lives, and to walk in immunity from the vulnerabilities of the flesh nature, we must live on a level conducive to experiencing these things. How do we do this? Continue reading
Drinking from many waters renders a person incapable of hearing a true living word. If one drinks from many waters he/she is receiving input from both the spirit and soul realm. Some of the waters may well have God in them, but it’s the mixture that kills the capacity to hear accurately and discern the true from the false. Continue reading
There must be a foundation laid for additional truths to be built upon. And just like the new testament was built on the foundation of the true apostles and prophets, so will the kingdom be built on the foundation of a royal priesthood that goes beyond that of the apostles and prophets, those that throw down their crowns at the manifestation of the Son.
I am constantly reading messages, articles, etc., addressing the need for oneness in the body of Christ. Many write of how doctrinal differences continue to separate God’s people. There seems to be an innate need within many Christians to somehow rectify this division and separation. It will never happen, at least not in the way imagined. We must understand God’s methods. We must also understand His ultimate goal. Continue reading
1 ¶ Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 ¶ Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
The above verses were prophesied about Jesus’ earthly ministry. Verse three states He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Verse four tells us Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. But what does this all mean? It means He loved to the point that His heart was grieved and filled with sorrow over the unwillingness of His people to open their hearts to Him. Continue reading
The realm of spirit is governed exclusively from a scientific standpoint. Scientific means the word of God is the only basis of reality. We move in the scientific realm of spirit through our faith in what God has spoken. The realm of soul is governed by emotions which are continually vulnerable to the condemnation of satan. So easily we get bogged down in the realm of soul. “I can’t, I’m not able, I feel this, I feel that” are constant phrases that indicate we are locked into the soul realm. Paul said, “I can do all things through Him who strengths me.” Faith does move mountains. It moves the soul realm mountains that keep us out of the victory and presence of the Lord. Grace is very scientific. It’s scientific because it’s based solely on God’s word. Grace is contrary to all the demands of religion. How hard it is sometimes to accept the grace of God, and how easy it is to stand in His presence once we accept His grace.
We still have much to learn about the grace of God. In the realm of spirit there is no cause and effect. This means when the plumb line of God’s word exposes our lack, we are not to have the mindset of stressing over seeing something in our lives that we think must change. The word that exposes the lack becomes our deliverance from Adam’s shortcomings. Continue reading
There can be only one fulfillment in this hour. We cannot look to stop-gap measures and call it fulfillment. While it may sound spiritual, we cannot look to see God raise up “anointed” men or women to displace the rule of the antichrist spirit in the earth. If our expectations are only to see godly men and women in the place of authority in our respective countries, we have missed the word. When Israel cried for a king in the days of Samuel, God was grieved. He gave them the desires of their hearts, and Saul was anointed king. Afterwards, even when godly men such as David sat on the throne, it was but a substitute for the true Kingship Israel rejected. Continue reading
There must be a perseverance to see the house of the Lord completed. Continue reading
“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.
We are at an hour of the separation of the wheat and the tares. This applies to us as individuals as well the body of Christ as a whole. When Jesus told the parable of the wheat and tares, it was not directed towards the world, but God’s people. Much has masqueraded as being of God. It as John saw in Rev. 13:11: “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.” Continue reading
While in prayer… the Lord gave me a vision of a Holy temple… fully destroyed, except for the foundation. The foundation that was left standing was the chief cornerstone… which I understood represented Jesus Christ and God’s messages which came through Him. The rest of the stones which were left… was that which God had placed… through His Prophets and Apostles of old and through the outpourings of His Spirit since.
I was aware a tidal wave had come in… and wiped everything else out… as far as the eye could see… so that all which remained was God’s work and not mans. I knew the temple represented the Bride of Christ… each individual believer. I was aware God Himself had swept His hand over His Holy Temple… His church… and in doing so… had knocked down that which was not in Christ’s image…. but was a work of the flesh inspired by vain imaginations and inherited traditions, rooted in fear… legalistic teachings and not His love. Continue reading
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.
These passages are a reminder to us of the true roots of sonship. Underneath all the grandiose doctrines of so-called “Kingdom Teaching” lies the true foundation of all that we will ever experience in God. A respected man of God once said that everyone calling themselves a minister should have a private room somewhere with the walls decorated not with awards and achievements, but sackcloth. When all is said and done it’s the humility and brokenness in our spirits that qualifies us as sons. Continue reading
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
We are exhorted by Jude to keep ourselves in the love of God. What does this mean? Can we slip out of God’s love? Only in our awareness. Continue reading
Everything in God must grow into a state of completeness. This includes both good and evil. Continue reading
I have never had much regard for patience from a spiritual standpoint. Too often it has been nothing more than a euphemism for passivity. While being “patient,” too many saints have gone to their graves without the word being fulfilled in their lives. The emphasis of the Lord over the years has been what Jesus told the disciples of John the Baptist when they came inquiring: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” And again in Isaiah 62: Continue reading
8 ¶ “Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!
9 “My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is peering through the lattice.
10 “My beloved responded and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along.
11 ‘For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.
12 ‘The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
13 ‘The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!’”
14 ¶ “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely.”
These verses pertain to Christ’s manifestation in us right now. The first command is to listen. Our beloved is coming, and we know it because we hear His word in our spirits. It doesn’t say “Look,” He is coming, but “Listen!” The Lord is revealed to us through His word. He is climbing on the mountains and leaping on the hills. This reveals He is leading us into an ascension in the realm of Spirit. He is climbing, and so are we. The Lord is also leaping on the hills. This is indicative of by-passing the process realm. We are learning to leap with Him from glory to glory, by-passing the valleys that were necessary in days gone by. Our Beloved is like a gazelle or young stag. It’s the fulfillment of the plowman overtaking the reaper (Amos 9:13). This means the growing season is eliminated and there is a perpetual harvest. Continue reading
I dreamed last night of a realm of the Kingdom beyond what we have known. Ironically, many messages have been brought on this realm, including ones I have written. Continue reading
The Kingdom of God is the realm of His presence. Continue reading
In 1998, while going about my normal day… having been made aware of Father God’s Presence always communing with me through our union… orchestrating our days… fulfilling that which He promised…. through the New Covenant He made with us… I was thanking Him as He revealed His mind and heart to me in the moment … I was still in awe of just how very much HE is continuously manifesting His Spirit in each of us and our daily lives…. I was filled with even more love, joy, peace and faith than I lived in only a moment before. Greatly desiring this gift for all mankind… for His sake as well as ours… I was given an awareness… an inner vision… of two hearts knit together as one through a mutual love … The love of a father for His children… the love of a lover and His bride…. love meant to increase for each other and for their spiritual offspring as well … the Spirit of love… which originated through the Spirit of God Who is love… a love which was imparted and is returned 100 fold …. as perfected. Continue reading
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
What is the word of God? Is it the print written in our Bible? No! An individual does not have the word of God until what God has spoken comes alive and lives in them. It’s the Spirit of the word that matters. Continue reading
How Mary related to the word that came to her from the Lord is very important for us today. Continue reading
The adamic nature in us is slow to believe and grasp the realities of God in a present manifestation. This is precisely what Jesus told the men on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection. “And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”
Jesus eventually opened the eyes of these two men to see Him in a present manifestation. This must be our experience also. Continue reading
A post by Charles Carter.
In a very real way, we are in the time Peter found himself, when the Lord told him, “before the cock crows you will deny you know me.” We are in that stage of the game now, this is where the rubber meets the road. Are we really disciples of Christ or has this been just a religious game? Peter thought he loved the Lord, and that he was ready to die for Him or even in His place, but when he was confronted by it, when it really went down, and somebody saw Peter and said, “you were with Him,” he said, no, you didn’t see ME with Him, I don’t know Him.” It was suddenly not popular at all to be seen with the Lord. And if I am not mistaken, it was not all that long before that when Jesus rode in on a donkey and people were speaking of Him in adoring terms, but suddenly, it was not politically correct to be a follower of Christ, Peter had to make a choice, and he failed just as Jesus said he would.
I am praying that I will not fail, when I am sifted as wheat. I have been sifted before, and I failed before. But that was then, this is now.
Are we believers yet? Yes and no. Continue reading
We are all familiar with how Paul likened our various physical body parts to the function of the spiritual body of Christ. “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.“
This characterization of how many parts make up the whole is also expressed in how we are to be living stones being built together into a holy temple for God’s habitation. Continue reading
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. 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: Continue reading
The only way into fulfillment is bypassing the process realm. Continue reading
It’s very important for the first domino to fall. There must be the first slaughter… Continue reading
A quote by John Robert Stevens:
For the little children
even upon the gentlest slopes
every step of the way
is a word of encouragement.
For the seasoned climbers
making their final ascent
upon the peaks of Mt. Zion
there is no encouragement at all –
just the Word.
The means to repentance is very misunderstood. Repentance is not the result of making someone feel guilty. Repentance is not beating someone over the head with their own guilt and shame until they recant. Repentance cannot be forced upon anyone, ever. Repentance is, in fact, the love and mercy of God in operation. It leads people out of death into life. Repentance is always the result of the revealing of God’s presence to us. It’s only when we are exposed to His goodness and righteousness that we are humbled and desire to change. Continue reading
The following psalm is a Song of Ascents. There are fifteen psalms that begin, “A song of ascents.” All of these psalms open to us the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. They are all mystical in nature in that they reveal things to us that are not obvious to the natural mind. It is believed that these psalms were sung while ascending the steps from the outer court into the inner court of the Temple. Whether this literally took place is not the issue; what is the issue is that spiritually it is true. Continue reading
We are at a point where we must be as the five wise virgins. They were prepared and alert at an hour when everyone one else was sleeping. Jesus told this parable to believers, not unbelievers. The five foolish virgins, though foolish, were still virgins. We are on the brink of many wonderful things. We don’t look to the tribulation and darkness that may be in the world, but we look to the light that is shining brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. We are looking and anticipating the revelation of the Lord beyond what we have known. Days of fulfillment are upon us.
I had a dream recently that was very significant. It revealed the distinction between those who are moving into this kingdom realm, and those who are not.
In the dream I was in a church service environment. After the service, one of the women in the church came up to me and begin to share what was going on in her life. I cannot remember the specifics, but it all had do with what was happening inside her. Another woman who was a new visitor to the church came up. She began talking to the first lady, mentioning such things as what a pretty dress she had on and so forth. Everything she talked about was external. At one point I was led to lay hands on each of them. As I lay hands on the church member, the work God was doing in her was evident. When I laid hands on the visitor, it was also evident that the work God does inside us to create spiritual maturity, was missing. It was a foreign realm to her. But as I blessed her, I explained a little about what was happening to those in the church and that God would bring her into it as well.
6 “In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;
17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
The above verses state that in previous generations God permitted the nations to go their own ways. There are many types of governments and political philosophies in the world. They are all the result of man’s attempt to govern himself apart from God. Some seem to be better than others. But they all are born of man, and each is an expression of the adamic nature. Whether it’s Marxism/socialism, communism, a democracy, a dictatorship, or a monarchy, they are all born of man. When Jesus was confronted about paying taxes, He said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.” The Lord was not concerned about the political climate of the day. Continue reading
Our cat died today. Our dog, Homer, whom we had for almost 14 years, died three weeks ago. Homer was a true friend and companion. Over the years our relationship grew into a mutual respect; he was an alpha dog, but I was the master. We butted heads many times until the relationship was established, and the love grew from there. Our hearts were broken when he passed.
Our cat Amby had epilepsy. But that was not her cause of death. She died from liver failure. She came into our lives as a stray I found on a job site. She had been abandoned. She was starving and ruffled. I brought her home and she just sat for over three weeks, eating, drinking, and basking in the sun coming through the bedroom window. She was recuperating from a harsh life. She was just content to be taken care of. We discovered her epilepsy when she began to have seizures. She was put on medicine and we cared for her until her death.
Amby had such a sweet and gentle spirit about her. She was precious to us. Our hearts were again broken today. But something so poignant has come from the Lord to us. The Lord brought this cat into our lives. It was not evident at the time of course, just a necessary rescue mission. We nurtured her and loved her back into a reasonably healthy life. Today, as I sat pondering, the sweetest smell surrounded me. It was a sweet perfume smell. First it was faint, and then it grew, and then it faded. It was Amby’s life-force ascending into whatever place God has prepared for pets and such. As much as the religious realm would say animals have no after-life; consider this: Nothing created by God ever dies.
The life we gave Amby is but a reflection of the life Christ has given us. He took us from whatever stench of death we were in and set us on high to eat and drink and bask in the sunshine of His love and grace towards us. This is not syrupy gushing. It is a living reality in each of our lives. Even as we held Amby until her dying breath, so the Lord holds us as we too die to a fallen nature. Death is cruel and the Lord does not sugarcoat it. But on the other side of it, both figuratively and literally, we perceive His love and goodness towards us.
Amby was a microcosm of God’s dealings with His sons. How precious they are in His sight! “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones (Psalm 116:15).” The Lord will not spare us the suffering associated with the judgment of Adam, but as we yield to Him, all His goodness and grace comes through.
We nursed Amby back to health from the brink of death when we found her. Such does the Lord do for us. This revelation should put all the hardship and adverse circumstances we go through into their proper perspective. It is all according to the name of this website, Seeking the Sons of Abraham.
“Submitting to the Lord only brings us up to zero. We must continually exercise an aggressive faith which takes us from glory to glory. It’s passivity that enables the process realm to keep operating in our lives.”
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Posted by Jodi
I have a need for structure or some kind of routine in my day. I have very little self discipline to accomplish things without it. I developed a particular morning routine; I love it- it gets me out of the house first thing, gives me a sense of accomplishment and a challenge, and interaction with others. It’s the springboard for structuring the rest of my day. Over the last few months I’ve developed multiple physical issues that finally kept me from that routine until they heal, whenever that may be. For the first couple of weeks it was fine, but I suddenly feel myself breaking down; all the old, awful feelings of not knowing what to do with myself are returning, along with the anxiety and depression, until, as I know from experience, I become helpless to crawl out. Continue reading
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In a dream last night, I was faced with the opportunity to do something I knew wasn’t right. I chose not to do the thing. As I was thinking about why I made that decision, I realized that my choice was not because it was something that wasn’t right or because the Lord wouldn’t want me to do it, but because this is not my life to do anything with. It was a very real revelation that we are merely physical bodies, that from our creation, the Lord made as part of Himself – there is no “me” – we are all pieces of Him. He didn’t just make us in his image – we ARE Him. He uses this physical body that we call “me” and lets us think for a while that we are our own little person. When he created us, he put a piece of himself in this body. The reality is there is no “me” – it has always been him, waiting for us to realize this. It’s as if He just awakened inside of me and said “Hey, thanks for hosting me.” One of the most important things we have to do in this life is realize “how can I get out of the way so He can use “me” for his purposes?” The obstacles, hardships, strife, etc., that we go through are more than just him preparing us for the next step in our spiritual growth or our walk with him; it is for awakening Him inside of us, to help our human minds deal with the realization that it is Him taking control of what already is – him, using our bodies, for the purposes of his Kingdom. We struggle with “what should I do about this or that,” but really we should be concerned with “how can I get out of the way so the things of the Lord can happen; how can I quiet this human mind from worrying about things so that the Lord can take over and just get the things done.”
The lyrics from the song “I Will Walk with Thee” came to mind in the dream: “I am not mine own, I’m yours; I was bought on Calvary.” In a sense, this song isn’t really true. That is a bold thing to say, but…it is more than us “being saved,”“turning our lives over to Jesus”, or “living for the Lord”, it is us realizing that we really aren’t something separate for him to “buy” or “win” in the first place. Being “bought” is just something, a step, for our human mind to wrap itself around to come to that realization. The preparation I mentioned earlier is to get your mind ready to realize the truth that has been from the very beginning and to prepare your spirit for the surrender of that false life you thought was just “you.”
It is common for people to say they’re saved, that they’re living for the Lord, that they are one with the Lord, and they mean it – it’s true. It is just so much deeper than that. Where those “sayings” can be viewed as a simple, flat plane, the truth that we really are HIM, is a many dimensional, “spherical,” complicated thing.
I dislike using movies, etc., to emphasize things of the Lord, but it makes me think of Harry Potter and the horcruxes. Whatever they are, I don’t remember… they’re not simply a necklace, or a diary – they are Voldemort/Harry as a separate entity from themselves, but still an actual part of them. They get destroyed; he gets destroyed- because they are the same. We are an actual physical/spiritual part of the Lord, he is literally inside of us and part of us – we are the same, just in separate entities.
There is something troubling about the Islamic terrorism sweeping the earth. It is militant and aggressive and is not going away. It would be erroneous, however, to simply call it evil and driven by the devil. Political correctness tells us how peaceful the Muslims are and how it’s possible to coexist and live side by side in harmony. But the Scriptures do not bear this out. We need to look to the root of not just Islam, but the culture and bloodline that perpetuates it.
The perfect will of God for our lives is not what we do or don’t do, but what we become in Him. Jesus expressed the perfect will of God when he taught the disciples to pray: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…” It is the Father’s desire that His kingdom come forth in this earth. When we enter into the perfect will of God, it means we have come into oneness with Him in His desires. It means we come to a level where the Lord begins to share His heart with us. We become partakers of His desire and motivations. We find that what drives us is His desire, not our own, because in a very real way, His desires are being manifested in us. Continue reading
It’s commonly preached in mainstream Christianity that if we accept Christ and are “good” Christians, we will go to heaven as a reward. This is a universally accepted axiom. But nowhere in the Scriptures does it say our reward for accepting Christ is “going to heaven”. What does “going to heaven” mean anyway? People like to quote from the KJV of the Bible the passages in John 14:2:
¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
From these verses Christians take comfort in knowing that there is a “mansion” laid up for them in “heaven.” However, the Greek word for mansion, mone, is better translated abiding place. In the Father’s house are many abiding places. In God there are many levels of Spirit we can live on. Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us, and He would come again and receive us to Himself, that where He was we would be also. “Oh, that mean’s He is going to come and take us with Him to heaven.” No. Let’s read the verses that follow the above passages. Continue reading
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Enoch was translated. He was taken by God. He did not see death as we know it. But here’s the thing: The entire emphasis of Heb. 11 is faith. Many great and wonderful things were accomplished through faith. But in spite of the great faith and accomplishments of past saints, there lies a fulfillment beyond what they experienced. This is what the last two verses of the chapter emphasize: Continue reading
39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
12:1: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us…
These verses are difficult to understand although they are mentioned frequently when addressing sonship. What is the writer really saying here? There must be the merging of two worlds, the seen and unseen. Until the gap is bridged between the natural and the spiritual, a conjunction of two worlds, the plan of God remains uncompleted. I don’t know if we have fully understood why the cloud of witnesses apart from us are not made perfect. It’s because that which is separate must be merged into one. We could turn that passage around and say we are not made perfect apart from those who have gone on before. We stand on one side of the veil, they on the other. While this separateness may be theoretical, (we like to say, “Hey, we are all one in the Spirit), it’s real to the extent we have not fully experienced the oneness we talk so much about. This is why we must experimentally break through the illusion of the veil that separates the seen from the unseen. When we stand fully in both awareness and experience of the merging of two realms, then we will have the fulfillment we have hungered for. Then comes about the fulfillment of these passages from 1st Cor. 15: Continue reading
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
There are seasons we go through in which God exposes the shame and corruption of the adamic nature within us. It is a necessary ordeal but not a pleasant one. God has a way of seemingly wiping the canvas clean, leaving nothing of His previous work. We are left with nothing to fall back on, nothing to draw on as a present reference point. It’s a time of all things being made new.
These seasons of exposure are very difficult. If we walked by our feelings we could say we feel rejected and abandoned. This is because we sense the corruption and reproach of the Adamic nature very deeply. This is exactly what Jesus felt on the cross as He bore the sins of the world. “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me,” was His cry. It would be easy to despair and thus comes about a fulfillment of the passage from Mat. 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” The grieving and mourning over what we see of ourselves is also linked to another of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Continue reading
1 ¶ A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.
4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
7 ¶ Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.
11 Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
Mystically, this psalm is about resurrection. Like so many of David’s psalms, it speaks prophetically beyond his own present circumstances. Verses 1-3 describe quite accurately the battle against sons breaking through to completion. It’s the revelation of the Lord’s acceptance of us that becomes the defense against all the accusations of satan. “The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” It doesn’t matter if the accusations against us are true or not. Of course they are true! But satan has a way of accusing us while conveniently leaving out the revelation of the grace of God. He will never emphasize God’s provision for us, only our failures and weaknesses. The bottom line victory of sonship is this: Continue reading
All the world flees from the presence of the Lord. It is the innate thing down in the adamic nature that will not face Him. The fallen nature would rather live in a world filled with all the heartache, sorrow, tragedy, pain and suffering that exists than face His presence. Why? The adamic nature cannot bear to face its shame and corruption so it hides. Even all the aforementioned horrors are more acceptable than facing His presence. In its hidden state, the adamic nature has a certain peace. It is not confronted. It can sleep and be at rest even in the midst of the greatest storms. The suffering and pain, which are inevitable in this world, are preferable to the confrontation with the presence of the Lord. Even in it’s most agonizing moments, such as the death of loved ones or some other personal tragedy, it holds tightly to its independence and existence apart from God. There is no tragedy so great as to forfeit its own life by facing His presence. We see this principle expressed in Rev. 6: Continue reading
What is a living word? I suppose there are as many answers to that as there are Christians who think they are speaking one. A living word is not simply an utterance from God. It’s not what some would call an anointed word. It’s not just the Scriptures. It’s not speaking revelation given by the Holy Spirit. What then is a living word? A living word is the word made flesh. We speak a living word when we have first become that word. When we become the word, its Christ life, His very nature, ministering through us. Continue reading