Crossing the Jordan

The transition from soul to spirit is exactly the same as the transition that was made by Israel after they had celebrated the Passover on the plains of Jericho.

Joshua 5
9  Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.
10 ¶  While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho.
11  On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.
12  The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year. Continue reading

The Ascending Christ

John 6
61  But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?
62  “What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?
63  “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

The verses that precede the above passages describe how Jesus told His disciples that unless they eat His flesh and drink His blood, they would have no life within themselves (vs. 53-66). His disciples grumbled and stumbled over His statements. Now, we pick up the discourse in verse 61. Jesus tells His disciples that if eating His flesh and drinking His blood causes them to stumble, what then if they see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? The inference here is that seeing Christ’s ascension would really flip them out. Continue reading

Is God Your Crutch or Your Enabler?

Is God your crutch or your enabler? That is a sobering question. There is a false narrative embedded in Christianity. This false narrative carries the spirit of passivity. It implies we are to wait for God to act. “Oh, He won’t let us down. He is going to provide, and do everything for us! God will help us.” This is an insidious mindset because it separates God from the revelation of Christ in us. Continue reading

The Valley of Jehoshaphat

Joel 3
1 ¶  “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

2  I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.

3  “They have also cast lots for My people, Traded a boy for a harlot And sold a girl for wine that they may drink.

4  “Moreover, what are you to Me, O Tyre, Sidon and all the regions of Philistia? Are you rendering Me a recompense? But if you do recompense Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your recompense on your head.

5  “Since you have taken My silver and My gold, brought My precious treasures to your temples,

6  and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory,

7  behold, I am going to arouse them from the place where you have sold them, and return your recompense on your head.

8  “Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation,” for the LORD has spoken.

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.

12  Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.

13  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15  The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

16  The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

17  Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more.

18 ¶  And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim.

19  Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood.

20  But Judah will be inhabited forever And Jerusalem for all generations.

This chapter speaks to a realm of judgment and confrontation descending into the earthly realm. It comes from “above,” meaning a higher realm of spirit. Mystically, periods of time in the Scriptures often refer to realms of spirit, not literal time frames. “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” The day of the Lord, i.e., the realm of God’s retribution, is near. “Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.” Jehoshaphat means “Jehovah judges.” Continue reading

Give and it Shall Be Given to You

God is never moved by the wants and demands of Adam. Even when the cries of Adam are born out of legitimate needs there is silence. Self-centeredness and a demanding spirit are the ugliest of Adamic traits. Why? Because when a person is self-centered and making demands for some gratification, the awareness of the love of God towards that individual and the love of others towards them is cut off. The love of God requires a giving heart. When we have a giving spirit, even amid severe affliction, we open the door for God to meet our needs. “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” (Luke 6:38). Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Steadfast Heart

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

2  Then Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Time of Purim

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

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Praying According to God’s Will

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

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

The Progression of Christ’s Nature in Us

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

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

How God’s Perfect Will Comes Forth

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

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

The Head and Not the Tail

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

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

A Door Standing Open in the Heavens

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

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

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

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

God’s Chastening in the Lives of His Sons

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

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

In God’s Energies

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

Observe! Be Astonished!

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

Separation

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

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

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

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

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

The Religious Spirit

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

Understanding the Mind of the Lord

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

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

A Full Day Relationship with God

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

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

No Strings Attached

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

Inside the Gates of the City

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

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

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

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

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

Hunger

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

In a Certain Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Hates Who?

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

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

Becoming God’s Farmers

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

 

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

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

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

Resurrection Life

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

The Eighth Day: Our Circumcision

From Genesis 17 onward the commandment of circumcision is given. This is important because God’s covenant with Abraham is the beginning of a walk that takes us all the way into the fullness of the kingdom of God. Abraham is called the father of faith and the father of us all (Rom. 4:16). We are to walk in the heritage of Abraham, our father.

7 ¶  “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
8  “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
9  God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
10  “This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.
11  “And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.
12  “And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants.

The covenant of circumcision is linked to our possession of our inheritance in God. Without keeping God’s covenant there can be no possession of His promises to us. At best, we can only walk in a token. Verses 10 and 11 establish God’s covenant with us. We must see this covenant in light of the new day in Christ that is opening. It’s important to note that verse seven says it’s an everlasting covenant. It does not pass away. This has nothing to do with the old covenant of the law where physical circumcision was required. This is not about keeping the law. It’s about entering into the spirit of the covenant. Continue reading

Becoming the Sovereignty of God

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

John 1
1 ¶  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  He was in the beginning with God.
3  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Christianity relates passively to God. It acknowledges all things coming from His hand, both things in the heavens and the things upon the earth. But this is where Christianity’s faith stops. There is another step into the kingdom we must take. We must enter into God’s sovereignty and become channels of that sovereignty. It is not enough that we do the will of God. We must become the will of God. This takes things to a whole new level. Christianity speaks of being in the perfect will of God. Being in His perfect will is contrasted with being in His good or acceptable will. This has been a noble endeavor throughout the church age. “Let us attain to the perfect will of God.” But as we come to Zion, the realm of sons, it is not enough to “attain” to His perfect will. We must become it. To become His will is to see all of God’s creativity expressed through us. He will create through us. There is an important distinction to be made here. This does not mean we make things up as we go along and call them God. This is why this message began with the emphasis that God is the source of everything. We are to come to a level of maturity as sons where we are participating with Him because we are inseparable in our spirits from His word. We do not hear such a message as this, pray over it, and then claim it. It is the sum total of God’s work in us. This is the bringing, as in present tense, many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10). As we embrace the word of the kingdom that is coming, it creates in us the oneness with God that is necessary to see an age change. There is no hypothetical Bible thumping in this realm. His word must become a living reality in our spirits. Continue reading

His Community — Our Becoming

A message by Sylvester Ofori-Atta —  Ghana, Africa

A community whose very foundation is the love of God .He’s building a community of fellowship in us and with us. Just like the Garden of Eden, where he can dwell again, He yearns for an unbroken fellowship he had from the beginning. He wants to take the preeminence of our lives, where he becomes everything he is in us. His very glory shall become the boundaries of this community he’s building, his light shall become our very light, his sight our reality. His words will become the food we live on. Living waters will flow through this community and anybody that drinks of the waters shall never thirst again. A place where his life flows through the inhabitants in an unceasing way such that he will be the very expression of the inhabitants, the lives of those who live there will be totally swallowed up with his life. An absolute oneness being reached…the inhabitants can confidently say, as you have seen me, you have seen the father. A oneness among the inhabitants, where everyone lives in the heart of each other.

What a time to be born, what an era that has been opened to us to walk in. We are the blessed ones who come in the name of the Lord to walk on this path. This realm of spirit walk is being opened to this dispensation. Many people have desired such a walk; we aren’t going to take chances, we are in for all he has on the table for us. We are feeding on everything that has been presented on the table of the Lord for us. We will not let this realm pass by without us not grabbing anything that is for us, we won’t let it go. Just like Jacob said to the angel,’ I won’t let you go until you bless me’, we say to the lord that we won’t let him go until we appropriate everything in this rich, glorious realm that has been opened to us. We will not sit passively waiting for it to drop like the manna from heaven, but instead we take the initiative to appropriate all he has for us. We drive in with this aggressiveness and intensity of our spirits to take in what He’s prepared for us because the Kingdom of God suffered violence, and the violent ones take it by force.

The Realm of Spirit

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

If We Will Not Wake Up

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

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

Displacement–A Higher Perspective

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

The Hour of Separation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zeal for Your House Shall Consume Me

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

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

The Gospel of the Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Searching Jerusalem With Lamps

Zep. 1:12:

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

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

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

The Rod of Iron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coming Down Out of Heaven

Rev. 21:

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

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

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

Lawlessness

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

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

The Perfection of God

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

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

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

How Christ’s Lordship is Established Over us

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

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

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

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

 

Have You Known Him as Jehovah?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Searching Jerusalem With Lamps

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

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

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

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

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

Accountability

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

What is a Son Worth?

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

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

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

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

From the Theoretical to the Practical

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

Isaac and Ishmael

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

Come Closer

With Jim Puntney.

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

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Until Shiloh Comes

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

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

Attaining the Unity of the Faith

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Word Made Flesh

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

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

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

Christ Formed In Us

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Shared by Sylvester Ofori-Atta

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

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

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

May the Lord be with us.

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

 

A message by Jim Putney.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Diversity of Zion

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

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

Our Father’s House

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

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

The Great Commandment

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

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

Sons After God’s Own Heart

 

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

Having Eyes Like a Flame of Fire

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

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

Observe! Be Astonished!

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

All things Being Made New

There is a higher realm of the kingdom that God is drawing His sons into. Although we say that all things are being made new and that we haven’t passed this way before, we don’t yet fully grasp how true this is. We don’t yet fully grasp how the old rudiments of past levels in God continue to influence our thinking. We habitually revert to what we have known to evaluate what is coming. We are not speaking of moving around in a certain circle, we are speaking of stepping into a whole new circle. Continue reading

Individuality is a Limitation

One characteristic of a living word is that it progressively opens higher and higher levels in God. No message is an end in itself, but each builds upon another revealing Christ in greater ways. There is a new dimension of the word that is opening. It is revealing the kingdom on a new level. It is akin to viewing a landscape with wider and wider lens.

In a previous message it was stated that even our individual relationship with the Lord must be crucified in order to move into the kingdom as it is being revealed now. I am still exploring this truth. Last night this came: Individuality is but a fragment of the whole. I made it a point to look “fragment” up in the dictionary. The word “fragment” is defined as “an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part.” Another definition is “a part broken off or detached.” We must die to an individual relationship as we have known it so that we can participate with Christ in His expression in the whole. It is not that having an individual relationship with God is now “wrong.” It is about our expanding awareness of the kingdom. A one-on-one relationship with the Lord as we have known it often expresses intimacy. We speak much about what God is doing for us, how He is blessing us, and what He is speaking to us. We relate God’s love and grace in such a relationship according to how He reveals Himself to us. Individuality limits how much of God we can know. As we lose our lives to become part of the greater whole, our relationship with the Lord becomes one we share in with all of Zion. This is where true oneness is made real to us. The intimacy we seek with the Lord will overwhelm us in this new realm. It will overwhelm us because we won’t experience it as individuals, but as the body of Christ. Our consciousness will not be as a member of the body of Christ, but as the body of Christ. Oneness swallows up all distinctions on an individual level. Continue reading

The Oneness of the Kingdom

The oneness of the kingdom is forever established. True oneness is first and foremost entering into the oneness of the Godhead. This is the essence of John 17.

19  “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 ¶  “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22  “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
24 ¶  “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25  “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
26  and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Verse 23 states, “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity. The Greek word for unity is heis. It is most often translated as “one,” not unity. The term “unity” can be misleading. There is a distinction between oneness and unity. Unity implies everyone getting along and being of the same mindset or accord. Oneness implies being of the same essence. Christianity is filled with teaching on unity but it will never be realized on the level that it is taught Continue reading

The New Creation

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

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

Jesus or Immanuel?

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

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

A Day In God’s Courts

More and more we are moving into the realm of the mystical, leaving behind the realm of human thinking which keeps us separated from God. It could be asked, “If Christ is in us, how are we then ever separated?” We are separated in our conscious awareness of Him. Soulish thinking creates a gulf between us and God. There is a strange reluctance in our Adamic, soul lives to relinquish that which we are familiar with. The soul life draws back when it is pushed too far out of its comfort zone. This comfort zone is devoid of the presence of the Lord. We could say there is a part in each of us that does not want to get too close to God. To do so means the death of many unconscious wants, and the soul life unconsciously draws back. If we have ever sincerely said “Yes, Lord” with our mouths, yet found an inner resistance that belies those words, we have witnessed the roots of the Adamic nature struggling to stay alive. Jesus said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” The foxes and birds of the air are indicative of the soul life. The birds and foxes have their places of refuge and comfort. But Jesus said He had no where to lay His head. Jesus had no place outside of the presence of the Father in which to rest. There was no separation between Jesus and the Father. God is leading us into the same “comfort zone.” Continue reading

The Tabernacle of David — Part One

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

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

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

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

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

Aaron’s Rod

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hybrid or Seed Bearing?

 

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

The Word Is Nigh Thee

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

God Has Spoken

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

Purity

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

A Prelude to Three Messages

The following three messages are linked together. The first one, Transitioning From Soul to Spirit, was written just last night. The message From Soul to Spirit was written last year. I was not aware that I had written this message when writing Transitioning From Soul to Spirit. I only came upon it in my files while searching for something else. I emphasize this because the two messages sound very similar. Yet they came independent of each other. This further serves to confirm what God is speaking to those endeavoring to walk as mature sons before the Father. The third message is called In the Secret Place. It also came independent of the other two, yet emphasizes the same truths from a different perspective. It is clear that the realm of sonship is of another realm just as when Jesus said that His kingdom was not of this world. The present state of Christianity can only rejoice in the words of sonship. It can rejoice, but entrance is denied. This denial is not based on worthiness, because we are all unworthy. Denial or admittance is based solely on abiding in the right realm for it to be experienced. This is a faith endeavor and it is no respecter of persons. No one is denied who hears these words and is stirred to walk in them. God has set an open door before His people. It is at our initiative that we enter in.

From Soul to Spirit

Many books have been written on the visions, dreams, and miraculous ways in which God leads us. I do not discount these leadings of the Lord. Many dreams, etc., have come to me over the years revealing God’s purposes. However, I have found that the further we move into God, the less these manifestations occur. You would think it would be just the opposite, but it is not so. God is not interested in putting on a show for us. His one goal is to create the maturity of sonship in us. Because this is true, we learn to walk with the never ending pressures upon the soul life. These pressures crush the soul life  that we might be free in our spirits to know Him. We should all be able to discern and identify our spirits as separate entities from our souls. This new day of the Kingdom that God is opening is a day of spirit. It is a great transition from soul to spirit. It is in our spirits that changes come. It is in our spirits that we take on the nature of Christ. As anyone who has ever had an experience with God knows, the blessing lingers for a season, then fades. It is like the glory that Moses had when he came down from the mountain. He face so shown that he had to wear a veil so that the people could look at him. But that glory eventually faded. So it is with the soul realm. The soul life cannot sustain the blessing of the Lord indefinitely. As the blessing of the Lord fades, it is the nature of the soul life to begin looking for a fresh blessing. And so it becomes an endless cycle. How is it that people can go for years, having great experiences, and still not mature into the deeper things of God? If the blessings and revelation we receive from God do not penetrate deep into our spirits, we don’t change. The day of spirit is a day of impartation. The soul life learns through process, here a little, there a little. But the transformation we desire comes through exposure. The Lord imparts to our spirits, and as the revealing of the Lord is established in our spirits, we change. The blessings that don’t penetrate into our spirits are superficial, regardless of how wonderful they may appear at the time. Continue reading

In the Secret Place

God is bringing forth sons and it is contrary to all the spectacular fireworks associated with such teaching. It is in the quiet place, in the lonely place at His feet that we are sealed as sons. The dealings of the Lord upon our spirits do not excite the religious soul realm in us. Walking as a son is first and foremost a relationship with the Father in the secret place. This is typified in the Scriptures when Jesus would retreat to a lonely place to pray. Continue reading

Faith or Fatalism?

Many messages have come about the transition from soul to spirit. They are two different realms entirely, yet most of Christianity cannot distinguish between the two. Inherent within the distinguishing of these two realms lies the difference between fatalism and faith. Fatalism belongs to the soul realm. Fatalism is waiting on God to complete His purposes. In the realm of soulish fatalism we constantly here about what God is going to do. He’s always going to do this, or going to do that. This realm locks us into a mindset that is subject to what we think is God’s timing and will. The entire soulish, fatalism realm fosters passivity. This truth is revolutionary. Christianity hears this message and says, “Yes, amen!” and then continues to walk fatalistically before God. The light does not come on. But the light must come on for a people! Continue reading

Which Baptism?

Acts 18
24 ¶  Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures.
25  This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John;
26  and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
27  And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace,
28  for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

There are mystical connotations in these passages and the ones following in chapter 19. They teach us the necessity of moving into a higher realm. Apollos was an eloquent man. He was fervent in spirit. He was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus. There was certainly nothing “wrong” with him. Why then did Priscilla and Aquila take him aside to explain to him the way of God more accurately? We have the answer beginning in chapter 19. Continue reading

The Kingdom Passover

It is important to see the full significance of the Feast of Passover. Too often Passover is considered fulfilled. Yes, Jesus was our Passover lamb. He died for us. But Passover goes deeper than just an initial entrance into salvation. We cannot read of the first Passover in Exodus without understanding that the blood on the doorposts to avert judgment was not the end of it. The lamb slain and eaten, and it’s blood sprinkled upon the doorposts, was but one of the rituals the Israelites were commanded to perform. The Passover was ultimately a deliverance out of Egypt. It opened the door to possess the Promised Land. It’s significant that the Passover came with judgment. There can be no possessing the Kingdom in this natural realm without the judgments of God. By possessing the Kingdom in the natural I mean seeing sons and all of creation loosed from futility. Continue reading

Receiving

John 1
1 ¶  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  He was in the beginning with God.
3  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
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

Serving the Server

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

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

Eating the Sacrifice

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

Today If You Hear His Voice

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

In the Cool of the Day

Gen. 3:
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

The Pure Atmosphere

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

Zion: The Apple of God’s Eye

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

The Womb Is Open

Isa. 66:
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

The Seeds of Betrayal

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

His Mighty Ones

Joel 3:
9 ¶  Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10  Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
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

A Revelation of the Father’s Love

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

Let Us Press On to Know the Lord

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