An Incense that is Pure

In the Old Testament tabernacle/temple worship, the incense symbolized the worship unto the Lord.

Mal. 1
11  “For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD of hosts.

When we get into the book of Revelation, the same symbols are used, but there is an additional revelation inherent in the incense.

Rev. 8
3  Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.

4  And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.

In these verses we see the prayers of the saints mingled with the incense. The worship, filled with the prayers of the saints, goes up before God. In the realm of Zion, the worship and intercession are synonymous. Rev.5:8 states, “When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” As we worship God, we perform the ultimate denial of self. When worship fills our hearts, the burden of Christ’s kingdom will also fill us. True intercession is always borne out of the worship of God in our spirits. Worship always insures a proper focus. The prophetic word will flow out of us as we worship. We never have to labor to intercede or speak forth His word. We only have to worship until thankfulness and the love for God fills our spirits, and then we will find ourselves crying out for everything dear to God’s heart.

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

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

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

Having Eyes Like a Flame of Fire

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

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

Seeing By the Living Word of Christ

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

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

Has the Lord Entered Your Synagogue?

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

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

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

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

Beyond Revelation

There is a realm in which we grow strong in faith. It is the realm beyond revelation. In this realm it’s not taken for granted that the word will come to pass, but rather it is a deliberate choosing to believe the word, to believe what God has revealed about Himself and whatever vision He has put into our hearts. This is a realm God brings us into. We find we are no more rejoicing in just the revelation that He has revealed. Almost imperceptibly, we find the earnest expectation, the determination to believe, entering our hearts. It is the same path Abraham walked. In speaking of Abraham, Rom. 4, says:

18  In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”
19  Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
20  yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
21  and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Continue reading

Day to Day Pours Forth Speech

It’s significant that Jesus never said “Thus says the Lord.” He also never spoke in first person when relating the word of the Father. He simply spoke the word. Yes, Jesus did say He only spoke what He heard the Father speak. It was the oneness with the Father that allowed Him to speak naturally without any hyperbole. So many want to emulate the Old Testament prophets by speaking in first person. They think by doing so it will give legitimacy to what they have to say. But this is not so. Only in the soul realm of religion are people impressed by someone speaking in first person or saying “Thus says the Lord.” It brings self importance to the speaker more than anything else. Consider also that 1st. Cor. 14 speaks of how the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. This means we bear the responsibility for what we speak. This is why Paul said to let the prophets speak two or three, and the others judge. The Greek word for judge is diakrino. It could more accurately be translated as discern. Let the others discern what God is speaking. This is the reason behind Jesus speaking in parables. Truth is hidden from those without the capacity to hear it. When truth is heard by a revelation of the Holy Spirit, then it has truly been heard. We should never have to tell anyone God is speaking when speaking His word. Continue reading

The Word Made Flesh

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

Hearing His Voice

John 6:63:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”

Jesus said His words were spirit and life. Language is only a vehicle to carry the reality behind our thoughts and intents. If we have a certain purpose in mind we wish to convey, we convey it through a language. There are thousands of languages, and regardless of which one we use, it’s still just a vehicle for conveying what’s on our mind. The same reality comes through, regardless of which language is used to convey it.

God is spirit. His words are spirit. His life and nature is conveyed through all that He “speaks.” What made Jesus’ words spirit? What makes our words spirit? Jesus said the Father abiding in Him did His works. It’s the Spirit in us teaching us how to speak and function that translates into words and works of spirit. Remember how Simon the magician offered the apostles money to be able to lay his hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit? He saw something he could not duplicate because he did not have the Spirit within him. Peter rebuked him because Simon’s heart was not right.

God “spoke” and the worlds were created. He did not speak a language as we define a language. He “spoke” Christ. Continue reading

Seeing by the Living Word of Christ

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

What Is A Living Word?

What is a living word? I suppose there are as many answers to that as there are Christians who think they are speaking one. A living word is not simply an utterance from God. It’s not what some would call an anointed word. It’s not just the Scriptures. It’s not speaking revelation given by the Holy Spirit. What then is a living word? A living word is the word made flesh. We speak a living word when we have first become that word. When we become the word, its Christ life, His very nature, ministering through us. Continue reading

The Godly Seed

In the physical realm, it is a man’s natural fluids that impregnate a woman. In the realm of Spirit, however, it’s the living Word of God that creates life. The living Word is the seed from which all divine life flows.

 1st Pet 1:

23  for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

24 ¶  For, “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

25  BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you. Continue reading

The Lord Is Our Shepherd

There is a principle in God that certain truths only have their application as we mature into them. They cannot be assumed just because we are Christians. One such example is the need of shepherding. When we are spiritually immature we very much need the guidance and direction of those whom God has designated shepherds. “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me…” The rod and staff of God in our lives is expressed through those channels raised up to shepherd us. But as we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ our needs change. As the word begins to live in us, it becomes our shepherd. Its one thing to have the word ministered to us, its quite another for that word to penetrate deep into our spirits until we are one with it. The process of spiritual growth is one of gaining the capacity to digest and become the word that God is speaking. It is through many trials and testings that His word is worked experimentally into our lives. Continue reading

His Word: The Delight of Our Lives

Jer. 15:16:

Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

It is the word in us that creates the joy in our lives. It is not a word we receive casually though. It’s the word that has taken root in our spirits through much opposition that creates the delight of our hearts. Continue reading

The Prophetic Christ

Ex. 20:

18 ¶  All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.

19  Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”

20  Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”  Continue reading

A New Level of Utterance

Jeremiah 33 is a prophetic chapter that speaks of the coming Kingdom and Christ’s reign over it. It speaks of a day of restoration and of God fulfilling all His promises. What’s really interesting is verse one:

1 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying

Jeremiah spoke some of the greatest words of liberation and freedom for the Kingdom of God to be found in the Scriptures. Yet they were spoken while he himself was still confined. We have a similar example with Paul in 2nd Tim. 2:9: “…for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.”

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The True Confirmation

There is a principle, first established in Deuteronomy, that out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word shall be confirmed. This principle is reiterated throughout the Scriptures, including the New Testament. We want to examine this principle in light of the spiritual realm that God is now opening to us. It’s Christ Himself now speaking in the earth; this is the true basis of a living word. This word is not confirmed or rejected based on a few people agreeing that it’s true or false. The confirmation to this word is not limited to individuals agreeing or disagreeing; it’s determined by the entire realm of spirit. Continue reading