Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exhortation To Believe

The Lord is bringing you to the time in which you walk, not with faith that reaches to God with a vagueness, but with a faith that is positive and definite.

This is surely a time that God is showing His people what is in His will, what they can claim, and what they really want.

It takes a long time for you to know what you really want, to come to the place where everything within you is unified for one drive, one purpose: you know what you want, what you are going to have, what you are going to be, what you are going to do.

David said, I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13.

Sometimes all you can do is look up and say, "I know the Lord is good."

You know He is good, but you do not know whether you are afoot or on horseback.

You do not know any of the answers; you are not positive about anything.

  A great handicap that even people of the Lord have right now is their limited awareness of God.

The one thing I have wanted above everything else was to be able to say like Paul, "To know Him."

You may think you do know the Lord, but do you really?

There are people who wouldn't know the Lord if He walked into the room; yet they love Him and serve Him.

Although they adore Him in their spirits, something in their minds is still far from the awareness.

I have the feeling I know who I am, I know what I want, I know what I am seeking, and I know where I am going.

Perhaps you think I always knew that.

Yes, I knew it, but there is a time when you know that you know it, when a positive certainty of things grips you and you have no doubts.

  We are coming to the place where God is letting us know.

We know that now we are children of God.

What about our circumstances?

What about our problem?

It doth not yet appear - that is all we can say.

Reality does not begin in the world that we see; reality begins in the world where God says, "Let there be."

Reality begins in a world where God calls things that are not as thought they were, and that is what will give them form and substance in the heart of God - the womb of all reality - and it will come forth.

  What a day this is when God has anointed people to prophesy the word of the Lord.

How will it come to pass?

Do we see into the future and prophesy it?

That is foreknowledge and sometimes you can get that with a Ouija board or a deck of cards, though I have never tried it.

God may say, "Little man, you go over there and prophesy against Nineveh, go and prophesy against Babylon, and then go and prophesy against Egypt."

And when we prophesy, everyone may laugh.

But when God speaks a word, He brings forth a thing that is the reality.

The years go by and the walls crumble until no one can even find the ruins, but the word of the Lord endures forever.

  In this day God gives you the privilege, "Prophesy against Babylon. Prophesy against your wall. Prophesy against the hindering things. Prophesy against your chains.

Shake off your vipers into the fire. Be loosed, O people of the Lord."

When you prophesy it with faith and with the Spirit of God upon you, it has reality; then it will move from the realm of spirit into the realm that everyone sees.

The most real world is the realm of spirit, and when it is real to you, you feel like you have it.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen ( Hebrews 11:1 ).

You still cannot see it or feel it, but within you there is a new awareness.

You have the things that you have desired of Him.

This is the way it happens.

  God sees the things that are going to come to pass in your life.

He sees what He wants you to be.

He comes to a shaking man in a cave and says, "Hail, thou mighty man of valour. I've chosen you."

He put out fleeces o be doubly sure that they could defeat the Midianites with thirty - two thousand men.

The Lord said, "It's too many."

Gideon may have felt the Lord had ruined him by leaving only ten thousand men.

The Lord said, "You haven't seen anything yet. We'll do it with only three hundred men!"

  How God loves us.

Oh, how He loves us!

He has linked us with His omnipotence.

Think of it.

Hang on , and you have a hold of the greatest dynamo, the greatest creator, the only creative factor in the world - the Lord Himself.

Be whole.

Be free.

Be loosed in the name of the Lord.

  Galatians 3:3 asks, ...having begun in the Spirit, are ye now perfected in the flesh?

It is a miracle that God removed the mountain of spiritual darkness, that you know Him, that you stand before Him.

But the greatest miracle of all is what He is becoming in you.

You are not going to finish this by discipline of the flesh or human achievement; you are going to finish it the way it was started.

From the beginning to end it is a miracle of grace.

God is the author and the finisher.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Getting To Know You In The Spirit

In II Corinthians 5:13-15 Paul identifies what the Corinthian church is experiencing.

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

 There will be a progressive dying out to your own life, so that more and more you are living for the Lord.

When you first come into a walk with God, in your immaturity you draw a great deal from the Lord for your own ends.

Your self - will is still very much alive.

As you go further and further into the love of Christ, it begins to control you, and you experience an identification with Christ in His death.

You begin to die to many interests and desires.

It is not that you are losing interest in life, but you are becoming completely dedicated to the one aspect of life that Christ is bringing forth.

Your other interest may have been enjoyable and legitimate, but now you have one focus.

Before, the Lord was preeminent; now He is everything.

He is just not the top among many rivals and interests, but He is the only interest.

You are coming into one central motivation; to live wholly for the Lord.

Not another thing in the world matters to you except living for the Lord.

Consequently, Christ becomes the total absorption of your life.

  To come to the place where the love of Christ controls you, there must be a death working in you.

This means that certain things will have to change.

Your fellowship with one another may be spiritual, but it is still too much on the human plane.

You genuinely like one another, and with a little encouragement you would form a mutual admiration society.

There is no question that you love the Lord and He is first, but you also hold a genuine affection for one another's personalities.

  The Lord may put a worm in your gourd as He did to Jonah, and take away your source of shade ( Jonah 4:6-9 ) .

Suddenly you will find yourself sitting out there in the sun, hot and naked.

Then you could almost wish that you were dead.

Do you not understand what God is doing?

The love of Christ is beginning to control you.

Since He died for all, all died, and you do not smell good anymore.

There is never a good smell when death is around, and you are going through the work of the cross.

Consequently, you will find that your fellowship with one another on the basis which you have known will have to die.

You will look around and wonder what the matter is, but the truth of the matter is that you are just growing up.

God has brought you to a new level and a new way of relating to one another.

  Verse 17 talks about the way in which you shall now relate to one another.

Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even thought we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

What does Paul mean by that?

When people are growing up in the Lord, they have difficulty relating to one another because they always try to relate to one another in the flesh.

You need not try and impress anyone.

Just move in the total, simple liberty you have in Christ, and let your motivation be to see Christ glorified in everything.

  Some people are frequently critical because they see things after the flesh.

They hold evaluations that are not good.

Such individuals can become attached to a certain elder until they want to get all of their ministry from him.

There is partiality in what they accept.

When a certain ministry gives them a strong word, they get a little offended.

So they do not go to him again for a word; they go to someone whose arm they can twist until the word sounds like they want to hear it, even thought it may not have been spoken that way.

When we come to evaluate one another too much on a human plane, the Lord starts His work of the cross in us.

After awhile we come to the place of the spirit and not know one another after the flesh.

  Paul said, "Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, we know Him so no longer."

When Christ was in the flesh, many people who wanted to become believers took offense at Him.

Christ never possessed sinful flesh, but He had certain fleshly characteristics.

The Lord did not please anyone because of His personality. ( No mega church built upon His personality like so many do with theirs today.)

Isaiah prophesied that He would be despised, rejected of men, and when we saw Him there would be no comeliness in Him that we should desire Him ( Isaiah 52:14; 53:2,3 ) .

The people in Jesus' day took offense at Him and went away in droves.

But the thing which they had to see, and this is what the Father willed, was that Christ had a word,

He spoke, and maybe they did not accept or understand it, but they would shake their heads and remark, "Never a man spake as this man" ( John 7:46 ).

It was a living word.

In the final analysis we must relate to the Word that God is now bringing, and to the beautiful plane of spirit where He is bringing each one of us.

  Paul said, "We should no longer recognize anyone after the flesh.

We did this to Christ, but we do not even see Christ after the flesh any longer."

We have to relate to Him in the Spirit, because we do not see Him with the natural eye.

By the same token, we are not to see one another with the natural eye either, but we are to see the Christ that is coming forth, and the Christ nature is maturing within each one.

Just as we behold the Lord Himself, we should behold Him in the brothers and sisters.

  The more you try to solve your little personality clashes and dissensions, the worse they will become.

You cannot solve them your way.

The Lord has intended for them to happen.

He is stirring up the nest ( Deuteronomy 32:11 ) .

  Baby eagles have a ravenous appetite.

One day their mama is tired of taking care of them.

They have sprouted little feathers, and they are ready to fly away.

So she stirs up all the nice, soft down with which she has lined the nest and throws it out.

Those little eagles love that cozy nest, and when there is nothing but sharp stickers and briars left, they cry and cry.

When their mother is read to give them flying lessons, they are ready too.

So she flies up high with one of her little eagles clutching on, then lets him go.

Just before he hits the rocks she swoops down and rescues him.

Little by little his new wings are exercised, and soon he is able to fly.

But it only happened because Mama knew hot to stir up the nest until there was a certain discontent within the little eagles.

  Many people would like to remain as children.

Adulthood involves taking responsibility.

When the Lord allows your responsibilities to become greater and greater, you will find that you can carry them only in the Spirit.

You cannot carry them in the flesh, or you will crack up under them.

You cannot be a ministry in the flesh, or you will break down.

The Lord must bring you to the place where you meet with only one view in mind: to know one another after the Spirit.

You will see far beyond the little personality differences that people are already outgrowing.

Just begin to love and help one another.

The more you try to relate to one another on the wrong plane, the more difficult it will be for you; and the more you just open your heart to relate to one another in what God wants to bring forth, the better off you will be.

  If you do not listen to this apostolic word, you will settle down as just a group that comes together and worships, and that is as far as you will go.

You will never be the voice of God.

You will never be God's witness on the earth.

The Lord has a purpose for His Body, and because He has a purpose, if you do not move into the plane that He wants you to move in, He will let you come to the place where you simply fall apart.

You were raised up to do the will of God.

You were raised up to be the Body of Christ that would do His will.

If you do not do that, He will turn you over to so much disorder that you will fell the whole church shaking apart.

The Lord shakes all things so that we will have a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, as Hebrews 12:28 describes.

  As you read this, you are seeing yourself, and you are seeing what God wants you to be.

You are going to be that witness for the Kingdom.

You are going to do His will with all your heart.

The worship and psalms that have been coming are beautiful, but there are some drastic changes to be made which you will not be able to complete in yourself.

The Lord has just stirred up the nest, and you are being pinched and stuck with briars.

It is time for you to start flying and soaring.

You must become the ministry that God has raised you up to be.

Does this make sense to you?

The answer is very clear and simple.

All you have to do is the will of God.

There are no instant answers to your problems; there is only a walk with God.

The Lord creates for you a number of problems, not that the problems have to be solved, but the problems are a coercing force to drive you into the center of His will.

  Have you ever been poked with an electrified cattle prod?

The shock is enough to send you right into orbit.

When the Lord does that to you, it is for only one reason: you must get off the spiritual level you are on, and move onto the level where you are supposed to be.

When all sorts of problems begin to come in a church, look to the great Shepherd.

Maybe He is just prodding you, demanding a far higher level of spiritual living from you.

You are being prodded to seek His face earnestly and move into what He has for you with all your heart.

  The Lord is removing the veil so that we will not be a congenial group who thinks they are doing just fine.

We shall become that vigorous segment of the Kingdom of God that will do His will in the earth.

This is why we are prodded into it.

We shall not settle down to be another church movement.

We are the vanguards of the Kingdom.

As soon as the community becomes tolerant of us, we are in danger of missing God.

If we really want to do the will of the Lord, we must continue to be revolutionaries.

We are not deliberately trying to antagonize people, but we are throwing figurative Molotov cocktails at Babylon.

We are rising up to do the will of God, and the minute that our lives begin to slip into a nice little pattern, and everything appears to be going fine, we are in a bad situation.

  The Lord is stirring us up.

The pilgrim spirit of being constantly on the move and reaching for new levels will be with us for a long time.

This is an era of fantastic potentials for change.

After awhile that potential for change will be taken away.

But for the present time, God is doing a quick work in the earth, and He must cut these days short.

If He does not, no flesh will be saved alive ( Matthew 24:22 ) .

The timetable must be speeded up so that the will of God is really accomplished before the whole human race self-destructs or is destroyed by satanic inspiration.

  The Lord will constantly prodding you to get with it, and if you do not move out and start doing what God wants you to do, He will start disrupting you.

He will disturb you, and you will be grieved, not knowing what the matter is but continually feeling that something is wrong.

It is the prod that God is putting on you.

You have this potential to change quickly if you will.

If you will seek the face of the Lord, you can move from glory to glory, even as by the Lord the Spirit ( II Corinthians 3:18 ) .

You can expose yourself as a worshiper to the Lord and be so transformed that someone who rarely visits you will scarcely be able to comprehend how much change has taken place in you.

If this transformation does not take place, you are not going to be what God wants you to be.

  Every day of our lives counts for the Kingdom.

No member of the Body is insignificant or of no importance.

We are not much, but we are all that God has, and He is going to make the most of us.

He can start with a few weak members, and when He is through, He will upset the strong.

He starts with a few foolish people, and when He is finished, He will confound the wise ( I Corinthians 1:27 ) .

God is making us to be instruments in His hand, and He will not let us settle down into something less than what he wants us to be.

We should be very grateful for the way that God is pressuring the churches right now.

Let Him keep right on shaking them.

If they will not change, let them be shaken to pieces.

There is nothing that justifies our existence in this walk with God if we are not going to do His will.

  The number of churches in this walk with God does not matter.

God is not limited to save by many or to save by few ( I Samuel 14:6 ) .

He can perform His will with only one church if that is all that remains after the shaking.

One church doing the will of God could stand and prophesy, and change the whole course of the United States of America, and ultimately the whole world.

It is very much our responsibility to have faith for it.

If we are not going to do His will, then God will start shaking us.

He will shake us until we do His will, or He will shake us apart.

It is either His will or nothing at all.

I do not want this walk with God to go the route of another denomination.

Let God shake it instead.

It would be better for this walk to die than fail to do the word that God has spoken.

We are going to do the will of the Lord.

We shall be the ministries that God has raised us up to be, or we shall not be anything at all.

  This word should explain what we are going through, and the reasons for it.

How simple it is to start seeking the Lord with all of our hearts.

We must never become so sophisticated in our walk with God that we lose that first zeal.

We are not building churches; we are deeply involved in building the Kingdom of God.

It does not matter what this or that church is doing.

All of us must blend together for one purpose; we are believing in our generation to see the Kingdom of God come forth.

  This walk in the Spirit could suddenly break loose and become a tidal wave at any moment.

Would we be ready for it?

Would there be enough dedicated ministries?

Do we know the Word?

Do we know the gospel of the Kingdom?

Are we ready to go?

We must refuse any passivity and dig in with all our hearts.

There has to be a diligence and a dedication in our hearts to press in until we are the people that God can use to minister Himself to the whole world.

The nations will feel the impact of hundreds of young prophets prophesying the word of the Lord.

They are being prepared n the School of the Prophets.

God is circumcising their hearts and getting them ready.

Nice little churches are changing into spiritual army camps, ready to fight, ready t do the will of the Lord.

If we learn to relate to this now, we will be ready to move when the time comes.

It could be a disaster with worldwide consequences that would suddenly shock us into speaking the word of the Lord to the whole earth.

  Do you feel in your heart that you want above everything else to do the will of the Lord?

Search your heart and pray, "God, take out every response, every bit of focus upon my problems, and let me see why they ave come.

I shall set my heart to seek You and rise up to a new level."

Those little eagles never had to worry about the nest sticking them after they learned to fly.

Then they could find a better perch for themselves.

An eagle that knows how to fly does not have to worry about crossing a river.

He does not even have to worry about the rain; he can fly above it.

He soars above all the problems that plagued him below, because he has decided to live in another realm.

That is what you must do.

If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above ( Colossians 3:1) .

Do not try to solve your problems by yourself.

When one another's flaws seem to be magnified and emphasized, there is only one answer: Ignore them.

Rise to a new level.

Walk with God.

There is no other way.

  • You can completely cut off everything that has existed by rising above it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Many is the time that I wonder to myself if the chemical spraying I observe over the global skies is for depopulation.

Dr. Henry Kissinger, wrote: "Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."

Bill Gates wants vaccines to depopulate us also.

What in the world are they spraying?


The Resurrection Body

Today I dust off another very old archived teaching from my collection of unusual teachings in my vault that I have come across over the years.

This one comes to us from 1975.

As usual, like Lonnie Frisbee advised me, "Eat the meat and spit out the bones" if any of today's featured teaching goes against your own understandings or doctrinal beliefs etc...

I present these teachings merely to share with you things that I myself have enjoyed over the years.

Add to that the fact that I have never heard Christian teaching like this from any other church pulpit that I have ever sat under.

 When God made man out of the dust of the earth, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

Adam then became the first of an entire soul race.

When you accept Christ, He becomes the second Adam, the head of a whole new creation, a life-giving Spirit.

You were dead in your trespasses and sins.

This means that your spirit was largely a non-entity.

It did not perform.

It had no function.

It was not alive unto God at all.

But when you accept Jesus Christ, you are born again; your spirit comes alive.

What happens to the soul?

It immediately begins to participate in the great work of salvation.

We read in Acts 2:47 that God was adding to the Church day by day those who were being saved.

When they accepted Christ, their spirit immediately became alive to God, it was their soul life that was being saved.

  The soul represents your emotions, the function of your mind, that which enables the physical body to interpret.

My eyes may see someone scowl at me, but it will mean nothing except the fact that he is wrinkling up his forehead, unless the soul reaches out and interprets it.

And so the soul becomes a kind of switchboard to interpret what the physical senses receive, as well as what the spirit receives.

Once the spirit becomes alive to the Lord, it reaches out and tunes in to God and this is often a great blessing.

  There is a great difference between what God is bringing in this walk with God and the Pentecostal movement, where they worked up through the soul level to reach God.

That is never effective.

In this walk with God, we worship God in spirit, and the blessing reaches the soul level through our spirit.

The process is absolutely reversed.

We are not saying that we are not blessed or that we do not have wonderful feelings- of course we do.

But we do not approach God through feelings; we approach God through a spirit that is alive to Him.

In worship, when our spirit rejoices in the Lord, it reaches even to the physical level, and the signs come to us through soul and spirit.

  Do not get the idea that you are made of three components - body, soul, and spirit - that are completely separate like bolts rattling around in a jar.

There is an overlapping from the physical into the soul, from the soul into the spiritual.

God deals with a person's spirit when he is not even conscious of what is happening.

But after several days it seems to work through and it reaches his conscious mind.

When God reaches your spirit, you are not always alive to it.

The thing we are working for now is to get perception so the gifts of the Spirit operate.

Then that which the Holy Spirit brings to your spirit reaches the level of understanding almost immediately.

  In some way the things of the old Adamic nature come through and we find revelation of it coming.

That is because we have inherent within us that heredity and nature.

But we have another nature, that which came to us when the second Adam, Jesus Christ, fathered the spirit within us in a born - again experience.

Now we are waiting for our redemption, the redemption of our bodies.

Paul says that this vile body will be fashioned like unto His glorious body by the power whereby He is able to subdue all things to Himself ( Philippians 3:21 ) .

This means that whichever nature comes up strongest could shine through and influence whatever body you have.

If we are still in the natural body, which we are, or if I were to break through to that resurrection body, it still would be true that the Spirit could come through to that nature in a very outstanding way.

This means that as you walk with the Lord and you worship the Lord in your spirit, it can have a very profound effect upon your body.

  Do I mean that what is in my spirit could come and affect my body?

I believe it can.

The processes of health and strength and uplift could come.

Paul wrote to Timothy, "Bodily exercise profiteth a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life which now is and the life which is to come" ( I Timothy 4:8 ) .

Timothy had poor health, but he was told that as he walked with God, it would have a profound effect on the physical life, every aspect of it, and on the that is to come.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could learn how to take care of our bodies and bless them through our spirits being in tune with God?

  Through hypnosis, suggestions can be planted that reach down to affect the physical capacities of a person and enable him to do things that he would not be able to do consciously, such as exercising greater strength.

This was demonstrated in a negative way by men who were devil-possessed and so strong that no man could chain them (Mark 5 ).

We see a positive illustration of this in the story of Samson.

There was no explanation for Samson's physical strength except that it came from a spiritual source and anointing, as the Spirit of the Lord came upon him.

Think of the tremendous strength required to kill one thousand men with the jawbone of an ass.

  The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will quicken our bodies, according to Romans 8.

I wonder if we are really believing for enough blessing?

Or do we have some kind of built-in unbelief?

The people out in the world believe that they can get in tune with something that will bring forth fantastic potentials.

Why can't we believe that the Spirit of Christ with in us can begin to produce more, that godliness is profitable for all things, that everything within us - natural, physical, and spiritual - will respond to the Holy Spirit making alive our spirit and bringing another heredity, with new capacities and new life?

  When the body is dead and has gone back to its elements, the spirit is alive, relatively alert with an awareness on it.

But it must remain ineffective, for it is incomplete because the soul is asleep.

Under this consideration, you realize that your prayers to the saints to help you would be absolutely worthless.

I think it is pointless for you to pray to people who are limited in their capacity to help.

Look to the Holy Spirit to help you. Look to God.

  Be aware that the cloud of witnesses is very close.

Do not be afraid to feel very close to Peter, James, John, Paul, to all of those who have gone before.

Do not be afraid of that; that is not spiritualism.

It is true - you cannot see them, not because of the great distance, but because the physical senses of this natural body are not tuned in to them.

Tune in with your spirit and you will never feel alone again.

They are not going to help you, but they surely are going to watch how you run the race.

  Your five physical senses are limited to operate on one plane.

Therefore you do not see God or the angels.

The more spiritual you become , the more of an ability or a capacity can be given to you to break through the limitations of the natural senses and come into an awareness of the spirit realm.

  Throughout all eternity you will have a body, a soul, and a spirit.

If I thought that I would be only a spirit in a long white robe floating on a cloud playing a harp, I would just as soon sleep it out, wouldn't you?

There must be something better than that.

The Bible says there will be a new heaven and a new earth.

We were made to be creatures of both heaven and earth.

We will not be creatures who live in heaven alone, but we will be creatures fulfilling upon this footstool the pleasure and the will of God.

We will be eternal creatures upon an eternal earth, and as eternal creatures made in God's own image, we will still retain a triune expression even as He does.

  As He is a trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so we will be a trinity - spirit, soul, and body.

But it will be a resurrection body, fashioned like unto His glorious body.

And our spirits will be fully developed, for whom He did foreknow them also He did predestine to be conformed to the image of His Son ( Romans 8:29 ) . 

Whatever Christ is in the realm of spirit, we know that is our future too.

It is unlimited, the most fantastic thing you could ever think of, to be like Jesus Christ in spirit.

He is the first-born among many brethren.

  In Revelation 20:6 the Scripture refers to the first resurrection: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; upon him the second death hath no power."

This is what is often called the "rapture" or the second coming of Jesus Christ.

But it is not the great revealing and unveiling of Christ when every eye shall see Him; do not be confused about that.

In the great time of His presence, the days which we are approaching now, the first resurrection will be one of the events.

  Our critics often make the remark that we do not believe in the second coming of the Lord, in the rapture.

Of course we do.

It is just tat we have placed it at the last trumpet.

You can count on it that there will be a number of events taking place and the last event - which probably projects itself well into the Kingdom age - will be the last trumpet.

It is more likely that the first resurrection will take place many years into the Kingdom, rather than at the beginning of the tribulation.

That I give you only as my conclusion ( The teachers own thoughts) .

If you want to think a little more conservatively, you might say that at the end of His presence, when He establishes the Kingdom, the first resurrection will take place.

But do not be confused on that either, for the first resurrection is not an event limited to one time.

There will be succeeding waves, just as the restoration saw many different companies come out of Babylon.

  People will sucessively be breaking through.

We have the symbol of this in the two witnesses spoken of in the book of Revelation.

They witness for a time and are slain.

After their bodies lie in the street for three days, they are resurrected and caught up, so strong are the judgments that have been given to them.

We believe that many people will do this.

I do not believe that the martyrs of the tribulation period will remain dead very long, at least not the ones who are chosen for this ministry of witness.

There will be almost an immediate resurrection after just a short period.

  I believe this happened in the early Church many times.

Many of the thing you see in some of the old pictures have a meaning.

We have become aware of the auras about people, and it was during the time of the early Church that they began to paint little halos around people's heads, symbolic of the aura ad the glory they had.

Paul talks about Moses having a glory, but they had a glory that fades not away.

The stories that come to us about the early martyrs tell that sometimes they would be slain, only to be immediately resurrected and caught up.

  The day that Jesus died on the cross, the graves were opened and many who slept arose and went into the city of Jerusalem.

The first resurrection must not be considered just an event.

If you want to know what the resurrection is, you will have to read John 11:25.

Jesus said," I am the resurrection and the life."

Stop divorcing these things from Christ.

In Him all the fullness lies.

Everything is in Him.

He is the life.

He is the way.

He is the resurrection.

We cannot reduce this to doctrines.

It is a living thing.

God Himself, in His Son, is our resurrection.

The minute I give way fully to Jesus Christ, I am giving way to resurrection; I am giving way to life.

And I will respond to it.

  For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

But when this perishable will have put on imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory. 

O death, where is your victory?

 O death, where is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The minute God begins to give you victory over sin, you are getting victory over death.

It is all tied together.

How do you know you are going to live?

Because He has forgiven your sins and delivered you from the curse of the law.

  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. I Corinthians 15:53-58.

In other words, your persistence in walking with God has a direct relationship to your resurrection body.

It is not just because you have a hope; it is because you persevere in doing the will of God, walking in the righteousness of God, steadfast and immovable, abounding in His work.

  Everyday that I live in faithfulness to the Lord has a relationship to my resurrection.

Hebrews 11 even talks about those who refused deliverance at a moment when they could have compromised or found a way of escape.

They refused deliverance from death that they might attain a better resurrection.

That is why the early Church was willing to die.

They were not afraid, for they knew they were forging right into the perfect expression of God's victory over death, sin, and the law, and into the hope of resurrection.

It was burning within their hearts.

  I do not think we have in us yet the real hope of resurrection life that we should have.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above. Colossians 3:1.

When you are born of God, the resurrection takes place first in your spirt.

After your spirit is alive to God, you persistently seek those things which are above, and then it has to take place in each succeeding level.

Your soul comes alive to God and then your physical body comes alive to God.

If it pleases God that the physical man die and the soul sleep, at least you have the promise of the better resurrection.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Faithfully And Exclusively His

  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 

  It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 

 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions."

 Matthew 24:45-47.

  This passage is part of a parable about the Lord's coming; it emphasizes the necessity of faithfulness in those whom the Lord comes to meet.

There are those who have gone on to their reward, but some of us will be alive and remaining unto the the presence of the Lord.

The way we serve God now, in faithfulness, is of the utmost importance.

  In Matthew 25, the Scripture continues telling about the end time and the Lord's coming.

It begins with the parable of the ten virgins, telling how they made preparation.

Next, the parable of the ten talents deals with the way God committed certain things to His servants.

Matthew 25:21 tells about the one who was faithful.

"His master said to him, "Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.' "

  There is no other way by which the Lord can evaluate your life except to put you through the chastening and the disciplines, the fiery furnace that must try you, and then to put you on the anvil and beat you.

By subjecting you to these things, He can literally mold and shape a normally unchangeable nature into His own image.

Sometimes you wish that there were other ways, and you may wonder why God could not have thought of an easier way to bring you into sonship.

But it pleases the Lord that whom He loves, He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives ( Hebrews 12:6 ) .

  What causes a ministry t expand and grow?

It is not necessarily dependent on his ministering all the time.

There are men who have been building houses all their lives, yet have not improved the quality of their work at all, while others are diligently building better and better houses.

In any ministry it is not the capability or genius of the individual that matters; what counts is the way the individual responds to the testing fire of the Lord.

Only as you are found faithful under the dealings of the Lord does the ministry increase.

There is no other way.

The test of what you will receive in the Kingdom is based upon your faithfulness now.

When the Lord comes, He desires to find you faithful.

There is no other basis of judgment.

  It could be very unfair of the Lord to reward people according to their I.Q., making smarter ones receive more and the dumber ones less.

It does not work like that because the Lord says He will take the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.

Neither will He judge a man on the basis of his stamina or by how much work he can accomplish, because He will take the weak to confound the mighty ( I Corinthians 1:27 ) .

He has to judge us by our faithfulness.

If we are faithful before the Lord with a little, He promises to give us more.

As we are faithful to the Lord in a few things, He then makes us rulers over many.

  When the Lord returns, He will judge your faithfulness; but your concept of faithfulness has to be viewed in the right sense.

The word "faithfulness' has an impersonal quality to it unless you associate it with personal relationships.

When you use the word "unfaithful" in regard to a relationship of a man and wife, immediately a picture is projected to your mind.

When some people think about unfaithfulness in the work of the Lord, they think of things like staying home from the church services and reading the funny papers.

However, the Lord is thinking about your relationship more in terms of a love affair that is going on between you and Him.

As you view it in those terms, then you begin to put it on the basis that God puts it on.

He looks upon those who are faithful as the ones who have a love life and a communion with Him.

This is more important than anything else.

  A few Scriptures will convey God's idea of faithfulness.

II Corinthians 11:1-3:

I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness;but indeed you are bearing with me.

For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.

But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

  Satan is always trying to cloud your relationship with the Lord.

I do not think the devil is really concerned about how much work you accomplish.

When you get sick and cannot perform a task that you usually do, such as cleaning the church, that is not critical; someone else can clean the church.

Satan wants to stop you from serving the Lord in faithfulness.

  One might say the little details are insignificant.

Perhaps so, but when a husband brings his wife flowers, he is showing her something.

When he sees that she is tired, he may bring home a meal from a fast-food restaurant so that she will not have to cook.

He is showing his concern.

It is not really important what type of meal he brings home.

The details are not really the issue.

Whether the flowers are daisies or roses is not too important.

What is important is the constant expression of the man's devotion.

There is a faithfulness to that devotion.

He continually thinks about pleasing his wife.

  When you come to worship God, it does not matter whether you sing a complicated psalm or not.

This is the issue: What is in your spirit?

Is there a faithfulness to the Lord?

Is there love and devotion in your heart?

From the beginning God has been looking for a people who would walk in the commandment:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength...
Mark 12:30

Paul said, "I have been jealous for you with a godly jealousy, I want you to be like the pure virgin in her first love to the Lord Jesus Christ."

In James 4:4 this same thought is expressed:

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? 

Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

  When you deal with the faithfulness that God will reward, you cannot tell Him that you love Him and then two-time Him.

You cannot have some other devotion in your life, some other interest that appeals to you so strongly that you are torn to follow it.

The Lord wants you to love Him, and He wants no rivals in your loyalties and affections.

He wants you to be devoted to Him above everything else.

It is not how much service you give to the Lord that matters, but the faithfulness of the love in your heart.

  In the Old Testament it says that the Lord God is a God of knowledge and by Him actions are weighed ( I Samuel 2:3 ) .

He sees motivation.

He sees the depth of love that you have for the Lord.

Your eye has to be single.

You cannot have the duplicity that still loves the world.

When you love the world, it is spiritual fornication.

When you serve other things, even self, it displeases the Lord.

  The book of Hose a is a chronicle of great tragedy, yet a beautiful truth comes out of it for our hearts.

At the command of the Lord, Hosea married Gomer, a woman who was literally a harlot.

She went after other lovers, and before long she was in complete control of a combination of men we would call "pimps" today.

A pimp is a man who brings customers to a prostitute.

In return, he is supposed to give her certain income as a prostitute, while he receives the lion's share of her income as a prostitute.

The word came to the brokenhearted Hosea, "Go down and purchase her back."

Hosea went down and bought her back from those who had become her masters.

She had literally become a slave to those who controlled her.

He married her again, and then God gave him the word that Isreal had committed whoredom.

The spirit of harlotry had been upon them, but the Lord considered Himself married to them.

Consequently, He received them back into His love.

  Hosea was the prophet of love in the Old Testament, just as John was the apostle of love in the New Testament.

Some of the Old Testament books follow the same revelation and the same theme as certain New Testament books, and they should be read together.

Both the book of Hosea and the Gospel of John give us a tremendous picture of how much God loves us.

He is concerned that we be faithful as we come to serve Him.

When we receive a word from God, let there be a faithfulness and an integrity, that we count it as a bond and a contract that should never be violated by any unfaithful action or by anything in our spirits that would betray the Lord, as Israel did.

A spirit of harlotry has led them astray, and they have played the harlot, departing from their God.
Hosea 4:12.

The spirit of the harlot prostitutes a precious thing.

The most precious thing a woman can give the man she loves is her love and devotion, completely and perfectly.

A harlot wants to do something else; she sells her body for any man's lust and gratification.

In her heart there is not enough reward in just giving herself freely to her husband.

In her selfishness there are other things that she is more concerned about than belonging only to her husband.

  In Revelations 17,18 and 19, when God describes what will happen in the end time, He describes two women.

One is called the mother of harlots, and we see her riding upon a great beast, which is symbolic of the kingdoms of this world.

As she rides upon that beast, it eventually turns and devours her; she is consumed.

That is the picture of apostate Christianity.

For them it is not enough to strive to please the Lord and send the gospel out to the ends of the earth.

They have to buy up oil companies, chain stores, and businesses, even the ammunition business.

  The church of Laodicea says, "I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing."

But God says, "you know not that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked."

He counsels them to find that which is really precious: "Buy gold tried in the fire that you may be rich; white raiment that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness does not appear" ( Revelations 3:17,18 ) .

We are going to be a virtuous, holy people to the Lord.

We are not going to be a harlot pursuing everything else.

  The greatest witness against denominational Christianity is that they have decided loyalties.

They are Babylon; they are pursuing other interests.

Do they love the Lord?

Yes, as Israel did in the Old Testament.

It is written that Israel feared the Lord and served her own gods ( II Kings 17:33 ) .

There was a mixture of loyalties.

The  cry came in Hosea, "Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty.

Judgment will spring up like hemlock in the furrows of the field.

He shall break down their altars" ( Hosea 10:2,4 ) .

Why did God say that?

Did they not love the Lord?

Yes, but they also loved the world.

That is the mark of Babylon.

That is the mark of harlots.

A prostitute that is married may say that she loves her husband, but that does not alter the fact that she is still a harlot.

God sees mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots; but in one hour her judgments will come ( Revelation 18:17 ) .

  In the nineteenth chapter of Revelation is a picture of another woman, the Bride.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him:for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted tat she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.
Revelation 19:7,8.

She is a beautiful virgin.

She comes up out of the wilderness of the tribulation unspotted, leaning on the arm of her beloved.

  Although you may have many interests and responsibilities, yet in the time of crisis you will want to be like the three Hebrew children.

They were told that they would have to bow down and worship the image ( Daniel 3:14,15 ) .

They worshiped the Lord Jehovah; would it have mattered if just for a second they had bowed down to the image?

Daniel was told, "For a few days, Daniel, do not pray to anyone but the king. Just stop praying to your God."

But with windows opened towards Jerusalem, he continued crying to God ( Daniel 6 ) .

Daniel had nothing but complete devotion in his heart to the Lord.

From the beginning that young seventeen-year-old boy, a captive in Babylon, determined not to defile himself with the king's meat ( Daniel 1:8 ) .

He set his spirit to walk with God.

  When our Master comes, He will be looking for faithfulness.

He may ask, "Were you faithful to the Word?

When you gave Me your heart, did you give Me all your heart?

Was there something else that caused you to fantasize and to yearn, to lust after the fleshpots of Egypt, after the things of this world?"

  "You adulteresses," wrote James, "do you not know that the friendship of this world is enmity against God?

Who ever would be a friend of the world is an enemy of God" ( James 4:4 ) .

The Lord is calling you for a purpose.

Do not let the spirit of harlotry get into your spirit.

Many people come to the Lord out of a life of sin only to have the Lord reveal that He has given them a heart of a virgin, for their hearts are wholly set upon the Lord.

When you are not false and unfaithful to the Lord, you cannot be false or unfaithful to anyone else either.

God brings forth the pure spirit in you.

  Do you love with all your heart?

Do not let the old nature betray you.

With an eye single to the glory of God, serve Him.

Desire to be a genuine believer and lover of the Lord.

In no way be a hypocrite or two-faced.

Be exactly what God called you to be.

Be faithful to Him.

  Psalm 31:23,24 gives us a beautiful promise:

O love the Lord, all you His godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful, and fully recompenses the proud doer.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.

  When the Lord comes, He will look for faithful servants.

He is the Bridegroom coming for the Bride.

He is not coming for the harlot, who loves the world and seeks after everything else.

He is coming for the virgin Bride whose heart is really set on Him.

Those who have this hope within them purify themselves, even as He is pure ( I John 3:3 ) .