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Saturday, June 28, 2014

From The Prophetic School: The Dominance Of The Spirit Over The Soul

Man consists of three basic elements: spirit, soul, and body. 

We know this is true, for Paul wrote, And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I Thessalonians 5:23

Paul saw the three basic elements of which man is constituted.

He prayed that during the end time, before the coming of the Lord, He would sanctify, or preserve blameless, our spirit, our soul, and our body.

In a literal translation of Genesis 2:7 we read, So then Yahweh God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed in his nostrils the breath of life ( The Hebrew word for breath is neshamah; it also means "spirit" ) ; and man became a living soul.

We know that man's physical body was taken from the earth. God told Adam, "Dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return" ( Genesis 3:19 ).

Then his spirit was divinely in-breathed and he became a living soul.

In the New Testament there are Greek words which should be defined. Pneuma is the word for "Spirit." It could mean the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, or the human spirit.

This is seen in John 3:8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The word Pneuma is used in this verse for "wind" and for "spirit." It follows the same pattern as neshamah, the Hebrew word for "spirit" in the Old Testament, which means "spirit" or "the breath of God."

The word pneuma refers to the spirit of man, the seat of his God~consciousness or his consciousness in the spirit realm.

Understand clearly that it is in this spirit realm where God dwells, and it is to this human spirit, the pneuma, that God communicates.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.

God is looking for such to worship Him ( verse 23 ) , which would indicate that God is basically concerned about your spirit being right with Him. God is a Spirit; you are a spirit, soul, and body, and He wants your spirit to communicate with Him.

Revelation does not come to the physical senses of a man unless those physical senses are joined in a very close relationship to his spirit.

What we are striving for is that our spirits and our five natural senses be so closely linked together that when God speaks to us, we are actually able to sense it with every one of our senses.

Since the fall of man, the spirit realm has not opened up to our five senses, even for the man who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. We do not hear, we do not see, and we do not smell the spirit realm.

Only when the human spirit becomes highly developed by great discipline can the gap be bridged between the conscious mind and the spirit.

Very few people ever accomplish it.

When you pray and seek the will of the Lord and God speaks to you, His answer often follows a devious route of being received by your spirit, then passing through various filters into subconscious mind.

Finally it comes up into your conscious thought and you realize, "I have a word from the Lord. I have an answer."

There will be a day in which the Lord will open up this realm and you will see, feel, and hear; but now the body is in a state of mortality, and because of its mortality it has been cut off from the divine awareness and spiritual awareness.

So we live in one world, while there is another world all around us- the spirit world. We strive to develop a consciousness and an awareness of the realm of God, the realm of angels, the realm of devils, but we do not yet have it fully.

The soul is the seat of our self~consciousness. In the soul the self dwells.

Our reasoning, our emotions, and our affections are all active on a conscious and often on an unconscious level.

The Greek word for soul is psuche, of which the word psychic and psychology are derivatives. A psychologist says in effect that he is a man who deals with the soul of an individual.

This is rather strange many fields of psychology today teach that man does not have a soul. The very word psychology is self-contradictory; the science of the soul teaches that you do not have one.

Yet psychologists know there is something beyond what we have ever discovered about the mind of man.

They are trying to explain the extrasensory perception abilities and the ability to foretell events which many people have. All of these matters are a great quandary to them.

Another Greek word in the New Testament is sarx, meaning "flesh." This is the seat of your sense~consciousness.  

In the soul, your emotions, your will, and your conscious reason reign.

In your spirit, revelation reigns. Your soul is able to study, to learn, and to absorb, but your spirit can actually appropriate things.

What is taking place in the human soul of an unregenerated man?

In Rotherham's translation we read, ...My spirit shall not rule in man times age~abiding, for that in their going astray he is flesh ( or "they are become flesh" ).... Genesis 6:3, ( alternate reading in the margin ) .

This means that the unregenerate man is in a fallen condition. His spirit is separated from God, and his fleshly nature is dominating his life.

This was the cause of the great flood ( Genesis 6-8 ) : men went after the ways of the flesh. God saw the wickedness of man, the corruption and violence that was upon the earth, and He was grieved in His heart that He had made man.

In this great triangle- the triune nature of man consisting of spirit, soul, and body- the body had taken ascendancy in that ancient day; so the Lord destroyed the world.

They werte doing mant things which God could no longer endure on His earth. He destroyed them with a great flood because they were fleshly.

Jesus said that the same conditions will exist in the end time before the Lord returns again.

In the last days, men will be pursuing the lusts of the flesh again. Once again we see the fleshly, sensual nature taking the dominant place. This is the current culture we see all around us today; reflected in our music, our movies, our life styles etc.

The flesh and the soul dominate the life of an un~regenerated person. When an unregenerated man comes to Jesus Christ, we say that he is born again.

Jesus answered and said unto him ( Nicodemus ) , verily, verily, I say unto thee: Except one be born again from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Do not marvel, that I said unto thee; Ye must needs be born from above. The Spirit, where it pleaseth, doth breathe.

Other translations read, "the wind bloweth," but Rotherham presents the other meaning of the word pneuma: The spirit, where it pleaseth, doth breathe, and the sound thereof thou hearest; but knowest not whence it cometh and whither it goeth. John 3:3,7-8.

This is far more true of the Spirit than of the wind, for we do know where wind comes from and were it goes; meteorologists can trace its currents exactly.

What happens when a person is converted? When the Spirit breathes on an individual, he is born of the Spirit.

Bacause he is born from above, we cannot tell where the Spirit came from or how He moves, but we do see and hear and witness the results in that individual's life.

Thus it is apparent that God breathes upon the unregenerated man when he repents; and his spirit, which is dead because of sin, is created again in a new birth and made alive to God.

Read Ephesians 2, especially the first ten verses. There Paul wrote, "you did He make alive when you were dead through your trespasses and sins" ( verse 5 ) .

He came and He breathed upon your spirit. That spirit in you was dead, but it was regenerated and born anew when you came into God.

People often speak of saving souls; however, that is not truly a scriptural term to use. We are not trying to save souls.

That is a process which takes place over a period of time in a believer.

What we call a conversion is a matter of being made alive to God, it becomes the connecting link to God which brings life into your soul and into your body.

Let me show you how this works.

If the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, this Spirit which raised up Christ from the dead will quicken your mortal body ( Romans 8:11 ) . It will began to feel life.

Yet, the lowest level, the physical level, will be the last part of your triune nature to experience regeneration.

When a man repents, his spirit is made anew in God. Then he goes through a process of his soul being saved.

Acts 2:47 tells us that the Lord added to the Church daily such as were being saved.

God has saved you. He is saving you, and you are yet going to be saved.

Your spirit was saved, and you became a new person when you were regenerated. Now you are going through the process of seeing your soul life saved.

Have you ever seen a new convert who has just accepted the Lord? Suddenly he is a brand new person.

You can see the joy and the blessing upon him as his spirit worships God. Where he has once been dead to God, all of a sudden he is alive to God.

But you notice also that he probably does not immediately get rid of his bad habits, such as smoking or bad habits of speech.

Maybe there are still certain traits in his emotional life, such as temper, stubborness, or a little contentiousness in his old nature.

These may be hereditary; he knows that he is a Christian, but he is still acting like his grandfather.

If a man is a new creature in Jesus Christ, why is he having a struggle with this?

God has saved and regenerated his spirit, but his soul is still in a process of being saved.

Tomorrow he may throw away cigarettes. The next day God will give him victory over his temper. For several months the man will be going through one process after another, seeing the grace of God flow down upon his spirit into his soul, until his emotions, his mind, and his will are all brought into the will of God.

That is why a new convert often wants to come down to the altar again. It is not because he believes that he is not converted, that he is not a child of God; but something within him is crying out for more of salvation.

He wants that salvation to permeate other areas of his being. He wants his soul to be saved too.

The Scriptures say, "We are of them that believe unto the saving of the soul" ( Hebrews 10:39 ) .

Then we reach the place where we sense that every day that we walk with the Lord we are coming into a place of more victory; we are becoming more of an overcomer. If it all took place at conversion, we would not need to be striving for an overcoming life.

As we walk along with the Lord, what will become of this body?

Thank God that He makes provision for it and heals your diseases, but you cannot say that your body is really saved yet.

It is saved only by the mercy of God, but you have not appropriated it. You do not burst forth into a resurrected body the moment you accept Jesus as your Savior.

you still catch a cold, little children still get the measles, and many similar problems continue to take place.

In this body there is a condition of mortality; but God has given us the promise that because our spirits have been renewed, there will be a whole new day for the glory of God in our lives.

When we want our spiritual perception to work, we realize that as long as we are predominately soulish Christians, living by our emotions, our conscious reasoning of things, and our will, we are not moving in the realm were revelation takes place.

A person who is soulish does not necessarily become emotionally upset, for the emotions may be very introspective. The soul is the root of self~conciousness. There are many kinds of soulish people.

A soulish person may talk about wanting the work of the cross, wanting the Lord to dig in and search his heart. And he never gets out of that self~consciousness.

This may be the only thing he knows in God: O God search my heart, O God digin, dig in." Ten years later he is still searching his heart and looking inward.

When is he going to get the revelation of the Lord? He never will because he is dwelling in the realm of introspection and deep motivations, of emotions, of his will and his temper, of this problem or that problem.

Because he is continually dealing with that soul life, he never gets out of it. If he could just commit it to God and let his spirit dominate his whole life, he would find that he could appropriate from God everything he has need of.

Revelation does not come in the realm of the soul.

Could I describe to you one of the experiences that first brought me into the realization of this?

As a young man, I was raised in a variety of back grounds. One of them was Pentecostal, and I can remember going into some of those services where the people became very emotional.

They would jump and roll and become ecstatic, almost beside themselves. Can God bless a person in the midst of all that?

Oh yes. This is very much of God.

Then why don;t we jump? Because we are approaching God through our spirits, not through our souls.

It is possible for people who believe in the Holy Spirit to come into quite a soulish activity in their church. They like sermons in which the pastor uses a text from the Scriptures, tells them sad stories, and gives them an altar call.

They like sermons which get them converted all over again every week. They need activities that play upon their emotions.

It is in your spirit that you arrive at dedication. In your soul you never do.

The  people who are soulish tend to be up today and down tommorrow, because the human soul is incapable of sustaining an emotion for a very long period of time.

That is why people fall out of love after they get married; they are depending on a fleshly, soulish feeling to keep it alive.

The intellectual type of Christian is also a soulish person, because he is approaching God through his reasoning process.

Let me analyze a few backgrounds and show you the difference between the soulish and the spiritual. The soulish Christians in a Pentecostal church get all excited, but they will not have much revelation.

They have tongues and interpretation, but there is not much revelation in it because there is too much emotion.

Real revelation comes in a realm of prophetic revelation by the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a flow of discernment, the word of wisdom, and the word of knowledge.

Surprisingly enough, during a generation of Pentecostal activity, very few gifts of the Spirit were in evidence.

The gifts of the Spirit have to move on a level of the spirit, not on a level of the soul. Most Pentecostal Christians have the emotional manifestations, and that is all.

They are happy and they prophesy, "Thus saith the Lord, 'As thou art My people, bless My name forever.' " Then everyone shouts, "We heard from the Lord!" What new word did they hear?

"We are the Lord's people." We know that.

"And the lord is going to take care of us." We know that, too.

In effect, they prophesy, "Hallelujah, Gd made the sun and the moon and the stars and all of the heavens. Praise the Lord, the sun will come up tomorrow morining and we will have another day."

We know that already.

What about prophesying something that will reveal the purposes of God in the world?

Many preachers speak on end~time events, speculating who the antichrist might be. But their ideas are usually refuted later. They are moving in a realm without the depth of perception that is necessary to prophecy the things that will come to pass. This, too, is part of the soulish realm.

Pomp and ceremony and ritualism in the realm of the soul, but not in the realm of the spirit. In the realm of the spirit you do not need gimmicks. You do not need to cross yourself or have someone sprinkle holy water on you.

When you come into the realm of the spirit, your spirit is communicating with the Lord.

People come into God's end-time walk from various religions, and various soulish and fleshly levels. When they receive a living Word from God, it does something in them that will separate their soul life from the spirit life and bring them into a new level with God that they have not had before.

For the Word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two~edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.
Hebrews 4:12-13.

Hebrews 4 speaks of entering into His rest, and shows the difference between those who work in a soulish fervor and those who walk in a dedication of their spirits to God.

By the very Word that is coming to you, you find that litttle by little your spirit and your soul are being separated, so that your soul gives glory to God as it submits to the domination of your spirit in following after the Lord.

This means that a spiritual existence is much to be preferred over a soulish existence. If you are soulish, you will not move in a realm of revelation, nor will you move in a realm of dedication.

On that level you can move in a realm filled with feverish activities and works, feelings, emotions, and blessings. And if you do not have anything else, that is what you are left with.

For many years I walked before the Lord in the Pentecostal movement. But I came to the place where God did something else for me, and it opened up a realm where my spirit communicates with God.

That is what I want. The Pentecostal movement gauges everything by the realm of emotion, and we judge nothing by the realm of emotion.

It is the reality we find as our spirit communicates with God that counts. We must learn how to develope our spirits, and to let our spirits dominate our natures.

When you walk in the Spirit, your spirit has the power not only to alleviate, but to completely eliminate every problem in every other area.

If you learn how to walk in te Spirit, you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh ( Galatians 5:16 ) .

That means you can reach the place where your spirit is walking with God and dominating the whole of your life. Then you do not need to worry about the flesh, because you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh no matter who you are or what problems ou have.

People who work with dope addicts find that an addict can rarely receive deliverance until he is baptized with the Holy Spirit. What is the significance of this?

Only when his spirit has had a complete release in God, will he find that every bondage of the flesh, no matter how deep it is in his life, is suddenly overcome, and the habits are broken.

When you learn to walk in the Spirit, you will have complete dominion over your emotions and the rest of your soul life. Then the grace and blessings of the lord will gradually permeate through your entire soul.

How does this relate to spiritual perception? What you must realize is that you cannot walk on a soulish plane and at the same time have very much spiritual perception.

You will have to get out of that realm and move into the realm of really walking in the Spirit if you want the perception to come.

We will continue reading from Rotherham's translation, I Corinthians 2:14: But a man of the soul doth not welcome the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, and he cannot get to know them because spiritually they are examined.

A man of soul cannot welcome the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him. When people come into a church where the Spirit is really moving, it is difficult to get them to accept it.

They will not buy it because they cannot understand it; they cannot believe in it, because it must be discerned by the Spirit.

But the man of the spirit on the one hand examineth all things, but on the other, he himself by no one is examined. I therefore brethren, have not been able to speak unto you as unto men of the Spirit, but as unto men of the flesh, as unto babes in Christ. With milk have I fed you not with meat; for not yet have you been able; Nay! not yet, even now, are ye able, for ye are yet fleshly. I Corinthians 2:15-3:3.

A man's capacity for God is very definitely restricted if he is a fleshly Christian. He cannot understand spiritual things. If he is a soulish Christian, he receives a little more.

But only as a spiritual Christian is he able to move into the wonderful things God has for his life.

The activity of the human body in carnal or fleshly Christians is great.  Although they are Christians, these people do not want to give up their parties and all the rest of their worldly activities.

Many Hollywood actors and actresses follow a pettern when they become Christians. They talk about wanting Bible studies, yet they are not averse to making a sexy movie or something of that nature. They go the whole route because they are living on such a fleshly plane.

The activity of the human soul in the immature or soulish believer includes a human wisdom that is dangerous, at best, he is going to follow a form of Bibliolatry, and that is probably as dangerous as Mariolatry ( the worship of Mary ) .

This is not said to minimize the study of Scripture. We are talking about men who memorize chapter and verse, then argue and gouge one another, using their knowledge of the Word as a sword.

But it is not the sword of the Spirit; it is their personal sword, and they are lacing down everyone according to their set ideas and reasoning down everyone according to their set ideas and reasoning in a soulish realm. 

These people are not open to see the things that God wants to bring. Their beliefs are all cut and dried. They may have a nice Scofield Bible giving them all the explanations they need.

They know just exactly what it says, and they do not hesitate to quote it and explain it. When God comes along, He does not pay any attention to their walls; He just begins to bless.

They say that the day of miracles is past, and they have te Scriptures to prove it. While they say that they believe the Bible from cover to cover, in the blindness of their reasoning, they have outlawed the things in the Scriptures that God is really doing.

They are as bad as the Modernists, because in the name of the Bible they preach unbelief until people cannot get healed or delivered. The Modernists, in the name of a Bible they do not believe in, tell people that they cannot be healed.

The world is ready to advance in every science, while most Christians are a bunch of old fogies. They ought to reach into the realm of God and be prepared to believe more.

What about some Fundamentalists?

They do not change. Their minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. They have every verse lined out, and they know exactly what is going to happen.

When one of their pastors receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he is put out of the church. This is happening all over the country.

One pastor was told, "you cannot even announce it. And you cannot talk in tongues yourself." They have him right in a corner. These pressures are getting worse all the time.

The Fundamentalists have their doctrines all worked out, and then God violates their rules. He just does not conform to the way they have it worked out.

They say that the day of miracles is past; yet the Lord keeps healing people, delivering them from infirmities, and casting out demonic spirits.

They are stuck with the fact that in their little soulish mind and realm they have worked out scriptural interpretations and rules which God will not follow.

I would say that they are guilty of bibliolatry. In their bigotry, they teach chapter and verse without illumination of the Spirit, not recognizing that God is speaking a Word, living and far deeper than any of us know.

God is opening the Scriptures, and we are seeing fantastic truths that we never dreamed of. Let us not only believe what the Lord has already shown us, but let us believe in all of those truths that will suddenly be illuminated in the Word with the dawning of the new day.

Let us believe them even before we know of the, because we know they are going to come.

I appreciate men like Charles G. Finney, who wrote revival lectures and boks that were famous and very effective in his day.

In the preface of one edition he said, "I do not want the coming generations to judge me by what I have set down in this book, because without question, the Holy Spirit will cause more truth and more light to come from day to day; and they will walk in the day of a revelation greater than we have.

I have therefore been reluctant to set down in print what is so valuable to us in this day."

Finney knew that we would have more light than his generation had, and it is true. They walked in days of lesser light, and we are walking in days when the greater light is coming upon us.

In these days, the spirit of an individual can be so illuminated that some of our young people know more about the Word of God than some of the greatest theologians knew a hundred years ago.

They will move in a realm of revelation. As their spirits read the Word, the Holy Spirit will interpret it, and they will see glorious and marvelous things happen.

Daniel was told to seal up the Book until the time of the end ( Daniel 12:4 ). then knowledge will be increased. People will Perceive with illumination upon the Word again.

Walking in the Spirit and learning to worship in the Spirit will stabilize us and keep us from the ups and downs. It will also protect us from false doctrine.

A walk in the Spirit is going to bring us to the place where we have the illumination upon the Word that will make it really live for us.

 You want to have eyes to see, and this has been prophesied. God spoke through Joel that in the last days He would pour out His Spirit. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions ( Joel 2:28 ) .

Spiritual perception will be increased. People are going to walk in the realm of enlightenment, of dreams, visions, and revelations.

"Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord; He will come unto us as the rain, " the prophet said ( Hosea 6:3 ) .

All of this has been prophesied. And we will walk in it even though Satan is doing everything he can to produce a soulish realm.

Legalism can be deadly to spiritual life. Legalistic preaching and the emotions that it generates does not seem to do very much to eliminate a walk in the flesh.

On the other hand, those who walk in the Spirit have a consistency. They always possess a kind of steadiness. Their daily worship may not be very emotional, but there is a steadiness to it, because the blessing of the Lord is continually flowing down.

We want the joy of the lord, but we do not approach God through the emotions. The soul life is a reaction to the spirit's contact with God. Which one is in domination? This is the key.

I have a stronger soul life than many religious people. When my spirit receives a blessing from the lord and it rests upon my soul, I want to act like David; I want to dance before the Lord with all my might.

I get happy because I am blessed, but I do not use the emotion to approach God. There are people
 today who work themselves up emotionally, thinking that they will reach God.

The proper approach is not through the soul. Let the soul react to God. Let it be happy, let it be joyful, let it sing psalms, let it praise the Lord. But let your spirit be in tune with the Lord.

A good deal of your personality comes forth from your vital physical forces as well as from your spirit. I believe that your spirit is more closely linked to your conscious mind than you might think.

You must see that an individual is not three separate entities wrapped up in a package. Your spirit and your soul within your body are not like two peas rattling around in a little bottle.

You are one person just as God is one person: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The great truth of the Word is that God is one, and te same is true of you.

You consist of these elements of spirit, soul, and body. Walk in the Spirit.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Truth Is That Which Delineates That Which Is...

For the Word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two~edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13.

From The Prophetic School: "The Deadliness Of Pride"

This message is simple, yet profound, and it deals with the way we become able to avoid deception and overcome all the powers of devils and demons whose activities are multiplied in the end time.

It also lays out the principal strategy by which Satan brings saints of God to defeat.

We can know the way by which good spiritual believers come to the place where they actually pay quite a price to walk with God- and we have seen many do this.

Yet we have also seen Satan deceive others and destroy their walk with God.

If we can find one key that will prevent that, this message would indeed be very blessed for those of us who want to walk with God without any failure.

Is there a foreboding in your heart of failing, of being deceived and finding your heart drawn away?

Do you fear that you may put up a wall against spiritual things, causing you to wither and perish spiritually?

We know that this move of God is life to us. We know that the Word that comes and feeds us is a tremendous blessing.

We would not want to lose out, and yet we have seen many do it.

 Although the following passage is familiar to you, you will find new meaning in it now:

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven.

  And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 

On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. 

 For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.

A Thorn in the Flesh

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 

 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 

10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

With this we are familiar. But we are not familiar with the reason for God bringing a great deal of devil activity into play against the people of God.

In most traditional churches the devil is never mentioned.

In fact, if there are any demons around, they seem to be sleeping peacefully with the saints. There is no fury, no real battle.

But when people become a part of God's end-time walk in the Spirit, they suddenly find that devil power is assaulting them, and many things are happening.

Why is this?

There is more of God here.

Naturally the devil fights us harder.

Let me point out something that you need to know:
Whenever knowledge and revelation are given by the Spirit of God, they have a tendency to do something to the individual.

Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth.
I Corinthians 8:1

We place a great deal of emphasis on love, but we also seek after more revelation and more knowledge which the Lord will bring to us.

But with every bit of it, there is always a tendency toward spiritual pride.

God understands human nature very well, and He knows that wherever He gives an abundance of revelation, man will immediately fall into jeopardy.

Do not forget that this was the original temptation that brought man to sin (Genesis 3:1-6).

Satan came to Eve in the garden and said," Hath God said? Why, He knows in the day that you eat thereof you will be as gods. You will know good and evil."

"This is wonderful," Eve said. "It looks like good fruit. I can just imagine what it will do for me. It will make me wise."

It was that yearning after knowledge- forbidden knowledge that God said she was not to have- that caused her to reach in and disobey God.

There is nothing like the lure or the reception of spiritual knowledge deep inside to produce spiritual pride.

Sometimes we tend to be too self satisfied and smug because of the superior outpourings of revelations that we have received.

As a result, there sometimes is not that plain, old-fashioned burden for souls, but there is a little too much self-satisfaction.

Get rid of that and bring a little more humility to the churches, and immediately a burden for souls and great effectiveness will flourish.

Of course, we will have revelation and spiritual knowledge, prophesying over people as we know the mind of God for them, but there s a dangerous problem in it and God sees that problem.

Every time God does something for a man which gives him superior revelations, He puts the devil on his tail to buffet him.

That was what He did with Paul. He wrote, And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh...( II Corinthians 12:7).

God knew what was in Paul. He may have been a very humble man, but how much revelation and exaltation can a man stand while he is yet in the flesh?

There is a reason, therefore, that many have known nothing but harassment from the devil since they came into this walk in the Spirit.

This is God's way of making sure that with the abundance and superiority of the revelation, they will remain humble enough so that they will not develop a spiritual pride, which would be deadly and destructive to their whole spiritual life.

 Pride cometh before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

We can understand that the tactic of Satan- related to religious and spiritual peop.le who really have something from God- is to try to foster pride.

Do not forget that pride is what caused Satan to fall n the first place, and he knows that pride is what came to Adam and Eve in the garden when he said, "You will be as gods."

That spiritual pride and ambition is more deadly to this end-time walk than anything else. It is the reason that you are harassed from the day you come into it.

God opens the door for a little messenger from Satan to be at you all the time.

Somewhat lacking in dignity, you come back saying, "I've been in paradise, in the third heaven. Oh, I heard words that are not even lawful to speak. But oooh, that thorn in the flesh!

There's a dirty little devil just nagging the daylights out of me."

There is nothing like it to produce a deep humility- or humiliation, if you want to call it that. A man can be about his business of doing great things for God and find there is a little imp with a pitch fork after him all the time.

Paul referred to it as "a messenger from Satan to buffet me, a thorn in the flesh."

This was more than just a psychic or mental torment; he actually suffered under it and was harassed by it continually.

When God suddenly brings in people who have been a part of conventional Christianity, He turns them inside out.

What great things we could do if it were not for God being so persnickety about keeping us from being proud.

In former years, it was a simple matter to start a church under the church system and find it flourishing in a few months' time. God seemed to bless in an outstanding way.

We realize that there is still pride within us, and therefore God continues to deal with us.

He knows that is the only way He will produce a son of God who is not filled with spiritual pride.

God is not trying to produce some super spiritual people. He is trying to produce humble sons of God through whom He can move and speak His Word in this day.

 Let us see where pride entered into this whole picture in the first place. Then you will begin to understand a little more about the ways of spiritual warfare and defense in the last days.

Isaiah 14:12-16 records the story of Satan's fall.

Isaiah 14:12-16

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 “How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth,
You who have weakened the nations!
13 “But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
They will ponder over you, saying,
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,

 That was Satan's ambition, "I will make myself like the Most High."

Have you ever studied the galaxies of the north? There is a great open space up there.

Lucifer, the son of the morning, was going to make his throne among the great galaxies of the north, as close to the focal point of all the galaxies of stars as he could find. "I will be like the Most High," he said.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to Sheol, to the uttermost parts of the pit. They that see thee shall gaze at thee, they shall consider thee, saying Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?

Notice the pride. "I am going to be exalted. I will be like the Most High. I will have my throne above the stars. Just watch me. I am going to be like God."

Now Lucifer is down, squirming around and tormenting a few human beings. What a comedown!

Ezekiel 28:12-15 gives a description of Satan before his fall.

12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre ( The personification of Lucifer in his day, so great was his wickedness), and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God,
“You had the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.

 Why did he fall?

Verse 17:

 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.

He was exalted: he was puffed up.

The original sin was not that of eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.

The original sin was pride in the heart of an archangel, pride in that great spirit of Lucifer. He said," I will be like the Most High." 

That was spiritual pride.

Because Lucifer knows how subtle his own downfall was, he has set about in a subtle way to create havoc in the hearts of God's people.

You will probably never be tempted to go out and become an alcoholic, a prostitute, a bootlegger, or a sinner like that. Yours will not be the sin of becoming a murderer, or joining some syndicate like the 
Mafia and killing people.

 These things will not be a temptation to you. If you fall, you will fall as spiritual people always fall- through spiritual pride.

Satan does not come to them trying to present himself as a source of evil. According to II Corinthians 11:14, he comes as an angel of light. If it were possible, he would deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24). 

In the book of Revelation, you often read that when some great manifestation of the satanic trinity comes forth, such as the beast or the false prophet, there is great wonder and great admiration.

When John looked at Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots, that great false church riding upon the beast, the incarnation of Satan, he wondered with great admiration and amazement at the beauty and the wonder, the subtlety of what comes on a spiritual level to deceive.

And this is exactly what we have to watch out for, or it will be our downfall.

When Satan comes to someone in this end-time move of God, he does not try to convince him that it is not of God.

He will go a bit deeper than that; he will give him a Scripture and interpret wrongly. You are in great danger when Satan begins to interpret Scriptures to your heart, and because of spiritual pride and a lack of spiritual humility and submission in your heart, you are deceived and you listen to it.

This is one of the most serious and dangerous things you can face, having Satan interpret the Word.

Do you remember how Satan came to Jesus when he was filled with the Holy Spirit?

The Spirit drove Him into the wilderness, and there He was tempted of the devil for forty days and forty nights.

Satan presented as one of his challenges, "Why don't you cast yourself down? It is written in the Word, 'He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up in their arms, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"

Jesus answered with the Scripture, "It is written, 'Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God'" (Matthew 4:1-10).

Satan was an interpreter of Scriptures, even to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. How much more will he try to interpret the Scriptures to us, and get us to fall into that extremely dangerous trap of being lifted up with spiritual pride.

Since the beginning of this walk in the Spirit, we have noticed that God takes active measures to help us. 

From the time that we lay hands upon a person and he is anticipating the great things that God is going to do for him, almost immediately the enemy is let in to buffet and harass him lest he be exalted in pride.

After we minister to people, and they are anticipating that everything will be sweetness and light, then come tribulations and testings; many times the buffeting is from Satan himself.

This is a good sign. It keeps them from being exalted and puffed up.

All of this is teaching us something very serious.

If this is all true, if this is the way Satan fell, if this is the way he comes to try to create pride in us, surely we have here a key to victory.

If we would embark upon a course of humility, of constantly seeking to be humbled before God, of praying about humility and brokenness before the Lord- if we would keep a broken and contrite heart before God, never rising to self-vindication or self-justification, but continually walking brokenly and humbly before the Lord- we would find a place of invincibility in God.

Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
James 4:6.  

I am not too much concerned about what the devil is doing because I know he cannot stop me unless God allows it.

But why would God allow Satan to hinder me and stop me when I know the time is short?

This is the time and the season for the whole world to be moved by this end-time walk with God.

We have fantastic workers and dedicated people who are ready to walk with God.

What then would keep us from moving ahead and shaking the whole world?

The devil could do it only if God let him do it, and why would God allow Satan to hinder us and stop us?

For only one reason:There is still not enough humility in those who are going to walk in these things. God is requiring a great deal of humility.

This is the guarantee: Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.
James 4:7-10

It is not enough to have a stirring rally, with the bands playing, and everyone taking new courage and new heart, and marching until the militant spirit is felt.

That is not the best way to accomplish things in God. If you are ready to take new steps in God, the best way is to say, "Hmm, everything has been going beautifully. I have every reason to rejoice; but I am going into a period of mourning."

This is what the Lord meant when He said, Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4.

This is not talking about a natural mourning, the sorrow you feel if you lose a loved one. This Scripture is talking about those people who have humbled their spirits before the Lord.

When God starts giving revelation, you may tend to feel puffed up and exalted and a little exclusive, as though you are "The People" and wisdom will die with you.

Right about the time this feeling comes to you, there will be a constant assault of devil power against you, and that keeps you humble.

Let us by-pass the process of God allowing Satan to provoke us in any way, by entering voluntarily into affliction with mourning and weeping and humility before God.

There is such a thing as a man disciplining his heart, coming before God, and learning to pray. 

When a man becomes indifferent to that, God gives him trouble so that he does learn to pray. Some people do a lot of praying because God gives them a lot of trouble.

Of course, God knows that if He ever stops putting pressure on them, they will stop praying; and so He keeps the pressure on.

God hears wonderful sermons out of some pastors because He constantly allows the devil to harass them a little so that they keep a humility and brokenness before the Lord.

That is a poor way to stay humble, isn't it?

Wouldn't you rather have the Lord work the thing in your spirit so there does not have to be a constant assault of the devil to produce a reaction that will please God?

Let your heart be broken before the Lord; enter into it voluntarily.

In spiritual warfare there is a way to overcome devil power: Build a foxhole of humility and let the fiery darts of the wicked one zip over your head.

We could let the flesh be arrogant and proud as we determine to fight it out, to battle it through, to face our problems and seek God and get enough grace to survive.

We do not want that. Let us follow the example of Moses. 

He was the meekest man on the face of the earth. No situation and no person sucessfully rose against him.

When Joshua came on the scene, he said, "Not one man was able to stand against Moses all the days of his life."

The earth swallowed them up, fire fell on them, anything and everything happened to them because this man was meek.

He lost his temper several times (and perhaps we cannot blame him for that) , but he paid a dear price for it. 

Of all the men in the Old Testament that God used, Moses was the most meek.

Jesus is the best example of meekness in the New Testament. He said, "Father, I glorify You because You have laid all things in My hands."

Then He said, "Now come on, folks; I want you to learn something from Me. I am meek and lowly of heart; learn of Me and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:29).

Would you like to have a little rest from the warfare?

When we seek God earnestly, it will not be necessary for any devils to battle us. If that meekness and lowliness of heart brings the rest and peace, then let us have it.

In the foxhole of meekness, of lowliness and humility, there is rest. The battle passes you by.

It is the stronghold of protection.

This is the secret that could make life a great deal more effective for you.

Most of us, when we finally do admit a sin, make it almost a tongue-in-cheek affair, like the girl who said, "Oh, I wish you would pray for this sin of exaggeration I have. 

It is terrible and I have wept buckets of tears over it." It was still there, was it not?

Sometimes when we begin to seek the face of the Lord, we recognize our need to be humbled before Him.

But to really come and humble yourself before God requires that sackcloth and ashes become something of an experience to you.

The  prelude to great victories must be sackcloth and ashes. humble yourself under the hand of God.

Ask Him to lay His hand on you and crush you until you are nothing. Then in due time He will exalt you. Because there is no spiritual pride remaining.

He can position you next to His very throne. He can seat you in the heavenly places to rule and reign with His own Son because there will be no pride there.

God resist the proud. Have you found that your prayers have been somewhat hindered? Have you been trying to minister, trying to bless, and you cannot get through?

Have you been attempting to do things that you cannot accomplish? God resist the proud.

You may have been blaming the devil for it, but the devil cannot stop any child of God in his ministry if the power of God is behind him.

The weakest saint going about to fulfill a divine commission in the authority of Jesus name could defeat all the devils in hell.

You are being hindered because God is resisting you. It may be Satan's fault too, but behind the hand of Satan is the permission of God for him to hinder you.

When we are struggling, let us not work against ourselves.

Let us not try to establish churches while the Lord resists us. Let us go down and humble ourselves before the Lord.

Let us not be half-safe; let us be sure. Come to the place where you open your heart to God, wanting to walk humbly before Him.

When you see some of the arrogance within your own spirit (we can always see it in the other person) and you humble yourself before the Lord, you have automatically found the thing that God sees, and He will bless you.

He will bless the humility every time. And as He blesses you, you are going to be invincible. your defenses will be made strong, and you will say, like Paul, "My strength is made perfect in weakness."

That was why Paul was willing for it to happen: "Oh, I will glory in my infirmities. I am going to glory in what has brought me to this place. The power of Christ will rest upon me.

We dare not do anything that makes us open in any way to Satan. I do not know whether you understand this or not.

Let this passage of Scripture impress it upon your heart. 

Revelation 12:7-13

King James Version (KJV)
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 His wrath is great because he knows that his time is short. Picture this, if you will: In addition to that which is normally the lot of a Christian in battling for the Lord, we have Satan resisting the New Testament restoration of the Church and raging with great wrath because his time is short.

We have the activity of the devil and demons in the earth multiplied to an almost unbelievable intensity.

And if we have any openness because of pride, we are laying ourselves open for a great deal of trouble.

Let there be a prayer in your heart: "Lord, I would like to be less proud. I would really like to be more humble in my walk with You. If this is the only thing that is hindering my ministry of prayer and intercession, then I am going to get right down before You without any self-seeking whatsoever and ask You to help me. I am going to humble myself before you."

Set your heart on it.

What do you think God wants when He says, "Humble yourself"? What does humility mean to you?

Perhaps you think we ought to have some mortification of the flesh, such as severity of dress, and demand that all the women fix their hair up in knots and wear no makeup.

Do you think that would help us?

Would that be humility? There is a brand of pride in that too. Pride will flourish in any custom.

In the final analysis, humility is the development of a state of heart toward God alone.

It is not found in anything external; it is not in forms or rituals. It is before God.

It is getting down on our faces and calling upon the Lord, learning humility at His feet, learning the fear of the Lord, drawing nigh to Him in submission and humility.

You may have come before the Lord and said, "Forgive me, forgive me, " but that is not the route.

You have to accept your standing, your state before the Lord and the righteousness that is imparted by faith to your heart. That you must accept.

Coming before the Lord and humbling your heart before Him should be the attitude in which you approach the Lord.

You are looking to the Spirit of God to help you bow before Him. It is not a work you can complete by yourself. As you pray and seek God, let this be an objective.

This is something that has to be wrought in your spirit, because the human heart is proud and that pride has to be destroyed.

Once God works the humility in you, it is no longer a matter of continually beating yourself down and saying you are sorry about something. It is a matter of seeking the Lord for a meek and humble state. That is the answer.

If you do see pride, repent of it. Almost all resentment is a matter of pride. It says, "But they cannot do that to me."

And who are you? Aren't you God's servant? They can do that to you if God lets them. As long as you are that proud, He will let them.

At the time when Solomon's temple (filled with the gold and the glory) was dedicated, during the Feast of Tabernacles, Solomon prayed a prayer, asking God to look after it.

God answered:

2 Chronicles 7:14-15

King James Version (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
  I think that is what God wants us to do: call upon Him and go into a period of humbling ourselves before Him, for He is ready to do great things among us.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

From the Prophetic school: "Waiting upon the Lord" (Continued, part three)

Isaiah 40:31

King James Version (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
 Waiting on the Lord has a twofold function: It is a procedure to come into spiritual perception, and it is also the actual mechanics of deep spiritual perception.
In this lesson I covered a cycle, and yet some of these points may overlap. You may spend many weeks worshiping in a Word that God has given you.

You may spend many weeks following that sixth step of looking for confirmation to a Word that He has given you. Do not be too quick to speak about a Word that you think is from the Lord.

Until you receive confirmation, do not quote it as a Word from God. Have you worshiped in that Word? Have you walked in it for some time?

People often make decisions too hastily. When some of the old-timers back in the Midwest had to make a decision, they would often say, "Let me go home and sleep on it."

They knew that if they went to bed, thinking upon that problem, a certain process would occur at the time they were falling asleep.

The subconscious mind would receive the problem and work on it all night long. When they woke up in the morning, they would have the answer clear in their mind.

So it is not a bad idea to "go home and sleep on it," when you need to make a decision.

We are quick to say that we had a Word from the Lord. I have written down  thousand of things and after trying and proving them, I put many of them aside.

The conscious mind is still open to many things, but when you have really waited upon a Word, the situation is changed.

A Word comes in its force and it begins to expand and fill your life and God confirms it. 

When you worship God in that Word for days, it will become such a living powerful force in your life that it could move mountains.

It is real to you.

It is written on the tablet of your heart.

No Word means anything to you if it is fleeting, conscious thought. But if a Word has gone so deep that God has burned it with fire on the tablet of the heart, then it will change your life and the lives of the people around you.

There is something mystical to the nth degree about waiting on the Lord, yet it is absolutely scriptural and very simple.

We do not want to be a move that does not care about the leading of the Lord whatsoever, but goes its way and says, "We will make our plans and our program and hope God will bless us."

Let us go to the other end of the pendulum where we are absolutely led by the Spirit of God. 

If we are going to listen for the Spirit's leading, we will have to really know it, because in between are the people who are "spooks."

They will say, "Oh, the Lord told me such and such," as they go their way making havoc in the lives of everyone around them with the revelations they are receiving.

We cannot afford to be in that class.

If we are going to have any leading at all, we have to get it right. We have to know the voice of God and know the way of the Lord.

If you are not yet at that place, keep on going. Do not become spiritually proud. Do not assume too much. Do not think you have arrived when you have not.

Learn the process. Just because you learn a few keys does not make you a master. Keep learning; keep reaching. The Lord will bless you in it.

Let us briefly review the 7 keys.

1. Contrition- the inner focus until everything is taken care of.

2. The focus on His provision and His grace and His Word.

3. The focus on the Lord Himself, not just upon His promises. Make it almost abstract. Focus on the loving Lord, the compassionate Lord.

4. The anticipating and appropriating period of waiting for the Word, for the blessing. In this stage, after you are completely in tune with the Lord, you start drawing from Him.
5. After the Word comes, let it expand until it becomes so great that you are filled with His fullness.
6. Look to God to miraculously and supernaturally confirm that Word to you again and again. This is safety. This eliminates any mental tricks, any self-deception or deception from anyone else.
You are putting God in a place where He delights to be.
He will be God and He will confirm His Word.

Every Word will shall be established by two or three witnesses.

7. Begin to worship in that Word. It is in the worship that the great fulfillment of power is released.

(When teaching young prophets and prophetess it is always important to let them understand that they will come into spiritual battle when they press into the Lord.)

This lesson will help you when you are in spiritual battle or having difficulty waiting on the lord. Often your conscious mind tends to be so completely focused on the assault that it is hard for you to be distracted from the battle long enough to contemplate the Lord.

When we are all hung up with a problem or in the midst of spiritual assault, some kind of distracting action can help you. Run or walk vigorously around the block several times until you are out of breath.

You may want to work out in a gym or lift weights. When you are exerting yourself physically, you are not worrying about anything.

An attack from Satan comes on a psychic level, and if you are not worrying about anything you will not be hit in a psychic battle.

When your mind is no longer dwelling on your problems, you are in an excellent position. When a person does not worry, the assault cannot reach him. He has three square meals a day and he works hard.

Then he lies down and sleeps hard. Nothing reaches him.

There is another tactic you might try in order to distract you from the battle. Watch a movie filled with slapstick comedy.

You may be in the midst of a spiritual battle, with the pressures coming in; but if you watch a couple of clowns throwing pies at each other, soon you will be laughing and the pressure will be forgotten. Then you soon realize that the contact is broken.
Any actions that distracts you, so that consciously or unconsciously you are not dwelling on the pressure and on the battle, is of tremendous value.
Writers who are concerned about the mystical realm have learned that principle too. They have learned that you do not sit down with your pressures and start meditating.
If you are under great pressure, the first thing to do is to go into some distracting activity. As soon as the contact of satanic pressure is broken, then you swing right into the Lord's presence.
Go right on in your worship and praise and waiting on the Lord.
For your own information and blessing, let me give you a list of Scriptures that are related to waiting on the Lord.
There are several Scriptures that contain commands to wait upon the Lord. They make excellent reading at the beginning of a period of waiting on the Lord when you are commanding everything within you to turn to the Lord for the answers to all problems.
Of course, Isaiah 40:25-31 should always be on your reading list. Hosea 12:2-6 refers to Jacob and waiting on the Lord.
The following Psalms are excellent:
Psalm 25. Verses 5 and 12 are especially good.
Psalm 27. Read the whole Psalm. Note especially verses 8,11,13,14.

May you be blessed with understanding and comprehension of what has been shared in this study. May you go on to times of waiting upon the Lord and may He grant you many Words of living life in Him to the fullest. 
Your growth in Christ is very important to God therefore He desires that you move on from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word. 

God loves you so much and wants you to enjoy His creation and to function in it with Him. Please take the time to wait upon Him and seek His Word for your life.

The fact that you have come across this lesson in waiting upon the lord is a tap upon your shoulder that you are being called into His presence chamber.

If you have never done this before you are in for the adventure of your life. If you have done this and have gotten away from it you are being reminded that it is time.

And for those of you who are prophetic or being called into the prophetic, this is for you! Reread it and get it into your spirit. This is apostolic teaching from the Word of God. This is for building you up in Jesus Christ.