Tuesday, June 4, 2013

To Grow or Not to Grow? The Choice Belongs to You

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12

The Word is the barometer by which we measure spiritual maturity. It is quick (alive) and the Life in it (or rather in HIM) is what translated (raised) us from spiritual death and became our everlasting, eternal, endless Life. To the degree that we have entered into the REST that He has provided for us (from all DEAD works, because dead works could not produce, attain nor maintain the Life of Christ in us) we grow.

Eternal Life is a state of being but it is also a state of constant growing in Him. We should never be stagnant...that Life in us produces more Life as well as the Grace that is part and parcel of that Life. That Life is the "Christ IN you - the Mystery that so many of us fail to understand because we have not given ourselves over to the Teacher of our Spirit...the Holy Ghost. We activate our Teacher by spending time praying in other tongues - that is our responsibility, and that is how we grow. It is up to us to know the Mystery and to make the Mystery known. Otherwise we will continue to live with an earthly mindset. Our mindset should be heavenly because that is where we are from and where we will return. Soul transformation by the Spirit brings about permanent change. Don't try to change your flesh - it is dead. It is about the salvation of our SOUL. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

"Dividing asunder of the SOUL and SPIRIT": The natural soul and the born-again human spirit. How far apart are they? The more your soul is in agreement with your spirit man, the more mature you will be. The less your mind is in agreement with the things of this "natural" realm, the more you will walk as a son. As many as allow themselves to be led by the spirit of God, they are the SONS of God (Romans 8:14)

Positionally and truthfully we are sons...but are we walking as such? The soul is the place of decision, and the choice is yours.

Be encouraged!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Enemy's Attack on Family - Part 2

There has been a misrepresentation of the Family both in the Spirit and in the Natural. It is my firm belief that those who do not fully understand the mystery of Family in the Spirit (Christianity) will continue to present, proclaim and believe the perverted view of family in the natural. The devil has distorted both. Through religion, satan has preached perversion of the Mystery that is the Church.

In the days ahead, there will be more of a merging of the Spirit of perversion and the Spirit of religion in order to make aberrant behavior acceptable. Christianity is not religion; it is the true family, ordained by God with Jesus Christ as the Head. Any family unit that has not been established with Jesus as the pattern for headship is not the Father's plan. Through rebellion and deception, many families have been fractured. The standard is this: Man, Woman and children. One passage where the model for this is explained is in Ephesians 5:22-6:4:

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." - Eph. 5:22-6:4 KJV

Within this pattern, roles are clearly defined. In order for blessings to flow from the Head (Jesus) on down, this is the standard that needs to be met. Through divorce, absentee fathers, etc., the enemy has sought to sabotage this and bring undue hardship. Not that blessings aren't possible within the structure of single-parent homes; God's Grace and Mercy is still available. The fact is, there is so much struggle involved in so many cases because of  parents abandoning children for largely selfish reasons.

Homosexual marriage and raising families in a two-male parent/two female parent setting, however, is the main avenue through which satan deceives, making "acceptable" what God has already judged as sin.

There's a reason why opposites attract; simply because they are opposites. Each has something that the other does not, which fills the void and makes it whole. Case in point: natural attraction. A man is attracted to a woman and a woman to a man. There would be no need for a male and female of any species if one gender was enough. In order for two of the same to be "compatible", one of the two would have to take on an attribute that is foreign to their nature, e.g., a "feminine" male or a "masculine" female. The mere fact that this takes place proves that God knew what he was doing when He created male and female. Man cannot "re-invent" natural order, just as much as he should never legislate sin - of any kind - into the law of the land; it is a work of darkness.

Consider this: In the book of Genesis, God took woman out of man (two out of one) and then put them back together through marriage (two into one).

Through the forbearance and Mercy of God, manifested Judgment has not yet come. However, Judgment delayed is not Judgment denied. The reason is that God is giving us time to repent for participating in and condoning such acts of open rebellion against His Word.

Think about this very carefully: Without the Word of God, none of us would exist (John 1:3;10). How can we engage in such rebellion and disobedience to the very Word to which we owe our very existence, and  which we have to answer to on the day of Judgment?

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." - 2 Cor. 5:10 KJV

Folks, the times are getting - and will continue to become - worse and worse. If we have the full understanding of the Mystery of the Church and God's Divine Order, we will never be deceived. We need to make the Holy Spirit our very best friend so we will be able to maintain intimate fellowship with Jesus our Bridegroom. We have taken on His Name and His Nature. Do not commit spiritual fornication with the world; there will be consequences. As His voice in the earth, we need to continue to preach deliverance to the captives, and to declare that what is and has been, is not what shall be!

"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
- 2 Tim. 4:1-4 KJV

God Bless, and Be Encouraged!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Enemy's Attack On Family - Part 1

God has designed an order for family in the natural as an example for us to understand family in the spiritual. There is a Divine Order. This is outlined in 1 Corinthians 11: 3-12 (Note: This is not about women wearing hats in church.) and Ephesian 5: 21-33. The reason for the enemy’s attack on family is because that is what Christianity is...it is family. He uses religion to try to destroy family because religion is ANTI-family. 
You don’t believe this? Consider the following:

Religion keeps women subservient. In Islam, for example, as well as many denominations and sects within Christianity, the role of women is diminished. Wherever there is bondage of any kind, religion is present. Family celebrates freedom within authority. Authority is not imposed to keep family members in bondage. We, as born-again believers, have been set free through the Spirit of liberty. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Therefore, ask yourself this question: Am I truly free? If not, someone (or something under the influence of someone) is holding you hostage. Christ came to set the captives free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

Religion exalts works over inheritance which is the basis of a family. So what does he do? Destroy the family structure and/or the children so that there's no inheritance or legacy or make it impossible for reproduction within a Godly-Ordained union of two people of the opposite sex. There is a false freedom that sin promotes. Until one has experienced true freedom through the Anointing, one is not truly free. When you only have one frame of reference there is nothing to compare anything to. For example: a spiritually dead person will not know that he is spiritually dead until he has experienced the Life of the New Nature.

True correction can only come forth in Love. Debate is pointless. We don't debate the Word--we demonstrate it. When a person has a spiritually dead nature, they will misinterpret your show of love as hatred. Why? Because their nature is opposite to yours. What is the opposite of Love? What is the opposite of tolerance? Tolerance does not address the sin issue; it sweeps it under the rug. Jesus cannot tolerate our sin nature even though He loves us. A sinner cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Until we have had a supernatural encounter with His love which brings change, we are lost forever. That is Truth. If Truth is rejected, it remains Truth. Because He is Truth and cannot lie, opposing Truth is futile. The Word of God is the Truth that gives birth to the born-again Nature and is our sanctification.

In conclusion, I’ll say this: Pray for the lost. Pray for the hurting that they may be healed. The most heartbreaking thing that I see through all of what has been transpiring over the last few months (and it is about to come to a head--believe me) is that many who are lost don’t know it. Satan HATES mankind, saved and unsaved alike. He is on his way to hell along with all of the fallen angels. Our lifelong mission is to make sure we don’t end up there along with everyone else that is within our sphere of influence. Watch and pray.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Love, Faith and Praying in Tongues

The "faith walk" will be hardest for those who have been relying on their abilities their whole life. If you're a baby Christian, or if you've been at this for a while, know this: it's not your ability - it's HIS. Yours is the arm of flesh. His is the ANOINTING. HE is the Anointing. HE removes the burdens and destroys the yokes. HE casts out devils. HE performs miracles. HE is in you, so what HE does, you do. Why? Because you are a co-laborer with Him. He needs a body and you're it. Collectively, we are the Body of Christ. Individually, we are members. If we are willing and obedient, we will not only eat the good of the land but more importantly we will do the works of the Father. As Jesus is, so are we in the earth.
The fastest way to spiritual maturity is to allow Holy Spirit to empower your born again spirit so that Father's Will is manifested in your life (Romans 12:2). This is accomplished through praying in tongues.

Oh, by the way...the "faith walk" and the "love walk"? Same thing. You can't have one without the other. Mature love - perfect love - casts out fear. The opposite of fear is Agape (the Love of God). If fear is present in your life, pray in tongues and KEEP yourself in the love of God which will produce  MORE faith. The more love that is manifested, the more faith will work and therefore less fear will manifest in your life. Every one of our Father's exceeding great and precious promises to us are rooted in His Love. That Love is available to everyone who will receive Him. That manifested Love is Jesus. He is the entryway to abundant life. He is provision and sustainer. Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us. No one can say that Jesus is Lord except the Holy Ghost reveals Him as such.
Praying in tongues on a consistent basis brings revelation of the Mystery which is Christ in you the hope of glory. Secondarily, the gifts of the Spirit will flow, but the primary thing is the fruit of your born again nature being produced. That fruit is Love. If you are born of the Spirit of God, as God is Love, so are you. Plain and Simple.

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:20-21

One last thing: perhaps you've just read what I have just shared above but one question remains. "How do I pray in tongues?" you ask. " I don't know the first thing about being "baptized in the Holy Ghost" or what that even means. Can you help me?"
Fortunately for you, I can. Here is a link to a site where you can download a PDF on how to pray to receive Him. The first prayer is the prayer to be born again and the second is to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Below that there is a copy of Pastor Dave Roberson's book "The Walk of The Spirit, The Walk of Power" available for FREE download at his website.

Here's the link to the PDF: http://www.iktusnetlive.com/eBooks

Be Encouraged!
RECOMMENDED READING: "The Walk of The Spirit, The Walk of Power" by Dave Roberson.
Available for FREE download or streaming to your computer at www.daveroberson.org/books.aspx

Monday, July 23, 2012

Service That Pleases The Father: An Exhortation

In order for proper service in the Kingdom to begin, the natural soul has to be turned. The mind, will, emotions and intellect have got to give up the lead position that it held when the old man was alive. Now that he is dead, the transformation from the soul-led, spiritually dead mindset has to begin. Service in the Kingdom begins in the Spirit - that is where instruction is received. In order for this to be done in the proper order, two things have to happen: mortification of the flesh, and edification of the spirit. The flesh and all of it's appetites have to die (mortification) and the spirit man has to grow (edification).

The truth is, the old man died at the new birth. When one nature (the new) comes into existence, the old nature automatically dies. Two natures cannot co-exist in the same person: either you are spiritually dead with a sin-nature, or you are born of the Spirit with the nature of Christ in you. Old things are passed away...dead. However, if your mind has not been renewed through the Word of God, it will still think like the old man, wanting to serve in a Spirit-Kingdom with a carnal mindset. To be carnally (fleshly) minded is death. To be spiritually minded - renewed - to the mind of Christ, is life and peace. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. If, when we who become born-again don't think with the Mind of Christ, we will forever live below our status as Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation, sons of God. We will always try to do things in our strength what Jesus already took care of on the Cross.

Rest. Your works didn't save you, and they certainly won't help you attain spiritual blessings. Ask for the Grace to receive.

The fastest way to begin to operate with the Mind of Christ - to think just like Jesus - is to choose to pray in the Holy Ghost on a consistent basis. The Mind of Christ is a terrible thing to waste. Being sense-ruled as a child of God in the Kingdom of God is the worst mistake any believer can make. Do not reject the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Knowing Who Jesus Really Is Will Show You Who You Really Are

Jesus--from God to Son of God, when He passed through the birth canal, putting on mortal flesh. By doing this He became the pattern, the precursor of the many sons who would be born of His Spirit down through the ages. He is the One we imitate as to how we should function on this planet. That Life that He brought with Him was anointed by the Holy Ghost and He gave it to us.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.- Acts 10:38 (KJV)

We have that same image on the inside of us and are empowered-anointed-by the same Holy Ghost to do the same things. Operate in the same ministry. As He is, so are we in the earth. Right now. The assignment given to us is to know the Person of Jesus Christ through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said "Learn of Me." (Matt. 11:29) Knowing Him will cause us to know who we really are. He has ascended into Heaven and sat down. He is now our High Priest, interceding for us so we can fulfill our calling. In addition to this, the Holy Spirit is praying through us (we provide the voice--He provides the language--if we let Him) in order that we pray to fulfill our rightful ministry so that it manifests. Haven't seen it yet? Keep praying. When it manifests, pray some more. Bear in mind that every child of God is called to ministry in some way, shape or form.

Only a life of fasting and prayer, yielded to the leading of the Comforter is pleasing to the Father. Prayer, fasting, worship and the Word. This is the price that we are all expected to pay; our reasonable service. Along the way we will encounter persecutions and afflictions. There will be temptation both to sin and to abort the path of destiny that is laid out before us. There will be anxious care brought by the enemy. How do we know that it is from the enemy? Because the nature of Christ in us has no fear in it. It is of power, perfected love and a sound mind.

Why do persecutions and afflictions come? Because of the Word. The Word of God in you is the source of your faith. This faith sustains you during your time on this planet. The just shall live by faith. We please God when we give His instructions our highest priority. No Word, no faith- plain and simple. Deceitfulness and lust of other things fall into the category of idolatry. Chasing after material things at the expense of your eternal salvation and believing that the more you possess the more successful you are, are two of the enemy's greatest tricks. When the Lord blesses, it is within the flow of your walk with Him. You do not have to venture outside to get it, and there's no human effort involved. It is released to you by His Grace.

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. - Prov.10:22 (KJV)

The Christian life is one of service - to God first and to our fellow man. Love is the motivator. The key is to love Him with His love first; more than any person, animal, place or thing. That takes care of the idolatry issue. Then we are free to love each other through His love in us.

...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself. - Luke 10:27 (Darby Bible Translation)

The road to spiritual maturity is clearly defined. The Holy Spirit is the One sent to show us that path. The first step begins when we decide to pray in the Holy Ghost on a consistent basis. The old way is to be ruled by our senses. The new, right and proper way is to be led by our new nature - just as Jesus was in His earthly ministry, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. - Jude 1:19-21 (KJV)

Stay on the path, and finish your course with joy.

Be encouraged!

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Exaltation Of The Tithe

The subject of the tithe is always a touchy issue among believers. Many of us have not yet been set free in that area. Receiving your blessing has everything to do with what Jesus did. There have been countless teachings, blogs and articles on tithing and offerings. However, I just wanted to share something that has been on my heart for quite some time and I find to be quite troubling.

Let me start of by stating this: It is not about getting a hundred fold return on money placed in an offering plate. It is not about getting the windows of Heaven to be opened so that you may be able to get a Blessing so enormous that you will not have room enough to receive it. Are we not blessed now? We have been given all things that pertain to Life and Godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) That's all things...not a few.

I have heard many believers say things like "I didn't start to receive my blessing until I started tithing again" or "the reason Brother or Sister so-and so aren't blessed is because they don't tithe...they are robbing God." That's the same mindset that says that God is just waiting for you to mess up so he can punish you, or saying that the reason why you ended up in a car wreck was that He could teach you a lesson. Folks, that's religion. The Holy Spirit is always ready to bring us the Mind of Christ. All we have to do is spend time getting to know our Father; that's what Family is all about. There is no love in the religious doctrines of man. Many a preacher has made quite a good living preaching Malachi 3. Religion places a premium on performance rather than fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is all about keeping the Body of Christ in bondage through condemnation.

A son is a son no matter what he does, but he will remain immature if he does not do what his Father instructs. If he has not been taught to hear his Master's Voice he will always live below the place he has been called to occupy. If he does not know his Father he will continually miss out on the joys of fellowship with Him. On the day of Judgment there will be much regret because many believers never took the time to fellowship with the One sent to instruct them in the ways of righteousness and sound doctrine. Seeking first God's way of doing things will always result in Godly provision...without fail. With the Father's Love, there are no conditions attached; it is by His Grace. God's Love is unconditional. He loves the sinner just as much as He loves His children. The difference between them and us is that the sinner doesn't have His Nature. 

Our giving in tithes and offerings is in large part to rescue the very ones who are perishing...that is the message of the Gospel!

We have the benefit of His Life indwelling us. Without that Life mankind is destined to spend eternity in hell. Along with that Nature in us we have an inheritance through Jesus. We are daily loaded with all of His benefits. In Him-in His Presence-there is fullness of Joy, and at His right hand-where we are seated, there are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). All we need to do is to abide in Him. Abide in His Word. Abide in His Love.

The true Hundredfold return is of the Word that has been sown into our spirits to grow us up into  the Image of that Seed in us, Christ Himself. The christian's motivation for giving should be love and only love - love for God and our neighbor as ourselves. Stop chasing after money and material things; it is covetousness and idolatry which is sin. It violates God's Divine Order. The god of this world wants you to worship mammon...DON'T. Worship Jesus!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [Matthew 6:33]

I would be remiss if I did not share for those who do not know how to tap into  the sound doctrine that the Father has laid up for us. He has not left us as orphans; we are sons (there's no gender in the Spirit) with a Father who loves us so much He has left us with the Teacher of all teachers, God The Holy Ghost. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues is the pathway through which we can appropriate all things that God has for us so we can fulfill our calling in the earth. Our human, born-again spirit is baptized in the Holy Spirit who brings the instruction to our spirit--that is where the answers are to be found. He should be our only source of doctrine. Any true teacher to the Body is taught by the Holy Spirit as well. It is only through a consistent prayer life spent praying in tongues that we can break away from the bondage of religion. Resist any teaching that teaches any other source of Blessing than our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ.

Stop treating offerings as some sort of stock market investment or the lottery. The reason for giving is to advance the Kingdom of God. Another thing: He has taken us beyond the tithe. The tithe is just the starting point to train us to be mature in our giving. What is mature giving? It is listening to the Voice of the Holy Spirit and give what He says to give. If He doesn't give specific instructions, give what you have purposed in your heart. If it's 10 percent, fine. If it's not, that's fine too. There is no condemnation. Let your spirit man lead you. As many as are led by their born again Nature, they are the sons of God - [Romans 8:14 - paraphrase] (many interpret "Spirit of God" to mean "Holy Spirit" - that is not what this passage is talking about here, but the human, born-again spirit - more on that another time perhaps). As an example, Jesus was led by His Heavenly Nature all through His life until the Holy Spirit showed up to anoint His ministry at His baptism by John the Baptist, the same Nature that He has given to us - but I digress.

The tithe is not what the believer's prosperity is attached to- Jesus is the One who prospers you. Do not make the tithe into an idol! Our eyes are to rest solely on Jesus. Religion exalts the tithe...the Holy Ghost glorifies Jesus!