Thursday, February 28, 2013

Caught Up....

The term "caught up" depicts a powerful event. The Greek word "harpazo" (Strongs 726) conveys the idea of force suddenly exercised (Vines) and is used to describe a powerful release of God's energy. It means to be taken hold of, to be seized by a power beyond our own. For those who would say “caught up” means to be removed from the earth let us consider the following. Paul was “caught up” to the third heaven and whether in or out of his body but he did not leave the earth; he had access to spiritual realms and heard words which could not be expressed in human language. Philip was “caught away” by the Lord from one place to another but neither did he leave the earth. It seems Ezekiel also had a similar experience. Each received a powerful intervention of God's power which released them from the restrictions of this physical dimension but they were not taken away. (2 Cor 12:2-4, Acts 8:39, Ezk 8:3, 11:24)
The use of this word by the Lord himself reveals its meaning. Jesus used the same word but never said that people are taken out of the world. He said that "harpazo" empowers “men of force” to enter the Kingdom of God. (Matt 11:12) The NIV says, "the Kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it". Men enter into it by the “harpazo” power of God. It conveys the idea of pressing into and possessing the Kingdom. (Luke 16:16) Every time Christ did a miracle he reached into a “future age”, the Kingdom age, took hold of it and released its power into the present situation. Through "harpazo" believers were able to take hold of and enter into the Kingdom. Jesus did not use the word to mean being taken to heaven but to mean entering the Kingdom of God here on earth. They were not taken out of the world but experienced the power of God coming in to them to change them in the world. “Harpazo” is the forceful dynamics of God to catch someone into His power. It is God seizing control.
Paul experienced “harpazo” and used the same word to describe what will happen to living believers at the parousia. It is the release of God's power into believers, not to take them away but to enter His Presence when He comes. It is not a removal from a place but a transformation from a state. The "harpazo" is the dynamic power of God to catch believers out of their fallen condition of corruption and transform them into the incorruptible life of Christ. It means first and foremost a catching out of a state, that of carnality and death, into that of spiritual power. (See page 28, Romans 8) The “harpazo” releases one from the restrictions of this present mortal life to fully transform one into the freedom of Christ's life right here and now. The “harpazo” will happen as it did with Jesus. The “man child” was “caught up” to God. (Rev. 12:5) In the same way he had come and gone during the 40 days he just stepped through the veil into the cloud. When He returns the “harpazo” will happen in the same way. He will step out and they will meet him not up in the stratosphere but right here in the Cloud of his Presence. But some may say “The Lord must first descend”. To descend (Strongs 2597) means to “step down”. (Jn5:7) He will just step down from the cloud.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


There are two kinds of men on this planet:  Christ, the new man, and Adam, the old man-beauty and the beast!

And he [Solomon] said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like Thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with Thy servants that walk before Thee with all their heart (1Kings 8:23).

The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell [death] below (Proverbs 15:24, NKJV).

And He [Jesus] said unto them, Ye are from beneath;  I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world (John 8:23).

The first man is of the earth, earthy:  the second man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).

The literal Greek rendering of the latter verse is, "so let us now put on and wear as a garment or a piece of armor the image of the heavenly."

Heaven is from above. Earth is from beneath.

Christ is from above. Adam is from beneath.

The fruit of the Spirit is from above (Gal. 5:22-24).
The works of the flesh are from beneath (Gal. 5:19-21).

Righteousness, peace, and joy are from above (Rom.14:17).
Unrighteousness, war, and sorrow are from beneath.

Sexual sins, evil habits, gluttony and drunkenness, gossip,
jealousy, envy, strife, peer pressure, the love of money
power struggles (civil or ecclesiastical), insecurity, any sense 
of insignificance or inferiority, unrighteous anger, law suits, 
political  correctness, any  and  all  kinds  of  prejudice, all
thoughts of retaliation and  revenge, any  sort  of demonic
activity,  fear  or  timidity in  any  form-  all  this  is  from
beneath- the realm of death  and hell (Prov. 15:24).

In Christ, we have been called to live above all the junk and stuff. Preachers, we cannot focus on those lower realms. We cannot speak from beneath-you get what you preach, and you preach what you are. We are to prophesy from the heavens, the place of the ascended life, life more abundantly (John 10:10). We are to bring Heaven to earth (Matt. 6:10).

He is not beneath. He is not "down there" in the lower realms of our whining and complaining, our self-pity, our weakness. This is tough, but He isn’t going there! When you throw your pity party, He will not come, nor will any of His servants. There is nothing "down there" but death and hell.

Are you sick and tired of being bound by earthly things? We can live "down there" in Adam, or "up here" in Christ. We can live the high calling. We can now enjoy the secrets of the ascended life. Choose wisely.

He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all (John 3:31).

The Ascended One and those who live the ascended life in Him are above the cares of lif e. Stuff is not on top of us. We are on top of it.

Jesus knew that all religion, pictured by the Pharisees of his day, was "beneath" (John 8:23). This adverb is kato and it means, "downwards; below." It is also translated in the King James Version as "bottom, down, under." When Jesus said, "I am from above," He was standing right here on this planet (compare John 3:13).

The Message Bible gives a powerful rendering of this truth:

Jesus said, "You're tied down to the mundane; I'm in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I'm living on other terms.
I told you that you were missing God in all this. You're at a dead end. If you won't believe I am who l say I am, you're at the dead end of sins. You're missing God in your lives" (John 8:23-24, The Message Bible).

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code (Romans 7:6, NIV). Compare Romans 6:4.

His death was our death.. As new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17), we have now   arisen   to walk   with   Him in “newness" (renewal) of life, and serve Him in "newness" of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6).

...shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the
Father of spirits, and live? (Hebrews 12:9).

As Christians, we are essentially spirit, not human. I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience. I am a spirit being of which God Almighty the Father is trying to put up with a human experience.  We are eagle saints.  We have never fit, and never will. Like God, we are spirit, have a soul,  and  are expressed through a body. We live in the
Spirit, far above. This is the ascended life.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3, NIV).

                                                     RAISED UP IN THE THIRD DAY

Jesus was raised from the dead on the "third day" (Matt.16:21; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:3-4)

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth (Hosea 6:1-3).

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).

We are privileged to live in the dawning of a new day. This new day is the Third Day from Jesus and the Seventh Day from Adam (Jude 1:14). This key passage from Hosea heralds the ascended life.

The  word  for "return" in  Hosea  6:1 is shoob ,  and  it means,  "to turn  back; again; to bring  back,  to restore,  to refresh, to repair." These are tremendous days of restoration and reformation.

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten... (Joel2:25).

From the days of Martin Luther (1517) to the present, the Lord has been restoring to His true Church the years that manmade religious tradition has consumed.

After "two days," after 2,000 years, He has promised to "revive" us. He is quickening us, restoring us to life and health.  "In" (during) the Third Day He has determined to "raise us up." He has roused us from sleep and empowered us to stand up again.

Now we "live in His sight," literally, "in His face," His presence. We are ascending.  We are being raised up to "follow on," to run after the Lord in the Most Holy Place. We met with Him as our Savior in the Outer Court (Acts 4:12). We experienced Him as Baptizer in the Holy Ghost in the Holy Place (Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4). Now we meet with Him yet a third time as Lord as He raises us up in the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut. 16:16).

The ascended life is His life. The virtue of the indwelling Christ (Col. 1:27) empowers us to ascend into the heights of Zion.

The ascended life is the high calling. The ascended life is His life. Christ is from above. Adam is from beneath. God is raising us up in the Third Day.

The ascended life is revealed throughout both Testaments.  Every major Old Testament type points to Jesus, the ascended One. He is the Antitype, the fulfillment of every Old Testament shadow. Jesus is the Substance. He is the once-for-all offering that consummates every Old Testament sacrifice,   especially the Burnt   Offering, less commonly known as the Ascending Offering.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

His Life...

The Ascended Life Is His Life

Reaching forth unto those things which are before...." This "one thing" has two aspects. We cannot "cleave" (cling to, stick to, adhere) to our destiny until we "leave" behind (forsake, depart from) our past. We cannot embrace this "new thing" (Isa. 43:19) until we forsake our old paradigms and mind¬ sets. Moses, the old order, is "dead" (Josh. 1:2). It is time for the Joshua generation to arise, cross Jordan, and possess the land!


 The Apocalyptic Message of the Book of Joel, gives clear definition to this "high calling."

This corporate Overcomer and partaker of the "heavenly calling" (Heb.  3:1) is revealed throughout the Bible.
The people of Zion are pictured by these notable Scripture examples:

1.   The Joseph Company or Benjamin Company (Genesis 37-50).
2.   The Moses-Aaron (King-Priest) Ministry (Exodus 6-12).
3.   David's Mighty Men (2 Samuel23; 1 Chronicles 20).
4.   The Elijah Ministry (2 Kings 2).
5.   The Shulamite (Song of Solomon 6:8-9).
6.   The Saints of the Most High (Daniel 7:18-27).
7.   Joel's Army (Joel2:1-ll).
8.   The Hundred-fold Company (Matthew 13:23).
9.   The Melchisedec Priesthood (Hebrews 5:1-8: 6).
10. The Corporate Overcomer (Revelation 2-3; 21:7).
11. The Man-child Company (Revelation 12:1-5).
12. The 144,000, the First fruits Company (Revelation14:1-5).


The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell [death] beneath (Proverbs 15:24).

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life...John 14:6).

This high calling, this way or manner of life in the heavens, is the ascended life.

The ascended life is His life! The purpose for Jesus’ incarnation was that "they (we) might have life, and that they (we) might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The ascended life, the abundant life, began when we were "born again."

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying, 'You must be born again'" John 3:5-7, NIV). Compare John 3:3; 1Peter 1:23.

The term "born again" is taken from two Greek words. "Born" is the word gennao1   and it means, "to procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate; to be born, be begotten. "Again" is the word anothen and it  means, "from above; by analogy, from the first; by implication, anew; from a higher  place; used  of things  which  come from heaven  or God. “It is derived from ana (upward or on the top, on high). Anothen is used in James 1:17 and James 3:17, the key texts for Chapters Six and Seven of this writing.  Ano is translated as the "high" calling (Phil. 3:14). To be "born again" is to be "born from above." Our ascended life in Christ began when we accepted Him as our personal Savior and His blood removed our sin! Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place? (Psalm 24:3). The Hebrew word for "ascend" is aw-law
This primitive root means, "to ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); to go up, to climb; to spring up; to go up over, to rise; to exceed to be superior to; to offer up." It suggests movement from a lower to a higher place. This is the verb for the noun a-law' which is translated as the "burnt offering" (explained fully in the next chapter).

Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God (John 20:17).

Wherefore He saith, When He [Jesus] ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same al so that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:8-10).

Jesus is the One who ascended and gave gifts unto men (Eph. 4:11). He ascended up "far above" all principality, and power, and might, and dominion (Eph. 1:21)! His is the high­est Name (Phil. 2:9; Heb. 1:4)!

The Greek  word  for "ascend" or "ascended" in  these verses is anabaino.  This compound of ana (up) and basis (to walk; a pace, a base; the foot) means, "to go up; to rise, to mount, to be borne  up, to spring up." It is translated in the King James Version as, "arise, ascend (up), climb (go, grow, rise, spring) up, come (up)."

Thus,  to "ascend" is to "walk up" or "step  up."  The ascended life, His life, is a lifestyle or way of life. Step forward so that you can step up! In the Book of Acts, Christians were known as the people of the "way" (Acts 18:25-26; 24:14). That word means, "a road; a progress (the route, act, or distance); figuratively, a mode or means; metaphorically, a course of conduct, a way (that is, manner) of thinking, feeling, deciding." Again, the ascended life is a way of life, a lifestyle.

There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it (Job 28:7-8).

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there (Isaiah 35:8-9, NIV). Compare Isaiah 40:3; 62:10.

This way of life is the "highway" (thoroughfare, turn­ pike, and staircase) of Isaiah's writings. This raised way, this public road, is the highway of the upright (Prov. 16:7). No lion (the devil, as in 1 Pet. 5:8), no lion’s whelps (demons), knows or walks that path, that way. It is "far above” them (Eph. 1:21; 4:10)! Interestingly,  the word  for Jacob's "ladder" in Genesis 28:12, means, "staircase," and is taken  from  the same root word  as "highway." This bottom of Jacob's ladder is this end of Heaven; at the top, the other end of Heaven, is the throne of grace (Matt. 24:31).

Anabaino, the Greek word for "ascend," is also translated in the English Bible as "went up."  Jesus, the Pattern Son, often "went up into a mountain" (see Matt. 5:1; 14:23; 15:29; Luke 9:28; John 6:3).

The ascended life, His life, is the way of life in the heaven­ lies, and is "far above"7  all else! We can live "far above" the devil and demons, "far above” the circumstances of life. The old preacher said, "This is so far above that the devil gets a nose-bleed trying to find it!"

The eyes of your understanding  being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us­ ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all (Ephesians 1:18-23).

Can you begin to fathom the weight of the world's sin that Jesus bore on Calvary's cross? Now can you begin to imagine the dimension of power that it would take to raise all of that from the dead? The Holy Ghost demonstrates this power, the power of resurrection life. His is the power by which we are able to live the ascended life!

                                                   The Ascended Life is His Life

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?  Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in new­ness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). Compare Galatians 2:20; 1Corinthians 15:16-23; Colossians 2:11-12.

When Jesus died, we died with Him.  When He was buried, we were buried with Him. 
When He arose, we arose with Him. And when He ascended, we ascended with Him!

The ascended life is His life!

For in   Him we Live, and move, and have our being ... (Acts 17:28).

For it is through union with Him... (Acts 17:28, Goodspeed Bible).

We live and move in Him, can't get away from Him! (Acts 17:28, The Message Bible).

For to me to live is Christ ... (Philippians 1:21).

For to me living means Christ... (Philippians 1:21, Williams).

Alive, I'm Christ's messenger... (Philippians 1:21, The Message Bible).

For ye are dead,   and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:3-4).

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life- even though invisible to spectators- is with Christ in God.  He is your life (Colossians 3:3-4, The Message Bible).

When  Christ  (your  real  life,) shows up  again  on  this earth, you'll show  up, too-  the real you, the glorious you...

The Christian life is living the life of another! We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God. When the enemy comes knocking, we send Christ to the door!

The ascended life is His life, the life of the One who has ascended up far above all else to fill everything with Himself!

We are not speaking in the mode of the previous order, striving to get the victory. We are not putting this dominion into the future. The ascended life is the life of Him who has already ascended! Jesus is the Ascended One.  He that is joined to the Lord is "one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17). This is not something that we are trying to attain. We are already seated with Him in heavenly places "far above" (Eph. 1:21; 2:6). The hard part isn’t getting “up there" or “back there” (in the Most Holy Place). The hard part  is coming  back down  and coming back out!
...1 am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Moreover, the ascended life is the life of His abundance. The  word "abundantly" here   means, "in the  sense   of beyond, superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in qual­ity); by implication, excessive; over  and  above,  more  than is necessary, superadded; superior, extraordinary, surpass­ing,   uncommon pre-eminence, superiority, advantage, more  eminent, more  remarkable, more  excellent"-  the high calling!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

His will...His Glory..

God is honored and blessed and glorified where His will finds expression.— Wherever the will of God is being done, He is automatically glorified. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” We get the benefit of the light and all that, but it was to the glory of God first. When His will is executed, it is a reflection of His glory. Man’s great objective, too, is to glorify God. How can we glorify God? By surrendering our will to His, and letting His will be wrought in us. Then we cannot help but glorify God. Paul says, “I want to focus your thoughts, your prayers, your desires, every feature of your being,bound together in a strange cable toward one thing—glorifying God.” God is setting before us an objective: “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all . . .”—that ye might enterthe pearly gates? No. Do all that the kingdom of God shall come upon the earth? NO! “Do all to
the glory of God!” He never changed the objective for man. Man was made to glorify God and to give him pleasure. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God . . .” (Col. 3:17) It all moves toward God. “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to Whom be praise and dominion forever and ever, Amen.” (1 Pet. 4:11)—How do we glorify God? We can only glorify God by doing His will, and wherever the will of God is done, He is automatically glorified. I have the joy of doing the will of God, but I don’t always have the joy of doing the THING which is in the will of God. In our life patterns, it we are dedicated spirits doing the will of God, He says, “I can make all these things work together for good, even the devil. Because I am God, and in My permissive will, I introduce all these foreign, strange elements. But I am God, and I can cause them to work together for good to you who are called by Me according to My purpose.” What is His purpose? “For whom He did foreknow He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son that He may be the Firstborn among many brethren.” (Rom. 8:29) Paul goes on to say, “Be not conformed to this world.” (Rom 12:2) Don’t be molded into the popular world mold; don’t allow your life to be cast into that popular world mold, and become molded into a worldling, because that is a world mold. He says it will press. We know in the world they have a lot of troubles, but, you see, they don’t let their troubles do them any good. It brings them to a place of defeat, and sometimes suicide. When we do the will of God, we feed Him. “My meat and My drink is to do the will of God.” (John 4:34) When did you feed Jesus last? It always pleases me to see how God can work when we let Him do what He wants to do. He can establish a work; He can defend a work; and He can do anything He wants to, if we would only get in with His “want to”, and not say, “Lord, I want to,” but “Lord, what do You want to do?” Then we get through. Most people think the will of God is the most superficial thing. Sometimes the will of God is so complicated, and intricate, and involved, that it takes prayer to get us in a place where we can receive, or even discern it. Paul found this so. (Col. 1:9-11) The will of God is the safest place in the world, but sometimes the most difficult. God still sits on the throne. It is His world. He has a program. He has an infinite will that is pushing down through the centuries, and on over into the ages. How sweet and lovely when my little will, and your little will is swallowed up in that magnificent one of God! The basic sin in all the world is self-will against the will of God. When we bring it down to its last analysis, it may take ten thousand forms; every sin that is committed is a form of self-will over against God’s. All of us have sinned, because we have not perfectly glorified God; all have missed the mark.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Right here...Right now....

We are standing here, and we are the sum total of all the choices and decisions we have made in our lives. They have all registered, and this, is the composition of our character. We live in our wills. We forget, when speaking about heaven, that so many of the things which are for us in the ages yet to come, after this life has been lived, and we as a conscious entity, a spirit released from the body, and moving in the new resurrection body,in a new spiritual realm, most of the things that we have on that other shore, over there in the ages, are DETERMINED HERE. Now don’t think that we can just live a Christian life as happy as we can, and, when we go to heaven, everything is going to be so wonderful, l am sorry to disillusion some people. It isn't going to be that way! Right here and now, we are making the decisions  the choices; the surrenders; the outpourings of life. We are doing that HERE, and THAT WILL DETERMINE what we will have over there. That is not built up all of a sudden over there; not at all. We determine all that right here and now. Life is too short for us to put into manifestation much that we would choose. Even with a good choice, life is too short for it. But I tell you one thing, life is long enough so that when Truth is presented, and there is an occasion for us to make a decision; or a surrender; or die a death; or accept a Truth—right here is where we do it, but the fruitage...the real fruitage...of it, won’t always be seen here. We aren’t here long enough... the real fruitage will be projected in the things yet to come.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

There remains a rest....

Faith is composed of two basic principles: (1) To cease from man’s own work, and (2) to wait for God to work. Ordinarily we consider faith as trusting, depending and waiting for God to work; not realizing that there is the prerequisite of ceasing our own work first. To cease from man’s own work is reckoned as a work of faith. Waiting for God to work happens in the believer’s heart, hence it is invisible; but ceasing from one’s own work is external, therefore it may sometimes be seen. The greater work of faith is manifested in the believer ceasing from his own work rather than in waiting for God to work for him. The importance of such a step cannot be overemphasized. For God is never willing to mix His own work in with the work of man’s flesh. What God requires of the believer is to cease from all that is of his own self, including his idea and strength. No doubt God is pleased to be trusted and relied upon by the believer. But how is such faith in God expressed? By being still and completely resting from one’s self. This is the first step in the work of faith. Where can you find a man who is still busily plotting and working after he has fully trusted his friend? If God is trustworthy and His power is sufficiently great, will He need our help? If we believe God will work for us, is there any room for worrying? Are we afraid that He may not be able to do it well? Such attitudes prove that we do not really believe. Faith demands us to be fully rested: neither worrying in heart nor laboring in body. If we have no rest in body as well as in heart—that is to say, if we are yet laboring and worrying—we show ourselves to be people without faith!

Heb 4:9 (Williams NT) It follows that there still remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 
Heb 4:10  For He who has been admitted to His rest, has rested from His works as God did from His. 
Heb 4:11  Let it then be our earnest endeavor to be admitted to that rest, so that no one may perish through following the same example of unbelief. 
Heb 4:12  For God's Message is full of life and power, and is keener than the sharpest two-edged sword. It pierces even to the severance of soul from spirit, and penetrates between the joints and the marrow, and it can discern the secret thoughts and purposes of the heart. 
Heb 4:13  And no created thing is able to escape its scrutiny; but everything lies bare and completely exposed before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. 
Heb 4:14  Inasmuch, then, as we have in Jesus, the Son of God, a great High Priest who has passed into Heaven itself, let us hold firmly to our profession of faith. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

God’s will....

To perform God’s will a Christian need simply heed the direction of his intuition. There is no necessity to ask others, nor even to ask himself. The Anointing teaches him concerning everything. Not once will the Anointing leave him nor permit him to choose independently. Any who wish to walk after the spirit ought to recognize this. Our responsibility is none other than to accept instruction from the Anointing. We need not decide our own way; indeed, He will not allow us so to do. Whatever is not of the leading of the Anointing is but our doing. The Anointing functions independently; He does not require our help. He expresses His mind independently of our mind’s searching or our emotion’s agitating. The Anointing operates in mans spirit to enable intuition to know His thought.

1Jn 2:27 (Williams NT) And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him remains within you, and there is no need for any one to teach you. But since His anointing gives you instruction in all things--and is true and is no falsehood--you are continuing in union with Him even as it has taught you to do.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Our Guide

The Holy Spirit is given primarily for the benefit of the whole body of Christ. He abides in each individual because 
He dwells in the whole body of Christ and each is a member of it. The work of the Spirit is corporate in nature 
(1 Cor. 12. 12-13). He guides individuals because He guides the whole body. He leads each of us for the sake of the body. The movement of one member involves the whole body. The guidance of the Holy Spirit in our individual spirits is related to the other members. Spiritual guidance is the guidance of the body. In order that our movements may therefore be related to the body, we need to seek sympathy and agreement from the spirit of “two or three” other members, even after we personally have received guidance in our spirit. This principle must not be neglected in spiritual work. Much of defeat, strife, hatred, division, shame, and pain has been due to the independent moves of those who mean well but who follow merely their own spirit. All who follow the spirit should accordingly test their guidance by its relationship to the spiritual body to determine whether or not it is of the Holy Spirit. In every bit of our work, conduct, faith, and teaching we should be regulated by that relationship of the members one of another” (Rom.12.5) .

1Co 12:12 (WNT)  For just as the human body is one and yet has many parts, and all its parts, many as they are, constitute but one body, so it is with the Church of Christ. 
1Co 12:13  For, in fact, in one Spirit all of us--whether we are Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free men--were baptized to form but one body; and we were all nourished by that one Spirit. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In Spirit and Truth...

The enemy of our spiritual life always works from the outside through our soul with the aim of suppressing our spirit. As we seek the Lord we benefit only when we know the source of our thought feeling or desire. God wishes us to be delivered from self-consciousness but at the same time wishes us to be self-aware we must not be overly self-conscious yet we must apprehend the true condition of all our inward parts through the knowledge accorded us by the Holy Spirit. One thing is unmistakable the soul is affected by outside influences but not the spirit. Those who are genuinely spiritual can be active whether or not they're soul has feeling or their body has strength. All spiritual knowledge communion and conscience come via the intuition. The Holy Spirit leads the Saints by this intuition they need not themselves figure out what is possibly spiritual all that is required is to abide by their intuition in order to listen to the spirit we must apprehend His mind intuitively. The enemy aims to confine the saint’s life within the soul and thus to quench his spirit. Once the spiritual sense grows dull. The enemy proceeds further in his deceit. He injects into their minds the thought that now God is leading them by their renewed mind, thus subtly covering up the fault of men in not using their spirit as well as covering up the work of the enemy. As soon as man’s spirit ceases to operate, the Holy Spirit can no longer find any cooperative element within him; naturally then, all resources from God are cut off. And it is hence impossible for such ones to continue to experience true spiritual life!

A) The Function of Conscience in Man’s Spirit 

“The Lord your God hardened his spirit” Deut. 2.30 
“Saves the crushed in spirit” Ps. 34.18 
“Put a new and right spirit within me” Ps. 51.10
“When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit” John 13.21 
“His spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols” Acts 17.16 
“It is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God” Rom. 8.16 
“I am present in spirit, and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment” 1 Cor. 5.3 
“I had no rest in my spirit” 2 Cor. 2.13 AV
“For God did not give us the spirit of timidity” 2 Tim. 1.7 

B) The Function of Intuition in Man’s Spirit 

“The spirit indeed is willing” Matt. 26.41
“Jesus perceiving in his spirit” Mark 2.8 
“He sighed deeply in his spirit” Mark 8.12 
“He was deeply moved in spirit” John 11.33 
“Paul was pressed in the spirit” Acts 18.5 AV 
“Being fervent in spirit” Acts 18.25 
“I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the spirit” Acts 20.22 
“What person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him” 1 Cor. 2.11 
“They refreshed my spirit as well as yours” 1 Cor. 16.18 
“His spirit was refreshed by you all” 2 Cor. 7.13 AV 

C) The Function o f Communion in Man’s Spirit

“My spirit rejoices in God my Savior” Luke 1.47 
“The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” John 4.23 
“Whom I serve with my spirit” Rom. 1.9 
“We serve . . . in the new life of the spirit” Rom. 7.6 
“You have received the spirit of sonship when we cry Abba Father” Rom. 8.15 
“The Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit” Rom. 8.16 
“He who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” 1 Cor. 6.17 
“I will sing with the spirit” 1 Cor. 14.15 
“If you bless with the spirit” 1 Cor. 14.16 
“In the spirit he carried me away” Rev 21.10 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Spirit taught...Spirit lead

NOTHING IS MORE VITAL to the Christian life than to walk daily after the spirit. It is this that maintains the Christian in a constant spiritual state, delivers him from the power of the flesh, assists him to obey God’s will always, and shields him from the assault of Satan. Now that we understand the operations of our spirit, we must immediately walk by it. This is a moment by moment, choice by choice affair as we learn to be governed by the inward and not the outward. It is during this time that we must be keenly alert to the peril of receiving the teaching of the Holy Spirit while subsequently rejecting His leading. On this very point have many saints stumbled and fallen. To acquire teaching alone is not sufficient; we must also accept the leading. We should not be content with just spiritual knowledge but treasure as well the walk after the spirit. Often we hear people drop the words, “the way of the cross”; but what is this way after all? It is in reality nothing else but walking by the spirit, since to walk in that fashion necessitates the committing of our ideas, wishes and thoughts to death. Exclusively following the spirit’s intuition and revelation demands our bearing the cross daily.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

All in All....

That it be He in us (Galatians 2:20) and not we ourselves, we must appropriate three essential principles. First is
honesty and openness in all of our relationships, not only with Him but also with one another. By this, we not only
remain humble and pliable in His hands, but we also be vessels of His love to be poured out through us unto others.
Second is to ever give the Lord Christ Jesus in us full centrality. "Seek the Lord while He may be found ..." (Isaiah
55:6). Where may He be found? In us, that we be vessels or containers of Him Himself. He in us should be ever in
our thoughts and attention. And third, that we continually experience the flow of grace through us; that we not offer
Him resistance. The "anointing" on us as He ministers through us is at whatever level He knows is needed for the
moment, and hence reflects the state at the moment of the heart(s) of the receiver(s) of the ministry. But the flow of
that anointing depends upon how pure we are, as His pipes or channels for that flow. God is ever seeking for a people
(Isaiah 6:8) to stand in the gap between Him and our fellow men. Only such people as these can He send and use.
The end result of our being love-slaves, voluntarily ever giving up our freedom in order to become fully what He
wills, is adoption. Romans 8:15 uses the Greek word Uiothesia, that means to be fully established as recognized and
responsible agents (of God on Earth). Established unto what? To be fellow heirs with Christ (vs 17), that we glorify
Him. To glorify Him: to make Him manifest in this physical space-time world. To fill the entire earth with His
Presence. That the "Lord shall arise upon us, and His glory shall be seen upon us" (Isaiah 60:2). That is His Intention
for us now: that we present Him, in His fullness, to this world.

That all things be summed up, culminated in, centered around, Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:8-10, 19-23)! That every thing, 
in Heaven and on Earth, has meaning and purpose only as related to Christ Jesus our Lord, our Head, our All in All.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Christ's dealings to adjust us to maturity, to sanctify us unto His Lordship, comprise a life-long process over time,
whereby He works into us His very Holiness. This personal holiness in character and action is a holiness unto Christ,
not a holiness from the world. Holiness is not a legalistic obedience to certain laws and taboos. Holiness is first and
foremost an inner union with Him, Christ Jesus the Person. Only as we are, will, and indeed can come into that union
with Him, shall His Holiness (as well as all other aspects of His Person) be manifested in us and through us unto the
world about us.
His first workings in any of our lives, therefore, is to bring us unto a companionship knowledge of and personal
relationship with Him. "Faith", upon which this must be based, is our seeing Him in His Spiritual reality, our total
trust in Him as a Person, and our total obedience to His every will, far beyond trust in our knowledge about Him or in
church or in our fellow Christians and far beyond our dependence upon our abilities, talents, finances, etc. That in turn
requires each of us individually to become totally committed to Him. He must work that into our attitudes first, so that
He can then bring us unto cohesive local Body units with horizontal covenant relationships.
The name of the game is relationship, not religion. Being sanctified unto Holiness means unto inner union with Christ
Jesus. The Way of the Cross is first and foremost our total faith-commitment to Him: our total dependence upon Him
and sensitive obedience to His will; that we be so secure in Christ that we dare expose ourselves to our fellow
believers in horizontal covenant commitment; and so that He can mature us into being His Bride.