Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Cloths

Isa 40:31  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.

This is a very expressive term and most helpful. To renew strength really means to
exchange strength. It is the same term used when speaking of a change of garments. They
shall lay aside their strength, and put on, as a garment, strength from God. How suggestive! How
needed this is on the part of Christians today. Many feel that they are strong and may boast of it.
And so indeed they are in the sphere of the natural, but it is a strength which utterly breaks down
in the sphere of the Christian’s life. Our great need is to rid ourselves of self-strength that God may
clothe us with His own strength. And that is the first blessing promised to those who wait upon
God. Did you ever notice the whole fortieth chapter of Isaiah is a series of contrasts between the
frailty and feebleness of man and the strength and greatness of God? “All flesh is grass—but the
word of our God shall endure forever.” “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth—and the
inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.”
While praying over this idea of exchanging strength, I wondered why it should be necessary to
exchange so many times. The Lord made me see that it was because of normal growth in the
spiritual; just the same as growth in the natural necessitates the changing of garments. Have we not
all noticed a young boy—how he outgrows his clothes so soon and sometimes needs to exchange
a suit before it is really worn out? It is not a question of the suit being worn or shabby as much as
it is a question of growth. So in our Christian development, we need many changes of garments
(spiritually speaking). Many experiences, blessings and manifestations, which served beautifully
at one time in our Christian development utterly come short now. Owing to a deepening in God
and greater room being made in our hearts, the demand comes for more of God, an exchange of
garments, and a fuller revelation of His Spirit. It is not a sign that we have out-grown God or worn
out His blessing—that is foolish. It is a sign that as healthy, normal Christians we are growing and
that God desires to reclothe us with fresh blessings, fresh experiences, fresh touches and
manifestations. He is rich; His wardrobe is full. Let us trust Him to clothe us anew.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Be still and know His Heart...

We do not long watch or observe keenly the movements of God before He has some
word for us. He bids us go or come on some mission, or speak, write, pray, visit, or sing for Him.
Why? Because we were near enough to feel what is on His heart, and thus we were able to enter
into fellowship with Him in service. Many today do not understand the movement of God in the
world as He is speaking to us in present conditions because they are not near enough or still enough
to observe Him. As Christians today our faith is not wrecked because of the conditions about us,
nor are we deluded and led into world wide Church reform movements, because we know what
the conditions mean. We have seen and do see God’s hand in it all and because of a peculiar and
holy response in our hearts we know that God has risen up and that our redemption draweth nigh.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Steps of an Overcomer....

(1) Recognize one’s own littleness—that is, know oneself. It is relatively easy to be humble before God; but to be humble before men or to esteem others as more excellent than oneself is extremely difficult. To say I am the least is comparatively easy, but to confess that I am the least in my father’s house is not easy. To acknowledge that my father’s house is the poorest is not too hard, yet to admit that my father’s house is the poorest in Manasseh is most humiliating. He whose face shines and is unconscious of it, though others can see the light of his countenance, is an overcomer. All who look at mirrors in an attempt to see the light on their faces are definitely not overcomers. Although David was anointed, he looked upon himself as a dead dog (1 Sam. 24.14). Overcomers are those who have the reality of, yet not the name of, overcomers.

(2) See the heavenly vision—that is, see the Lord. No one without vision is able to serve. With vision, one can press on to reach the goal even though he is beset by difficulties. Having the word of the Lord, one may with certainty sail on to the other shore. The feet of a worker are steadied by the vision he has seen.

(3) Be not disobedient to the vision—but respond to the calling of the Lord with sacrifice. One should offer his insignificant self to God and leave himself in God’s hand. Judging one’s own self as being either great or small without committing all in God’s hand is equally useless. All the living sacrifices according to God’s will are accepted by God. Overcomers are called of God. Have you heard the call for overcomers that is found in Revelation chapters 2 and 3? And have you answered the call?

(4) Break down idols—which is to say, maintain an outward testimony. A heart already consecrated needs to break down the idols without, in order to bear the testimony. One should pay attention to his own person, his family, and his contacts. Whatever strives to be equal with God must be broken down. He who sees God knows what an idol is. Having seen the angel of the Lord—that is to say, the Lord himself, one discerns the things outside the Lord as idols. A sight of the angel of the Lord reveals the wood (the Asherah) as not being God (Judges 6.22-27). The sacrifice on the rock is for a personal purpose, whereas the sacrifice on the altar is for corporate use.

After these four steps have been taken, the Holy Spirit will fall on the person. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not the result of asking for power; when one stands on the right ground, he shall receive the outpoured Spirit.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


God enlightens as well as sets on fire. Today God’s children do not lack power; they lack enlightenment. We may think it takes power to eliminate improper things. Yet who of us knows that that which takes away all which is opposed and contrary to God is enlightenment and not power? When God enlightens you and shows you the sinfulness of sin, that sin leaves you. It is withered and gone. For light brings in conviction, and more light generates the power to eliminate sin. Let us be willing to be enlightened of God. For when we are enlightened, sin cannot raise its head.
What, though, if we fail to see this light? Let us understand that the fire from God is for burning. If it does not burn away sin, then it will burn away the person. Light rejected will mean we incur chastening. Chastening is not God’s second act, but it simply comes at the time when light is rejected. Discipline or chastening is a kind of judgment. He who accepts the judgment of light is saved, whereas he who rejects the light is disciplined. Chastening is God’s judgment. It comes as the result of light being rejected. Not all unfortunate happenings are necessarily God’s chastening, though many of them are.
How do we know if a particular chastening is a satanic attack or the Lord’s discipline? All who fear God will hear what God has to say. Yet many of God’s children fail to see the light. Many chastening's fall short of their purposes. Even after chastening's, they still do not see wherein there is crookedness and unrighteousness in their lives. Let us therefore ask for enlightenment, for this truly is a blessing. Seeing light today is the proof that God’s judgment is in His house.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Worship is warfare..

“For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation.  This is My rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.”  Psalm 132:13-14

 As we begin to worship, we enter into a state of rest, for we have come to the end of all that relates to ourselves.  We are lifted above our thanking the Lord in praise for all that He has done for us and has given to us; and we ascend into a high level of worship that flows up to the Throne in an expression of pure love to the Lord.

The heart of spiritual warfare is worship.  It is not our pronouncements, casting out, or our trying to command principalities, that will cleanse the heavens.  Rather, it is our worship that flows up and unites with the harmony of heaven that will defeat them.  When we come together in union, and enter into this high level of worship, we literally “bring down” principalities from their place of control.

Judicially, we are seated with Christ in heavenly places.  However, experientially, we must come up into this place of spiritual authority, as the enemy is entrenched there.  Therefore, he has to be pushed out.  We can do this because we have the right to be there, not the enemy.

“To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.”  Ephesians 3:10

Monday, March 11, 2013

Whats God doing...

What God is now doing is the pruning work of the vinedresser. In our souls there is an uncontrolled development, an untimely growth, that has to be checked and dealt with. God must cut that off. So now there are two things before us to which our eyes must be opened. On the one hand God is seeking to bring us to the place where we live by the life of his Son ("abide in me"). On the other hand he is doing a direct work in our hearts to undo that other natural resource (our sin-nature). Every day we are learning two lessons: a rising up of the life of this One, and a checking and a handing over to death of the other (sinful nature). These two processes go on all the time, for God is seeking the fully developed life of his Son among us . . . What does this mean? It simply means that I will not take any action without relying on God. I will find no sufficiency in myself. I will not take any step just because I have the power to do so. Even though I have that inherited power within me, I will not go ahead solely upon it as (a) basis; I will put no reliance on myself.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Past Separates Us...

Many Christians continue to struggle year after year under the
shame of their past sins and mistakes. Yes, the Holy Spirit does
convict us of sin, but many have continued to beat themselves up for
sins that have already been forgiven. The guilt and shame of our mistakes
seem to stalk us long after we have been forgiven. Many of us
never move from the initial experience of being a sinner saved by grace
into the more mature life of being a saint of the Most High. What most
in the Church need is a clear view of how God sees them and how they
should be viewing themselves.
I find the story of Sarah to be a great insight into how God views us,
both before and after repentance.
Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”
So he said, “Here, in the tent.”
And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the
time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age;
and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah
laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I
have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying,
‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard
for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according
to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.
And He said, “No, but you did laugh!” (Genesis 18:9-15 NKJV).
This is the historic account of how Sarah responded in the natural.
It is important to note that Sarah’s laugh, according to the original
Hebrew root words in this passage, was a mocking type of laugh. She
was not saying, “Oh Lord, You are so funny.” She was frustrated and
angry toward God, scoffing at His declaration. This is not a response
of great faith; it is as far in the opposite direction as you can get. Yet,
look at how God remembers this story in the New Testament.

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed,
and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she
judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one
man and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars
of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by
the seashore (Hebrews 11:11-12 NKJV).

Just those first three words alone are shocking. In Genesis, Sarah is
laughing, mocking, and certainly not full of faith. And then later she
conceived a child, and God proved Himself faithful. Somewhere along
the way Sarah repented and God rewrote her story.

Fast-forward to the writing of Hebrews, and I can imagine God
saying, “OK, this is how I want you to write this down. ‘By faith
Sarah…’” I wonder if the writer of Hebrews had a hard time writing
this, yet this is how the Holy Spirit directed him to record her story. In
the eyes of God, repentance literally rewrites the account of our lives.
Like Sarah, when we repent, God changes our history and sets us
back on the path of our destiny. If He did not do this, the moment we
made our first mistake we would be doomed—to never reaching our
destiny. Our sin would have permanently derailed us. Fortunately, God
interacts with us from our destiny, not our history.

The Past Separates Us

If we do not realize that God changes our history when we repent,
we will continue to see ourselves through a reality that, according to
God, no longer exists. If He changed our past and we do not make the
transition to seeing our past through His eyes, we are submitting ourselves
to a false reality. God goes so far as to tell us that the past does
not belong to us.

So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things
are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas [Peter] or the
world or life or death or the present or the future—all are
yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God   (1Corinthians 3:21-23).

All things are ours, including the present and the future, but the
past is not ours, and that is why He excluded it from the list. Our past
does not belong to us; it belongs to God, which is why He can rewrite
it as He so chooses. He goes on to tell us that our past can separate us
from His love.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels
nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any
powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all
creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that
is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

Most people read this verse and go on to conclude that nothing can
separate us from the love of God. I would contend that the past was
left off that list on purpose, because it will separate us from the love of
God. God does not separate Himself from us, but when we access our
past, we choose to turn away from Him. Because God does not exist
in our repented-of past, we literally have to leave God behind when
we choose to dwell there. By looking back in time, we turn away from
Him and our future, which is where He already is.

God does not want us to access our past apart from His rewriting
of it. When we rehearse the past, we open the opportunity to
repeat it. It is easy to fall into a cycle of repetition because the past
(which our repentance changed) does not lead us to our destiny. Let
me repeat: The repented-of past actually does not exist; therefore, to
go back there is to live in a false reality that leads to a false present
and a false future.

The danger of rehearsing the past is the same one that the ancient
heroes and heroines of faith had to avoid:

All these people were still living by faith when they died.
They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them
and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they
were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such
things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
If they had been thinking of the country they had left,
they would have had opportunity to return. Instead,
they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He
has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:13-16).

If these men and women had focused on the past, they would have
found themselves repeating it. The problem is not the content of the
past, but rather, our focus. We all tend to head toward where we focus,
and as the old saying goes: If you don’t change your direction, you will
end up where you are headed.

Hebrews 11:16 says that “God is not ashamed to be called their God….”
This is not because they had a spotless past. God is not ashamed
because they did not make the past their focus. It would have put God
to shame if, after He had forgiven them, they chose to go back and
rehearse the past over and over. That would have demonstrated a total
disregard for God’s forgiveness; it would have shown no desire to move
forward with Him. Instead, they closed the door on the past. Their
focus was not on what was behind the door; their focus was on closing
the door.

Hebrews 11 shows us that making mistakes is forgivable. As long
as our failings are put in the past, they do not shame God. But when
we keep ourselves living in and from the past, we never move forward.
Consider this amazing reality: God does not choose to forgive us
when we repent; He chose to forgive us 2,000 years ago. Before we were
born, we were completely forgiven.

Thus, the purpose of repentance is not pleading with or convincing
God to forgive a particular sin; He has already provided forgiveness for
us. Likewise, God does not show us our sins to demand an apology,
but so that we can see those sins for what they are and the harm they
cause. When we see this, we will repent and turn away from it. When
we repent, we turn our heart back to Him so we can receive His forgiveness.
Once we have received the forgiveness He already purchased
for us, there is no more need for repentance.

Many have said that the Old Testament was works-based salvation
and that the New Testament is grace-based salvation. The truth is that
faith has always been the only way to righteousness in both the Old
and New Testaments.

 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…” (Eph. 2:8).

In the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were performed not as
works, but in faith as a proclamation looking forward to the day of
Jesus’ sacrifice (see Heb 8:5; Col. 2:16-17). The Old Testament saints
believed toward a coming Messiah, whereas New Testament saints
believe back toward the completed work of the Messiah. In both cases,
it is a matter of faith, because people in both eras receive by faith from
the same event in history: Jesus’ death on the cross in a.d. 33.

Before we were born, before we sinned, and before we repented,
Jesus had already provided forgiveness for us on the cross 2,000 years
ago. “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but
also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Jesus died not only
for our sins, but also for every sin ever committed. God has chosen to
forgive all sin for all time. So now we must make the choice to receive
His forgiveness by faith.

Like a steel cable of forgiveness suspended throughout all of eternity,
Jesus’ shed blood runs through the whole timeline infinitely
in both directions. He established forgiveness for all sin before any
humans were even created and made it accessible by faith.

 Jesus was “the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world” (Rev. 13:8).

All that one must do to receive forgiveness is reach out and grasp it by faith!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Our compass is Christ

Zion is the glorious Church, the corporate Overcomer called in
this Third Day to taste the release of His resurrection life. It’s still dark
out there. We do not have all the answers. Nonetheless, like the four
lepers of Samaria in the time of famine, like the apostle Peter in the
midst of the storm, and like Mary Magdalene on resurrection morning,
we are waking up with new faith. Our compass is Christ.
The gospel of the Kingdom has been watered down with incredible
mixture. The “sinners in Zion” (Isa. 33:14) have contaminated the
truth with strange teachings. Many are “at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1),
fearing men’s faces more than the Lord. Politics, power struggles, and
personal agendas have compromised truth and integrity. There is no
lifestyle behind those lips. For many preachers, the Kingdom of God is
but another message, another level of biblical theology and semantics.
Someone must arise and declare the whole counsel of God. The
New Testament in Jesus’ better blood is Good News, not bad news.
Our Savior and King has reconciled us back to our Father, back to His
dream and original purpose for humankind. We have been forgiven.
Our sin has been removed.
Someone must boldly arise and fearlessly herald the full weight of
His glorious righteousness. Someone must awake with new courage!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Church invisible...

The Lord is looking for something that can be deposited within.
It is being formed in each of us as a seed that will be deposited 
in the field of eternity. It is the power of an endless life.
It will first function within individuals that are scattered
within many different Church's and small groups
The Lord is calling a people out of the church. 
There is the Church visible that can be numbered.
Within the Church visible is the True Church.
The true Church is invisible. 
The Church visible is known to man. 
The Church invisible is known to God.
There is a Church that's without spot or wrinkle.
Already in existence. Known to God.
Their names written in The Lambs book of Life.
The Body of Christ. Lively stones placed in the body. 
Those who have sought The Lord believing
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him

1Pe 2:5  And be yourselves also like living stones that are being built up into a spiritual house, 
to become a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

Eph 4:15-16  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according 
to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Kings and Priests

“And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

“And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10

The “priestly” aspect enables us to affect the heavenly realm through our worship and communion with the Lord. The “kingly” aspect enables us to affect the earthly realm through our overcoming obedience.

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom … and we shall reign on the earth” (Matthew 16:19a; Revelation 5:10b). 

This speaks of our having a “ruling authority” (the keys of the Kingdom) in the coming Millennial Kingdom that will cleanse (reign on earth) both the heavens and the earth.

“And he that overcomes, and keeps My works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.” Revelation 2:26-27a

For us to be ready to function in Kingdom authority in that day (rule with a rod of iron) means that there must be a present ruling (overcoming) in our lives. We will never be qualified to rule others, unless we have first submitted ourselves to divine governmental rule over us. When Israel entered the promised land, they were told to slay all of the inhabitants of that land. The names of these nations relate to the works of the flesh. Thus, we also must first slay the “inhabitants” of our land (the works of our flesh) before we will be ready to partake of this promise - “we shall reign on the earth.” These that we must slay are very busy, manifesting themselves within us as the “works of the flesh.” Thus, they must be utterly slain in order for us to become the “habitation of God” (priestly role) and begin to “rule all nations” (kingly role). There must be the inner dealings of the Holy Spirit to produce the necessary quality of character that will make us ready to rule with the Lord in “that day.” He must be able to trust us with the use of the “Keys of the Kingdom” that will unlock and open the door that will lift us into a cooperative relationship with our Lord that will lead to the establishing of the Millennial Kingdom.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


There is a progression in what the Lord desires to say, beyond all that He said yesterday, and is saying today.

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. John 16:12-13

Tomorrow, the Lord will speak beyond that which He has already spoken.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in Heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, "Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." Revelation 4:1

The present Word of the Lord is: "Because those who were bidden to the feast did not respond (denominational and charismatic ministries), the Holy Spirit is presently reaching out into the highways and by-ways, bidding ungifted individual members of the Body of Christ to enter and be clothed in apostolic anointing and power."

And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, "Tell them which are bidden, 'Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.'" But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise... Then saith he to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage." So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. Matthew 22:3-10

At this present time, the "spotlight" of divine activity is beginning to move from the pulpit into the pew. As those within the Body of Christ who have no "apparent" abilities or giftings respond, they are being quickened by the manifested presence of the Lord to prepare them to function in the restoration of the apostolic.

A new wave of apostolic authority will again greatly affect the nations as they are shaken by the power of God.

And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron... Revelation 2:26-27

The result will be the Kingdom of God established in righteousness and peace, and great joy will be manifest throughout the world, as Jesus is revealed as the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords.

Friday, March 1, 2013


"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" II Cor 10:4-5.

The Lord has been dealing with me on the many facets of this verse. Our thought life should be centered in, and occupied with, that which is worshipful towards the Lord, and edifying. The posture of our spirit should be toward strengthening our witness to others, and encouraging spirituality. However, some of us have allowed the enemy to rob us of our spiritual inheritance. It can become tempting to withdraw from reality when very real circumstances become too difficult to face. To withdraw from the path the Lord has planned for us and create spiritual illusions that are completely imaginary and are not based on God’s word. Our tendency is to move our imagination into these areas and live as though we possessed these things. The repeating of this process will create and establish within our soul an inner pathway which will lead us toward the destruction of the spiritual reality which the Lord desires to bring to maturity within us. All of these "patterns" or "paths" which have been built within us must be dealt with, and submitted to the cross for crucifixion. Many of us have, at one time or another, given some ground to the enemy in our thought lives. Any ground that the enemy has taken from us in the area of our imagination must be quickly retaken and dedicated to the Lord. If we fail to do this, our inability to properly relate to reality will be noticed, and in time, adversely affect our relationship to the Lord, and to others. By the grace of God we can withdraw from any imaginary pattern of experience and deal, in a positive way, with the very real and tangible things which we were seeking to avoid. Our thought patterns must relate to reality. Life can be, and usually is, very difficult. It is exceedingly important that we place the Lord as the head of our circumstances, and then remain open to Him in their outworking. He never promised us an easy way through. Rather, He promised to enable us to become overcomers. Vain imaginations will rob us of our ability to face problems and become an overcomer. Most of us, in some measure, are limited in our abilities. By a divine arrangement, we were created to be dependent, not independent. There is a higher power whom we are to acknowledge. We do not have the grasp, or the hold on things that we can easily imagine we do. The temptation is ever present within us to try to work out our own destiny, apart from God. Since we cannot do this, we are tempted to move into the area of imaginations and create our own destiny, which in time will lead us to our own destruction. Let us enthrone Jesus as Lord over our minds. Only then will He be able to guide us through each circumstance that we face. He is the Lord of reality.