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When you were born into this world you were born into a specific family. If your parents have the last name Jones, you have it too. No matter what you do, even if you deny, defy, change your name or move to another part of the world, you are still a Jones.
The same is true when you are born into the Family of God. 1 Peter 1:23: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Cor. 12:13: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” Then God tells us in 1 Cor. 12:14: “For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Cor. 12:12: “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
The early church believers were given an appropriate nickname. They were called Christians, which is translated as ‘little Christ’. In Acts 1-4 we see all believers acted like Jesus and did the same works He did while physically upon the earth. The nickname was accurate. 1 John 4:17: “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he (Jesus) is, so are we in this world.”
2 Cor. 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The Word tells us we become a new species of being when we are born again. We instantly become part of the Family of God. We are members once we are born again. We cannot change that fact. We can deny, defy and rebel but we are still Family members. Perhaps we might be nonproductive members but are still members one of another. We need each other and are joined together for eternity.
Why do we pretend and act like we don’t know each other? The answer is simple. We don’t believe the Bible. We may not believe because we have exalted ourselves, our knowledge, wisdom and will above God Himself. You could allow a fellow believer to suffer if you truly believed 1 Cor. 12:26-27: “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
So what do you do now? Repent and change your thinking. Ask the Lord to Reveal this Truth to you. Faith without works is dead so help your hurting brother (member of your body).
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Over the years much has been written and taught about spiritual warfare. This is not another teaching or book on the methodology of prayer, spiritual warfare or intercession. This is a look at Jesus’ life because He provided us with the only example that never failed.
In Luke 4:1 we see Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led Him into the wilderness. Several critical events occurred while He was in the wilderness: the devil tempted Jesus, He defeated the enemy with the Word, and Jesus came to understand, see and choose His call or destiny. Jesus came out of the desert with full knowledge of His purpose, all details of each miracle or Word to utter during His entire ministry. Part of Jesus’ destiny is documented in 1 John 3:8b: “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus’ motivation was Agape love. He knew and accepted His position in the Body of Christ. Jesus modeled 2 Peter 1:10: “Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” Even though Jesus was God, He lived in a mortal body with all its limitations and still made the choice to fulfill His destiny. We must also choose. Luke 4:16-18 tells us Jesus was in the synagogue and read from the prophet Isaiah. Jesus specifically went to this book and found Himself in the scriptures. See Isaiah 61:1-2. He was secure in His call and destiny and boldly proclaimed in Luke 4:21: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
Jesus’ life and ministry was motivated by Agape love. Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets as stated in Matthew 5:17. Since He fulfilled the law, Jesus gave us a new law or commandment. John 13:34: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” We are the sons of God because of the love of the Father. 1 John 3:1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”
How does knowing our call and destiny relate to spiritual warfare? Ephesians 6:12 reminds us of our enemy. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
How did Jesus deal with the devil? Firstly, Jesus was not distracted, afraid or confused by any demonic activity presented via people and situations. Jesus was certain of His call and election, motivated by Agape love and made the choice to fulfill His destiny. Because the devil and demons were not part of His destiny they had to go when He spoke to them. Jesus knew He would never fail because He made His call and election sure. Secondly, Jesus continually spent time with the Father to listen and watch Him do things in Heaven. Jesus then completed these actions in the earth. Eph. 6:18 is our example: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for the saints.” Our purpose is the same as Jesus’ purpose. He destroyed the works of the devil, displayed Agape love, and made us sons of God.
We are to pray in the Spirit. We are to ask the Father what His perfect will is. We are to wait and see what the Father is doing or saying and set ONLY those things in motion. Praying in the Spirit does not mean you have made your call and election sure. Praying in the Spirit will ensure you set in motion God’s perfect will. This is what Jesus did throughout His life and ministry. We will know what to pray in ALL situations and circumstances and we will NEVER fall. If we pray using only our understanding then our call and election is UNSURE and we will ALWAYS fall.
So you must ask these questions:
· Have I made my calling and election sure?
· Do I know specifically what part I am in the Body of Christ?
· Am I certain of God’s purpose, vision and destiny just like Jesus was certain?
· Is my motive in prayer and ministry Agape love? (Seeking to serve and not self-promotion)
· Do I pray only in the Spirit and wait to see what the Father’s will is?
If you are unsure, or responded with a negative answer, then take these things to the Father and ask Him to reveal your destiny and call. He loves you and will reveal the Truth so you can complete His destiny and call.
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We are told by the Lord in 1 Thess. 5:17 to pray without ceasing. God wants us to pray continually. How can one do this? Don’t we have to work and multitask throughout the day? Yes, of course we do. But when we understand the definition of the word pray, then we will understand what the Lord is telling us to do.
The word ‘pray’ means much more than what we have been told. When you search the Strong’s Dictionary and Concordance you will find a deeper understanding of this powerful word. One of the aspects of this word is to set in motion and to maintain the momentum of what you have set in motion. This deepens the meaning of the imperative to pray without ceasing.
This is something we can do. We see prayer is applied through the words we speak. Our words are productive or destructive, setting things in motion and maintaining the momentum of what we have spoken.
We know that God created man in His very own image and after His likeness. We are in the God class. When God brought light to the world the Bible accounts that: …God said, ‘let there be light’ (or ‘light be!’), and there was light.” Light came into existence at that moment. Light is still being in the universe and expands at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second). God’s spoken Word produces fruit. We are created in His image and after His likeness; therefore, our words have the same effect. Is. 55: 11: "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
The words we pray or set in motion are very important and must be carefully chosen. Jesus said out of the abundance of the heart (the heart, i.e., (fig.) the thoughts or feelings (mind)) the mouth speaks. That is why Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our minds to the Word of God. We are told this so we can prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Praying the will of God is also our responsibility and is to be our direction and goal for prayer.
We intercessors know we are to pray God’s will. But many times when we are unsure what the will of God is and we ad lib and pray something frilly or general to cover the situation. That’s where we pray something less than God’s will. When we pray something less than God’s will we trust in something other than our reborn spirit to bring to mind what to say in our prayer.
The Bible says we are a spirit, we have a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and we live in a body. Paul said in 1 Thess. 5:23: “…sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless.” When we are born again the spirit man is regenerated and passes from death to life and is now possessed by the Holy Spirit of God. It is from the spirit that we relate to God and receive from Him for our minds still have to be renewed and our bodies are still just our bodies. We are to receive wisdom, knowledge and Revelation from the Lord concerning how or what to pray from our reborn spirit. It is in this realm where many make the fatal mistake of allowing the mind to generate the words to pray. If we refuse to utter a word until we have heard from the Lord through our spirit, we will avoid the error of praying our will or thoughts in a given situation.
Here are some examples of the misuse of prayer:
Soulish prayers: Prayers that are generated from our mind will or emotions. Soul prayers enlist our soul in an attempt to pressure the spirit and mind of another person to come around to or move toward our desired way of thinking. We are attempting to play god and force our will on the other person. It is a form of manipulation, control and witchcraft. Soulish prayers are particularly destructive when the parties are open to one another.
Psychic prayers: Praying with a wrong motivation to pressure others to act, think or feel a certain way. Psychic prayers attempt to influence the Lord to cause someone to move in a certain direction. Whether or not the direction desired is God’s will for the person makes no difference. This is a disguised form of witchcraft and often Jezebel in nature; it is manipulation and is dangerous.
Here is a classic example of a psychic prayer. A man may desire to gain the affections of a young lady. Because his desire for her is so earnest, he becomes convinced that it is God’s will for a close relationship. Even though he takes his request to God, it is possible that his mind is made up so his prayer becomes more of a pressing confirmation than seeking God’s will.
Deceiving spirits can arrange circumstances to be the desired confirmation. He believes he heard from the Lord. Then he starts praying “for her eyes to be opened” to see the same revelation concerning him. Mentally he has put a chain on her spirit and is attempting to place her in a form of spiritual bondage to himself.
She will start thinking about the man and wonder why because there is no apparent reason for her to think of him. She has no particular drawing toward him. The spirit of lust driving this process can be transmitted through psychic prayers. If she does not discern this, she may be pressured into a relationship by the force of these psychic prayers.
Are you beginning to see how many have erred in prayer and intercession? Jesus said, “…not My will but Thy will….” and “Our Father which art in heaven… Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done….” Jesus prayed this way to give us an example of HOW TO PRAY. Jesus also said that He does not say anything unless He hears the Father say it and He does not do anything unless He sees the Father do it. He was fully committed to the will of the Father.
For several years a small group of believers came together weekly to hear from the Lord and to set in motion what He had on His heart. Each time we met we consistently waited on Him to reveal to us what to pray. After all was said and done we let it alone and committed it to Him for what was set in motion was larger than we could figure out how to do. Every single thing we set in motion came to pass exactly as it was spoken.
On one occasion the Lord called us to gather for prayer. This time there were only three who could attend this prayer session. We started out in thanksgiving, praise and waiting on Him. Only this time He was not speaking. Fifteen minutes elapsed. Thirty minutes elapsed. Then forty-five minutes without a Word. Finally at the end of almost an hour the Lord spoke. He simply said, “WELL DONE!” I asked Him what He meant as we had not set anything in motion. He told us that He didn’t give us anything to set in motion but wanted us to realize, understand and have confidence in the fact that we do hear His voice. He wanted us to know we were in His will in that we would not compromise hearing only from Him to save face. Pride motivates us to pray our will rather than sit and have nothing to pray.
Here is a sobering Truth the Lord revealed as preparation was made to teach this information to a group of believers. Jesus said one puts a thousand to flight and two ten thousand. What is being put to flight? Angels do God’s bidding and hearken to the voice of the Lord. When we pray God’s will and speak His Word then angels are dispatched to accomplish His Word and Will. Praying the Word does not mean finding a scripture verse that fits the situation to manipulate the person or situation. Conversely, when we pray things that have come from our soul (mind, will or emotions) we still put a thousand to flight - but not God’s angels. We set in motion demonic forces. The Bible tells us Satan is the god of this world and is the prince of the power of the air (thoughts). When we pray anything less than God’s will we activate the forces of darkness and Satan the head, comes as an angel of light. If we unknowingly work with the devil backlash and evil consequences will come upon us.
The tragic part is that many times when soul or psychic prayers are prayed and answered we give God credit for what the devil has done. This is one of the devil’s greatest deceptions because the very elect of God are lured in and deceived.
The Word says by Jesus’ stripes we WERE healed. We are healed and must receive the manifestation of it by Faith. We know the devil came to kill, steal and destroy. Satan is the one who places a sickness or disease on a person with the goal of destruction. He will remove what he placed on a person if he thinks he can obtain his objective and continue to deceive believers. Satan never heals but he may remove the problem. Because we have not known about psychic and soul prayers we say, “God healed him”.
One way to tell if we have prayed amiss is to evaluate the peace, joy and confidence we have after prayer. 1 John 5:14-15 says: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask ANYTHING according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of him.” When we pray His will there is NO anxiety. There is confidence and the prayer is answered. We will not have to go back to the Lord with the same request because we know our prayer was heard and answered.
The things we set in motion (prayer) must be motivated by Agape love. The Lord desires to use each of us to change our circumstances and those of others. The devil came to kill, steal and destroy as many as is possible. Jesus wants to use you to thwart the devil’s efforts. He wants you to use the Authority of God’s Word and the name of Jesus to set in motion what the Holy Spirit reveals. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to pray so you can change your news through intercession. Jesus gave us a new commandment to Love one another. When you become aware of destructive circumstances in your life or another’s (even if it comes as a “prophecy”) let your Love for God and your neighbor compel you to open your spiritual ears to hear God’s wisdom, show you how to pray and change the news. You may save the life of another who has yet to make Jesus his Lord and come to the knowledge of salvation.
The bottom line is that we need to insure we pray correctly and teach others to do the same. Take a minute to examine yourself. If you have prayed incorrectly repent and do what James 1 tells us: “if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God…ask in faith, not wavering…and it shall be given him.” Ask the Lord if He wants you to set something else in motion instead of the soul prayers.
Rom. 8:27: “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
We encourage you also to take this directly to the Lord and see if these things are so. You will gain a new confidence in your prayer life.
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As we look around at the church we see few signs and wonders in the Body of Christ. I refer to the signs and wonders Jesus told believers would follow them. Mark 16:17: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” and that are referenced in Acts 5:12: “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.”
The Lord reminded me of something that happened several years ago. I lived in San Clemente, California. At 7:30 in the morning the Lord instructed me to drive to a nearby town. I followed His instructions and drove knowing He would fill in the details later.
I arrived and drove to different areas of the city waiting for further instructions. After several hours I said to the Lord, “Ok Lord, I’m going to get on this highway to return home unless you tell me otherwise. It was about 2:00 PM at this time. So I started towards home.
As I merged with traffic I was immediately prompted to take the next exit ramp and turn left. My thought was, “Ok, I’ll go visit the little church I had heard so much about that was about a mile down the road.’ Others previously gave me directions to Calvary Chapel. The directions called for a drive north to the first signal and then a right turn. The church would be on the left about ¼ mile.
The exit had four northbound lanes - one left-turn only lane, two center lanes for northbound traffic and one right-turn only lane. I was in the far right lane intending to turn right at the signal.
The signal was red for northbound traffic but was about to change. I was less than five hundred feet from the traffic light when suddenly I looked up and noticed that I was stopped behind a car beginning to turn left. I heard the horn of the car behind me encouraging me to move. As I looked up at the signal, I noticed that I was in the left-turn only lane and had to move. I thought this to be strange but dismissed any conclusions at this time. However, I knew I was heading in the wrong direction.
As I made my turn I noticed a driveway on the right a few feet past a gas station on the corner. I decided to go in and turn around. I pulled in the driveway and saw parking spaces. I pulled into one space with the intention of backing out and turning around. Just as I pulled in to the open parking space I looked up and saw Don an elder in the church I attended. Puzzled, I stopped, turned off my engine and got out to greet him. I asked what he was doing. He was waiting for one of the pastors to come out and take him on a tour of the Calvary Chapel church. I told him that Calvary Chapel was down the road in the opposite direction. He stated they just moved in to a new facility located on the property where we stood.
Don indicated the tour had originally been scheduled for 10:00 AM but had been changed to 2:00 PM and another elder was going on the tour with him. But the other man had a schedule conflict and couldn’t make the tour at the new time. Don told me how he prayed and asked the Lord to send another person in leadership to attend the tour.
Then it all started to click: a believer (Don) prayed and by faith received his answer. Another believer (me) was listening to the Lord and was willing to obey His direction. The two made a connection and a ‘wonder’ occurred; translation of the vehicle I was driving from a far-right lane to a far-left lane. The next thing was the manifestation of a ‘wonder’.
The Bible says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday as He is today and will be forever. We read in Acts 8:39: “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.” Heb 11:5: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
Why is it then that we have not seen more of these wonders? Another gospel is preached. Oh yes, there is some truth in what is being preached but it is mixed with some error and therefore is not pure Truth. Mix one drop of black paint in a bucket of pure white paint and it becomes tainted and is impure. That is what has happened to the church. Like the paint, the impurity may not be visible to the naked eye. God cannot confirm His Word with signs and wonders if it has even one tiny drop of error.
What do you teach and preach? Is it absolutely pure? Do signs and wonders routinely follow the words you speak? If not, then I encourage you to go directly to the Lord and talk with Him about it. He will lovingly instruct you in what to do so that you teach and preach the True Gospel of the Kingdom. Mark 16:17a: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name…”
May He bless you as you seek first the Kingdom of God (His way of doing what He does) and His Righteousness. The result will be: “…all these things will be added to you.”
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Luke 4:5: “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.”
Jesus was filled with the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of God led Him into the wilderness for forty days. Jesus was tempted by the devil. During this time He made His call and election sure. Consequently, when the devil brought about his series of temptations Jesus responded in an exemplary manner. His consistent response was, “It is written….”. Jesus used the Word of God against the tempter.
There is one temptation that stands out from the rest and is still going on in the church world today. The church world is not responding the way Jesus did. The devil took Jesus up to a high mountain and from this spiritual vantage point gave Him a vision. He showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. He showed Jesus this royal realm and said that if He would just follow and serve him He could have them. Then the devil said to Him, “…All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” Obviously, the things shown Jesus were tempting for Him. We know Jesus spoke the Word and rebuked the devil and told him to flee.
This was a real temptation for Jesus as we are told in the Word. He was tempted in all things just as we are tempted. A temptation is not a temptation unless it is possible for one to give and the other to accept. Heb. 4:15: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Let us take a closer look at the details of this particular temptation.
When the devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world he showed Jesus the very thing He came to claim back and be Lord over. The subtlety of this vision is that if Jesus accepted this offer He would have control over all the kingdoms of the world without the suffering that He had to go through doing it God’s revealed way. This would have been he easy way.
Has the Lord given you a vision? Have you made your calling and election sure just as Jesus did? Because Jesus knew His call and election He was able to instantly evaluate what the devil said versus His revealed call. Jesus, the Head of the Church and first-born from the dead, had a call on His life that is different than the call for my life or yours. But the principle of being in the Father’s will is the same. 1 John 5:14: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” Anytime we ask in His will or know His will, we have confidence and assurance of our purpose.
The reason for this article is that the Lord wants to reach out to those of you who have experienced the same temptation spoken of here but didn’t evaluate and respond based on your calling and election. Instead you took the bait and the easy way out.
You may need to reflect on the fruit of your decision to grasp the revelation the Lord is saying.
· Are you being elevated?
· Is undue attention focused on you?
· Do you sell the gift of God?
· Do you personally profit from your ministry to the people?
· Is the ministry goal to feed and care for the poor?
· As part of the Eph. 4:11 ministry gifts are you using your gifting to do what Eph. 4:12 points out? (Perfecting the saints for ministry)
· Do you use your gifting and the money that comes in to expand your ministry? Do you lift up Jesus and let Him fulfill His promise; “If I, even I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”?
· Do you sell books you have written to pay for printing more books instead of blessing any who come to you with your wares and trusting the Lord to give the increase?
· Do you charge an honorarium when invited to minister or speak?
· Do you charge for ministry services? Are you a hireling?
· Do you exchange ministry services with select ministries?
· Do you refuse to mingle with the people to whom you minister?
· Do you refer to the ministry in which you function as my ministry?
· Do you refer to the group you lead as my church?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, then pay attention to the admonitions of this article. You may have taken the easy way. Now is the time to repent and seek the Lord. You need to make your call and election sure and get back to His plan for you.
Some reading this may conclude your large ministry is the result of God blessing you. A question you need to ask yourself is, am I conducting myself just as Jesus did in all aspects of service to the people? If your motives are self-promoting in any way the Lord did not put you where you are. The Holy Spirit will only draw attention to Jesus, never you or Himself.
Take this to the Lord for He wants to realign your thinking!
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Speak the Truth in Love
Eph. 4:15: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
This subject is mentioned in several of the Implosion articles but merits further comment, as it is so widely misunderstood and abused in the Body of Christ. At one time or another we have gone to someone with the intention of telling him or her the truth and straightening him or her out. Our intention to get them back on the right track may be sincere but this method is wrong. We assumed we were doing the other person a favor by pointing out certain faults and facts about the person or their actions.
Many young believers aspiring to fullness in Christ have been beaten up by the misuse of this scripture. Marriages or close friendships have been destroyed because of a lack of understanding. A fact is something that actually exists or something known to exist or to have happened. Facts can change, i.e., the fact is I have the flu, but a week from now I won’t have the flu.
According to the Bible, Truth is understood through these verses: John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 17:17: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Jesus makes it very clear that He is Truth and when you know the Truth (Him) you will be free. He also equates the Truth to God’s Word. This sheds a different light on the subject of Truth.
We gather facts from the sense realm and call them reality. The Truth is everything we can see, feel, taste, smell or touch was made by something you cannot see. Sound confusing? Read this scripture and you’ll better understand. Heb. 11:3: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” This simply tells us the Word of God (Truth) framed all we interact with in the sense realm. This was done through faith calling those things that do not appear as though they do appear. This is pleasing to God for without Faith it is impossible to please Him.
This does not make sense to the logical mind. Faith operates from your born again spirit and our mind must be renewed to the Word of God.
How does this fit in to the topic? We were created in the image of God and after His likeness. That means we are supposed to act and do things like Him. How did He create the world in which we live? By faith, calling those things that is not (revealed to the sense realm) as though it were. He used words. God used His own Word and spoke into existence the object of His faith (Hope). Gen 1:24: “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature… and it was so.” Heb. 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God spoke the Truth (His Word) and His motivation was Love (Agape). Therefore, He spoke the Truth in Agape Love. This is what we are to do and how we are to apply the scripture that tells us to speak the Truth in love.
When we observe any situation that needs to be changed ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to pray and what to say so you speak the Truth in Agape Love. Your world will change if you do this. You will act just like our Father acts. He sees you by faith through the Blood of Jesus as absolutely sinless and speaks of you in the same way…calling things that are not revealed to the sense realm as though it were.
So the next time you see your brother or sister does something wrong, don’t lash out at them through Satan’s system using the sense realm. Ask your Father for His Word for the situation and speak that out in Faith; for this is how it works in the Kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 13 defines agape love. We are to speak the Truth in Agape Love.
· Not easily provoked
· Not envious
· Not self promoting
· Not puffed up
· Does not behave unseemly
· Does not rejoice in iniquity
· Rejoices in Truth
· Believes all things
· Hopes all things
· Endures all things
Take these things to the Father and ask Him to Reveal the Truth to you.
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Rom. 8:19-22: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
The church is guilty of allowing the progression of evil in the world today because of the abuses of the Word of God. The entire world, all of creation, is in deep travail and pain waiting for an event that is about to occur, which is the manifestation of the sons of God. All of creation is in earnest expectation of this event.
Everything God created or made has within its innermost center a dependency on Him. Since everything came out of the heart and mind of God it is part of Him. When one observes anything created he has an inner-sense that God exists. Through nature one can see there is a Creator. Before Adam’s sin all of creation functioned perfectly. There was no death in His plan. Adam and his seed (mankind) were designed to live forever, as was all of creation. Originally, all of creation had eternal life. With Adam’s fall he literally thrust the entire world, including all of creation, into death.
Adam and his seed did not know how to die. It took Satan approximately 800 years to poison Adam’s mind to the point he spoke death and finally died. Over the years death, which is Satan’s purpose, has gained momentum. In the mid-nineteenth century, the average life expectancy of man was about one half of today’s life expectancy. If it had not been for the fulfillment of prophecy about increasing knowledge in the end times, Satan would have killed off mankind by now. Daniel 12:4: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” The industrial revolution occurred, which produced major medical advancements thus significantly increasing our life expectancy.
When Jesus became the last Adam, He reinstated life to the world that would fully manifest at the fullness of the Body of Christ. The natural and spiritual realms of life will come together and we will be back like it was before Adam authorized death to come upon us. 1 Cor 15:45: “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
Even though the force of death grows stronger, creation’s hunger for life is still deep within. That is what our opening scripture depicts. Creation seems to know the time for this reconciliation is near and is in earnest expectation. Why is the manifestation of the sons of God so important?
The reconciliation cannot occur until the Body of Christ reaches the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ or until we grow up from children to sons. The children are full-fledged Family members but are still babies. As you look at the church the children do not even acknowledge their Family heritage. They ask God for more of Himself or say, “I want to be more like Jesus.” They fail to realize if they are born of God they are in the Family. Everything the Family name means and stands for is ours.
These statements will stir up the religious mind. The religious will come up will all sorts of reasons that this is something for the future or untrue. They base their analysis on the sense realm and cannot perceive the spiritual. They fail to realize our Faith (the measure God placed within us) bridges the spiritual and physical realms. Living in the physical realm we must use Faith to operate in the spiritual. That’s why the Bible declares in Heb. 11:6a: “But without faith it is impossible to please him:”
This thesis is supposed to be basic to the born again believer. This is the way we are supposed to live, move and have our being. Instead, we have relegated our authority to operate in the spiritual realm to the sense realm, which is Satan’s domain. Operating under the law of sin and death keeps us in the sense realm. It has also kept us from experiencing a basic child-parent relationship with our Heavenly Father in our growing up becoming sons.
We ask God for the things we already have: wisdom when Jesus was made unto us wisdom; peace when Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you”; love when the Love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts through Jesus; and healing when the Bible clearly declares: “…by His stripes we were healed.” All of these things are already ours for we are the Children and sons and daughters in the God Family.
The Apostle Paul said it so eloquently in Heb. 5:12-13: “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” He told the Hebrew Christians they were babes and couldn’t walk without assistance. They did not understand they had been made the very Righteousness of God in Christ, let alone become His sons.
The earth awaits the children to grow up. This is the entire reason our Father has authored this Implosion Series. He loves each and every child and is exhorting each one to come to Him and allow Him to implode your soul. Go to Him now.
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