Deeper Communion: Part 6 – Turning Our Souls Back To Christ

Many within the Body of Christ are desperately seeking more of God.

Many have questions. Many are confused. Pain. Fear. Uncertainty. Shame. Restlessness. Apathy.  For many, these words describe the child of God as much as the Lost. A spiritual mid-life crisis is coming into full swing in this hour that has been building for years.

One of the reasons the Church is struggling so much is we have stopped allowing ourselves to be mutually taught and edified. What’s more, is little by little, without realizing it, we have started to become respecters of persons. We pick and choose what we will allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us about and are pretty aggressively watering down the Eph 4:11-14 outline for the Church. One of the things we won’t entertain is the subject of sin.

David Wilkerson. Leonard Ravenhill. Keith Green. A.W. Tozer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and (insert your favorite here). These men spoke of the cost of intimacy. We quote them. We declare how we long to have met them and lament their passing. We speak of their passion and uncompromising preaching and teaching. These men convicted their generation to press on to apprehend Jesus Christ and greater intimacy. What’s more: they offered a roadmap on how to get to the throne room of His heart.

Father-God has a question to ask us all.

Why is it that we build emotional monuments for the dead who spoke of holiness and uncompromise, and yet scorn those alive who challenge us to do the same?

We won’t listen much to teachings about “cost.” We are seldom interested in hearing from others about what is our part of the covenant. We distance ourselves from one another when we feel challenged. The Spirit of God moves in every generation to invite us to greater intimacy. Greater power. Greater Love manifested. This is our greatest calling; Our Utmost For His Highest and The Purpose of Man. It is Why Revival Tarries and is the true Power behind The Cross And The Switchblade. Intimacy comes with a cost, and we need to stop fearing that cost, and embrace all of His love.

The Living Word sees the pain and yearning of our heart. He has responded. He is calling to us to make some adjustments in our thinking.

There is a great compromise within the Church body that Father wants to correct in our hearts.

It is the sin of self-validation.

“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.” Col 3:1-3

Self-validation is to have one’s’ mind set on earthly things. It is to be living for one’s own affirmation and self preservation. It is to live a life where the day to day reality is we seek to add to our self-worth. It is validate one’s identity and reject His for you. It is idolatry.

We do not have to look far to see that much of the Body of Christ is seeking to earn value,  worth and affirmation. Blogs, social media, discussions, comments and replies, “likes” & “dislikes.” The motive within much of the Church is to gain affirmation and acceptance. We seek to earn value and be accepted, and we will not allow others to get in the way of that.

Family of God: we need to turn our souls away from this. I would use the word “repent” but then some of you might stop reading (joke).

The beliefs we hold as truth need to be conformed to The Living Word. If we do not do this, we will never transform into His image. We will become stuck as many of us have become. We will continue to live with anxiety and fear. From there, we will look to the carnal, soulish things that temporarily soothe those pains. This means we have rejected the truth that we are fully pleasing, and deeply, passionately and brazenly loved by our Creator already. Father cannot love us more. We are deeply and fully adored already. (click here for scriptures on this truth)

 Will we continue to live the lie while confessing the Truth with our lips? It is our choice, every single day, moment by moment, to repent of this cycle (there, I said it) and begin to allow Jesus to change our thinking. Consider the following verse:

“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” 1 Cor 6:17

We already have access to His kingdom and heart. The problem lies within our soul. The inner man of our own heart.

Application:  

Begin asking the Holy Spirit to get your attention when you feel offended and angry with others. Ask him to show you what you are believing (not declaring) about your identity as the righteousness of Christ.

If we say (“confess”) we are His righteousness, and yet are offended and hurt by others, we are being two-souled, and the Word says we will not get far in the kingdom. The question Father is asking us each is this: “Child, are you OK with living this way?”

He will never stop loving us fully… ever! The Life in Christ we reject here we will pick back up in the life to come. Eventually, He will have the intimacy and friendship He sent His Son to offer us. But as Ravenhill, Green and many others have asked us in times past, how much of our heart does He truly deserve?

Peace, power, signs, divine encounters, joy, and overflowing Love that touches those around us, starts with our thinking. It is work. It has a cost. There is not a thing we do not pay for in this life. We are always sowing to one of two kingdoms whether we understand this spiritual law or not.

“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Gal 6:8

To clear up an oft misapplication of Gal 6:8 – we cannot reap “salvation.” This verse is talking about reaping the life of the kingdom in our daily lives; our very soul. 

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Rom 8:2

Where does the god of this world still have us in bondage about our true sense of identity? Family of God, if  Father-God accepts us fully, (Eph 1:6) any area we get offended or seek validation through our actions, or the opinions of others means we are choosing to live as if we are still under the law of sin and death.

“We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19

“that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Eph 4:22

Some Parting Thoughts:

We each have a role to play in this generation. We each have a higher call. Let’s go for it, guys. Let’s begin being teachable once more. Let us begin to allow ourselves to be corrected and start healing from the abuses many suffered from the religious system. Don’t run away from those who challenge, and allow Holy Spirit to convict of sin within the camp. Just, take it easy and let’s not get so bent out of shape. Do we not realize that every single legitimate revival and Holy Spirit outpouring began as an outflow of a group of repentant believers asking Father to change their thinking? Look it up. Every… single… one…

He wants to rise within the heart of the Church. Where are we in relation to His desire?

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p.s. If any of you are friends with Lou Engle out in California, and this spoke to your heart, pass this along. It might encourage him. 

Understanding The Times: A Season To Heal & Know Him

Understanding the Times: Part 11- A Season To Heal & Know Him

This “prophetic” post (PLEASE remember prophecy is the heart, mind and will of God revealed) will probably be delivered with more intimacy than any other I have  shared outside my immediate fellowship that Maija and I gather alongside.  Like so many of the things I share, it is challenging. Love IS challenging. Jesus challenged during His Earth walk. He challenges us through the written record of His ministry.  He continues to challenge us all through the Spirit that moves powerfully within the Church. This is just one expression of His Love.

The Spirit is moving. Spiritual thrones are continuing to uproot and be replaced.

I have often taught that to the degree the Body of Christ understands and moves in agreement with what the Spirit of God is doing, the easier our spiritual walk can manifest Christ in our daily life.

The last couple of years have been seasons of re-alignment and re-positioning. Due to the immense amount of confusion and hurt that still exits within much of the Body, a great deal of Jesus moving things around within the Church and nation has been by sovereign grace. Although this is always a blessing, it is not our highest calling, or Father’s greatest desire. The Church ideally, is meant to carry out the Father’s will through exercising the authority of Jesus on behalf of Father’s will. This comes through deep intimacy and the Church putting all personal ambition and desires on the altar to be burned. 

Deep wounds, scars, and pains within the children of God have been tools that Satan has taken advantage of to hinder this generation’s calling. This is being expressed through self-seeking and self-validation within the Church. When this happens, “Plan B” comes into action. “Plan B” is sovereign grace. The season of Sovereign Grace is shifting now. Father is looking to move upon the hearts of those willing to enter into a time to heal and mature. A younger generation is being prepared who are, at present, learning what “identity in Christ” means. Personal gain, notoriety, followers, and post-modern church status will not be on the heart and minds of these children of God.  These saints’ longings are only for what is on Father’s heart. God will use these men and women to heal others from the bondages mentioned above.

Much of the older generation that have pretty far reaching platforms have been talking about a group of Elijah’s and John the Baptists that are coming, but they are still not welcome. While those outside the traditional system are jostling for validation that was never given while within the system, those within it are still trying to accept the new wine in the old wine skins… and all the while still heralding the ones who will bring the “new wine.”

Likewise, the inception of social media in all its varied forms (including blogs and internet radio) was meant to be utilized by the Body to do what institutional church refused to: namely the letting go of control and self-worth being derived from our calling, gifts and abilities. It was meant to  be a venue to offer real discipleship, healing, and true mutual submission to Christ. However, much of the Body (though certainly not all) has instead turned to these outlets to bolster self-worth and identity.

We are still trying to find validation with one another, instead of healing and walking out the process of resting in the unconditional love and acceptance that comes from our Lord and Savior alone.

Praise God, the Spirit is moving once again to offer us a season to heal. It is an amazing and wonderful table He is setting before us all, filled with love and joy and healing and intimacy… and true freedom.

Many years ago, when I first begun questioning how the Church functions in relation to Father’s heart, mind and will, He began to show me an end-time Body that would sweep over the world with the fire that comes from a healed soul, and deep communion with Jesus. He showed me the small part  I would play as a member of this Body. Timelines are now beginning to shift, however. I have begin to ask Father if the promises He gave me, though, unconditional, would no longer be seen by me. I wonder if I will now only be a witness to the promise. I have been contemplating the spiritual principle of Hebrews 11:13. He is dealing with me in this regard and I could use prayer from all of you. He is also correcting some rebellion within me.

Those of you who have gotten to know me, through personal contact,  teachings and blogs know I laugh a lot and I cry a lot. I can add one thing to this: God’s grace sustains us all, and I know we shall all see the goodness of God manifested in the land of the living… if not the way I once had anticipated. 

I have no weekly prophetic word for you. I seldom have a word from Father’s heart that does not carry with it both the God-side and the man-side in this most amazing NEW covenant relationship. I am not supported by sponsors or tithes or fund-me tabs that can make it challenging to speak the full counsel of Father’s heart in love to the Body.  In this regard, I am “free.” But… I am not free from feeling Father-God’s heart for His most precious and beloved children, and unless I finally submit to Satan’s constant nagging to forget all this “church pain” … I never will be. We all have a cost to count. I am no different, am I? 

There is time. There is grace. There is always His sovereign Hand. Above this, however, is the greatest of all. His immense Love. He calls to this generation as He has called to every one prior that has led us to this point in man’s eternal redemptive plan. He wants you and you alone. He wants all of you without compromise. He wants all of me. I am trying…

Please begin to ask Father how you can come into even greater alignment with His heart. What is your role? Where are we to disciple? In what areas do we need some true discipling ourselves at the same time? Where does greater healing and alignment need to take place in our thinking; in the way we chose to relate to each other, the lost, and above all, Father-God? I am right there in the crucible as well.  This is a season to heal. A season to get to know Him more fully.  

A season to enter into the maturity of Eph 4:11-14 and Hebrews 5:12-14 is upon us.

Joy AND sober-mindedness are not contradictions to the mature believers. Let us agree with Him that, above all things,  we once again seek to lay hold of that which laid hold of us.

All my love and prayers and faithfulness, Family. 

Always your brother~

David

Understanding The Kingdom: Grasping Words of Knowledge

Understanding the Kingdom: Grasping Words of Knowledge:

  • How the gift operates
  • How to develop it

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Let me start off with a qualifier. All interactions with the Kingdom of our Lord will be filtered through our soul, that is to say, our belief-system. The root of all error and confusion in the Body of Christ may be traced back to an identity issue.

Ever get offended at a spouse or friend? Misunderstood? Ever hear an intimate companion share something with you and you took it the wrong way? This happens all the time when Jesus speaks to His bride. We make a mess of the things He is trying to say to us and through us. But, He will never stop speaking and He will never change His nature.

It is we who need to change and grow. We need to learn what it means to be the “righteousness of God in Christ.” We need to learn what it means to live a life where our sense of well-being and specialness does not come from our successes, failures and the opinions of others. This is called “knowing our identity” and it is fast becoming a catchphrase and cliche. Yet, until we truly do, every single interaction or topic in regard to the Kingdom of Heaven will fall into some sort of error, and that error will be dictated by the wounds and lies we carry into the experience.  We need to press into our identity more than mere scriptural confessions. We can bone up on it more here (link: Topical Scriptures: Our True Identity In Christ )

OK, so having said that, let’s dig in.

I often get asked exactly how do I personally hear and see what Father is doing? Do I feel His heart? Do I see pictures? Do I hear His voice? Do I sense in my spirit-man the spiritual atmosphere shift? Etc…

The short answer is “yes.”

But I need to first clear up a common misperception regarding gifts.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith..”

Romans 12:6 states there are different gifts according to the grace given. Grace means to be given something one did not earn. Each of us have gifts within in our spirit-man that move effortlessly with the realm of the spirit (whether we even know this or not is another study). In other areas, we have to be discipled more and trained more. In other words, we have gifts of sensitivity that differ according to the amount of grace given in each area. This is the context of Romans 12.

Every gift, when boiled down, is dialogue with our Creator. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit want to speak to us all day long. The charismatic revival erroneously taught gifts as “interruptions in our daily life” when in reality the “gift of the Spirit” is a lifestyle of intimacy where our fears, hurts, and insecurities are actually the interruptions to abiding in the spirit.  Our false sense of self-worth prevents us from flowing all day long in a supernatural lifestyle. This is the hard and simple reality. If one wants for examples we have the 3+ years of Jesus’ Earth ministry. Flowing in Father’s heart in regard to the word of knowledge has two points I’d like to touch on. Let’s talk about how Holy Spirit moves at times, and then how to become more sensitive to His moving.

How Gifts Operate- (How Holy Spirit moves at times):

Simply put, the Lord will impart a piece of His heart, mind, and intention to us. This is Jesus desiring to carry out the will of the Father through His Church. This may come as a picture, a dream, a word, an impression, an emotion, a ghost pain in our physical body (often associated when He wants to heal a particular body part in someone else) and a number of other ways. Once we begin to understand something is going on inside our spirit, we then have the choice to either press into this and talk more with God, or just ignore it and go about our “daily life.”

Developing Sensitivity- (Recognize when Holy Spirit moves more easily):

This can be broken down into two main points.

  • Willingness To Hear
  • Obedience

Willingness To Hear:

Here is where I have read and heard many teachings on the subject. I am going to boil it down. Willingness starts with intimacy.

  • Get to know the nature of the One who redeemed you.
  • Find out what He says you are in Christ.

Intimacy is by definition to know one another in a most personal way. It’s a mingling of one another’s being. The more we embrace the deep caverns of Father’s heart the more our soul (mind, will and emotions) will flow with His.

And without faith, it is impossible to please Him. For it behooves the one drawing near to God to believe that He exists and that He becomes a rewarder to those earnestly seeking Him out.”  Heb 11:6

What is the reward? It is intimacy in that area of His heart. The greater the revelation of Father’s love for us, the more willing we become to give that love to others. .The less we care about anything else. Love begets willingness. Willingness releases the kingdom to flow through us.

Are we willing to talk to Him about healing and challenge our doctrines? He will teach you how to release healing power.

Willing to talk to Him about how to interact with the Host of Heaven? He will open up the scriptures to you about this aspect of kingdom citizenship. You will begin to have biblical encounters.

Now…

Not interested in opening up a dialogue about holiness with Father? Do not expect to have conversations with Him about how to walk in the deepest chambers of His Garden.

Don’t want to discuss personal discipline and correction with Jesus? Guess what, He is not going to speak to you about certain things going on in this generation or in the Ages to come. You may be invited to the courts of heaven, but will you enter into His war-room where He longs to share what He is doing in the Earth in this hour so that you may intercede on His behalf? Highly unlikely.

Why? Because He cannot speak to us in areas where we are not willing to discuss it from a kingdom mindset, and no topic exists in a vacuum. There are so many things inter-related within Father’s heart.

“I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,” Eph 1:18

“I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being” Eph 3:16

Where there is no willingness there is no enlightening.

Consider this rather bizarre dialogue Jesus had with a blind man in Mark 10:51

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout,

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”….

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

“The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.’ “

Why the heck would Jesus call a blind man to Him, who had been screaming at the top of his lungs for mercy, only to ask the blind man what he wants?? Was Jesus tired that day? Too much ministry the night before? Was Jesus not dialed into the Holy Spirit? Not at all. Jesus will answer according to what we come to Him in faith about. Jesus allowed this man to locate and express his own deepest desire. The blinds man’s faith released the kingdom in that particular area.

Today, the Body of Christ is filled with areas of blindness. We are crying out for mercy to spiritually see.

Yet, when Jesus stands and knocks on our heart and asks us what we want, our replies are often not in alignment with our ailments. Jesus always has, and always will, give according to the measure of faith (belief) in which we choose to engage his heart.

What is the point here? We are talking about developing sensitivity. The fastest way to developing sensitivity to Words of Knowledge, (which is simply hearing His heart) is to begin to invite Him into all of your heart. This takes more courage than we are often willing to admit. Fear, anxiety, torment, and insecurity are all symptoms that there is a deeper blindness within us that needs healing.

Obedience:

“If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:16-17

When you sense something stirring, just press into it. Movement.  An action is needed. Faith without a corresponding action is useless.

Our favorite “get out of jail free card” is to fall back on the reality that we are not always certain. We could be wrong. As someone encouraged me with a laugh after she overheard a word I gave to someone in a diner, “Obedience is spelled R-I-S-K.”   Just go for it. In faith, step out and test the impression. This is an application of Jesus’ teachings from Matt 13:11, Matt 25:14, and Luke 19:11+.

Now, do we feel afraid to step out? Insecure? What if we are wrong? What will this mean to others and to our own sense of identity? What does this mean about God actually, truly, really being willing to use us and love us enough to talk with us? There is often a  lot more gunk rumbling around within us than we realize.

“ I thought I heard right but I was wrong.”   Yeah… and? So what?

What thoughts and emotions rise in this scenario? Once again this all goes back to our belief-system.  Family, if we are made perfect, holy, blameless and the righteousness of Christ in the eyes of our Creator, (Col 1:21, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 1:6, Heb 10:10 ) there is absolutely no way we can feel embarrassed, ashamed or fearful. If we feel these things, or if other painful/fearful emotions surface, we are flat out rejecting our true identity as sons and daughters of God. We need to stop brushing aside the things Father wants to discuss with us.

If… this is what we want. Having said that, I think He is worthy to press into it anyway, even if we don’t want to change. It simply is amazing that He unconditionally loves and accepts us no matter what we choose. All we lose out on is intimacy and with that intimacy, every aspect of the Kingdom.

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Rom 8:32

Well, enough for now, I suppose. I hope this small teaching serves as an invitation that wets our desire for more of Him. The more we are willing to root out the lies of our thinking, and the more we are willing to step out and act on the impressions we have, the more we will grow in flowing with His kingdom and sharing His goodness with all those around us.

Some final thoughts:

We often overlook the moment by moment opportunities while we wait for the great Translation to Heaven because we think it will validate our walk with God. Please understand, this stems from pain and woundings. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love you beyond your wildest dreams.  Lean into this reality until you own it!

Sometimes people question why I share examples of how God moves through me. The simplest answer is the Lord leads me to share in order to help give others a grid for the application. So, next post I’ll share a recent example of how the Lord healed a stranger on my most recent business trip to San Antonio.

Now, get out there and don’t be so hard on yourself. Have fun, be a willing vessel, and…

Happy hunting!!!
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P.S. I hope that none of us refuse to learn from the apostle Peter because we don’t agree with all of his actions (example Gal 2- Peter began to reject his identity and walk in the fear of rejection until Paul set him straight). In the same Wisdom, I pray the Church matures to the point she may glean from others as the Spirit leads. Having said that I am going out on a limb to offer some resources.

Two excellent books on this topic include David Hayes (who is a good friend of mine)

Link: David Hayes (aka Praying Medic- Seeing In the Spirit Made Simple

and a book by Randy Clark.

Link: Words of Knowledge

 

A Resurrection Mindset Revisted

I have often stated that the Lord is interested more in a transformed soul (belief system) first, and then our proclamation of the Good News ( Ezek 36:26, Matt 23:26-27).

Each year those who do not know Jesus as their personal Righteousness watch on as the Church Body attempt to fill our pews or living rooms with those who would hear about the Passion of the Christ. What I find odd with this is that we, the Church, have pre-conditioned the lost to exalt this day above others. This may be defined as a tradition to many.  I define it more as a mindset.

A mindset worth questioning.

I enjoy traditions. Really, I do.  Every evening I stroke my daughter’s golden hair and softly bear witness to Rachel how much Father loves her.  I revel in closing my boys’ bedroom door with the parting words “Goodnight, Boanerges! My Sons Of Thunder!”  before retiring to end the night with my dearest, closest ally; my wife. Often, during the late hours, my Savior has a habit of waking me up. I’ll steal away to my ragged reclining chair where He invites me to the shores of Paravel. Here we mutually discuss what’s on our hearts. 

I thoroughly enjoy traditions.  There is nothing wrong with them.

That is… unless they exalt themselves up against the word of God. Then it is time to re-examine them and if need be, burn them to the ground.

“So, what is your point, David?” Simply this. Wherever your travels find you this weekend and whatever manner you hold to the tradition of the Resurrection holiday, I ask only for each of us to remember:

We, the Body Of Christ… are the Resurrection made manifest. What was given to man 2,000 years ago; we, His ambassadors, are still being invited to live moment by moment with great awareness of His love and power.

The “lost” long to see the Resurrection manifest, and not to be invited to hear about it. We, are His expression on Earth. We are not being examined once a year, but every day. The world is weary of our words and clever neo-modern programs meant to artificially induce a gospel conversation. They cry out to see and touch His hem that they may be healed. 

“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” Rom 8:19

The world, much like all the rest of creation, eagerly await for the Sons of God to manifest His nature, that they may finally believe that what we so boldy proclaim, actually has the power to truly change them.

What if they do accept the gift of Righteousness this weekend? Will they be introduced into the Holy of Holies, or to a religious fraternal order? One of rules, performance and expectations? After the loving, heartfelt message of our Savior has been given on Sunday… what awaits them the rest of the week? One with Christ… or one with us?

Father is asking each and every one of us in this hour, in gentle love and compassion… and without any shame or condemnation to examine our mindset. He is asking us:

“When My lost touch the hem of your garment, what happens?”

Please. Enjoy the holiday. Enjoy family and fellowship and the traditions that bring comfort. Enjoy!!! They are a blessing. But while you do so, I invite you to pause at some point and close your eyes. You will feel a stirring deep within. A tug… way down deep. Our Savior wants nothing more than intimacy.  This is Him calling you and me.

It will never go away…

David~

p.s. I shared some related thoughts last year on this that might also be a blessing  Living The Resurrected Life 

 

 

Broadcast: Prophetic Insights For 2018

This will be a live broadcast tonight Friday, 2/16,  at 7pm and will be avail to download as well afterward for future reference.

David Murry Podcast 47: Prophetic Insights for 2018 Blogtalk Radio

  • What has taken place since 2015, ’16 & ’17 that leads us to where we are now?
  • What is on Father’s heart moving forward?

Prophecy in simplest terms means:  “Father’s heart made known.”  

This season is a year that begins separating the Wheat & Chaff that is within our heart and walk, and it should excite us!  Great Love is calling us to make some course adjustments that will determine the kind of relationship we have as we enter into the dynamic times ahead of us. 

I pray it is a blessing.

David