Deeper Communion: Part 2- Embracing His Judgments

Deeper Communion-Part 2: Embracing His Judgments

Oh, dear Lord. Judgement?? Not that word!  Scary start for a study? Not at all.  Hang in there. These kinds of topics, when approached with an understanding that Father loves us passionately, fully, and without limit, will set us free to experience the reality of that fierce love in deeper and deeper levels.  This is a form of Intimacy.

We want to go deeper in our communion, right? Well, another key component to greater intimacy is embracing His Judgements. Let me break down what this means. Then we can look at how to walk out this kingdom principle in our lives daily.

ar·bi·trate – definition: (of an independent person or body) reach an authoritative judgment or settlement.

One of the most overlooked aspects of His heart and nature concerns His judgments. Here is a key.  Not all judgments are the same. There are different judgments to be rendered in regard to different aspects of His kingdom and government.  For example, there are judgments that have already taken place at the cross. There are also judgments that He desires to take place in us now. Then, there are additional judgments that have yet to take place. Some deal with Satan and the fallen angels. Some are in regard to the Redeemed. Some will be in regard to those who die having rejected Christ. We cannot lump them all in as one.

Past. Present. Future. Different judgements for different groups.

We have erroneously lumped in scriptures that have this word in them to all mean the same thing, regardless of which Covenant is being discussed and what is the actual subject of the judgment. We need to stop doing this. We also need to stop being afraid.

The word judgment means to make a  “formal decision given by a court.

Let’s look at one of my favorite verses on a “judgment” rendered in regard to His Redeemed.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

This, my deeply loved, family…. is a judgment. It was a decision rendered in the courts of heaven 2,000 years ago. This judgment is never overturned.

After receiving salvation, accepting His judgment in regard to righteousness is the single, most important Truth of His kingdom.

The entire dynamic of our relationship with the Lord hinges on righteousness.  

Every other judgment that has flowed, or that will one day flow from His judgment seat, will be viewed and perceived through the lens of how well we grasp the Judgement of Righteousness. Our acceptance (or rejection) of this kingdom ruling governs every aspect of how we interact… or fail to interact, with Him and His government. It forms the very basis of our identity, from which we view Him, ourselves, and others.

“For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” Heb 5:13

Anything our Lord has decided is a judgment. In regard to righteousness, He has already judged those who have sincerely confessed Jesus Christ as our eternal atonement.  If we are to further our relational intimacy with our Heavenly-Dad, we must begin to embrace  His judgment of Righteousness.

“Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Zech 3:5

If one studies this passage, we will see a moment in time, under the Mosaic Law, where the Lord gives the prophet Zechariah a picture of what the atonement through Jesus’ shed blood will accomplish.

All the covenants instituted by God toward man, had one purpose in mind.                      They were all pointing to the cross.

The bible is a love story. The theme of it is a driving, relentless pursuit of our Creator (who just happens to have made us His children) to redeem His creation.  It is a story of a tireless and patient plan unfolding throughout the Ages that culminates at a new beginning. The Cross.

“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”        Rom 3:22

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” 1 Col 1:22

No other covenant that God gave man comes close to the New Covenant. All prior covenants (Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic; to name the major ones) all pointed toward the New Covenant. It is only the cross which allows us to stand before Him forever clothed in His shed blood, declaring we are made holy and righteous.

Consider the provision gifted to us in the New Covenant. There was a formal proceeding in the Courts of Heaven that was convened on the topic of Righteousness. A formal decision was rendered there in regard to sin. Here are some examples:

“Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Rom 5:1

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”    Rom 5:17

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  1 Cor 6:11

Let me stop here for a moment.

Embracing the doctrinal reality of the gift of righteousness is not an excuse to sin. True agreement in our souls regarding His judgments about being made righteous in His blood will never spurn us on to sin. Rather just the opposite. It is the greater and greater revelations of His goodness that compels us to seek to be like Him (Rom 2:4). This is the root of intimacy.  

Intimacy is experienced to the degree we embrace Him according to how He see us.

There can be no deep, true intimacy when we are approaching the Lord from a mindset of filthy garments.

How many of you would rather your children or closest friend not look you in the eye because they feel unworthy? Sounds nice, right? Intimate? Full of love and a deep sense of knowing one another, right?  Not really…

Please note here that there will also be no deep, true intimacy when we choose to live a life willfully given over to the desires of the carnal mind.  Will He always love us? Absolutely! Will we enjoy deep communion? Will we be honoring the One who deserves all our honor?  Ehhhh… not so much.

Let me reiterate. I am not at all interested in discussing the ways we can look for excuses to sin under His grace. This is a waste of all our time, and the motives of that discussion are most often rooted in either a spirit of lasciviousness or legalism.

What I am endeavoring to encourage you here is to begin to meditate on the reality that the shed blood gave us access to His very throne-room and that our rags have been stripped off of us. This is the application. 

I invite you to begin to judge yourself.

In what areas are my thoughts and beliefs running contrary to what His own judgments declared about me? How about others? Is what is flowing out of my heart and thoughts a true reflection of His heart?

Intimacy comes from our entire being living and breathing in union with Him. This begins with salvation. It continues with our thoughts and beliefs. The first step in walking in ALL His judgments begins with judging ourselves in regard to being made holy, blameless and beyond accusation.

It all starts here. This is the first judgment we must face with Him as a child of God.

All other judgments to come in our lives are grounded in this foundational judicial ruling.

We will continue with this topic in the next post, where we will talk about how to walk in His judgments in all areas of our life.. and how this sets the stage for even deeper communion with our Heavenly-Dad.

Your brother,

David

Podcast#31: Understanding Prayer & Fasting

What are we truly engaging in spiritually when we enter into a fast?

This broadcast will help us: 

  • Understand what fasting really does and does not do
  • Understand how fasting works in regard to intercession (Matt 17:21 explained)
  • Break down some mis-applications and inaccurate teachings regarding fasting

Much confusion and disappointment abound on the topic of fasting and prayer, and application is often met with scattered and mixed results because the true scriptural and kingdom practice of fasting is often skewed. 

When properly understood, however,  fasting becomes a wonderful spiritual tool meant to aid in engaging the kingdom of our citizenship, as well as deepen our spiritual walk. 

I hope to simplify and clarify this often overlooked and wonderful practice.

God bless you all, my dear family.

David

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For Such a Time as This…

My brothers & sisters in the Lord,

Let me please start by saying I love you all. We are one family in Jesus, who is the only Way, Truth and Life.

The Passion of the Christ is to redeem His Father’s lost sheep. This is always first and foremost on the heart of our Heavenly-Dad.  

Many of us who profess to know Christ have allowed the forces of darkness to make us become offended with one another. This absolutely destroys the word of our testimony, and cuts short the work that Holy Spirit desires to accomplish through the Body of Christ. These attacks always come the same way: the spirit of offense,and getting the carnal mind to agree with Satan. A house divided cannot stand.

“Yes, yes, David. Amen… so what?”  Well, I am glad you asked.

The Shack.

This is a book, turned movie, that Father is desiring to use to draw those who do not know Jesus as their Savior, Redeemer and Friend to begin to ask questions.  Let me repeat this.

The lost are asking questions.

They are daring to wonder, “Is there a God who might actually love me as much as this movie is suggesting?”

I implore you. Come into agreement with what is on Our Dad’s heart. We are called to walk in His heart and mind and will… not our own desires.

The Church is arguing and contending with one another over the doctrinal accuracy of this work. 

Right now, the Church is on stage before the entire world.

All over social media, those who have not accepted Christ are silently comparing the love they see in this movie with the love they see in us. They are watching us. Studying what is invisible through the tangible representation offered through His ambassadors. We, the Church, are supposed to know, abide in, and walk submersed in the Love and Wisdom of Jesus Christ. Instead… we are choosing to tear each other down. Church is arguing and contending with one another over the doctrinal accuracy of this work. 

This needs to stop, my dear family.

There is a time and place for believers to come together, in love and unity, and discuss our doctrinal beliefs and compare our differences with scripture as our final authority. However, this movie is calling to the hearts of those who do not know the Savior of the world. This work is not meant to cause bickering and fighting within the body. You do not need to agree with everything in this book/movie to embrace the opportunity given to us by the producers of this film.

The Lord’s purpose of this movie is not for argumentative, theological debates. In any generation, when the body of Christ drifts from the heart of the Father, the Church will begin to display a nature other than the nature of Christ.

When this happens within His family, the rocks will begin to cry out.

This movie is a stone being whirled at the hearts of those without a Savior in order to shatter the windows of their pain and delusion. This book/movie is an evangelistic message. It is sowing the seeds. It is not meant to reap the harvest. The Church Body is meant to reap the harvest. We must work together on this one.

We do not have the time to wait around for another yearly Easter morning sermon. The lost are dying every day… not the  Monday after Resurrection Day.

We simply need to make an adjustment in our thinking and hearts. Then stay the course. Such as you have…for God’s sake… GIVE.

“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god.

So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.” Acts 17:22-23


Paul understood how to use all things to win the lost.

The Church of this generation needs to walk in this kind of Wisdom… and at this very hour. Has it occurred to us that perhaps… just perhaps, this movie is meant to rip open the old, festering  wounds of its viewers in order that the rest of us may bring them to the Great Physician to heal? Does this offend our intelligence? Does this offend the depth of His love and faithfulness? I refuse to believe we have become so fat and blind as spectators in our own gatherings that we refuse to help haul in the fish. 

This is not who we are. 

For now, let us first heal and forgive. Let us ask what is truly motivating us. Let us come together and grow up into His fullness. Let us set aside our own ministries and pursuits and contentions that bolster our own self-righteousness. He does not need our anger so much as we may believe. He needs more of His love in us. I need more of His love in me… always more…

Let us beat our swords into plowshares and harvest some souls. This… is what is on Father’s heart. Let us not waste the opportunity here to share the true message of Christ. Rescue them from the fire… THEN teach them proper biblical theology. If we are tearing down the film more than we are discussing the love of God and how others may receive that love through Christ….(the only way to salvation)…then something is off in our own heart that goes way beyond proper biblical interpretation.

Please. Prayerfully consider what is really going on here … and if it bears witness with that same Spirit who was sent to empower us, ask Him for an opportunity to share what you posses.  Love you all… so much.

In Him,

David

Understanding the Times: Part 8- High Places in our Hearts

“I am the LORD; that is my name. I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Isa 42:8

My Beloved Family,

I have been preparing my next part on the Deeper Communion Series. Father-God has an all-consuming fire within Him to experience deep, open intimacy with His children.

But there is something in the way right now. Something I am convicted is on His loving and longing heart that I desire to convey accurately and purely before we can talk more about steps and tools to “going deeper.”

So… I shall do my best. 

The Lord is calling His Body to Himself. There is a cry sounding from His throne-room to gather to His heart and walk with Him beyond the depth each one of us is currently experiencing. Likewise, each generation is summoned, with great passion, to His heart. Each generation must overcome the particular snares of that hour to answer this call. This is a spiritual reality we must face if we are to move beyond it. Currently, much of the the Body of Christ is presently divided into three camps in this generation. They are: 

  • Those seeking to find self-worth in spiritual experiences.
  • Those seeking to find worth in a sense of unworthiness, where we share our heart with Him and our own sense of unholiness.
  • A third, which is… well… just the pleasant distraction found simply in relating to fellowship as a social club and means to incur a weekly emotional high. “Playing church” is an expression I have heard spoken in regard to this.

Please understand. Chances are we are held captive to a combination of the conditions cited above. We can make any excuse we want to shut God out in any area we choose. It’s so beyond easy… and the Church is excelling in it. We are keeping certain spiritual doors shut within ourselves ( and those doors are different for each person) that lead to greater intimacy because we are unwilling to fully, deeply, and without compromise, look at our hurts, fears and pains.  Instead we are distracting ourselves with “religion” in all its varied and clever garnishings.

In this hour, the Holy Spirit is asking for permission to speak to us about what is on our Heavenly-Dad’s heart. He longs to guide us, comfort us, and give us joy in place of sorrow.

We need to learn to stop being so afraid.  We also need to forgive.

It is not simply the doctrines we need to be wary of… it is the darkened motives of our heart, trying to find a counterfeit self-worth that leads us to be drawn to these substitutes of true intimacy. These crutches are merely the result of us not allowing Him to take our wounds and scars. At some point in our journey, it becomes more about our pain that prevents us from walking by the Mind of Christ within us than anything else.

Many of us were not taught or discipled the way we were meant to be. This is called His “permissive will.” The bible gives us a wonderful blueprint on how true, deep, loving family life is meant to flow. Salvation, growth, healing, maturity, light the way for others… next generation, repeat.

However, the reality is, most of us either grew up under a controlling, manipulative “fellowship” or we sat quietly in a dead, dry, “religious” born-again gathering. Or… we grew up in the wilderness, vowing to cling to whatever is the opposite extreme of the area we were abused and wronged under.

Our Church family structure has become impressively dysfunctional. We reject correction, training, sound doctrine and teaching, discipleship, gifts and callings, deep communion, and above all, His unconditional love for each other and the lost.

My dear, dear, cherished family.  It is time to heal. It is time to muster the courage to cry and weep and repent of the areas we began to replace our intimacy with… things: “spiritual” things that either entertain, or offer a temporary rest to our soul instead of deepening our communion. Or, for some perhaps, doctrinal topics that make us feel spiritual in our unworthiness, and worthy in our spirituality. 

“The people, however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the LORD their God.”

2 Chron 33:17

There were dedicated hills and specially erected altars upon which people would honor and exalt false gods. This is a polite way of saying man worshiped Satan. When Israel repented, they would still use these pagan altars, but instead, now attempted to worship the Lord Himself on them. The problem was the foundation was, from its very cornerstone and inception, corrupt and unclean and opposed to God’s very nature.

Within the Body of Christ, these spiritual  “high places” are all around us in this hour. Among us… within our hearts and thoughts and beliefs. We have been attempting to commune and worship Him from these same darkened foundations.

We can no longer relate to Him this way.  Ways that serve to distract and self-sooth and bolster our sense of worth.  

In parting, let me encourage us all (myself included). It is OK. It is all… OK. This is the power of His love. This is the power of the Living Resurrection and His Spirit that lives within our spirit-man.  It is this:

We are loved. Without conditions.  

We are accepted.. With all our idols. 

He just wants more of me. He wants more of you..

Our Savior did not die in order to divvy up our heart with the pains and hurts and fears we hold. These leviathans are meant to be destroyed, not tamed.  These altars are meant to be uprooted, not re-allocated for a “good cause.”

Give the Spirit of God access to all the areas of our being, and not just some of them. He loves us too much, and is too adoringly jealous for our affection to share our heart with any substitute that has been given place in His stead.

Anyway, this is something that is on our Father’s heart. Please consider it in your time with Him.

In so much love,

David~

 

Podcast#28: Authority & Power To Heal the Sick

  • Is health & healing a Covenant Right given to the Body Of Christ?
  • What are some common misunderstood scriptures?
  • How are we to approach the sick when we pray (what is our kingdom mindset)?

In this podcast I interview friend and guest, Anthony Tijernia (formerly of JGLM Ministies). This is a wonderful interview with some solid teaching and kingdom insights into the power of the Holy Spirit within us and how we are to approach healing.

I pray this teaching is both a blessing as well as insightful for those who have felt the Holy Spirit’s tug to pray for others.

David~

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