2019- A Resurrected Life Re-Visited

The last time I wrote anything in regard to Easter was a couple of years ago. Since then, each time the holiday rolls around I just have a deadness within me. I place my hands on the keyboard, close my eyes and…. nothing.

This month I was determined to add something that would bless others. Surely, this holiday, perhaps above all, strikes at the heart of any child of the Lord. I mean, talk about a love story. I consider the metal and bone tipped barbs of the Roman flagrum, the scourging process, and their passion to approach torture with excellence. I hear the shrill of hammer on nails. I see the tomb, and angels. My heart runs its fingers along the broken seal. What was the angel feeling when the cords and clay tore free from that great stone?  I can see Mary’s face upon releasing the caretaker of the garden was actually the Gardener of her heart.

But, alas, here are where my fingers stop. I simply cannot seem to add further. Every expression of His passion that I would feebly articulate bows to the ultimate love story; that He is our daily rebirth. All that Love and Power is within us. Daily… moment by moment.  I blogged on this back in 2016.

With this in mind, I can offer up that which does burn within me more than it did when I wrote it 3 years ago. I ask if it bears witness with your convictions, please share it with others; I hear social media is big these days 😉 Like so so many of you, I long for us all to enter into corporate agreement with our Lord’s desires.

As you read, PLEASE understand, I am not opposed to celebrating the holiday, but there are greater things on Father’s heart.

I too will be with family this day, and not out of obligation! It is a wonderful time to reflect on things and give thanks.

But we need to know Father is not merely looking for an observance to a historical event as an opportune time to share the Gospel. Rather, He would, for the stones within our own inner man to roll away. That His Life may shine more deeply within the fractal of our own garden where He longs to freely walk. This is also what the ‘lost” are longing to see within the true Church.

 How I pray to God with tears that the following  resonates with my family.


Living The Resurrected Life: 2016

He barged into my office without a knock and without an apology. I could see he was deeply troubled in soul but nothing on his face gave that away. I had not seen this old acquaintance in quite some time. Instantly I stopped typing.

“Just came by to say hello, David.”

“Hello. How are you?”  

“Good… Just fine…Happy belated Easter. You don’t celebrate Easter do you? You don’t strike me as the type of Christian who would…”

Ignoring the question, I was breaking for him now. I felt his heart and Dad opened up to me Henry’s thoughts and fears and some of his darkest issues to me in that instant.

“What’s wrong, Henry?” I replied meekly.

“You know I don’t really believe in God… but I know He hears you and answers your prayers. I need you to pray for my dying brother.  Pray that he lives.”

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Another Easter come and gone. Another year we collect the data and post our results. How many conversions? How many answered the altar call? How “successful” was our “program” this year?

I rarely follow social media. This morning however, I was troubled as I read the numerous posts from the bride of Christ extolling those who participated in their local Resurrection Day sermons. What grieved me more than this though was all the varied forms of exhortation I read in regard to not getting discouraged at the “lack” of results… Next year will be better… perhaps.

Next year?

The Power of the Living Resurrection abides in us daily. We will not find anywhere in scripture where the church is told to prepare for a day in which to stir up the witness of the Holy Spirit.  We are created for good works that will be an outflow of our union with Him… Moment by moment. Not year by year.  

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (I Peter 1:3)

The church has forgotten that if we live the life of Christ, we have no need to cajole the lost to come hear a sermon. The sermon is already inside all of us.

Please- I beg you. Read the book of Acts. I submit the scriptures make it very clear they were living the resurrection. What is now a once a year observance was at one time a moment by moment encounter with the Holy Spirit that led people to the Lord, daily… not yearly. Nor did is come via a Bishop acting as an Evangelist delivering a sermon before a meeting of mixed believers.

Salvation came through the daily living witness of the pentecostal church of Jesus Christ.

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God  which I command you. (Deut 4:2)

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. (Col 2:8)

Have we swapped that indescribable privilege of communion restored… with religion?

We are righteous, holy, without blame, spotless, sanctified and loved fully. (2 Cor 5:21, Col 1:19-22, 2 Cor 5:17, Eph 1:6, Heb 10:10)

It is time for the Bride to live relationally

a walk that reflects what the torture of the cross gave us positionally.

We are righteous in His eyes already. Do we live this way? We are blameless before Him. Do we think this way? We are holy in His eyes. Do we walk this way?  We are living beneath who we truly are. We cannot do this without deep union.

This is not about “works.”  Works leads to more dead religion.

This is about outflow.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Prov 4:23)

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart,”  (Luke 6:45)

Everything grown comes from seeds. Planting seeds takes work both for His kingdom and anything… not.. of His kingdom realm. We work at it every day. We say we want to hear His voice. We want to visit His throne-room. We desire to be used of Him.

But… what are we really sowing to? How many of us, if we are really honest, are quite comfortable with the confines and structure of born-again religion? In what areas are we really submitting to the traditions of man and not the life of Christ?

It’s not hard to agree to pray for those to come to accept Christ on Sunday. That is pretty darn easy, isn’t it?  Yes.. it is. How difficult is it to lay hands on a stranger the day after Easter while gassing up on your way to work?

Now the question to ask ourselves is… Why is this so?

When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John… So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)

Peter and John were not on their way to Revival. Nor were they on there way to heal this man. They were on their way to meeting. This stranger got in their way. We can only freely give what churns violently inside us. What areas of the Lord are we moving in more than last month? Last year? 5 years ago? I am not talking about theology. These Christians didn’t even have a bible yet. They had Jesus Christ. They lived Jesus Christ. They gave the life of the Resurrection everywhere they went. It was freely flowing.

We have replaced the life of Christ with theology and doctrines, memorization, and a checklist to make ourselves feel respected by others and in our own eyes.

The scriptures tell us in the last days a great falling away will occur.

It’s already upon us in this nation

and we have not even entered into persecution yet.

The Word also tells us the Love of many will grow cold. Here is a gentle wake-up call: only those who have Christ have true Love… this is a prophetic word spoken by Jesus about the church that will be fulfilled… but to what degree, will depend on us.

Disciples of theology… or disciples of Christ?

Imitators of religion… or imitators of Christ?

Theology is not a relationship. Theology is the word of God rightly divided that provides a stable platform from which we draw to the realm of the spirit in order to live, breath and have our being in Christ alone.

Please hear His heart. I am not saying to stop enjoying a tradition. But how we live day by day is what our Savior died for and is interested in. Afraid of being “weird”? Was Jesus weird? Did it look weird when Peter healed the beggar?

Bottom line: if we are looking to a day to win souls… the church has drifted from the faith and the Power of the Resurrection. The Resurrection is not a day. It’s a relationship we seek and walk out.

Religion breeds weirdness. Relationship breeds Christ. Please… Let us stop confusing the two.

He is calling us. He is waiting. His lost are waiting. They cannot wait another year to hear the gospel. The world needs to see it in power through us every day. As always, first things first…

Seek His face. Seek His Love. Seek Him alone.

No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.”  (Jer 31:34 & Heb 8:11)

Happy Easter, all. Let us live it every second as we learn to draw into Him every moment of our lives. 


Well there you have it. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Father bless you my brothers and sisters. Enjoy family, holiday, and above that, enjoy a Happy Resurrection Life.

Shalom, 

David~

“In Your name I come alive to declare Your victory

The resurrected King, is resurrecting me.”  ~ Elevation Worship (link here) 

Desire vs Intention

Topical Studies: Desire Verse Intention

The Church is in the middle of a season of deep, relational connections being established with one another, a time of healing, and a time of refinement. These are some of the main war-room plans Father is showing us for this season in America. There is tremendous grace being poured out upon us to flow with the Spirit of Christ to bring healing, soundness of mind, and above all a transformation of our belief systems. There is a special window of time in this hour for this.

The main point I want to encourage us all in is the aspect of our belief system. In short, we are being called to reject the lies that our worth comes from this realm. We are being called to walk in kingdom identity. This releases greater intimacy and authority to bring to pass on the Earth was is on Father’s heart.

Two Belief Systems are in play in this generation

Worldly Belief System (est. circa Garden of Eden). This is a very polite, unobtrusive term to use when we don’t want to use the word demonic or “the god of this world.” This system says we are only as valuable as the world-system says we are. There is a cost that comes with finding validation from others and from our own accomplishments. When we sow to this belief system we reap fear of rejection, fear of failure and shame. We also have the opportunity to reap by the sweat of our own brow, fame, wealth and recognition in the sight of man.  It is what satan offered Adam; it is what satan offered Jesus.

Kingdom Belief System (given back to man circa 2,000 years ago). This system, given to us by the accomplished work of the Atonement states we are forever loved and blameless. There is also a cost that comes with this system.  It is initially very painful to begin rejecting the old ways of finding validation and love.  Especially when we have not yet tapped into the experiential reality of the Lord’s intense love and acceptance of us. This system governs our way of life and we embrace what Father says about us.  There is discomfort felt and courage needed to overcome the fear of man, the uncertainty of trusting God with all our heart and counting all thing as loss for Christ. There is also a major time investment and a structured discipline needed to take every thought and emotion captive that daily interactions with people bring up. We must examine the motives of our own heart.  It is hard work!

Consider though, what this might look like: peace that never fails; perceiving the realm of the kingdom all around us; perceiving the love of Christ wrapping us like a swaddling cloth 24/7; the nature and expression of Holy Spirit flowing in and through us continually; hearing Father’s voice without the distortion that comes from anger, fear, anxiety, or the desire for validation (a major stumbling block in the prophetic office that is crippling the Church) and an ever-increasing sphere of influence and favor that allows one to minister the kingdom wherever one’s feet trod. (Josh 1:9, Gal 5:22-23, Phil 4:7, 2 Pet 1:19, Acts 17:28 and 1 Cor 13 to cite a few of the blessing of living in and with Jesus in regard to our self-worth).

Please take a moment and let that sink in. What might that actually look like as a day-to-day reality? Now,  let’s talk specifics.

One of the most significant stumbling blocks the body of Christ has in this generation has come from confusing desire with intention.

  • Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
  • Intention: a thing intended; an aim or plan.

“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue…” John 12:42

Here we see an example of individuals who had a desire- a longing for Jesus, but were unwilling to take certain actions. they had NO intention of doing anything about their desire.

“…for they loved human praise more than praise from God.” (v. 43) And here we see the root cause for that unwillingness. Fear of man; fear of rejection. There is actually a vast expanse between Desire and intention.

That expanse is called “the wilderness.”

Those people reaped the cost of that decision. Scripture is loaded with examples meant to help motivate us to have the intention of casting down the lie that our self-worth can be added to, or diminished.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Prov 29:25

“Yes, and amen Yes, and amen!” we say. The word of God says we are fully pleasing, without blemish and are clothed in Jesus’ righteousness.

But… what are we truly doing with this reality?

We all have a desire to feel His love more deeply. We corporately agree we want “more of God,” right? There is no lack of desire. But, here is where we have failed to teach and instruct the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven. We have removed admonishment to work or contend for the desires of our heart. We have been lulled into being passive recipients and have changed the role of the Holy Spirit from Co-laborer to the One who we expect to do everything without our partnership.

As a result, I am seeing more and more brothers and sisters who are confused, angry and wandering in their spiritual walk. Sullen and depressed, we are waiting for something to break, clinging to simple exhortations to “hang in there.” 

But our Lord’s Words give us the keys to get out of the fear and bondage of man and the uncertainty of this world. It looks like this: Desire gives birth to intention and intention gives birth to action.

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14

I am often asked where in scripture we can easily find examples of positional and relational righteousness. The above verse is one of my favorites. We are made forever holy in Father’s eyes… and now we can enjoy the process of transformation into His image… if we allow it.

The process of transformation begins with desire and ends with action.

The bridge is intention.

Are we actually willing to do something about the whole thing? Are we willing to take the longing of our heart and put work into it? That decision is where intention resides. Desire is seated in the emotions of the soul. Intention is seated in the will of the soul. For a great many of us, we have no intention of actually doing anything about the Kingdom realities we have been given access to walk in. We choose instead to suffer in the wilderness.

It requires action. That action begins with our thought life. We must take our thoughts, examine them against what God’s word says about who we are in Christ.. And then actually apply it.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Rom 12:2

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Prov 23:7

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5

Family, if we do not work to change how we choose to think toward God, others, and above all, what we truly think about ourselves, we will never enter into the Sabbath rest of intimacy in Christ. These are not my words, but God’s words.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind…” James 1:6

That greek word ‘diakrinó” translated in English as doubt  is a terrible translation. It actually means: “I separate, distinguish, discern one thing from another; properly, investigate (judge) thoroughly.”  In other words, it means to contend and argue with God.

“That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” v7

If we do not apply the truth, it is faith without works. Dead; useless to us, and will not transform our soul. Our soul (mind, will, emotions) determines what aspects of the Kingdom within our spirit we will walk in, because it is our soul that is the gatekeeper to the realm of the spirit.

Application:

The next time we feel fear or shame, stop and ask yourself: “What am I believing about this situation right now?”

Examine your emotions. They are the indicators to what we are believing at that moment in time.

  • “Why did I experience anger in response to ________?”
  • Why did I get embarrassed at _______?”
  • “Why am I hesitant to pray for a stranger?”

We so very quickly confess scriptures to one another. But, all of these are signs that our soul is not really living the Truth that our self-worth is in Christ alone, and that His unconditional love is our sole source of worth. Guys, there is not way around this. To be certain, it is work to stop and speak His words over ourselves, and confess:

 “I am feeling fear at this very moment  because I am choosing to believe the lie my identity is not rooted in Father-God’s love. At this very moment in time, I am believing the lie my worth is tied to what this person thinks of me. I reject that lie! I declare your word is what I will choose to live by, Father!”

Brothers and sisters, if this sounds foreign, it just means we need to be more deliberate with the fuller kingdom reality when Jesus declared we are holy, blameless and above reproach in His sight. (scriptures here)

Let’s Knuckle down and decide to put action behind the desires of our heart. The wilderness has its place. It is meant to transform us. We must be willing to do our part. Fear will get replaced by Love.

“After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Gen 15:1

Family, the cost truly is not greater than the blessing.

Understanding The Times: 2019 – A Call To The Australian Prophets

2019 – I am going to begin setting aside a season to share some insights into what Father is looking to accomplish through His Church. As with all things, we know in part and we see in part. What I share is just a piece of the puzzle. The Lord designed and now calls His church to work in unity, with one mind, and above all, in Love, in order to see the fuller picture for this generation.

 Hindsight: The Last 30 years

It is said that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. This cannot be more true for the Body of Christ. We need to look back and see through the eyes of the Holy Spirit how we got to where we are.

In the 1980s the Lord was looking to further transform the Church and walk in new and deeper realms of intimacy in Christ. This maturity within the Church would start largely in the Body in America and was to be a fire to be taken all over the world. There were those who Father-God set apart to function as truly seasoned and mature prophets. They were called to carry the heavy burden of sharing what areas the Church had begun to drift from our True Love. They were called to stand apart from the institutional system and herald the cry of the Lord to present the new wine in NEW wineskins. They were asked to be willing to count the cost and stand apart; to be of no reputation and have no care for status in the eyes of the recognized church hierarchy. This was to be a primary way the next generation would grab a hold of greater glory.

Much of the church however, began to build “ministry” rather than Father’s kingdom. The American Church began to reject Godly correction in the pursuit of ambition, wealth and prestige.  

Here in the United States, by the 1990s, the platform holders of the organized religious system made it clear:

“If you prophets want the microphone, you are going to play nice. You will temper your messages and above all things, you will submit to our way of doing things.”

God alone was to increase the prophet’s sphere of influence. But, instead of trusting God to open up doors to serve, minister, and speak leaves of healing for the nations, much of the prophetic office decided to try to work within the structure of the religious system. The results were disastrous. A compromised, and watered down message began coming forth from this prophetic generation. Even now, much of the words spoken are being weighed not against God’s approval, but against what the cost will be to speak the truth in love.  The church continued to drift further away from Father’s heart, and to seek her own desires and identity. The nation began to groan, the Lost saw little Light, and an entire generation of Christians became disillusioned, wounded and rejected under the religious system.

The Love and Faithfulness of God: Enter the Australian Church

The prophets of Australia had begun being prepared about 30 years ago to help support the faltering Seers here in America.  *

About 20-25** years ago you (my dear Australian brothers and sisters) first began setting foot on our shores as part of a “great correction” Father was doing. If England is our mother, the United States is your brother, and you were called to minister and instruct and correct the Church in areas that the American Church was not willing to hear from her own. 

The purpose of the prophetic believers visiting from Australia was 2-fold:

  1. To Boldly speak on what the American prophets were afraid to
  2. To ease the way for American Seers to begin to step into the fullness of their function

Godly connections were made and true friendship and bonds of love were formed. However, the pressure of seeking to establish one’s own platform, the fear of failure and rejection, amongst other motives, have caused our Australian brothers and sisters who are commissioned to refine her Stateside family to falter. The Australian Seers are in danger of forfeiting their commission.   

Australia will start to experience a similar fallout that the Church in America  is currently trying to dig out from underneath. The spiritual climate is beginning to darken in Australia as a result of this compromise. The Australian Church has also begun to feel the compromise within her own land. Brothers and sisters from across the sea, your own nation is losing spiritual authority. Laws will change. Evil will start to occupy the place of righteousness. Your land and your social atmosphere will soon reflect the spiritual compromise of the Church. It has already begun.

Australian Prophets- you were not called to take back to your own assembles and soil the U.S. religious system.

You were called to destroy it here in America.

The torch for this generation is growing dimmer. There is time. There is a season of mercy.

The Plea From Our Lord

Please, I do not share these words with a heavy hand or any condemnation. This word is Love, and we all must judge it. Those who have developed their walk to fulfill Heb 5:12 and are spiritual elders do not have time for easy offense and thin skin.

Soldiers do not get involved in civilian affairs. Father-God is calling to our brothers across the ocean. Return to your commission. Return to your call and count the cost. In a hundred years we will all be in glory together and the things we have been afraid to give up here will be the memories that we will gnash our own teeth at.

He is worthy of our all. You can do this, my Australian brothers and sisters; my beloved family whom I cherish beyond words. I have seen the yet fulfilled visions of the fruit of your labor…

Please… In all the love and spiritual passion I have; your American family needs your uncompromising hearts. And so does your own nation. Our Commander-in-Chief is calling for a season of refinement. There is an invitation to be granted greater kingdom authority and greater sphere of influence. There is a great cost that comes with this, and this season of grace will not last forever. Even now, a new generation of John Baptists are being Hand-groomed in the back-country of our own borders.

We all prophesied this, did we not? We speak still of these Elijahs, yes?

I too bear witness with you all that they are coming. They will soon be given the commission that was rejected by this present generation. But there is still time. They are young, and they would be greatly encouraged by you. True discipleship is still Father God’s Plan A.

Please… pray into this. What is Father wanting to speak to our hearts about, and where can we mutually adjust fire?  In courage and in love we can be iron on iron once again and sharpen our word as we soften our hearts.

Always your brother,

David Murry NY

 

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* To put a more accurate timetable on things: The Lord started commissioning many of these individuals in the 80’s and 90’s, and many starting speaking in the States by the mid 1990s.
** I adjusted some dates since this original publication was posted yesterday to dial it in a bit more.

“I Played My Drum For Him…”

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

John 15:11

Christmas Eve. Christmas morning. New Year’s. The holidays tend to act as an amplifier of our soul. We live in an exciting time when much of the Church is redefining her role with all her members and also in regard to Christ. We enjoy a liberty as adopted children and the way we participate in our holidays reflects this. We are beginning to think outside the old wine-skin.

The religious caste system is being cast off. I hear and read of our fellow Christians describing with heartfelt sincerity the way the holidays are being observed (or not observed) and how profoundly Jesus Christ is changing their thinking. We get to enjoy the unconditional acceptance and love of our Father, and what a gift indeed that is! Less “religion” and more “relationship.”  

This is wonderful!

At the same time, however, there is a deep pang within much of the Body of Christ. A deeper, darker stabbing at our soul. An old sorrow from long ago. For many, if we are honest, we can trace that feeling back to the earliest memories of our Christmas experiences. When the excitement of present opening is concluded, wrapping paper scraps are all rounded up, and mass quantities of our favorite Christmas morning breakfast have finally sated us…  And we finally just sit… with ourselves.

Where is our joy? Where is our rest?

For many, just reading this is enough for us to identity with that seemingly ancient, dull malady. The promise of a gift that we now realize lies not under the tree, and is much greater than the comforts of our holiday traditions. Just outside the grasp of our soul, we can feel the faintest rolling drum, keeping time to a tempo not our own.

Joy is directly tied to the depth of revelation we know we are loved. This is the full message of John chapter 15. More than this, the depth of our awareness of His love, is the depth of love we can pour out upon our family, friends and strangers.

This is one of the reasons why frustration, fear and anxiety build as we approach the holiday. The more the drumbeat of our heart is not in sync with His, the greater the discord we will feel in our soul. These are divine opportunities to lay down our own song; to pick up the song of the redeemed. It is an opportunity to go back; go back to the beginning, and once again let our heart’s only sound be that of a child saying;

 “I receive your love, Father. I put aside all things that attempt to counterfeit that reality.”

Our inner being is meant to resonate His affection.

This is where true joy lies, family. Joy comes from putting down the “Martha” motives and picking up “Mary” motives.  In the coming weeks and into the New Year we all will feel and hear the song of our heart. The passion of our Lord is so intense He will speak to us each throughout the days to come on what tune we are playing. If you feel a lack of rest rising within you; if joy seems to elude you and that pang rises within your being… don’t start playing that drum faster. Please, put down the sticks and just sit with Him. Let Him do a little healing within us. Little by little, right?

He wants to give us all a new song and a new cadence. He is the fullness of our joy and the rest of our souls. He wants us to cease running to and fro looking for the next “thing” to deaden that ache.

“The ox and lamb kept time…”  

We too, are more than capable of living out of this rest.

I invite all of us this holiday season to connect with the true Joy that is available within our spirit. Just, sit with Him. Like the little drummer boy, we will begin to perceive a new beat rise. One of Love. With the tempo of rest and an expression of the deepest sense of abiding fulfillment. Have a blessed and joy-filled holiday season to you all, my brothers and sisters. Peace.

Your fellow fledgling drummer~ 

 

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.