Deeper Communion: Part 1- Understanding His Government

Deeper Communion Part 1: Understanding His Government

The Lord placed within me a burning ache to see His children walk in great intimacy and deep communion. When I pray, at some point during the course of our time together, Dad often asks me if I am willing to feel a little bit of what is on His heart.

These days, He talks to me a lot about the longing He has to have deeper communion with His children. There are many out there that are hungry for greater fellowship. The hearts of many are asking the questions, “Is there more to this life than born-again religion? Is there a life beyond despair and brokenness? Is there more to the walk than just dying to the old man? Is there more than just rejecting the ‘religious system’?”

Though few might dare to be honest enough with ourselves, there are many that are silently asking if God is really telling the truth when His Word states:

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

Where is our joy? Where is our rest? Above all… where is His love?

“But, David, we live in such dark times.” I am often told.

Really? More than the children of God who were tortured to death? The very ones that wrote some of these passages. (Well… not Jeremiah. He was merely called a false prophet, thrown into an underground prison, left to starve and die of thirst and had his land confiscated…)

When we are not walking in agreement with what the Word of God states, we are living an area of our life opposed to God’s kingdom.  When we do this, we live outside the joy, rest and love that is meant to be flowing in, through, and around us without ceasing. Intimacy is where we apprehend His fullness. Our Dad is calling us to begin entering deeper into His kingdom life.  This starts with understanding about how His kingdom is governed.

“Government” may be defined as:  the direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities

First, we must understand that our Lord’s government is expressed and carried out through His nature.

Said another way, all direction and control that is exercised on behalf of His Creation is grounded in Love. This is His nature, and from His nature all His government is laid upon.  

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isa 9:6

Due to some of the ditches in the Hebraic roots movement, such as “keeping Torah,” we have thrown out altogether the idea of “law.” This is simply not biblical. The law that was fulfilled is the “Letter of the Law.” Torah. The Letter of the Law, was given to point us to the eternal government of God. God’s kingdom is not a kingdom of anarchy. His kingdom government is ruled with spiritual laws. Those spiritual laws are all summed up in the Law of Love. There is still a Law, guys… it is the Law of Love, and it is the very cornerstone of the kingdom of our Lord.

Want greater intimacy? Begin to embrace His Law of Love. Our citizenship is in Heaven. Heaven is governed by love.

Walking in the Law of Love begins by walking in agreement with what our Heavenly-Dad says about Himself, and how He sees His child. That child is you.

God’s government is meant to be conveyed on Earth through the Church.  It is meant to be expressed and carried out through every single facet of thought, belief, action and decision that transpires.

We are to do what we see our Father doing in Heaven, just as Jesus did.  

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

The Earth ministry of Jesus Christ was to help teach His estranged children how to get back to the Father’s heart.

You see, what the Church needs to realize is that  it was the Cross that gave us access to our Heavenly-Dad’s throne. But… it was Jesus’ teachings and His Earth-walk that was aimed at changing our thinking. This is what gives us access to His heart.

The Holy Spirit living inside us allows us access to the realms of His kingdom. But it is our thinking… our soul… that must be renewed to the point where we believe what He believes if we are going to further our intimacy.

There is no intimacy where we are law-breakers. Violation of the law of Love is to live outside the nature and fellowship of His kingdom in whatever area of our life/heart/thinking we have refused to give Him.

This is not about works and self-righteousness. And to be clear… this is not about doing whatever we want…

It is actually just the opposite. It is about choosing to agree with what His Word says about Himself, about you, and about the lost.  For example:

It is easy enough for us to see how mercy is an expression of love. But are we willing to accept that His judgement and discipline is also a facet of this same love?

“Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as His son.” Heb 12:6

There is a reason we have trouble accepting this, family. It is because there are areas of our belief system that are opposed to His kingdom thinking.

Now for some reading this, the thoughts are, “That’s right, David. Go on now! Preach it, brother! God judges!! Get ’em a body bag. Yeah!!”

Well…..

What is the belief motivating that line of thinking? For many… it is not love at all. It is about anger, and hurt and pain… and paypack for those who failed to live up to a self-constructed expectation and self-righteous standard we feel qualifies us to earn His love. That is because this is how others we loved and trusted related to us when our own beliefs were being formed and solidified.

Sorry guys… that’s an oucher, I know ( I have been there) but, that kind of thinking is also is in violation to His heart and His kingdom.

All things that transpire in the kingdom are designed for one purpose; reconciliation back to the heart of the Father. Reconciliation glorifies His Name. It says He is worthy of our everything… and He is.

We will finish this up with examples & exercises to help us recognize where we are not walking in agreement to His Kingdom…so that we make the adjustments that will significantly deepen both our communion and awareness of His Kingdom

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Wrapping It All Up: Applications & Excercises

 

Who Are We To Contend…?

Brothers and Sisters,

I wanted to take a moment and encourage you all with this thought from our Savior.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. ”  -Jesus

In Revelation 3:20 Jesus is talking to His CHURCH… not unbelievers… not the “lost.” He is talking to His Redeemed.

Being redeemed is not the END of our journey… it is the beginning.

Accepting Christ creates a door that WE must open. He knocks on it every second of the day. There are no “works” of self righteousness here… Self Righteousness hides the door handle from us. The handle to this door is found in submission and acceptance of who He is, and who you are as His child and beloved Church.

The door handle is found in Jeremiah for starters. It is part of what I have heard referred to as “The Great Rescue.”  **

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”  Jer 31:3

Opening the door of our heart to Him is simply accepting His love for us… and returning it.

We love Him in response to the level we are aware of His love for us. Find out how much He loves you. 

Where heart felt understanding of this ends, self-righteousness begins (this includes groveling, confessions of unworthiness, self hatred, self pity: all of which are forms of ungodly/false humility).

Find just one other child of God who desires to sit and worship Him.. not in false humility. Not in groveling about the sins of our past. Praise and worship Him for the fact that we have an amazing Dad who wants to sit at a table and just… talk with us!!

How many of you would enjoy spending time with a friend or spouse that would only talk about how they are unworthy of spending time with you?? What if they would rather clean your dishes and mop your floor and wipe the bathroom tiles instead of enjoying a cup of coffee and some hot food together…?

Have the courage to reject the false humility of self-righteousness… and spend time with Him. Agree with what He says about His child.

Who are we to contend with what His word says about us?? Do we really think this pleases and blesses His heart?

He LOVES His church… He loves YOU. Are you really going to contend with this Truth?  Are we so arrogant? Are we that prideful and unbroken before Him? I have been there… it is overrated…

What do we really want more of…a revelation of His love, or the comfort of our secure, painful belief systems? 

See! There He is… even now…

He is knocking.

Humbly,

David

** (I would highly recommend getting the book “The Jesus Story Book Bible- for your children AND you- I read it weekly)

“What Trouble Are Giants…?”

It was the largest, most intimidating demonic entity I had ever seen up to this point in my walk with God. It stood well over 9’  and I would have put it, in human terms, as weighing around 900 lbs or so.  It was dressed as a warrior, covered in armor, and grasping a sword that was almost as tall as me.  His arms were much larger than my thighs and the veins that bulged out on his biceps were thicker than my index finger. I discerned instantly in my spirit that even if one blocked his swing with a shield, the force of that blow would shatter an arm. His skin was covered in a green, moss-like substance; a decay of sorts that I didn’t quite understand.   

Let me back up…

I normally do not share these types of dreams/visions that the Lord sometimes walks me through, for several reasons. For one thing, all of us have our own walk with God, and within the body of Christ it runs the full spectrum from being completely intellectual in practice, to very, very…. odd. Without the benefit of being face to face with a person, there is no dialogue; no “what do you mean by that, exactly..and where does that fit in doctrinally with the Word?”

So at the risk of sounding like one of “those christians” let me say this: The written word of God is our final authority on ALL things. No “experience” is placed above God’s written word, and all things must be consistent and submitted to the contextual agreement with the doctrines of God’s nature as is expressed within His written word. So, having stated that, I am one of those people who agree with God’s word that says He will speak to us and that He longs to commune intimately with His children.

Sometimes He may speak to His children  in dreams, by the inner witness, an impression, thoughts within our spirit, sometimes by visions the scriptures say… but always through the written word.

Our self-worth is established by the accomplished work on the cross. Alone.

It is not based on the kind or depth of relationship we have with our Lord. If we seek experiences, we will fall into deception.

If we seek Him, however, knowing and resting in the scriptural truth that  we are complete in Him and His love for us is immeasurable… well the bi-product is communion and communication.

We seek Him. We seek His presence. We are not to seek experiences. Show me someone who is seeking experiences and I will show you a child of God that is trying to earn love and value, not knowing both are already forever established as His holy, blameless, sanctified and righteous child. The blood of Christ accomplished and freely gave us this. So, having tried my best here within time constraints, to lay a biblical supported foundation,  if you don’t subscribe to dreams/visions in which the Lord speaks to His children… it’s alright (perhaps the principle of what I share will bear witness with your spirit). But… chances are pretty good that someone who does has performed this kind of intercession on your behalf, or for your family and loved ones. Just saying….

So… now.  Back to me and my new best friend…

His eyes burned with a rage I never saw before… a rage that I am convinced humans are not capable of possessing. In the midst of this rage, however, I saw this spirit was in complete control of himself and intently focused on his goal. His goal was singular: to absolutely and utterly destroy a child of God, and all that child stood for in the kingdom. He was there to make a spectacle of God’s kingdom and thoroughly obliterate a son of The Most High.

Now, normally, when the Lord shows me these things in my prayer time, I am thrilled at the opportunity to do some slaughter. The kind of slaughter and carnage against the enemy camp that is capable only through the name of Jesus and the authority of His name. I love it. I mean it. I-LOVE-IT. The bigger they come the harder they fall, and I relish “natural odds” being defied. Praise God!! It brings such glory to His name.  

Other than the fact this was the largest fallen creature I had ever seen before there was one other significant factor that I allowed to influence my thinking at the time of this encounter.  He was staring directly at me.

I was his assignment.

Now, many of you might be thinking. “Cool, David. Awesome. You charged right at him, right?”

Um… no. No, I didn’t.  Abject horror swept over every part of my being, My soul felt as if it was curdling in the presence of this pure, putrid evil and in my head I wanted to say goodby to my loved ones before I died. I was surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and in my spirit I knew that every person I had ever met was there being permitted to watch this encounter. I also knew there were many, many others there I had not met yet, but would one day.

This demon called forth every curse imaginable and proclaimed in front of the whole assembly who were seated in this sort of Amphitheatre… a coliseum of sorts.. that “this David” would fall by his sword this day. His work was over. He would never rise again. Those in his life would be scattered and the toil that was performed on behalf of Father’s kingdom would be thrown to the wind. Tears filled my eyes as he turned back to me.

And then God spoke to my spirit.

“Your time is not yet up, David. And when it is, it will not come by the hand of those whom I have placed under your feet. Many years ago you asked Me for another chance to not compromise in battle. That time is now. Not by power, not by might, but by me.”

It was like seeing a sunrise. You can almost watch the moment, but then again..did you really see it change positions? The light of His truth began to dawn within my heart, and the Holy Spirit began confirming His word. I am His. I am righteous,. I am the redeemed. I am complete. I am holy. I am His son.

I am loved….  I…AM…LOVED…!

All fear vanished as a vapor. My mind was clear and calm. My whole body began to quake. Tears flowed down my cheeks, blurring my vision. All I could see in the eyes of my heart was Jesus. It wasn’t tears of rage. It was not anger. I was crying at how much He loves me.

Raising my head, and turning squarely to face this fallen giant, I drew my sword…

So how did it end? Well…I am here, right? I have not gotten diagnosed with a disease and I didn’t suddenly die in some freak car accident. Nor has my heart been pierced to the point of death through some tragic event that might ruin me. Nor will any of these, or any other “assignment” come to pass. Ever…

Two things occurred in that “dream.” One: That demonic assignment was very quickly left without an arm and more importantly… a head.  Two: I came away with a greater revelation of His love for me.. and who lives IN me. Did my authority increase? No. My awareness of He who lives inside me increased. The authority was there all along. Knowledge of His love for us increases the use of the authority of His name. This removes fear.

As the body of Christ seeks to meditate and agree and accept Who really loves us, and how HE sees us… all fear dissolves into oblivion.

More than ever, this world needs the love of God revealed to them. But how can we give it if we don’t actually understand ourselves, Who dwells mightily inside us?

That will never do….

We have all the power and dominion over the enemy. This means we have the power and dominion to set the captives free. I heard it once said that there is “a freight train living on the inside of us,” and He is raring to get out.

First things first. Get to know Him better. Choose to accept what His word says about how lovely He sees His children. We are accepted in the Beloved. We are beautiful in His sight. We have all dominion. We are given an open invitation to enter into the Holy of Holies. Jesus took the keys to all forms of death, including fear, anxiety, rejection, torment and shame. Forever. We have the ability to bring the kingdom everywhere we go… because it resides inside the reconciled child of God. He gave us eternal life. That eternal life is already inside us…. not sure exactly what that means? Dare to find out.

“Then Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.’ ” (John 6:68)

Now… what are we going to do about it?

(PLEASE CLICK HERE- for the Continuation of this Study- “ Mind of Christ: Part 4- DOMINION)

 

Let Us Wash Our Minds…

I recently added a Section titled “Scriptural Truths.” I will be adding and updating this as much as I can.

“We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5

One of the most challenging areas in our walk is to gather the Truth around us in order to walk in the renewal of our minds. If we are going to walk in the fullness of the power, peace and rest that was placed inside us, we must walk in agreement with what the Word of God say about any and all matters…

This is especially true about what the Word has to say about us.

You are His child. You are His beloved. You are His redeemed.

Stop turning to the world for your identity and peace and rest. It does NOT exist there. It will always elude you. It is a goal steeped in the belief system of the god of this Age.

“Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:42

Trying to add to your self-worth is death. It is fallen thinking. It is carnal. It is NOT who you are.

The time has come for the body to put off the grave clothes in our thinking. It is for freedom He set us free. Your hearts are free. Have the courage to follow the life that dwells in power inside you.

Brothers and Sisters of the living God. This is our time. This is our hour. This is our destiny.
Walk as the sons and daughters of God amongst the Earth in the manner we were meant to…

… and rescue His lost children.

-David

What Do We Really Believe…?

Quoting scripture is easy. Stating “Amen” is not too difficult either. Look, I’ll do both now:

“For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” (prov 23:7)

Amen!

But…how we think determines what we truly, really believe about ourselves and about our Father. Do we really believe we are complete? Do we truly know that nothing we do or don’t do makes any difference to our worth and value in His eyes?

Do we really?

It is work to examine our thoughts and make them obedient to the Word of God. I must admit at times, I’d rather be piping (to you non-pipers out there, that means playing the bagpipes). Until I don’t play them so well…then my true beliefs are thrust upon me.  But only because playing the pipes well is important to me. (Now the question would be for me to ask myself “why?”)

The first recorded question Jesus asked man was in the garden.

“Where are you?”  He called out.

Since that day, He has never stopped asking that question to His beloved. That beloved is you. Lately, He has been asking me this question a lot, and because He already knows the answer, what is important is to realize He queries us for the sake of our friendship.

Daring to wipe clean a born-again lifetime of scriptures and mental ascent we have dutifully committed to our minds takes more courage than it does to be religious.  A “religious” mindset makes us bold, because it is rooted squarely in the crop planted by the carnal mind. Tying our worth to our perfection makes us audacious, if we succeed in it.  I was the best at it… no kidding.

I’ll share with you some time I am spending with the Lord. And a little bit from where He has taken me… and where He is leading me. Let’s be transparent here- sometimes we want the bottom line, so the Cliffs Notes here read:

“He enjoys you. He adores your time spent with Him. He is bursting for you to open the door and have a bite to eat with Him.”

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I hope it blows some wind of clarity, clearing away the fog of darkened thinking and the trap of trying to perform for His affection.