Deeper Communion: Part 4- Yielding Our Soul

(How to get your soul to stop contending with your spirit)

A good friend and I were discussing some of the ways she interacts with the Holy Spirit. We got to talking about what some might call “word of knowledge, wisdom and prophecy” ( I call it “feeling what is on Father’s heart”)  and how we often can make a mess of things.  Still, Father is so unconditionally loving and patient with His children.

One of the topics was the confusion over how at times we can recall what He shared with us, and at other times, hardly have any recollection of what He spoke to our hearts about. Also, we may sense the Spirit is speaking through others, but the words seem what I would call compromised or “muddy.”

Much (but not all) of what post-modern Christianity calls the “prophetic office” is merely glorified motivational speaking on one end, or Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone on the other. Yet, our spirits’ may still bear witness that the Holy Spirit is truly attempting to share something from the Father’s heart through the person doing the talking.  So, what is going on?  

Recalling a specific event I shared, my friend then asked:

“One of the things that I got out of your responses.., which I thought was intriguing is that you still can pull up in your heart what you were feeling when you first interacted with the gentleman.

Most people who give a word of knowledge sometimes cannot recall what they said… or it does not feel “clean.”  

Can you elaborate on that a little?”

This really is a great question.  Let’s talk about this.

When the Lord shares something, the purpose is to bring an area of darkness into reconciliation with His heart. All manners in which the Holy Spirit wishes to flow through us are meant to impart an aspect of His Love and goodness to another child who needs His touch.

When our spirit is getting insight through the Holy Spirit within us (our spirit-man), it gets passed along to our soul (mind, will & emotions). The more we sit and practice time in His presence the more our soul perceives and picks up on the things the Holy Spirit is speaking to us (spirit-man) about.

So… let’s discuss one reason why we then either mis-convey His heart, or overlay the meaning of something, or share His words but do not reflect His heart. These reasons also happen to be the same reason we may forget what we even share.

Here is a primary reason:

When our soul is believing something different than what the Word of God has declared, we are not fully yielded.

This effects all areas of our walk. Not merely the topic in question.

To the degree our soul is not actively yielded to our spirit-man (remember it is our spirit-man that is “born-again) we will not be so tuned into the Holy Spirit and the things of the kingdom.

There have been times I have shared a “word” and then a month later had no recollection of the event. This is often because I was yielded only enough to pick up on what the Lord wanted to share, but not centered enough in my soul to really be dialed in to what was on His heart. Said another way, my soul, at that moment, was exalting  the things of this realm, more than the things that my Father has declared. Again.. at that moment in time. This includes our belief-system.

So, the next most logical question is: “How do I do this? How do I learn to be more sensitive to His heart ? How do I yield?”

Yielding our soul to the Holy Spirit:

When you accepted Jesus as your atonement and confessed Him as your Lord, something happened on the inside of your spirit. The Holy Spirit came to live inside of your spirit-man.

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Rom 8:16

“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” Eph 1:13

“Yielding the soul” means to agree that what the Lord stated in His word is… well… actually true.

Now none of us are quick to suggest we argue with His word. Unless that is… we are going through a crisis. Then all the latent lies we have chosen to ignore come raging to the surface. Instead of rivers of life flowing from within our belly, its rivers of pain, confusion, anger, depression and outright thoughts that contradict His nature.

Why is this?

The healing that needs to take place in each one of us, is within our mind, will and emotions. Whatever we choose to believe and accept as our own truth… this is what governs our life.  We are either yielded to the truth flowing from the Holy Spirit who speaks the will of the Father to us, or… we yield to the wounds, lies and deceptions that we have been taught since infancy (or earlier) are true.

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Rom 8:6

We often deliberately choose to think of  this verse only in terms of actions… and for good reason. That short-sighted and legalistic viewpoint allows us to sidestep our pain-filled emotions which stem from past wounds and interactions that were anything but a demonstration of God’s unconditional love toward us.

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Prov 23:7  (cf Rom 12:2, 2 Cor 10:5, 2 Pet 1:19)

Bottom line, whether we are willing to admit it or not, the truth is, family, that it is our beliefs that govern our actions. Consider even our most “noble” attempts to reflect His image or interact with His kingdom… what are the motives?

  • Will God love me more?
  • Does spiritual interaction validate His love for me?
  • Will I be more pleasing to certain others? Why do I need validation?
  • Do I feel I have the unspoken right to judge others, even if it’s ever sooooo slightly?

“Walking by the spirit” starts with agreeing with who the word says He is, and who He declared us to be through the gift of the Cross.  The core of His gift to us was righteousness and an unconditional acceptance in His eyes.

Right now, our programmed and auto-pilot minds are saying “yes and amen.” After all, what kind of child of God would that make me if I did not believe my worth and value comes only from God and is already forever settled??

For all the social media gatherers, I would be willing to say there was something that you had to work through within the past 30 minutes on one of your sites… and you only watched or read something.

Maybe? Why is this? What are we truly believing deep down? What drives our soul? Do we seriously think there is no deeper rumbling going on here? I did not even mention strangers we meet at the gas-station or our place of employment.

Application:

Our self-worth is never changing in the eyes of our Lord. He gifted us with HIS righteousness. This needs to be our foundation from which we believe, think and interact with both the kingdom of God and the natural realm. (2 Cor 5:21,  1 Col 19-22,  John 4:24)

NOTE: Wherever our soul is yielded to our born-again nature,  we will touch His heart, because we are submitting to, and flowing with our spirit that is in constant contact with the HS.

This means we will also walk more deeply after the Lord’s own passions because we are accessing the Love that was shed abroad in ours. We only need to yield to His truth.  Still… this takes courage.

The more we actively give Him permission, He will speak to us about where we are attempting to find a counterfeit worth and value system. As we repent of the area of thinking He reveals, the easier it becomes to flow in, and retain the things that are on His heart and mind.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Rom 5:5

Knowing and feeling His heart creates what I call “fingerprints” on our soul… and they don’t easily come off.

If… we allow Him to touch our souls.

I hope this ministered to some of you.

God bless you all, family.

David

 

Deeper Communion: Part 3- Prophecy & Personal Responsibility

(Understanding and Cooperating with Conditional Prophecy)

Father is calling His children to deep intimacy. Deep Intimacy requires maturity, and maturity involves teaching, correction, and training. ( Eph 1:18,  2 Tim 3:16,  Heb 12:11)

Straight off, let’s clarify language. If you believe God speaks to your spirit, you believe in prophecy. “Prophecy” is simply the heart, mind, and will of the Father revealed to His children. It is our birthright and the normal expression of a living, breathing relationship with our Father, King and Counselor.

One of the areas of His kingdom we need to begin to embrace is personal responsibility when God speaks to us and shows us what is on His heart for us.

We are spirit beings. We interact with our Father’s kingdom through cooperation. We cannot cooperate if we do not hold ourselves accountable to what He is speaking to us about.

The Church in the United States has lost a lot of grit in this area. This carnal, western church mindset has begun polluting the Body of Christ abroad as well. When a fellowship begins to steer away from certain aspects of His heart, ultimately we uncouple from other areas altogether. All things in the kingdom are interrelated.

Loving, balanced teachings on holiness and personal responsibility, (which are grounded and rooted in His immense Love for His children) have all but disappeared in this generation. Gifts and callings will always become compromised when this occurs.

One such gift that has become compromised as a result of this is prophetic insight (a.k.a. Father’s heart revealed to us).

Let’s expound on this. There are two kinds of prophecy given.

  1. Unconditional prophecy
  2. Conditional prophecy

Unconditional prophecy is where the Holy Spirit shares something Father will bring to pass that requires no partnership on our end. Said another way, it requires no personal responsibility between our relationship with the Lord. A couple of examples of unconditional prophecy is the Return of Jesus, the Millennial reign, and the covenant with Abram (Gen 15:1)

Conditional Prophecy is where the Holy Spirit shares what is on the Father’s heart that requires our personal involvement and partnership in order to come to pass. This is grounded in intimacy. This is not to say our Creator is not omnipotent. Rather, it is an expression of His desire for deep communion and intimate fellowship. Examples of this are the prophecies of Jonah, the death of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:1) and the declaration that Samson would be a Nazirite all the days of his life (Judges 13:7).

Understanding the nature of conditional prophecy is crucial if we desire to walk in greater intimacy with our Lord.

OK, so… here is how this looks.

The Lord will share with us something that He desires to do. He may do this through scripture, a dream, vision, impression, or spiritual word shared through another member of the Body. When this occurs, it is our part to go to Him in prayer and ask what specific leading and direction He desires us to take in order to allow His desire to come to pass in and through us. This is an expression of New Covenant living. Both parties play a role in their relationship with one another.

NOTE:  

When Father shares something with us, it is an INVITATION to go deeper into His heart.

This is true whether it is a word of correction or a word of exhortation. For someone to share a legitimate spiritual word without teaching and instructing on that word, or how to partner with Father-God to bring this to pass, is spiritual negligence. Our walk with the Lord has a “God-side” and a “man-side.”  Let me repeat. It is spiritual negligence to share a conditional word without the blueprint. This spiritual carelessness is running rampant in this generation, and for many, is a deliberate decision not to share things that challenge the Body.  Deliberate.

  • Sharing Father’s heart has become a popular pastime (God-side)
  • Sharing the requirements on our end (personal responsibility) has not (man-side)

This borders on prophetic manipulation at best. At worst it is an emotionally stirring encouragement, rooted in the soul that actually hinders the recipient from maturing in Christ. As a result, the Body of Christ has trained ourselves to become very passive in our own prayer time. When the Lord shows us things to come, we have become idle recipients of His intention.

This really needs to end, guys. It is doing the Body great damage.

The kingdom of God is a government of intimacy with our Creator.  Stop and think on how many “prophetic” declarations have been shared with countless Christians that never seem to come to pass either corporately or for the individual. Why is this?

It is mindless and convenient to dismiss them all as false words (though this certainly does occur… a lot), but of the legitimate spiritual words that are brought forth, there is a more pervasive and serious ailment going on:

We have become afraid of  discussing anything that requires personal responsibility.

The result is we have become ignorant on how to partner with Him.

All over the world, Christians are being martyred, yet here in America, we are afraid to talk even about correction, much less persecution. We are told instead to simply “believe.” If we say “yes and amen” enough in response to a declaration of what God is going to “do” then (poof…) prophecy fulfilled?? This is simply not how His Kingdom operates.

Here is how things work, Family. When the heart of the Father is revealed, the vast majority of the time, it is conditional. It is an invitation to press into His heart more. Please remember Jesus died for the sake of intimacy with His creation. Salvation is the doorway to begin a relationship of deep communion. There is no real intimacy where there is no true partnership.

Most often, both words of correction, as well as exhortation, carry with them a condition based on an area of our belief-system He is asking us to correct. When Father shares His heart, He is revealing an aspect of His goodness, and how He desires to extend His goodness to His children. His kingdom government is based upon the Law of Love. We are qualified by the blood of Jesus. Now we only need to participate.

“and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”  Col 1:12

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature..” 2 Peter 1:4

Marriage is the closest earthly picture we have of kingdom intimacy. It is a covenant between two people. One of the many reasons why so many Christians have such strained marriages is we do not understand spiritual covenants. To the degree we cannot relate to how the Kingdom operates, we bring this darkened thinking into all of our own earthly relationships. The foundation of Father’s kingdom is based on His nature. Love.

Every year we may hear and read about what the Lord is doing.  Yet more than ever I see the American Church struggling and starving for a touch and taste of His goodness. Hearts are crying out to see His hand and His eyes. A large reason for this is that many of those in places of influence are not teaching and instructing the Body. We want to give exciting words, meant to soothe our pains and fears, instead of pointing to the altars of our heart where they are to be slain through cooperation with the Holy Spirit. This has gotten old. Very old. The Body is crying out for healing and true spiritual living. The counterfeit is losing it’s appeal. This is a good thing.

He shares His heart that we may answer His calling us to Himself. He offers us His goodness, His love, His gifts… His very Self.

This will always start in our soul (mind, will, and emotions). It is the soul that is the gatekeeper to either partnering with the Lord, or rejecting what He desires to bring to pass.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Gal 5:1

The immediate context here is in reference to Jesus introducing the law of Love. The fuller spiritual application here is that anything… anything.. that we turn to feed and comfort and soothe our pains, hurts, fears and wounds, prevents us from walking in the freedom of the law of Love. The result is slavery. The soulish, carnal answer within the church has been to offer up more fluffy prophecies and promises.

His goodness and love are not in any way in question here. Neither is prophecy. I am lovingly challenging those who have a place of influence to teach the full gospel. Please… stop muddying the waters for the rest of the Body.

To the rest of the flock: Do not be afraid to ask Him what he wants to perform in your heart in order to release His kingdom in you. It releases the power of His affection. It ushers us into the express reality of His kingdom. It is healing, restoration, and true Life!!  Please… don’t be afraid. His perfect love will eventually cast out all our fears as we continue to partner with Him and heal.

“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

2017/2018

The Lord is dealing with careless and immature words being spoken in this season. He is in the process of lovingly disciplining the elders of this generation. But do not look to this.  Begin to practice the kingdom principles of conditional prophecy even when you do not see it practiced by others.

Application

The next time you bear witness with a dream, vision or public/private word, I implore you, immediately begin to ask Father-God what is your own personal responsibility in this friendship. What does He want you to do? Here is a good place to begin: look to your thought life. It will often start there. It starts with your belief system. It is our beliefs that determine the kind of relationship we have with our Lord.

Prayer:

“Heavenly-Father, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit. I give you permission to show me areas you are longing to set me free from the lies and hurts and fears of this world. Show me what you long to do in my life, and where you desire greater intimacy.  I open up the door of my heart to you that we may have intimate fellowship. I give you all of myself.

Reveal to me your heart. Then I ask for the spirit of Wisdom and understanding to show me how to walk in your truth and cooperate with your plan for me in this season. I choose to cooperate with you, that we may walk in relational Oneness. So be it.”  

Meditations

Verses to consider:  2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Hebrews 11:6, John 15:5, Ephesians 1:18, Revelation 3:20.

My beloved family and friends- how I truly wish you knew the depth of my love for you all. … all of you… you are deeply cherished and loved.

David NY

 

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 Cor 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

Topical Scriptures: The Power Of The Holy Spirit Is Within You

To His Beloved Church:

The anointing of the Holy Spirit Lives INSIDE every New Covenant Saint

His presence, His Love, His nature, His power, His holiness, His righteousness, His glory, His equipping, His giftings… He is within you already.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Pet 1:3

The body of Christ can only accept His invitation to enter into deep, intimate union with Him to the degree we agree with His word. True worship, communion, interaction, dialogue, ministering to one another, and receiving true revelation is done only by and through His Spirit.

It is time we begin to partner with the One who dwells inside us.

I am not talking about self-righteous “works.” I am referring to a life that flows through communion. Communion can only be had in the areas we are walking in agreement with His heart and Living Word. The Godhead of the Holy Spirit lives inside our spirit-man. The Lord Jesus Christ is calling us forth to stop relating to Him and to the body of Christ through the lesser, Old Covenant mindset.  

Expressions such as having the Holy Spirit “come down” or to “touch not my anointed” are not found in the New Testament church.  Anywhere…

If we are quoting Old Testament verses MORE than New Testament scripture in regard to our walk with God; either individually or as a church, there may be a serious problem with our New Covenant mindset.

Since the day of Pentecost every single Child of God:

  • Has been given the power of the Holy Spirit at salvation (Eph 1:6, 2 Cor 1:22)
  • Is God’s “anointed” (this Hebrew/Greek word anointed means “set apart” by the way-  2 Cor 1:21, 1 Peter 2:9, Heb 1:9)
  • Has an “anointing” that remains within them always  ( This Greek word means an unction- 1 John 2:20, 1 John 2:27 )
  • Has a “special calling” (1 Pet 4:10, 1 Cor 7:7, Rom 12:6, Eph 4:7)
  • Has a function and “ministry ” (1 Cor 12:4-7 , 2 Cor 5:11-21, Mark 16:17-18)
  • Is called to mature to the point of serving the body as an “elder” and raise up the next generation of believers to do the same  (Heb 5:12, Eph 4:13, Matt 28:19, Col 1:9-10, Col 2:2, Col 2:6-7, Rom 15:14, 1 Cor 14:20, 2 Cor 7:1,  Phil 1:9-11)

There is no such thing as “clergy” and “laity” found in the New Testament. These are doctrines of men and not found in NT scripture anywhere.  Anywhere…

If the bride of Christ is to answer her high calling to be walking intimately with Christ as pure and spotless, displaying the love and power to win the lost,  we need to begin to accept what He says He has already done on our behalf and given us freely.

Most of all…. He longs for intimacy with us, and we cannot enter into that desired intimacy if we are scorning and rejecting who we truly are as His beloved Child and His Righteousness.

It is my heart’s desire that this topical study help the body sort through the dead religion and tradition that has become commonplace in our thinking.

The time has come for all of us to repent from dead thinking and worldly mindsets. The time has come for the church to repent not just of the sin of living for our own desires but to also repent of the comforts and traditions of religion and do as the Holy Spirit exhorted us to do through the words of Paul:

“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Phil 3:12

 

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The Promise

Prophecies of the New Covenant to come (written under the Old Covenant) were spoken through prophets, under the inspiration/anointing of the Holy Spirit, to believers who did not have the Holy Spirit in them. They were promises of a restored relationship that would be offered to those of us who would accept His righteousness as our own. A gift was coming…

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you..” Ezekiel 36:26-27

“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jer 31:33

“They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ ” Jer 31:34

The New Covenant Is Better! 

The Day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of the Old Covenant prophecies. It is the Great Reconciliation. The temple shroud is forever torn away. Sin is removed through the Atonement of Jesus, now finally fulfilled at the cross. We are His Righteous,and all saints have the Holy Spirit inside them now.

The indwelling Holy Spirit gives us access to His heart.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.” Heb 8:7

“But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises….(v16)

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Col 2:16-17

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth-” John 14:16

“He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Gal 3:14

(Greek word “might”  1096. Ginomai-  means:  I come into being, am born, become, come about, happen.”to become, and signifies a change of condition,) – it does NOT mean “maybe” or “perhaps”)

“Do you not know that you are the Temple of God, and that The Spirit of God dwells within you?” 1 Cor 3:16

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Cor 6:19

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Rom 5:5

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Eph 4:30

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Eph 1:13-14

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.” 1 John 2:27

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 1 Cor 1:21-22

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” 1 John 2:20 

“Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Pet 1:5

“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Rom 8:10-11

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Dare to embrace the truth that He loves you. Fully, intimately, unreservedly. Dare to think upon the fact it was the joy of relationship restored that gave Jesus the strength to endure the cross.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2

Think on that for a loooooong time. Really?  We simply chose not to believe it. The condition of the body of Christ, our lack of love, faith and power prove this out. As a whole we are insecure, lacking His love flowing through us, weak, timid in our walk, rude in our soulish boldness, and self-centered.. Without much power. This should not be. 

We are called to walk with Him and in Him. The things of His kingdom will flow freely out of us as a bi-product. We cannot make this occur. He changes us, from the inside out.

Stop allowing others to make you afraid of words like “holiness”, “repentance”,  and “sanctification.” as if these are things to avoid.

These qualities bring true life and union and peace. These are a part of  His heart and nature, and go hand in hand with “Joy,” “Peace” and “Love.” 

Saying or thinking  you are anything that differs from His Word is not honoring to Him and does not glorify Him. It’s offensive to the torture endured at the cross and scorns the imputed righteousness Jesus gave us at so high a cost.

“Pride” is seeking worth apart from His shed blood that clothes us in His righteousness.  

Whether its thinking we are special because of anything we may do,

or

choosing to cling to our inherent unworthiness  and ignoring the robe of righteousness He has placed upon us.

It’s all the same.

Both are different manifestations of us arrogantly choosing to dictate how we will chose to relate to ourselves, others and God. Both are from the same belief system that contends with His Truth. It is never about us. It is all about Him.. and His love for His creation.

Meditate on these truths. Let them re-define your thinking until you see yourself as He does. From there we can begin to live as He has called us to live… In Him.

He died so that you could have His Spirit within you. This… is love.

Answering The Call:- Part 2- Life In The Desert

Answering The Call: Part 2- Life in the Desert

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Our Father has issued the call to return to Him. The echoes of that call hearken all the way back to the garden, when the first animal was killed to cover Adam’s sin. I had mentioned I felt strongly impressed that 2016 was a year of refinement for the body. This refinement involves a call to come away with Him.

The door was opened to enter into His fullness at the cross. We are His righteousness. We are Holy, His redeemed, His sanctified. We are His beloved and accepted fully. (2 Cor 5:21. Col 1:21, Eph 1:6, Eph 1:14, Heb 10:10)

These are Positional Truths. These are how we are seen as a result of the accomplished work on the Cross. It is impossible to separate the imputed righteousness of Christ from our salvation. Salvation is the result of the imputed righteousness… not the other way around. We cannot access His presence without Righteousness.. That is why Jesus died, and to be clear here…. it is a gift.

So, what is the purpose of “The Wilderness” if we are Righteous already?

Because there is a difference between

Positional Righteousness and Relational Righteousness.

The word “sanctify” means to consecrate or set apart. He wants us to live for Him and in Him and with Him.

“The Wilderness” is a spiritual experience that may manifest a number of different way in the physical realm, and those physical manifestations may change as you pass through.

What is important to understand is that your wilderness time is hand crafted by your Heavenly Dad. It is a one of a kind blueprint where He has orchestrated every detail of your life in such a way that is hand tailored for you and you alone. Although it may be physical isolation, it is not about location, but rather what the season is designed to perform and do to the inner man of the heart.

Things are meant to die. Things are meant to be birthed in its place.

“And I will visit on her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgot me, said the Lord.

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.

“There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.”( Hos 2:13-15)

The Wilderness is designed to sanctify us back to our Redeemer. The wilderness is refinement. The wilderness is to bring us into great intimacy with our Dad. The wilderness is Love.

Everything He did was in order to redeem us and bring us back to Himself.  We are called to live set apart for Him. This is not about “works” or “striving” or “doing.”  This is about communion, friendship, intimacy and living in very close relational proximity to our Creator.

Intimacy with our Lord comes by walking in agreement with His Word.  

Agreement about who He is, and who we are as His creation. All areas of our life may be traced back to what the bible says about these two issues. In whatever area our view of Him, or ourselves is not in alignment with His word, to that degree our communion becomes hindered and corrupted by the dead carnal man in that area.

It is in the Desert Wilderness that our beliefs are tested and placed in the fire. This is a good thing. This is necessary. True communion only takes place in the areas where our beliefs exist and are firmly rooted in His life and Truth.

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn 4:24)

We cannot acknowledge Him for who He is in any area we are contending with His word. We can only worship Him freely in the areas we are submitted to His truth in our lives. (James 1:6-8, Gal 6:8, Rom 8:7, Gal 2:20)

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn 14:6)

Although the immediate context here is salvation, the implications are far greater. Our life does not end with salvation. It begins there.  We can only access the throne-room of the Father in the areas we are in agreement with the living Truth. Jesus is the Truth. He is the Living Word. This is “living” the Cross. This is life in Him. This is restored fellowship. This is our calling.

This is the purpose of the Wilderness.

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart,” (Deut 8:2)

“He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.” (Deut 8:16)

He tests, refines and changes us from the inside out… so that it “may go well” with His children.
Here are some lies that will be addressed in the Desert:

  • My self-worth is tied to my successes/failures: it can increase or decrease
  • My self-worth can increase/decrease depending on what others think about me (at that moment)
  • My identity is tied to how God uses me (ie my “calling” or “ministry” )
  • My identity comes from how “mature” my walk is with God

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” (Isa 48:10-11)

“I cared for you in the wilderness, In the land of drought…I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely.” (Hos 13:5)

It is very important to realize that Isaiah and Hosea were contemporaries. Grasp the full picture of the Lord’s heart here.  Not being willing to yield His glory is one expression of His love for us, and loving us freely expresses His glory. They go hand in hand.

The end purpose of the wilderness is restoration to Him and to walk in His truth. We are under a better covenant. We have the glory of the kingdom inside us. We have access to the throne of grace. In Him we live and move and have our being.

Even in the wilderness, it is all His love. It’s Dad’s intense fiery love and jealousy to have all our heart. This is what compels Him to set us free to enjoy every aspect of us. We are safe in the desert. It is a place of rest and discovery of that which is Him… and that which is not Him. All our issues come to the surface. Our way of thinking, perceiving, relating, living and dying… All are brought into His light and Truth.

“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.”  (Ex 3:1)

He is with you always. He will never leave you or forsake you. His plans are to give you a hope and a future in Him. (Matt 28:20, Deut 31:6, Heb 13:5, Jer 29:11)

Here are some foundations that will be shaken:

  • Do I really believe that God loves me (what does that even look like)?
  • Do I trust in my abilities or in God alone?
  • What does “He is Faithful” truly mean ?
  • Does my rest in life come from God or by things I cause to come to pass?
  • Is my life centered on me, or on abiding in Him and Him alone?
  • Where do I find my sense of fulfillment in life?
  • Am I living out of my soul or spirit (do I even know the difference)?

All these questions (and any and all others) are good!  Do not be afraid of them. They are the true issues of our heart. Our true beliefs are coming to the surface and must be addressed with Him. Our Dad causes all things to be laid bare before Him so that He may sift them as chaff. The questions force us to come to true terms with how we relate to our Redeemer. We died to the carnal mind the Word says. How much of that dead man are we still choosing to draw from instead of the Life that is now within us through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit? The desert answers this question for us.

There is no condemnation here. No guilt. No shame. Only truth. Like my dear friend Job, we will stand before the Whirlwind of His love and face the true condition of our heart. Let me repeat: This is love. This is not His anger. In the desert we learn both His grace AND His holiness. His love expressed in mercy AND His love expressed in discipline. It is here that we learn to live and grow to understand from our spirit man and not our intellect. It is out here we begin to understand the aspects of His nature that always seemed to contradict, are in fact, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that when we step back reveal the full landscape of His nature revealed in different ways.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1)

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin,  because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” (Rom 6:6-7)

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Rom 8:17)

Any lie we chose to believe and yet attempt to relate to God,  ourselves, or others through, is a yoke of slavery. We are called to walk in union with Him. We have been given the invitation and offered the gift of partaking in His glory.

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world… (2 Pet 1:4)

This is accomplished in the desert.

A word of encouragement. Do not look to be understood. Do not look to be validated by man in any form. You will not be, and if you are, it will most likely serve to slow your journey. You will be told many things… just none of them very edifying. You must set your heart on Him alone. He is your Everything… Everything.  All uncertainty, questions, concerns, fears and dread are answered with one word.

“Jesus.”

Stay very close to Him in prayer. Share every thought openly with Him.  He knows them all already anyway, remember? Sorrow, loss and grief, for a season, will be your close companions. Tears are your friend. Shed them without hesitation. He does not want your loyalty, devotion, dedication or faithfulness here. These will all soon become natural bi-products of a life immersed in Him. I will go one step further and state that if these disciplines are not flowing as a result of the Life of Christ moving in you, they are just another form of dead religion and dead works.

He wants your heart.  All of it. Openly. Freely. Nothing more… And certainly nothing less.

Brother and sisters, do not shrink back from this season. Do not be afraid. Your Father watches over you and is even now, caring for you in the desert season. It is designed to bring you into great intimacy. You will understand what it is to tangibly feel His love for you. You will know His affections for you. You will learn to partner with Him in all things. His bride is called to heal and walk in great authority and power and love on this earth.

Above all, we are called to live in Him… Him alone.

It was in the wilderness that all the children of God met the Lord and received their greatest revelations of Him. His glory was revealed and released in greater measure out here.

Stay close to Him and rest. Lay all your burdens down at His feet. Let the questions come up, and give all your being to Him. Please, humbly I say, remember what I told you. Set your forehead as flint. You will not be here forever. It is a season that shall pass as His work is accomplished in you. That work is the removal of all that is death, so that His life may come forth in power, in authority, in true fellowship… in love.

“You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

You are loved.

Your brother & servant,

David