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

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

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

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

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

Father-God has a question to ask us all.

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

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

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

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

It is the sin of self-validation.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Col 3:1-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Parting Thoughts:

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

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

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

Understanding The Kingdom: Grasping Words of Knowledge

Understanding the Kingdom: Grasping Words of Knowledge:

  • How the gift operates
  • How to develop it

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

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

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

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

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

The short answer is “yes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This can be broken down into two main points.

  • Willingness To Hear
  • Obedience

Willingness To Hear:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now…

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

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

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

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

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

Where there is no willingness there is no enlightening.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obedience:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some final thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

and a book by Randy Clark.

Link: Words of Knowledge

 

A Resurrection Mindset Revisted

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

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

A mindset worth questioning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will never go away…

David~

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

 

 

Broadcast: Prophetic Insights For 2018

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

David Murry Podcast 47: Prophetic Insights for 2018 Blogtalk Radio

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

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

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

I pray it is a blessing.

David

The Man From Macedonia

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.

”But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Luke 10:29

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I’ve had more pleasant experiences in my sleep than the one I am about to share.  It felt that no sooner had I closed my eyes, that I re-opened them to see a very unique scenery.

It was nighttime in a remote and quiet countryside. I understood to be somewhere in eastern Europe. I was crouching atop the splintery criss-crossed, rough hewn rafters of an old abandoned barn. Inside, a wrath-filled mob spoke only the silent language of fist and foot while they were systematically forcing a dozen bound Christians to climb to the top of the rafters via a rickety wooden ladder. Unseen by those around me, I bore silent witness, as they were being strung up with rope around their necks and one by one, kicked off the rafters.

An angel appeared next to me, watching the event as it unfolded. I began to sob the way I do when I see our family being martyred. Suddenly, all the rafter tops of this lantern-lit barn were filled with other angelic witnesses and I wondered why none of them moved. Looking down to the structure floor, I saw the night was well under way.

Our brothers and sisters made no attempt to escape. Their countenance was a mixture of tremendous grief equalled only by love. They kissed and touched head to head whenever proximity allowed for it before being punched or clubbed. The feelings they held for one another are beyond my ability to write. So was the love they had for their captors. Tears streamed down silent faces. No one said a word. As one particular young man was pushed to the edge of a rafter beam I reached out my unseen hand to touch his cheek.

I felt the Holy Spirit connect us.  I knew his story. He knew mine. In my mind’s eye, I saw the events that led to this dark night and shared the emotions he managed for the family being left behind. A deep, quiet joy, mixed with depthless sorrow mingled between our hearts. I had never felt so much love for a person as in that moment. I was one with this fellowship… and yet eternally apart. Counted among this company, yet unworthy of the honor they shared amongst each other. I wanted to die with them.

“Peace,” was all I could utter, and I felt the love of God flow out from my hand. At this, the angel to my left turned his head toward us, and silently gave a half-nod.

The man looked up at me; directly into my eyes and in that moment I knew he could see me. His mouth turned every so slightly upward at the corners, and the most restful, peace-filled gaze I have ever seen from another person flooded me with such raw, untainted nature of Father-God that I wept uncontrollably, yet resolved to never break our mutual stare.

“Thank you,” he whispered. “See you soon.” With that, he was violently kicked in the side and fell some 15 feet short of the barn floor; the rope snapping taut.

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“Daddy… does your head hurt?” My 7 year old, Daniel was beside my bed, and it took me a moment to realize I had been crying in my sleep… again.

“I made you coffee. Mommy said breakfast is ready. Will you play with me?”

As I write this, I feel the back of my neck begin to tighten and my desire to share is waning. I need to pray; to ask my Savior where He must touch my being and transform my heart. What else stands in the way of being more of… Him.

Soulish writing? An emotionally darkened blog post that pricks only at our fallen nature and not our spirit-man?

Only you can perceive that for yourself. But… how do we feel when we study about the Roman art of scourging? What do we feel when we read of the prophets being sawed in half, of Paul being stoned or Stephen being murdered? These brothers and sisters died for something much more than living for oneself. They died for you. They died for the love of the good news.

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:7-8

How do I really feel when my neighbor suddenly passes on without Christ? Now, the question I must ask is, why is my response such-and-such? Where is my soul in relation to the Spirit of God living powerfully within my spirit-being?

I close my eyes for a moment as I type. I see the man from my dream, now part of that great cloud of witnesses, encouraging me. He gestures with a sweeping arc of his arm, like the man from Macedonia did to Paul. He beckons. So little to ask of me…

He has the eyes of his Father. No condemnation. No shame. No disappointment. Only love. A love that burns and compels. He bids me take my place at the seat of my Savior’s heart. Beyond all cliches and catchy church billboard signs, he silently encourages me to “let go and let God.” So much to ask of me… Perhaps I won’t. Then again…

Perhaps I will…

All my love, brethren.

Acts 16:9