“A Window of Opportunity”

One scripture that brings excitement to the heart of believers is that of a promise spoken to us from God through Haggai, whose name means “festive”. This promise brings to us the assurance of God’s presence, a presence that shall outshine any former presence given to God’s people. This is a promise that also applies greatly to those people in Christ that are living today. Haggai 2:9, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place [His house which His people are] I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts”. This promised glory is one that shall outshine the sun, especially to those who are living in this day and time as humanity enters into the fullness of times.

This promise, as assured by God, is a line upon line revealing as we see God’s prophesies which have been or are being fulfilled all around us. With understanding, as given from God, the conditions that we now see today are revealing that the promised darkness that would come has arrived. This darkness, the results of ignorance concerning God’s Word and purpose abounds as gross darkness is swallowing up the minds of a large portion of humanity. This darkness, again is the lack of knowledge where God’s word is concerned and ushers in among the populace a famine of spiritual understanding. By not knowing or understanding the revealed word of God, true knowledge is absent among those people.

Is this type of famine even now among the people in fulfilling those days as promised in Amos 8:11-13, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord? They shall wonder from sea [heart of carnality] to sea [heart of carnality], and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but shall not find it. In that day the fair virgins and strong young men shall faint from thirst”. Where is the generation called upon to bring forth, into the earth, the life as God has purposed to impart it? Are they absent because of a lack of knowing the revealed word of God? Where are the speakers of this revealed word? Are they still hidden away? Are they waiting for an event to take place that shall, through them, manifest the revealed word of God?

While the word of God is being ministered today in greater portions than ever before, His word even now circles the globe through television and the internet. Meanwhile, a true famine of hungering and thirsting exist because of an absence of a people who are hearing and actually understanding the true word of God. With revelation of God’s word now made available and with the Holy Spirit bringing forth an understanding of His word, let him who has an ear, hear what God is saying to the church. Herein, God speaks of a field where tares and wheat grow up together with this declaration to man, consider your ways. There exist certain conditions in which God is not pleased and He is now appearing in the form of judgment concerning these conditions.

As spoken in Isa. 1:2-9 these same conditions are prevalent today. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel [todays Christian Community] does not know, my people do not consider. Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it. But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour [carnal doctrines and mind-sets] your land in your presence; and it is desolate [without God’s presence], as overthrown by strangers [high-minded carnal doctrines]. So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah”. 

        Just what is the condition and mind-set of our world today? Consider that a window of opportunity is that which God has left us; He has preserved for us a small remnant, those of a man-child company borne out from among the Christian Community to establish, through them, God’s kingdom. These shall bring down the governments of this corrupt religious world as they establish the true government of God through His word of truth. With the Christian Community disallowing the above truth of rebellion as spoken through Isaiah, these conditions have brought us to a time of divine judgment. Let us remember the occasion when God rejected the High Priest Eli at Shiloh. In considering Eli, he was the High Priest of the Levitical order of Priest that types and represents the systematic churches of today. In considering this truth, let us notice that Eli’s eyes had grown dim, speaking of a people who have no true vision.

Therefore, the light of revelation was going out, even as today, except that God is moving to raise up from among the Christian Community, Samuels for today. 1 Sam. 3:2-3, “And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was laying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, …”. Again, a present-tense condition, one that brings the Christian Community to a place where it also needs to recognize a need for change. How, but as God’s anointed ministry raises up with a word of revelation. This change includes a setting aside of the existing sins of corruption, even as manifested through Eli’s house, and a raising up of God’s remnant, His last day trumpet. This is a coming forth of God’s Samuel company being lifted up with the anointed mantel of God’s word for today’s world.

Let us also note that liken unto Israel, the Christian Community has demanded their right to rule themselves by a system of their own choosing. That is like Israel, a choosing of the house of Saul (represents the carnal mind – the house of flesh) to become their king. This house of Saul represents the carnal fleshly motives that war against the revealed true word of God for the church today. 1 Sam. 8:6-7, “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, give us a king to judge us. So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them [does not a large portion of today’s Christian Community choose man’s carnality over God order in most occasions?]”.

In addition, like King Saul, this carnal church system has run its course and God is now declaring that a new day has come. A new covenant, liken unto the house of David who became King over Israel. David, the anointed King to manifest, as a type of Jesus Christ and His many member man-child, the establishing of the kingdom of God in the earth. Therefore, the carnal religious systems of today are being rejected by God. Meanwhile His eternal house, His living temple is anointed to come forth in this day to manifested victory as they are appearing.

1 Sam. 15:21-23, “But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal [means a circle, a wheel – a Christian Community going around in carnal religious circles]. So Samuel said; has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry, because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king [spoken to Saul]”. 

        Note, much like the church of today, a ritual of offerings and sacrificing is the extent of most of the Christian Community’s services. That is, their lives always take a stand at Gilgal as they, like in a circle, a wheel like cycle ever turning, trying to maintain some semblance of living a life for God. Going constantly around the same mountain of man’s traditional doctrines has taken the place of obedience to God’s progressive revealed word, that is, a yielding to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Herein, the enemy snares them into a prison house mentality that keeps them from knowing the true freedom and liberty that comes from an obedient relationship with Christ.

This darkness of ritualistic sacrifices shall be and is being defeated in the lives of a people who desire a life of obedience. God’s true seed, the obedient wheat who receive the life of Christ will defeat the enemy. Isa. 59:19b, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him”. In relationship with Christ, all that opposes God has no ground in which to stand. Herein, this enemy is defeated through the nature of Christ that is within and manifesting from His new creation man. This standard, this light, now flows from within like a river to manifest the effectual glory of God. This glory, spoken forth by God, shall cause all darkness to flee and those who walked in darkness shall begin to know freedom. That is when and if they observe and receive the light coming forth from within the Christ and His many member man-child.

Isa. 60:1-5, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is raised upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. The gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea [heart of much of the carnal church] shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you”. This light and glory is a turning of the tide, a window of opportunity given unto those who attach themselves to the glory of God made available to those who walk in the light.

The standard, which flies over this first-fruits people, is the first-born Son called Jesus, raised upon the cross as the picture of salvation dwelling within man’s spirit, soul and body. This is that remnant of people who shall arise in God’s glory, becoming a radiant people who manifest that glory which becomes the allurement, the strong attraction that brings all things to the redeeming House of God. Herein, the nations shall begin to bow before the king of glory as He appears in and through His people. Is this not also, what Jesus prayed for as He pronounced He had finished the work the Father had given Him to do? John 17:5 & 22, “And now, O Father, glorify me together with yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was. … And the glory which You give Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one”.

This window of opportunity, restoration time, is even as spoken to us concerning the restoration of the tabernacle of David. Recall, during Eli’s era, among the children of Israel, the Philistines took the Ark of the Covenant away (this Ark was the dwelling place of God’s glory). This lost Ark was the results of corruption that existed among them. Corruption caused the glory of God to depart from Israel as He allowed the Philistines to capture the Ark. However, after David was made King, his heart’s desire was to see the ark, God’s glory and presence, restored to them. This accomplished return of God’s presence back to Israel was as David finally, after learning God’s true divine order and His pattern for the carrying of the Ark, brought it to Mt. Zion.

Here on Mt. Zion the people could come as praises ascended before God 24/7; the people could now look upon His glory. This restored glory is also purposed to dwell within God’s new covenant temple of today. God’s temple, His first-fruits, are purposed to manifest His glory and this glory shall be looked upon by the world through the appearing of His new creation people. Acts 15:16-17 states, “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things”.

Here a question that is often asked today is, what is it that the world sees from the church? Even as according to scripture, it is that she has become a form of godliness but is denying the power thereof. Because of the lack of true godliness and glory, it is said, by the world, that the church is neither desirous nor does it hold any attraction concerning life. Also said by the many, there seems to be no difference between how the world of non-Christians and the majority of Christians act and live. Why, could it be that they have rejected the Holy Spirit, the fire of God, that which purifies people through salvation, deliverance, sanctification and healing? For this cause, as they reject the Holy Spirit, weariness becomes the Christians testimony. This results in a people who preach one thing while doing another. What the world needs to see then is for a change to take place in the form of a people manifesting the glory of God, God’s window of opportunity.

Ezekiel 12:22-28 declares, “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, the days are prolonged, and every vision fails? Tell them therefore, thus says the Lord God; I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel. But say to them, the days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. For no more, shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the Lord, I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it, says the Lord God. … Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, the vision that he sees is for many days from now, and He prophesies of times far off. Therefore, say to them, thus says the Lord God: None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done, says the Lord God”. 

        A declaration declaring that old things begin passing away and all things are now made new. Has not God likewise taken away the old Levitical covenant of laws, which the flesh cannot keep? Note, that by fulfilling them in Jesus as He replaced them with a new covenant. This new covenant does away with the old rituals and traditional laws that accomplish nothing. Heb. 8:13, “In that He says, a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away”. (Read Heb. 8:7-13). Note that all, which is not a part of this new nature (covenant written upon the heart – soul), is of the old covenant law and is obsolete and passing away. Therefore, the carnal church needs to come out from underneath the old covenant, all the law made rituals by carnal understandings, and allow the Holy Spirit His rightful place of leading the church.

Again, we do have this window of opportunity, a time of restoration that shall fill the earth with the glory of God. A time when the promises of God, made unto the spiritual house of Israel, shall come forth into fulfillment. Note as spoken of in Joel 2:23-24, Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you – the former rain and the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil”. 

        While the church, through its first 2000 years, has known a time of the former rain many times, note that the promise of this present day is one that promises the former and latter rain to fall together in the first month of God’s new day. This speaks of a filling up of God’s people with wheat, new wine and oil. Wheat, speaking of the bread of life, which was Jesus who became the seed planted to bring forth a harvest of like-kind sons. New wine is speaking of the Holy Spirit and the fire upon His ministers in manifesting a like-kind glory. The oil is that anointing mantel that brings forth the glory of God in such a way that all shall bow before the Christ (not the man).

Therefore, as we consider this window of opportunity, the time of full restoration, just what is it that this restoration includes? Joel 2:19 is our promise, “The Lord will answer and say to His people, behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among nations”. First: we can see our restoration includes the joy of our salvation. Psalm 51:10-13, “Create in me a clean heart [living soul], O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you”. 

        Second: restoration restores unto us the glory that becomes a greater glory than the former glory. Col. 3:4, “When Christ who is our life appears [is revealed in you], then you also will appear [be revealed] with Him in glory”. Third: this restoration is a changing of the guard, a walk that restores a people to walking with God even as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before their fall. This is a walking with Him in the cool (spirit) of the day. Is not this our day, a day of restoration? Gen. 3:8, “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the spirit of the day…” Job 42:5, “I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you”. Rev. 12:5, “She bore a man-child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught up to God and His throne”.

Our window of opportunity is God’s field, which is a world with the messengers of God now removing the tares. The wheat even now is maturing into that throne room order of God to begin their ministry as Priest/Kings in establishing the kingdom of God throughout the earth. These shall defeat all that wars against God as they let God Be God. A people who have moved into the nature of Christ as they manifest His will, His mind, His emotions and His desires. Therefore, a birthing is taking place, a man-child is coming forth, and a company of people is manifesting that completed nature of God. This window of opportunity is the beginning of our new day and world that is now upon us. Therefore, let us rejoice and be glad for we are no longer a part of the night (darkness) but are now the sons of the day. Speaking of God’s living testimony, His many member body living in His glory.

 

 

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“A Third Day”

God, who is a God of love, moved from within Himself as He created for Himself a man. This created man, so loved by God, was created to be God’s tabernacle, that is to be His dwelling place. In making for Himself a man for His dwelling place, God, during the time of creation instituted and set into motion an eternal law. This law was purposed to continually increase and enlarge itself as His intended dwelling place. These dwelling places, that He called His mansions, are to be many in number. John 14:2-3, In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also”.

The word “prepare” as used above has the meaning of “to make ready, prepare, and make arrangements”. Therefore, Jesus Christ, the head of the body of Christ, became God’s sacrifice for restoring the fallen man. In becoming a sacrifice for man, he has and is making for Himself, through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, a people to become His dwelling place. Note the prayer that Jesus prayed unto God at the time when He was preparing to return unto the Father. John 17:9-11, I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. And all mine is yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified [manifesting His nature] in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through your name [nature] those whom you have given me that they may be one as we are”. (Also read John 17:20-26)

Herein, God’s purpose is to keep for Himself His people who live in this world. The purpose, that He might dwell within them, to manifest the fullness of His stature through them as He did through Jesus. A people who are becoming His full stature. The necessity is for man to remember is that God, at the time of creation, was creating man to become His dwelling place. In this purpose God ordained the man to multiply and become a many-numbered family. To accomplish this, God incorporated and spoke forth an eternal law, placing it into motion that it might fulfill that stated purpose. God’s eternal purpose was to plant an eternal seed within any receiving vessel (male and female), enabling them to subdue and then replenish all of His creation. In this purpose, the man is to be fruitful and multiply by the spirit, to fill the earth with God’s manifesting presence and glory while having dominion with Him. This eternal law of reproduction (read Gen. 1:3-20) is the law God instituted and purposed to bring forth “after its own kind”.

In Jesus Christ, He through His birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension, became that seed for all receiving humanity. The Christ seed, planted within the souls (spiritual womb) of these receiving ones, is to bring forth after its own kind. Thus, the birthing of a many member body that is to become the dwelling place mansions of God on earth. Herein we see the purpose of the church-age, as a people, elected by God through submission, become His many member body, that is to say, His dwelling place. With the Christ seed dwelling within them, the Holy Spirit begins to progressively increase the seed’s growth that it might finally manifest itself in God’s glory and power. Herein, the seed received is in a growing stage, progressively maturing until the earth shall finally see the mansion of the Father, one with many rooms. That is, God manifesting Himself through His mansion, His tabernacle, His purposed dwelling place, bringing forth after its own kind.

Know that every seed planted has within itself a purposed growing season which leads to a time of harvest. As written within the book of Hosea, note the time needed as ministered to the Israelites for them to finally return back to the God of their Fathers. To these people, even as it is among the church of today, the need for a ministry of restoration is evident. While the Christian community, during our time, finds itself separated from the glory that was evident within the early church. Our need today, is to be faithful to Christ and Him alone. The modern day church needs to forsake all the other gods manufactured and then ritualistically served as dwelling among them. These gods take the form of humanism, psychological mindsets, purpose driven doctrines and modern day thinking patterned after the carnal minds of carnal minded men. This also includes any and all their other self-help programs. It is for this cause, in the present tense now, that a trumpet is blowing, a call is coming forth that declares restoration time is upon the church and the harvest-time of the first-fruits has come.

These first-fruits, the manifestation of the matured Christ seed is now coming to their time of fullness. Note and understand that another third day in God is upon us. Note from Hosea 6:1-2 he gives a clear description concerning God’s three-day purpose in restoring His glory to His people. Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days [2000 years] He will revive us; on the third day [3rd 1000-year day] He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight”.

Has not the church during its 2000-year existence found itself in need of continual repentance? God has revealed His plan and it is evident that for 2000 years of church history it has continually fallen into apostasy and spiritual adultery, even though God would remain faithful. During this time has not God continued in loving His people with healings imparted to those ones who would cry out to Him, even during the time of their being torn? While the church continues to be stricken because of stubborn rebelliousness against God, He continues to bind up all those who cry out to Him. But now, the church has come to its third day.

Let us remember God’s law of reproduction, every seed shall bring forth after its own kind. In this, the promise remains unto those who humble themselves and seek God’s face. This word “seek” has the meaning of “to diligently look for, to search earnestly until the object of the search is located”. In seeking God’s face, we understand that His glory, His present tense presence is that for which we seek. A presence that is not just fuzzy feelings or goose bumps, but an evidential manifestation of Christ manifesting Himself from within. In this, His intention is to affect the arena wherein the person or persons are gathered, a manifestation of Christ in all their existence of living.

In this, let us remember God’s promise to a faithful people. Haggai 1:9, The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, say the Lord of hosts”. The church, in its former state, in its beginning, revealed and manifested the glory of God that shook up the then known world in approximately two and one/half years. However, apostasy and spiritual adultery established itself within her shortly after the early church saints passed from the scene. In this the glory of that early church has decreased until the glory is almost completely departed. Now there stands a visible church as the world looks upon it today, one without power and glory. Nevertheless, there is coming forth a seed in its day, which is a day of fulfilling the promise of God’s greater glory. This glory shall usher in God’s third day manifestations to establish His kingdom here on earth. Within this kingdom, God’s glory dwells. A kingdom of people who are His dwelling place, the prepared places of His habitation that are ready and coming to completion as they shine forth throughout the whole of God’s creation.

It was 2000 years ago, that Christ came to the Israelites as the Messiah, but as He made His appearance among them they did not even recognize nor receive Him. Even though they, for the most part, rejected Jesus Christ, that which God purposed would continue because Christ was to become the planted seed of the coming kingdom. Within this kingdom, which is coming from within God’s dwelling place, the glory of God shall manifest itself from His throne-room. Understanding given to God’s people is that the throne-room of God’s kingdom dwells within them (the heavens of God). Because of God’s declaration, that the kingdom of God is within, and within His kingdom is His throne-room of life. On the day of Pentecost, those 2000 years ago, the Christ Jesus, after ascending back into the Father, sent forth the power, the authority and the glory of the throne-room to dwell within those 120 disciples which were waiting as Christ had instructed them.

Pentecost is God’s annual feast known and included as the first-fruits. With these 120 vessels being the first-fruits of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, herein the Holy Spirits authority empowered them. Herein, from within their spirits, the Christ seed was received for the birthing called “the church”. These became the powerhouse church which affected the then known world. This same authority remains available to the receiving church of today, as the time has come for the birthing of the man-child body of Christ. This man-child become the first-fruits of the full measure of the Christ seed that He planted within them. Will the church of today also reject the Christ many member body as they rejected Him those 2000 years ago? They mostly rejected Him because He did not come in the form and fashion they supposed. What about the form and fashion of the Christ who is appearing in the world of today? This appearing of the Christ, His many sons, is in a manner foreign to most of the religious philosophies, purposed driven mind-sets, and carnal doctrines that are ministered today.

Therefore, rejection is within most of the Christian community today, as they are becoming the apostate and spiritual adulterous church in most of their activities. Meanwhile God is blowing another sounding trumpet. This trumpet is sounding out the time and season for all receiving saints to mature into the first-fruits of God’s harvest field. In this, the invitation is being extended from God’s throne-room, which is within us, as it makes available that same power, which is that same authority, which is that same increased glory that had it’s beginning in the early church. This trumpet, in its sounding out, is the promise that this latter day church, these third day saints, are those who shall usher in the glory of the latter house in its greater manifestations.

Lest we forget, a looking into God’s throne-room reveals for us a mighty river of life flowing that is pure in it nature. Rev. 22:1-5, And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. And they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever”. 

        Let us recall that out of our inner most being shall flow rivers of living water. Likewise, we are also told that in the continuous act of overcoming we shall sit with Christ in His throne even as He sit down with His Father in His throne. Rev. 3:21, To Him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne”. Herein, God’s elected first-fruits shall manifest the authority of God’s throne-room that dwells within, an authority that shall touch and change the nations.

Again, with the throne-room of God’s kingdom authority being within, the pureness of God flows as a river through these birthed ones who come out from among that apostate church because their obedience and submission is to God alone. These have become a people without spot or blemish. The path upon which they walk is a path that no fowl knows of, a path without thorns and thistles and upon it dwells the tree of life. By becoming a people that no longer live under the curse, God’s kingdom now flows from within these vessels as they behold His face, resulting in a people manifesting the nature of Christ as He writes His name, His nature within their souls. (Read Heb. Chapter 8). Constantly standing in the light of God, the river brings forth the twelve fruits of God’s kingdom, that is to say God’s divine government (meaning of the number 12, His nature) which brings healing to all nations as the revealing of Christ comes forth from within His body, His mansion, and His dwelling places.

Is not God’s third day coming upon the church during this present season? A season of fullness is coming forth to bring, not only the tribulation judgments, but also the establishing of God’s glorious kingdom here on earth. Have you received that seed called Christ? If so, a call is coming forth that declares the time of harvesting the great harvest, a time of the passing away of the former 2000 years of living, as the Apostle Paul declares it in 1 Cor. chap. 13, an in-part order (a knowing in-part and prophesying in-part). This new beginning is even now declaring and ushering in God’s third day people. Therefore, the trumpet, the call is sounding out, rise and shine, for God’s glory is come. In faith, take hold of the law of the seed, a seed bringing forth after its own kind. God’s third day is the fulfilling of God’s seven-day plan that began with Adam and is progressively continuing for seven days until this third day from Jesus Christ. This speaks of the harvest coming as God’s first-fruit man-child makes an appearance to manifest the nature of Christ before the whole world. Do you hear God’s third day trumpet?

 

 

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“A Letter to the Christian Community”

One thing that has become a great concern among the various peoples of the earth is that the Christian community, for the most part, has become blind to God’s true purpose for life. This community, called the church, has seemingly lost its way. Meaning that they have departed from life’s true meaning and the reason for which God created the world in general. By taking or choosing the various many paths made available by a fallen carnal mind, this so-called church system has removed itself from the path God purposed for it. Therefore, this system has come to and remains in a fallen condition, separated from God’s purpose. This means that for most of the world, including most of the Christian community, they do not have any true spiritual direction. In being lost without true direction, the world as a whole, rest in a state of confusion and uncertainty. A condition exists; a mind-set of thinking is placing humanity into an uncertain life-style. A life-style of eating, drinking and making merry for tomorrow brings nothing but death, with some thinking death is something to be desires. Is this God’s purpose for His creation?

From the very beginning of creation, God put before His created man a certain future that had but one requirement. The requirement being, choose to obey God’s evidential pathway and receive all the benefits of God’s purpose through obedience. Nevertheless, Adam and Eve, tempted and willingly chose another path that caused them to fall from God’s presence and chosen purpose. This fall placed them into a life of separation from their creator God. In this separation, they lost sight of their true purpose in God. This meant that they now did not know who they were to be in God nor how to fulfill His plan for creation. Adam and Eve lost their way, even as the world of today continues to flounder around with no true direction and purpose. The need that now exists is for mankind to understand a needed renewing and a knowing of God’s plan of redemption. A need to know God’s restoration purpose as it existing from the beginning. In this, unto those who find within themselves a desire for something better in life, a door opens with the right to choose to enter that God opened door. For this purpose, the question often asked, where or how can we find this open door?

God, in expressing His love to help man find this open door, He has left for humanity His word. This word, as directed by God Himself, He caused, through chosen men, for it to be written and placed within a book called the Holy Bible. This is God’s book which was given for the purpose of revealing of Himself to man. This book, while being full of various mysteries and secrets kept from the carnal mind, it also contains a necessary key. This key, the heaven sent Holy Spirit, made available by Jesus Christ on the cross, who willingly comes to dwell within all asking and receiving vessels.

This Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead has and is willing to fulfill His ministry of revealing the God of truth and His pathway for redemption. Herein an open door, once entered into, will give understanding concerning the true ways of God. In this, from Genesis to Revelation, the purpose of God from creations beginning until fulfillment becomes clear. This clarity supports the need for man to progressively separate from his carnal ways of confusion. Herein, man needs to know, understand, receive and become those who manifest the nature of God’s sons. That is, God’s family ushering in His eternal kingdom throughout the earth.

In this, the Holy Spirit, according to God’s purpose asks receiving men a question. Are you willing to become God’s fullness? This fullness, from God’s eternal existence is, “let us make man in our likeness and after our image”. This word “likeness” from Webster’s dictionary has the meaning of “the state or quality of being like; similarity. Implies close correspondence in appearance, qualities and nature”. The word “image”, from the same source, has the meaning of “a representation of a person, the visual impression of something produced by reflection from a mirror (the revealed holy scriptures)”. Thus, God’s fullness revealed, first through Jesus Christ, and now declared to become a manifestation through a family of sons who likewise become His likeness and image. This speaks of God filling all redeemed vessels with Himself.

This, God’s purpose is then revealed to each desirous person who willingly walks the revealed pathway through preparation until all things are fulfilled. This understanding and knowing of God’s ways is man’s right that comes from receiving Christ into the life and following Him into that full measure. Eph. 4:13, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Thus, a knowing that God has always purposed for a people’s restoration and this God fulfills in all those who receive the Christ within and begin following Him. In following Him, it is necessary to understand that humanity can in no wise perfect himself. Perfection only comes through submission and obedience to Christ and the cross as man becomes God’s workmanship through sanctification. Eph. 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”.

Becoming Christ workmanship speaks of a people whom, in the process of spiritual maturity, they respond and allow Christ to rise up from within them. In this regard, Christ dwelling and manifesting from within a people scatters before them all the enemies that have purposed to destroy God’s created man. In following the revealed understanding that God is uncovering for His obedient people, the conditional mind-sets of a corrupt, immoral world can and are, by the presence of the Holy Spirit, transformed. A life of confusion, without true purpose, is set aside by entering through this door God is willing to open. An open door, because from the beginning God purposed to reveal Himself to His creation. In understanding God’s true purpose, a revealing of Christ enables that people to become even as His is. This revealing of God is according to God and His eternal purpose. 1 John 3:2 states, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be [most of the Christian community remain but children spiritually], but we know that when He is revealed [God is now unveiling Himself for spiritual maturity], we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”.

In this regard, God has always purposed to reveal His secret things, the mysteries of His purpose, that a people might become the manifestation of these mysteries, which is the revealing of Himself. Deut. 29:29 shares for us, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law [speaking of God’s kingdom government, His nature].” This verse is speaking to a creation, a people, though subject to the laws of a fallen nature, they have opportunity to know restoration. This restoration shall remove all images of captivity and those things that have scattered them from God’s promises. Speaking of those many things settled into man’s carnal mind that still captivates them as prisoners. Deut. 30:3-4 paying attention and noting that which God Himself restores, “that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all nations [mindsets] where the Lord has scattered you [because of rebellion]. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will bring you”.

While rebellion against Gods prescribed way has also caused the Christian community to be scattered among the many carnal religious mind-sets and places of captivity, His promise remains intact to all willing to receive and separate. Deut. 30:5-6, “Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed [God’s promises], and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart [remove the sin-nature] and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live [having the Christ-nature, the mind of Christ].”

How can the above scripture be possible when all things manifesting from fallen humanity portray an opposite mind-set? Note and understand, God in agreement with His Word, raises up from within the Christian community a remnant of people. This remnant, a first-fruits ministry, shall, with an anointed ministry, become a ministry that speaks and manifest a working changing word among all who will receive. Note that God has another Jeremiah generation who are now on the scene to become the anointed ministries of establishing His kingdom. Jeremiah 1:9-10, “Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms [God given delegated authority], to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” God’s eternal purpose remains, to bring forth a new creation ministry to harvest a new creation people.

In what method shall this harvest come forth? In the beginning, God established from Himself an eternal law that accomplishes all His purposes throughout eternity. The law or His nature, as released from Himself is that, “every seed shall bring forth after its own kind”. In this truth as it applies to humanity, man is the field that received the seed and then purposed to bring forth fruit according to the seed planted and received. While much of the world has only received a seed from God’s enemy, a counterfeit religious seed, the true church is receiving the seed as it comes forth from Christ. As the Holy Spirit plants and cultivates the Christ seed within, this seed shall bring forth after its own kind. With the true church being a spiritual womb, its purpose is to receive the Christ seed that shall likewise birth a like kind fruit. For this purpose, the true church, the purified woman received the seed that is now at the time for its birthing.

Rev. 12:1-2 & 5, “Now a great sign appeared in heaven [the spirit realm that also dwells within the vessel]; a woman clothed with the sun [God’s glory on purified saints], with the moon under her feet [delivered from the carnal religious church], and on her head a garland of twelve stars [mind of Christ, God’s divine government]. Then being with child [the true church having received the Christ seed], she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth [birthing of the Christ natured sons]. … She bore a man-child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught up [birthed into the mind and nature of Christ] to God and His throne [dwelling with Christ in His delegated authority].”

Is this season the time for this man-child birthing? As we see God’s people in a state of travail, a spiritual groaning for the time of the birthing of God’s man-child is upon us. Therefore, expect change to come forth from God’s offspring generation, typed by Jeremiah and now appearing to establish the foreordained plan of God. This plan stands in agreement with the statement made by Jesus as He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem during His earthly ministry, a type of the cleansing needed today among the Christian community.

John 2: 18-21, “So the Jews answered and said to Him, what sign do you show us, since you do these things? Jesus answered and said to them, destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up. Then the Jews [likened unto today’s carnal religious systems] said, it has taken forty-six years to build this temple [pointing to man’s carnal way vs. God’s spiritual ways], and will you raise it up in three days [pointing to Christ third day resurrection, a type of the resurrection of today’s true church – three days = the third 1000-year day from Christ resurrection]? But he was speaking of the temple of His body [the offspring of his loins, the spiritual house of His appearing through His many saints]”. Thus, the true temple of God is the called, chosen, and justified ones that have become the visible manifestation of an invisible God. This manifestation has been God’s purpose from the beginning, a people who conquer the whole man, spirit, soul and body. In this, God’s people become His eternal dwelling place. Hear and know, the Christ is coming and His glory shall establish itself in all the earth, beginning with His, Christ many member body.

 

 

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“A Cry from Zion – God’s Dwelling Place”

Among God’s people, especially during this our time and season, we find an intense desire expressing itself likened unto the cry that came forth from King David concerning natural Israel. This cry has continued through the church era as the spiritual house of Abraham, the true church, cries until its fulfillment is complete and manifesting a full measure as spoken by God. Deut. 30:3-6, “that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity [pointing to the carnal church], and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations [man-made religions] where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the lord your God will bring you to the land, which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul that you may live”.

A key phrase spoken of in this context is “the Lord your God will”. This speaks concerning God, according to that which He purposed before the foundation of the world, He will completely fulfill. It has been set within the heart, the soul of God’s new creation man, to see and know the realities of a God. These truths are to be fulfilled within the hearts of committed and obedient men who in turn shall rule and reign with Him. For this cause, King David cries in Psalms 14:7, “Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad”.

Zion is the mountain of God, wherein He manifested His glory unto the children of Israel. Here David was used of God to establish a place on this mountain for Gods abiding presence to dwell. On this mountain, a tent was set up to contain the Ark of the Covenant (God’s returned presence – that which had been absent), for all who desired to come and stand in God’s presence and look upon His glory. From this mountain God’s fire and His cloud manifested and brought release to all those who were willing to stand in that presence and glory. This brought prosperity to yielded people in every area of their lives. This life was a life of God’s perpetual presence dwelling in and among the people. Nevertheless, history reveals for us a truth concerning the continual backsliding of the people of natural Israel until the northern tribes were scattered into the four winds with Judah taken into Babylonian captivity.

Here, both were losing out on the greatness of God’s abiding presence and glory. Likewise, we can see a similar kind of history concerning the spiritual house of Abraham. We see a church which was birthed into the power and glory of God as His Promised Holy Spirit came to dwell within them. This indwelling Holy Spirit was to manifest Himself through a people to establish God’s presence to the then known world. However, like the natural house of Israel, backslidings have, through the pages of time, taken place so that Mount Zion, the church for the most part, has become an empty shell without the power and glory of God’s presence.

Among most of the Christian community’s ritualistic services, there abides a form of godliness but a form that denies the power and glory of God. But, liken unto King David, a cry is going forth from a remnant of God’s people among the Christian community as they travail before God. This travail is for the salvation of spiritual Israel, as they arise and come forth from Zion as saviors. Zion, God’s holy mountain is His appointed and inhabited dwelling place within the hearts of receiving men. Isa. 52:1-2, “Awake, awake! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean [that which carnal minded ministers are today] shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion”. Remember, God has purposed to reverse the curse and bring His people to a place of possessing the promised inheritance. They are to establish God’s kingdom on earth as it manifests itself through His body of people. Herein, God reverses the yoke of captivity as the anointing oil and the work of the Holy Spirit completes Zion’s deliverance.

Has not the shining light of revelation come forth to brighten the pathway so man might walk in obedience to that light? Even with the things of this world being darkness around us, His glorious light shines brighter and brighter in the purifying of Mount Zion, His people. Isa. 60:1-2, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you”. This word “glory” is the Hebrew word “chabod” meaning “that which is substantial or heavy; glory, honor, splendor, power, wealth, authority, magnificence, fame, dignity, riches, and excellence”.

This speaks unto those who allow the indwelling accepted Holy Spirit to enlighten and direct them; they have received all that is involved in God’s “chabod or glory”. This means that spiritual maturity releases the pureness of God’s glory to glorify Him in all things. This means a seeing of God’s glory as His glory manifest from the soul of the man. A mind changed to think the thoughts of God. The will changed to do only that which the Father does. The desires that are changed to reach out an encompass that which God purposes. This change also includes man’s emotions, emotions that respond and express even as God responds to every situation.

Does not this mean that spiritual maturity brings forth such a change within man that the man can now live according to the nature of Christ written upon the receiving man’s heart? Who then shall dwell upon and within Zion? Psalms 15:1-5, “Lord, who may abide in your tabernacle? Who may dwell in your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved”.

Abiding in this presence of God is the place wherein we are now to live. We are to identify with all that Christ is because the old Adamic nature no longer manifests himself through this temple. It is the Lord God Almighty, who sets us upon and in His high places, to take dominion over all His creation. Psalms 18:31-33, “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places”. Because God is our rock, we now stand upon a firm foundation in the high places of God. Upon Mount Zion, the abiding place of His glory, and for the overcomer our dwelling place wherein Christ lives. Do you believe this? Thus, a life of continuous communication and fellowshipping with Him provides an atmosphere of faith in trusting God.

This kind of faith makes all things possible because of our trust in Him. Mark 9:23, “Jesus said to him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”. This word “believe” is more than credence to church doctrines or articles of faith. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust in God that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus Christ. The word “possible” in the above scripture means “the inherent idea of having the ability to act and the power to accomplish”.

Christ gives assurance that however powerless our efforts are to make things happen, He can demonstrate His dynamic power that translates people into God’s kingdom. Therefore, it is God transforming a people into the place of His glory and kingdom. Thus, we ask, who is it that ascends to this place called Mount Zion? Psalms 24:3-6, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart. Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessings from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek your face [Jacob becomes Israel, the former “supplanter, deceiver” who is now “a prince with God”].

While a large portion of the Christian community continues in serving religious rituals and forms, these have only a form of godliness while denying the power of God. However, from out of the realm of darkness, a light does shine. A remnant of people is ascending from carnal darkness to the light of God. Thus, they are leaving behind all forms and rituals of carnality. They are now being motivated by but one desire and that is that they might know God, a knowing that comes through experience. Their cry is one that goes up before the Lord continuously as spoken of in Psalms 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; on you I wait all the day”. Two words we need to take note of in this scripture are first, “truth” a word meaning “certainty, stability, rightness, trustworthiness. It also means to be firm, permanent, and established; which conveys to us a sense of dependability, firmness and reliability”. Truth is therefore something upon which a person may confidently stake his life.

Secondly, the word “teach”, a word meaning “to instruct, train; prod, goad; to cause someone to learn; thus a teaching and learning which is attained through a variety of goading by memorable events, techniques, or lessons”. This speaks to us of not only learning about but also experiencing and becoming those things taught. Psalms 25:14-15, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net”. To fear the Lord then speaks to us of deliverance.

In considering and ascending to the place called Mount Zion, we find ourselves in the place of redemption. Redemption is to become the life which God created us for. In this redemption, we find a growing maturity in spirit, which results in knowing Him, a birthing that manifest His life because our fallen Adamic life is now dead. Psalms 26:2-3 & 8, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart. For your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in your truth …Lord, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells”. Yes, there is a cry coming forth from Mount Zion. A cry of travail is now echoing forth throughout the earth desiring the manifestation of God’s corporate sons. What is it that establishes these travailing ones, even as they are becoming the habitation, the dwelling place of God’s glory? A glory that is coming forth in the now as God’s kingdom is being established in all the earth.

Psalms 27:4-6, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His Tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore, I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord”. What is the cry of your heart? Are you satisfied with lifeless forms and empty rituals or do you long to see Him, to know Him and become like Him? If so, come up to the top of the mountain of God, His holy hill called Zion and see Him, become like Him and manifest His glory. Psalms 43:3, “Oh, send out your light and your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle”. Zion, the dwelling place of God’s glory, it shall and is coming forth to fulfill the cry. Therefore, come forth my people, come forth.

 

 

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“Grace – Are You Willing to Receive?”

When mankind awakens to the factual truth that God is the Master Designer and that He only manifest that which is His nature, man’s thought patterns will know a radical change. In knowing that the universe is God’s creation and that He, in His creation plan, also supplied redemption for believers to become His new creation. Before man was enabled to believe and be converted, man’s lives had no rhyme or reason. But, by receiving His available conversion, God brings man balance, symmetry and order. Eph. 2:8-10 shouts out this truth, “for by grace you have been saved through [denotes any means of which an action passes to its accomplishment] faith [a living, divinely implanted principle], and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship [handiwork, refers to the new creation], created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them [the good works of Christ].

“Grace”, as used in the above scripture, is a noun meaning, free undeserved favor, a pleasure, acceptable, benefit, gift, gracious and joy. It also points to meaning beauty of form or appearance. In this, salvation, as it comes from God and as received by man, speaks of a free gift by God’s grace and does not come just by praying, believing, obeying and consecration only. This means, that God’s favor does not come to us by what we do, but is a free gift that results by receiving His grace. This means a need to understand, that man must come to the end of himself and his ability alone. Man must see that he cannot help himself. Man then, can see clearly that ending dependency upon self opens God’s grace to be received.

Grace, God’s purposed plan for forgiveness toward the fallen man, works, first of all when man recognizes that his unworthiness is the beginning of God’s forgiveness. Eph. 1:7 states, “In Him [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through the blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. “Redemption” speaks of a release secured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance and being sitting free. This word designates deliverance through Christ from evil and the penalty of sin. The price paid to purchase that liberation was His shed blood. “Forgiveness” as used is also the word “remission”, which means to send away. A release from bondage or imprisonment, and a dismissal. This is the means of canceling out all judgment, punishment, obligation or debt. In this attribute of God, He stands in the place of forgetting every sin. Again, forgetting is an attribute of God’s Divine mind-set. It is this mind-set that is foreign to the carnal man. It is a defect that dwells within the human mind.

Psalms 103:11-12 declares, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great [hath prevailed] is God’s mercy toward those who fear [revere] Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions [rebellion] from us”. As grace is received, its ability to restore is based upon man’s willingness to have his self-life removed while living in obedience to the Father of grace. Isaiah 44:22, “I [God] have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you”. “Return” is from the Hebrew word “restorer”. This is a word meaning, to turn back, reverse. The usual sense of the word is to go back to the point of departure. Meanwhile, in a spiritual sense it’s meaning is to repent and turn away from one’s sin toward God’s available redemption.

“Forgiveness” from God concerning man’s committed sins means much more than just forgiving past sins committed. The forgiveness of past sins, while they are forgiven, this also points to a new relationship coming from God through Christ. In this sense, the one forgiven begins a new progressive walk of sanctification until the full measure of the stature of Christ is formed from within. Eph. 4:13-15, “till we all come to the unity of the faith [doctrines of Christ] and of knowledge [full or perfect knowledge] of the Son of God, to a perfect [full grown spiritual man], to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ”. 

        This word “craftiness” reveals clearly the measures the adversary uses to deceive the saints. A word meaning versatile cleverness, astute knavery, sophisticated cunning, unscrupulous conduct, evil treachery, deceptive scheming, arrogant shrewdness, and sly arrogance. This also refers to the time when Satan deceived Eve. This also points to the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus. It includes the deceptiveness of false teachers and the self-entrapment of the worldly wise. In all this, God desire for man is to, by the infilling of the Holy Spirit, impart proper methods in presenting the gospel to the world. That is, to become the word manifesting the nature of Christ to the world.

2 Cor. 9:8 assures God’s people concerning His grace, that is when received and appropriated, grace is able or mighty within the receiving saints to reveal Christ to the world, “And God is able [mighty] to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency [contentment] in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”. Note, that grace may “abound”, a word showing the generosity of God’s grace. This gives assurance that the faithful use of one’s talents and gifts, when spirit led, enables each vessel to mature into God’s purposed level of spiritual maturity. Abound means to move in excess, to greatly surpass and excel. This excellence does not point to man’s level of liberty from a fleshly stand-point. Note that “good” that is of God and from God is for the manifestation of His nature. This “good” includes both the physical and moral senses that each may manifest the benefits of Christ. This “good” is also used of persons, things, acts and conditions as they come from God.

Herein, a vessel by and in God’s grace can become a light for Christ within this world. Understand that Christ, the seed sent forth from God, a seed to be planted within each receiving person is to become that light. Remember the law of the seed as instituted by God in the beginning, “let every seed bring forth after its own kind”. It is this law of the seed that was planted within Jesus that He might bring forth after His kind. A people, a many member body, manifesting a nature even as God’s first born Son, Jesus Christ. Matt. 5:14-16, “You are the light [absolute] of the world [as created, ordered and arranged, also describes a system alienated from and opposed to God]. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. Herein, God’s people, as the light God chooses and uses to light up the alienated world, are to receive His grace and allow it to mature them spiritually into the form of His light. Speaking, that we are to manifest the Christ nature within a darkened world that God’s kingdom might be established on earth.

Yes, a Christ-like people, receiving from God His light and life. Herein His grace matures this people into the supernatural realms of God. A people maturing in His grace which doesn’t have an end. Pointing to a people living humbly before their God. In this, God’s overflowing has no limits and we have been invited to grow increasingly in His grace. 2 Peter 3:14-15, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent [eager, make haste, be zealous] to be found by Him in peace, without spot, and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you. “Be diligent” is a word meaning action. It includes thinking and acting, planning and producing. Diligent sees the need and does something about it. This word covers inception, action, and a follow through. In this, Jesus Christ was so willing to provide salvation for man by grace through longsuffering. Herein rest the fruit of the Spirit, which as a person excepts God’s grace, they stand as a person who has the power of restraint. One who allows God’s grace to work the work of sanctification until His fullness manifests.

2 Peter 3:16-18, in using the Apostle Paul and his writings to encourage the rest of the people of God. “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware [be on your guard] lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen”. In looking at the word “error” above, God would delight in imparting understanding of His grace and its powerful work to purify the receiving vessel. “Error”, a word originally meaning a wondering. It likewise denotes a going astray, living in rebellion. In straying, it is always used in respect to morals and doctrine.

Yes, the greatest gift from God, except for Jesus dying on the cross for man’s salvation is God providing for man His grace. In this, man must allow the Holy Spirit His right to restrain a people in using “grace” as a license to promote loose morals and deceiving doctrines. In This, steadfastness encourages the lover of God’s ways to live a life separated from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Grace, when rightly appropriated, it brings deliverance from all things concerning the sin-nature. In this, God restores man back into His original intent for created man. That is, a creation birthed into His likeness and image. A creation manifesting a Christ nature liken unto Jesus Christ, the first born Son of God. In this, let us give thanks for God grace and appropriate all that grace enables us to receive. Grace, are you willing to become a receiver and know it’s fulfillment?

 

 

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Daily, while reading the news as reported in the newspaper and hearing about world events on television or the radio, we are becoming more and more aware of the dangerous times in which we live. These times are pointing to the fact that many events are taking place, which will eventually and are even now shocking the entire world. These shock waves are beginning to affect the people of the world, especially among those of the carnal religious world. Meanwhile, as these events take place, many spiritual minded people, those classified in the Bible as “the overcomers”, those living according to the Word of God, are going to enter into what He, the Christ is.

 

As these come into a full measure of the Christ, these “overcomers” shall lay to rest the controversy of our day as to whom and what the true church really is. A trumpet is now sounding that is the voice of God declaring that a time for spiritual reality is upon us. A departing and moving out of the realm of just knowing about or believing only, into the realm of becoming the manifestation of that which God has spoken. This means that these overcomers shall move from the arena of concepts into the arena of realities.

This speaks to us of the cross on which Jesus died as He became our means of death to self, a death that now means that His glory can rest upon us. This means that His life has become ours because we are now dead to sin-nature of self and alive in Him. This speaks to us of a realm of life wherein we enter to go out no more. Rev. 3:12a, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more ….” What a place to live, a dwelling in and with the presence of God Himself. In this, we should remember that our God is a consuming fire, a realm of life wherein the sin nature, the self-life nor rebellion can live. Thus, these people shall come to know the reality of “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me”.

The place wherein sinners and hypocrites fear to dwell has become a place of life for the overcomer. Isa. 33:14-16, “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gesture with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: he will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure”. By considering the form of “death” as spoken of here, we are not speaking of going to the grave, but rather we speak of coming to the end of the self-life. We are not speaking of those who remain independent in their own self-will, their purpose, their desires and mind, but to those who are becoming willfully obedient to God in all things. In considering death, we must ask ourselves these questions:

  1. Does this death mean a loss of our life? Rev. 2:7, “He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God”.
  2. Does this death mean a loss of credibility? Rev. 2:26, “And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations”.
  3. Does this death mean the loss of home, lands, friends, even all things? Rev. 21:7, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son”. Remember Job.
  4. Does this death mean the loss of your good name? Rev. 3:12b, “… I will write on him [overcomer] the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from My God”. 

        In answering these questions, we find out that there is no true loss in Christ, but only gain. However, our gain is through loss concerning the realm of death. We gain life through death to self, the sin-nature. Glory takes the place of shame. Power is gained through weakness and we become exalted through abasement. This death is that which takes place at the cross and all that the cross accomplishes in a yielded vessel. This living unto the death realm was once lived through the saints but as they overcome, they are to be “sealed”. Rev. 7:3, “Saying, do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

God’s servants are those who are receiving the mind of Christ. The sealing in the foreheads takes us to Rom. 8:23b, which speaks of the time of our adoption, “even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our bodies”. Adoption, likened to the time of Jesus’ baptism, has the meaning of being “placed as sons”. It is at this time of adoption that the ministry of Jesus had its true beginning. Matt. 3:17, “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

Here we consider an often-asked question. What is being a “son” but not yet a “manifested son”? 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”. This word “children”, in this scripture is the Greek word “TEKNON” which has the meaning of “little child, an offspring but very young in maturity”. The reason given as the why God calls them children is because it has not yet been revealed to them what they shall be. This means a people who have not yet come to full age and the Christ is not yet been fully manifested to and in them. This means that these sons, these children have not yet known the “placement of adoption”. These have not yet come out from under the law of sin and death.

Gal. 4:5, “to redeem those who were under the law [religious concepts], that we might receive the adoption as sons”. Son’s in this scripture is the Greek word “HUIOTHISIA” which speaks of “maturity and relationship. It speaks of authority and commitment, a commitment to that Father-Son relationship”. These are in the placement of adoption that means they have fully yielded to the sealing of the sons, the mind of Christ. These are now taking their place as Gods manifested sons.

God’s promises are yea and amen, to those who overcome they become the in-Christed ones who now manifest the nature of Christ. Gal. 4:1-2 declares, “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the Father”. This inheritance is one that is neither received nor experienced by those who only know about Christ. But, it does belong to them who overcome and experience their new life in Christ. By remaining children, it makes us heirs, but being heirs does not make us the inheritors. The inheritance belongs to them who spiritual mature by the overcoming of the realm of death.

This realm of death is that carnal realm which dictates from the fleshly nature of man. It makes prisoners of those who desire to maintain their independence from God in spirit, soul and body. Rom. 8:7, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be”. Thus, we have a key given whereby we are, together with Him, glorified. That is to suffer (deny self) with Him as we fulfill the act of obedience.

In reading Acts 15:14-17, we see that God has always purposed to do more than save a few and damn the rest. We see that God’s purpose is to visit the nations and take out of them a people for His name, His nature. God’s purpose in this is that the residue or rest of humanity might then seek after the Lord. In the Old Testament, when the High Priest was dressing to fulfill his role in the activities surrounding the Tabernacle and the Temple, the last part of the Priest garment put on was the “MITRE”. This “MITRE” signifies the sealing with the mind of Christ, declaring that the overcomers receive the authority of God and a commission from Him to act in that authority from the time of their sealing.

These shall also experience the redemption of their bodies. Let us remember that the first-fruits of the Holy Spirit are only the earnest of the inheritance, not the fullness. However, have we not come to a day, a season in God wherein events are taking place when we shall see the salvation of our God? Herein the Christ begins to appear in a full measure in and through His many-member body? To this, we say yea and amen. Who are you and what do you desire? God is gathering His body together in the now, for the time of the manifestation of Christ, head and body has come. Christ in you is the hope now manifesting through His many member body that are now in Him. We, an overcoming people, are the body of Christ and purposed to reveal the Christ to the nations. Christ in this people becomes their hope of glory as well as the residue that would follow Him. Therefore, let the people awake, come out of their slumber and see Him as He is. This is the pre-ordained work of the Holy Spirit as He reveals Jesus Christ to us.

 

 

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“Grace – Are You Willing to Receive?”

When mankind awakens to the factual truth that God is the Master Designer and that He only manifest that which is His nature, man’s thought patterns will know a radical change. In knowing that the universe is God’s creation and that He, in His creation plan, also supplied redemption for believers to become His new creation. Before man was enabled to believe and be converted, man’s lives had no rhyme or reason. But, by receiving His available conversion, God brings man balance, symmetry and order. Eph. 2:8-10 shouts out this truth, “for by grace you have been saved through [denotes any means of which an action passes to its accomplishment] faith [a living, divinely implanted principle], and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship [handiwork, refers to the new creation], created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them [the good works of Christ].

“Grace”, as used in the above scripture, is a noun meaning, free undeserved favor, a pleasure, acceptable, benefit, gift, gracious and joy. It also points to meaning beauty of form or appearance. In this, salvation, as it comes from God and as received by man, speaks of a free gift by God’s grace and does not come just by praying, believing, obeying and consecration only. This means, that God’s favor does not come to us by what we do, but is a free gift that results by receiving His grace. This means a need to understand, that man must come to the end of himself and his ability alone. Man must see that he cannot help himself. Man then, can see clearly that ending dependency upon self opens God’s grace to be received.

Grace, God’s purposed plan for forgiveness toward the fallen man, works, first of all when man recognizes that his unworthiness is the beginning of God’s forgiveness. Eph. 1:7 states, “In Him [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through the blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. “Redemption” speaks of a release secured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance and being sitting free. This word designates deliverance through Christ from evil and the penalty of sin. The price paid to purchase that liberation was His shed blood. “Forgiveness” as used is also the word “remission”, which means to send away. A release from bondage or imprisonment, and a dismissal. This is the means of canceling out all judgment, punishment, obligation or debt. In this attribute of God, He stands in the place of forgetting every sin. Again, forgetting is an attribute of God’s Divine mind-set. It is this mind-set that is foreign to the carnal man. It is a defect that dwells within the human mind.

Psalms 103:11-12 declares, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great [hath prevailed] is God’s mercy toward those who fear [revere] Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions [rebellion] from us”. As grace is received, its ability to restore is based upon man’s willingness to have his self-life removed while living in obedience to the Father of grace. Isaiah 44:22, “I [God] have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you”. “Return” is from the Hebrew word “restorer”. This is a word meaning, to turn back, reverse. The usual sense of the word is to go back to the point of departure. Meanwhile, in a spiritual sense it’s meaning is to repent and turn away from one’s sin toward God’s available redemption.

“Forgiveness” from God concerning man’s committed sins means much more than just forgiving past sins committed. The forgiveness of past sins, while they are forgiven, this also points to a new relationship coming from God through Christ. In this sense, the one forgiven begins a new progressive walk of sanctification until the full measure of the stature of Christ is formed from within. Eph. 4:13-15, “till we all come to the unity of the faith [doctrines of Christ] and of knowledge [full or perfect knowledge] of the Son of God, to a perfect [full grown spiritual man], to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ”. 

        This word “craftiness” reveals clearly the measures the adversary uses to deceive the saints. A word meaning versatile cleverness, astute knavery, sophisticated cunning, unscrupulous conduct, evil treachery, deceptive scheming, arrogant shrewdness, and sly arrogance. This also refers to the time when Satan deceived Eve. This also points to the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus. It includes the deceptiveness of false teachers and the self-entrapment of the worldly wise. In all this, God desire for man is to, by the infilling of the Holy Spirit, impart proper methods in presenting the gospel to the world. That is, to become the word manifesting the nature of Christ to the world.

2 Cor. 9:8 assures God’s people concerning His grace, that is when received and appropriated, grace is able or mighty within the receiving saints to reveal Christ to the world, “And God is able [mighty] to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency [contentment] in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”. Note, that grace may “abound”, a word showing the generosity of God’s grace. This gives assurance that the faithful use of one’s talents and gifts, when spirit led, enables each vessel to mature into God’s purposed level of spiritual maturity. Abound means to move in excess, to greatly surpass and excel. This excellence does not point to man’s level of liberty from a fleshly stand-point. Note that “good” that is of God and from God is for the manifestation of His nature. This “good” includes both the physical and moral senses that each may manifest the benefits of Christ. This “good” is also used of persons, things, acts and conditions as they come from God.

Herein, a vessel by and in God’s grace can become a light for Christ within this world. Understand that Christ, the seed sent forth from God, a seed to be planted within each receiving person is to become that light. Remember the law of the seed as instituted by God in the beginning, “let every seed bring forth after its own kind”. It is this law of the seed that was planted within Jesus that He might bring forth after His kind. A people, a many member body, manifesting a nature even as God’s first born Son, Jesus Christ. Matt. 5:14-16, “You are the light [absolute] of the world [as created, ordered and arranged, also describes a system alienated from and opposed to God]. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. Herein, God’s people, as the light God chooses and uses to light up the alienated world, are to receive His grace and allow it to mature them spiritually into the form of His light. Speaking, that we are to manifest the Christ nature within a darkened world that God’s kingdom might be established on earth.

Yes, a Christ-like people, receiving from God His light and life. Herein His grace matures this people into the supernatural realms of God. A people maturing in His grace which doesn’t have an end. Pointing to a people living humbly before their God. In this, God’s overflowing has no limits and we have been invited to grow increasingly in His grace. 2 Peter 3:14-15, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent [eager, make haste, be zealous] to be found by Him in peace, without spot, and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you. “Be diligent” is a word meaning action. It includes thinking and acting, planning and producing. Diligent sees the need and does something about it. This word covers inception, action, and a follow through. In this, Jesus Christ was so willing to provide salvation for man by grace through longsuffering. Herein rest the fruit of the Spirit, which as a person excepts God’s grace, they stand as a person who has the power of restraint. One who allows God’s grace to work the work of sanctification until His fullness manifests.

2 Peter 3:16-18, in using the Apostle Paul and his writings to encourage the rest of the people of God. “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware [be on your guard] lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen”. In looking at the word “error” above, God would delight in imparting understanding of His grace and its powerful work to purify the receiving vessel. “Error”, a word originally meaning a wondering. It likewise denotes a going astray, living in rebellion. In straying, it is always used in respect to morals and doctrine.        Yes, the greatest gift from God, except for Jesus dying on the cross for man’s salvation is God providing for man His grace. In this, man must allow the Holy Spirit His right to restrain a people in using “grace” as a license to promote loose morals and deceiving doctrines. In This, steadfastness encourages the lover of God’s ways to live a life separated from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Grace, when rightly appropriated, it brings deliverance from all things concerning the sin-nature. In this, God restores man back into His original intent for created man. That is, a creation birthed into His likeness and image. A creation manifesting a Christ nature liken unto Jesus Christ, the first born Son of God. In this, let us give thanks for God grace and appropriate all that grace enables us to receive. Grace, are you willing to become a receiver and know it’s fulfillment?

 

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