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POSSESSING THE REIGN – Building Our Kingdoms

July 3, 2009

Our very best of self is like filthy, nasty, loathsome rags. That’s the illustration the Holy Spirit gives. Like filthy rags is our best, our best. The best of Christianity, religion is filthy rags. And the children of the world have better eyes to see that than we do. Our imitation is not impressing or fooling anyone. And until we come to the poverty of seeing that it is His life that He is offering and that it is His life that must be lived and His life that must be seen before men will turn around, we’ll go on playing our games.

I confess, on the one hand I believe She is coming forth, the bride of Christ; I believe She’s not one day late, I believe She’s a beautiful young woman. But She’s in the midst of a church that is not doing so well, that is not so healthy, most of which is not in Christ: men building their own kingdoms.

I spent most of my life building my own kingdom and you have too. There’s no room for that because it’s filthiness. It’s His kingdom; it’s His reign. We came to that place when we can first see and that’s why He must break us. That is why breaking must come, so that we can see our poverty.

Subtraction –

I’ve said it before and I’ll end with this, after Christ comes, there’s no more to be added. Everything from there on is subtraction and it is subtraction of all that is in us that is not of Christ. It’s all of Adam, it’s Adam’s thinking, Adam’s ambitions, Adam’s work, Adam’s efforts, it’s all in Adam that must go. And that is why we must go through what we are going to go through. If you think this is the cap on your spiritual journey, it’s just the beginning. This is just the beginning. We are yet able to see in America a church that’s living the reign. I believe She’s there. It will move from judgment to persecution only after She comes forth. Until then, it is all removal, subtraction, judgment.

May it be so, Lord, according to Your will and Your word.

Amen.

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GOVERNMENT OF GOD – Can You Hear Me Now

April 20, 2009

Luke chapter 4, verse 14.

And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Isn’t that interesting?

And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

This is found is Isaiah chapter 61 which we will look at later. In this passage you will see what He came to do, sort of a mission statement, to preach the gospel to the poor. Isn’t it interesting that He says that He came to preach to the poor? You would think that He would have been all-inclusive in who He came to preach to. But we learned in the parable of the sower that He did not intend for everyone to understand what He was saying.

Whatever it is that He was saying there, He intended to hide it. “It is the glory of God to hide a matter and it’s the glory of those who are in the reign to search out a matter” (see Pr. 25:2).

He was saying, “You know, some were not ready. Some cannot hear this.”

But, the ones who were among those that were intended to be on the inside, those He went to, here He refers to as the poor. Isn’t that interesting? I wonder what He means by that? There’s no room for the rich? That would exclude most of those reading this book. Most of those who would have the means to purchase this book are in the top 1% to 3% of the wealth of the world if they are just average. And if they are at poverty level here in the U.S., they’re still in the top 10% of the wealth of the world. Isn’t that amazing?

He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, and set free those who are oppressed.

That reminds me of Mark 16 where He says, “And these signs will follow. Demons will be cast out, and recovery of sight to the blind, healings will take place” (see Mk. 16:17-18).

I don’t know where you are in all this but I just declare it to you. I’ve witnessed it. I believe it. And, it is so a part of what I believe, these are my convictions, that I am not yet satisfied with His witness of the gospel that I am preaching. I am expecting signs and wonders to follow. That may not be in the context of where you are or how you’ve been raised. You don’t have to accept it because I’ve said it, but Jesus came to do that. And He has promised it to those who preach the gospel. Whatever that means, it means something!

Now, verse 20:

And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

And all were speaking well of Him…

Isn’t that interesting? “And all were speaking well of Him.” Why were they speaking well of Him? Well, they were. Great stories had gone on about Him and their response to His sharing this text from Isaiah 61 is that:

And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words, that’s how it is written, at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

And He was saying to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’ But I tell you the truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days if Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”

What was He saying to His neighbors? Whatever He was saying, I’ll tell you how they interpreted it. All of a sudden the words were not gracious.

And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.

They all thought well of Him, at the gracious words that fell from His lips. And this gentle lamb, this meek one, says, “You remember Naaman the leper? He wasn’t from Nazareth in Israel. God went out of Israel to find a leper to heal.

Well, what did they hear? Well, it may sound like what they heard was condemnation. It was, but why did they use the words “gracious” before that? Go with me to Isaiah 61. You need to see that Jesus stopped one phrase short of a verse that they all knew.

The Spirit if the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God.

Woops! All of a sudden this passage takes a radical turn. Setting captives free, making blind men see, setting the oppressed free; what were those people hearing that encouraged them to believe that these were gracious words? They were captives of Rome. And they had been beaten down and were seeing themselves as a subservient nation. And what they were hearing was the Messiah who would come and in vengeance declare the day of the Lord. And He did it. He did it. He did it to the people of Nazareth who were not wanting the reign of Christ in their heart but were wanting to share the reign over the Romans, and the Ethiopians and the Egyptians and the Palestinians and the Syrians and the Greeks. Are you hearing? They couldn’t handle that.

But where did this rage come from? Jesus spoke a simple truth from Scripture and the people were filled with rage. How did this rage get there? It came upon the heart. Now stay with me here. This is important.

The religious among us do not want to hear about His reign. The religious among us are wanting to share in the world’s benefits of the reign, but are not wanting to share in the servanthood of the reign, and are not wanting to raise their own white flag of surrender in repentance over their own reign. These two things are going on.

For example, if you were to turn to Isaiah 42:1, you would see the paradox, the seeming contradiction.

Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or raise His voice…”

John the Baptist came out as one crying in the wilderness. Jesus’ voice could not be heard in the street.

“…Nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.”

You know, this is the second time this passage says that He will bring forth justice. What brings forth justice? Government! He’s come to reign.

“He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”

He’s come to reign, this gentle one, this meek King, with a gentle voice, out on the battle field making His offer, saying, “I’ve come out here to reign. Will you surrender?”

And it’s just that way. And unless you hear it that way, you’ll not share it that way and if you don’t share it that way we will bring children into the kingdom who feel they have to perform, trying to live up to a demand, still living under a sense of the Law. Can you hear that? Some of us are still trying to live that way that’s why we’re yet to discover the reign of God in our life. That’s why we are not reigning with Christ over those things that are coming into our life. It’s because we’re trying to perform, a striving here to be. No, it’s an offer. Just raise your flag of surrender, inviting Him in to occupy the throne.

The Harmony of the Universe –

December 23, 2008

 Back to Genesis chapter 1.

Some of you may be wondering if I am saying that evolution has a part in creation. There is not the least bit of scientific evidence for evolution. There is absolutely absent in all of the record any evidence for creation coming about by evolution. There is a great move among, what do you call astronomy and physics? Astrophysics! I subscribe to an astronomy journal and in the last several years this deep space telescope, Hubble, is just overwhelming us with the evidence of a creator.

You can not move the moon one degree further out or further in without destroying the earth. And, everything in this galaxy is like that. And yet, not a single scientist has looked up into the night sky and seen two of the billions times billions times billions of those things crashing. And they are coming to see that isn’t just in our galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy, which is medium sized, composed of just two or three billion stars and there are that many more galaxies of stars. But astronomers are seeing interdependence. It’s like they are all webbed together. And the universe is expanding near the speed of light. You see, there is no way, no way that the creation of new galaxies, the expansion and creation of all the new stuff out of the vastness of space, is happening near the speed of light and has since the beginning. Out of nothing, out of nothing. There’s no evidence for evolution but there is evidence that He did not create it a waste place and void according to Isaiah 45:18.

What I am sharing with you is not from John Brown. It’s held by many. And you do not have to hold this view for this to make sense. We’re in the trouble we’re in in the church because we are letting traditions translate for us and we do not need to do that. It is because of our traditions.

There is an exercise for seeing. If you say that you see, you are blind. But if you were to say “I cannot see,” you shall see. I cannot see what God is wanting to show me because my eyes are full of what He has already shown me. I cannot have new revelation if my old revelation is in the way. You cannot give me something if my hands are full. Seeing requires our coming to a place where we recognize we cannot see unless God shows it to us. And we need to come to God that way every time. It’s called being poor in spirit. It’s coming to Him recognizing, the only way we’ll ever see, the only way we’ll ever hear, the only way we’ll ever know, is if He reveals it – He hides it.

Go to Genesis 19:26. Before we read verse 26, what is the setting? Sodom and Gomorrah! Lot and his wife and his daughters are fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah. And as they are fleeing, Sodom is being destroyed and God tells Lot, “Don’t look back!” Someone looks back.

Verse 26:

“But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”

And that’s certainly a mistake because the word that says “became” is the exact same Hebrew word that is translated in Genesis 1:2 as “was.” “And she looked back and was a pillar of salt.” It’s the exact same word. It can be translated “was,” but it is often correctly translated as “became.” So when we read Genesis 1, verse 3, to say “became” is as accurate as to say “it was.” Now, you may want to choose to believe that the word is “was” and that is quite all right. But the word may mean “it became.” And I think the text of Isaiah 45:18 as well as the evidence indicated that something happened between the creation of Adam and Eve and the serpent beguiling them in the Garden. All of creation began at the first of those six days, and I believe there were literally six days in which this earth that became a waste place and uninhabitable, was created. But I don’t believe God created it a waste place or uninhabitable. There had to be a whole lot going on in the heavens in a very short period, possibly just a few years, for a third of those that God created in the heavenlies to all be deceived and cast down. Now I believe this because I believe the evidence speaks it but it doesn’t have to be interpreted that way. You choose. But I believe if you see it that way, you’ll see how much more glorious God’s way of working is. Because we were in God’s heart, perhaps not just for 6000 years. And when you see how it ends up and recognize what all has transpired just to get to the place where the bride of His Son, where His sons and daughters are coming forth.

 His Glory In All Creation –

After all the rebellion, all sin, all sickness, all death is done away, it then begins with the glory of the Lord filling the earth as the seas cover and manifesting itself throughout all creation.

You wrestle with it. You don’t have to accept that. But you’ve got to do something with it. Because if there is this galactic war, if there is this war in the heavens, and the evidence is there, both in your life and in the Scriptures, that it began somewhere and it had to begin somewhere before Genesis chapter 3, verse 1 and Genesis chapter 1, verse 2.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Am I saying there may be a creation prior to the heavens and the earth? Am I saying there is a possibility? Okay. I’m not trying to sell you on my interpretation. I’m trying to challenge you not to arrive at my conclusion but to recognize that there is this battle that began somewhere before Genesis 3:1.

I believe that, from my point of view, it greatly enhances an understanding of all that we have seen and are seeing and all that God is intending to do to recognize that the universe is much older than it seems. It has been around much longer than 6000 years which is really my explanation. I believe it answers the difficulties we have between Genesis 3:1 and Genesis 1:2 and that period of time, that small period of time. I think from verse 2 on is seven days. But I think before verse 2 there is an indeterminable time, and I believe it does not support evolution. I’m not in any way trying to support evolution, but I certainly believe that God has been building this for much longer than some allow.

There has been a much greater period of time for God to prepare things for us and His ultimate intention. 6000 years may be enough to make it as glorious as it could ever be but as I come to understand things, I see that it is far more glorious than I ever imagined that He has been working from. I don’t know when, but all of it has been in preparation for what He is about to do in conclusion as recorded in Revelation 19 – 22. That’s really all that I am saying. You don’t have to accept this but I believe that it is true. You might see it differently but you will answer many other questions that we’ve not been doing a good job at answering, and I don’t mean evolutionary questions. One of them would be the evidence. I’m not talking about carbon dating or any of that, but just the evidence of astronomy in terms of the speed of light and the time it takes for light to travel and how far away we know some things are. God could have created the universe in an instant. But He may not have. He might have taken a great amount of time to get ready for us.

Well, let’s continue. You don’t have to accept that, but I believe it’s significant for you to deal with it.

 God’s Purpose In Creation –

 Ephesians chapter 3. I am going to begin in verse 8. Now I am getting down to how He’s going to deal with what is going on.

To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to….WHO? …to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

God is so big. From the very beginning He had an eternal purpose that was to be fulfilled in Christ, but not Christ Jesus in heaven alone but by the many membered body of Christ. I’m referring to 1 Corinthians 12:12, which says that Christ is many membered.

The church is many membered but the church is the body of Christ. But Scripture makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 12:12 that Christ is a many membered body. And that many membered body is called the ¹Ekklesia. And that Ekklesia from eternity past, that Ekklesian Christ, that body of Christ was intended to reveal, bring to conclusion and administration of this mystery that has to do with this rebellion. God is taking that which for a little while He has created a little lower than the angels, the Hebrew writer says, for a little while.

You know, you can not even find the earth with our most powerful optical telescope if it were placed on the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, you couldn’t even find the earth with our optical telescope, the most powerful optical. We’ve just discovered just recently that there is another 8 mile across planet in our solar system. Have you read that? They think it’s a ball of ice 8 miles across or may be larger than that, I don’t know. I mean, this earth is a little thing. When we talk about billions of stars in our galaxy, we’re not talking about the planets, we’re talking about suns. Here on this little, bitty, insignificant seemingly planet, which just takes 10,000 times 10,000 happenstances for it just to be able to support life. And then on this little insignificant planet of this modest sized star in the modest sized galaxy, He creates a little being that you can not even find from our near moon with a telescope – you and I.

There are these angels, which I’ve said before, who in heaven are day and night crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy. Holy, Holy, Holy, day and night. You’d think that would get boring, wouldn’t you? The uniqueness about these angels is that they have eyes all around them. And they can’t keep from seeing God’s glory.

Everywhere they look – HOLY ! HOLY !

It says they shout this out so loud that the thresholds of the doors of the temple in heaven rattle. It’s in the Scriptures. It happens day and night, for all eternity. We’re seeing a little bit but these angels are seeing everything. And they can’t keep their emotions from overcoming them and then they are crying out HOLY ! ! HOLY ! ! ! HOLY ! ! ! !

Day and night! And they are doing that now as they are looking at us. And as this mystery is being revealed, can you believe it? You know they must be saying, “Can you believe how He is doing this. I DON’T BELIEVE IT. GLORY ! !

Well, it’s the way of God.

Apostasy Revealed –

October 25, 2008

 

            Let’s turn quickly to 1 Timothy chapter 4 verse 1. 

 

   But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith….

 

            There is going to be a falling away and the falling away is from the truth. Having been in a position of truth they end up in error – misled – deceived.  …some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. This is going to take place in the age of the Laodicean church. I’m suggesting to you to consider the possibility that the church that we know has been misled significantly and our deeds show it.

            Let’s just go back a couple of pages to 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2. This is a very important text. It’s important because it explains why Christians end up deceived. And we’re just introducing the thought at this point.

            Reading from verse 1.

 

   Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and 0ur gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

 

            That day of the Lord is our being gathered together to Him.  Verse 3.

 

   Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.

 

            (The apostasy is the falling away.) Two things are going to happen prior to the coming of Christ. There is going to be a great falling away, and you know the reason for that falling away from our text in Matthew 24 and in 1 Tim. 4:1. It is because they’ve been misled and they are falling away from the truth. The falling away and the revealing of the lawless one must first take place. Now, jump with me down to verse 8.

 

Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders.

 

            Satan has his hand on the deception, the misleading that is going on in that age. Actually it’s been going on from the beginning, hasn’t it? But the reason it’s such a great falling away at the end of the age is because of so much deception.

 

   Verse 10. …and with all deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

 

            The reason Christians are deceived is because they will not receive a love for the truth. You can not manufacture it. It’s something received. I would suggest to the church in this age as well as this prophesied age, if they are different, that they receive a love for the truth. And who do you suppose is the one who gives such a gift? And who do you suppose is called the Truth? But it is receiving a love for the truth that keeps us from deception.

 

Next – A Deluding Influence

Hello world!

October 16, 2008

 I was thinking that the best way to get the message about this “Revolutionary Gospel” out to as many people as possible would be through a blog.

You have to realize that I really don’t have a clue about what I’m doing. As a matter of fact I do have a post-it note on my desk with this: “God help me! I don’t know what I’m doing!”

So I’ll just start slow and see what happens.

If you have any comments about how to do things, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Blessings,

–JeraldD