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Friday, November 9, 2018

And Jesus Got in the Boat and They Were at Their Destination

When we give up, when we cry out to God from a place of "I can't do this."
He hears our cry.
He gets into our boat.
And we reach our destination with absolutely no idea
how
we got there.


And once again.
It is truly not how,
but


Who!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Dispensation

"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"  Eph. 1:10


Some teachers use the word dispensation to divide.
Division is not from the Lord.  The Messiah has come to gather all into one body.
Eph. 1:10 makes this apparent, all you have to do is read the whole thought.


"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:" Eph. 3:1-6


Eph. 3:2 in its proper context is just as clear, verse 6 standing in stark contrast to any attempt to pry the word out of context and make it a cause for division.




Now I could see where this verse could trip someone up if they only listened to one teacher, and if they did not know that Christ is more properly translated, Messiah, (anointed King of Israel).
 "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;"
Col. 1:24,25


So the anointed King of Israel, their long awaited Messiah, through the power of the Holy Spirit now has a body on earth, His ekklesia, His gathering, His community to display His love and power for the glory of the Father.  There is nothing new about this, Acts 7:38  "This is he, that was in the church (ekklesia) in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him (Moses) in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:"  What is new, is now we know the identity of the Messiah and the purpose of the Holy Spirit, and all of it is a work of sacrificial love to gather all into one family under one Father.


Once you see this you cannot un-see it and the false division of a false understanding of the term dispensation fades away.  In its place comes the beauty of humility as you are amazed as Paul was at the end of Romans 11 as the plan of God and the wisdom of God is revealed.


"For God has shut up all in disobedience, so that He might show mercy to all.
33 O the depth of the riches,
    both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments
    and how incomprehensible His ways!
34 For “who has known the mind of Adonai,
    or who has been His counselor?”
35 Or “who has first given to Him,
    that it shall be repaid to him?”[
36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen."



Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Heritage We are Given

I read old books because those who have gone before have wisdom from above.

Spurgeon commenting on this verse Psalm 61:5  "For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name."

" Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. We are made heirs, joint heirs with all the saints, partakers of the same portion. With this we ought to be delighted. If we suffer, it is the heritage of the saints; if we are persecuted, are in poverty, or in temptation, all this is contained in the title deeds of the heritage of the chosen."

The heritage, the inheritance has stuff in it that I would not normally think of when I think of inheritance, but if the glory of God was the focus of my life then yes, suffering, persecution, and poverty would all be part of the path to His life being lived out in me.

So Lord, thank You for the heritage of the saints in all of its forms. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Ahithophel and Me

Ahithophel was able to give counsel as if from the Lord. 

But do you see how destructive it could be if Ahithophel heard a person saying that about him.  Pride is our enemy, humility is our trusted friend.  We must be careful that we are not using words that point to a gifted or talented person, but to the God who freely dispenses gifts and talents.

Ahithophel's name means brother of folly, and since some people say Nabal, whose name means worthless and who lived up (or down) to his name, is the brother of Ahithophel, maybe he began to think of himself as wise in comparison to his brother.  But wait there is a severe grave danger in comparing ourselves with ourselves.

David trusted Ahithophel and Ahithophel knew that David was the anointed king and yet he turned on David and sided with Absalom, so it turned out Ahithophel was actually the brother of folly to David.  It is a truly great and truly freeing day, when we own the name that God has given us.  Jacob owned Jacob and became Israel.  I agree with God that I am a sinner and that lining up with truth gives me access to His life.  If Ahithophel had seen himself as the brother of folly, God could have protected him and kept him from this betrayal.

David speaks of this betrayal in Psalm 55 and pronounces a curse that his life would be cut in half.  Jesus took that curse too, dying at 33 years old.  He is our wonderful Savior, Messiah and King.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

It's Not How, But Who!

Abraham, Zechariah, Mary, many beloved saints of God upon hearing of God's plan were struck to ask How?


Beautiful revelation from God today as I was seeking for what actions, strategy, or deeds are the next step in seeing God fulfill His word to release a dear friend from prison.


It is not "How?" but "Who!"


The lesson is simple keep your eye on Yeshua as the Father works out His plan and receives all the glory for the fulfillment of the word He spoke. 


Our job is to wait on Him, asking for and relying totally on Him for help.  May our eyes be opened to see the beautiful reaction of the heart of God as He sees His children, doing nothing, choosing to wait for Him, resting and trusting in His faithfulness.


No plan.


No program.


No flesh!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

One Test of a False Prophet

My wife made this reply to me when I was asking her opinion on a $40 purchase of a man's teaching on DVD, "If it was real it would be free."

That was witnessed by my spirit, because years ago reading Jude, I came to this verse, "Woe to them! For they have gone the (defiant) way of Cain, and for profit they have run headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of (mutinous) Korah."  Jude 11

Balaam knew he was not to go with the people from the king who wanted him to curse Israel, but the more the riches increased the more willing he became to disobey God.  The story shows that he ended up speaking words of blessing over Israel, but he was not supposed to go with them at all, and now that he was in their territory he was susceptible to their influence. The story later on states that he gave a strategy to the king to lure in the Israelite men with the king's women.

Bottom line, the gifts are freely given to us, and are therefore to be freely given by us.  God said, "Do not go with these men."  Balaam saw the money being offered and he went with them.  Money clouds and blocks our ability to hear from and obey God. 

"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give."
Matthew 10:8

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Body of Christ (Messiah)

Post-tribulation is true because the body of the Messiah went to and through the cross to display the invisible attributes of God, and the current body of Christ (Messiah) on this earth is called to do the exact same thing.  The cross of tribulation is ours to cling to as it is His good pleasure to carry us through incredible difficulty in order to reach those who are lost.  (Isaiah 53:10 "Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;"  )


If only we could see it is a high calling. 
It gives purpose and meaning to our current struggles
and it releases us to have the proper attitude toward God and man,
as we see the unseen principalities and powers begin to rise up and speed up.