#223  (1/9/19)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Reminder:  January's Daniel's Fast begins 1/3/19 and ends 1/24/19; everyone please fast from something!

Please read Matthew 13:24-30.  A man sowed good seed in his field but soon came to realize that an enemy had sown tares in the same field.  When asked by his servants if they should remove the tares, he denied their request and insisted that the good seed and the tares share the same soil.  Soil is defined as strength, emotional and mental substance, capacity to absorb.  With good seed and tares occupying the same soil, together, there will be a battle for control of the soil.  Both will battle for dominance of the strength, the substance, and the nutrients of the soil.  At salvation, man receives a new heart that is "planted" (as good seed) in the field of the old heart (tares).  There is a constant struggle between the two for dominance and control of the soil.  The battle involves who will be dominant over the strength, emotional and mental substance, and capacity of the believer.  The man insisted that they grow together.  A battle was necessary to get the good seed to grow strong and healthy.  The believer has the option (choice) to feed the new man or the old man.  He can use his capacity to absorb for evil or for good.  The battle never ends:  who will dominate the mental capacity and the emotional substance of the mind and heart of man?  

Please read 2Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8.  These two scriptures give us examples of how to feed the new man thereby allowing him to dominate the demeanor of a believer.  There is only so much capacity to absorb every day.  Feeding the new man to "full absorption" should be the goal of every believer on a daily basis.  There are many things that can be done to feed the new man.  Regretfully, every heart has a tendency to feed the tares.  Earthly eyesight and imagination, drawing wrong conclusions from idolatrous images, stymies the growth of the new man and invigorates the tare.  Every day is a new day to dedicate mental and emotional capacities and strength to the growth of the new man.  When the believer feeds the good seed he/she is justifying the Cross, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and the Will of the Father.  The Battle of the Soil!

#222 (1/2/19)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read John 14:1-6.  The Father, the Great I AM, occupies eternity and space.  Man, bound to the earth, lives out his life in Time.  A great chasm divides man from God which is impossible to cross outside of Jesus Christ.  The Stature of Jesus Christ spans the gulf, joining man and God in sweet communion.  In verse 6, Jesus called Himself the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He is the Way as the gate leading to the Courtyard, the Truth as the curtain that leads to the Holy Place, and the Life as the Veil that leads to the Father in the Holy of Holies.  He is 3 doors that lead to new experiences in Him.  

Jesus walked the Will of the Father from Bethlehem to Golgatha's Hill.  Said differently, He walked the Way of the Father.  Man needed a Way to return to God so He humbled Himself and gave us a Way through His life and sacrifice; man now can choose to forsake his own way.  

Jonah is given to us as an example of what happens when man chooses his own way.  Jonah was given a path/way that was to lead to the city of Ninevah.  As the story goes, he chose his own way that lead in the opposite direction of Nineveh.  First, he embarked on a ship.  Soon, a furious storm tossed the ship on the sea.   There is nowhere to go when on a ship.  The options of choosing another way are gone.  God began to constrict Jonah in a rocking, tossing, shaking ship.  Then Jonah confessed on the ship that he would rather die than to go to Nineveh - - - the Way of God.  His way (Jonah) was still better that God's.  When Jonah was tossed overboard, God constricted him even further, narrowing his options.  Jonah left land, boarded a ship (constricting pain), and eventually ended up in the belly of a whale (more pain); each time the LORD was slowly narrowing his options.  After the whale belched Jonah back on land, his confession was that he should have taken God's Way to begin with (it would have, at the very least, saved him from smelling like the putrid belly of a whale).  He accepted the original Way.  

Please read John 17:17 and 8:32.  The Way leads to the Truth, which leads to Life (both resurrection and eternal life).  Jesus is the "Way" out!  

Many are climbing up another way other than the Way given to reach life.  Life is at the top of the Stature. Rather than following God's Plan to reach life, the world abounds with alternative ways to find one's own pleasure and life taking another way.  Jesus' Way is humility and sacrifice.  Man's way is proud and arrogant.  

As Jesus was walking the Way of the Father's Will, His purpose was to establish a spiritual kingdom within the heart of man.  His own diciples misunderstood His motives.  Jesus came with the power and glory of the Father to build inside the heart spiritually, not build an outside, earthly kingdom.  The Way of Jesus, and by extension the Father, is to build a beautiful spiritual kingdom within the heart of man, transforming the City of Pride into a breathtaking New City where God, the Lamb, and the Bride dwell.  He is the Way!

#221 (12/31/18 Watch Night Service)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Hebrews 1:3.  The Son, Who is upholding this present day world, also supported the three previous creations.  He has graciously, with gratitude, taken the low place of supporting and reinforcing the creation while moving the Father's Master Plan forward.  Please read Isaiah 41:10.  As He upholds the creation in general, He has promised to uphold and support each one individually on a daily basis.  His right hand of righteousness moves us forward in the LORD's Master Plan as we travel through Time.  Next, read Psalm 150:1-2.  We read here about the LORD's "mighty acts".  While being supported by the Son, moving forward in His Master Plan, the Father allows us to look back at what was done and not done.  His mighty acts give us the ability to revisit personal events where we blew it and make them right.  Gold, silver, and precious stones can be retrieved traveling back in time to events where we forsook them.  His mighty acts are just that - - - MIGHTY!  The Christian can go back and make things right!  He upholds us with His RIGHT hand - - - the hand of pleasure.  He is excited to support the Christian moving forward in His Master Plan or moving backward to right a wrong.  Either way, He is upholding with His right hand.  

Please read Romans 14:22.  Happy is the man/woman that goes back in time and picks up the silver, gold, and precious stones that were left behind and doesn't comdemn God that He allowed it to happen.  Now read 1 Corinthians 11:28.  Examine the past and go back to the event where extremely valuable items were left. Ask the LORD to bring to remembrance places and circumstances in 2018 where treasure is still to be claimed!

#220 (12/30/18 morning)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

In Luke chapter 1 verse 46-47 we read part of the response Mary gave to Elizabeth at their meeting.  In verse 46 her spirit DOTH (present tense) magnify the LORD and in verse 47 her spirit HATH (past tense) rejoiced in God her Savior.  Her spirit had been rejoicing over the promise of the Messiah for many centuries as she awaited her turn to come on the world stage and live her natural life.  She joyed over the promise along with praising the LORD that He would eventually join promise and performance.  Praise for the promise leads to performance of the promise.  While she was waiting her turn to be born, in the loins of her forefathers, she praised God for the promise in her spirit.  Praise joins promise and performance. The spirit joins man to God, the body joins man to the earth, and the soul is in between.  Man can climb up in to the heavenlies from earth to God by joining his spirit to God.  The battle is to keep man from doing this.  In other words, the battle is to cut the lifeline of the spirit, keeping man a prisoner to the earth.  Faith, Hope and especially Prayer release man from his prison.  Lack of faith, hope, and especially prayer keep him earthbound.  These are essential in keeping the head in the heavenlies and the feet on the ground.  Without daily prayer, hope, faith, reverence and worship, the earth and its sorrow bind the human heart (these are the five senses of the spirit).  

Please read Isaiah 7:14.  Gabriel did not reprove Mary when she posed a question to Him.  In Luke 1:34 she said, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"  Gabriel went on to explain that the conception would be miraculous and supernatural.  Her womb would be impregnated from the inside by the Holy Ghost.  There was to be no external intrusion in to her womb.  The Holy Ghost would open the door of her womb from the inside.  Notice the performance of the promise would happen supernatually, from the inside, completely independent from outside events and occurences.  Fulfillment of the promise has nothing to do with the outward.  Gabriel told Mary not to look at the natural; something very different was going to happen to her, something miraculous.  A seed (performance) would come from above and open the door of her womb from the inside.  Man has a tendency to grow impatient with God.  He looks on the outside and considers his external circumstances and events, determining when and how the performance should come.  Performance is not based on anything outside, it comes supernaturally from above when the Holy Ghost brings it at the Fathers' bidding.  When the Master Plan is fulfilled, at the appointed time, God steps in and does something extraordinarily supernatural, apart from all exterior happenings.  Keep praising God for the promise because praise leads to the performance!

#219 (12/23/18 morning)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Luke 1:28-38.  The LORD always executes human events according to His Master Plan.  He is never caught off-guard, surprised or befuddled about what to do next.  In keh-dem eternity, before creation, He formulated His Master Plan and is now in the act of executing it.  Regarding Mary, she was foreordained to be the mother of Jesus the Messiah.  She travelled down through the loins of her forefathers starting with Adam.  As the virgin who would be impregnated by the Holy Ghost and carry the Messiah nine months, she  defended the promise of His birth against the enemy who had declared war on her.  She faithfully stood as an adversary against the serpent, relentless in warfare, attempting to thwart the Master Plan of God.  She holds an admirable and praiseworthy position in the human race; she defended the promise of the Messiah until it met performance and gave mankind a Savior, Christ the LORD!   All of these events happened according to a Master Plan formulated in eternity past.  It wasn't happenstance, coincidence, or  fate; God was not confused when to introduce the world to His Son or who should carry Him.  It was written in the scroll.  

In verse 38 Mary simply makes a choice for God to execute His Master Plan.  She chose disgrace, sorrow, and shame.  The potential Gift would bring scorn, stigma, discomfort, and pain.  Who would believe this story and that it came from God?  She was willing to accept all the discomfort; the promise was going to make her a public spectacle.  The priests knew she was telling the truth when she drank the bitter waters and her belly did not swell and her thigh did not rot.  She was pregnant but had not committed adultery --- the priests and  leaders knew she had experienced an immaclulate conception.  They knew the Messiah was on the way.  The promise of being the Bride of the LORD Jesus Christ also brings with it the same that Mary experienced.  We must embrace the Promise, given in keh-dem eternity, and wait for the performance; all the while warring adversarily against the serpent who desires to thwart God's Master Plan.  Do not allow the enemy to cheat you out of being Jesus' Bride!  Fight for it!  Wait on God to join promise to performance and be wed to the Heavenly Bridegroom!  Embrace the shame, sorrow, pain, disgrace and scorn and defend the promise!  

Please read Matthew 2:11.  Obviously Mary and Joseph had to flee Bethlehem to thwart the plan of the serpent to kill the Messiah.  Mary left her home and her friends.  She eventually had to flee to a foreign country; her life was severely disrupted.  She experienced all this to do the will of God.  She probably yearned for a "normal" life with Joseph but was faithful to endure all the shame, disgrace, and discomfort that the Messiah would become a man and provide salvation for all humanity.  Her actions and choices determined the fate of all mankind!  Mary was willing to be discomforted by an unnormal life, a different  lifestyle.  She always held on to the promise of letting the Christ be birthed, suffering pain and shame to allow the Master Plan to unfold.  Thank You, Mary!