Eating too much Knowledge? Go to the Tree of Life!
( Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks )
Pls read Genesis 3:1-13. In verse 7 the Scripture states that "the eyes of them both were opened". These were eyes that had been formerly closed. These "new" eyes were unable to accurately balance good and evil. Their new eyesight could not correctly discern good and evil because they had eaten of Knowledge out of season. Eating Knowledge out of season kills and destroys! They had the personal choice to go to either the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they made the wrong choice; just as we do after inheriting our first parents' sin. The Tree of Life would have given them the ability to correctly balance and discern good and evil, allowing them to accept or reject based on what they saw. What are we eating today? Knowledge out of season causes a person to falsely discern. Our lives are flooded, in this modern era, with Knowledge. We are bombarded with 24-hour news coverage, internet advertising, radio, television, electronic media, social media, etc. To put it another way, we are bombarded with Knowledge! Knowledge not seen through the eyesight from the Tree of Life causes confused, muddled disorder. Are we spending the same amount of time, or more, seeking and studying the Life from our Bibles? Are we counteracting our consumption of good and evil (knowledge) by going to our prayer closet and receiving Life in the form of Jesus Christ and His Blood?
Also, in verse 7, "they knew that they were naked". In other words, they knew that they were guilty. Adam and his wife hid themselves because they were aware of their guilt of disobedience. What is our guilt? Our nakedness before God. The LORD God came seeking Adam personally by saying, "Adam, where art THOU"? "I am come seeking just YOU, so that you can confess your guilt and be forgiven". He comes to us multiple times a day, calling our name, wanting us to come forward and expose our guilt for eating good and evil or Knowledge out of season. Where are YOU? The blood saves from sin and we are, by nature, sinners. The blood, in order for it to work, must have a need to cleanse. Because we are sinners, our days are filled with times of need to confess our guilt and be cleansed.
Further in verse 7, they sowed fig leaves and made aprons. Adam and his wife stole leaves from God and covered their guilt. Apron translates into "armour belt". They were ready to defend their guilty condition with their own authority and be the boss. Jesus came to set His people free from THEIR sin! He wanted to deliver Israel from personal, besetting sin. It was the hope during His earthly journey that Jesus would remove the crushing yolk of the Roman Empire; He didn't come to set Israel free from the sin of the Romans. When the LORD comes calling my name, I can do one of two things: I can repent or steal God's Authority. I can "enjoy" temporal freedom from God's Voice, or experience self-deliverance. Do you recall Saul and how he persecuted David? The LORD used a natural, outward Saul to expose David's inward "Saul" so he could be delivered from his personal sin and become the new king.
Deliverance is available, through the Blood, but we won't experience deliverance until we are exposed and acknowledge our guilt before God. What a blessing it is for the Father to seek us out, personally arrange our day, call us by name, and expose us to drink from His cup of blood! The efficacy of the Blood is proven when our sin and guilt is exposed.
We are a royal priesthood, a nation of kings and priests that live on a higher plane. Ask the LORD to help you eject the phrase, "I am not guilty" from your vocabulary. We are guilty because, by nature, we are sinners. Seek to balance Knowledge with Life and prayer so this old world makes sense, as well as your own personal circumstances. Jesus (Life) in the equation, makes everything peaceful and sensible.
Be glad and rejoice or be glad and rejoice
Source of material: Rev. B. R. Hicks
Pls read Canticles 1:4. Speaking as an espoused Bride, she states, "we will be glad and rejoice in thee". The word glad is ghee-law in the Hebrew language and rejoice is sim-kaw. Although in English these words are interchangeable, in Hebrew they have very different meanings. Ghee-law is a masculine word and Sim-kaw is a feminine word. Glad---ghee-law---masculine. Rejoice---sim-kaw---feminine. Ghee-law means to spin around in violent emotion and is an expression of gladness from outward to inward. Sim-kaw means an inward joy, glad of heart, joyfulness of heart which moves from inward to outward. Two examples of sim-kaw joy would be found in Proverbs 10:28 and Psalm 4:7. Psalm 16:11 would be an example of ghee-law joy.
In Revelation 19:7, we see the two words "glad and rejoice" used as they were in Canticles chapter 1 but, with one important distinction: the two Hebrew words are reversed. Glad is now sim-kaw and rejoice is ghee-law. Plainly, we can see, that as an espoused Bride, her joy moved from outward to inward. Conversely, as a married Bride, her joy moved from inward to outward. Glad---sim-kaw---feminine and Rejoice---ghee-law---masculine. At one point in her spiritual journey, the espoused Bride received gladness and joyfulness from outward influences of the Spirit of God but grew up into maturity and later received her gladness and joy from gratitude over what the LORD had done for her inwardly. Despite opposition, negativity, and rejection from people and outward circumstances, the Bride consoled herself by meditating on the mighty workings of the LORD in her heart and maintained a high level of gladness and joy. She could be glad and joyful in any situation because she thought on the sweetness and graciousness of the LORD.
The Bride will know what to do after she crosses Jordan because she has "made herself ready" during her earthly sojourn. She has mastered "will worship". The Bride does not allow outward circumstances to dictate whether she is joyful or glad. In her maturity, she lifts up gratitude and praise despite what is happening around her because her source of gladness comes from her heart and the miracles that have been wrought there by our Mighty God. She has also learned to produce true and pure thoughts (wisdom) from her heart and attach them to holy and pure forms. Her light starts from within and radiates out; so like a sun, she produces her own glaring and blinding rays of joy and gladness. Maturity is starting with a true, pure thought that comes from within that influences those around you. The Bride HATH MADE HERSELF READY!!!
Let the LORD balance your scales!
Our precious and glorious Heavenly Father, the Unbegotten LORD, is a God of balance. He lovingly gives to all His children in perfect measure what they have need of to remain balanced spiritually and naturally. He is in control of all lives and gives as He sees fit, either pain or pleasure, to bring each one of us to the point of perfect balance. Too much pleasure or too much pain causes us to see the world in a skewed fashion. Surely, as the sun rises in the morning to introduce a glorious new day, the sun will sink below the horizon to usher us into a dark, cold night. He is the Rose of Sharon (on the mountain) and the Lily of the Valley (in the valley).
In the Old Testament book of Amos, the LORD has demonstrated to us that, indeed, He is a God of balance. Please read Amos 7:1-9. In this chapter we see that Israel has a natural problem with idolatry, which is a spiritual picture of today's believers having the same problem. The LORD allowed Israel to reap the first mowing. After it was stored for future food, the LORD sent the grasshopper to destroy the second growth. He gave them provision and food to help them survive the devastaion of the grasshopper. The LORD will lovingly give us pleasure so when He comes knocking on our door about our idolatry, we will have the strength to go to Him in prayer and seek Him about our sin of idolatry (pain). In verse 2, Amos asks the the LORD to remove the pain because Israel is small and alone; nobody will come to his aid. Amos should have been interceding for idolatrous Israel and asking God not to remove His pain until they saw their sinful ways. Israel was involved in the wrong pleasure. The nation sought out its own satisfaction and gratification through the pleasure of bowing down to idols. Therefore, the LORD balanced them through a painful onslaught of hungry grasshoppers. In verse 4, the LORD then contended by fire. He scorched the plants with the sun and burned up the root so that they could not produce any more fruit. He was mercifully and patiently trying to get Israel's attention so He could deliver them from their idolatry and set them free as a nation.
In verse 7, God has a plumbline and He is measuring the walls of the Temple. In the beginning the walls were straight and properly built and they protected the Temple sanctuary from defilement and enemy intrusion. The beauty of their relationship with God was protected by the walls. The wall had the power to exclude sin and protect the relationship with God inside. Israel did not maintain the integrity of the wall by engaging in idolatrous pleasure outside the will or wall of God. The wall and Temple were left to decay and crack, leaving their relationship with Him to deteriorate as well.
Verse 9 says that God will send an enemy to tear down the wall. If we allow idolatry to weaken our relationship with Him, and expose the treasures of the Word and the Spirit in our hearts, being unprotected, He will send an enemy to tear down the wall. Let's repent and ask the LORD to help us to stop finding pleasure in idolatry (bossing the pleasure side of the scales) and stop wondering why the "grasshoppers have come" (the LORD coming to us with pain to balance our idolatrous pleasure). As soon as the grasshoppers come (pain), seek God in prayer and ask Him what He is trying to deliver you from!
Receive your inheritance: a daily cup of Blood!
Please read Matthew 27:45-46. In verse 46, Dr. Lamza translates what Jesus said on the cross as, "My God, my God, for this cause was I spared." What was the cause and what was Jesus spared from? We find the answer in Hebrews 5:7-10. Jesus was dying in the Garden of Gethsemane as He was praying alone, surrendered to the Father that He would not be going to the Cross, submitting Himself to the Fathers' Headship. It looked as if Jesus would be dying just short of the salvation of all mankind. The "cause" was the salvation of man and He was "spared" from death when an angel strengthened Him. The word "cried" in Matthew 27:46 is defined as a "screech of victory". The blood of Jesus screeched with a thunderous voice of victory as He was suspended between heaven and earth as man's eternal Mediator. Please read Genesis 4:8-10. Abel's blood, after it had been buried, had a cry as well, but, not a cry of victory. It shouted for vindication, that it had been used for a purpose not in God's plan. The cry of Abel's blood drew the Father's attention, to the point where He descended and spoke with Cain. The Blood of Jesus as it was crying in victory on the cross, also drew the attention of the Father. He was there at the cross! He never forsook His Beloved Son!
Every day the Heavenly Father offers us a "Cup of Inheritance"; a cup of Blood that He wants us to use to become more like Him. The Blood is available in this portion every day, but, we must have a need to ask for our inheritance. Knowing this, the Father sets up our day so we will have ample opportunity to run to this cup and be forgiven for our daily sins. We will either have a shout of victory as we appropriate Jesus' Blood to wash us from sin, or the Blood will cry that it wasn't used as we bury it under accusation, blame, justification, and fault-finding. We bury the Blood when we don't use it for the purpose that it has been given: to cleanse from personal, daily sin! Using the Blood to cleanse personal, daily sin gives us a shout and a cry of victory that it is doing what it has been given to do: "For this cause"!!! The Blood will either cry for us or against us. When you don't use the Blood, you have no shout.
IThessalonians 4:16-17. The LORD shall descend with a SHOUT! He will be seeking those who know His shout---those who are familiar with the voice of victory coming from the Blood; those who have the same shout from using their daily cup of inheritance to overcome their own Adamic nature!
Throughout most of the book of Job, Job justifies himself before God. He projects fault and blame on those around him. He accuses others for his present, deplorabe circumstances. In other words, he buries the power of the Blood to cleanse him of his own sin. The Blood cried out to God, and as the same way the LORD came to talk with Cain, He came to have a conversation with Job. After hearing the LORD, Job saw that he had been a fool for burying the Blood. He repented in dust and ashes. He went back to every place that he had buried the Blood, dug it up and received the shout of victory that the Blood gives when he repented of his personal sin.
Let's receive our "Cup of Inheritance" every day, repent of our personal, daily sin, and acquire a new shout of victory! We can become a River of Life to those around us who find healing in the leaves, or fruit, we produce.
Share the gospel and reap new life!
In the parable of the goodman and his hired servants, (Matthew 20: 1-16) we see that the goodman encountered some disappointment expressed by the first hour workers. Of all things, they were upset because the goodman had made subsequent hired servants equal to them by also giving them a penny. They did not mention that this is what they agreed upon at the beginning of the day. In verse 12, they justified themselves as being better because they had "borne the burden and heat of the day". This confession by the first hour workers clearly shows that, yes, they had worked, but under their own authority and headship. Psalm 91:1 says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty". If the first hour workers had worked under God's Headship, they would have been overshadowed by the Almighty. We see from Jesus' own words, that "there is none good but one, that is, God:" in Matthew 19:17. Their conplaint was against the Father of the vineyard. His response was, "take that thine is and go THY WAY:" (Matthew 20:14). Meaning, leave me and go do what you are most familiar with, you love your own headship and authority above me, I have done you no wrong.
In 1 Corinthians 9:7-9, the Apostle Paul reaffirms an Old Testament principle: that if you labor in a vineyard, then you are blessed to partake of the increase of that vineyard. Also, in 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, The Apostle Paul again explains that "every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour". Our personal relationship with Christ is a vineyard and the fruit of the vineyard, which includes seeds, is be planted into the hearts of those around us. Planting seeds in hearts of others will evertually produce new fruit, new life, that will redound unto the sower of the seed. Reaping new life will be the reward for sowing into someone's heart.
In another parable about a vineyard, (Matthew 21:33-41) Jesus, in verse 35, states that the husbandmen took the owners' servants and "beat one and killed another". The word "killed" means: to deprive of spiritual life. The husbandmen of the vineyard selfishly controlled the seed of the vineyard by not sharing, and killed the owners' servants. We do the same thing. By not allowing the LORD to be the Head and Authority over the seed in our own vineyard, (our relationship with Him) we deprive spiritual life to those around us by controlling how, when, where, and to whom we share this seed. The stature of the Son of God in us needs to be shared. Jesus, while on earth, in blessing or opposition, continually plucked the fruit from the vineyard of His relationship with His Father, and gave seed wherever and whenever the Father spoke. If we want more life, then we need to share from our vineyard. Manifest the truth, under God's Authority, and kill it not! Deprive not those around us of spiritual life, which we will reap as a consequence of sharing!
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