A simple decision is part of the warfare!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Ephesians 1:19-23. The LORD is far above all creation, presiding over the administration of every principality, dominion, name, might, and power. By being above all creation, He has established Himself as the Head of that same creation.
Please read Ephesians 6:10-12. In verse 12 we read of "rulers of the darkness of this world". Darkness comes on slowly, deceitfully. When day is turning to night, there is a transition period called twilight. During twilight, darkness creeps upon the earth in an imperceptible manner. Night does not appear all at once in a sudden, massive shift from light to dark. It does not come in a frontal attack, so to speak. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and his wife had "just a conversation" with the serpent---darkness closed in on them silently and deceitfully. They didn't have to wrestle with any rulers, yet, they didn't perceive the warfare. It is the same with us. We engage in a conversation with the enemy, sometimes oblivious to the warfare that we are in. We say, "it's just a small thing, how can this matter?". Darkness comes deceitfully, imperceptibly, not in a frontal attack.
Iniquity causes a bend or crook in the truth. It means: wiles, deceit, crook, bend. A small (seemingly) crook, many times, seems like no big deal. We are still wrestling with the powers of darkness whose "job" is to creep upon us with silent darkness. Iniquity causes us to change the end. Truth is a straight line where the end is clearly visible in the distance. We can easily see the end of an act, the conclusion, when truth is in our eyesight. A bend or a crook (iniquity) causes the end to be obscure, uncertain, invisible. With the end not visible, we walk into darkness. Through iniquity, we make a choice to step outside of God's Headship.
When Mary approached Elizabeth, John leaped in the womb of his mother at the sound of Mary's voice (Luke 1:41-45). Elizabeth, in verse 44, proclaims that John leaped for joy! He had an experience with the Holy Ghost when his mother was filled and overcome with the Spirit. John, in no uncertain terms, from the womb, knew who the Messiah was! The LORD gave John the ministry of being the forerunner of Jesus Christ. In fulfilling that ministry, he was to introduce the Son of God to those he had prepared through repentance and baptism. John's ministry was to end when the Christ, the Son of God, was fully revealed to Israel. He told his own diciples to follow Jesus, but he failed to follow himself---he chose to continue his ministry (iniquity) outside of the Headship of the LORD. He chose to crook the truth. He offended Herod to point where he threw him in prison. Why did John feel compelled to reveal the sin of a ruler, publicly? He wanted his ministry to continue. Who told him to publicly humiliate Herod and expose his sin? Was it his own headship or the Headship of God? In Matthew 11:1-3, we read that while John was in prison, he sent two of his diciples to Jesus with a question: "art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?". That question was asked by the devil when Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness: "if thou be the Son of God..." (Matthew 4:3). John, because he crooked the truth and did not follow Jesus (putting an end to his own ministry), he doubted and began to question whether or not Jesus was Who He was. John said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sin of the world". After we make a choice to step outside of God's Headship (crooking the truth), our own headship will cause us to question the credentials and identity of the Son of God. John reaped what he sowed. He eventually lost his own head because he had rejected the Authority and Headship of the LORD. Going under our own headship starts with a simple decision but, in reality, we are being led from light to twilight and eventually into darkness. A simple decision is part of the warfare. What would John have accomplished had he accepted God's Headship, concluded his ministry, and supported the Son of God in His? Would he have shamefully lost his natural head, or would it be recorded that he loved and adored Jesus and helped Him with His message of the Gospel to Israel?
Iniquity skews and blurs the eyesight
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Genesis 1:2-3. The earth was in a state of no form. It was void and muddled, confusing chaos reigned. The LORD allowed the light to shine upon this swirling situation and things began to change. We can say in our personal situations, "LORD, let their be light"! In Genesis 1:6-8, after the light shone, He made a firmament or a separation. Before the light, the "above" water and the "beneath" water were mingled together, but things got much clearer when the firmament (separation) divided the waters and they retreated to their appointed place "above" and "beneath". The waters knew where to go. They knew which water they were (above or beneath). Clarity came to the situation when all the above water went above and all the beneath water went beneath. Light ruled in the firmament after confusion retreated to their respectful places. After judgment and chaos, the waters were most willing to obey. After judgment and chaos, we find ourselves to be the same way! After we have made our separtion, our willingness to obey is increased.
Please read Colossians 3:2. We have a problem: we need to see what is above and what is beneath. We have a tendency to not see things in their assigned position. After we have made our separtion (from world, flesh, and carnal reasoning) then we have a clearer vision. After our eyesight is cleared, we are to set our affections (desires) on what is above.
Please read Revelation 12:7-12. There was war in heaven. Those on earth overcame the dragon (serpent) by: 1. the blood of the Lamb, 2. by the word of their testimony, 3. loving not their lives unto death. Notice these scriptures don't record how Michael and his angel overcame in heaven. Please read Psalm 104:4. We see that they overcame by the flaming fire of the Torah. In other words, Michael overcame with the fire of the truth.
In any situation, there is a beginning and an end. With the fire of the truth, we can clearly see the end and the resulting conclusion. The serpent invades our situations with iniquity that bends and crooks our vision. With skewed eyesight, we can proceed through the situation for only so long until we reach the crook. His gameplan is to hide the end by subtily causing our vision to look at error rather than truth. We need a separation (see #112) to divide error (iniquity) and truth. We can scream, "Let there be light"! As the "firmament" (separation) appears, confusion ceases and truth is divided from error. We can overcome the intrusions of the serpent just like Michael and his angels did: with the Torah fire of truth that allows us to see the end and its consequences. The fire of truth will separate what is from above (truth) and what is from below (error). Overcome means to cast down, salvation. We can experience salvation by proclaiming the Torah fire of truth in our personal events where the serpent has hidden iniquity. Exclaim His Headship, speak the truth and establish His lofty position and the serpent will be overcome!
Mourning produces comfort
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Matthew 5:4. From this scripture we can rightly deduct that mourning produces comfort. Mourning is defined as grief, sorrow, lamentation. As Christians we have the opportunity to not only mourn for our own sins, but also for others. We can be grieved for an individual, a city, a nation, or the sinful world in general. We can minister for someone, in their behalf, before the LORD and appease His anger. As we mourn and repent over sin for ourselves or others, God is appeased and will send comfort.
Please read Luke 16:19-25. This is the story of the rich man and Lazarus. In verse 24 the rich man addressed Abraham as "Father". Abraham responded by calling him "Son" (verse 25). These two clues allow us to see that the rich man was a believer. Abraham continues and explains that Lazarus is being comforted and the rich man is being tormented. While alive, the rich man had no need to grieve and lament for Lazarus. He was married to his own pleasure and saw no need to mourn over his condiion. He did not repent and appease the LORD for him. The rich man also refused to repent over his own spiritual pride that caused him to scorn and detest Lazarus. If you sow comfort to God you will reap comfort personally. The rich man, not reaping any comfort, was tormented in the flame. Mourning produces appeasement of God and, in turn, comfort. The rich man did not mourn, therefore, did not reap comfort. What a wonderful opportunity we have to mourn, grieve, and lament over our own sin, the sin of others and our nation. The LORD will comfort us in return.
Establish His supremacy in the "above"
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
The Father dwells in divine space, a formless area called the "above". He bent in humility to form creation called heaven, earth, and death and hell. The Father has no form and can wish anything to be the way He wants it to be. We, as His creation, dwell in a world of form that frequently distracts us from recognizing the LORD Who is above all things. He is from "above" (no form) and we are from "beneath" (form). Please read the following scriptures to better familiarize yourself with this concept: Psalm 8:1, John 8:23, and John 3:31.
Please read Phillipians 2:9-10. In verse 9, the Name of Jesus is established as being the Name that is above every Name. In verse 10, we receive a blueprint of how that Name is to be reverenced. Heaven, earth, and things under the earth (death and hell) are first to bow to the Name and secondly, confess the supremacy of this divine Name. His formless Name dwells above all things (creation) and it is the responsibility of the creation to bow to and confess the position of His great Name. The preponderance of recognizing His Name first is upon creation. Every situation we are a part of, every event that involves us as individuals, is an opportunity to bow to and confess His Great Name to establish His position of supremacy in the "above".
At one point in Israel's journey to Canaan's Land, Moses grew very angry with the congregation when they demanded water. He interpreted the situation as a personal attack on him. He reacted out of personal offense, thinking that they wanted him to make water appear. The LORD told Moses to speak to the Rock and it would slake the thirst of the people. Moses, in his anger, didn't recognize that it was the ROCK that would produce water, not him. He furiously smote the Rock because of his offended feelings. He, like us, reacted in anger to a situation, forgetting that he was to bow to the Name and confess the Name first. His anger disallowed him to make the Name holy by establishing its supremacy above the creation. Notice the order: bow first and then confess. We cannot confess His Great Name unless we have first bowed to it. Humble deference to the Name allows us to confess the holiness of that Name. In every situation we are to sanctify His Name by confessing that it is above the situation. The water will flow as a result. Creation (people, places, things, events) is a great distraction to us as Christians. It has a tendency to keep our attention "beneath". We react in anger when we are personally offended, thinking that it is the cause of our discomfort and displeasure. By doing so, we reverse the order; exalting the creation above the Name. As a result, we miss the opportunity to sanctify the LORD's Name and also miss whatever change He wanted to make in us. Remember the order: bow first and then confess. The establishment of His Name above all things will open the floodgates of heaven and produce personal change.
The end is like the beginning!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Note: This is a continuation of lesson #106; please read #106 if necessary.
Please read Revelation 22:13. Jesus declares Himself to be the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Please read Genesis 1:1. Here we see that the LORD created in the beginning (Jesus) heaven and earth. In Psalm 148:3-5 we find that the Father commanded and the Son created. The Son took the no-form substance of the Father and created forms, hence, all creation. Proverbs 8:27-31 states that the Son's delights were with the sons of men, or aw-dawm. This word delights translates into enjoyment, pleasure, amuse self, dandle, fondle, play, look upon, stare. The souls and spirits of mankind had a very special relationship with the Son as He was being "truthed up" to become the Christ. He shared with us what He learned from the Father as part of His "delights" with aw-dawm. What we learned from the Son were theories of the Word of God. Please read Psalm 74:12. The word for "old" is ke-dem. Of the four eternities, ke-dem has to do with God's Purposive Will. We had a King in ke-dem eternity. A King has to do with authority, headship, reverence, servants, a lofty position. Jesus was our King, our Authority in ke-dem eternity as He was being taught by the Father to be the Christ and as He shared with us the theories of the Word. The LORD's Purposive Will is: to make His Name known.
Jesus, as our Master Example, learned the theory of being the Christ, laid aside His deity and came to earth to suffer the ignominy of the Cross. All His theory was made personal experience through the Cross. In the end He was made both LORD and Christ. He asks us to trod the same journey. In the beginning (Jesus) we had a glorious and beautiful relationship with Him in ke-dem eternity where we learned how to make His Name known. His ultimate intention is to bring us to the end (Jesus) and have the same relationship. We were IN Christ in the beginning and have the opportunity to be IN Christ in the end. In the beginning we learned theory, in the end we join it to experience by way of Sin and the Cross. Theoretical truths become experience through the crucifixion of the Cross. Sin is not an aberration, it was not unexpected, it is not a mistake. Sin is part of God's plan to make His Name known! Sin allows me to fulfill His purpose for me by: 1. making His Name known. 2. experiencing the truth and returning back IN Christ. Sin allows me to experience the crucifixion of the Cross and transform my Hate, Death and Darkness into Love, Light, and Life! We can make His Name known in our own personal tabernacle (body) and fulfill our purpose while trodding through this sinful wilderness called Earth. Be encouraged! Sin is the vehicle through which we return back IN Christ and experience the delightful relationship in the end that we had in the beginning!
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