#174 (5/17/18)

(Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Exodus 3:1-6.  Moses' attention is drawn to a bush that is on fire but is not being consumed by the flame.  This is curious to him, so he ventures closer.  Notice in verse two the LORD in angelic form was in the midst of the bush.  Also take note that Moses was drawn to the bush, not the angel in the bush, the cause of the flame and light.  In verse three Moses calls the bush a "great sight", why it is not burnt.  The word "midst" in verse two is Labe or worker heart.  So, we can conclude, out of the Labe heart of the LORD a fire burned that caused the "place" (verse five) to be holy ground.  The LORD in the midst of anything makes that "place" holy.  The command in verse five was for Moses to remove his shoes---which he didn't do.  His shoes hindered the fire from the Labe heart of God to reach his feet and move up into his own Labe (worker) heart.  

We find the mystery of shoes and what they represent in the Book of Ruth.  Boaz wanted to redeem Ruth but there was a kinsman nearer to Ruth than himself.  He gathered the elders at the city gate and invited this nearer kinsman to have the opportunity to redeem Ruth or choose not to.  The symbol that explained he could not redeem her was the removal of his shoe.  So, we see that wearing shoes is a symbol of fleshly redemption.  God told Moses to take off his redemption.  The removal of his shoes was to show that he couldn't redeem Israel from Egyptian slavery.  Moses never possessed the fire of God's Labe heart that made that "place" holy ground.  Moses did not possess Canaan's Land because he didn't take his shoes of redemption from off his feet.  Moses was enthralled with the bush, the creation, rather than the angel (the source of fire) in the bush that made the ground holy.  In our personal circumstances and events, it behooves us to keep our eyes OFF the creation and look to possess the fire of the holy ground in that "place".  We can do one of two things in our personal events:  possess the fire from the holy ground by removing our shoes (redemption), or, reject the fire and the movement of the flame into our Labe heart.  Our personal situations are "holy ground".  The LORD wants us to stop redeeming, take off our shoes, and look for the fire (God) in the situation.  

Back to Ruth.  Ruth, the Moabitess widow, walked and possessed Canaan's Land (and the fire) with her shoes off, as it were.  She allowed the flame, with each step, to rise from the ground (her personal circumstance) and make a permanent change in her heart.  She was a complete stranger to the Jewish religion but when she arrived at her destination, with Naomi, EVERYONE knew she was a virtuous woman.  She possessed the land and the fire!  The fire went up into her worker heart and was a witness to all those around her that she possessed virtue.  The fire in her heart spoke in her behalf!  

Samuel's sons were not virtuous men, to the point that Israel rejected them and demanded Samuel give them a king.  Later, in prayer, the LORD told Samuel to go ahead and give them a king; Israel had not rejected Samuel but God.  Israel rejected the fire in that situation and came up with their own redemptive plan (they refused to remove their shoes).  

Joshua, one of the original four that entered into Canaan's Land, let the fire enter his heart as he possessed, with every step, the fire of the holy ground.  He encouraged Israel by causing them to remember what He had already done and that God was well able to help them conquer the promised land.  He had long ago taken off his shoes, stopped rejecting, and found the holiness in every situation.  The LORD would like us to be a Joshua in this regard.  

#173 (5/13/18 Mothers' Day)

(Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read 2John 1:1.  The word "elect" means chosen of God, proven, tested, examined, tried.  Turn to Isaiah and read chapter 48 verse 10.  The word chosen is "baw-khar" in Hebrew meaning as a mother endures affliction for her child.  In Revelation 17:14, the Bride is chosen (baw-khar) because she was willing to not only go but also endure the furnace of affliction.  The Bride was willing to go through the fiery furnace of affliction (her own hate, death, and darkness in the form of the old man) for her endearing Bridegroom.  In addition, the Bride was called.  This word "called" means to receive an experience.  After receiving her experience, she chose to give the experience back to the LORD, enabling Him to have an experience also.  Very few choose to give back to God by blessing His Name in all things.  Very few choose to go into the furnace of affliction and humiliation and return the experience back to Him.  The LORD calls many into the furnace of affliction.  The pain and suffering causes a significant amount of them to give up and turn to the world.  Their conclusion is the pain is too great, I am too bad, there is no hope, etc.  The elect lady, in the midst of her suffering, gave to God an experience by blessing His Name and confessing His Headship.  She gave back to Him in her affliction!  The elect lady did to the LORD what what a mom does for a baby.  A mother endures, by choice, hardship and affliction to bless her baby.  The Bride chooses to endure hardship and give back to God so He can have an experience of being blessed.  The Bride blesses her Bridegroom in all things!

                #171 (4/29/18 evening)                          

                                                     (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)                                                                   

 Please read Ephesians 6:5-8.  The ultimate goal in our Christian lives is to represent Christ everywhere we go and to everyone we meet.  We are to offer hope to a lost and dying world of inhabitants who hopelessly follow the crowd toward the wide gate that leads to hell.  Somehow, someway we can reach out to those around us and let them see Christ and what He has done in us.  The "group-think" cycle is not broken until the Light of Christ shines into the ignorance of the human heart, encouraging independent thought based on the Word of God.  Jesus wants to influence those we meet by working through us and showing an opposing lifestyle that is life, light, and love.  By being a representative of Christ, we have the opportunity to display to the world around us that there is another way, a better way, a way of hope and life everlasting.  

The "chain of command", so to speak, starts with the Father and proceeds down to the Son.  Next, the master and then the servant.  In between the Son and us (servant) is the master.  We are told to be obedient to the master AS UNTO CHRIST.  The privilege of a master is to control and remove choice.  The LORD will send a master into our lives in the form of a personal circumstance which removes control and choice.  The human will tends to desperately defend itself when it is not in control and choices have ceased.  Yet, the master is the avenue upon which the human heart approaches the Son.  When we reject the master, through anger and loss of control, we reject the Son who has sent the master.  Anger causes Christians to disdain and spurn the master, thereby rejecting the Son.  If a master comes in the form of another human being, we throw him or her out on the "jerk-pile".  By regaining our control, we remove what is causing us the discomfort----throwing Jesus on the "jerk-pile".  In proper perspective, a servant has neither control nor choice.  A servant, by occupation, relinguishes both to the master.  Notice in verse 5 we are to obey the master AS UNTO CHRIST.  We are to obey the master as we would obey the Son for it is the Son who has sent us the master at the request of the Father.  He commands us to receive the master with fear and trembling.  Fear is reverential respect and trembling is a shaking, an understanding that the Originator of the master is the Son.  Respect, fear, and understanding beget obedience.  There are two types of obedience:  the LORD's obedience and the obedience of the flesh.  Please read Romans 6:16.  The LORD's obedience is unto righteousness and life.  Conversely, fleshly obedience is unto sin and death.  It is possible to obey the master out of fleshly obedience with the result of death and a poor attitude.  It is the LORD's intention that we obey because we have reverential respect and a trembling understanding that the master has been sent by God.  When we reject the master we are putting the creation above the Creator, the terrestrial above the celestial.  Fear and  trembling causes us to do the opposite, understanding that the avenue to the Son is through the master.  How many times has Jesus obeyed the Father by giving us a personal master, to be subsequently thrown out on the "jerk-pile"?  How many times has the Bridal candidate rejected and spurned the Son by angrily grasping their control and choice?  The way back to the Son and the Father is through the master.  We are to obey the master AS UNTO CHRIST.  Spoken another way, we are to use and reach past the master and accept the eternal substance that Jesus is offering us in the form of His Name.  Fear and trembling are the friends of every Christian.  


                                                                                              #172 (5/5/18)

                                                                               (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Exodus 29:11-12.  The priests were to pour the blood at the bottom of the altar where there was liquid, no form life.  The Hebrew word for "bottom" is yaw-sad which means counsel, to consult.  Counsel has its origins in the blood.  Our relationship with God starts with counsel under the altar.  Please read Psalm 8:2.  The word strength in this verse is also yaw-sad, counsel.  He has ordained counsel.  Please turn to Psalm 33:11 and read.  He has ordained that His counsel is eternal.  

There are two worlds:  the natural world and the spiritual world.  The starting point for redemption is in the spiritual, the invisible.  There is a spiritual problem before there is a natural problem.  The spiritual problem must be redeemed first, then the natural problem will follow suit.  The natural problem (visible) will diminish its influence on the human heart when the spiritual problem is addressed.  

Please read Numbers 1:2-3.  Moses was to number the males of every tribe twenty years old and upward.  This was done as a preparation for war.  The word "number" in verse 2 means a mandate for war.  Now read Exodus 30:11-16.  After they were numbered, each man was to give an offering of an half-shekel for a redemption for their soul and to ensure they would be blessed during the upcoming battles.  The half-shekel obligated God to redeem each man  and keep  him protected.  It was a guarantee that their life would be spared.  Conversely, if the half-shekel was not paid, God was not obligated to protect that soul.  When the Christian has a spiritual problem, originating in the invisible, if the half-shekel is paid, the natural war to eliminate the problem will end in victory.  Our lives are guaranteed and victory is settled because a redemptive price has been paid.  We can fight any natural battle with the flesh and the body of sin and be guaranteed that our lives will be spared.  There is no battle too great for the LORD.  The half-shekel obligates God to protect us.  Redemption starts with the blood at the bottom of the altar where there is counsel with God.  When we pay our half-shekel (repent and receive a fresh washing of blood) the LORD is bound by a covenant of blood to protect us from any natural onslaught.  When the spiritual problem is redeemed first by the blood, the natural problem is guaranteed to be redeemed as well.  Praise God for the Blood!  It guarantees our victory!

                                                                                           #170 (4/29/18)

                                                                           (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Ephesians 6:5-8.  The Father is ever vigilant to reach His fallen creation.  To accomplish this, He works through His Son, Who, in turn, works through Masters, and then to the servant (us).  Going the other way, the servant serves the Master, then the Son, and ultimately the Father.  A Master is someone who controls the servant.  He takes away choices by not letting the servant do as he pleases.  Yet, we are to be obedient to the masters over us as unto Christ.  A master can be a person, place, thing, or event; anything that takes away our choice and controls us.  The way back to the Son and the Father is to come through the master.  The master is the route by which we return to the Son.  The masters that are in our lives are put there by Him!  The Power to change is found in submitting to the master---as unto Christ.  Worshipping through the master allows us to have fellowship with God and His Son.  

Please read Romans 6:16.  The human heart has a tendency to reject the master when he, she, or it, causes pain, displeasure, and anger.  When he, she, or it controls the Christian heart and takes away choice, we remove the master (or try) and throw it on the dung heap as a nuisance and impediment.  When we remove these inconveniences we are actually removing God out of our way and rejecting Him.  We are told to treat these master's AS UNTO CHRIST.  Christ puts a master in our life and we are to see it as a vehicle through which we can return to the Father.  When we reject the master, we reject the Son  and the Father.  There are two types of obedience.  One is the LORD's obedience which is unto righteousness and the other is fleshly obedience unto death.  When rejecting the master, the believer is following his own fleshly obedience and sinning unto death.  Fleshly obedience leads to death, darkness, and hate.  When we embrace the master, serving and using him to become more like Jesus, we are being obedient unto righteousness.  Becoming more like the LORD, righteous, is the purpose of the master.  The seamanship of a sailor is mediocre until it is tested in a storm.  Good seamanship comes through practice when heavy seas and storms are present.  A righteous Christian comes through surrendering to the master and becoming more like Jesus  and the Father when the master controls us through a storm.  A righteous Christian is the result when obedience to the master allows him/her to reach past the master and take eternal substance out of the outstretched hand of the Son. Storms and heavy seas produce a sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, and loving Christian who influences those around him/her.