#187 (7/11/18)

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

Please read John 12:23-24.  The word "except" is defined as a condition.  "Fall" means a lighting upon, a new place, a new route, new growth, new experience.  The corn of wheat must die, be slain, be separated.  Around a seed is a shell that must die in order for the new life contained within the seed to spring forth.  The shell is the way things used to be.  The new life is the change.  By releasing the shell and the way things used to be we can accept the change and the joy that will come because of new life, a new relationship.  Dying to the old shell of past pleasure ushers in new pleasures as a new, refreshing relationship buds and blooms.  Release the old to embrace the new!  The new will bear much fruit!  Change will come but it will be positive, joyful, and new.  Regarding close family relationships, if the change is embraced by all then all will grow and become closer in the end.  Being closer to a family member means embracing the change and releasing the old relationship so it can bring forth much fruit in the future.  

#186 (7/8/18 morning)

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

Please read Proverbs 25:28.  The spirit, in this verse, is compared to a broken down city.  In this condition, it has no wall to be a barrier to external enemies.  The spirit was created of celestial substance and is capable connecting us to the LORD.  The body was created from terrestial substance and is joined to the earth.  In the center is the soul.  For it to understand God and His Master Plan, the spirit must communicate with the soul.  When the Word of God speaks to the soul, it comprehends the present situation and, thus, cooperates with the LORD's Plan.  The spirit attaches our entire being to the LORD since they both are made of similar material.

In the Garden of Eden, the woman represented the Spirit.  Moreover, the man typed the Word. The serpent, after crawling through the unprotected gate of the garden, approached the woman (spirit).  The serpent was wise enough to know that if he could break the unity of the "spirit" (woman) he could easily continue with the downfall of the man.  His purpose was to break the unity of God and the couple; he started with the woman (spirit).  When the spirit is defiled, unity is broken with the LORD. 

Please read Proverbs 20:27.  The spirit is likened to a candlestick from which the soul receives understanding.  The soul understands from the light of the Word.  Adam could not stand in the presence of the serpent because the light of understanding was gone.  Consequently, he fell as well as his wife.  Our spirit needs to be protected to fend off enemies that come to sever the unity it enjoys with God and the light it supplies to the soul.  This barrier is a wall of tears.  

Two outcomes are apparent after knowing the LORD any length of time:  you either become soft and pliable or hard and bitter.  When we, as Christians, receive wounds, they eventually heal and scar over.  The scar is a reminder of the pain and emotion that once accompanied the wound.  The scar is always visible but tears remove the emotional and physical pain.  Scars don't hurt because the pain is gone after healing.  We can remember how we received the scar without fixating on the pain that was once there if enough tears have been shed.  Tears start in the invisible, in the spirit, then proceed through the soul and on to the body.  When we weep, a wall is either being built or being reinforced around the spirit.  Tears maintain unity with the LORD.  When we show love to someone they may choose to weep by our expression of empathy and concern.  Their tears, though our love, helps them to build a wall around the spirit and get in unity with God.  Showing love to a fellow human being is a very powerful force.  It has the potential of bringing unity and harmony between an estranged spirit and a loving God.  

#185 (7/1/18 morning)

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

Please read Psalm 4:1.  The word "distress" means narrow, tight, crowding, a place of trouble.  It was in this type of place the Psalmist admitted was a place of enlarging.  We need a narrow, tight, troublesome place to grow spiritually.  When the LORD reigns us in and puts a boundary, a fence, a restriction around us, we know it is for the purpose of growth.  The average human, in their fallen condition, resents being confined.  Control and choice are removed when lassoed into a narrow, tight place.  The neck stiffens and the heels dig in when the Holy Ghost leads us back into the corral.  In the case of David, Samuel the prophet removed him from his narrow, tight place (NTP) and anointed him King of Israel.  After this event, David was returned to his NTP by the LORD to increase his spiritual growth.  Furthermore, David was once again removed and brought to the court of Saul to relieve him of his mental illness while playing his harp.  When this was concluded, there went David back to his sheep and his hillside NTP.  At the request of his father, David brings food to his brothers who are engaged in a standoff with the Phillistines.  After hearing the blasphemous, invective spewing forth from the mouth of Goliath, David gains national attention for ridding the earth of a foul enemy of the LORD.  Back to the NTP he went to receive more enlargement.  

In the scripture reference above, "prayer" is defined as a hymn, intercession.  We can deduce that prayer (intercession) in our NTP brings about enlargement or growth.  "Enlarged" is defined as to make large, make room, expansion, to grow wide.  David could have easily resented being sent to watch dumb sheep.  He was anointed king, he worked in the palace court, he slew Goliath and received national attention ("Saul has slain his thousands, but David has slain his ten-thousands"), why should he be banished to a NTP and not be exalted for his accomplishments?  He could have groaned and moaned that God underestimated his talent and ability.  Just as easily, he could have accused the Headship and Righteousness of the LORD for being unfair in controlling his destiny.  Not a word of complaint is recorded in the Bible.  Instead, David gladly went back to his NTP and wrote beautiful and charming psalms about the goodness and greatness of God.  David was completely devoted and surrendered to the Headship of the LORD and wrote about it in his songs.  He was a prolific writer of hymns and songs in the darkness and lonliness of his NTP.  In our personal NTP's (using David as an example) the LORD would like us to tune our harps and play songs of love and surrender to His Omniscient Headship.  When the time comes, after enough spiritual growth (enlarging) has taken place, we will be exalted to the prominent position of King of Israel (as it were).  Promotion comes from the LORD.  

#184 (6/24/18 morning)

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

Please read John 7:37-39 and John 6:28-29.  The word "believe" is the same Greek word in both scripture references.  In John 7, Jesus spoke that the Holy Ghost would come to the person who believed on Him.  In John 6, Jesus revealed that belief in Him was a work; a good work.  By belief, a Christian can do a good work and receive the Holy Ghost.  

Now, please read James 2:21-26.  Let's take it a step further.  Justification comes through works.  In addition, after reading Romans 3:28, we see that justification also comes through faith.  Justification has two sides:  the invisible and the visible.  Invisibly, faith works from a love relationship with the LORD, a union with God in private.  Visibly, a work (child) is produced through this union of heart and will.  The work bears the visible image of the joining of hearts in the invisible.  To be justified is to have a private, intimate union with God that produces a good work that bears the image of that union.  To receive the Holy Ghost, a fruit of belief, a work of belief will assure the Christian getting it.  

The Holy Ghost is a promise given by Jesus Christ Himself (which we already read).  The working of believing in the promise brings the performance of the promise.  It is necessary to work to believe that the Holy Ghost is real, that it is for today and that it is poured out on all flesh.   It is work to believe flaming tongues of fire can cause the tongue of man to give praises to the LORD God.  Working to believe unlocks the performance of the promise, not only with regard to the Holy Ghost but, also, with any heavenly promise. 

Works are powerful; they can cause agitation in heaven as a wrong work, or peace in heaven as a good work.  Peace in heaven translates into peace on earth; when God is pleased with a right work, true satisfaction is experienced by the one believing and working.  True pleasure is pleasing the Father, likewise, true satisfaction is satisfying the Father.  We hold the key that unlocks the lock of performance of a promise.  Believing the promise brings perfomance of the promise.   

#183 (6/17/18-evening-Father's Day)

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

Note:  This lesson is an extension of #182; please read if necessary

Please read Genesis 22:1-18.  In verse 2, the word "offer" means to lift up, to lay on an altar.  It was not God's intention that Abraham slay Isaac, but to offer him.  It was Abraham's "revelation" to kill his son.  The LORD had to intervene in Isaac's behalf because He did not want a human being slain on an altar to be in His Holy Bible.  The LORD wanted Abraham to walk by faith, which he did, up to the moment he placed Isaac on the altar.  Instead of out-guessing God and assuming he was to kill Isaac, he should have walked a little further, by faith, and placed the ram on the altar to be a proper picture and sacrifice.  The LORD, when He asks us to walk by faith, doesn't always give the full picture of what's happening.  He wants us to go as far as what has been revealed and go no further; wait until the light shines on the next step, refraining from the "revelation" of our own authority and headship about what God's doing or where He wants to go.  

Isaac, a mature, grown, 37-year-old man, witnessed the reality of his father's relationship with God.  He was not a stranger to the good deeds (works) of his father.  Abraham's belief, love, and faith in the LORD God was not lost on his son's heart.  He tremendously influenced Isaac; so much so that he willingly got on the altar.  A close, deep relationship with the LORD will produce good works.  Works are the children of a heart union with Jesus.  People will see God through our good works.  

Please read Matthew 11:2-6.  Jesus was basically saying, "Go tell John about all the good works and stop being offended that you're in prison".  God the Father, in the invisible, begot a Son and was made visible.  Following this, creation (works) was produced as a witness of the relationship between Father and Son.  No, there would not be another.  The works were proof that He (Jesus) came from the Father and had a love relationship with Him.  

Turn to John 6:29 and read.  Jesus Himself spoke these words.  How much plainer can you get?  "For I am from him, and he hath sent me."  Jesus said that if they have seen Him, they also have seen the Father.  The Father "came out" of the Son as He moved and spoke.  Likewise, the stature of the Son should come out of the Bride as she moves and speaks.  Fleshly works join creature to creature; spiritual works join creator to creature.  The invisible stature of the Son should be visible to the world by the Bride's visible works.  

The Bride does not fall apart in her humility, dark circumstances.  The opposite should be true.  Faith in her Heavenly Father and His Wonderful, ethereal Son causes her to be a "creator" in her darkness.  She draws from the substance given her to carry on.  Please read Psalm 139:16.  She takes from her substance and creates a world around her of praise and exaltaion of the Name.  In eternity future, creating will be passed on from the Son to the Bride.  The Father will command, the Son will pass on the commandment to the Bride and she, out of her love relationship with the Son, will produce the finished product.  We must know how to create before we get up yonder; this life is the prooving-ground, the test track.  How does creating begin?  It starts with a love relationship  with the invisible Father, then moves to the visible union with the Son.  Through this union we create a new world.  Creation is proof of a love union with God; the Bride has this.  When she is asked to create new worlds, she will know exactly what to do:  draw from the substance within her given through a love union with Him!