#209 (11/7/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Peace is elusive.  The modern technological world is the cause of stress, strife, and mental exhaustion.  Constant external stimulus overloads the brain causing frantic, unsettled and confused thinking.  Stress has a negative, internal effect on the vital functions of the body that, in turn, produce disease.  Stress can effect the heart and interrupt its normal function.  It can adversely effect relationships by making a person frustrated, impatient and indifferent.  There is a great need for peace in the modern day, especially for the professing Christian.  The Bible refers to Jesus as the Prince of Peace; this gives us a clue about where peace is found.  We learned in the last lesson (#208) that the LORD is also called the Great I AM.  Being created in His Image and Likeness, man, in his fallen condition, can be called the not-so-great i am.  Peace, at the top of the stature, is found at the Ark of the Covenant after growing up and maturing in the nature of the LORD Jesus Christ.  Peace is maturity in God.  The not-so-great i am, rather than climbing up the right way, would sometimes much rather provide its own "peace" and supply satisfaction through its own labors.   Bypassing the stature, it climbs up another way to the pinnacle of peace - - - while becoming a thief and a robber.  Any number of present day addictions (drugs, alcohol, sex, tobacco, etc.) provide artificial peace the wrong way.  Addictions are an escape from the boring, humdrum circumstances of life.  The not-so-great i am promises peace which ultimately turns out to be bondage.  Fallen man would much rather provide for his own escape and "peace" and remain the boss than finding it in Jesus Christ. 

Fallen man's home is Time.  Time can be measured in past, present and future as well as yesterday, today and forever.  Man is commanded to grow up into  "the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" and experience "I AM" at the Ark.  In other word, leave time and experience "NOW".  I AM is NOW!  Everything before the Father is NOW.  Redeeming the time is the same as saying climb the stature and turn time into eternity or NOW.  Detach from time and find peace now!  NOW is the day of salvation - - - now is the time to redeem earthly time and turn it into eternity. 

When Israel made their exodus from Egypt, the LORD gave them Moses, Aaron and Miriam as their leaders.  Moses was the King, Aaron was the Priest, and Miriam was the Prophet.  Fallen Lucifer, being the copy-cat that he is, also gave fallen man the ability to fulfill these ministries within his own corrupt will.  Man has a king, a priest, and a prophet that lead or rule his being.  Man rules by his king, his priest, and his prophet in time.  Spoken another way, he rules his past, his present, and his future by these three entities.  A king rules himself and others. A king demands and receives whatever he wants.  A king is the ultimate authority (the buck stops here!).  The priest is the one who inspects the sacrifice.  He finds fault and imperfections that would be grounds to reject the sacrifice.  The priest rejects or accepts according to what he sees.  The prophet speaks the mind of the old fool on the throne.  "Oh, I would never do that"!  "They'll never change - - - they've been doing that for years"!  "I can't be real for God because . . . ".  "If  God was a God of love, I wouldn't have to go through this"!  Man's tendency is to get bogged down in the past, present and the future instead of redeeming the time and turning it into eternity where the Great I AM is at the top of the stature.  Peace is forfeited when man's vision is fixated on time.  Peace is at the top of the stature so we can publicly go forth and do God's Will given by the oral law.  Peace is maturity in God.   

 

#208 (10/28/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Hebrews 13:20-21 & 2Timothy 3:16-17.  Notice in each location "perfect" is mentioned with relation to works.  The author of 2Timothy states that blood is needed to do good works so that we can do His Will.  What is perfection?  Perfect means to have peace, to be throughly furnished with all pieces of furniture, maturity.  One of the goals of the LORD in the heart of the Bride is to fully furnish her with all the furniture of the Tabernacle and bring her to the place of perfect peace.  Peace is maturity.  

Please read Philippians 3:7.  How does the Bride win/gain Christ?  The Courtyard and the Holy Place in the stature of the Mosaic Tabernacle (a picture, shadow, type of the more perfect Tabernacle, Jesus Christ) are given by gift.  As we climb the stature and experience, personally, the first 5 pieces of furniture, we use what has already been given by God.  The Holy of Holies, with the two remanining pieces of furniture (the Mercy Seat and Ark), is the place of work where the Bride actively uses the blood, fire, and water in peace and maturity to do the Will of God.  To have the Stature of the Son of God in the heart is a good work.  The LORD communicates to His children two ways:  through the written word and the oral law.  The oral law is given in the Holy of Holies at the Ark of the Covenant where the LORD rested between the cheribim.  To be fully furnished, to be mature and peaceful, to do the will of God is to hear the oral law and be governed by its presence.  This is what is meant to gain Christ:  to hear the oral law, in peace, at the Ark.   Perfection is to be fully furnished and hear the oral law to do the Will of God through good works.  Works bear the image and likeness of Jesus.  Just as a married couple produce a child which bears the resemblance of each, the Bride's good works resemble the LORD.  The Bride grows up to maturity in the written, moral law to become a child again when she listens for the oral law.  In her maturity she must become a child in her faith and trust in the oral law (moral development).  What is the oral law for?  To do good works as a child that bear the image of the LORD in peace, perfection and maturity.  What is the written law?  I'm so glad you asked that question!

Please turn to and read Exodus 20:1-17.  In verse two the LORD states Who He is:  I AM!  He is now, to be right now, no time is involved, His presence is NOW.  His Existence is in the heavenlies NOW.  He is the Great I AM.  We are the not so great i am.  We bear His image because we were created by Him, but that image is marred.  We can expect, outside of Him, to always be i am.  The LORD lives in the now, we live in time.  Our frame of reference is past, present, and future or yesterday, today, and forever.  Whose name are we lifting up?  I AM or i am?  

#207 (10/24/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

The straight and narrow path is wide in the beginning, but, as it progresses onward toward the journey's end, it gets narrower and narrower.  At the end of the path is the Father's Throne with a small door that the Bride must be small enough to go through.  Inside of the  throne (ark) is the Name of LORD.  The Bride must be willing to become very small, not only to enter into the ark but also to receive His Name.  In order to get the Name, the Bride must go inside the ark;  become so small that she can fit through the door.  

Mankind is going to make a name known.  His will was not created to stand on its own.  He was created to require support from within.  Presently, man is well equipped to make Leviathan's name known.  There is an imposter manipulating the will of man, causing him to make his name known through sin, iniquity, transgression and trespass.  There is an "inside", spriritual problem that displays itself on the outside through wicked, sinful deeds.  To have an outside change, there first must be a correction, an adjustment, made to the inside, spiritual problem.  This is why the Bride's first ministry must be INSIDE.  Allowing the LORD to divorce our will from the enemy on the inside, will cause the Bride to DO right and THINK right.  How does the inside change?  By making His Glorious Name known first!  Confessing His Name and Sovereign Headship allows the power of the Name to divorce the will from the fraudulent impersonator and his counterfeit name.  

The Bride's thoughts have the greatest influence on her deeds.  When the inside experiences a divorcement, deeds change as a result.  He wants to bring His Kingdom inside and rearrange, reinvent, reinforce the thought patterns and deeds with the Name of LORD as the support.  "Let the Kingdom come INSIDE MY HEAD"!!!  Small (seemingly) events and conditions strengthen the Bride by establishing His Headship.  Feeling weak in your spiritual walk?  One reason could be not recognizing the Name (bread) in the small situations of life.  If we gather bread crumbs in the small things we will soon have a slice and a loaf that will satisfy and strengthen.  

Please read Exodus 3:1-5.  In verse five, the LORD wants Moses to take special note of where He is standing - - - right now.  Take note of the place, take note of where you're standing; there is a Name here that is making this ground holy!  The LORD is asking the Bride to take note of where she is on the inside.  Where are you standing?  What name are you lifting up?  Whose name is being known - - - right now?  Wherever the LORD's Name is we will find holy ground.  We establish holy ground in the will by exclaiming His Holy Name and confessing His Righteous Headship.  Every personal event and those involved in it are superfluous.  Establishing the Headship and making His Name known INSIDE comes before all else.  When we see His Name inside, we prepare ourselves to see and recognize His Name when it comes on the outside.  First ministry:  INSIDE!

#206 (10/21/18 evening)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

The LORD pours out His blessing for His Names' sake.  Ministers, prophets, evangelists do many wonderful things in His Name.  The blessings that follow are frequently misinterpreted as a sign that nothing is wrong; why would God bless if He wasn't pleased and satisfied?  Blessings are not, in some cases, an indication that He is pleased.  Rather, He blesses the accomplishments of the power of His Name and remains unmoved against sin.  Man has an uncanny ability to do the right thing the wrong way.  He uses the Name under his own headship, receives blessings for doing so, and remains deceived about his own iniquity.  Man's iniquity is turning from the light of changing inwardly.  He would much rather boss the Name under his own headship and control outward events and conditions.  Not changing inwardly by letting the Name overcome sin is a heinous insult to the Name, the Father, and the Master Plan (Cause).  

Adam's will, in the garden, was not married to anything at first.  There were only two possiblilities that would allow marriage union in his will.  His will was naked, as it were.  The serpent knew, in order to be successful, he had to move from outside Adam's will to the inside.  He appeared outwardly with the intention of moving inwardly.  The serpent knew his only competition for supremacy in Adam's will was the Name of the LORD.  Either Leviathan's name or the Name of LORD could be made known through Adam and his wife.  The two were to dress and keep the garden then subdue and take dominion.  In other words, they were to make the Name of LORD known in their wills, then go outside the garden, subduing and ruling over the entire earth.  Notice the sequence:  get the Name inside first, then subdue and have dominion over the outside second.  Jacob received the Name on the inside first throughout the entire time he dealt with his uncle's intransigent deceit.  The Name came from within and allowed him to have dominion and subdue his enemies outwardly.  When he left Uncle Laban, Jacob was a very blessed man:  wives, children, flocks, etc.  Leviathan concocted his own evil "name".  He used the nature's of Mother Wickedness, Father Wicked, Abaddon, and Lucifer and presented this to Adam using deceit to mask its evil nature.  He presented his own 4 letters, imitatiing the 4 letters of the Name LORD.  We know what happened. . . 

Man now projects himself, His big "I", with Leviathan entwined around the "I".  Man is being manipulated, used, and deceived to make this Leviathitic "name" known.  The LORD's intention is to remove, divorce this nature and name from the will of man INSIDE first.  He wants to demonstrate on any worthy subject the power of His Name to crush the head of Leviathan and replace his "name" with the Name of LORD.  How does this happen?  Recognize the headship of the LORD in every thing  and make His Name known INSIDE.  Our first ministry is INSIDE!

#205 (10/21/18 morning)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Matthew 6:9-13.  The LORD Jesus Christ taught His diciples how to pray, teaching them to first establish the holiness of His Father's Name.  Before all else, lift up the Name of LORD and exalt the Headship, positioning Him above every situation as the Supreme Cause of all things.  Hallowed be THY Name; not my name!  He is the Head over EVERYTHING!  There is no event, condition, quandary, or dilemma that transpires that does not originate from the Master Plan and the Supreme Cause.  Jesus instructs us as well as His diciples to first position the Name above; exalt His Headship and Master Plan.  Whether low, high, or somewhere in between Christians are to make His Name known right where they are.  Christians (the Bride) have a tendency to challenge God the Father with their deficient, woefully inept version of the torah that originates from the "old fool" in the dark recesses of the midnight will.  We pit our torah against the perfect knowledge, wisdom, and Torah of God.  When this happens, the Bride is guilty of idolatry; setting our torah above the Torah.  There is no event too small where we cannot exalt His Name and Headship.  The battle is whose Name will be lifted up - - - our's (fallen Lucifer's) or His!

Please read Matthew 7:9-13.  Notice here that MANY shall justify themselve before God.  Supporting their justification, they proclaim how much they used the Name and what they did with it.  Look at what they did:  they prophesied, cast out devils, and performed wonderful works IN THE NAME.  They exalted their own headship and bossed the Name and God.  Yes, they did wonderful things in the Name because God blesses for His Names' sake.  Whenever the Name is used for whatever purpose, the blessings will arrive because of the Holiness of His Name.  Apparent, outward blessings do not always indicate that an inner (inside) change has been made.  Our first ministry is inside!  Everything they stated they did in His Name Jesus called iniquity.  In verse 23 He said, "I never knew YOU, YOU, YOU!"  They were supposed to manage their first ministry and let the Name change them on the inside.  Under their own headship they ruled the outside events without having the inside transformed into His Image and Likeness.  He blessed for His Names' sake, not because they remembered their first ministry.  In a word, it was all INIQUITY; taking the wrong direction by bossing God and bowing down to their own headship.  Christians must first establish His Headship in EVERYTHING.  

In Matthew 6:11, we read He provides daily bread.  He comes to us through events, dilemmas, problems, and conditions to greet us with daily bread.  It is part of His ministry to provide bread (daily circumstances) to all believer's.  We miss the bread, we scorn the bread, because it doesn't come in the form we like - - - it's inconvenient.  We scorn the hand of God and his bread when our torah rejects His offering by raising our headship above His.  After all, we know better than anyone else, including God, what type of bread we should eat.  A benefit of exalting His Name and receiving our daily bread is a keen awareness, a recognition, in subsequent situations, of the Name of the LORD.  We sense the Name is coming to us to feed inside.  How wonderful to be able to go through an event and sense the presence of His Name in the midst.  How does this happen?  By managing our first ministry:  getting the inside changed.  By not establishing His Headship first, we forfeit any benefit that it came to give in the form of daily bread.  How many times have we rejected God's bread by not recognizing Him as the Head?  How many times have we been guilty of iniquity by proclaiming our own name?  Our first ministry is INSIDE!