#96

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The result of indwelling sin, in part, is blindness to the spiritual world.  The invisible world (spiritual) is all around us but it remains unseen.  Sin is a wall of separation, as it were, between the soul and the spirit.  A "disconnect" has been temporarily established between these two, causing the spirit to be unaware of its surroundings. Sometimes we get impressions, feelings, or a heightened awareness of spiritual events.  These are fleeting and temporary.  For the most part, man does not see the spirit world unless the LORD chooses to open his spiritual eyes.  

Please read Exodus 17:8-16.  This is the story of Amalek fighting with Israel after their exodus from Egypt.  Amalek attacked the old and the feeble from behind.  As the weak stumbled and found it difficult to keep up with the main body of Israel, Amalek ruthlessly slaughtered them.  The LORD was going to have His revenge, so He instructed Moses to go up on a hill and  lift up the rod that had His Name on it.  In the valley below, Joshua was to engage Amalek in battle. The rod was a small piece of wood, seemingly unimpressive.  This is the same rod that went into the ark, so we know it was small because the ark was  small.  To this humility piece of wood, God joined His Name.  In reality, Moses was lifting up the Name.  When his arms were lifted, Israel prevailed in the battle.   When he got tired and his hands went down, Amalek prevailed.  The Bible does not mention that Joshua got tired in the battle.  It clearly states that Moses' hands grew heavy and needed assistance from Aaron and Hur.  Moses was doing a spiritual work and Joshua was doing a natural work.  We can be in a battle and not grow tired and weary, thinking we are really accomplishing something grandiose.  But, have we grown weary and heavy from lifting up the Name in prayer?  Prevailing in the battle is directly related to whether or not the Name is being lifted up.  We can be in a battle and fight furiously and not grow tired of the battle, but, are we prevailing because the Name has been sufficiently exalted?  We can be fighting but losing the battle!  We get weary and tired of prayer!  We need the brotherhood (Aaron and Hur) to help lift up our hands and praise His great Name.  A prayer meeting with other saints is needful to help us prevail in our own personal battles.  Winning is dependent upon prayer and lifting up the Name!  

The flesh (old man) will prevail against the new man when we duck our prayer closet.  We lose the battle without because we have already lost the battle within.  Jesus came to Jerusalem and cleansed the temple and said, " my house shall be a house of prayer ".  Are we a house (temple) of prayer?  With a consistent, daily prayer time we can have a cleansed temple and an entirely different outlook on the battle.  When I bless Him, He is then obligated to return that blessing to me.  Bless Him, praise His great Name, and His enemies will be scattered:  the inner enemies of the sinful, human heart!  Set to flight the Amalekites, Canaanites, Jebusites, Hivites, etc.  When the Name is lifted up, it is the only way we can prevail.  

Are you tired of prayer?  Are your hands heavy from doing a spiritual work of lifting up His Name?  Meet Aaron and Hur at a brotherhood prayer meeting sometime soon and the battle will turn in your favor.  When He is blessed, the blessing will return upon you.  When you sow a blessing, you reap a blessing. 

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Please read Psalm 8:1.  The "above" is where the Father receives glory.  This glory mentioned in verse 1 is "Hod" or gratitude glory.  In eternity we will go to the "above" but we can experience this place now.  We can have a foretaste of the New City while confined to earthly environs.  

Please read Job  39:19-25. The Horses of Faith are getting ready to fight the battle on earth.  The glory that comes from their nostrils is Hod glory, gratitude glory.  They are grateful to fight against all the hatred and evil on earth.  They are unaffected by what is happening on earth.  Their focus is to obliterate and conquer, with gratitude, all the evil and sin dircted toward the LORD.  They gratefully enjoin the battle to establish God's Authority and Headship in place of the evil.  They have gratitude to gratefully fight what is against God.  

Please read Galatians 2:20.  When we live by the faith of the Son of God, it is the same as saying we are seated on our Horse of Faith.  The Bride will gratefully mount her Horse of Faith and gallop into the battle of her own flesh to wipe out the evil and establish His Headship and Authority in its place.  Notice this is the Faith of the Son of God---not our own faith.  The Bride gratefully fights the battle against her own flesh because she realizes the flesh is against God.  We get beter and better in bringing the fight to our flesh because it gives us ample opportunity to do so.  Thank Him for the battle---look what it is doing for us!  The battle is making us a Bride!  Great generals don't become great by sitting behind the battle lines.  Their greatness is defined by their ability to wage war!  Praise God for the battle against our flesh.  We should gratefully desire to establish His Authority and Headship in the old man.  

Jesus, while on earth, was in constant contact with the Father in the above.  He came to establish His Headship on earth.  So, likewise with us.  By being lifted up into the above, we establish His Headship in our own earth.  The creation is full of FORMS.  He severs the connections to this world, its forms, with the intent of lifting us up to the above to reconnect to Him in NO FORM.  With no form He wants us to descend back to earth,  having no image or expectation of how He should work.  Forms conflict with seeing and hearing the LORD.  

Praise the battle, praise the conflict because He is establishing His Headship on our individual earth.  The Horse of Faith wants to fight against the old man as he paws in the valley, anticipating the conflict, with Hod (gratitude) glory blowing out his nostrils.  The Horse of Faith is waiting for a rider, not a whiner.  Run into the battle and bring God's Authority!  Conquering within qualifies us to conquer without.  When the  old man is conquered we are candidates to return with Jesus and conquer the evil in the world during the Tribulation.  When we return with Jesus on our Horse of Faith we will be convinced of the victory because we have conquered evil in the old heart---GRATEFULLY!!!  Praise Him for the battle!

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

Matthew 21:9 and Mark 15:8-13 tells the reader about the multitude in Jerusalem that, on one hand, blessed the LORD by singing "Hosanna", and on the other hand, cursed the LORD by shouting, "crucify Him".  Hosanna means "save us now".  They strawed their clothes in the way, picturing their livelihood and covering, asking Him to walk on the garments and be a King over them.  The crowd was excited about Jesus' coming.  They blessed Him which is defined as an increase, to multiply, grow.  To receive a blessing is to become a blessing.  Blessing the Name of the LORD will become a blessing to those who are blessing.  The multitude was blessing the Son of God, so that blessing, in turn, came over the multitude and Jerusalem.  Jesus demonstrated this by going into Jerusalem and cleansing the temple.  Their blessing was having Him go to the root of their problem and cleasnse the temple.  The corrupt temple affected the entire nation.  He did not go into Jerusalem to cleanse it from the influence of the corrupt Roman Empire; which is what they wanted.  Sometimes we bless the LORD, looking for a particular blessing in return; I want to decide what my blessing should be.  He wants to go to the root of my problem, after I bless Him, and cleanse me from the influence of sin and the old man.  He wants to provide an inward blessing of liberation and freedom first, then my outward situations will change.  After He cleansed the temple, He opened blind eyes.  If I bless the LORD, my temple will be cleansed and my blindness will be healed!

In Luke 24 we read about Jesus' Resurrection.  In verse 10 Mary Magdelene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women ran to tell the apostles that Jesus had risen.  Verse 11 says they believed them not and their words were as idle tales.  Jesus had just conquered death and it seemed an idle tale to the apostles.  In verse 12, Peter finally went to go have a look, wondering in himself about what had happened.  He could not make the connection between Jesus' death and His subsequent resurrection.  He had an image of what it was supposed to be like and the resurrection did not fit into his image.  In verse 13, Peter starts out on the road to Emmaus with a companion.  The Resurrected Christ, walking with them, was unrecognizable because their image did not include Him.  In verse 18, they accuse Him of being the very thing they, at that time, were:  a stranger.  Peter was a stranger to the Resurrected Christ!  In verse 21 we read what his image was:  "that He should have redeemed Israel and he lied about rising on the third day".  It does not  pay to have an image of what He should do.  He can be standing right next to us and we won't recognize Him.  

Victory is not the absence of an enemy and no pain.  Bless Him in every thing and he will unlock the secret doors in our heart.  Out will come spilling sin in its most gruesome forms for the purpose of the Resurrected Christ and the Crucified Christ to set us free.  He wants His Authority and Headship to be established in every secret dungeon in the old heart.  He has come to set the captive free and liberate from sin!  He will open locked doors and clean out the garbage!  Images of how He should work obstruct our vision, to the point where He can be walking beside us and we don't see Him for Who He is:  the Resurrected Christ!  

 

                                                                                                                 #93

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Pls read Philippians 4:13.  The word "strengtheneth" in the Hebrew language is ko-ahk.  This strength is begetting, growing, enabling.  It will grow and give us the strength to complete a task while we are performing the task.  It has the power to work through us to fulfill all things.  Sometimes we don't want to perform a task because we want the strength to do it first.  Maybe we feel too carnal or uncomfortable doing something new.  The flesh will shy away from doing something new, stealing our opportunity to experience ko-ahk strength.  Ko-ahk strength begets and grows as we humbly submit to the LORD, through obedience,while engaged in a task He has asked us to perform.  Why are we asked to do something when we feel carnal and unannointed?  So we can experience ko-ahk strength as we submit to the LORD Who will give us what we need to fulfill all things.  Ko-ahk strength is not of this world; it is invisible, divine, eternal strength that empowers us do what He has asked us to do.  

Pls read Genesis 4:1-12.  This is the account of Cain slaying his brother Abel.  Abel was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a tiller of the ground.  Abel brought a blood offering to the LORD which was accepted as the fire fell.  Cain, on the other hand, offered the works of his hands which was not accepted.  He offered to God his strength and He withheld the fire.  Cain was angry with his brother.  The LORD graciously advised and counselled Cain which he rejected and slew his brother.  Cain wanted to serve God with his own strength.  He buried Abel in the ground which was the source of Cain's strength.  The LORD cursed the ground so he could no longer be a successful farmer.  Abel's body in the ground caused growth to stop.  The power of God ceased.  The same will happen when I kill my brother and bury him in my heart in unforgiveness.  Cain chose to have the power of God in his life stop because he buried Abel in the ground.  How many dead bodies are in my heart?  How many brothers have I killed and buried in unforgiveness?  Do I feel the power of God like it used to be?  Cain rejected God's advise to bring a blood offering.  Have I rejected bringing my own blood offering to the foot of the cross and confessing my sin?  Would I rather accept the loss of God's strength and power and be a fugitive and a vagabond, wandering aimlessly in my spiritual journey?  The LORD wants us to unbury the dead bodies in our hearts and bring a blood offering.  This will cause the curse in our ground (heart) to cease and unleash the flow and power of ko-ahk strength.  Do the task and the strength comes; it begets and grows, giving me power to perform the task.  The curse must be lifted first.   

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Pls read Colossians 2:9-11.  In the beginning of our spiritual journey, it is sufficient to have Christ IN us.  As we progress, mature, and grow we develop into a state of us being IN Christ.  Spiritual maturity and growth need a fertile field to expand and develop in; that fertile field is the Old Nature or the Old Man.  Sometimes we may complain about the lack of spiritual growth by claiming that the Word of God does not work; that it works for everybody else except me.  We lament, "I try and try to be a good person, I do everything I'm big enough to do but I just don't see any change!"  Our conclusion is: the Word  of God does not work; I'm no different than I was 20 years ago.  Well, dear friend, we can try and try, and then try again, but the end result will always be the same:  FAILURE!  It is the LORD's "job" to produce a change in our behavior by increasing our capacity for the Word and Spirit through the renewing of the Old Man.  We encroach into His position as "god", fail, then accuse Him for not working when we are doing His job!  The Old Man is to be crucified and put off; it is His work to circumcise and renew the old heart when we are IN Christ.  

We have the capacity to be the Bride of Jesus Christ.  The reservoir containing the substance from which this miracle happens is the Old Heart.  The reservoir is the Old Heart, the substance is sin.  By allowing the Old Heart to be exposed, so we can see it, we have the potential to expand in our capacity for the Word and Spirit.  The Word and Spirit is present in the church to maintain the New Heart.  Enjoying the Word and feeling the Spirit is not necessarily an indication of spiritual growth.  It is possible to go to church and enjoy both of these and NOT grow.  Growing is having the Old Heart exposed, cooperating with God by giving thanks, allowing Him to renew that abused energy (sin) and increasing our capacity for more Word and Spirit.  We should go to church to have our capacity expanded after we've faithfully allowed Him to expose and renew throughout the past week.  Church is not for "maintenance", it is for "expansion".  

In verse 11, the Scripture says, "In whom also ye ARE circumcised...".  There are two parts to this.  The Old Heart is circumcised by theory and it is circumcised by experience.  On the theory side it is given, on the experience side it is received.  A transaction is not complete unless something is given and something is received.  The work has already been completed; the Old Heart has been circumcised and renewed but it is our time, now, to experience the second half of the transaction by receiving through our own experience.  Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day.  All the blood we need to experience the circumcision the the Old Heart has been provided.  It is a complete work, all we need to do is receive it.  

The Father commanded and Jesus created. Now, the Father has commanded and Jesus is redeeming.  He is the Head over creation and redemption!   It is the specialty of the Son, in these last days, to redeem.  We cannot play "god" and redeem ourselves---the Son redeems.  The Bride is the firstfruits of mankind who has drawn from her reservoir of sin, the Old Heart, and allowed the Son to redeem and renew her; increasing her capacity for the Word and Spirit by receiving the experience of circumcision.  Cooperate with the LORD, give thanks for the exposure of the Old Man, take your sin to the Cross, be circumcised, increase your capacity for the Word and Spirit and be the BRIDE!