#83

                                                                                     Source of material:  Rev. B. R. Hicks

Pls read Canticles 1:4.  Speaking as an espoused Bride, she states, "we will  be glad and rejoice in thee".  The word glad is ghee-law in the Hebrew language and rejoice is sim-kaw.  Although in English these words are interchangeable, in Hebrew they have very different meanings.  Ghee-law is a masculine word and Sim-kaw is a feminine word.  Glad---ghee-law---masculine.  Rejoice---sim-kaw---feminine.  Ghee-law means to spin around in violent emotion and is an expression of gladness from outward to inward.  Sim-kaw means an inward joy, glad of heart, joyfulness of heart which moves from inward to outward.   Two examples of sim-kaw joy would be found in Proverbs 10:28 and Psalm 4:7.  Psalm 16:11 would be an example of ghee-law joy.  

In Revelation 19:7, we see the two words "glad and rejoice" used as they were in Canticles chapter 1 but, with one important distinction:  the two Hebrew words are reversed.  Glad is now sim-kaw and  rejoice is ghee-law.  Plainly, we can see, that as an espoused Bride, her joy moved from outward to inward.  Conversely, as a married Bride, her joy moved from inward to outward.  Glad---sim-kaw---feminine and Rejoice---ghee-law---masculine.  At one point in her spiritual journey, the espoused Bride received gladness and joyfulness from outward influences of the Spirit of God but grew up into maturity and later received her gladness and joy from gratitude over what the LORD had done for her inwardly.  Despite opposition, negativity, and rejection from people and outward circumstances, the Bride consoled herself by meditating on the mighty workings of the LORD in her heart and maintained a high level of gladness and joy.  She could be glad and joyful in any situation because she thought on the sweetness and graciousness of the LORD.  

The Bride will know what to do after she crosses Jordan because she has "made herself ready" during her earthly sojourn. She has mastered "will worship". The Bride does not allow outward circumstances to dictate whether she is joyful or glad.  In her maturity, she lifts up gratitude and praise despite what is happening around her because her source of gladness comes from her heart and the miracles that have been wrought there by our Mighty God.  She has also learned to produce true and pure thoughts (wisdom) from her heart and attach them to holy and pure forms.  Her light starts from within and radiates out; so like a sun, she produces her own glaring and blinding rays of joy and gladness.  Maturity is starting with a true, pure thought that comes from within that influences those around you.  The Bride HATH MADE HERSELF READY!!! 

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Please read Matthew 27:45-46.  In verse 46, Dr. Lamza translates what Jesus said on the cross as, "My God, my God, for this cause was I spared."  What was the cause and what was Jesus spared from?  We find the answer in Hebrews 5:7-10.   Jesus was dying in the Garden of Gethsemane as He was praying alone, surrendered to the Father that He would not be going to the Cross, submitting Himself to the Fathers' Headship.  It looked as if Jesus would be dying just short of the salvation of all mankind.  The "cause" was the salvation of man and He was "spared" from death when an angel strengthened Him.  The word "cried" in Matthew 27:46 is defined as a "screech of victory".  The blood of Jesus screeched with a thunderous voice of victory as He was suspended between heaven and earth as man's eternal Mediator.  Please read Genesis 4:8-10.  Abel's blood, after it had been buried, had a cry as well, but, not a cry of victory.  It shouted for vindication, that it had been used for a purpose not in God's plan.  The cry of Abel's blood drew the Father's attention, to the point where He descended and spoke with Cain.  The Blood of Jesus as it was crying in victory on the cross, also drew the attention of the Father.  He was there at the cross!  He never forsook His Beloved Son!  

Every day the Heavenly Father offers us a "Cup of Inheritance"; a cup of Blood that He wants us to use to become more like Him.  The Blood is available in this portion every day, but, we must have a need to ask for our inheritance. Knowing this, the Father sets up our day so we will have ample opportunity to  run to this cup and be forgiven for our daily sins.  We will either have a shout of victory as we appropriate Jesus' Blood to wash us from sin, or the Blood will cry that it wasn't used as we bury it under accusation, blame, justification, and fault-finding.  We bury the Blood when we don't use it for the purpose that it has been given:  to cleanse from personal, daily sin!  Using  the Blood to cleanse personal, daily sin gives us a shout and a cry of victory that it is doing what it has been given to do: "For this cause"!!!  The Blood will either cry for us or against us. When you don't use the Blood, you have no shout.

IThessalonians 4:16-17.  The LORD shall descend with a SHOUT!  He will be seeking those who know His shout---those who are familiar with the voice of victory coming from the Blood; those who have the same shout from using their daily cup of inheritance to overcome their own Adamic nature!  

Throughout most of the book of Job, Job justifies himself before God.  He projects fault and blame on those around him.  He accuses others for his present, deplorabe circumstances.  In other words, he buries the power of the Blood to cleanse him of his own sin.  The Blood cried out to God, and as the same way the LORD came to talk with Cain, He came to have a conversation with Job.  After hearing the LORD,  Job saw that he had been a fool for burying the Blood.  He repented in dust and ashes.  He went back to every place that he had buried the Blood, dug it up and received the shout of victory that the Blood gives when he repented of his personal sin.  

Let's receive our "Cup of Inheritance" every day, repent of our personal, daily sin, and acquire a new shout of victory!  We can become a River of Life to those around us who find healing in the leaves, or fruit, we produce.   

                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                  #80

In the parable of the goodman and his hired servants, (Matthew 20: 1-16)  we see that the goodman encountered some disappointment expressed by the first hour workers.  Of all things, they were upset because the goodman had made subsequent hired servants equal to them by also giving them a penny.  They did not mention that this is what they agreed upon at the beginning of the day.  In verse 12, they justified themselves as being better because they had "borne the burden and heat of the day".  This confession by the first hour workers clearly shows that, yes, they had worked, but under their own authority and headship.  Psalm 91:1 says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty".  If the first hour workers had worked under God's Headship, they would have been overshadowed by the Almighty.  We see from Jesus' own words, that "there is none good but one, that is, God:" in Matthew 19:17.  Their conplaint was against the Father of the vineyard.  His response was, "take that thine is and go THY WAY:" (Matthew 20:14).  Meaning, leave me and go do what you are most familiar with, you love your own headship and authority above me, I have done you no wrong.  

In 1 Corinthians 9:7-9, the Apostle Paul reaffirms an Old Testament principle:  that if you labor in a vineyard, then you are blessed to partake of the increase  of that vineyard.  Also, in 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, The Apostle Paul again explains that "every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour".  Our personal relationship with Christ is a vineyard and the fruit of the vineyard, which includes seeds, is be planted into the hearts of those around us.  Planting seeds in hearts of others will evertually produce new fruit, new life, that will redound unto the sower of the seed.  Reaping new life will be the reward for sowing into someone's heart.  

In another parable about a vineyard, (Matthew 21:33-41) Jesus, in verse 35, states that the husbandmen took the owners' servants and "beat one and killed another".  The word "killed" means:  to deprive of spiritual life. The husbandmen of the vineyard selfishly controlled the seed of the vineyard by not sharing, and killed the owners' servants.  We do the same thing.  By not allowing the LORD to be the Head and Authority over the seed in our own vineyard, (our relationship with Him) we deprive spiritual life to those around us by controlling how, when, where, and to whom we share this seed.  The stature of the Son of God in us needs to be shared.  Jesus, while on earth, in blessing or opposition, continually plucked the fruit from the vineyard of His relationship with His Father, and gave seed wherever and whenever the Father spoke.  If we want more life, then we need to share from our vineyard.  Manifest the truth, under God's Authority, and kill it not!  Deprive not those around us of spiritual life, which we will reap as a consequence of sharing! 

 

                                                                                                                    #81

Our precious and  glorious Heavenly Father, the Unbegotten LORD, is a God of balance.  He lovingly gives to all His children in perfect measure what they have need of to remain balanced spiritually and naturally.  He is in control of all lives and  gives as He sees fit, either pain or pleasure, to bring each one of us to the point of perfect balance.  Too much pleasure or too much pain causes us to see the world in a skewed fashion.  Surely, as the sun rises in the morning to introduce a glorious new day, the sun will sink below the horizon to usher us into a dark, cold night.  He is the Rose of Sharon (on the mountain) and the Lily of the Valley (in the valley).  

In the Old Testament book of Amos, the LORD has demonstrated to us that, indeed, He is a God of balance.  Please read Amos 7:1-9.  In this chapter we see that Israel has a natural problem with idolatry, which is a spiritual picture of today's believers having the same problem.  The LORD allowed Israel to reap the first mowing.  After it was stored for future food, the LORD sent the grasshopper to destroy the second growth.  He gave them provision and food to help them survive the devastaion of the grasshopper.  The LORD will lovingly give us pleasure so when He comes knocking on our door about our idolatry, we will have the strength to go to Him in prayer and seek Him about our sin of idolatry (pain).  In verse 2, Amos asks the the LORD to remove the pain because Israel is small and alone; nobody will come to his aid.  Amos should have been interceding for idolatrous Israel and asking God not to remove His pain until they saw their sinful ways.  Israel was involved in the wrong pleasure.  The nation sought out its own satisfaction and gratification through the pleasure of bowing down to idols.  Therefore, the LORD balanced them through a painful onslaught of  hungry grasshoppers.  In verse 4, the LORD then contended by fire.  He scorched the plants with the sun and burned up the root so that they could not produce any more fruit.  He was mercifully and patiently trying to get Israel's attention so He could deliver them from their idolatry and set them free as a nation.  

In verse 7, God has a plumbline and He is measuring the walls of the Temple. In the beginning the walls were straight and properly built and they protected the Temple sanctuary from defilement and enemy intrusion.  The beauty of their relationship with God was protected by the walls.  The wall had the power to exclude sin and protect the relationship with God inside.  Israel did not maintain the integrity of the wall by engaging in idolatrous pleasure outside the will or wall of God.  The wall and Temple were left to decay and crack, leaving their relationship with Him to deteriorate as well.  

Verse 9 says that God will send an enemy to tear down the wall.  If we allow idolatry to weaken our relationship with Him, and expose the treasures of the Word and the Spirit in our hearts, being unprotected, He will send an enemy to tear down the wall.  Let's repent and ask the LORD to help us to stop  finding pleasure in idolatry (bossing the pleasure side of the scales) and stop wondering why the "grasshoppers have come" (the LORD coming to us with pain to  balance our idolatrous pleasure).  As soon as the grasshoppers come (pain), seek God in prayer and ask Him what He is trying to deliver you from!