#147 (1/14/18 morning)

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

The Heavenly Father and creation exist in their ordained places.  Creation exists in a form; it is formed energy that is limited by boundaries.  The Mighty God, the Ancient of Days, exists in a no-form, unlimited expanse of space, not confined by shapes, sizes, and arrangement.  His energy is immense, boundless, unrestricted.  The everlasting, unending, perpetual Heavenly Father has an inexhaustible source of divine energy whereby He can create whatever needs to be created.  At any time He can tap into His limitless reservoir of power and energy and provide what is needed for His people.  Jesus left the Father and His no-form existence and became a man - - - a form.  According to His own words, he spoke that the Father was greater than He.  How can that be?  He was a form and the Father is no-form.  The Bible admonishes us to worship God in spirit and in truth.  Notice the two are connected by the word "and".  Both must be present to worship.  Also notice that "spirit" is first.  We are told to worship God in no-form spirit AND in truth!  

Forms present limitations.  In the case of David and Goliath, Saul wanted David to challenge the giant with his armor - - - forms.  David rejected the forms and put off the armor.  He approached the giant lifting up the Name of the LORD God of Israel. He forsook form and killed the giant by calling upon the limitless, boundless energy and power of the no-form Name of LORD.  Israel circled the city of Jericho 13 times and gave a shout of no-form praise to the LORD.  The nation tapped into the limitless, unrestricted power of the Name Who created what was necessary for them to receive victory.  Forms are limited in power.  It takes the right circunstance to allow us to forsake our forms and experience Who He really is:  The limitless, eternal Heavenly Father.  He cannot be put into a form.  We can get to know the Heavenly Father through His divine intervention and by Him displaying His divine, perpetual energy in our behalf.  

When we raise our praise to the Name, we are connecting ourself to His no-form energy.  Praise and gratitude to His Name allows no-form energy to flow inside our heart and will cause an inside change.  Going further, it moves outside and also causes a change.  His energy encircles the heart to make an inward change, then it encircles the storm (circumstance) to make an outward change.  His energy will provide whatever is needed so His people will have victory.  A good mariner needs a storm to become superior in his seamanship and skills to navigate.  Gideon used a pitcher with a light in it to get victory over the amassed army.  He broke the form of the pitcher so the no-form light escaped and slaughtered the enemy.  The unlimited energy of the LORD saved Israel from extinction.  Michal, David's wife, scorned and disrespected him for worshipping God in a no-form manner in front of the maidens of Israel.  He basically responded, you ain't seen nothin' yet!  He declared that he would be even more "no-form" in the future.  

By God's grace, we are given a storm for the purpose of knowing God in a deeper manner.   A storm allows us to forsake our plots, plans, and devices (forms) and see Him intervene with His limitless power and energy.  The Father is the unrestrained, unrestricted One Who shows us His strength so we can see Who He really is.  He is no-form, a way-maker, a door-opener Who can create whatever is needed for His children to advance in their relationship with Him.  


                                                                                                            #146 (1/10/18)

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

Please read Philippians 4:8.  We read there are 6 things the LORD desires for us to think on.  The will of God is an undulating series of mountains and valleys.  On the mountain we experience victory; in the valley we experience mistakes, wrong choices, and defeat.  We are instructed through this verse to look back and remember the victories; think on the many examples of how God delivered us from evil through His direct intervention and influence.  Our fallen nature easily reflects on the mistakes, wrong choices, and defeat.  When we look back on our past failures we are actually lifting them up above the LORD.   We exalt self and its name in pity and sorrow over what could have been.  Loosing victory is the result of thinking on our failures.  Rather, by thinking about the great deliverances and victories that the LORD has performed, we can lift up and exalt His Holy Name instead of ours.  

Please read Deuteronomy 5:15 and 7:18.  We are instructed to think on His mighty hand and His stretched out arm, also, what He did to Pharoah and all Egypt. He tells us to think on the things HE has done and not dwell on our fleshly failures.  Look back, gives thanks, and praise Him that everything was executed just the way He ordained it!  Joshua was able to conquer the "ites" in Canaan's Land because he remembered what the LORD had done to Pharoah and all Egypt.  By thinking on the right things in his past, he was able to conquer and vanquish the enemy in his present.  As we reflect on the past year, 2017, be encouraged to push down the tendency to think on failures and "what could have been".  Instead, think of His mighty hand and stretched out arm that created a way where there was no way.  Think of the times when He intervened and showed Himself mighty to save.  Exalt HIM and HIS wonderful works! 

                                                                                                             #145 (12/31/17)

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

Please read Hebrews 12:15.  Bitterness is defined as poison, sharp, harsh, greed, heavy, angry, discomforted, sullen, grieved, ill-disposed, sharp or bitter taste.  Oftentimes, just the thought of one person or a past event causes waves of bitterness to roll through our spirit and soul.  The discomfort remembering past anger can sometimes be overwhelming.  The grief can cause our countenance and behaviour to change.  When Hagar left the tents of Abraham, she was bitter with Sarah.  She went to the wilderness of Shur which means walls.  She traveled to the bitter waters of Marah and built walls.  An angel appeared to her and told her to get up and return to Sarah; to not sit by the waters of bitterness and build walls.  When Christians travel to the waters of bitterness, the soon outcome is a wall of separation dividing us from our "offender".  When Israel journeyed from Egypt to Canaan's Land they didn't build one wall before becoming the wife of God.  Christians build walls to protect their bitterness because the fallen human heart enjoys being aggrieved and wounded.  Please read Ephesians 4:31 and James 3:11-12 to  become more familiar with the subject of bitterness.  

Please read Exodus 1:13-14.  Israel was bitter over serving Egypt in slavery, with rigour, for 400 years. Immediately after crossing the Red Sea the LORD took them to the wilderness of Shur and the bitter waters of Marah.  God wanted to heal Israel's bitterness and anger.  Moses threw a tree (the Cross of Calvary) into the waters and made them sweet.  There is only one cure for the bitterness in the human heart - - - the Cross and the Blood of Jesus will make our countenance and behaviour sweet as the malady is swept away by His Love.  Please note that Moses THREW the tree into the bitter waters.  He grabbed the tree, and without holding on in any way, he tossed the Christ into the waters.  Christians have a tendency to hold on and not allow the Tree to get fully thrown into their bitterness.  We don't allow the Christ to fully redeem us.  Instead, we stir up the waters of bitterness.  Moses LET GO and allowed the Tree to heal.  When the tree healed the waters, then all Israel drank from the sweetness provided by the Christ.  The Cross tossed into our bitterness causes others to drink of our sweetness.  I can "throw and let go"!  Those around us and close to us can drink from the Christ nature that flows from the heart as we experience the bitter waters made sweet.  The walls of bitterness can come down through the healing touch of our Savior!   Many times a past event or a certain person we haven't thought of in years are remembered for no apparent reason.  Remembering past offenses, we sometimes attach a face to that offense.  A root of bitterness has been exposed or, the LORD has taken us to Marah.  He allows us to visit specific places in our past so we can throw the Christ into our bitter waters and make that place a fruitful garden of His Name and Nature.  He desires to take a wrecking ball of Blood and destroy the walls of anger, sharpness, harshness and discomfort.  The Name has the power to heal and make sweet our bitter waters!



                                                                                                            #144  (12/25/17)

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

Please read Luke 2:1-7.  The Father's Master Plan was executed when The Son of God left the glory of Heaven and was born in a small stable in Bethlehem.  There is a stature of truth regarding Mary at the manger.  She delivered, she brought forth, she wrapped the child and she laid Him in a manger.  The Son of God became completely dependent on His own creation, Mary, to cause Him to survive the first crucial hours after birth.  

Caesar Augustus did not make the task of delivery any easier.  Rather, he complicated it.  Because he was greedy for more tax revenue, Mary and Joseph had to travel overland to Bethelem - - - while she was 9 months pregnant.  Nazareth was a place of comfort, familiarity, food, and companionship.  Greedy covetousness caused an interruption in their familiar, daily life.  The couple left comfort and familiarity and traveled to a humble, small place called a manger.  They left comfort and arrived in a small, stinky stable.  We grow comfortable in the habits and  behavior patterns of the old man.  Indifference to God is prevalent in our daily lives as we follow the routine peculiar inclinations of the flesh.  Acquaintance and fraternity with the ways of the old heart give us consolation.  But, as in the case of Mary and Joseph with Caesar Augustus, the LORD desires to use the suffocating control of the old man to prompt Christians to travel (as it were) to Bethlehem and have a new birth of the Christ Child.  The LORD will use the old man to get us to move forward into a new birth of light in a small place.  Mary and Joseph were poor and became poorer to travel where Jesus Christ was born.  Their poverty got worse.  The LORD, in our case, wants to see if we'll accept poverty to find a new revelation of the Christ.  Jesus left glory, recognition, and status in heaven as God's only Begotten Son to be born in a small, poor manger.  He began His earthly journey destitute.  That humble beginning started a journey that ended in Him becoming both LORD and Christ.  Likewise, this earthly journey of humility will end for us being the Bride of Christ.  

The shepherds were given a message by the Heavenly Host to run to Bethlehem and see the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.  The glory of the LORD shone all around them because they needed it to recognize the right child; there was only one child in town Who was the Christ Child.  Jesus was shining in a manger, a small thing, and was recognizable to the shepherds.  We are to travel to Bethlehem and make known the Name, Christ, Who is shining in poverty.  As Jesus did, we are to let our light shine, let the Name and Nature of God radiate from our heart, in every small thing.  In His poverty He made the Name known - - - in a small place.  The Bride will grow to full stature and acquire sun glory.  The sun simply gives light!  The Bride transmits, disperses, disseminates the Light of His Name in every small place and thing!  


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

We have learned in this series of lessons that the Ark of the Covenant represents the Aaronic Priesthood and the Mercy Seat the Melchisedec Priesthood.  The Mercy Seat crowned the Ark with two cheribim facing inward with their wings spread above.  The cheribim are servants to the Headship of God.  This is a picture to us.  As we climb Christ's Stature, we will eventually reach the Mercy Seat where the highest position is that of a servant.  A servant gives---gives what?  A servant gives the nature of the Heavenly Father and His wonderful Name in the form of Mercy, Grace, Love, Light, and Life.  The Crucified Way is not religion but a relationship.  As a servant we choose to give the fruits of our relationship to those around us.  Love is a choice; not a feeling.  We choose to love and give His Name in every situation because our relationship is a part of us; it is who we are and it must be expressed.  Hurt, transgression, and offense will come so I can give away forgiveness and love.  Christians can choose to give away His Nature regardless of how tacky someone is.  The LORD has allowed that person to be tacky for the express purpose of giving away His Nature in return.  It is all about making His Name known, which is the ministry of the Bride.  

Please read John 12:23-24.  When a seed is planted the outer shell dies.  A root goes downward and life goes upward.  Eventually, after the death of the outer shell, one seed of corn can produce 3000 more seeds.  The outer shell (the old man that holds the new man captive) must first die so the light of the new man can shine and make His Name known.  Death and crucifixion precede life and resurrection.  

Please read I Samuel 18:6-7.  David was familiar with this principle of dying first so that new life could emerge.  How could David have slain 10,000's?  He was slaying his old man (the outer shell) out on the hillside attending sheep.  His old nature was dying as he cultivated a relationship with God and repented  of his sin.  As he repented the light of the new man shone forth.  Light shines when the outer shell is gone.  He let his light shine by choosing to do the right thing.  His choice to love and give affected those around him.  A right choice, born out of a love relationship, will cause light to shine and influence others.  He chose to defend the Name when he challenged Goliath because he had an intimate relationship with it. When his right love choice slew Goliath, his light shined out on the armies of Israel.  They fought and caused a great slaughter among the Phillistines.  All that were slain were attributed to David.  David did slay his 10,000's because it was his choice to love God's Name and his influence (light) that got on the Hebrew army.  When the flesh dies the light will shine and influence those around us.  What can we give?- - - the Nature of His Name!