High praises preceed the two-edged sword of the Word
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Psalm 149:6-7. Note that verse six speaks of high praises and a two-edged sword (which pictures to us the Word of God). Sometimes in our spiritual walk toward the New City, we suppose that the Word just isn't performing; the Word isn't working as it should in every situation. If you follow the order explained in verse six, the high praises come before the two-edged sword. The high praises usher in the Word. If we lift up our praises to the Name of the LORD, His Son, and His Immutable Headship, the Word will perform what it was sent to do. Concisely, praise preceeds the Word.
Please read 2Chronicles chapter 20. This is the story of Jehoshaphat and his battle against Moab, Ammon (offspring of Lot), and Mt. Seir (Esau). Jehoshaphat, in verses 3&4, had all Judah seek the LORD. They humbled themselves and prayed. Before going out to battle, he sought leadership and guidance from God. This is an example to us to do the same. Got a battle coming? Time to seek God! In verse 14, the direction they sought was revealed to Jahaziel who spoke that the battle was not Judah's---it was God's. In verse 16, the LORD says, "go YE down against them". Even though the battle was the LORD's, he required some active participation on the part of Judah in order to vanquish these 3 nations. In verse 19, Judah stood up and gave reverence to the LORD and His Word while they shouted with a loud voice of high praises. We see in verse 22 that Moab, Ammon, and Mr. Seir were smitten because Judah employed the principle given in Psalm 149:6-7: high praises usher in and allow the Word to perform as it is intended by God!
We hold the key. The sword of God will come alive and slay the enemy! The Father is noisy! Shout and praise about what He's already done, what He's doing, and what He will do in our lives. Victory is non-existent if God's people will not lift up high praises to His Great Name and His Eternal Word.
Cut off or be cut off!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
To "cut off" in the Hebrew language, is "kaw-far". It means to pardon, forgive, cut off, and disannul. Both the LORD and Leviathan can cut off. Eli's sons, the priests, thought it would be a good idea to send the ark of God in to the midst of the battle with the Philistines. The priests and all Israel learned a hard lesson: the Headship of God won't work for you if you are not walking by His Headship. The Philistines captured the ark of God and placed it in the house of Dagon, their idolatrous fish image ( pls read I Samuel 5:1-4 ). Poor Dagon lost his hands and his head because the Headship of God cut them off. The LORD will cut off the hands (service) and head (headship and authority) of our idols when we dare to exalt them above Him. The LORD, with the intent of liberating and leading us back to the image and likeness of His Son, will cut off our opinions and headship, so we can be set free from the control and manipulation of our idolatrous images. When set free, it awakens us to Him and His Sovereign Headship and the presence of our idols.
Pls read Leviticus 22: 1-3. The priests were commanded to be clean and not disrespect or defile holy things. The punishment for this was to be cut off. The priests were expected to be clean and respectful to hallowed and holy things. We must remember, as priests, not to defile God's Word, His Son, and what the LORD has declared holy.
I Kings 18 gives us the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal. In verse 1 the LORD tells Elijah to go and show himself unto Ahab. This was no small thing; Ahab was convinced that it was Elijah who was the cause of a long, terrible drought. Nevertheless, Elijah sets out to meet Ahab. In verse 4 we read that Jezebel had cut off the prophets of God. We know how many prophets she killed because for every one she replaced him with a prophet of Baal. It was wicked Jezebel who slowly turned Ahab's heart away from the LORD and caused gross idolatry in Israel. In her idolatry, she was compelled to kill the true prophets of God who represented the Word and the Spirit. She replaced the true Word and Spirit with her own prophets who spoke to her whatever she wanted to hear. She was totally justified in her idolatry because her "prophets" gave her their approval. We can't go off into idolatry and expect not to cut off the Word and the Spirit. In verse 28 the prophets of Baal cut themselve and the blood gushed out upon them. When they jumped on the altar they were guilty of exalting the creative blood above the redemptive blood. When this happens, disunity is the speedy result. When we exalt race, creed, and ethnicity above the Redemptive Blood of the LORD Jesus Christ we enter into confusion and disunity. The Blood of Jesus is One Blood which redeems mankind and makes us one in Him! The Blood of Jesus must be exalted above creation. We can all be one is Him through His redemption!
Cut off the world, the flesh and the devil---not God's prophets. Work with the LORD as He is trying to set you free and liberate you from the power and control of the old nature. It is a continual process of cutting off as we make our way back to Him and His Precious Son. He wants to cut off, liberate, and set free!
A Root out of a dry ground!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Revelation 22:16. Jesus speaking, calls Himself the Root of David, the Offspring of David, Bright, and Morning Star. There are two sides to a seed: the visible (growth above ground) and the invisible (root). The root holds the plant in place. It grows in the low place, in the dark, unseen, and private. The root has a downward pull; it can smell water and moves down to anchor the plant. Jesus came to this earth as a Root. Israel did not recognize Him in His humility form. They wanted a King, an exalted Ruler who would throw off the Roman yolk and liberate them. He came as a Humility Root to liberate Israel from within first.
Please read Isaiah 53:2. Jesus always kept His roots sunk deep in the well of water of His relationship with the Father. This is true during all of His earthly experience. He did not allow His roots to sink down into the wilderness of this world or find refreshment in carnal activity. He did not try to find nourishment in the dry ground of this world. He was truly a "Root out of a dry ground"; the dry ground being this earth and all its carnal happenings. In Matthew 4, the devil tempted Him several times to put His roots down into this present world. His response after each temptation was to draw Life up from His roots which were sunk deep into the Well of God's Word and quote scripture. He told the devil several times, "It is written..." (Matthew 4:1-11).
Please read Isaiah 11:1. This is the family tree of David. Jesse was David's father. Christ was the Root and David was the trunk. Out of David's trunk (or lineage) sprang the fruit of Jesus. By coming through the fleshly lineage of David, the LORD was revealing a beautiful spiritual principle. In order for Jesus to be revealed, He needed flesh first. Christ was the Root below, David appeared on earth in the flesh, then Jesus was the fruit of David's lineage. Jesus needs flesh, us, to be revealed by the Father. The flesh and sin is important because through them He mainfests His Name and Nature. He is the Offspring or the fruit of our relationship with the Root of Christ (His Word).
Jesus is also Bright (naw-ghaw). This is the Fathers' light in the darkness or the moon light. In the midst of darkness, with no feeling, we can walk by His Bright light of the moon to accurately negotiate the shadows and continue in our spiritual journey. Lastly, He is the Morning Star. He is a Doorkeeper for the Master Plan and Purposive Will of the Father. He can pull back the curtains and shine His Light to show us the way back to the Father!! AMEN!!
The Bride "holied" and "set in order"!
=Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks=
Please read Revelation 19:1-8. Moses was warned several times in the Old Testament, by the LORD, to be sure he made the Mosaic Tabernacle exactly as he was shown the heavenly Tabernacle. There was an earthly, temporal Tabernacle that was a picture of a heavenly, eternal Tabernacle. So, we conclude, that there is a Tabernacle in heaven. Hebrews 13:8 proclaims that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Moses' Tabernacle was a shadow and type of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9). Jesus is the Heavenly Tabernacle yesterday, today, and forever.
In Revelation 19:1-8, we read that 3 groups of believer's are speaking: the Bride, the four beasts and 24 elders, and a multitude. The multitude is the 30-fold Christians, the four beasts and 24 elders are the 60-fold Christians, and the Bride is the 100-fold Christians. Please read what the 30-fold believer's had to say in verses 6&7. They knew how the Bride had become God's wife: they had MADE themselves READY.
MADE is defined as: to constrain or compel some action or some person in respect to action. To force or produce in a strained manner. To drive or urge with force, to force to yield, overpower (English). The Bride had a constant, internal battle raging over whose name was going to be made known; fallen Lucifer's name or the Begotten Name of the Son. The Bride had grown to the place of spiritual maturity where she forced and overpowered the old nature to yield in all her situations to the Name or nature of the Begotten Son. In Hebrew, the word simply means, "holy". In other words, the Bride "holied" herself. There is only One Who is holy and that is the LORD. She allowed the Son to touch her and convert her will as she repented of her sin. In the wake of His holy touch, He left behind love, light, and life. If we walk in the light of His touch, we will have fellowship with one another and He will cleanse us from ALL sin (1John 1:7). He will wait patiently until He ordains a certain sin to rise to the surface. Then, as we repent and rid ourselves of that sin, and use the Blood, He can convert our will. But in the meantime, if we walk in the light of His touch, He will sanctify us from that sin until we are big enough to see it and get rid of it.
READY, in Hebrew, means, "to set in order". This is the same order as when Abraham set the wood in order on the altar just prior to pulling back the knife to sacrifice Isaac. Likewise, the loaves of bread were set in order on the Table of Shewbread. Also, the wood was set in order on the Brazen Altar in preparation for the whole burnt offering. The Bride, in an orderly fashion, wove her white linen vertically and then horizontally by blessing, praising, thanking and glorifying the LORD's name. She pulled a horizontal thread by blessing, then she pulled a vertical thread by praising, and so on. She wove her own wedding garment in an orderly fashion.
In verse 8, she was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. She was given special permission to wear her wedding garment that she had worked to produce. Salvation is a free gift. White linen is granted by special permission, produced by works! AMEN!
Keep your roots planted in the well of water!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Our beautiful Bible is not simply just an historical account of the nation of Israel; it is much more than that. It is a seed, as it were, in which is contained all spiritual truth. Just as a mighty oak tree is contained in one tiny acorn, all spiritual truth is contained within the covers of our Bible. The truth in God's Word unfolds, blossoms, blooms, and produces fruit in an infinite number of circumstances. It is the foundation upon which all creation rests and lives. Hidden within its pages are all the spiritual truths necessary to repair our relationship with the Father and become the Bride of His Son, Jesus Christ. He reveals these principles (66) so we can learn them, apply them personally, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior. While making His Name known and fulfilling a debt owed to Himself, He is bringing us back to our original relationship through the words printed on paper. The Bible is God's Book---He wrote it.
In Genesis 49, Jacob is nearing the end of his earthly sojourn and calls his sons around him to pronounce his blessing upon them. Please read Genesis 49: 22-26. These particular verses regard Jacob's blessing upon his son Joseph. In verse 22 we read that Joseph was a fruitful bough by a well. Joseph produced fruit because his roots were firmly planted in a well. Fruit is produced to provide nourishment, satisfaction, and sweetness to the one who eats. The fruit would not exist if the roots were not sunk deep into a well of water. Fruit is also freely given; shared as a solution to hunger.
Throughout Joseph's life, there were four major places where he had an opportunity to share the fruit of his relationship with the LORD: the pit, Potiphar's house, the prison, and the palace (throne). Executing His Master Plan for Joseph, the LORD's goal was to get him to the "above" (verse 25). Each place Joseph found himself, by the Headship and Authority of God, was to move him along in an earthly journey and ultimately, to the heavenly above. All along the way, the LORD was teaching him the principles necessary to develop and sustain a relationship with Him. Joseph kept his roots in the well of water, the Wellspring of Love, Light, and Life, the Principles of God, that produced fruit that he shared with those around him. Potiphar was aware of this fruit to the extent that he entrusted his entire household in to the care of Joseph. The keeper of the prison was keenly aware as well, to the point where he gave the entire prison for him to run. Pharoah, having just met the young man, was so taken with the maturity of Joseph that he made him second only to himself by giving him his ring. The Bible says that Joseph became as a father to Pharoah. Joseph never allowed his roots to sink down anywhere other than the well of water of his love for the LORD and his spiritual principles. He never lacked fruit to share and serve to those around him. The fruit of his relationship with the LORD was humility and service to those near him, notwithstanding his present situation. The present situation did not provide him with a well of water of life. Despite his sometimes horrific circumstances, he drew life from the well of water.
We are on a journey, back to the "above", similar to that of Joseph so long ago. The Wellspring of Love, Light, and Life is our Bible, that provides the principles necessary to repair and sustain a relationship with the Father and His Beloved Son. These principles, successfully learned and applied, will usher us into the presence of the LORD in the "above". What is the fruit of our roots being in the Bible? Humility and service to those around us despite the "pit" or the "prison" we presently find ourself in. What is spiritual maturity? Giving of your fruit in humility service to others and not drawing up hate, death, and darkness through your roots from the present negative situation. How can we be a blessing? How can we serve? Who can we not deprive of spiritual life? Draw from the well of water, the Bible, by keeping your roots firmly sunk down into its life-giving principles; you will be a blessing, you will serve, and you will have food that provides spiritual life! AMEN!
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