The Blessed Virgin Mary
#219 (12/23/18 morning)
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
Please read Luke 1:28-38. The LORD always executes human events according to His Master Plan. He is never caught off-guard, surprised or befuddled about what to do next. In keh-dem eternity, before creation, He formulated His Master Plan and is now in the act of executing it. Regarding Mary, she was foreordained to be the mother of Jesus the Messiah. She travelled down through the loins of her forefathers starting with Adam. As the virgin who would be impregnated by the Holy Ghost and carry the Messiah nine months, she defended the promise of His birth against the enemy who had declared war on her. She faithfully stood as an adversary against the serpent, relentless in warfare, attempting to thwart the Master Plan of God. She holds an admirable and praiseworthy position in the human race; she defended the promise of the Messiah until it met performance and gave mankind a Savior, Christ the LORD! All of these events happened according to a Master Plan formulated in eternity past. It wasn't happenstance, coincidence, or fate; God was not confused when to introduce the world to His Son or who should carry Him. It was written in the scroll.
In verse 38 Mary simply makes a choice for God to execute His Master Plan. She chose disgrace, sorrow, and shame. The potential Gift would bring scorn, stigma, discomfort, and pain. Who would believe this story and that it came from God? She was willing to accept all the discomfort; the promise was going to make her a public spectacle. The priests knew she was telling the truth when she drank the bitter waters and her belly did not swell and her thigh did not rot. She was pregnant but had not committed adultery --- the priests and leaders knew she had experienced an immaclulate conception. They knew the Messiah was on the way. The promise of being the Bride of the LORD Jesus Christ also brings with it the same that Mary experienced. We must embrace the Promise, given in keh-dem eternity, and wait for the performance; all the while warring adversarily against the serpent who desires to thwart God's Master Plan. Do not allow the enemy to cheat you out of being Jesus' Bride! Fight for it! Wait on God to join promise to performance and be wed to the Heavenly Bridegroom! Embrace the shame, sorrow, pain, disgrace and scorn and defend the promise!
Please read Matthew 2:11. Obviously Mary and Joseph had to flee Bethlehem to thwart the plan of the serpent to kill the Messiah. Mary left her home and her friends. She eventually had to flee to a foreign country; her life was severely disrupted. She experienced all this to do the will of God. She probably yearned for a "normal" life with Joseph but was faithful to endure all the shame, disgrace, and discomfort that the Messiah would become a man and provide salvation for all humanity. Her actions and choices determined the fate of all mankind! Mary was willing to be discomforted by an unnormal life, a different lifestyle. She always held on to the promise of letting the Christ be birthed, suffering pain and shame to allow the Master Plan to unfold. Thank You, Mary!
Mary's spirit warred for the promise
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
Please read Luke 1:26-39. Please note in verse 39, after her encounter with the angel, she decides to travel 90 miles across the Judean Hills and desert to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She sought the correct type of fellowship. Mary and Elizabeth each had miraculous conceptions. Mary wanted to be near someone who understood her circumstance. Please read verses 46 and 47. Take note of the words "doth" (present tense) and "hath" (past tense). Her soul doth magnify (present tense) and her spirit hath (past tense) rejoiced. Her soul is now magnifying and her spirit has been rejoicing. Her spirit has been rejoicing over the promise of the immaculate conception of the Messiah throughout her journey as a seed in the loins of her forefathers. From Adam to the present she has been joying and rejoicing, embracing the promise of the Christ child. She has been praising God and standing solid in her spirit at the promise. Her soul is magnifying the LORD, now, because the promise has been joined to the performance. When Mary stood over the cave of Machpelah and saluted her cousin she became miraculously impregnated by the Holy Ghost. Promise met Performance. Look at verse 42 and 43. Up to this point no mention has been made about the "fruit" of her womb (verse 42) or Mary being a mother (verse 43). Now Mary's soul could magnify the LORD over the performance as her spirit had been rejoicing over the promise. When Mary and Elizabeth greeted each other a miraculous conception took place. Now Mary had a miraculous conception as well as her cousin. Praise leads to the performance of the promise. The spirit rejoices over the promise so the soul will recognize the performance. God gets all the glory in the soul and the spirit when the soul recognizes the performance of the spiritual promise.
Mary's seed spirit had been defending and warring for the promise thoughout her lineage from Adam to her present situation. She took on an adversarial spirit to war for the promise. Many times she had to be violent in the loins of her fathers to ensure the promise was properly defended. She took a stand for the promise of the Messiah that she had been appointed to carry from keh-dem eternity. An angel just wasn't dispatched by the LORD to go find a suitable candidate in Israel. No angel scoured the earth to find a young virgin that was eligible to birth the Messiah. When Mary burst on to the world stage it was time for the Messiah to be born. She had travelled through many loins and when she was born it was God's ordained time for the Messiah to come to earth. It was not a haphazard selection; she had been chosen in eternity to carry the Messiah and she violently defended that promise throughout her journey.
Please read Genesis 3:14-16. A large portion of the modern church swings to one side and worships Mary as diety. Another portion swings to the other side and puts Mary down for being just a human sinner like everyone else. Actually, she holds a very unique and praiseworthy place in the human race. Mary is mentioned in these verses. Speaking to the serpent, the LORD refers to a woman in verse 15 --- this is Mary. Mary had to fight and war against the serpent to make sure the promise met performance. The first battle was when Abel was slain by his brother. When Abel died, she and the Messiah died with him. Abel carried all the seeds of humanity, including Mary and Jesus. God had to resurrect all the seeds and transfer them over to Seth. This is why Jesus could say, "I will rise AGAIN". He had been resurrected once before and put in Seth. Think of Judah and Tamar, Ruth and Boaz, David. The serpent's mission was to cut off the lineage of the Messiah through any dastardly deed he could think of. It was Mary who violently warred against the serpent so the promise of the Messiah could meet performance at the meeting of her cousin in Judea. AWESOME!!!
Individual and collective repentance
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
The natural body needs lots of maintenance. Clipping, shaving, shampooing, bathing, brushing, are all necessary to present the body to the public in a positive way. Being slack in grooming the body will cause it very quickly to become offensive to those unfortunate enough to be next to it. The daily requirements of having a presentable body are a natural picture to the Christian of the same level of diligence needed to maintain the spiritual body. Bible reading, feeding on the Word, prayer, study, worshipping, gratitude for all things, singing songs and hymns cause the spiritual body to be unoffensive to those around it. Wonder what the natural equivalent to a spiritually angry attitude is? As the natural body requires grooming, so the spiritual body.
There are two types of spiritual walks: individual and collective. Individually, the Christian grows up into the Stature of the Son of God and experiences personal crucifixion by using the Blood, Fire, and Water. Establishing the Kingdom of God on the INSIDE brings peace to do the will of God. After growing in the Son, the believer is then allowed to move over to the collective walk (the Father) where he/she gives what has been received on the Son's side. The Bride gives her Image and Likeness (nature) that she received in her personal crucifixion while growing up in the Stature. God, the Father, creates personal situations for the Bride to mimic the Son or give away His Nature. The LORD chooses to give the Bride good and evil through her situations to give away the 12 governmental Names of the Begotten Son. His Names (natures) are in the Bride; she is an accurate portrayal of her Beloved Bridegroom to those around her! She highlights His Image and Likeness to a dead and dying world! During creation, the Father removed Himself into the Unknown to allow the Son to be Known. Likewise, the Son will do the same to allow the Bride to be His ambassador in eternity future. The Lamb will work through the Bride to give what she has received to universes, planets, and nations. The education the Bride receives during her earthly sojourn has eternal ramifications; she will continue to give beyond time into eternity. On the Son's side, the Bride BECOMES like Him through personal crucifixion. On the Father's side she is a DOER by sharing His crucifixion.
Adam male and female (AM&FM) were told to eat of the other trees in the Garden because they were good for food. They rejected those trees by calling them evil and instead ate of the forbidden tree calling it "good for food". Because they didn't have the Son on the INSIDE (Tree of Life) they contorted and twisted the image of good and evil calling good, evil and evil, good. In the Bride's world, her personal circumstance are good "trees" from which she can feed. Our situations feed us; they are good for food! We must be very careful to allow the Son's nature inside to accurately denote a circumstance as "good for food". Looking through skewed vision and calling good, evil and evil, good will result in not being fed by the situaition. Caution is required to see things through His vision, not that of the old man.
Please read IJohn 1:7-10. Notice in verse 9 the words "our", "our", and in verse 10 "we". There are two types of repentance: individual and collective. Now read Ephesians 4:15&16. Notice that the body (collective) edifies itself in love. The members of the body repent collectively, so much so that there is love within the body. Please read Ezra 9:5&6 and Daniel 9:3-6. These two precious men included themselves while repenting for the nation of Israel. They were repenting collectively. The Bride is expected to repent collectively for the redemptive brotherhood (the church) and the creative brotherhood (the nation and the world). The Bride will include Herself while she repents for the church and the world! By repenting individually and collectively the Bride always has a fresh covering of sanctifying Blood. The Bride lives in the Blood!
For by gratitude are we saved!
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
The Great I AM lives in the NOW; He is present, eternal, He is "being". All is present and now in the eyes of the Eternal Unbegotten Father. Creation lives in time as defined by past, present, and future. The Stature of the Son of God, the Cross, Jesus Christ is suspended between time and eternity (creation and the Father) for the purpose of restoring unity and harmony between the two. We are commanded to grow up into the Stature of the Son, the more perfect Tabernacle, not made with hands as Moses' Tabernacle was. As the Christian grows he/she is separating from time and reaching up to find a new home in the NOW, the eternal. God wants us to live in the NOW! Getting above time, the Christian learns about the eternity of the Father. Separating from time by using the Blood, Fire, and Water enables the Christian to leave creation below and delight in the Eternal Cause of all life, the Heavenly Father. He is the Great I AM. Made in His Image and Likeness, humans are the little i am. From the Garden the battle has been which "I am" will be lifted up; the Great I AM or i am. Why did Jesus come? He came to deliver humans from their sin and to separate them from time. Sin and humanity are an anchor around the neck of believer's that holds them fast to the past, present, and future.
The Christian is told to "give thanks in every thing". They are also told "by grace are ye saved". The Name of Jesus means salvation. By climbing His Stature we experience salvation progressively, daily. Salvation comes through being separated from time and the events in time. Grace means gratitude. Through gratitude and thanksgiving salvation is a reality. Ingratitude equates into no salvation. Ingratitude is the beginning or origin of imperfection, gratitude is the beginning of perfection ( PEACE ). Peace is the evidence of being throughly furnished or saved to the uttermost (His Head). Giving thanks is making the Great I AM known, the casting off of time. The Name is a giant circulating, circumcising blade that cuts off the fleshy nature of the believer when he/she gives thanks in the circumstance. Climbing His Stature and leaving creation behind is not done through complaining and whining. We are not saved by our objections to what God is doing! We are saved by grace, gratitude for Christ and His Master Plan. Climbing the Stature, experiencing salvation is done through the giving of thanks for His Wonderful Name and Headship.
Peace, victory is not the absence of pain or suffering. We can have victory in suffering by gratitude. Jesus, Daniel, and the 3 Hebrew children had victory (peace) in the midst of their personal circumstances. Victory is peace INSIDE regardless of the storm raging on the outside. A Christian's Rock, their firm foundation is their relationship with the Son of God on the INSIDE. Why fret when the Headship of the Father has everything in control? Peace is present in the storm because the Son and the Father are ruling the storm. The Christian can have peace and life in the midst of death --- Joseph being an example of this. He was in a death situation (prison for doing nothing) but ministered life, empathy and concern to the butler and baker. He was giving thanks, he was being saved to the uttermost, he was peaceful in the middle of his personal storm. The whirling, cutting Name circumcised his heart and gave him peace.
He determines what is good and evil!
#215 (12/5/18 and 12/9/18 combined)
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks
The ministry of the Bride is to grow up into the stature of the Son of God (Moses' Tabernacle) and share what she has received from Jesus Christ. This not only applies to natural circumstances but also applies after leaving the earth and in the presence of God. Her ministry throughout eternity will continue to be sharing what she has received. There are 99 universes that need to be set free from their ignorance about Who their Savior is. The Bride will bring the knowledge they need to be set free. The Bride knows Who the Savior is! As the Bride grows up the LORD wants her to watch Him, observe and ponder how He acts toward her. When she is ready to go public, so to speak, He wants her to mimic, imitate, show to the world what she has received and give it away. The Bride has become intimately familiar with the 12 governmental Names of the Begotten Son of God in the private place; she has BECOME on the INSIDE what He is. The Bride allows what has been wrought on the inside to be displayed outside; so much so that she can say, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Bridegroom". The Kingdom within is the establishment of His 12 governmental Names. A Kingdom requires a King. He sits on the throne of the heart of the Bride allowing her behavior to mimic and imitate Him - - - not through force of will but because it is her nature. Her new heart dominates the old because the old has been transformed into the Image and Likeness of God. In modern Christianity there is a saying, "WWJD" (What would Jesus do?"). The Bride doesn't have to think about what He would do - - - because her nature has been changed she automatically does what He would do. He reigns on the throne of her heart (replacing the "old fool") and directs her with the oral application of how she should act.
The scribes and Pharisee's had the outward, dogmatic law down real good. They were obsessed with doing the written law and were just as adamant that everyone do it as well. They were lightning quick to point out violations and trespasses of the law. Because of their title and position you would think they were glorious examples of what to become. Jesus called them "whited sepulchers" and "full of dead mans' bones". He saw what they looked like on the INSIDE - - - the stature of the Son of God and the 12 governmental Names of the Begotten Son were missing! They were obsessed with works on the outside but had neglected the greatest spiritual work on the inside: receiving the Image and Likeness of the Son!
There are two types of spiritual walks: individual and collective. The individual grows up in His Stature on the inside (establishing the Kingdom of God) to publicly walk collectively in the Brotherhood and do the will of God. When growing up it is all about ME as an individual, doing the will of God is about the Brotherhood collectively. The individual has a personal walk as well as a collective walk. Knowing how to walk collectively is understood by first having an individual walk; having the Son on the INSIDE. The invisible relationship on the INSIDE grants the Bride to accurately distinguish between good and evil. Not having Jesus on the inside gives the believer a skewed view of what is good and evil. To have a proper image of what is good and evil, according to His eyesight, the Son must be established on the inside. Sinful man has contorted eyesight calling what God says is good, evil. Conversely, he calls evil, good. Israel, when on the border of Canaan's Land, sent in 12 men to spy out the land. Ten of the spies returned and called the Land evil when the LORD called it a good land and a large, flowing with milk and honey. Modern day Christians do the same thing: evil looks good and good looks evil. Please read Isaiah 5:20. The reason our image of good and evil is opposite of God's is the lack of development of the Son of God on the INSIDE. Only God alone (Jesus) can accurately call good, good and evil, evil. His eyesight causes the Bride to have the proper image of what is good and evil. To walk collectively in the Brotherhood means listening for His oral direction and allowing Him to minister to others at His behest. He determines for us what is good and what is evil. The Bride simply mimics and imitates Him!
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