The Word is in the cloud!
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks sermon study #22
Please read Exodus 13:17-22. The LORD led the newly liberated nation of Israel out of Egypt (bypassing the land of the Philistines) to a place called Etham at the edge of the wilderness. Before proceeding into the wilderness the LORD purposely stopped them; they needed something. Israel had need of a pillar of cloud and fire (The Holy Ghost). Collectively, the nation had no idea where they were going, how to get there, and what they needed to reach their destination. They didn't need to know - - - God knew! The cloud and fire was necessary to get them through the wilderness and on into Canaan's Land.
Please read Exodus 24:15-18. Take note in these verses that one of the ministries of the cloud was (is) to cover. Now read Exodus 25:1. After Moses ascended Mount Sinai and was covered by the cloud, the LORD spake to him. We can deduce that the Word is in the cloud. The Word was spoken to Moses, personally, while in the cloud. Likewise, since the Holy Ghost (cloud) is eternal and unchanging, when Christian's ascend into the cloud, the Word will speak and deliver a personal message. Demonstrations in the Spririt change the worshiping Christian because there is Word in them. Song, praise, and worship allow the believer to ascend Mount Sinai, as it were, and be covered by the cloud. Next comes the Word spoken to the heart of the believer. Hope, encouragement, and love are freely given. In order to face the wilderness of the flesh and the midnight will, the cloud, the Holy Ghost, is given to aid the believer in separating from them. The Holy Ghost is a wall of separtion that allows continual forward movement toward the Bride despite the hinderances of the flesh and will. The Holy Ghost paralyzes the body of sin!
Being a noisy waterspout will paralyze the flesh!
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks sermon study #22
Please read Exodus 13:17-19. Even though the land of the Philistines was near, the LORD led them around it, the long way, because they were not ready for warfare. Being a slave nation subservient to the Egyptians, the nation was unfamiliar with weapons, tactics, etc. The LORD did not want to put them into a circumstance they were not prepared for. Sometimes the LORD takes us the long way around, as it were, because we are not prepared for the battle. We have not sufficiently grown in our faith to trust Him to supply the victory. Lessons, growth, and stature are required for war. The Philistines were a powerful nation. It was not until the time of David that Israel had grown sufficiently to conquer them. David was anointed to squelch the Philistines; he spent most of his adult life overpowering this nation for Saul and in his own reign as king. It takes the right person anointed by God at the right time to supply victory.
Notice in verse 18 that Moses knew where the bones of Joseph were hidden in Egypt. They were located in the The Great Pyramid, which is a monument to the Holy Tetragrammaton Name of the LORD. Moses knew the secret Name that would allow him access to the interior of the pyramid and retrieve the remains of Joseph. The entrance was on the north face. When he spoke the secret Name a panel opened. The pyramid was built for Joseph although many Egyptian Pharoah's used it as a burial place.
In verse 20 the LORD stopped the nation at the edge of the wilderness. Before proceeding in to the barren lands of the wilderness, they had to wait for the Holy Ghost to appear in cloud and fire. He wanted to give them what they needed to go through a wilderness. The LORD wanted them to have what was necessary to make it. He stops us in a wilderness to give us the tools and the protection needed to go forward in our spiritual journey. He stopped them to give them the Holy Ghost.
Please read 1 Corinthians 10:1. The cloud and fire was a baptism. Israel stopped at Etham to get a baptism of cloud and fire before proceeding into the wilderness. Notice they were baptized unto Moses - - - Moses had the calling to lead the nation out of the bondage of slavery. In order for him to fulfill his calling, Israel was baptized unto him. Please read Exodus 14:19. While in Etham, the angel and the cloud stood behind them as a wall of separation. Egypt, being a type and shadow of the world, was separated from Israel by the Holy Ghost. To take it further, the old nature, the old man, is separated from the new man by the Holy Ghost. We have learned in prior lessons that Christians are to make themselves clean through the Blood, Fire, and Water. After this noisy praise creates a vacuum to draw up the creative power of God through this clean channel, canal. When we become a noisy waterspout, the Holy Ghost overflows on the "Egyptians" (our flesh) and paralyzes it. The Egyptians were paralyzed by the pillar of cloud and fire. They could do nothing in trying to bring Israel back to slavery! Our praises and demonstrations in the spirit paralyze the old man with his carnal appetites and desire to force us to return to worldly bondage! Being a clean, noisy waterspout is essential in keeping the old man paralyzed while we make our journey to Beulah Land. Praise His Wonderful Name!
Being a clean, noisy waterspout!
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks sermon study #59 and #60
Please read Psalm 95:1-2. Feelings are deceitful. Feelings and emotions have a strong tendency to pull a believer away from the truth. We have to remember that, in spite of what emotions say is true, God's Word is the only Truth that can lead and guide the human heart. It's not about how you feel, it about what the LORD says in His Word. Making noise can stir up many negative emotions from the corrupt human heart, yet, His Word says to make a joyful noise of thanksgiving unto His Name. Noise and dance are very valuable things in God. If they weren't so valuable why did fallen Lucifer steal and twist them to influence mankind to worship him? The LORD told the CHURCH to be noisy and dance! He didn't tell the world to do these things. Lucifer stole from God what He told the CHURCH to do!
Please read Psalm 42:7. A waterspout is a tornado at sea. The center of a waterspout is hollow, a canal. The spinning of the waterspout creates a vacuum that pulls up water from the deep to be forced out the top. Christians are to be a waterspout so the deep will call unto the deep. Blood, Fire, and Water clean out the canal, the channel, so God's Creative Power can be drawn up from the deep. Whatever need a believer has, it can be met through Blood, Fire, and Water and noisy praise. Blood, Fire, and Water clear the channel, noise draws up the substance from the deep (Psalm 66:1).
Please read Psalm 81:1. Why the God of Jacob? Please read Genesis 49:22-26. In verse 26 the blessings of Jacob were much more than the blessings of his progenitors. Abraham was a progenitor of Jacob who was known for his faith. Jacob's faith was greater than that of Abraham, "unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills". Jacob's blessing of faith was above the faith of Abraham and Isaac. Now turn to Song of Solomon and read 4:6. Frankincense is a picture of faith. The hill of frankincense is the hill of faith. When we are noisy and praise the God of Jacob, we are drawing up from the deep His Creative Faith that gives a greater vision and eyesight concerning spiritual things. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Through a clean channel and noisy praise His faith is drawn up and allowed to create whatever is necessary to aid the believer. The LORD wants us to be a clean, noisy waterspout!
The Deep calls unto the deep
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks sermon study #59 and 60
Please read Psalm 95:1-2. Two things we can glean from these scriptures: noise and thanksgiving. To enter into His presence and be joined to Him takes noisy praise and thankfulness. Our LORD is a beautiful example of noise. Noise is an integral part of His creation. From thunder and lightning to hurricanes and tornadoes, creation demonstrates its gratitude and thanksgiving through noise. Man is the only one who has a problem with noise; especially in church. It's ok to be noisy at a ball game or a concert but it's taboo to make noise in God's house. Noise and thanksgiving are the vehicles through which the Deep calls unto the deep. The Deep (sea) of God's Creative power calls to the deep in the soul and spirit of man; a place ONLY THE LORD can satisfy. When man repents and cleans up himself/herself with the Blood, Fire, and Water he becomes a waterspout, a conduit, and channel to draw up (vacuum) the Creative Power of the LORD. Whatever the clean heart needs, whatever intervention is necessary, whatever door that needs to be opened will be done when cleanness is joined to praise. After getting clean it's the praise that vacuum's up His power to create what needs to be created on behalf of the clean heart.
His Deep calls unto the Christians deep. There is an emply place in His Heart where the Christian came from. He is constantly trying to call us back to that place through every circumstance. A human heart can fill an emply place in the heart of God. His Heart cries out to be filled with the substance each individual has. When the human heart uses the tools given it to become clean (Blood, Fire, and Water), when that same heart does not stop but continues on with noisy praise and thanksgiving, the Deep will be drawn up into the waterspout and will connect with the deep in that heart. He will touch the deep; by experience the heart is returned to the empty place in His Heart. The heart will then be satisfied and placid. Perfect peace reigns when the human heart is touched by the Deep of God. Only He can satisfy the deep.
Joyful noise pulls up God's Creative Power :)
Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks sermon #59
Please read Psalm 95:1-2. Thanksgiving (to-dah in Hebrew) is defined as the hands extended in adoration and surrender. To enter into His presence we thank and praise His Great Name.
Please read I Timothy 2:8. Notice in this verse it says, "every where, lifting up holy hands". Whenever it is possible, without being a public spectacle, lift up holy hands in surrender and thanksgiving. Surrender to the LORD for things just the way they are. We sometimes have a better "torah" that says we deserve more pleasure and less or none of the pain. Surrendering, in prayerful adoration to His Name, with hands lifted up, causes the believer to acknowledge His Glorious Headship. By surrendering, the believer humbly accepts His administration and direction in his/her life. Thanksgiving and praise builds Mt. Zion. Going back to Psalm 95, we are told to make a joyful noise. Noise is "kole" in Hebrew meaning a scream, thunder, call, yell. There is a spirit on noise; it touches people and causes a reaction. The world knows the power of noise to encourage and motivate athletes at ball games. Likewise, the Spirit of God moves and motivates believers to demonstrate when a joyful noise is heard. Notice that God commands the Church to make noise - - - not the world. Noise in church is vitally important for the LORD to do creative miracles.
Please read Psalm 42:7. David is using a natural picture to explain a spiritual principle. A waterspout, naturally speaking, is a tornado at sea. It means a whirlwind, hollow, culvert, canal. The waterspout creates a vacuum that pulls up substance from the deep. The sea is a picture of God's Will. This channel, this vacuum, this waterspout pulls up substance or creative power from God's Will only when the channel is clear from obstruction. To be a waterspout, a believer must invoke the powers of the Blood, Fire, and Water to make a clear canal. Noise is what pulls up the creative power of God. First, get clean and unplug the channel, but don't stop there. Next, make a joyful noise to pull up the substance that's needed from God's Will. He wants to prove to His children that He is a miracle-working, involved God Who intervenes on behalf of those who are clean and noisy! The Christian's job is to make a clean channel with Blood, Fire, and Water. Noise pulls up the substance needed from God's Will. We should be more intense, more vehement with the shout and noise. Overflow on others and motivate them to shout and raise a joyful noise!
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