#188 (7/18/18) 

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

Please read Psalm 56:8.  Tears are an indication that the spirit is actively connected to the Holy Ghost.  The spirit of man is what understands God.  It can discern and recognize the invisible, spiritual movements of our celestial Father and His Glorious Son.  When we ask the LORD to "move" on our being, we are asking for God to engage, sweep over, and breathe on the spirit.  When tears flow, the spirit is being influenced, swayed, and provoked by His Sweet Presence.  Tears start in the invisible and move out through the soul and body.  The spirit is weeping when the body is weeping.  It is a very special and precious act to allow tears to flow in His Presence.    So much so, that He collects each one in His bottle.  These tears are the primary substance used to construct the jasper walls of the New City.  Not one tear falls to the ground and is lost; each one He cherishes and rushes to the New City to contribute to the jasper wall.  

Please read Psalm 42:1-4.  Part of the journey is to experience personal circumstances that make us weep (verse 3).  These are given by the hand of a Holy Father to, ultimately, urge the Christian to "go to the house of God" (verse 4).  In Psalm 62:8, David, the Psalmist of Israel, says to "pour out your heart before Him".  Spoken another way, pour out your spirit in liquid tears, weep in contrition and brokennes at His Brazen Feet.  Tears cleanse the eyesight.  Faith and Imagination are refreshed as a result.  

The Apostle John, on the island of Patmos, received the "Great Revelation" when a door was opened in heaven and he was ushered before a throne (Revelation 4:1-2).  Please read Revelation 5:1-4.  While in the spirit, he wept much because no one was found to open the book and to look upon it.  Notice that John is the only one weeping; everyone in heaven knew what was going on---except him.  This experience was just for John to get him to weep.  The LORD desired John to record what he saw for all humanity to read until the return of Jesus Christ.  He wept and wrote the Book of Revelation.  The LORD puts us in places where personal circumstances provoke us to weep.  He manufactures hand-picked events that engage the spirit to cry.  He works on a personal level to deliver situations that crush the spirit so it will ooze tears.  Crying, weeping, and travail are rare in the Christian world in these modern times.  They are a precious thing in the eyes of the Great God.  The world tells us the polar opposite; hold in the tears, tears are a sign of weakness, tears make you less of a man, etc, etc, etc.  The Truth is:  tears are precious and are not wasted.  A beautiful jasper wall is being constructed with them.  

#187 (7/11/18)

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

Please read John 12:23-24.  The word "except" is defined as a condition.  "Fall" means a lighting upon, a new place, a new route, new growth, new experience.  The corn of wheat must die, be slain, be separated.  Around a seed is a shell that must die in order for the new life contained within the seed to spring forth.  The shell is the way things used to be.  The new life is the change.  By releasing the shell and the way things used to be we can accept the change and the joy that will come because of new life, a new relationship.  Dying to the old shell of past pleasure ushers in new pleasures as a new, refreshing relationship buds and blooms.  Release the old to embrace the new!  The new will bear much fruit!  Change will come but it will be positive, joyful, and new.  Regarding close family relationships, if the change is embraced by all then all will grow and become closer in the end.  Being closer to a family member means embracing the change and releasing the old relationship so it can bring forth much fruit in the future.  

#185 (7/1/18 morning)

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

Please read Psalm 4:1.  The word "distress" means narrow, tight, crowding, a place of trouble.  It was in this type of place the Psalmist admitted was a place of enlarging.  We need a narrow, tight, troublesome place to grow spiritually.  When the LORD reigns us in and puts a boundary, a fence, a restriction around us, we know it is for the purpose of growth.  The average human, in their fallen condition, resents being confined.  Control and choice are removed when lassoed into a narrow, tight place.  The neck stiffens and the heels dig in when the Holy Ghost leads us back into the corral.  In the case of David, Samuel the prophet removed him from his narrow, tight place (NTP) and anointed him King of Israel.  After this event, David was returned to his NTP by the LORD to increase his spiritual growth.  Furthermore, David was once again removed and brought to the court of Saul to relieve him of his mental illness while playing his harp.  When this was concluded, there went David back to his sheep and his hillside NTP.  At the request of his father, David brings food to his brothers who are engaged in a standoff with the Phillistines.  After hearing the blasphemous, invective spewing forth from the mouth of Goliath, David gains national attention for ridding the earth of a foul enemy of the LORD.  Back to the NTP he went to receive more enlargement.  

In the scripture reference above, "prayer" is defined as a hymn, intercession.  We can deduce that prayer (intercession) in our NTP brings about enlargement or growth.  "Enlarged" is defined as to make large, make room, expansion, to grow wide.  David could have easily resented being sent to watch dumb sheep.  He was anointed king, he worked in the palace court, he slew Goliath and received national attention ("Saul has slain his thousands, but David has slain his ten-thousands"), why should he be banished to a NTP and not be exalted for his accomplishments?  He could have groaned and moaned that God underestimated his talent and ability.  Just as easily, he could have accused the Headship and Righteousness of the LORD for being unfair in controlling his destiny.  Not a word of complaint is recorded in the Bible.  Instead, David gladly went back to his NTP and wrote beautiful and charming psalms about the goodness and greatness of God.  David was completely devoted and surrendered to the Headship of the LORD and wrote about it in his songs.  He was a prolific writer of hymns and songs in the darkness and lonliness of his NTP.  In our personal NTP's (using David as an example) the LORD would like us to tune our harps and play songs of love and surrender to His Omniscient Headship.  When the time comes, after enough spiritual growth (enlarging) has taken place, we will be exalted to the prominent position of King of Israel (as it were).  Promotion comes from the LORD.  

#186 (7/8/18 morning)

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

Please read Proverbs 25:28.  The spirit, in this verse, is compared to a broken down city.  In this condition, it has no wall to be a barrier to external enemies.  The spirit was created of celestial substance and is capable connecting us to the LORD.  The body was created from terrestial substance and is joined to the earth.  In the center is the soul.  For it to understand God and His Master Plan, the spirit must communicate with the soul.  When the Word of God speaks to the soul, it comprehends the present situation and, thus, cooperates with the LORD's Plan.  The spirit attaches our entire being to the LORD since they both are made of similar material.

In the Garden of Eden, the woman represented the Spirit.  Moreover, the man typed the Word. The serpent, after crawling through the unprotected gate of the garden, approached the woman (spirit).  The serpent was wise enough to know that if he could break the unity of the "spirit" (woman) he could easily continue with the downfall of the man.  His purpose was to break the unity of God and the couple; he started with the woman (spirit).  When the spirit is defiled, unity is broken with the LORD. 

Please read Proverbs 20:27.  The spirit is likened to a candlestick from which the soul receives understanding.  The soul understands from the light of the Word.  Adam could not stand in the presence of the serpent because the light of understanding was gone.  Consequently, he fell as well as his wife.  Our spirit needs to be protected to fend off enemies that come to sever the unity it enjoys with God and the light it supplies to the soul.  This barrier is a wall of tears.  

Two outcomes are apparent after knowing the LORD any length of time:  you either become soft and pliable or hard and bitter.  When we, as Christians, receive wounds, they eventually heal and scar over.  The scar is a reminder of the pain and emotion that once accompanied the wound.  The scar is always visible but tears remove the emotional and physical pain.  Scars don't hurt because the pain is gone after healing.  We can remember how we received the scar without fixating on the pain that was once there if enough tears have been shed.  Tears start in the invisible, in the spirit, then proceed through the soul and on to the body.  When we weep, a wall is either being built or being reinforced around the spirit.  Tears maintain unity with the LORD.  When we show love to someone they may choose to weep by our expression of empathy and concern.  Their tears, though our love, helps them to build a wall around the spirit and get in unity with God.  Showing love to a fellow human being is a very powerful force.  It has the potential of bringing unity and harmony between an estranged spirit and a loving God.  

#184 (6/24/18 morning)

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

Please read John 7:37-39 and John 6:28-29.  The word "believe" is the same Greek word in both scripture references.  In John 7, Jesus spoke that the Holy Ghost would come to the person who believed on Him.  In John 6, Jesus revealed that belief in Him was a work; a good work.  By belief, a Christian can do a good work and receive the Holy Ghost.  

Now, please read James 2:21-26.  Let's take it a step further.  Justification comes through works.  In addition, after reading Romans 3:28, we see that justification also comes through faith.  Justification has two sides:  the invisible and the visible.  Invisibly, faith works from a love relationship with the LORD, a union with God in private.  Visibly, a work (child) is produced through this union of heart and will.  The work bears the visible image of the joining of hearts in the invisible.  To be justified is to have a private, intimate union with God that produces a good work that bears the image of that union.  To receive the Holy Ghost, a fruit of belief, a work of belief will assure the Christian getting it.  

The Holy Ghost is a promise given by Jesus Christ Himself (which we already read).  The working of believing in the promise brings the performance of the promise.  It is necessary to work to believe that the Holy Ghost is real, that it is for today and that it is poured out on all flesh.   It is work to believe flaming tongues of fire can cause the tongue of man to give praises to the LORD God.  Working to believe unlocks the performance of the promise, not only with regard to the Holy Ghost but, also, with any heavenly promise. 

Works are powerful; they can cause agitation in heaven as a wrong work, or peace in heaven as a good work.  Peace in heaven translates into peace on earth; when God is pleased with a right work, true satisfaction is experienced by the one believing and working.  True pleasure is pleasing the Father, likewise, true satisfaction is satisfying the Father.  We hold the key that unlocks the lock of performance of a promise.  Believing the promise brings perfomance of the promise.