#197 (9/16/18 morning)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Images through Social Media and internet websites enter the soul, the temple of the Holy Ghost, and become part of our being.  These images influence the thought life and eventually manifest themselves in speech and deeds.  These images are a powerful force that redirect our eyesight away from God onto the things of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Many times things heard and seen on the computer make their way into personal conduct and communication corrupting good manners.  Remember, Eve LOOKED at the fruit and then DESIRED it!  Looking influenced her soul and spirit, to the point where she desired something forbidden and wrong.  Wrong images turn the heart of a believer to desire the world!  The Christian, in this modern age of computers, must be vigilant, attentive, cautious, and guarded concerning what they look at.  

Please read Genesis 30:25-end of chapter.  This is the story of Jacob and Uncle Laban.  After being deceived by his uncle, Jacob finally receives Rachel and desires to go back home.  Notice in verse 27 what Laban says.  He confessed, essentially, that because Jacob repented of his anger over his deceitful ways toward him, that God blessed him (Laban).  Laban wanted his blessing to continue without changing his evil ways.  Jacob, determined to separate from Laban, makes a deal with him.  They agree that Jacob take the speckled, spotted, brown, and ringstraked of Laban's flocks.  Also take note of verse 35.  Laban removes the weakest, poorest, and most feeble and gives them into the hand of HIS sons, and Jacob continues to look after Laban's flocks.  Later, Jacob returns to his own flocks and puts rods before their eyesight (verse 37).  In this situation, Jacob wanted the Name of the LORD.  The speckled, spotted, brown and ringstraked looked upon the weakest, poorest, most feeble letters of the Hebrew alphabet:  The yod, the hay, the vau, and the hay again.  The rods were the Name of the LORD!  Read verse 43 again.  "And the man (Jacob) increased EXCEEDINGLY"!  Prosperity comes through looking at the Name of the LORD!  True images are transferred into the soul and spirit when gazing upon the Word of God.  His lovliness and holiness, through His Word, produce true prosperity that blossoms in the soul and spirit.  Studying the Word negates the maleficence of the old heart that can cause us to desire the world.   The Word is not maladroit!  The efficacy of the Word is without argument!  It causes the Christian to desire HIM and forsake the world.  Watch your eyes!!!

#196 (9/12/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Opening comments:  We only see properly, naturally and spiritually, when our eyes are full of tears.  Tears wash the eyesight and bring into focus what the LORD is doing in the personal life of a Christian.  Jesus suffered 12 wounds in His Precious Body, creating 12 classes of tears.  Each wound produces a class of tears that the believer can weep for that wound.  In prayer, weeping for the wounds He suffered, the believer "creates" a world around him/her that excludes all opposition and enemy attacks.  As we fellowship His wounds, accepting that we were the cause the wound was inflicted, the heart is wrenched and crushed with repentance and sorrow.  Tears flow that give meaning and understanding about our own wounds.  When the Christian weeps over His wounds, personal wounds become trivial and insignificant compared to the Saviour's cuts and bruises.

In Eternity Past, there were souls and spirits in the loins of God.  In Time, there are 3 types of people:  Sinners, those foreordained, and those predestinated.  There are numerous verses supporting the preceding sentence; too many to expound on each one.  The scriptures given during this lesson will be listed with the hope that the reader will study them all for himself/herself.  

John 3:16, 2Peter 3:9, 1Peter 1:18, John 10:15, John 6:38, Matthew 26:39, Ephesians, 1:11, Romans 8:28-30, 1Corinthians 15:22, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, and Hebrews 7:8-9.  

#195 (9/9/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Philippians 3:10.  Paul writes that it is his desire to first KNOW HIM, regardless whether he is experiencing power and might or suffering and death.  Being exalted or abased, his primary purpose in either condition is to know Him.  Paul did not want to fall in love with the movements of the Spirit as he was moved from high to low or vice versa.  Uppermost, in whatever state he was in, was to learn more about the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  Notice that "power of His resurrection" is first.  We, as Christians, need the power and strength from His resurrection to be able to weather the storm of His suffering.  His strength is what allows the believer to walk through his or her personal suffering.  Why must a believer suffer?  Why is a believer taken to a barren place to experience thirst and anguish?  Why was Israel taken to a barren wilderness on the way to Canaan's Land?  The LORD wanted to see if they would fall in love with HIM!  He let them experience suffering to see if He was enough.  Could He fulfill ALL their desires?  They would never had known if suffering hadn't come.  

Man is a 3-fold being; Body, Soul, and Spirit.  He also is blessed with a heart and a will.  The Spirit communicates with and understands the invisible, spiritual world.  The Spirit of man is in constant contact with the good and evil that surrounds the soul and body.  The body is of the earth, terrestrial.  Sin broke the chain of communication between the spirit and the body, although they "sense" one another.  No direct contact is made between the two because of the partition of sin, but, they know each other exists.  Each part (body, soul, and spirit) have 5 senses.  These five senses are the communication system through which all parts talk to one another.  The body, soul, and spirit have their own language called PERCEPTION.  Please read I Thessalonians 5:23.  The author suggests that God sanctify each believer WHOLLY, or, body, soul, and spirit.  Many times Jesus, when He was about to heal someone, would ask them if they wanted to be made whole.  Spoken another way, did they want just a natural healing or did they want a whole healing:  body, soul, and spirit?  In this scripture, the desire of the author is for God to sanctify all 3 parts.  He goes on to say that it is his prayer that the whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless.  In other words, that all five senses of each part be preserved.  The body has 5 senses, the soul has 5 senses, likewise with the spirit.  Sanctify means:  clean, set apart, to offer as a sacrifice.  All fifteen senses should be clean, set apart, and offered as a sacrifice.  Why?  So the entire 3-fold being of man can communicate through the language of perception so each part knows what God is doing.  Clear perception allows the individual to make right choices based on cleansed senses.  The LORD wants to clean up all the senses to restore clear, transparent, diaphanous perception; allowing the Christian to make right choices.  

How is perception achieved in the senses?  Please read Hebrews 13:12, Romans 15:16, and Ephesians 5:26.  The LORD wants the Christian to consecrate, dedicate, and separate the senses with Blood, Fire, and Water.  Go back to the Courtyard of the Mosaic Tabernacle and apply these supernatural substances to the body, soul, and spirit and receive clear perception!

 #194 (9/5/18)

The pieces of furniture that represents the Headship of Christ in the Mosaic Tabernacle are the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat.  The written Word of restraint was placed inside the Ark, and the oral Word of giving rested above on the Mercy Seat.  The Ark and the Mercy Seat could be viewed as a throne upon which God rested between the cheribim.  Please read Revelation 5:6.  In the midst of this throne John saw a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven eyes or complete eyesight.  Please read Revelation 4:5.  In addition to the seven eyes, John also saw seven lamps burning before the throne which are the seven Spirits of God.  Complete eyesight and light proceed out of the throne.  Now go to Revelation 22 and read verses 1&2.  There also proceeds out of the throne a pure river of water, a street, the Tree of Life, twelve fruits and leaves for healing.  In Psalm 1:1-3 we see that a man or woman can become a tree of life if delight is found in the law of the Lord.  Meditation and delight in the law of the Lord has the potential to transform a believer into a tree of life that produces fruit and leaves of healing.  Isaiah 61:3 tells us what qualifies a believer to become a tree of righteousness - - - mourning.  

Please read Mark 8:22-26.  In this instance, Jesus healed the spiritual eyes of the blind man first.  His spiritual eyesight saw men as trees.  Afterwards, He healed his natural eyesight and he saw every man clearly.  Please read Revelation 22:2.  Notice a gender is assigned by the author to the person who produced the fruit.  This is none other than the Bride.  The river that proceeds out of the throne is the tears of the Slain Lamb.  This river consists of twelve different classes of tears that have been wept by the Bride over the 12 wounds of the Lamb.  A wound is given, under God's Headship, for the specific purpose of causing the one wounded to weep.  These tears are collected to form a river and a tree of life that produces 12 manner of fruit.  Weeping in gratitude for the wounds of the Lamb will produce the 12 fruits of the spirit in the heart of a believer and cause healing to proceed out that will heal others around him/her.  When we, as believer's, receive a vision of the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the mourning tears will flow over how He was treated by man and how they abused Him with such disdain.  Weeping and mourning over His wounds will produce the fruits of the spirit and allow us to offer healing to other ailing hearts.  Mourning and weeping will produce love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23).  

Our Beloved Pastor, Rev. Berniece R. Hicks - 1918 - 2018

Rejoicing with her Saviour!

On August 12, 2018 a Mighty Soldier of the Cross went home to be with her Lord.  We will miss her tremendously, but rejoice with her, that her course has been finished and that she is in the presence of the One she so faithfully loved, served and shared with us.  Earthly words cannot express the gratitude we feel in our hearts for the precious truth we have received these many years.  Our lives have been changed and we have great hope!

Thank you Rev. Hicks, for such a beautiful legacy!