#234 (3/27/19)

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!

#233 (3/24/19)

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!

#232 (3/20/19)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Psalm 133:3.  Notice in this verse that reference is made to the mountains (plural) of Zion.  There are several mountains that comprise Mt. Zion.  Naturally speaking, Jerusalem resides atop Mt. Zion.  Speaking spiritually, Mt. Zion is the Father with the "city" (The Son) residing on top of the "mountain" (The Father).  The mountain is the gratitude of the Father that He has for the Son for making His Name known.  The Father had a need that the Son was able to meet - - - making His Name known.  A mountain of gratitude supports the city; the gratitude of the Father undergirds the Son.  

Please read Isaiah 62:7.  Jerusalem, the Son, should be established in our earth.  This happens through praise.  By lifting up the Name of Jesus and sending heavenward our praises for His great Name, the city of the Son gets established.  Pleasure and pain make no difference; they actually become irrelevant.  Simply having the privilege of doing the will of God and focusing praise toward the Son for that privilege is what becomes relevant.  

The city, the New City, is a declaration of the 12 governmental Names of the Son.  Gratitude supports the right image.  The Son, Love Divine, is the right image.  Please read John 8:32.  What is truth?  Truth is the right image.  By praising the Son, the Right Image, we are set free.  The right image sets us free.  

Please read I Corinthians 15:54-57.  Resurrection is a raising of the truth.  When the Truth is lifted up through praise, it swallows death.  Truth sets us free by swallowing internal and external death.  By giving thanks we can fellowship the Father by exalting and being grateful for His Son.  As a consequence, death is swallowed up.  It is important to attend a prayer meeting on a regular basis.  When the saints get together and praise the Son, the Truth, He swallows up opposition, death, and darkness.  Men especially need to attend prayer meetings and not let the women carry the load of prayer.  The preponderance of praising the Name, the Truth, falls on men and women equally.  Men have a tendency to let the women do what they need to do themselves.  Men need to stop hiding behind the skirts of prayerful women.  Together, men and women, the Name is lifted up!

#231 (3/17/19)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Mark 6:43-45.  After feeding the 5 thousand and taking up twelve baskets of fragments and fishes, Jesus constrained the diciples to leave.  Straightway is defined as immediately, no choice, without hesitation or delay.  His instruction was for them to go to Bethsaida, in the ship, without delay.  In verse 46, He sought the solitary place after dispersing the multitudes.  He sent the diciples and the multitudes away and sought solitude in prayer.  He was watching the diciples from a distance on the mountain.  In verse 48, He SAW them toiling in rowing; by this time they had been rowing about 4-5 hours.  After this great miracle and blessing they immediately were plunged into a severe storm.  The diciples were being obedient to travel to Bethsaida in the ship; the wind was coming from the direction of Bethsaida.  They obeyed the LORD and experienced a storm with a strong headwind.  They were rowing against the wind.  

Please read Ephesians 4:14. Wind in this verse is defined as deceitful doctrine of man.  The spiritual counterpart to the sea is the will of man.  So, we see a picture here that is profitable to the Christian right now.  At times, the believer is aboard a tiny ship, as it were, in a raging storm on the shifting and falling sea of his/her own will.  Winds of doctine blow with one objective:  to upset the ship and swallow up the life of the believer.  Opposition, separation, darkness and wind compound the fact that His personal presence is GONE!  This is the way He constrained them to go . . . but . . . He is watching from a distance.  Please read verse 49.  All of them could not discern who He was - - - is it a spirit or is it Jesus?  Why, in verse 50, did He say to them to be cheerful and not afraid?  Because they, at this point, were neither.  In verse 52 the problem is identified.  They considered not the miracle of the loaves (bread).   Bread is the staff of life, it is Love, Light, and Life.  The cause of the storm was identified as the rejection of the bread.  By rejecting the bread they had no discernment when the personal presence of Jesus approached and their hearts were hardened.  What is the cause of darkness, separation, and wind?  Why can't we recognize Jesus in the midst of the storm?  Why the opposition and fear?  What happened to our cheerfulness; why are we afraid?  We consider not the miracle of the bread and harden our hearts. 

Each day we pass through the routine and consider not the greater picture of what is really happening.  We lose sight of the spiritual counterpart and what the LORD wants to make us - - - a Bride.  Sure, we must experience routine, but is the routine contributing to the making of a Bride?  Every day the LORD gives us our daily bread.  In other words, He ordains for us to receive our daily dose of Love, Light, and Life.  Bread comes in the form of the Word of God and daily experiences.  Each day He ordains the spot (sin) in the heart that He wants to convert.  He manipulates the circumstances so that one spot can rise up and be exposed.  Do we consider the miracle of the bread (the circumstance) and allow Him to convert that one spot or do we harden the heart and reject the bread (the circumstance)?  Daily rejection of His Love, Light, and Life causes a lack of proper discernment when Jesus arrives on the scene in His personal presence.  Rejection of the bread was the cause of the effect of the storm, wind, opposition, darkness and lack of discernment.  Rejection of the bread affected the diciples more than what they were experiencing in the  ship. 

He comes daily, through our circumstances, and offers Love, Light, and Life so as to make us His Bride.  May we be more vigilant to accept His offering and humble ourselves at His Lovely Feet.  

#230 (2/27/19)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

The LORD's original intent with his crowning creation, mankind, was to inhabit his/her will in the form of Love, Light, Truth, and Life.  The will of man/woman was purposely made to receive the LORD God and provide a home for His Name.  His Name is Love, Light, Truth, and Life.  Because of His great, unspeakable Master Plan, sin was allowed to temporarily take the place of His Name in the will of man.   His Master Plan has not completely unfolded with regard to the will of man.  The will was made for Him and His Name only.  The original intent has not diminished; His Name will inhabit the will of man.  Through personal experience, man has the privilege of allowing the LORD God to divorce his will from its unholy union with fallen Lucifer and get remarried to the Name.  Why?  So He can reveal Himself and show the man/woman the reality of a loving and compassionate God!  When a believer is familiar with the counterfeit, the truth of what's real is made that much more convincing.  

Deceit, Death, Darkness, and Hate now inhabit the will of man.  Deceit has a ministry and that is to steal the truth.  When the Mighty LORD God intervenes in behalf of His creation, He leaves behind a token of His beautiful Self in the will.  When the counterfeit is measured against the real, and found wanting, a memorial is raised honoring the Name of the LORD.  Over time, the memory can take the believer back to each memorial to rehearse and relive what miraculous things God has done.  Deceit's objective is to remove these precious memorials that remind us of His Great Love and Goodness.  Please turn to I Kings 20.  Benhadad is a picture of deceit inhabiting the will of man.  It is recommended that the reader read the whole chapter.  In verse 10 of chapter 20 Benhadad (deceit) has a message for Ahab.  Likewise, deceit has a message for the believer.  Benhadad boasted about how many men were following him (thirty two kings and all their hordes) and said if each man took a handful of dust Samaria would be leveled.  Put another way, you're greatly outnumbered so there is no use in resisting.  Deceit tells us to give up, not fight, surrender the LORD's memorials and allow deceit to rule again in the will.  From a human standpoint deceit is a powerful foe.  From God's standpoint deceit "ain't nothin' but a thing"!   

How does the Christian identify deceit?  It builds false roads that lead the believer in search of happiness outside of the LORD God.  The Christian develops the problem of not being able to discern right and wrong.  The truth becomes blurred with no definitive lines.  Deceit creates an illusion, a dream world, of promised pleasure outside of the will of God.  Finally, it overcomes and steals the truth already laid in the will.  Jesus becomes an acquaintance rather than a Bridegroom.  

No covenant is to be made with deceit.  The Name of the LORD must REPLACE deceit.  It is destined to be removed from the will of man and be replaced with His Wonderful, Beautiful, Glorious Name.