1, '12 4:58 PM
By Regner Capener
Good Morning, Good Morning, Good
No, my record isn't broke, I just need
another cup of java to get my juices flowing for the day.(Grin)You can have some,
too, you know. Join me for a cup, why don't you, and let's get right to our
Whenever a person comes to the Lord
Jesus Christ, makes Him to be the Lord of their life, and permits the process
of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, a transformation process begins. Listen to
the way Paul describes it in his second letter to the Corinthian Ekklesia:
"Wherefore, if any [person] be in [Christ] the Anointed One and
His anointing, he is a newly formed creation; the old [nature] has perished and
dissolved away; the whole [being] has causatively changed and re-ordered so as
to become freshly new."(II Corinthians 5:17, my translation
What Paul is saying is that there is a
change of our DNA. God's DNA has been put into our being -- and that very act
compels a transforming process to begin in our being. It's not instantaneous! Not
by any means. The shock factor of that kind of change is more than subnormal
human flesh can withstand. God's purpose is to bring us back, to restore us to
a place of "normalcy" -- that place we were originally designed for
so that we can fellowship with Him, interact with Him on a minute-by-minute,
second-by-second basis AT HIS LEVEL of interchange!
That injection of His DNA into us leads
us to a moment of time in our lives where a supernatural transaction takes
place in the realm of the Spirit. A contractual agreement occurs between us and
the Lord. That agreement is going to lead us to covenant, but we're not there
yet. When that transaction, that agreement occurs in us, it takes place below
the level of our consciousness. Something happens subconsciously that is
ironclad in our beings.
Let me describe this in personal terms,
relating it back to something that happened to me at age nine.
There was a day, a moment in time, when
I was out on the playground of our public school, playing on the rings,
grabbing them and running around the pole until I became airborne for a few
seconds hanging onto the rope as it swung me around the pole. As clearly as
I've ever heard the voice of the Lord speak, I heard Him say to me (as he
flashed me back in a split second to the experience I'd had a couple of years
earlier when Jesus appeared at the foot of my bed and proceeded to lay out His
plan and purpose for my life), "Will you go wherever I send you? Will you
speak to whomever I instruct, regardless of whether it is an individual or a
group of people? Will you say to them exactly what I tell you?"
I was honestly surprised at the
questions, but without hesitation I blurted out loud, "Yes, Lord! You know
I will. I thought you already knew that!"
His chuckle at my response resonated in
my whole being, and yet I knew something tangible had taken place. His answer
to me was to the point, "It was necessary for you to say so."In that
moment I knew for the first time that just thinking my agreement with Him
wasn't enough; it had to be verbalized.
My speaking -- verbalizing -- my
personal agreement with Him set in motion a series of events that continue to
this day. A contractual agreement had been made in my spirit two years earlier,
but now that agreement had become a covenant relationship. The things that He
had spoken to me earlier, and the promises He made to me in the weeks that
followed when He took me to Heaven for the first time did not come to pass instantly.
There was a process of DNA transformation that had begun in me. I was on a path
to become something He was making of me. There was a day yet to be realized
when His destiny for me would be fulfilled.
So, why am I sharing all of this? There
are tens of thousands -- hundreds of thousands, even -- of people who will see
and read this word to whom something very similar has taken place. There has
been a moment in time -- perhaps in the recent past, and perhaps in the distant
past -- when a contractual agreement has been struck in which you have agreed
with God's call and purpose for your life. You've been on a trek ever since
then; a trek which has been leading you toward your destiny in God. Again,
whether recently or at some time in the past, that contractual agreement with
the Lord became a covenant engraved in your spirit, etched in your DNA. God's
DNA has been changing you, transforming you, molding you and bringing you to
the place where you can fulfill and accomplish all that God has placed in the
core of your existence.
2012 is a year for that destiny to be
manifested and for you to take your place in God's economy. Folks, as the
apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Roman Ekklesias, "For I reckon that
the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the
glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the
creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of
God.For the creature was made subject to vanity, not
willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because
the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into
the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth
in pain together until now."
You understand, don't you? The world,
our society, this nation is literally on a razor's edge screaming out for the
"greater works" generation to be revealed. I'm referring, of course,
to Jesus' promise to believers when He prophesied, "Verily, Verily, I
say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also,
and greater works than these shall he do because I go to my Father."(John 14:12)
Paul would never have written what he
wrote concerning the earnest expectation of all creation (literal Greek)
waiting for the manifestation of the sons (huios: fully matured and released with
Father's full authority) of God had it not been for the fact that there was
going to be that day of release. Let me take a couple of minutes to explain
this term: huios.
Although there are other applicable
words in the Greek and Hebrew texts that refer to sons, let me take the three
principal terms used in the New Testament. The first word is paidion. This term is generally applied to a young child (there is
another word that describes a babe-in-arms) between the ages of 2 and 12 years.
The next word is teknon. This describes someone who has
reached the age of bar
mitzvah -- usually 12 years of age -- and has
yet to reach a point of maturity in life and training. Between 12 and 30 years
of age a young man is being groomed to step into his father's business and
labors. This is an intense period of preparation, teaching, practice, making
mistakes and learning "by the things that he suffers."(see Hebrews
At or about age 30 (the determination
of the exact timing is made by the father) the
teknon becomes huios. At this point in Hebrew tradition and practice, a public
ceremony takes place in which the father openly says of his son, "this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."A ritual and
celebratory commissioning upon the son now takes place in which his father's
full authority and signatory power is given. From this moment forward the son
has the full signatory power of the father, he can conduct business in his
father's name, he can make contracts or covenants on behalf of his father and
his father will back him up 100 percent! The son is now huios. He is taught and trained, practiced and seasoned in making
decisions that his father approves of and is pleased with, and he now acts as
the direct agent of his father in all matters.
What we see taking place in Matthew 3
and Luke 3 perfectly describe a process that unfolds the transition from teknon to huios. Luke tells us
that "Jesus himself began to be about 30 years of age." Both Matthew and Luke
report that following Jesus' baptism (I'll speak to the significance of this at
a later time) everyone heard a voice speaking out of Heaven as Father said of
Him, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." It
couldn't possibly have been more significant to those who saw and heard. It was
a familiar phrase every householder was familiar with. Both Matthew and Luke
report that as Jesus came up out of the waters of baptism, the Holy Spirit
descended upon Him in the form of a dove.
Thus we see Jesus (1) being publicly
marked with Father's approval, being commissioned and sent forth under the
power of the Holy Spirit and having the signet, the seal of approval under
which Father's business would now be conducted in the earth.
So why am I going into all this detail?
Because I want you all to see a process that Jesus went through as the Pattern
Son. We as committed believers have been adopted into the Family of God. For us
to be released to do what Father says, to conduct His business and to
demonstrate that Kingdom to which we now belong, there is a process that
I've said this before and I'll say it
again: there's no such thing as "automatic" in the Kingdom of God. Certainly
we receive our "fire insurance" when we receive Jesus Christ as our
Lord and Savior, and so long as we walk with Him we can kiss Hell goodbye. But
that's not what being a Christian is all about! Being delivered from an
eternity in Hell and having Heaven as our future eternal base of operations
goes with the package of accepting Jesus Christ, but that's nothing more than
Actually it would be more proper to use
a different Greek term in this instance, and that word is nepios. Nepios defines a child
between the period of time between circumcision (8 days old) and 2 years.If you want to get really technical you can define a
brand new Christian -- one just saved and prior to circumcision (water baptism)
-- by the Greek word, brephos. Brephos is
literally a child just delivered from the birth canal.
Now that I've really bored you with
technical definitions, let's get to the heart of the matter. You see from the
Greek terms a progression from the new birth to the place of maturity. Under no
circumstances would Father release to a
brephos, or a nepios, or a paidion
(you get the picture)
the stamp of approval and full authority that comes with the maturity and
seasoning that it takes for one to become
Many years ago when my daughters,
Danielle and Rebekah, were in their teens I had a
newspaper business with the Anchorage Daily News. Our family vehicle at the
time was a new Chevrolet Lumina mini-van. There was no way I was going to hand
them the keys to the car and let them take off on their own on the streets of
the city. Danielle was 14 and Rebekah was 12.
Periodically I had extra large
newspapers, and hundreds of deliveries to make. If I wanted either of the girls
to help me (at 3:00 AM) I would awaken them and tantalize them with the car keys.It didn't take any great persuading for me convince
them to help me when they got to drive the car and follow me down the streets. They
were, at that point in their lives,
teknon. There was a measure
of trust and authority that I could release to them at that age, and it was a
necessary release that would become a natural part of their existence in the
years to come. Huios was yet to come.
Some years later Della and I were
living in south Texas. Rebekah had moved with her
family to be near us. When Della and I left on a trip for Alaska and were going
to be gone for awhile, we handed the keys to our home to Rebekah,
along with a signed document that gave her the authority to act on our behalf
in our absence and conduct any necessary business. For all practical purposes,
she became huios. Rebekah's
two boys, Andrew and P.J., now were given the key to our garden tractor and
both permission and responsibility to keep our yards, lawns and orchards cared
for. They got to experience the same release and trust their mother had
experienced years before.
That's a pretty feeble illustration,
but you have the picture by now. This is what the Lord has been doing with us. Depending
on the degree of our responsiveness and obedience to the direction of the Holy
Spirit, we've been learning from Him and being given greater and greater levels
of responsibility and authority. We've been brought to a point where Father can
say of us, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."
There is no substitute for that moment
in our walk with God. The level of confidence that is released in us is beyond
measure. With that moment comes a directive concerning Father's business, a
commission, and with that commission the authority and power to back us up as
we fulfill His destiny in us and for us.
There are many believers who are
reading this who've been experiencing this process I've just described. You've
walked with the Lord for years. You've experienced the pain and the correction
that comes with disobedience, along with the love and grace Father gives to us
as He patiently deals with us and gives us the opportunity to do it again. For
many of us, Father's mercy is nothing less than astounding as He picks us up
following our failures and continues to encourage us to move in Him and with
Him to a greater and greater degree.
2012 is a year of Huios! Father has determined within His economy to see many,
many, many "sons" follow our pattern Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ,
in not only performing the works that Jesus worked (which, as He Himself noted,
were Father's works), but also "greater works."
If you haven't already seen this in
your spirit, let me give you a snapshot.
is the regional bishop for the Church of God in the Stara
Zagora region of Bulgaria. As you can imagine, true Christianity in this region
of the world comes at a great price and believers had better have the goods if
they are to stand in the face of certain persecution for their testimony.
As we sat at lunch one day, Stilian shared with us the story of a brother in one of the
churches he is responsible for. This particular brother was being chased by two
men who intended at the very least to do him serious bodily harm, if not kill
him, for his testimony. As he came to a lake with no place else to run, he
simply took off running across the water.[Yes, that's what I said! NOT wading
into the lake!]As he neared the middle of the lake the two very surprised and
frustrated antagonists decided to run around the lake and catch him on the
other side. The believer simply stood still in the middle of the lake and
watched them run. When they had passed the middle point he simply turned and
ran back across the lake the direction he had come. His would-be attackers
couldn't believe what they were seeing and simply gave up their pursuit. They
left him alone from that day forward.
A brother in the Lord whom I have known
in years gone by was Mel Tari, the author of
"Like a Mighty Wind."As Mel once related it to me, in order to reach
ministry destinations entire groups of people needed to cross a river. Instead
of me telling you the story, watch this YouTube video uploaded from Patricia
King's XPMedia site as Mel relates the story himself.
I have been in meetings where people
were healed en masse of certain diseases. There was no healing line, and the
person ministering at the time didn't call certain people out of the audience. He
simply decreed the Word of the Lord over certain specific diseases or
sicknesses, swept his hand over the people and longtime, chronic diseases
simply disappeared. Those people were asked to please go home, see their
physician and get a thorough checkup, and then report back with the physician's
signed release. This is not a one-time event! I've seen this over and over, and
the phenomenon is increasing.
John G. Lake (1870 - 1935) was a kind
of modern forerunner for this "greater works" movement that's really
beginning to unfold in this day and hour. He was famous for going into
hospitals and literally cleaning them out, with every single person in the
hospital being healed, no matter what the affliction, disease or sickness might
be. Medical doctors testified that they watched (in microscopes) viruses die on
contact with his hand.
We need to stop for today, but I've
scarcely scratched the surface and haven't even begun to reach the core of what
I need to share with you. Let's pick this up next week, shall we?
"There is a difference between a politician
and a leader, and we are in desperate need of not just a leader, but a great
leader. It is not the government that needs changing as much as the election
process. America is now facing some of the most potentially deadly crises we
have ever faced, in a time when the world is more dangerous than it has ever
been. It is understandable that so many would be pining for another Reagan, but
for what we are facing, we need a combination of Washington, Lincoln,
Churchill, and Moses."
Blessings on you!
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