May 2, 2014
One quick note before we get started today: For those who have
tried the last two weeks to access our Sunday fellowship conference calls, we
were offline for a couple of reasons, and this past Sunday, Rich Warren and I
were away, leading worship for a men's retreat at Fort Flagler. Our Sunday
conference calls will resume this Sunday at or around 12:30 PM PST (3:30 PM
EST): (559) 726-1300, Access Code: 308640#.
Leading worship at the Fort Flagler retreat (for the Full Gospel
Businessmen's Fellowship) this past weekend was an adventure all its own! With
roughly 120 men in attendance, we became both participants and observers in the
workings of Holy Spirit. Sunday morning when Rich and I began (and we had Craig
Manley's help on the drums), I began to sing a prophetic song from the
Bridegroom to the Bride. It was styled musically like a piece of very upbeat
jazz. Some of the men began dancing in the aisles, some clapped their hands and
stomped their feet, but others stood in the aisles literally bawling their eyes
out. It was a real contrast in seeing how Holy Spirit ministered to the men.
One man received a new heart and a new liver.
let's see if we can wrap up the portion of this discussion I was aiming at last
week in addressing the healing of the mind, the memories, the thought processes
and the traumas that have been left over in our inner beings as a result of
mental or emotional injury in time past.
title of this series -- Aphiémi Healing
-- clearly indicates, what Jesus has done for us is to eradicate all of the
past for us from a legal and judicial standpoint.
Aphiémi, which comes from aphesis,
literally means to eradicate from existence -- not only blotting out sin,
sickness, disease and death, but implementing a time shift (if I can use a
sci-fi term) for us such that the sin, the sickness, the disease and death
Don't look at me in that tone of voice. I didn't make this up. Every time you
see the word or the term, "forgive", or "forgiveness" of
sin, or "remission" of sin used throughout the New Testament, the
original Greek word is aphiémi. That word means to erase, to
separate, to cease completely, to reverse (in the sense of going back to a time
before it took place), to send away. I know that we've covered this definition
before, several times, in this series of Coffee Breaks, but just wanted to
refresh you on its significance.
talked about this before as well, but here's how Paul puts it in his letter to
the Philippians (and in order to amplify it in such a way as to draw a complete
picture, let me expand upon the Greek text more fully): [See Philippians
"That I may know and have full revelation of Him, and the
dynamic, explosive power of His resurrection, with the full understanding and
communion of the passion, the emotional and mental suffering he endured, being
joined with and conformed to His physical death [*see note]; if somehow I might
arrive at and experience resurrection from physical death.
"It's not as though I had already arrived at or
accomplished that state of completion or perfection, but I am in full pursuit
and pressing forward [with every particle of my being] in order to come to and
possess that place, that goal, that standard [of completion] Jesus Christ
eagerly awaits and has sought after in me;
"My brethren, after taking inventory of myself, I do not
consider that I have achieved or seized hold of that goal, that objective set
before me, but with one singular goal and purpose, I set aside, I forget, I
lose completely [any awareness] of all that I have gone through, experienced or
known, and -- stretching beyond my past or present for those objectives, goals
and purposes [Christ has set before me],
"I pursue after [with every ounce of my being], seeking
eagerly that visible and tangible mark which indicates with certainty that I
have won and obtained the prize, the reward -- that place of unity and intimacy
with the Lord -- that ultimate invitation to be joined to Christ Jesus as a
part of His Bride.
"Accordingly, let all those of us who have the certainty of
that high calling of God in Christ Jesus, having achieved whatever level of
completion [He has accomplished in us by His Spirit], condition and discipline
our minds and thought processes [to never settle for less than the ultimate
goal and destiny in Him]; and, should there be any area of thinking or mindset
which would cause you to settle for less in your pursuit of Him, God will
remove the fog or smokescreen which contaminates your thinking and reveal His
goal, HIs objective and His destiny to you."
mouthful, I know, but I trust it comes across with clarity for you.
take a minute to address a phrase that occurs in verse 10: That I may know and have ...... the full understanding and
communion of the passion, the emotional and mental suffering he endured... The KJV
translates this phrase, "that I may know ... the
fellowship of His sufferings." There are a couple of Greek words
here that are really important to understand. The first word, koinonia,
while it can, I suppose, be translated "fellowship," really describes
something that the word "fellowship" really fails to grasp. I'll come
back to this momentarily. The second Greek word of note is pathema. This word, which describes
hardship and pain -- mostly within the framework of mental and emotional
anguish -- makes much more sense here once we see the full picture of the word, koinonia.
Koinonia, is one of those words best
framed within the context of another horribly mistranslated Greek word, ekklesia. Ekklesia, as I have noted in
previous Coffee Breaks, is the word which is almost exclusively translated
"church" throughout the New Testament. Because of what we picture
"church" as today, and because of what it has become, AND because of
the origins of the word, nothing could be further from the truth of what ekklesia actually
book titled: A Tale of Two Brides, published by Destiny Image,
and available at Amazon.com, I noted that this word, ekklesia, was coined by the Alexandrian
translators as an approximate way to translate the Hebrew ya.ad, and its counterpart, mowadah. These Hebrew words are often
translated as "the tent of meeting," or "the tabernacle of the
congregation" in our English texts of the Old Testament. In fact, the real
meaning of these terms is "the calling and assembling together of the
betrothed by the bridegroom."
Ekklesia is coined
from two Greek words, ek, meaning: "out of,"
and, kaleo, meaning: "called" or
"the calling." The picture of ekklesia, therefore, is the calling and assembling together
[by the Paraklete, Holy Spirit] for the purpose and
preparation to become the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ. Contrary to the
structure and concept of "church," Ekklesia is NOT something a person can
join, or become a member of. No one can decide to become a part of an ekklesia.
joined together by Holy Spirit with others who have the same call. They are
joined together in a relationship which Holy Spirit designs as an intimate
bonding together -- a place where the fellowship becomes so strong, that one
would literally give himself or herself for the others. A level of trust is
established between those who are joined together in ekklesia so that
they can chip and grind away and rub up against each other to bring change,
correction, admonishment and encouragement to one another until -- as Paul puts
it in Ephesians 4 -- "we all come to the unity of the
faith , and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the
measure of the stature of the fulness of
what ekklesia is all
about! It most assuredly is NOT church or anything remotely resembling what we
know today as contemporary church life. Contrary to a lot of terminology used
today among Christians, we are NOT "The Church"! We are the body of
Christ. We are not a bunch of organizations or denominations; those are
man-made structures which absolutely violate the heart of the Lord Jesus
Christ. What we are is a living organism -- the organic, intimately-connected,
life-breathing and Jesus-manifesting collection of individual ekklesias forming
the larger Ekklesia.
brings us back to the word, koinonia. Koinonia is
something which indicates intimacy. This word describes community, communion,
sharing, becoming one with, having joint participation and interchange on a
level of complete trust and confidence -- and here's the key -- in a bond of
I can see
some of you looking at me like I just fell off the turnip truck. (smile!)
You're thinking, how in the world did we get here? What does this have to do
with Paul's statement in Philippians? OK. Ready?
back to the way it is phrased in the KJV: "that I may know ... the fellowship of His
sufferings," as well as my amplified translation from the Greek: That I may know and have ...... the full understanding and
communion of the passion, the emotional and mental suffering he endured...
where we encounter the word, pathema. Pathema doesn't
work in a casual, social setting. You're never going to see that kind of
passion and emotion where you are not vested in a relationship with someone or
"some ones." This word only describes intense pain, emotional or
mental agony that comes out of a very personal and intimate relationship with
became so vested in us and so loved us even before we ever came out of the womb
into this world that when He took our pain, our suffering, our diseases and
sicknesses, AND -- most of all -- the curse which was upon us, He experienced
an emotion and a mental anguish that far transcends anything we comprehend.
describes the agony Jesus went through on our behalf in the Garden of
Gethsemane like this (see Luke 22:44) : "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his
sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."
are seeing here is precisely what Jesus came to do, to accomplish and to
fulfill on our behalf. You remember where we were a couple of weeks ago in
talking about Isaiah's prophecy of Jesus in Isaiah 61? Jesus quoted Isaiah's
prophecy as being fulfilled in Himself when He began his ministry by saying, "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the
LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to
bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening
of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of
going through all of the definitions again from the Hebrew text, what we have
is a perfect picture of this realm we've been discussing about healing for
memories, emotional wounds, traumas, broken hearts, as well as deliverance from
evil spirits. For many weeks now, we have been talking about the ending of the
curse that came upon the human race with Adam and Eve's partaking of the Tree
of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jesus eradicated that curse! He remitted --
He forgave completely all of the sin that came of that curse for all those who
enter into the covenant He has provided. That's
folks, there is a requirement on our part. The divine Covenant Jesus has
provided is not passive. We don't get to push an
aphiémi button and get instant
deliverance, instant healing, instant freedom from the captivity of the Enemy
without participation in this process.
don't put Jesus back on the Cross and crucify Him all over again just because
we fail! When we first enter into this Covenant, there is a recognition that
Jesus paid the entire price for our salvation -- our sozo -- and
everything that is a part of that package. One thing we seem to forget,
however, is that we are triune beings just like Jesus. We are first and
foremost spirit. Secondly, we have a soul which consists of our identity, our
mind, our thoughts, our emotions, our character and makeup. Third and last, we
have a physical body to house soul and spirit.
first come to Jesus and enter into His covenant, our spirits are immediately
saved, delivered and set free. To use the common vernacular, we are
"saved," Now comes the process as Paul describes in Romans where we
"work out our salvation with fear and trembling." Now we participate
in the process. We are completely legally, judicially free of sin, sickness,
disease, infirmity, evil spirits, poverty, etc. But that's not the same as
being experientially free, and that's where our participation comes in.
have the time in this Coffee Break to go into all of the aspects of that
participation, but following up on the mental and emotional healing, and
healing of the traumas of the past, let's simply take on the confessional
aspect of our participation.
how Paul puts it in writing to the Corinthians: (See II Corinthians 10:3-6)
For though we live, deport and comport ourselves by that which
we see, hear, taste, smell and touch, we do not contend with, war after and
execute military strategies [against Satan] by that which we see and hear, know
intellectually, or have opinions of:
For the weapons and instruments of our war and executed actions
[against Satan] do not have their origins and [weak, impotent] operation in
natural flesh and human abilities, but they are skillful, potent and powerful –
like dynamite – through God to the demolition and extinction of all fortified
and guarded places of opinions in opposition,
Bringing down violently and demolishing (to total extinction)
all mental reasonings and thought processes, and
every mental barrier or arrogant and self-elevated attitude that justifies
itself in opposition to the knowledge of God; bringing into captivity and
making a prisoner every perception of the intellect and every mental purpose or
determination to the compliance and submission of Christ and His anointing [in
the same way that He complied with the will and desire of the Father];
And holding in readiness and preparedness the [spiritual]
fitness to vindicate and punish all refusal to hear what the Spirit is saying
when your attentive and obedient submission has been satisfied fully and
What Paul is addressing here is the warfare that goes on in our minds and our
emotions. We are at war spiritually, folks. Non-stop! Our deliverance from the
Enemy comes by the casting down of imaginations -- EVERY imagination which sets
itself up against anything and everything that God says and does, and
everything that Jesus has made available to us. Casting down those
imaginations, however, is not simply a mental process. It requires our speaking
to the imaginations -- OUT LOUD!
wrap up today's Coffee Break with something I've come to say often to folks
throughout the years: Thoughts do not chase away thoughts: words chase away
thoughts. What we speak is what makes a difference in our lives.
Again, if you are in need of healing -- especially if you have
some terminal disease or prognosis of a very short time to live from the
doctors -- please join our prayer conference calls on either Monday, Wednesday
or Friday of each week at 7:00 PM Eastern. Once again, the number to call is
(805) 399-1000. Then enter the access code: 124763#. Let us minister to your
need for healing!
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