June 13, 2014
We were doing a bit of reminiscing in the past few days about
some of the rather humorous events of our childhoods and I was sharing with
folks an event that took place in the winter of 1947 in Nome, Alaska. We'd had
a rather spectacular snowfall resulting in snowdrifts anywhere from 7 to 20
feet deep. Being both the son of a preacher and a missionary, and having a call
myself -- even at age five -- imbedded in my spirit by the Lord to the
ministry, it was perfectly natural for me to be a preacher so I did what came
natural in that environment.
I dug out a room in a big snow bank, cut a window, put a candle in the window for light, made a bench from compacted snow and had myself a "church!" Preaching to my friends and playmates was the logical thing to do, and of course, I led some of them to the Lord. They knelt down at that snow bench and accepted Jesus Christ.
Well, what do you do when you first accept Jesus Christ? You
have to be baptized in water. In case you hadn't noticed, that's a problem when
the outside temperature is minus 20 degrees. So we waited until Spring. When
the temperatures began to warm and the snow began to melt mud puddles were the
natural result. As soon as the snow had sufficiently melted that we had some
fairly deep mud puddles, I started baptizing my friends. We thought nothing of
it! My friends' parents might have wondered at their coming home all soaking
wet and covered in muddy water, but we never heard anything from it. And --
after all -- when I was baptized in water, it was in the Nome River in the
early summer when ice cakes were still floating in the river.
You see, none of it makes any difference when you are obeying
the Word of the Lord and acting in faith! (OK, now you can smile!)
the past couple of weeks, Della and I have been discussing a trap we've seen
among believers in which they get focused on the "facts" of their
situations and completely miss the promises God has made for us. People get
caught up with the pain, the suffering, the needs that they have and fail to
appropriate for themselves the truth of what Jesus has said concerning their
needs, and what He has done.
our healing, our deliverance from oppression and our provision for every need
comes as we differentiate between the "facts on the ground" and the
facts on the ground" is a technical term often used by the military or by
police and security people. It refers to a state of acknowledgement of
situations as they presently exist, or are unfolding in front of you. The
societies of this earth have been bred and immersed with the philosophy that
you first acquire, then assess the facts; and then you make a decision based on
certain situations -- in fact, in many of life's situations -- that philosophy
works. The problem is that this is not how we are or were designed by the Lord
when we were first created, and for those who become "new creations"
in Christ Jesus. Where it falls down and fails us is when we try to apply those
processes to the things of the Spirit. Over the past twenty-plus years it has
become more and more clear that, for us as believers who are being re-created
and transformed into sons of God, heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, the
"assess the facts and make a decision" philosophy comes straight out
of eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
does not come by eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The
knowledge of "good" does not necessarily produce truth. In fact it
often creates an arrogant and insensitive attitude. The knowledge of evil, on
the other hand, produces the Fear of Evil -- and that's a topic we won't try to
explore today because it would take us in a totally different direction.
my friends, is not a collection of facts. And yet it can be.
is neither the reciting of history, nor a compilation of events which have
occurred. And yet it can be.
is not the quoting of scriptures. And yet it can be.
History. Scriptures. They can all be a portion of truth, but in and of
themselves, they are not -- by any stretch of the imagination
-- The Truth.
can be twisted by The Spirit of Error and become a lie. History can be
distorted -- and often is -- so that historical facts are taken out of context
to present a false picture. Personal experience, left to stand on its
own, can bring wrong conclusions. Scriptures can be taken out of context and
quoted to support virtually any stance one desires to take.
therefore, is not just facts, history, personal experience, or scriptures.
Truth -- the genuine
article -- can only come by the Spirit of Truth, which is one of the seven
Spirits of God. The Spirit of Truth takes facts, takes history, takes events
which have occurred -- either in our lives, or in the lives of others -- or,
takes verses of scripture and applies them in a manner which brings life. The
Spirit of Truth takes that life and transmits it into the core of our beings.
Truth comes by revelation -- NOT by the studious acquisition of
Truth -- the very
essence of Jesus' onoma --
is that which He was clothed in. It was the life which went forth when He spoke
the worlds into existence. It was the spirit which went forth when He breathed
into man the breath of life.
everything He spoke was founded in Truth, there was an absoluteness to
everything which occurred. The very foundations of the Universe rested upon
that Truth. Consider how Paul describes it as he opens up his general letter to
in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of His] Son, Whom
He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also
by and through Whom He created the worlds and the
reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced,
built, operated, and arranged them in order].
"He is the sole
expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of
the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of
[God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling
the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering
Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance
of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on
11:1-3, Amplified Version)
therefore, is a part of the invincible foundation of the Throne.
Consider these aspects.
and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and thus were separated
(evicted, actually) from the Garden, and from their place of intimate
relationship with the Lord. That removal condemned their seed to being
perpetually infected with the "Knowledge Virus," and with it, the
death incorporated into its very essence.
Jesus' birth, no human being on the face of the earth had ever been born who
was not infected. Jesus, by virtue of His spiritual genetics, although He was
born of a woman, did not carry in His flesh the proclivity for
born of a woman qualified Him as a genuine member of the human race. Having the
genesis of the Holy Spirit in His DNA, He also had -- in His human form -- all
of the qualities of His Throne in the Heavenlies, and
the rulership and authority which went with that
place of dominion. It was imperative -- for the sake of His Bride-to-be -- that
this dominion be worked in His being as a human. It was critical and necessary
that He put down the knowledge of good, and the knowledge of evil, and that He
rule over the tendency of the flesh to be lured by the lust for knowledge.
must of necessity squash "under His feet" human reasoning -- facts --
and rationale by responding only to the dictates of His Father. And He did!
Jesus could therefore freely state, "I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I
speak these things. And He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me
alone; for I do always those things that please Him." (see
word, "please," is of great significance in the Greek text. The word
used here is: arestos. We define arestos (which
comes from the root word, aresko) as much more than just to please. It
means: to be in agreement with; to accommodate one's
self to the opinions, desires, and interests of (the intended individual).
"to please" is not to merely acquiesce to someone's wishes and
desires -- even if you don't necessarily completely agree. Arestos is to be in a place of complete unity and
agreement, and to therefore "please," or "bring pleasure,"
through the active fulfillment of those opinions, desires and interests.
Being in that place of complete unity and agreement with the Father meant that He was in complete agreement with the Throne of the Universe, and was therefore acting on its behalf. As a result, He could walk and talk -- in human form -- and at the same time function from the Throne, ruling, and overruling the flesh, the emotions, the lust for the knowledge of good and evil, that old serpent Satan, and every evil spirit pitted against Him.
walked as the personification of perfect agreement, perfect sumphoneo -- perfect
accord -- with the Father, and with the Holy Spirit, Who would shortly
come to fulfill His bidding in the preparation of His long awaited Bride. How
did He do this? It was simple! Though He walked in human flesh, He lived in
the realm of the Spirit.
union, that accord, that agreement -- that place of demonstrated authority --
all existed because He lived in the realm of the
folks, is the conundrum of so many Christians. We've been born again by the
Spirit of God. In Christ Jesus, the "old us" hung on the Cross with
Him. In Christ Jesus, the "old us" died, along with our sins and the
curse imprinted in our old DNA. When Jesus rose from the dead, we rose with
Him. We were made alive with Father's DNA. We've talked about this repeatedly,
but let me share from the Greek text of Paul's statement from his letter to the
Roman Ekklesia: (See Romans 8:1-2)
"Let me conclude what I've been saying by putting it this
way; there are no adverse sentences or verdicts hanging over those who are IN
the anointing of the Anointed One, Jesus. For the Law (and principles) of the
Spirit [the breath that God breathed into us when He raised us from the dead]
of God's life in the anointing of the Anointed One, Jesus has liberated and
exempted me (us) from the Law which decrees judgment and execution for the sins
and offenses (willful and unpurposed) resulting in
see it now, don't you?
let me illustrate what I'm saying with a humorous illustration from and event that happened many years ago when Bob Mumford was
invited to perform a wedding for a young couple.
wedding went off without a hitch. The ceremony was perfect, the bride was
elegant, the groom swept her off her feet with a kiss when Bob said, "I
now pronounce you husband and wife." The resulting clamor from the guests
in attendance slowed the couple from exiting the church.
a hail of rice and shouts from the guests, they finally made it out the front
door to the front steps of the church. The waiting limousine driver saw them
and opened the door of the vehicle for them. Making their way down the long
staircase to the sidewalk, the bride paused to gather the long train of her
wedding dress. The groom stood there for a minute taking everything in, trying
to absorb the transformation that had just taken place and then said to his new
bride, "Honey, I don't feel married yet."
can imagine the look on her face. She responded quickly and said, "Then,
Sweetheart, you'd better adjust your feelings to fit the facts -- and the
truth! We're married!"
it is with many Christians. The past life with its sins, its mistakes, its
having been subject to sickness, infirmity, disease, poverty and death has been
eradicated. The past life has been put to death. We've been raised from the
dead. The "new us" has Father's DNA, and that DNA is not subject to
the Law of Sin and Death.
fact that we've been redeemed from sin and now have access to eternal life in
Christ Jesus registers somewhat for most believers. The fact that we are no
longer subject to sickness, disease, infirmity, poverty and dying still has a
long way to go to register in our consciousness. We've become so
"fact" oriented that we fail to see and hear and receive the truth!
We've tried to adjust the truth to fit our feelings and our circumstances
instead of realizing that we are continuing to eat from the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil.
because a person is fighting with cancer doesn't mean they have to accept the
prognosis of the medical profession. Just because someone has Alzheimer's, or
arthritis or heart problems doesn't mean that those issues have finality in
their lives. These things are all a product of the environment in which we
live, the corrupted diets and foods we eat and a host of other things over
which we have been given spiritual authority. It's time for us as Christians to
begin to speak the truth about ourselves and stop speaking the facts about our
situations as though those facts were the truth.
seeing into the future, prophesied of Jesus: "But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
saw the healing as something taking place in the present -- and that was some
700 years before Jesus actually went to the Cross.
how Peter puts it, however: "Who his own self
bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should
live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." (I Peter 2:24)
puts it in a finished context. Our healing has already been finished. That's
the truth! It's time for us to change our confession to agree with the Word!
you next week.
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 or
Wednesday of each week at 7:00 PM Eastern. Once again, the number to call
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