June 20, 2014
Earlier this past week, I had an experience that has been an eye-opener. Some sixty years have gone by since I was first baptized in the Holy Spirit. On the night that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues, it was nearly four hours before I could speak a word in English. My brother tried to carry on a conversation with me but I couldn't answer him in English. Every response came out in some other language. Not until the following morning was I able to carry on a coherent conversation in English.
In the years since, while I take time to pray, to intercede, to decree and declare and to do warfare in the tongues of men and angels, it hasn't been often that the flow of tongues exceeds 20 - 30 minutes at a time. Even in our daily time of prayer and intercession, I don't often exceed 15 or 20 minutes.
On Tuesday night just before midnight, I was awakened by sounds I couldn't identify. In an instant I was wide awake and sleep was totally gone from me. Della and I have both learned that when these events happen, we generally put on our robe, go downstairs to the living room, and pray quietly in tongues until the need for prayer or intercession lifts. This time was a bit different. For the better part of two hours, I prayed in tongues non-stop. It was like a river flowing out of me.
Some thirty minutes or so into this flow of the Spirit, I said to the Lord, "OK, Father, what's this all about? What are you wanting to accomplish?" His answer was pretty surprising. "I'm preparing you to live and walk inter-dimensionally."
The pictures and images that flashed past me in the next few moments left absolutely no doubt as to what He meant. In Luke 4:30 we see Jesus shifting dimensions when the angry mob wanted to throw Him off a cliff. He simply passed right through the crowd. We see the same thing occurring when He suddenly appears to the disciples (John 20:19) following His resurrection.
I've twice experienced this in years gone by. Back in the late 1960's I was driving in northern Utah with a business partner on our way to an appointment. A heavy snowfall had left the somewhat sparsely traveled highway with a single set of ruts in the deep snow. Warming temperatures had melted the snow just enough to create a glaze in the ruts making it extremely difficult to get out.
Coming to a rise in the highway with a bridge in front of us, we couldn't see what was on the other side of the bridge. As we approached the bridge we realized another car was coming right at us in the same ruts. Each of us were traveling at roughly 45-50 mph, and there was absolutely no chance we were going to be able to stop.
I did what I was trained to do. "JESUS!!" I hollered it at the top of my voice. We shifted dimensions and passed right through the oncoming car. The driver of the other vehicle, whom we could see close-up, had utter terror on his face as we passed through him. It took a minute for both of us to stop and we stepped out of our cars and looked back at one another. The other driver was wiping the brow of his head trying to figure out what had just happened. It was one of the events in your life you never forget, and when the Lord said to me, "I'm preparing you to live and walk inter-dimensionally," I knew exactly what He meant!
OK, that bit of sharing took more time than I planned, so if as a result today's Coffee Break runs a bit longer than usual, please excuse me.
One of the issues that affects many Christians today when it comes to receiving their healing -- no matter what kind of healing is needed -- or their deliverance from oppression is that they have been programmed through either religious doctrines or societal traditions with a mindset that places them in opposition to the Word and to what Jesus has done for them.
I've addressed this issue in the past, but let me re-emphasize this again. We have a covenant -- one made available to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. He didn't provide that covenant for nothing! When Jesus took our sins -- past, present and future -- on the Cross; when He took all of our diseases and infirmities by subjecting Himself to the extreme lashes that ripped his flesh into shreds; when Jesus died and then rose again from the dead, there was nothing left undone for us.
For us to receive what Jesus has paid for is to simply believe and accept what we need by faith: NO begging, NO whining, NO hope-so, think-so, maybe-so, NO "if it be your will" baloney! He's already paid for us to have it! Where do we get the idea that it may not be His will for us to be healed, to be set free from oppression?
Let me take this another step -- and I know that as soon as I say this, somebody is surely going to accuse me of being one of those "blab it and grab it" types, or -- worse (!) -- "one of those terrible prosperity preachers."
(And that's OK, folks! I'll admit to being guilty of both -- although not perhaps the way you think. I "blab" whatever Father says to me, and then I grab hold of what He says I can receive. I am violently, outspokenly standing in opposition to anyone who says it is God's will for me to live in poverty and constant need. Last time I checked, the Word clearly states that "My God shall liberally supply all your needs, your requirements and your demands out of and in direct proportion to His riches in Glory by and through the anointing of the Anointed One, Christ Jesus." [Philippians 4:19, RAC Translation & Amplification]
Hmmmm... then there's this one: "But you shall without doubt mark, remember and mention the LORD your God: for it is He who gives you the capacity, the means and the ability to get wealth and riches, so that He may establish his covenant and confederacy with you by which he swore an oath unto your fathers, as is evidenced before and among you this day." [Deuteronomy 8:18, RAC Translation & Amplification] Sorry for the rabbit trail. Let's get back on track.)
Will somebody please provide me with even one scripture that specifically states -- no guesswork, no "assuming," -- that it is the will and purposes of God or His heart's desire (never mind the fact that Jesus paid for our deliverance from poverty) for us as believers to live in poverty, dead broke, struggling to pay our bills, just barely eking out a living? How, pray tell me, does that show the world at large our covenant? How does that demonstrate Father's love? How does that draw a picture of a God who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills? Who is it that is suggesting that God is very greedy, and that He intends to keep everything all for Himself so we can live like poverty-ridden slaves? (OK, I'm done. I'll leave this alone for another time.)
Any doctrine or teaching which proposes that we have to beg God for anything whatsoever is a flat out lie! Any doctrine or teaching which suggests that any part of our spiritual growth, our maturity in God, our responses to the quickening of Holy Spirit are optional if we're going to receive all that God has for us, or if we have any expectation whatever of being incorporated in the Bride of Christ is pure heresy!
Christians have been literally peppered for centuries with teachings and doctrines that make God into some kind of super, terrible, mystical being who's created this incredibly difficult way to live, putting us on some kind of performance standard if we are going to be pleasing to Him. The problem today, even for Christians who have walked with the Lord for many years, is that Father is still unapproachable, that we have to walk on eggshells if we are going to come before Him and ask for anything.
Let's revisit the scripture from Paul's letter to the Romans that we talked about in last week's Coffee Break:
"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 death." (Romans 8:1-2, RAC Translation & Amplification)
If indeed we have been set free from the Law of Sin and Death with all of its consequences, the diseases, the sicknesses, the infirmities, the poverty and the death that all are a part of it, what is it that we need to beg for? Why do so many Christians not believe that if they speak, decree, declare and receive the healing that Jesus has already paid for, they're not going to get it? Why do so many Christians think that there is still something they have to do in order to "deserve" healing, or deliverance, or provision for their needs?
Religion puts people on a performance basis with the Lord. Covenant with Jesus Christ puts us on a friend-to-friend, elder brother-to-brother family relationship in which love -- agape love -- is the determining factor. If indeed love is the governing basis for our relationship with the Lord, then there's no place for fear, for doubt, for unbelief, for trepidation of any kind!
Let's see.....how was it that John put it when writing his first general letter to the body of Christ?
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us." (I John 4:18-19)
Let me amplify this a bit out of the Greek so as to clarify things more fully:
"There is never any alarm or fright or excessive concern in the love feast [we have with Jesus]; but completed and mature love throws out any fright or excessive concern: because fright and alarm bring torment. He who allows himself [the luxury] of alarm, or fright, or excessive concern does not permit the finished work and maturity of God's love feast in Christ Jesus in us. Our love for Him must be unconditional because he first loved us [unconditionally]."
You see it don't you? We've been brought into a love-relationship with Father through Jesus Christ! Everything we have need of has been paid for. Because of His love toward us, Jesus stands next to us every second of every moment of every day with His hands outstretched waiting for us to receive whatever we ask for, be it healing from terminal diseases, sicknesses, infirmities, chronic health problems or whatever!
He stands next to us with His hands outstretched ready to deliver us from oppression. He has given us ALL authority over the power of the Enemy. I continue to repeat what I've said for many, many years: the weakest Christian has far more authority over Satan than he has power to exercise against us. Unless we believe that, however, and walk in that authority, he continues to lie and deceive and entice us to believe that we are namby-pamby nothings next to him and that he has the right to do whatever he chooses just because he's "the prince of the power of the air."
Bahh.....Humbug! A prince has greater authority than a king? A prince has more power than a king? Not the last time I checked! Satan is never -- and I repeat, NEVER -- referred to, anywhere in the Word, as a king. Four times in the Word, Jesus is referred to as THE KING OF KINGS! That makes Him -- and His Throne -- Supreme! It also makes us -- as John describes it in Revelation 1:6 -- "... kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
Allow me to share some things as a lead-in to the next series of Coffee Breaks which will be titled, DEALING WITH FEAR. The last time I did a series on the families of fear and the dominant spirits of fear was probably back in 2005 or 2006, and it's time to seriously update those teachings.
When Jesus visited that day with the Samaritan woman at the well, and she began to talk about worship, relating to worship in a physical sense with physical acts in a geographical place, Jesus stopped her with the statement, "You worship that which you do not know.............But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth." (John 4:22-24, NASB)
The point He makes is that worship is neither a physical act, nor a function in a physical or geographical place. Worship is not the doing of things. Worship is not something which occurs in a church or a synagogue. Worship is not even the doing of things which please the Father. Although true worship will certainly result in our doing things which please Him, it is a place of union, a place of intimate love in the Spirit.
Again, without belaboring the point, Jesus went beyond just saying that those who worship God must worship Him in spirit. He added the phrase, "and in truth." In so doing, He pointed back once again to that place where Adam and Eve had once lived in the Garden. So long as they were clothed in the absoluteness of the onoma of the Lord, so long as they lived enveloped in that place of Truth -- that place where His Word, His Rhema, His revelation (they are all one and the same) formed the very essence of their existence -- His throne was operational in and through them. They lived worship.
Jesus was saying to the woman of Samaria that relationship with the Lord, that worship, that intimacy with Him has nothing whatever to do with human reasoning, thought processes, or the knowledge of good or evil. He was saying that "worship" and "knowledge" are not compatible. Everything which occurs outside the realm of the Spirit functions in the place of intellect, reasoning and knowledge. Worship -- which can only occur in the Spirit -- must be in Truth.
As previously noted, Truth vanishes with knowledge, whether it be the "knowledge of good," or the "knowledge of evil." If Truth disappears, the Throne goes with it, along with all the authority and power of the Throne. Worship, therefore, "in Truth," needs no help. Worship in the Spirit, and in Truth, is the sum and substance -- the totality, if you will -- of being One with the Lord Jesus Christ, with the Father, with the Holy Spirit. To worship "in Truth" is to worship in the totality of Jesus' onoma -- the very essence of His being. He is that Truth!
Our salvation, and everything that goes with it, has been paid for! Our deliverance from oppression has been accomplished, both at the Cross and at the tomb when Jesus rose from the dead. Our healing has already been finished. That's the truth!
Is it not time for us to change our confession to agree with what the Word declares -- NOT the "facts on the ground?" Our confession MUST agree with what Jesus' blood provided. John saw the finished work and described it for us in the Revelation.
"The [accused] conquered, subdued, overcame and defeated Satan by the redeeming blood, shed by the Anointed One in His anointing as the [once-and-for-all] sacrificial Lamb, and by the documented decree written and declared in God’s Word as it was spoken and agreed with and confessed by those who testified to the [redemption of the] Blood, even at the point of death or the threat thereof." (Revelation 12:11, RAC Translation & Amplification)
Let's finish up this series on Aphiémi Healing with Paul's statement to the Romans:
"For all have erred, missing the mark, being deficient in manifesting the glory, the honor and dignity of the Lord God; Being regarded and freely proclaimed and rendered innocent by His grace – His divine influence and changing power – through the full ransom and riddance [of our error] that is in [and comes through] Jesus, The Anointed One and His anointing; Whom God has exhibited and set before the world to be our Mercy Seat and reconciliation [with God] by our exercise of faith and trust in His blood; to declare His righteousness and justification by His acquisition and taking possession of sins that have transpired (throughout the ages) through the lovingkindness, tender mercies and endurance [in the meantime] of God." (Romans 3:23-25 (RAC Translation & Amplification)
Understand? Our sins, our diseases, our sicknesses, our infirmities, our oppression by the Enemy, our poverty -- ALL -- have been eradicated by the Lord Jesus Christ!
See you next week as we begin a new series.
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