Sacrifices

2 Corinthians 12:14-15

Look, I am ready this third time to come and visit you; and I will not be a burden to you; for it is not what you own that I want, but you! Children are not supposed to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. And as for me, I will most gladly spend everything I have and be spent myself too for your sakes. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
Complete Jewish Bible

Neither the end of the story of the Church being built up in love, nor the end of the story of the Kingdom of Jesus coming to earth from Heaven are going to be written by us. We may be in the last chapter somehow at this time, but there are others who need to be equipped to bring forth their contributions and release their revelations of what Heaven wants to impact the earth with.

No cost will be to great to invest in those who are brought to us by the Spirit to raise up into their destinies. Even the least of them will be greater than John, who baptized Jesus, who was the greatest prophet ever born (Luke 7:28).

Brace up.

Champions

Your sons and daughters need a champion to lead them.

They don’t need a hall monitor. They don’t need the police. They need someone who will shout a charge to steal 3rd, not someone who is constantly reminding them to keep touching the base until they are ready to run.

They may really be maintenance staff, who will just take the things we built and keep the lights on and the doors locked at night, but since you are reading stuff I write, I don’t think that’s likely. I think that if you are their parent, they need to have rocket fuel for breakfast. I think that they need to believe more for their future than just, “You can be president of the United States, if you want too.”

Be the champion that stands ahead of them on the ice to find the place where it really starts to crack. Be their intercessor and encourager and bridge. Know Jesus better than they do so that when the day comes that they know Him better than you, they will be excited to tell you the deeper things they have discovered.

When they go farther than you, ask for a hand to join them in the new place.

Using the Bible

I have been working on a paper for about a year that gives advice on how to use the Bible without surrendering to the influences of fear, religion, rules of men, and deception of men and unclean spirits.

Along with other articles, it is on the second page of my blog site. The link that goes straight to the paper is here.

Many blessings…

First Page of “Using the Bible”

Matthew 3:16

When Jesus was baptized by his cousin John in the river, Heaven opened and the Spirit of God came down on Him. The Holy Spirit then did something that He loves to do after He baptizes someone: He drove Jesus out into the wilderness.

In the place of lack and pain and threats of more, Jesus encountered misery and exile. He began to suffer the things through which He learned obedience. Finally, He heard the voice that His first man Adam and his partner Eve had heard much earlier, because in this place, as a man, He encountered the thief and the deceiver.

Jesus was prepared. Adam and his Eve were not.

Because He knows each person’s calling or destiny in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Holy Spirit knows what preparation is required for a human to stand in the place where the God Who breathed out worlds and stars calls him or her. He is perfectly aware of which weaknesses are present, and which strengths are missing, and He is a genius at preparing educational and transformational experiences that are perfectly capable of producing the exact changes that are needed for each person.

Because Jesus trusted Yahweh to be protecting and preparing Him, and because He had no thoughts that His Father might intend to harm Him, His journey through the Place of Preparation took 40 days. It was a place of victory and of anointing for purpose. Contrast this with the journey through the Place of Preparation the descendants of Israel experienced, which took 40 years, and was only a successful experience for 2 men out of millions of men and women.

Jesus was prepared partly by His knowledge of what God had said. When He was confronted with deception and with temptation to fail, He knew Yahweh’s character and intentions. He overcame His enemy in the Place of Preparation by quoting God properly. He had been with the Father from eternity, so He knew every word that had been spoken. He knew every thought. His successful method of overcoming evil would have been available to every descendant of Israel, though. It was written.

Meeting Jesus in our Baptisms

Some Criteria for Identifying Baptisms
* There is a real danger of our destruction
* God intends to effect growth through the baptism, usually in one or more of three areas:
– Knowing our God
– Knowing who He says we are
– Knowing our purpose/ministry/destiny/calling
* We have to submit to our God and His fellowship in the baptism and in His intent in order to receive the blessing of the baptism becoming a prophetic act instead of merely being an empty ritual or pointless pain
* If we cooperate and expect our God to bless us in the baptism it frees Him to wash or burn away the influence or presence of our enemies
* Our landscape or environment for life or ministry can change through our baptism; we are taken to a higher place of provision, revelation, position, honor, authority.

When Joseph was being baptized in Pharaoh’s prison, his deliverance came through his fellowship with the man whose work was to bring the bread and the man whose work was to bring the wine – the baker and the cupbearer.  One gave his life in the process. One spoke for Joseph to be released and exalted to great authority.

The baptisms he had experienced prepared Joseph to bear the mantle of ruler. Pray that your difficult situation will be effective before you pray that it will be over.

Whose Image do you Bear?

Genesis 4:25-5:4

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.

5       This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.    (NKJV)

Adam was created in Yahweh’s image.

Seth was born in Adam’s image.

Jesus was born in Yahweh’s image.

You were reborn in Yahweh’s image.

The calling you have of impacting the earth is a bases-loaded setting. Step up to the plate and knock it out of the park. People will call on the Name of Yahweh when you obey Him.

Bring them home.

Curses or Blessings

We have tendency to value everything from our perspective and nothing from Yahweh’s perspective. When we get that repaired, we will be walking in the Spirit in His Kingdom.

We can’t tell the difference between blessed things and cursed things until we can see them from the throne room of God. There is a Hebrew word that is transliterated “cherem” (Strongs: h2764) that appears 38 times in Scripture. It literally means “net” or “shut in.”

The first time Yahweh used it was Leviticus 27:21. There, He described a field that had been given to Him and was to be used only by a priest. Another use was in Joshua, when He described the items the Israelis would find in Jericho, and leave in Jericho. The KJV translated the word there and throughout Joshua as “accursed.”

A problem with that translation is that it is not from God’s perspective. He was saying that it belonged to Him. It was a picture of sanctification as far as He was concerned – set apart to Him. It was protected from being ours, though. That’s what made us think it was a curse.

Other translations, and even the KJV in other places, translate it “devoted.” It’s what our flesh and possessions need to be – set permanently apart to Him, so that we can freely use them in righteousness, or stop being distracted by them because we don’t even know they still exist.

Using the Lord’s Name in Vain

Acts 19:13-20

The typical version of a “power encounter,” such as the confrontation of Baal and Yahweh on Mt. Carmel with Elijah representing Yahweh, is that Yahweh overpowers the unclean spirits and embarrasses them in the process. Another such encounter was in Philippi in Acts 16, when Paul cast a python spirit out of a soothsaying girl. Many people were saved, and public knowledge of the local principality having to bow to Yahweh was spread far.

In  Ephesus in Acts 19, the other side of the coin was displayed. Some men whose father was named Sceva were called “itinerant Jewish exorcists” by Luke. A very Jewish form of witchcraft called “kabbalah” is my presumption about what their style of exorcism was.

Thinking that they had discovered a new power tool by watching Paul cast demons out of people, they invoked the name of Jesus in their attempt to overpower the demon in a man they had apparently been hired to exorcise. “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches,” was part of their mantra against the demon.

They had no authority to use that name in power, though, so the unclean spirit in the man overpowered all seven of them and beat them severely, sending them down the street naked and bleeding. The result of this power encounter was that many who had been practicing witchcraft brought their paraphernalia and books to a worship event and burned them, convinced that witchcraft was becoming dangerous with the Kingdom of Heaven advancing on them. The believers estimated that the value of the offering of unclean junk was 50,000 pieces of silver.

You do have authority to speak and otherwise display the name of your elder Brother in power.  You are a member of His family, and He loves strengthening you in your battles. He loves embarrassing your enemies. Drop His name in conversation and warfare often.

Hindsight

Hindsight is 20 20 I’m told. Prophetic sight levels vary.

Listening to the Spirit improves your ability to see what’s ahead. Listening to prophets who are listening to the Spirit helps.

Even if all you ever seem to have working is learning from mistakes, if you really do learn something from each one, your game will improve. Some of the most effective lessons on knowing the Shepherd’s voice can be gained through missing it.

If you are intentional, you can walk through life and either win or learn in every event.