Sanctified Work

“Sanctified”  describes a process of a) being set apart b) to something or someone. “Made holy” is a synonymous phrase.

When we are called to a particular work in the earth, which is the case for each of us, we are given gifts by the Spirit of God that make us able to accomplish the work. When we do that work, we can do it in a style that is proud, selfish, stingy, mean, fearful, or a hundred other carnal ways (Galatians 5:13-21), or we can serve with work that is influenced by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

The one that looks most like Him will be the one that draws most people to Him as a result of being done. The work (and the worker) being set apart to the Gift Giver makes it holy.

Surrendered to Rules or Ruler

I have seen many Native American descendants in and around the area where I live who have been influenced by Christians to believe that what pleases Yahweh is obedience to the laws He gave Israel through Moses. It is heart breaking to see some who won’t have anything to do with the Church because they believe that the legalism is right, but they don’t want it. It is very difficult for them to be convinced that He calls His family members righteous without regard for what the ten commandments might condemn them to.

At the other end of this spectrum is a mindset that Christians are only responsible for trying to be nice most of the time, and generous (at least during Christmas.) We don’t really have any particular requirements over our lives unless we have the misfortune of sensing that we have been “called to the ministry” by the Lord.

I trust that the center of this narrow road with broad shoulders is the idea that is in the mind of the King: that He is the Lord of Heaven and Earth; that the Earth is His, and all who dwell in it; that one day every person will stand before Him when He sits for the first time as Judge of all that He has created, and all that He has redeemed.

It seems clear in the Book and in the Spirit that He desires (demands) absolute surrender to His intentions in every life. When we agree, He makes it become possible to surrender at that level.

Are you still holding on to some part of your life that you want to control? Any possessions that you don’t consider His, on loan to you? When we are all dead, He is the One Who will have all the belongings. Trusting Him with them now will make them assets now and later.

The Greatest of the Gods

In Exodus 18:1-12, a reunion is described when Jethro, the father of Moses’ wife Zipporah, brought her and Moses’ sons to him in the desert. Jethro had heard much of what Yahweh had done to the Egyptians when He delivered the Israelis from them, but Moses gave him more details and told him of additional events.

Part of Jethro’s response was, “Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all the gods, because they were arrogant against Israel, but He was above them!” His idea was that nations pick their gods, and that as the nations fight, the gods do the prevailing. Part of this world view believes that a strong nation with a weak god can’t prevail over a weak nation with a powerful god.

This mindset still prevails in much of the world. I think that it should prompt us to pray that the United States would prevail over Muslim murderers in the earth, and that the power struggle would prompt people who have been slaves of Islam to seek what they would perceive to be the greater God, since they have the misinformation that the US is a “Christian nation.”

As they seek Him and His Kingdom, they will come to understand that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, in spite of the false part of the narrative about His relationship with the US.

Hearing the Lord

Larry Randolph and Steve Thompson, two men who clearly have ministries of prophet, believe that the process of hearing instruction from the Lord typically has three parts: revelation, interpretation, and application.

The revelation could be a dream or a word or a vision or a picture or a Scripture that seems to be presented to us in some way that might seem strange, like the bush that burned before Moses. The meaning may instantly come with the picture, but more often, there could be 2 or many possible meanings.

The second part of the process is the explanation or interpretation of the word or picture. An example could be that you see me in a casket, dead. The Interpretation of the picture might be that I am going to die, and you need to pray for my family. Or, it may be that you are being instructed to pray for me so that I don’t die. Another possibility could be that my prayer that I die to my flesh’s control of my life will be answered.

Even grasping that a picture refers to a certain situation or person or group doesn’t mean that I will know what to do about it. Should I pray for it to happen, or pray for it not to happen, or warn someone, or change some behavior?

It should be easy to presume that if we get the first part, the Spirit of God wants us to have the rest of it. If you see or hear something that seems to be the Spirit showing you something, or even if you are not sure what you just experienced, ask Him for help. If you have some certainty that you have revelation, ask for the rest. Convince Him that you want it because you know it is valuable.

Ask. Seek. Knock.

Receiving Power

In the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, written by Luke, Jesus is quoted as telling His disciples that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit, like John had baptized with water. When this happened, He told them that they would receive power.

The recipients of this promise were much more effective with the power they received than we have been with TV, radio, internet, studies, courses, degrees, certifications, denominations, international ministries, translations, and our most generous gifts to evangelists at reaching what was their world.

Then, Constantine and the political leaders who hijacked the church introduced other types of power, and replaced the power of the Holy Spirit with the power of fear and the control of information. Further developments included the introduction of much misinformation.

The “new way” of being believers, which doesn’t require being submerged in the Holy Spirit, filled with Him, empowered by Him, doesn’t work as well. If you haven’t had some experience of having who you were drowned in Who He is, ask Him for it until you get it. You will receive power.

One Upping

So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.
(2 Corinthians 10:17-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible®  ©)

There is a dynamic in us that wants to find things we have in common with people we meet. It listens to their experiences and brings to mind similar experiences we have had. It wants to connect.

When this dynamic is influenced by pride or by fear of rejection, either of these powers can change it into a wrestling match instead of a connection tool. Some people call this “one-upping.”

You tell me about the time you lived through a storm, and I tell you about the bigger storm I lived through. You tell me about a trick your dog can do, and mine can do better. No matter how impressive your shared experience it, my response is “That’s nothing! I…”

Some problems with this bad habit are: People want to connect, not wrestle. When everything you did is declared to be better than what I did, I begin to suspect you of being a boaster, which is unpleasant, and eventually untrusted. If it is fear of rejection that is the secret motivation to boast, your actions fulfill your fears.

When your God commends you, or when someone else who loves you commends you, it is much more valuable than having to commend yourself.

What is Manna?

When Israel was wandering through the desert, Yahweh fed them flaky stuff that they called “manna.” Manna isn’t really a name for it, though. They never figured out what it was, and “manna” is a question that testified to that lack of information. It means “what?”

Do you really believe that Yahweh whipped up enough of this dew each day to dry into flakes that tasted like honey wafers to feed millions of people wherever they happened to be in the desert for 40 years? Do you believe that the day they entered the land that had belonged to their ancestor Abraham they never saw manna again?

If you do, then you should have no problem believing that the same God of Love and Power will fix your car or your health or your relationships or your job. Stand on one as you look to Him for the other.

Now these things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
(1 Corinthians 10:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

Retirement Plans

Somewhere between 20 % and two thirds of Americans’ retirement plans include hoping to win a lottery, depending on who’s poll you trust. 21% of Americans polled believed that buying lottery tickets is a valid wealth building strategy. Current spending on lottery tickets is $62 billion annually. Some people call this industry, especially the portions of it that are government-sponsored, a tax on the poor.

For millennia, the earth has been filled with profoundly rich and desperately poor humans. The only answer to the situation that can bring improvement is the Kingdom of God. Socialists have a plan for wealth distribution that includes Robin Hood’s economic strategy. It is their version of the Kingdom, minus the King.

Only supernatural generosity and mercy can manifest the process of taking people from every culture and walk of life and bringing them into their destinies. As individual believers interact with people who need salvation and the practical necessities Jesus listed in Matthew 25, their need to be set in Family and receive God’s provision will be met.

As people seek the Kingdom of Heaven and the righteousness of Jesus, all their needs will be met.

Yahweh, Shalom

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely.

And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

(1 Thessalonians 5:23,24 Holman Christian Standard Bible®©)

Yahweh, Rapha

In Exodus 15:22-26, Moses reported his interactions with Yahweh over drinking water for the nation of Israel. Yahweh spoke to him a promise for any Israeli who would obey Him, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes; for these, He would not inflict any of the sicknesses that He had caused the Egyptians to suffer. Instead, He would be their Healer (“Yahweh-Rapha”).

Jesus continued the work of healing in the earth. Many places where He visited, the writers who recorded the events pointed out that He healed all those present who were sick. Some of the healings were related to demons, who were cast out in the process.

I have discussed supernatural healing with many people. Some are convinced that we now have natural means of healing bodies and do not need supernatural means any longer. Some of the cures we have happened upon are as deadly as the sicknesses they are used to try to heal. Any drug advertisement includes warnings of side effects, many times including the same symptoms as the disease they claim they may cure. Sicknesses caused by demons were simply figments of Jesus having a primitive world-view.

Very little of what modern medicine offers either humans or animals is of a quality or reliability that compares well with the possibilities presented by a supernatural alternative. Not much of what is sold by the healthcare industry (which is the largest source of business revenue in the US) brings much glory to Yahweh Rapha.

Being healed by the name Jesus does. See Acts 3:16.