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The Faith OF God to Proclaim, in the 2010s

18 May

Recently I saw this 100 year prophecy from Bob Jones for the first time.  You can read it below… or view one of the times Bob Jones spoke it here.  Of particular interest to me was the part about the 2010s (in RED below).  Look at how Bob prophesied exactly what we’re doing right now! 

First: we must get the revelation of having the faith OF God.  (Young’s Literal Translation renders Mark 11:22 this way.)  We’ve been trying to build our faith IN God.  But now we’re realizing that we can have the faith OF God… as long as we’ve heard FIRST.  We’re beginning to believe that God doesn’t lie.  And if He said it, then we can say it.   We must put in the “earring” first (learn to hear).  Then as we hear, “we don’t pray TO God anymore… we pray WITH Him”. (For more on this read my post Three Eras of Prayer.)

Second: We proclaim what we’ve heard… we call it into being.

What’s SO amazing for me is that I started believing and practicing this 6-10 years ago… and blogging and preaching it for the last few years.  Now we hear it frequently as one of the current messages.  Another great confirmation that we’re ‘on track’!!  Thank you, God!

— MLH
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THE 100 YEAR PROPHESY

BOB JONES: “What is the Lord doing? I’ve brought this 100 year prophesy for a long time, let’s look at it.

– The 1950’s revealed the power of God. William Branham, Oral Roberts, AA Allen.
– The 1960’s revealed the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit invaded the denominations.
– The 1970’s revealed the great teachers of God and they began to raise up.
– The 1980’s revealed the prophets of God.
– The 1990’s revealed the government of God.
– The 2000’s would reveal the glory of God. You haven’t seen anything. Wait till you see the next two years!
– The 2010’s would reveal the faith of God. It’s not, have the faith “in” God.  It is to have the faith “of” God.  And it’s going to be those that have that earring in and hear what God is saying.  And what you’ll do, you’ll proclaim it.  And you’ll bring it into being.
– The 2020’s will reveal the rest of God. To where you can rest from your labors and God will work His work through you in your rest and in your peace.
– The 2030’s will reveal the family of God.
– The 2040’s will reveal the kingdom of God.
– The 2050’s will reveal the sons and daughters of God

– I only saw until 2060 and the church was still here and it wasn’t defeated by any means.  It had really grown and looked a lot like Christ.  So if you’ve got short range plans, make long range plans.”

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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

BOB JONES: “So what’s going on? 25 years ago I brought a prophesy.  The prophesy then was that the greatest showing on earth was going to begin.  I would live to see it.  It would be a 3 ring circus.

The front ring would be Praise.  The center ring would be Proclamation.

What Todd has been doing here isn’t prayer.  It is hearing and obeying and proclaiming what God is speaking to him.  This is creative from now on.  It’s going to be called in.  You’ve never seen it before, you’ve never heard it before.  It’s going to be brought in by the Spirit of Prophesy.

“You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment.  And will you not bear witness to it?  I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known.  They are created now [called into being by the prophetic word], and not long ago; and before today you have never heard of them, lest you should say, Behold, I knew them!” – Isa 48:607 AMP

There is nothing to compare it to.  This is a harvester of harvesters…”

“…What He is doing with all of you is He is scrubbing you with pumice.  He is cleaning your conscience of every defilement.  And if you’ve got a clean conscience, your conscience is your spirit.

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” – Heb 10:23 NKJV

And if your conscience is cleaned, get ready to be joined in communion with the Holy Spirit.  And He will relay what Papa is speaking.  And you don’t pray to God anymore, you pray with Him.  And you proclaim for Him.  And you begin to speak over towns.  You begin to speak over colleges.  This 3 ring circus that has began here: you’ve got a lot more intercession behind here than you have any idea, because a lot of them are home now.  And we’ve been praying for years for this.”

A more complete transcript of this interview with Bob is printed/published here.

What if: The worms already ate ’em?

25 Nov

Let’s start with a couple familiar verses.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. – I Thess 4:16

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. – I Cor 15:51-52

8afdc79275730d9814b26befd4be5c17These are the primary Scriptures used to communicate an event called, the resurrection from the dead.  Generally, we’ve interpreted these Scriptures to mean that there is going to be an upheaval of tons of dirt as bodies come back to life and suddenly erupt up out of the ground.  We experience some of our strongest religious sentimentalities as we rally around artists’ depictions of this epic event.

But let’s dissect this concept and see if this picture still stands.

Fact: Since Adam, all people except two, have died… and after death all of the bodies decomposed back into their original state – from dust to dust (Gen 3:19; Eccl 3:20; including verses in Job, Psalms and Isaiah).

Fact: Before caskets and vaults became popular in the middle 1800s, most people were buried about 3 feet under the ground.  This allowed nature to re-purpose all the elemental components of the body.  Those elements were assimilated back into the soil or surrounding matter (ocean, air, etc).  The human body, which is mostly water (65%), dissipates into the air or the earth… and the remaining 50 elements (35%) which are minerals and some inert elements, are assimilated into the cyclical life processes of nature.

Question 1:  Where are the remains of the bodies that died 200 years ago? 4000 years ago?  Without a doubt, most or all of the elements of that body are not in their original resting place, due to: worms, birds, trees, flowers, grass, funeral pyres, burned at the stake, eaten by animals, cremation, burial at sea, promession, cryopreservation, etc.  Suffice it to say that most, or all, of that body is not where it was last laid to rest.  And it would also be fair to say that most… or all, of the DNA is gone, too. 

Question 2:  So if the dead in Christ are to resurrect, where will they resurrect from, if there are no body parts or residual DNA, in that location?

Some people hold the view that some part of the person’s DNA is still there in the ground, then God miraculously reconstructs the body from that miniscule DNA.  But if we hold to that view, we’re still saying that most of what happens is an outstanding miracle.  And if it’s a miracle, why do we even need a ‘seed’ portion of DNA for the miracle to happen?

Question 3:  Is the picture of dead people coming out of the ground an accurate concept?  What if we don’t actually resurrect out of the dirt?

So let’s take a look at the “glorified body”.  We don’t know exactly what it means, what it looks like or the physical properties of it.  But it is most certainly not the same substance as our bodies… they’re “glorified”.

… who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. – Phil 3:21

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. – I Cor 15:42-44

Jesus, and maybe Moses and Elijah on the Mt of Transfiguration, are the only ones we know who have manifested in a glorified body.  And Jesus’ body could do things our bodies can’t.  It could eat… or not.   It was ethereal enough to pass through walls… or solid enough for Thomas to put his hand in Jesus’ scars.  It was able to manifest in a “different form” (Mark 16:12) to the two men on their way to Emmaus.

Question 4:  Does God need a whole body… or even particles of DNA for a resurrection and glorified body?  Maybe resurrection has more to do with God creating a glorified body for our spirit man to live in for eternity, than it does with trying to reconstruct what used to be our temporary ‘tent’ that housed our soul and spirit man for those few years on earth.  He’s creating a facility for our spirit man that has physical properties which surpass, even our wildest creative imagination.

And if it’s too much to think that God doesn’t need at least some physical DNA to create a glorified body, then where do angel appearances come from… they never had a pre-existent physical body on this earth!   And where did the “sons of God” get a substantive body sufficient to co-habit with the “daughters of men” in order to procreate Nephilim on the earth (Gen 6:4)?  Those “sons of God” never had human bodies before their ‘appearance’ upon the earth, but somehow were able to manifest in physical form.

What if coming out of the ground is just a man-thought… a concept that we’ve invented to try to make some verses fit within our ‘known world’?  Doesn’t it sound at least a little like a man-thought?  In fact, it sounds a lot like how we made up our now fast fading rapture theory that involves blue skies and puffy clouds – which BTW was only invented back in the 1800s.  What if God has a completely different idea about resurrection from the dead?  Could we be OK with that?  If He does have a different plan, then it would just be another tribute to God’s miraculous and mysterious ability to do the impossible without having to be fully understood by our brains?

What if the historical timing of this whole concept and the meaning of these metaphors is completely different than our modern pulpit-speak?  Selah!is-the-pretrib-rapture-of-the-church-sound-bible-doctrine-21330716

So what if we just let the happy worms eat their fill of dead men’s carcasses?  And what if the happy fat worms (and happy birds who ate the happy fat worms) don’t have to explode to let out all of the dead men’s DNA when it comes resurrection time?

Conclusion: I say, “God bless the worms!”

— MLH

Proclamation prayer… it’s what Kingdom saints do

6 Nov

By now, you know that this is a big topic for me.  And yes, I know this isn’t a single-sided subject… but for so long it’s been a lopsided subject… and on the wrong side, in my opinion.  So I will spend almost no time in validating the posture of petition or supplication prayers… even though they have a vital and powerful place in the lives of the believer… and even the sinner.  (It’s probably the only prayer posture for the pre-Christian, since they haven’t enjoyed sonship favor with the Father, yet.)  In actual fact, petition prayer has been our almost singular prayer posture for all of human history.  We’ve had such a low estimation and view of ourselves that we haven’t allowed ourselves to explore more kingly forms of prayer.

Now if we’re a “kingdom of priests and kings”… if we’re a “royal priesthood and holy nation”… and if “all authority has been given into our hands”, then shouldn’t we dispense with the begging and petition, especially since His Word tells us what He wants us to do.  Think: If we’re an ambassador or emissary, we have been given an assignment, parameters and authority to make decisions, proclaim edicts, and adjudicate for our king.  If we don’t understand and use our authority, we’ll probably be brought back home to ‘sit under his table’ for a while until we become more clear in our relationship with the king and the role as a ‘sent one’.

I may be ‘pushing’ this point a little harder than I should, but we are SO steeped in a beggar and ‘distance’ (from God) mentality… and we’re SOooo far from ‘owning’ and living in a royal/kingly mentality… that we need a strong push to get our minds readjusted… and thus, our realities transformed.

“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds.” – Rms 12:2

So, in looking at the Bible we find that there are many scriptures in the New Testament… even post-cross, that have the petition aspect to prayer, such as:

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” – Col 1:9

Asking is still a legitimate form of praying in my ‘world’, especially if I don’t know the mind of God.  If I don’t know the mind of God, then I must ask Him what His will is.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – Jms 1:5

Jesus proved this in the Garden when He asked the Father.

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.” – Matt 26:39

There are quite a few instances where Jesus prayed ‘asking’ type prayers.  Sometimes it’s obvious He was imploring for the Father’s mind and will.  But then there are times when Jesus prayed, what I call, ‘a people type prayer’.  What a strange revelation to find that Jesus prayed prayers beneath His ability and status.  If we just think about it, His whole life here on earth was beneath His status as the only begotten Speople-type-prayeron of God.  But rarely do we get to hear His inner talk about how He juggled His ‘God-ness’ against the people’s weak and ‘fallen’ spirituality.  Take a look at this stunning insight.

“Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.”” – John 11:41-42

Look at the last sentence!  He says that He only prayed the first part for the sake of the people.  He knew he had to pray a somewhat familiar religious sounding prayer or they wouldn’t be able to get ‘on-page’ with Him.  In the people’s minds, addressing God as Father certainly stretched them… but thankijesus-type-prayerng God, was a familiar sounding religious prayer.  So now it was safe and easy for them to ‘buy-in’… and Jesus could get on with ‘a Jesus type prayer’:

“After Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”…” – John 11:43

Wow!  Is it possible that Jesus and other NT writers sometimes prayed prayers that were more ‘palatable’ to their audience, even though they were capable of, and it would have been more appropriate, to pray kingly/declarative prayers?  Well, at least on this occasion, Jesus did.  Here is another example where Paul speaks in “human terms” just so that he can convey his insight to the Romans.

“I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations.” – Rms 6:19 ESV

God starts out with what we can relate to and believe… until we can handle His fuller revelations.  Declarative prayers are almost unheard of up to this point in Scripture… but Jesus is employing all methods possible to shift the atmosphere for those around him.

So I am taken with this declarative and imperative form of prayer.  And we find many instances of it in the New Testament.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – I Thess 1:1

And then we find that even in some of the middle-of-the-road word choices like, “may God do such-and-such…” the literal translation makes it more imperative than just a simple ‘humble’ petition.  For example:

“Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you… “ – I Thess 3:11-13; 5:23

At first glance, it seems to sounds like a petition type prayer, but Youngs Literal Translation delivers it more imperatively:

“And our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you,” – (Youngs Literal Trans)

A more ‘confident knowing’ comes through in the literal translation.  Paul is prophesying God’s will into his future.  Here are more examples of clear emphatic declaration type utterances (which I believe are the more appropriate prayers for Kingdom saints).

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” – I Thess 5:28
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” – Phil 4:23

We even have an instance of declarative truth/prayer by an angel:

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”” – Jude 1:9

As we said, Jesus was shifting the spiritual atmosphere between people’s ears – giving them a ‘new mind’.  So let’s look at some of the imperative/declarative prayers of Jesus

Be healed!” – Matt 8:3
Stretch out your hand.” – Matt 12:13
Peace, be still.” – Mk 4:39
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” – Lk 5:34
“Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” – Lk 7:11-15
“Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” – Lk 8:50
Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” – Lk 10:52
Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” – Lk 18:42
Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” – Lk 17:14-19
Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” – John 5:7
Lazarus, come forth” – John 11:43

We don’t hear a wimpy, “If it be Thy will, O Lord” type prayer here.  Jesus was confident and assertive with His prayers.  And He teaches us to do the same thing.

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed….” – Mk 11:23

Praying for the sick is certainly scriptural (James 5: 14-15), especially for those in the church, but why don’t the Gospels and Acts give us precedent for petition prayers for healing?  What does this tell us?  I think that Jesus thinks we have more authority than we think we do.  This is made clear when He confers upon the 72, “all authority over the enemy”.

“I give to you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and on all the power of the enemy, and nothing by any means shall hurt you;” – Lk 10:19

Then Jesus commands us to carry an authoritative posture as we “go”:

“And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” – Lk 9:1-2

“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons.  Freely you have received, freely give – Matt 10:7-8

The assumed subject in each of these commands is “You”(You) heal, (You) cleanse, (You) raise, (You) cast out….   He freely gave us this authority, now we are to freely administer it.

“(You) Heal the sick who are there and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you'” – Lk 10:9

In these instances we don’t hear Jesus say, “Petition Heaven until Father has a favorable mindset to heal.”  Rather, Jesus sees us as being duly deputized to carry and freely disseminate the Kingdom everywhere we go.

The disciples ‘got it’ and were ecstatic to find that what Jesus said, was really true.  They could hardly believe it!

“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.”  So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” – Lk 10:17-18

I believe that the “falling of Satan” was mostly ‘between the ears’ of the 72.  They were “renewed in the spirit of their minds” (Eph 4:23).  They’re unbelief was demolished and their faith was established.  God’s word and His intentions were now rightfully enthroned upon their minds.  Satan’s throne of rulership in their minds had crumbled.  The 72 had dared to believe Jesus and found His words to be true.

Further, most people erroneously believe that Jesus wants us to assume the Luke 18:1-6 widowly posture of desperate imploring.  But Jesus contrasts that faithless posture with verse 8, “Will I find faith when I return?”  He hopes we see ourselves for who we really are.

The disciples got it.  And it didn’t stop with the Gospels… Peter is still practicing this kingly prayer/declaration posture in the Early Church.

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” – Acts 3:6
“Tabitha, arise.” – Acts 9:40

Now, let’s take a look at Isa 61 for a moment.  Everyone, including Jesus, believes that this passage refers to His coming to earth and administering each of these powerful proclamations in His life and ministry here on earth.

“Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.  He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Lk 4:16-30

Of course, these powerful proclamations seem fitting for the Son of God.  It’s easy to believe that the Son of God can do these things.  Let’s list some of them:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to:

1.    proclaim good news to the poor
2.   bind up the brokenhearted,
3.   proclaim freedom for the captives
4.   release from darkness for the prisoners,
5.    proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
6.    comfort all who mourn,
7.    provide for those who grieve in Zion—
8.   bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
9.    the oil of joy instead of mourning,
10.  a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isa 61:1-3

Wow, that is power-packed!!  Did you notice that we don’t read of the necessity of preliminary petitioning of Father God to see if this is the right thing to do?  So that’s exactly what Jesus did… release the Kingdom of God everywhere He went.  The spoken Word of God is the permission and empowerment to fulfill each proclamation.  That’s what rhema does… “empowerment accompanies revelation”.  But it doesn’t stop there, Jesus said,

“Greater works than these shall you do” – John 14:12

And John said that we qualify to do the Jesus-stuff,

“…as He is, so also are we in this world.” – I John 4:17

And that’s just the start of substantiating the next level of this stunning reality.  Through Jesus, this powerful authority and influence now applies to us.  Now, all these powerful proclamations are ours to embrace and activate in!!!

As I said earlier, never once is there an instruction to petition the Father to see if HE would do this ‘heavy-lifting’ for us.  No!  He admonishes US to believe that this is the normal daily fare of Kingdom saints.

I believe that discovering the richness of what it means to truly be a son (versus a “wretch like me”) and discovering the magnitude of Father’s awesome intention “toward us who believe” (Eph 1:19), will affect a radical change in our inner reality and self-talk… and will necessitate a dramatic change in our conversation and prayer posture.  We will begin to think, speak, pray and prophesy more like this:

From the finished work of the Cross
From Heaven into earthly situations versus from earth supplicating Heaven
From victory versus for victory

If we are to enter a more Kingdom minded era equipped for the times, I believe these golden revelations will be required in order to empower us to fulfill Kingdom realities (Dan 7:27; Rms 5:17; etc).  Instead of a consciousness of our sin dominating our personal ‘universe’, we will be more conscious of our righteousness (II Cor 5:21; Rms 5:1) and live by it, be set free by it and be empowered by it!

In closing, here’s a follow up on Isa 61.  This is what happens to those who embrace and practice these Isa 61 proclamations:

3 They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Man-O-man!!!  That truly sounds like Good News!  So if this is available for me, then I set myself to do violence (Matt 11:12) against unbelief and lesser mindsets until I “apprehend that for which I was apprehended” (Phil 3:12)… and possess the Kingdom of God as fully mine… and give it away.

All in favor say, “Aye”!

— MLH

 

Reigning declarative prayer… What’s the big deal?

11 May

“Isn’t that declarative prayer stuff just a fad?  Maybe it’s just a trendy passing fancy?” 

I believe that declarative prayer has more important ramifications than we can realize right now.  And it is not trendy, but it most certainly will become the trend… even the norm.

Big picture…

Here’s the ‘big picture’.  We, the body of Christ, are leaving an old age behind and are entering a new one.  Each age has it’s unique modus operandi.  Simply put, in the passing age we were trying to get to heaven someday after we die… but in the age coming upon us, we’re already in heaven now and we reign from heaven over earthly conditions.

In order to enter the coming age we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds… which will include our mindsets, prayer and worship patterns and the overall way we view life.

In reality, many of our prayers in the passing age have reflected an Old Testament paradigm.  In the OT God was afar off.  We didn’t know Him as Father… certainly not as loving Father.  We were fearful of God (not the Biblical Godly fear of the Lord).  We chose to stay at a distance because of our fear.  We didn’t see ourselves as having favor, clout or authority with God.  In our communications with God we related best with plaintiffs, beggars, orphans and widows… and referenced ourselves as such in our preaching and prayer. 

In the age we’re currently entering we must discard the OT mental perceptions that plagued our minds.  Those OT mindsets will short circuit what God wants to do with us NT saints, because literally, our words create our reality (Prov 18:21; Matt 9:29).

Actually the NT realities have been true since Jesus’ day, but now there is an increasing grace to more deeply righteous-to-reignunderstand and experience what’s been made available.  If we can see it and embrace it, that grace will transport us into the Kingdom Age… the Age where we ‘come of age’ in our minds, hearts, and experience. 

So what are some NT mindsets that we must embrace?

1. We are as He in this world – I Jn 4:11  (this is for real, OMG!!!)
2. If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father – Jn 14:9  (Jesus invites us to believe the same about us… if they see you they see the Father)
3. That you would be filled with all the fullness of God  Eph 1  (Staggering!!!)
4. It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom – Lk 12:32  (My value to Him is so great that He gives me everything)

5. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – Jn 17:22  (Jesus’ glory is our glory… we have one-ness with God!!)
6. Be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect – Matt 5:48  (a wonderful declaration of Father’s empowerment to us)
7. If any man speak let him speak as the oracle of God. – I Pet 4:11  (Yes! Speak as the voice/heart of God!)
8. Till Christ be formed in you – Gal 4:19 (Paul can see it, so it is possible!)
9. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. – Zech 12:8  (Stunning! Look at God’s plans for us)
10. I in them and you in me-so that they may be brought to complete unity (with us–author). – Jn 17:23  (Remember – Jesus always gets the answers to His prayers)
11. He that’s dead is freed from sin and made alive to Him – Rms 6:7, 11  (Not just dry theology… a revolutionary reality)

12. And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority – Col 2:10  (Yes!  We are complete in Him!!)

And that’s just for starters!  But you see, none of this is new.  It has always been in our Bible… we just largely didn’t believe that we could experience it in our lifetimes. 

From these passages we see that re-presenting Jesus on the earth is not only admonished, but promised to the saints of God.  Now, if we’re honest we don’t look a whole lot like Jesus right now.  We wrestle with condemnation of ourselves, bickering between each other, unbelief, orphan-hood spirit, beggar and widow mentalities, insecurity in the love of God, and we’re confused about our own identity.  And in reality, all these mindsets propagate their continued existence through our faulty words, self-talk, conversation… and even in our prayer vocabulary.

But, all of that is changing.  As we place ourselves in an environment of believing believers, something is beginning to awaken in the souls of all true sons.  Father is speaking truths over us that are shattering the aforementioned bondages.  These fresh truths resound through our soul as our spirit bears witness with His Spirit that it is our Father’s voice calling forth our true identity.  You see…

Man can’t live by bread alone but by every word from the mouth of God. – Matt 4:4

This Voice calls forth life which has been dormant… or has been buried beneath compromising mindsets of men and religious traditions.

Coming of age…

Jewish culture celebrates Bar Mitzvah when a 13 year old boy can begin to practice religious law.  But another celebration – the completed son – was observed at about 30 years old.  The famous 12th century Rabbi Rashbam explains that at age 30, one is “worthy of leadership.”  In other words, the son has matured to the level that whatever the son speaks is exactly what the father would say.  This is what Father God did for Jesus twice.  Once at Jesus’ baptism and then again on the Mt of Transfiguration.  Father was telling the world that whatever Jesus says, is what He(the Father) has said (Jn 12:50). 

                This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased. – Matt 3:17 (baptism)
                This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased, hear ye him. – Lk 9:35 (Mt of Transfiguration)

Did you notice the extra endorsement on the mount?  You see Jesus had completed his sonship training… now Father endorsed Jesus as ready to be the re-presentation of Himself. s-l300

Training for reigning…

I believe that we, the church, have been in a training-for-reigning-sonship-program.  We’re being trained to be mature sons.  (Eph 4:12-15; Gal 4:19, Rms 8:14, etc)  

My current view is that we have just begun to enter the ‘millenial’ age… the Kingdom Age.  I espouse almost no specific tenets about this age, except that you and I are invited… and are being empowered… to reign (Rms 5:17) and re-present Father as mature sons on the earth.

There is a growing belief that Jesus’ body is growing up in all things… even “unto the Head”, which is Christ Jesus (Eph 4:15).  When His Headship can flow freely through His body, then we will see a one-ness of Jesus and His body to the point that you won’t be able to tell the difference.  We will have grown up “unto the Head”.  The Head and the body become one.  We’re able to re-present Jesus because we are in Him and He is in us (Jn 17:23).  That means that whatever we say and do is what the Father has said and is doing.  The functional outworking is that there is no difference between us and Jesus.  Our one-ness with Jesus will qualify us to speak as the oracles of God” (I Pet 4:11).

If any of this is true, then we must shed the ‘by rote’ default religious thinking and prayer colloquialisms that dominate our prayer times and compromise our Kingdom age reality.  We must adopt vocabulary that reflects the age we’re entering.  I’m sure you agree with me; I don’t intend to be one who escaped out of ‘Egypt’, but couldn’t get ‘Egypt’ out of me… thus was prevented from ‘crossing Jordan’… and entering the next age.

But don’t worry, Father is a good Papa.  If we’re willing, He is so very patient… even when we find it difficult to make the changes.  In our transition, the body of Christ will still pray many asking prayers that reflect the poor-perspective-remnants of the passing age… beggar, default and ‘by rote’, but Father will help us. 

The first step to making the journey is 1) realizing the significance of the transition ahead of us.  The second step is to 2) desire to go on that journey.  The third step is to 3) get into an environment that will encourage and equip us for the journey.

And that is the big deal!  Bon voyage, friends!!

–MLH

For more related articles posted on my blog: Beyond the Map

Time For an Upgrade: Authoritative Prayer
Luke 18’s Unjust Judge – God or Satan?
Our New Prayer Posture: Declare/Prophesy
The Three Eras of Prayer Posture
Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations
Dual Realities of the Believer (No More Pickle Juice)

 

 

What If: We’re His Glorious Throne

6 May

Let’s start with a familiar verse.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” – Matt 25:31

Since the middle 1800s, the classical pop-culture interpretation of this verse is that of Jesus appearing in the puffy clouds with all His angels to climatically whisk us all away into the celestial Heavens where His glorious throne is.

Could there be another interpretation?  What if…

Jesus looks at His Father and asks, “Is now the time?”  Father says, “Yes. Go, Son.  It’s time!”

It’s time for Jesus to fully reveal Himself with the support of all the angels!

Beyond any previous measure, Jesus descends (I Thess 4:16) into our conscious awareness and reveals Himself IN us.  Christ has always been in all believers and is the One who unlocks our glory (Col 1:27), but this unprecedented revealing of His magnanimous love-plan marvelously delivers us from sin-centered thinking.  We quickly ascend (I Thess 4:17) into believing the truth about our righteousness.  We’re free and unhindered to know Him even as we’re fully known (I Cor 13:12).  And as His unveiled stunning glory is revealed to us and in us, we are transformed (following Jesus’ forerunner example for us on Mt of Transfiguration) into that same glory (Col 3:4)Christ in me

In light of what we’ve just read, let’s get rocked by this verse.

“on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.  This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” – I Thess 1:10

Wow, it sounds like God glorifies Himself in us to the extent that all we can do is marvel!

Continuing, ‘what if’…

Now the angels are released in unprecedented numbers and scope.  They have been Heaven’s reserved and understated resource… only occasionally appearing to mankind.  But now the time has come for ALL of Heaven’s angels to be released.  They minister to us as we’re transformed into perfected vessels for Jesus’ full righteous rule and reign in us and through us. 

The power of every true revelation results in transformation, thus now we’re empowered to truly come into “unity with His faith” and in agreement with the “knowledge of the Son” (Eph 4:13)… i.e. the knowledge and intentions that He has of us.  We grow up in all things and His body is fully united with the Head (Eph 4:15).  His Head-ship now finally and truly has a commensurate and suitable place to rest (Lk 9:58)… in us… His glorious throne. 

This incredible plan that the Father has reserved since before the beginning, has now come to full fruition; we ascend in revelation awareness “to meet the Lord in the air (of this transforming revelation): and so shall  we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thess 4:17)

Ok… that is all for now… just musing, what if….

— MLH

More related Beyond the Map posts:

A New Day Dawns – Aquarius
https://marklhen.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/a-new-age-dawns/

Creation Eagerly Waits For…

27 Apr

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. – Rms 8:19

Have you ever wondered what this verse means?  What relevance does it have to me… in my time?  Who are the sons?  And just what is it that Creation expects?

In the Beginning, Creation’s DNA was established to only function fully as it was originally designed, when it was under the ruler-ship of the sons of God.  Adam and Eve were great stewards and care takers of Creation.  Creation thrived… until… the Fall.

Carving in tree near my prayer trail… as if this tree has a soul longing to communicate to passers-by.

Thereafter, Creation has labored and groaned (Rms 8:22) under the substandard dominion of sin-ravaged mankind.  The liability of sin, left us flailing and grasping… sometimes dismissive of our role… sometimes over-reaching our role… sometimes taking advantage of Creation and sometimes pandering to Creation.  No consistency… without rhyme or Heavenly reason.  You see, it is impossible for sin-ruled man to rule righteously. 

But Creation knows that written deep within its DNA is an indomitable story that someday there would be an emergence of sons of God who truly know their righteousness and their righteous role.  Those mature sons would only “speak as the oracle of God” (I Pet 4:11).  They would have the witness of the Father’s favor upon them (Matt 17:5).  They would adjudicate the affairs of earth and mankind with Godly equity.  Justice and mercy would be held in righteous tension.  Their sin issues will be trumped by the transformation that comes from obtaining a RE-newed mind (Rms 12:2).  And they will know who they are and whose they are… and what their joyful assignment is.

This is the dream and expectation of Creation.  This code is written so indelibly upon its DNA, that it’s impossible to forget.  The code is pressing, contending and ever reaching in anticipation of these sons… even with groans like unto the pains of childbirth (Rms 8:22). 

Does that inspire you?  It does me!  Sometimes on my prayer trail, I speak to Creation.  I applaud it for its groaning and its longing that is helping to bring forth the sons of God.  I can almost hear the responding cheers as all of Creation acknowledges that there are indeed many sons who are currently finding their way out of orphan and servant status… and into the status of righteous ruler-ship under Heaven (Dan 7:27).  Can you feel Creation’s delight and joy as they see the increasing wave of sons emerge upon the earth… sons who know their true identity?  The Spirit realm must reverberate with a mighty chorus of rejoicing from both Heaven and Creation… a resounding exclamation that saturates the atmosphere.  O my!!!

Now, let’s revisit Rms 8:19, in my paraphrase: 

Creation can hardly wait for the sons of God, who are fully confident in their royal identity, to take their rightful place of righteous ruler-ship upon the earth.

Do you feel it?  Can you relate?  Are you numbered among those sons?  Can you hear Creation cheering for you? 
 
Without a doubt, an epic shift is taking place in the body of Christ.  We happen to be alive when current theology is lifting off the onerous ravages of sin and unveiling our Father’s love… and our incredible righteousness… just exactly what is needed to empower the sons to rule well.  We’re being transformed into the satisfaction of Creation’s longing…  and the fulfillment of Father’s dreams. 

You’re a good, good Father!  That’s who You are!

— MLH

DPM Update – 2014 Nov – Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Dear FriendsTurkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
A great big “Thank you” to all turkeys, everywhere!  Delectable and sumptuous culinary pleasures are only hours away.  Yay!!!

John & Cheryl, the boys and soon-to-be-born granddaughter, will join us on Turkey Day along with friends who don’t have family nearby.  We’ll share in the goodness of the Lord… and rally with thanksgiving to our better-than-we-thought God.  Isn’t it awesome that our country has a national holiday to stop and give thanks.  Maybe Jeremiah was prophesying of the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday here:

Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for grain, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. – Jer 31:12

Thank you Lord for Your over-the-top favor and supernatural provision to all of us!!  You are amazing!

Train ride adventure
Recently I experienced my very first ride on a train… from Hollywood to San Diego.  The 3 hour trip was easy and fun.  Deb and I quickly struck up conversations with the ‘neighbors’.  We found a young tech engineer from Taiwan who we tried to impress with our mangled Mandarin… he tolerated us and smiled and took pictures of us.  🙂  We met a young single quiet gal from Belarus pursuing further education in the US.  We met an inspiring and easily conversant local church secretary.   But most impacting was when we met Terrence, a man who just happened to be the drummer at Desert Vineyard, pastored by David Parker… a friend who we’ve not seen for nearly 25 years.  David and I were both on the church staff at Kansas City Fellowship, back in the 1980’s.  Several other strikingly ‘coincidental’ facts popped up in our conversation, so we invited him to our meetings while he was visiting relatives in San Diego.  He came and we all unleashed the goodness of God on him in ministry time.  He was very blessed… and have connected several times since then.  It was a divine setup… so fun and exciting to be on God-adventures.

Luke – twice nominated for Dove Awards
Julie Meyer’s Christmas CD and One Thing – 2013 Sing Your Praises (Live) were both nominated in the Christmas Album of the Year and Special Event Album of the Year categories, respectively.  Luke was the primary producer on both CDs.  Isaac, John and others also helped on Julie’s CD.  Neither album won a Dove Award but what an honor to be nominated!  Luke will be producing One Thing 2014 the end of December.

Europe trip
Plans are still in the works for our March/April 2015 ministry trip to Norway and Switzerland and ???   We’re open to the possibility of other stops while we’re in that corner of the world. 

Supernatural Provision book milestone
A few days ago, our last available copy of Supernatural Provision was gifted into hungry hands as I shared in a KCHC weekend seminar (hosted by Steve Bartlett).  Our 5000 book contract with Destiny Image is fulfilled so now I’m shopping the possibilities of where to have the next batch of books printed.  If you have ideas or connections, please let me know.

Our itinerary
Nov 30 AM – Life Church in Nevada, MO (where we pastored a few years ago)
Nov 30 PM – Pentecostal Assembly in Nevada, MO
Dec 3-6 – Dayspring Church in Springfield, MO – Power and Love Conf with Todd White and others
Dec 6 – Dayspring Church – Regional leaders meeting

Thank you SO much for your love, your care and your prayers!!!   May Heaven reward you MANY times over!

Lotsa love
Mark and Debbie

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