Thought For The Day (August 22, 2012): Developing Our Faith Confession

The fact that our words are a matter of life and death is clearly proclaimed by Deuteronomy 30:14-15 (NKJV), < But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil >.

The fact that our words define our spiritual state is proclaimed in James 3:2, < For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. >

Every time we speak our words carry a confession of ‘our faith’. There is a faith form that declares (usually by implication) that YESHUA is LORD and there is a faith form that denies (usually by implication) YESHUA as LORD.Everything we speak will either testify to YESHUA being LORD or, we deny that HE is LORD (by the implications of our wrong words).
We all understand that it is important that we speak right.If our words stand in obedience to JESUS CHRIST, declaring the fact that He is LORD, then our words have the potential to actualize the Righteousness of GOD and communicate the power of His salvation.
Romans 10:10 (NKJV) declares this reality in no uncertain terms: < For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. >

So we must fight to speak right.

It is a spiritual battle that we must continuously wage – by faith; repenting when we fail; always ensuring that we are under the atoning power of the Blood through His Shalom (Peace) in our inward parts (see John 14:27; Col 1:19-20).

YHWH has given us the HOLY SPIRIT. And, YHWH has given us the Witness of JESUS CHRIST in Spirit, Water and Blood (see 1 John 5:10a, 7-8, NKJV).

By the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, YHWH has also given us His Shabbat-Shalom so that our inward man can be in a (operational / functional) state of rest in Him (Ps 46:10-11; Heb 4:9-10) behind the veil (Heb 6:19).

YHWH has given us His Shabbat-Shalom (Heb 4:9-10) in CHRIST JESUS, which we access by the HOLY SPIRIT (Rom 8:2), through the Witness of JESUS CHRIST in Spirit, Water and Blood (1 John 5:10a, 8, NKJV).

And, this potential of operating in the Shabbat-Shalom of YHWH, in CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT, is resident in every born-again Christian.

Everyday, before we start the day, we can position ourselves behind the veil (Heb 6:19-20), through prayer by the HOLY SPIRIT. The evidence of standing behind the veil is the Shabbat-Shalom Witness in our inward parts – vis a vis ‘our belly’.

[Tongues are a powerful tool to facilitate prayer by the HOLY SPIRIT to actualize YHWH’s Shabbat Shalom.]

Prayer by the HOLY SPIRIT energizes our inward parts in CHRIST JESUS, in Spirit, Water and Blood – to actualize this Shabbat Shalom.

Everything in Christian ministry should flow in a Shabbat Shalom.

The Shabbat Shalom expresses the spiritual medium through which the works of YHWH manifest – by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS.

Spirit, Water and Blood expresses the power that works within us – by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (Rom 8:2, 1-4) – so that we can receive exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20); given the fact that YESHUA upholds all things (for fulfillment in the FATHER’s will) by the (Rhema) Word of His Power (Heb 1:3b).

His power works within us, according to our faith in ADONAI YESHUA.

In Luke 6:45 (NASB), the LORD JESUS instructs us as follows: < “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” >

The good treasure that every Christian carries by faith is described in 2 Cor 4:6-7 (NKJV), < For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves >.

In and through the Witness of JESUS CHRIST alive in us; by the HOLY SPIRIT; we can ensure that our state of being lives in the treasure of the fullness of CHRIST JESUS (John 1:16-17, NKJV / NASB / KJV) within us.

In this reality is our destiny to be actual ministers of CHRIST, who are stewards of the Mysteries of GOD (1 Cor 4:1).

CHRIST in us is the hope of Glory – today (see Col 1:26-27; Heb 4:9-10; Mark 2:27-28; Heb 1:3b) and every day – forever.

This is functional reality that we must possess by our faith confession, in mouth and heart, through the Witness of the Cross (in Spirit, Water and Blood) that stands by the SPIRIT between our mouth and heart! Amen!

This is the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of GOD alive in us by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS.

YESHUA stands as the Apostle and High Priest of our confession so that: (1) every high mountain of sin and death can be uprooted and destroyed; and, (2) every promise of YHWH given to us in CHRIST JESUS will be manifested through us to the FATHER’s glory.

As Colossians 3:17 declares: < Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. >

Be blessed to be a blessing! Brethren, develop your faith confession by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Your faith confession will ultimately become the conduit (the witness) of your ministry! Amen!


Thought For The Day (August 19, 2012): Operating The Gifts Through The Witness

The Witness of JESUS CHRIST – in Spirit, Water and Blood – is resident in every born-again Christian (1 John 5:10a, 8, NKJV).

In 1 John 5:10a (NKJV), the Witness of JESUS CHRIST is called ‘the Witness’ and the Witness operates by the HOLY SPIRIT in Spirit, Water and Blood (Romans 8:2, 1-4).

All of the Gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT (1 Cor 12:3-11) operate through the Witness in us, in conjunction with the outpourings of the HOLY SPIRIT that come upon us during prayer, worship and ministry.

The Witness within functions in Spirit, Water and Blood and we should be functioning in the Gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT in this dynamic of the Witness of JESUS CHRIST alive in us rather than by our spirits (Isaiah 64:6).

The Witness within us is fully enabled in CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT (Rom 8:2), so that we are actually operating in YESHUA’s Witness and not merely by our spirit.

The ‘Spirit’ dynamic in the Witness is the capacity to operate the Gifts by the life-giving Spirit of JESUS CHRIST (1 Cor 15:45 + Phil 1:19c).

The dynamic of ‘Water’ in the Witness is the capacity to operate the Gifts in the Voice of GOD and in the Voice of His Word (Eze 1:24b; Rev 1:15c; Ps 23:2c).

The dynamic of ‘Blood’ in the Witness is the capacity to operate the Gifts in Blood Covenant relationship with our Head (Luke 22:20; 2 Cor 3:16; 1 Cor 4:1a).

The Vocal Gifts (Tongues, Prophecy and Interpretation), the Revelatory Gifts (Knowledge, Wisdom and Discernment) and the Power Gifts (Healing, Faith and Miracles) are all meant to operate in Spirit, Water and Blood – because this is ‘the Witness’.

Functioning in Spirit, Water and Blood is the power that works within us (1 Cor 1:18; Eph 3:20; Heb 1:3b). This is the reality of the inward anointing expressing CHRIST in us, by the HOLY SPIRIT – in fully functional terms.

[All of the 5-fold should operate in YESHUA’s Witness given the fact that He is the Apostle, the Prophet, the Evangelist, the Pastor and the Teacher of the Body; since it’s His Body!]

In the inward anointing – in the power that works within us – we actualize the reality that we can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens us (Phil 4:13, NKJV) and, we actualize the fact that the riches in Glory (from the FATHER, by the SPIRIT – John 16:15) operate by CHRIST JESUS (Phil 4:19, NKJV) in us and through us.

Tongues are the fundamental spiritual gift that activate and energizes the Witness of JESUS CHRIST within us – by the HOLY SPIRIT.

The Gift of Prophecy will be quickened when the Witness is energized through tongues by the HOLY SPIRIT (1 Cor 14:1-6).

[The Witness can also be energized through worship expressed in both prayer and song. So we are not saying that the Gifts can’t be operated without tongues. But tongues are an effective and powerful tool when used properly through the Witness.]

Through Tongues, the Gift of Interpretation will also open, most often in conjunction with the Revelatory Gifts.

The Power Gifts are also effectively energized through tongues.

All of the Gifts also operate in conjunction with the anointing upon especially during mass ministry. Worship, prayer and preaching are environments in which the Gifts flow. GBU.

Thought For The Day (August 17, 2012): Abiding In The Mount Of The LORD (YHWH)

Psalm 15:1-2 (NASB) points to the prophetic reality, by which we abide in the Mount of the LORD: < O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. >

This prophetic reality of position and function is opened to us in the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (Matt 5:17).

Psalm 91:1 (KJV) points to us being tabernacled in the Secret Place of the MOST HIGH GOD, under the shadow of the ALMIGHTY: < He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. >

Hebrews 10:19-20 (KJV) speaks of a new and living Way that GOD has opened to us in the Veil of YESHUA’s Flesh, through Blood (Blood Covenant Witness): < Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an 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. >
Abiding in the Mount of YHWH involves a heart of flesh that is the Epistle of CHRIST.
2 Corinthians 3:3 (NKJV) reads: < clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone [see Ex 31:18; 32:16] but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. >

Abiding in the Mount of YHWH involves a Witness in Spirit, Water and Blood (“a new and living Way”) quickened by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS.

Tongues – operated by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS – are an effective, prophetic, prayer tool to actualize this operating reality in our inward parts.

In this Witness of JESUS CHRIST alive in us through a growing, heart of flesh, we can ascend into the Mount of YHWH where it will be Provided (Gen 22:14; Ps 24:3-4, NKJV/NASB) by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (Rom 8:2), through the living dynamic of YESHUA’s Witness in Spirit, Water and Blood (1 John 5:10a, 8).

Genesis 22:14 (NKJV) reads: < And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide (YHWH-JIREH); as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” >

Psalm 24:3-4 (NKJV) reads: < Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. >

Romans 8:2 (NKJV) reads: < For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. >

1 John 5:10a, 8 (NKJV) reads: < He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself … And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. >

Hebrews 12:22-24 describes the operating environment in the Mount Zion, available to those who are part of the Church of the first-born enrolled in heaven, through faith in JESUS CHRIST, energized and expressed in Spirit, Water and Blood, through the Veil of YESHUA’s flesh: < But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. > Amen (see Rev 3:14b)!

Thought For The Day (August 16, 2012): We Have A Heart Problem

Mark 7:14-23 (NASB) reads:
14 After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:
15 there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.
16 [“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]
17 When he had left the crowd and en
tered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.
18 And He *said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,
19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.)
20 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.
21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.
23 “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

Jeremiah 17:9 (NASB) reads: < “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds. >

YHWH’s solution for the human heart flows from Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NASB) which declares a solution through a new birth involving a new heart and a new spirit:
25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

From a new birth, YHWH’s solution is structured out of a construct of His Covenant in our inward parts.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 (KJV) reads:
33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34 “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

YHWH’s Covenant is structured through the Epistle of CHRIST formed in a heart of flesh that is the work of the HOLY SPIRIT.

YHWH has predestined the solution. And, we enter into YHWH’s solution by setting our hope on MASHIAH YESHUA (Heb 6;19; 1 John 3:3). In this manner our faith will be of the substance of JESUS CHRIST.

In a faith that is Authored and Perfected by JESUS CHRIST we have awesome potentials.

Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV) reads:
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (NASB) reads:
23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Tongues are an effective and powerful tool that we can use in prayer to develop our faith realities (1 Tim 3:9; 2 Cor 5:7-8).

Tongues are activated from our mouth and arise from our new born spirit/heart interface (in the area of our belly – see John 7:37-39, KJV) in the power that works within us (Eph 3:20).

Tongues operate in the Witness of JESUS CHRIST in Spirit, Water and Blood, by the HOLY SPIRIT (John 16:14).

In prayer using tongues: we can energize propositions in Scripture, in the Spirit and Life of YESHUA, by the HOLY SPIRIT.

In prayer using tongues: we can actualize realities that are of the substance and witness of YESHUA, by the HOLY SPIRIT.

In this manner we appropriate through prayer, the fullness of MASHIAH YESHUA predestined (John 1:16-17) to fill all in all (Eph 1:23) and to fill all things (Eph 4:10)!

In this manner, through prayer, we objectively pursue the reality of being created in the fullness of MASHIAH YESHUA (Eph 2:10; John 1:16-17).

The end product of prayer by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, is a growing Shabbat-Shalom in our inward parts (Heb 4:9-10, NASB).

This Shabbat-Shalom stands as a witness in the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (Matt 5:17-18; John 14:26-27); a witness to being free from the Law of Sin and Death (Rom 8:2).

The Shabbat-Shalom gives expression to a state of being in our inward parts – reconciled with GOD.

This Shabbat-Shalom is the spiritual atmosphere in our inward parts, in which we actualize the Mystery of CHRIST and develop the capacity to function by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, in the reality of being set free from the Law of Sin and Death (see Rom 8:2).

This Shabbat-Shalom points to us operating by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, in a clean heart (Matt 5:8) set free from the Law of Sin and Death. Amen! GBU.

Thought For The Day (August 15, 2012): It Is Time To Actualize What The FATHER Has Given Us In JESUS CHRIST

John 1:16-17 (NASB) reads: < For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God (KJV: Son) who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. >

The fullness of JESUS CHRIST “explains” the actuality of the FATHER into our state of being (see also John 17:6, 26).

This is the Mystery of CHRIST the hope of Glory that YHWH wants to manifest into the Body of MESSIAH (the Church).

Colossians 1:26-28 (NASB) reads: < … the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. >

The Mystery Of CHRIST (MESSIAH) reveals and communicates the Testimony of JESUS (YESHUA) into Epistles of CHRIST fashioned in hearts of flesh (2 Cor 3:3, NKJV) by the HOLY SPIRIT.

Tongues are a powerful spiritual tool to facilitate the communication of the Mystery of CHRIST – in substance and witness – into our inward parts.

When we pray in a (persevering) hope in all that YHWH has given us in His only begotten SON, we actualize the substance of the fullness of the SON (see Heb 11:1, NKJV; 1 John 3:3) in a heart of flesh, as the Word becomes flesh in us (see 2 Cor 3:3; Eze 36:26).

The evidence (both positional and functional) of the SON unfolds in the Witness of YESHUA being developed in us (see 1 John 5:10a; Rev 19:10c; Rev 3:14b) by the HOLY SPIRIT (see John 16:14-15; 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV; 4:6-7, NKJV) in the FATHER’s will (John 16:15).

The substance and witness of YESHUA is the definitive basis in which our every capacity in JESUS CHRIST (Phil 4:13, 19) is developed by the HOLY SPIRIT (John 16:14), in fulfillment of the FATHER’s will (John 16:15; 1:16-17).

1 Cor 14:2 (NKJV) reads: < For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit (SPIRIT?) he speaks mysteries. >

In the growing development of our inward functions in the substance and witness of YESHUA, 1 Cor 4:1 (NKJV) calls us servants of CHRIST, stewards of the Mysteries of GOD: < Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the Mysteries of God. >

Ministers (servants) of CHRIST are stewards of the Mysteries of GOD. Ministers of CHRIST are created (see Eph 2:10) as the Mystery of CHRIST is expounded – in substance and witness – into our inward parts according to the call of YESHUA over our lives (see Eph 1:17-23).

The fullness of JESUS CHRIST communicated into us – in substance and witness – fulfills the Law and the Prophets and gives actual expression to the Righteousness of YHWH, personal to each one of us.

In Revelation 9:10, in the days of the Voice of the 7th trumpet, we read: < … in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. >

Colossians 2:2-3 (NKJV) declares: < that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. >

YHWH is going to perform His Word in awesome terms in this end time. Prayer and function in the Witness of JESUS CHRIST, by the HOLY SPIRIT – in Spirit, Water and Blood – is the gateway to this realization. GBU.

Thought For The Day (August 10, 2012): Being Washed In Renewal And Regeneration By The HOLY SPIRIT, In CHRIST JESUS

Titus 3:5 (NASB) reads: < He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit >.

The washing of renewal (which makes the old brand new) and regeneration (which makes what is dead in sin to be brought to life) takes place through the quickened (rhema) Word of GOD.

Ephesians 5:25-27 (NASB) reads: < ….. Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. >
So, renewal and regeneration by the HOLY SPIRIT, gives actual expression to CHRIST JESUS sanctifying the Church, so that the Church (His Body) will be glorious “having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless”!

Tongues can be used to energize the Word of GOD by the HOLY SPIRIT, in and by and through the Witness of JESUS CHRIST alive in us – in Spirit, Water and Blood – so that we can progressively experience renewal and regeneration, by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (see Rom 8:2)!

Renewal and regeneration is evidenced in actual change that YESHUA orchestrates by the SPIRIT into our inward parts as we choose to persevere in prayer, by praying the Word so that it will be performed by YHWH (Jer 1:11-12).

The Rhema Word quickened by the HOLY SPIRIT, through the use of tongues, energizes realities that are of the Spirit and Life of YESHUA into our inward parts.

In John 6:63 YESHUA declares: < “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” >

What is energized in the Spirit and Life of YESHUA changes us; equipping us to do all things through CHRIST who strengthens us (Phil 4:13, 19).

It is time to objectively prepare to be a Bride for the LAMB.

YESHUA wants to wash us using His Rhema Word (see also Heb 1:3b) so that we will be spotless and blameless through a washing of renewal and regeneration by the HOLY SPIRIT! Amen!

Be warned however, that tongues must be used to energize the Word of GOD and not human desire and ambition.

If we use tongues incorrectly we will open the Mystery of Lawlessness and the spirit of error (1 John 4:6) will operate instead of the HOLY SPIRIT. See 2 Thessalonians 2:7a and Matthew 7:21-23.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:7a we are instructed: < For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work … >.
In Matthew 7:21-23, YESHUA warns us: < “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'” >

Thought For The Day (August 9, 2012): Is Praying In Tongues Useful?

Tongues facilitate our capacities to operate by the HOLY SPIRIT, in the Witness of JESUS CHRIST (Romans 8:2; 1 John 5:10, 7-8, NKJV; Rev 3:14b).

So, when we pray in tongues we function in Spirit, Water and Blood, potentially energizing the Mystery (the hidden realities) of CHRIST (Col 1:26-27), into our inward parts.

The unveiling of the Mystery of CHRIST into our inward parts, has the intent and design of enabling us to do all things thru’ CHRIST who strengthens us (Phil 4:13, NKJV).

Philippians 4:19 actually instructs us that: < … God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. >“By CHRIST JESUS” is a complex prophetic reality that the HOLY SPIRIT has been sent to develop into the Body of MESSIAH. YHWH’s riches in glory only unveil “by CHRIST JESUS” (see also 2 Cor 4:6-7).

Tongues are a useful and effective tool to enter into the infinitude of these realities in CHRIST that we have mentioned above.

Understand however, that this reality of unveiling CHRIST in our inward parts (Gal 4:19; 2 Cor 3:3; Phil 4:13), only exists by the HOLY SPIRIT functioning in and through our tongues in prayer and prophecy (John 16:14-15; 1 Cor 14:2-5).

1 Corinthians 14:2 (NKJV) reads: < For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. >

What does it mean to speak to GOD and be in the SPIRIT and speak mysteries?

1 Corinthians 2:6-7 speaks of a realm of ‘hidden’ Wisdom predestined for our glory (see also Phil 4:19): < However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory >.

This Wisdom predestined before the ages is entirely of the FATHER and is communicated through the SON: “in CHRIST JESUS, by the SPIRIT” (see Rom 8:2; see also Col 2:2-3, NKJV).

John 1:18 (NKJV) speaks of the only Begotten SON who declares (NASB: ‘explains’) the FATHER: < No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. >

What this tells us is that the Mystery of CHRIST is in the bosom of the FATHER and is the basis for the communication of all truth (see John 14:6). The Bosom of the FATHER represents the “depths of YHWH” (see 1 Cor 2:10, NASB+NKJV).

Colossians 1:26-27 (NKJV) speaks of the Mystery of CHRIST unveiled in our inward parts so that we will be perfect (in fulfillment of the Law) in CHRIST JESUS: < the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. >

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (NKJV) gives us more details on the unveiling of the Mystery of CHRIST: < But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God [NASB: “for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God”]. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. >

Tongues enable us to speak to GOD, by the HOLY SPIRIT, in order to actualize what we can never know by our own intellect.

Isaiah 55:8-9, explains the conundrum: < “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” >

Tongues are a spiritual tool that facilitates the bridging of the impossible (“unbridgeable”) gap between YHWH and us – by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS, through the revelation of the Mystery of CHRIST (see Eph 1:17-23; Gal 4:19; Col 1:28).

The medium of communication of the Mystery of CHRIST is the Spirit and Life of YESHUA (see John 6:63).

The fabric of the Spirit and Life of YESHUA formed in us facilitate the Mysteries of GOD into our being (see 1 Cor 4:1) according to the calling upon our lives (see Eph 1:18, 17-19).

It is the fabric of the Spirit and Life of YESHUA that enables our position as stewards of the Mysteries of GOD (see 1 Cor 4:1c; see also Rev 10:7).

Tongues are a useful tool that facilitates this humongous purpose in GOD that we are called to actualize and steward.

What actually happens when we pray in tongues?

Tongues energize spiritual realities (or, mysteries) hidden in YHWH, the Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Eternal GOD.

When we pray in tongues, the HOLY SPIRIT facilitates the combining of “pneumatikos with pneumatikos” (that is the combining of the ‘spiritual’ with the ‘spiritual’) in our spirit; and our witness in Spirit, Water and Blood picks up (sometimes instantaneously; usually progressively over time, days, even months and years) the interpretation, the impression, the vision, the unction to do something (for example to prophecy, to preach, to teach, to pray, to war etc), to actualize the plan of GOD, with knowledge, understanding and wisdom, so that the work of GOD can be accomplished.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16 reads: < Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. >

To him who has an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT is saying to the Church! Amen!

Thought For The Day (August 4, 2012): Fulfilling The Demands Of The Law

The New Covenant is entirely structured on the fulfillment of the Law. The New Testament brings the fulfillment of the Law, the meeting of the demands of the Law, into our state of being, as the sovereign work of YHWH!

Jer 31:33-34 (KJV) reads: < But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. >

YHWH declares: “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts”.The fulfillment of the Law is 100% the work of YHWH and this actuality of the (progressive) fulfillment of the Law into our being, is the essential fabric by which the New Covenant is established and developed in us each – by YHWH.

Obviously, the writing and developing of the Law in fulfilled terms, in our inward parts, is entirely beyond human effort.

When Moses received the two tablets of the Testimony (on which were written the 10 commandments) in Exodus 31:18 and 32:16, we are told very clearly that the tablets were written by the Finger of GOD and the tablets were 100% the work of YHWH.

In 2 Corinthians 3:3 (NKJV) the tablets that Moses received are, in the fulfillment of the Law, proclaimed to be actual hearts of flesh within us. These hearts of flesh are called Epistles of CHRIST created in us by the SPIRIT of YHWH.

Hence the fulfillment of the Law is entirely configured in the Epistle of CHRIST personal to each one of us! That is, the fulfillment of the Law is absolutely of the actual fullness of CHRIST JESUS formed inside us, the peculiar work of YHWH in us, so that we will function in accordance with the demands of the Law.

It is as CHRIST is formed in us that the capacity to walk in accordance with the demands of the Law is brought into being within us. The entire capacity to live – which is engineered by YHWH (in the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT) – is of CHRIST JESUS (Phil 4:13, 19, NKJV; Col 1:26-28), and is of nothing else.

The Law demands that we not steal (Ex 20:15). The fulfillment of the Law unveils as we put on CHRIST – by setting our hope on Him (1 John 3:3; 4:9) – and progressively becoming saints, created in JESUS CHRIST (Eph 2:10), who will never steal because we no longer have the nature, character, desire and thinking of a thief.

Under Law we would try our best not to be thieves. And Isaiah 64:6 declares that our righteousness is filthy rags.

In the fulfillment of the Law, we would choose to pursue our creation in JESUS CHRIST, as our persevering hope in MESSIAH manifests the substance of Him into our inward parts – and this is the work of the SPIRIT of YHWH that fulfills the demands of the Law.

The substance of YESHUA would meet every demand of the Law and progressively unveil us each as a new creation that is of YESHUA’s Image (Rom 8:29) and YESHUA’s Fullness (John 1:16-17) having His Nature and Character, as depicted in the fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT (see Gal 5:16-18, 22-23).

New Covenant formation and progression, in our inward parts through salvation, involves our putting on CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT, so that we are actually – as a consequence of GOD’s active intervention in our inward parts – set free from the Law of Sin and Death (Rom 8:2, 1-4).

The objective practice of the Law does not allow GOD to work in us; instead we seek to present to GOD our best efforts which will never match YHWH’s Righteousness, that actually brings the fulfillment of the Law into our being.

Yes we must obey GOD’s commandments! The problem is that we can’t do this; hence the absolute need for salvation!

Salvation is the process by which GOD creates us in the image of JESUS CHRIST, by perfecting the substance of the fullness of JESUS CHRIST into the fabric of our being.

Yes we can all observe a Sabbath day! Does the observance of the Sabbath day save us, heal us, deliver us, transform us? Or, is there another reality that flows in the fulfillment of the sabbth Rest in our inward parts?

In the fulfillment of the Sabbath Law, we enter into a state of rest in YHWH (see Heb 4:9-10; 12:22-24). This is a state of rest that is progressively developed in CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT, so that we can rest in YHWH (in all that He has given in CHRIST JESUS, by the HOLY SPIRIT) and actualize the reality of living, moving and having our being in YHWH – by the SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS!

Which reality of the Sabbath is fruitful?

The Letter of the Law will never fulfill the Righteousness of GOD that develops the New Covenant into the fabric of our being.

What the Law and the Commandments give us are the prophetic realities (or, the prophetic keys of the Kingdom) we have to pursue and actualize by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (Romans 8:2).

For example: we must pursue, by the HOLY SPIRIT, the capacities of CHRIST’s obedience in our being. Our attempts at obedience are nothing but a pretense, because we are all by nature, in ourselves, children of disobedience (Eph 2:1-3).

Brethren, be wise and pursue the prophetic that stands in the specifics of the fulfillment of the Law and the Commandments. Amen (see Rev 3:14b)! Beware of the legalists who will shut you under the Law and remove you from the Righteousness of YHWH.

The Place Of Refuge In The Coming Storms

Read and meditate with care ….. Get out of Lawlessness … Get your heart out of Babylon … JN

EYE of the STORM…a place a refuge to which we can flee…the place where GOD Himself resides in perfect stillness, calmness, security, and peace. You are safe in the Father’s arms….if you will run there today. And HE will be there to hold you and to see

you through–flee to the EYE OF THE STORM today and know His peace!

When God acts, He tends to go against the conventional wisdom of human kind. For example, in a hurricane where is the most tranquil place? The eye of the storm! In the tribulation where is the eye of the storm? It is a place that men would not naturally think of as a place of safety.

Man-child and Bride will be on the mountain [in the place of His Temple] at the beginning of the Tribulation.) {Psa.74:2} Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old, Which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thine inheritance, And mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. {Heb.12:22} but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem (the Bride). {Rev.14:1} And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on the mount Zion,

H. Spurgeon

Psalm 91


o Verse 1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High. The blessings here promised are not for all believers, but for those who live in close fellowship with God. Every child of God looks towards the inner sanctuary and the mercyseat, yet all do not dwell in the most holy place; they run to it at times, and enjoy occasional approaches, but they do not habitually reside in the mysterious presence. Those who through rich grace obtain unusual and continuous communion with God, so as to abide in Christ and Christ in them, become possessors of rare and special benefits, which are missed by those who follow afar off, and grieve the Holy Spirit of God.

Into the secret place those only come who know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and those only dwell there to whom to live is Christ. To them the veil is rent, the mercyseat is revealed, the covering cherubs are manifest, and the awful glory of the Most High is apparent: these, like Simeon, have the Holy Ghost upon them, and like Anna they depart not from the temple; they are the courtiers of the Great King, the valiant men who keep watch around the bed of Solomon, the virgin souls who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. Elect out of the elect, they have “attained unto the first three”, and shall walk with their Lord in white, for they are worthy. Sitting down in the august presence chamber where shines the mystic light of the Sheckinah, they know what it is to be raised up together, and to be made to sit together with Christ in the heavenlies, and of them it is truly said that their conversation is in heaven. Special grace like theirs brings with it special immunity.

Outer court worshippers little know what belongs to the inner sanctuary, or surely they would press on until the place of nearness and divine familiarity became theirs. Those who are the Lord’s constant guests shall find that he will never suffer any to be injured within his gates; he has eaten the covenant salt with them, and is pledged for their protection.

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. The Omnipotent Lord will shield all those who dwell with him, they shall remain under his care as guests under the protection of their host. In the most holy place the wings of the cherubim were the most conspicuous objects, and they probably suggested to the psalmist the expression here employed. Those who commune with God are safe with Him, no evil can reach them, for the outstretched wings of his power and love cover them from all harm. This protection is constant—they abide under it, and it is all sufficient, for it is the shadow of the Almighty, whose omnipotence will surely screen them from all attack. No shelter can be imagined at all comparable to the protection of Jehovah’s own shadow. The Almighty himself is where his shadow is, and hence those who dwell in his secret place are shielded by himself. What a shade in the day of noxious heat! What a refuge in the hour of deadly storm! Communion with God is safety. The more closely we cling to our Almighty Father the more confident may we be.

o Verse 2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress. To take up a general truth and make it our own by personal faith is the highest wisdom. It is but poor comfort to say `the Lord is a refuge, ‘but to say he is my refuge, is the essence of consolation. Those who believe should also speak—”I will say”, for such bold avowals honour God and lead others to seek the same confidence. Men are apt enough to proclaim their doubts, and even to boast of them, indeed there is a party nowadays of the most audacious pretenders to culture and thought, who glory in casting suspicion upon every thing: hence it becomes the duty of all true believers to speak out and testify with calm courage to their own well grounded reliance upon their God.

Let others say what they will, be it ours to say of the Lord, “he is our refuge.” But what we say we must prove by our actions, we must fly to the Lord for shelter, and not to an arm of flesh. The bird flies away to the thicket, and the fox hastens to its hole, every creature uses its refuge in the hour of danger, and even so in all peril or fear of peril let us flee unto Jehovah, the Eternal Protector of his own. Let us, when we are secure in the Lord, rejoice that our position is unassailable, for he is our fortress as well as our refuge. No moat, portcullis, drawbridge, wall, battlement and donjon, could make us so secure as we are when the attributes of the Lord of Hosts environ us around.

Behold this day the Lord is to us instead of walls and bulwarks! Our ramparts defy the leagured hosts of hell. Foes in flesh, and foes in ghostly guise are alike balked of their prey when the Lord of Hosts stands between us and their fury, and all other evil forces are turned aside. Walls cannot keep out the pestilence, but the Lord can.

As if it were not enough to call the Lord his refuge and fortress, he adds, My God! in him will I trust. Now he can say no more; “my God” means all, and more than all, that heart can conceive by way of security. It was most meet that he should say “in him will I trust”, since to deny faith to such a one were wilful wickedness and wanton insult. He who dwells in an impregnable fortress, naturally trusts in it; and shall not he who dwells in God feel himself well at ease, and repose his soul in safety? O that we more fully carried out the psalmist’s resolve! We have trusted in God, let us trust him still. He has never failed us, why then should we suspect him? To trust in man is natural to fallen nature, to trust in God should be as natural to regenerated nature. Where there is every reason and warrant for faith, we ought to place our confidence without hesitancy or wavering. Dear reader, pray for grace to say, “In him will I trust.”

o Verse 3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. Assuredly no subtle plot shall succeed against one who has the eyes of God watching for his defence, We are foolish and weak as poor little birds, and are very apt to be lured to our destruction by cunning foes, but if we dwell near to God, he will see to it that the most skilful deceiver shall not entrap us.

“Satan the fowler who betrays
Unguarded souls a thousand ways,”shall be foiled in the case of the man whose high and honourable condition consists in residence within the holy place of the Most High.

And from the noisome pestilence. He who is a Spirit can protect us from evil spirits, he who is mysterious can rescue us from mysterious dangers, he who is immortal can redeem its from mortal sickness. There is a deadly pestilence of error, we are safe from that if we dwell in communion with the God of truth; there is a fatal pestilence of sin, we shall not be infected by it if we abide with the thrice Holy One; there is also a pestilence of disease, and even from that calamity our faith shall win immunity if it be of that high order which abides in God, walks on in calm serenity, and ventures all things for duty’s sake. Faith by cheering the heart keeps it free from the fear which, in times of pestilence, kills more than the plague itself. It will not in all cases ward off disease and death, but where the man is such as the first verse describes, it will assuredly render him immortal where others die; if all the saints are not so sheltered it is because they have not all such a close abiding with God, and consequently not such confidence in the promise.

Such special faith is not given to all, for there are diversities in the measure of faith. It is not of all believers that the psalmist sings, but only of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Too many among us are weak in faith, and in fact place more reliance in a phial or a globule than in the Lord and giver of life, and if we die of pestilence as others die it is because we acted like others, and did not in patience possess our souls. The great mercy is that in such a case our deaths are blessed, and it is well with us, for we are for ever with the Lord. Pestilence to the saints shall not be noisome but the messenger of heaven.

o Verse 4. He shall cover thee with thy feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust. A wonderful expression! Had it been invented by an uninspired man it would have verged upon blasphemy, for who should dare to apply such words to the Infinite Jehovah? But as he himself authorised, yea, dictated the language, we have here a transcendent condescension, such as it becomes us to admire and adore. Doth the Lord speak of his feathers, as though he likened himself to a bird? Who will not see herein a matchless love, a divine tenderness, which should both woo and win our confidence? Even as a hen covereth her chickens so doth the Lord protect the souls which dwell in him; let us cower down beneath him for comfort and for safety. Hawks in the sky and snares in the field are equally harmless when we nestle so near the Lord. His truth—his true promise, and his faithfulness to his promise, shall be thy shield and buckler. Double armour has he who relies upon the Lord. He bears a shield and wears an all surrounding coat of mail—such is the force of the word “buckler.” To quench fiery darts the truth is a most effectual shield, and to blunt all swords it is an equally effectual coat of mail. Let us go forth to battle thus harnessed for the war, and we shall be safe in the thickest of the fight. It has been so, and so shall it be till we reach the land of peace, and there among the “helmed cherubim and sworded seraphim, ” we will wear no other ornament, his truth shall still be our shield and buckler.

o Verse 5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. Such frail creatures are we that both by night and by day we are in danger, and so sinful are we that in either season we may be readily carried away by fear; the promise before us secures the favourite of heaven both from danger and from the fear of it. Night is the congenial hour of horrors, when alarms walk abroad like beasts of prey, or ghouls from among the tombs; our fears turn the sweet season of repose into one of dread, and though angels are abroad and fill our chambers, we dream of demons and dire visitants from hell. Blessed is that communion with God which renders us impervious to midnight frights, and horrors born of darkness.

Not to be afraid is in itself an unspeakable blessing, since for every suffering which we endure from real injury we are tormented by a thousand griefs which arise from fear only. The shadow of the Almighty removes all gloom from the shadow of night: once covered by the divine wing, we care not what winged terrors may fly abroad in the earth. Nor for the arrow that flieth by day. Cunning foes lie in ambuscade, and aim the deadly shaft at our hearts, but we do not fear them, and have no cause to do so. That arrow is not made which can destroy the righteous, for the Lord hath said, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.”

In times of great danger those who have made the Lord their refuge, and therefore have refused to use the carnal weapon, have been singularly preserved; the annals of the Quakers bear good evidence to this; yet probably the main thought is, that from the cowardly attacks of crafty malice those who walk by faith shall be protected, from cunning heresies they shall be preserved, and in sudden temptations they shall be secured from harm.

Day has its perils as well as night, arrows more deadly than those poisoned by the Indian are flying noiselessly through the air, and we shall be their victims unless we find both shield and buckler in our God. 0 believer, dwell under the shadow of the Lord, and none of the archers shall destroy thee, they may shoot at thee and wound thee grievously, but thy bow shall abide in strength. When Satan’s quiver shall be empty thou shalt remain uninjured by his craft and cruelty, yea, his broken darts shall be to thee as trophies of the truth and power of the Lord thy God.

o Verse 6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness. It is shrouded in mystery as to its cause and cure, it marches on, unseen of men, slaying with hidden weapons, like an enemy stabbing in the dark, yet those who dwell in God are not afraid of it. Nothing is more alarming than the assassin’s plot, for he may at any moment steal in upon a man, and lay him low at a stroke; and such is the plague in the days of its power, none can promise themselves freedom from it for an hour in any place in the infected city; it enters a house men know not how, and its very breath is mortal; yet those choice souls who dwell in God shall live above fear in the most plague stricken places—they shall not be afraid of the “plagues which in the darkness walk.” Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Famine may starve, or bloody war devour, earthquake may overturn and tempest may smite, but amid all, the man who has sought the mercy seat and is sheltered beneath the wings which overshadow it, shall abide in perfect peace. Days of horror and nights of terror are for other men, his days and nights are alike spent with God, and therefore pass away in sacred quiet. His peace is not a thing of times and seasons, it does not rise and set with the sun, nor does it depend upon the healthiness of the atmosphere or the security of the country. Upon the child of the Lord’s own heart pestilence has no destroying power, and calamity no wasting influence: pestilence walks in darkness, but he dwells in light; destruction wastes at noonday, but upon him another sun has risen whose beams bring restoration.

Remember that the voice which saith “thou shalt not fear” is that of God himself, who hereby pledges his word for the safety of those who abide under his shadow, nay, not for their safety only, but for their serenity. So far shall they be from being injured that they shall not even be made to fear the ills which are around them, since the Lord protects them.

“He, his shadowy plumes outspread.
With his wing shall fence thy head;
And his truth around thee wield,
Strong as targe or bossy shield!
Naught shall strike thee with dismay,
Fear by night, nor shaft by day.”

o Verse 7. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand. So terribly may the plague rage among men that the bills of mortality may become very heavy and continue to grow ten times heavier still, yet shall such as this Psalm speaks of survive the scythe of death. It shall not come nigh thee. It shall be so near as to be at thy side, and yet not nigh enough to touch thee; like a fire it shall burn all around, yet shall not the smell of it pass upon thee. How true is this of the plague of moral evil, of heresy, and of backsliding. Whole nations are infected, yet the man who communes with God is not affected by the contagion; he holds the truth when falsehood is all the fashion.

Professors all around him are plague smitten, the church is wasted, the very life of religion decays, but in the same place and time, in fellowship with God, the believer renews his youth, and his soul knows no sickness. In a measure this also is true of physical evil; the Lord still puts a difference between Israel and Egypt in the day of his plagues. Sennacherib’s army is blasted, but Jerusalem is in health.

“Our God his chosen people saves
Amongst the dead, amidst the graves.”

o Verse 8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. The sight shall reveal both the justice and the mercy of God; in them that perish the severity of God will be manifest, and in the believer’s escape the richness of divine goodness will be apparent. Joshua and Caleb verified this promise. The Puritan preachers during the plague of London must have been much impressed with this verse as they came out of their hiding places to proclaim mercy and judgment to the dissolute age which was so sorely visited with the pest.

The sight of God’s judgments softens the heart, excites a solemn awe, creates gratitude, and so stirs up the deepest kind of adoration. It is such a sight as none of us would wish to see, and yet if we did see it we might thus be lifted up to the very noblest style of manhood. Let us but watch providence, and we shall find ourselves living in a school where examples of the ultimate reward of sin are very plentiful.

One case may not be judged alone lest we misjudge, but instances of divine visitation will be plentiful in the memory of any attentive observer of men and things; from all these put together we may fairly draw conclusions, and unless we shut our eyes to that which is self evident, we shall soon perceive that there is after all a moral ruler over the sons of men, who sooner or later rewards the ungodly with due punishment.

o Verses 9-10. Before expounding these verses I cannot refrain from recording a personal incident illustrating their power to soothe the heart, when they are applied by the Holy Spirit. In the year 1854, when I had scarcely been in London twelve months, the neighbourhood in which I laboured was visited by Asiatic cholera, and my congregation suffered from its inroads. Family after family summoned me to the bedside of the smitten, and almost every day I was called to visit the grave. I gave myself up with youthful ardour to the visitation of the sick, and was sent for from all corners of the district by persons of all ranks and religions. I became weary in body and sick at heart. My friends seemed falling one by one, and I felt or fancied that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low among the rest; I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear, and I was ready to sink under it.

As God would have it, I was returning mournfully home from a funeral, when my curiosity led me to read a paper which was wafered up in a shoemaker’s window in the Dover Road. It did not look like a trade announcement, nor was it, for it bore in a good bold handwriting these words:Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm.

The providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window I gratefully acknowledge, and in the remembrance of its marvellous power I adore the Lord my God. The psalmist in these verses assures the man who dwells in God that he shall be secure. Though faith claims no merit of its own, yet the Lord rewards it wherever he sees it. He who makes God his refuge shall find him a refuge; he who dwells in God shall find his dwelling protected. We must make the Lord our habitation by choosing him for our trust and rest, and then we shall receive immunity from harm; no evil shall touch us personally, and no stroke of judgment shall assail our household. The dwelling here intended by the original was only a tent, yet the frail covering would prove to be a sufficient shelter from harm of all sorts. It matters little whether our abode be a gypsy’s hut or a monarch’s palace if the soul has made the Most High its habitation. Get into God and you dwell in all good, and ill is banished far away. It is not because we are perfect or highly esteemed among men that we can hope for shelter in the day of evil, but because our refuge is the Eternal God, and our faith has learned to hide beneath his sheltering wing.

“For this no ill thy cause shall daunt,
No scourge thy tabernacle haunt.”

It is impossible that any ill should happen to the man who is beloved of the Lord; the most crushing calamities can only shorten his journey and hasten him to his reward. Ill to him is no ill, but only good in a mysterious form. Losses enrich him, sickness is his medicine, reproach is his honour, death is his gain. No evil in the strict sense of the word can happen to him, for everything is overruled for good. Happy is he who is in such a case. He is secure where others are in peril, he lives where others die.

o Verse 11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee. Not one guardian angel, as some fondly dream, but all the angels are here alluded to. They are the bodyguard of the princes of the blood imperial of heaven, and they have received commission from their Lord and ours to watch carefully over all the interests of the faithful. When men have a charge they become doubly careful, and therefore the angels are represented as bidden by God himself to see to it that the elect are secured. It is down in the marching orders of the hosts of heaven that they take special note of the people who dwell in God. It is not to be wondered at that the servants are bidden to be careful of the comfort of their Master’s guests; and we may be quite sure that when they are specially charged by the Lord himself they will carefully discharge the duty imposed upon them.

To keep thee in all thy ways. To be a bodyguard, a garrison to the body, soul, and spirit of the saint. The limit of this protection “in all thy ways” is yet no limit to the heart which is right with God. It is not the way of the believer to go out of his way. He keeps in the way, and then the angels keep him. The protection here promised is exceeding broad as to place, for it refers to all our ways, and what do we wish for more? How angels thus keep us we cannot tell. Whether they repel demons, counteract spiritual plots, or even ward off the more subtle physical forces of disease, we do not know. Perhaps we shall one day stand amazed at the multiplied services which the unseen bands have rendered to us.

o Verse 12. They, that is the angels, God’s own angels, shall cheerfully become our servants. They shall bear thee up in their hands; as nurses carry little children, with careful love, so shall those glorious spirits bear up each individual believer. Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone; even minor ills they ward off. It is most desirable that we should not stumble, but as the way is rough, it is most gracious on the Lord’s part to send his servants to bear us up above the loose pebbles. If we cannot have the way smoothed it answers every purpose if we have angels to bear us up in their hands. Since the greatest ills may arise out of little accidents, it shows the wisdom of the Lord that from the smaller evils we are protected.

o Verse 13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder. Over force and fraud shalt thou march victoriously; bold opponents and treacherous adversaries shall alike be trodden down. When our shoes are iron and brass lions and adders are easily enough crushed beneath our heel. The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. The strongest foe in power, and the most mysterious in cunning, shall be conquered by the man of God. Not only from stones in the way, but from serpents also, shall we be safe. To men who dwell in God the most evil forces become harmless, they wear a charmed life, and defy the deadliest ills. Their feet come into contact with the worst of foes, even Satan himself nibbles at their heel, but in Christ Jesus they have the assured hope of bruising Satan under their feet shortly.

The people of God are the real “George and the dragon, “the true lion kings and serpent tamers. Their dominion over the powers of darkness makes them cry, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy word.”

o Verse 14. Here we have the Lord himself speaking of his own chosen one. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him. Not because he deserves to be thus kept, but because with all his imperfections he does love his God; therefore not the angels of God only, but the God of angels himself will come to his rescue in all perilous times, and will effectually deliver him.

When the heart is enamoured of the Lord, all taken up with him, and intensely attached to him, the Lord will recognise the sacred flame, and preserve the man who bears it in his bosom. It is love,—love set upon God, which is the distinguishing mark of those whom the Lord secures from ill. I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. The man has known the attributes of God so as to trust in him, and then by experience has arrived at a yet deeper knowledge, this shall be regarded by the Lord as a pledge of his grace, and he will set the owner of it above danger or fear, where he shall dwell in peace and joy.

None abide in intimate fellowship with God unless they possess a warm affection towards God, and an intelligent trust in him; these gifts of grace are precious in Jehovah’s eyes, and wherever he sees them he smiles upon them. How elevated is the standing which the Lord gives to the believer. We ought to covet it right earnestly. If we climb on high it may be dangerous, but if God sets us there it is glorious.

o Verse 15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him. He will have need to pray, he will be led to pray aright and the answer shall surely come. Saints are first called of God and then they call upon God; such calls as theirs always obtain answers. Not without prayer will the blessing come to the most favoured, but by means of prayer they shall receive all good things. I will be with him in trouble, or “I am with him in trouble.”

Heirs of heaven are conscious of a special divine presence in times of severe trial. God is always near in sympathy and in power to help his tried ones. I will deliver him, and honour him. The man honours God, and God honours him. Believers are not delivered or preserved in a way which lowers them, and makes them feel themselves degraded; far from it, the Lord’s salvation bestows honour upon those it delivers. God first gives us conquering grace, and then rewards us for it.

o Verse 16. With long life will I satisfy him. The man described in this Psalm fills out the measure of his days, and whether he dies young or old he is quite satisfied with life, and is content to leave it. He shall rise from life’s banquet as a man who has had enough, and would not have more even if he could. And shew him my salvation. The full sight of divine grace shall be his closing vision. He shall look from Amana and Lebanon. Not with destruction before him black as night, but with salvation bright as noonday smiling upon him he shall enter into his rest.

Thought For The Day (July 31, 2012): The Power Of An Indestructible Life

The priesthood of the Order Of Melchizedek operates “according to the power of an indestructible life” (Heb 7:16c).

The power of an indestructible life is progressively actualized from the Logos Word of the Cross, that proclaims the reality of the finished work of the Cross.

1 Cor 1:18a,c reads: < For the word of the cross … is the power of God. >

By the HOLY SPIRIT, the power in the Logos Word of the Cross is energized into Rhema that works within us. This is at the heart of the Mystery of CHRIST being opened to us by the HOLY SPIRIT (Col 1:26-27; John 16:14b; 1 Cor 14:2).

Ephesians 3:20c proclaims the potentials of: < the power that works within us >.

This power that works within us is of the Spirit and Life of YESHUA. The energization of YESHUA’s life-giving Spirit (see 1 Cor 15:45 + Phil 1:19c).

In John 6:63c YESHUA declares: < … the (Gk: rhema) words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. >

The Words that YESHUA speaks to us stands in both an eternal Logos reality (see Luke 21:33) and a spontaneous, prophetic, Rhema reality (see John 6:63) that operates by the HOLY SPIRIT (John 6:63a; Rom 8:2; John 16:14b).

The Logos reality is the Word that abides in us by Blood Covenant according to the finished work of the Cross.

The energized Rhema Word of the Cross is the Witness within us.

1 John 5:10a (NKJV) reads: < He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself … >.

This GOD-given Witness within us, who are born again, operates in “the power of an indestructible life” which is YESHUA’s life.

The HOLY SPIRIT energizes the power of YESHUA’s life into a functional Witness.

[Tongues are a spiritual tool in which this energization takes place in our inward parts. This is an energization that must always be of the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS (Rom 8:2).]

The Rhema reality of the power of an indestructible life operates, by the HOLY SPIRIT, in a Witness in Spirit, Water and Blood.

1 John 5:7-8 (NKJV) reads: < For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. >

The composite dynamic of the power of an indestructible life, operates in Spirit (the Spirit of JESUS CHRIST – 1 Cor 15:45c + Phil 1:19c), in Water (the Voice of the Good Shepherd – Rev 1:15c; John 10:27) and, in Blood (the Covenant that YESHUA is mediating into our inward parts – Luke 22:20; Heb 9:15a; 12:24).

The Witness in Spirit, Water and Blood, which is the Witness of the Cross (see John 19:30, 34) gives expression to the altar of our heart that calls upon the Name of the LORD (YHWH).

[See Gen 12:7-8 to understand what was foreshadowed in the lives of the Patriarchs who planted altars so as to call upon the Name of GOD.]

YESHUA came to manifest the Name of GOD (YHWH) to us (John 17:6, 26) through the altar of our hearts so that we would do all things in the actuality of GOD manifested in our heart by the HOLY SPIRIT, in CHRIST JESUS.

In this reality we would operate free from the Law of Sin and Death (see Rom 8:2) which is the actuality of the power of YESHUA’s indestructible life.

The development of YESHUA’s life form within the tabernacle of our being is progressive, the product of the HOLY SPIRIT’s ministry (John 16:14b). This is what makes us sons of GOD – priests, prophets and kings. Amen.