Reigning in Life… Romans 5:1-5,17 (NKJV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us….
Vs. 17- For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Pam and I were gone most of the day until early evening filled not just with excitement, but an expectancy that helped carry us through a long, arduous journey. This journey was not a trip, so to speak, it was actually the fulfillment of the last three months to the day of some important breakthroughs and increase, line upon line, and faith to faith and strength to strength! This last day of Sept., Sept 30, 2014!
Just when it seemed that this load might be too heavy, the Father God, the Father of spirits, released His life and His perseverance, His character, and His hope that does not disappoint, but causes His grace and life to abound in our lives and hearts. The outward demonstration of the physical is just a sign of the inward manifestation of Christ in US, the hope of glory. We seemed to be in a place where the cup was so full, that it could not be emptied to fill back up again. But His word and His Spirit knows when the “fullness of the times” is come and released to accomplish His desires and purposes.
There’s nothing like the “abundance of grace” and of the “gift of righteousness” which goes before you, not by your works or endeavors, but by His own purpose and grace that He has purposed and destined for you. We know “NOW IS THE TIME”, the SET TIME, for the favor of the LORD to come. (Ps. 102:13) Now is the awakening of the sons of God to arise, shake off the dust, and put on your strength, O Zion! (Isa. 52:1,2) The word Pam has had for years, to be “relieved” so you can be “released” into the fullness of the kingdom!
This release is not just some “theoretical”, high sounding, spooky spiritual non-sense,and soulish wish that now the time has come! This is the Sound of the Lord and the release of the captives. Now is the time to sieze the moment, not in the flesh, but with joy in tribulation, that ALL things work together for the good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. Many are called, but few are chosen. And the chosen must make their calling and election sure! When we stand on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ and walk in the newness of His life in us, we receive the “confirmation” and the “commission” for the new day in Christ! The day to “REIGN IN LIFE” through the One, Jesus Christ!
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer..(Rom. 12:10-12)
I. Samuel 3:1-3- Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare (precious) in those days; there was no widespread revelation (open vision). And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in His place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp (light) of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down…
I was awakened back up tonight with a burden for the shepherds, the pastors that have become weary and are 1) not hearing anything, and 2) not seeing anything! It has become a job, it has become a routine, it has become something that only on Sundays are they praying for the “eyes of their understanding (heart) to be opened, so that they may have the spirit of wisdom and revelation working in them and know the hope to which they have been called…” (Eph. 1:17,18)
The lamp, the fire, has come out in the house because many have refused to move on, they have become stagnated, and have lost sight and no longer hear the word of the Lord! The ark of God (the presence of God) , the true presence of the Lord, not just a shout or a song, but the “manifest” presence of the Lord is not there, He has departed, and you can’t find Him.
A NEW YOUNG THING (SAMUEL) IS LYING DOWN (RESTING IN THE LORD) WAITING ON THE VOICE OF THE LORD TO SPEAK, “SAMEUL, SAMUEL…” The true prophets, the seers, those who hear the voice of the Lord, are awakening, those who have not been tainted by previous moves or systems! The Word of the Lord will be a new, fresh thing in their mouths, WE HAVE NOT HEARD THIS WORD BEFORE! (I Sam. 3:6-12)
Ephesians. 4:1-16- I Therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye would walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye were called with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
THERE IS ONE BODY, AND ONE SPIRIT, EVEN AS YOU ARE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, WHO IS ABOVE ALL, AND THROUGH ALL, AND IN ALL.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore He saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
AND HE GAVE SOME, APOSTLES; AND SOME, PROPHETS; AND SOME, EVANGELIST; AND SOME, PASTORS AND TEACHERS; FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF THEIR MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST;
TILL WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST:
That we henceforth be not more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
FROM WHOM THE WHOLE BODY FITLY JOINED TOGETHER AND COMPACTED BY THAT WHICH EVERY JOINT SUPPLIETH, ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF EVERY PART, MAKETH INCREASE OF THE BODY UNTO THE EDIFYING OF ITSELF IN LOVE.
Acts 2:42- And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (teaching) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers.
What a tremendous time it is for the church, the ecclesia, to rise up with fervor and passion to embrace the “Sun of Righteousness, who has risen with healing in His wings.” (Mal. 4:2)
What should our attitude be concerning what is being revealed? Should we be overcome with fear and doubt, with a pessimistic attitude, or should we be filled with love and power and a sound mind? (2 Tim. 1:7) Just like in the “Shift” from “Law to Grace”, there was a period of silence, waiting for the appearing of Christ to come, the one full of “grace and truth”, who had received “grace upon grace.”
There should be no fear of “too much grace” if we have put the identity of our Father through Jesus Christ in sons and daughters! Who really wants, as a son of God, just to ‘barely get by’, or just do enough to feel righteous!?! If the true spirit of Christ is in us, we desire to pleasing to Him, and experience the “surpassing greatness of His power!” (Eph. 3:19,20)
HOW DO WE ACTIVATE THE KINGDOM? Jesus said in Luke 12:32- ” Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kindom.” You must simply “receive” the kingdom, because we have grace and a kingdom that cannot be shaken. If you have been apprehended by the Lord, then all you can do is apprehend, or lay hold, of Him and not let go!
HOW DO WE ADVANCE THE KINGDOM? Jesus said in Luke 16:16- “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is pressing into it.” We have “preached the church” and “postponed the kingdom!” The Kingdom is always “at hand”, or in your grasp! The kingdom of God is “within” you, so began to preach and share and demonstrate the kingdom in everyday life, and we will see the “domain of darkness” pushed back, and Father of lights will shine through the Son of His Love, Jesus Christ. (Col. 1:12)
HOW DO WE ALIGN WITH THE KINGDOM? The last scripture in the Old Testament in Mal.4 says that the “Elijah was coming, and He would turn the “hearts of the Fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (4:4-6) John the Baptist came in the “spirit and power of Elijah” to turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. In Luke 1:17 it says, “to turn the hearts of fathers to the children, and the disobedience to the wisdom of the just, (the attitude of righteousness), TO MAKE READY A PEOPLE PREPARED FOR THE LORD!”
This year is all about coming into the government of God through divine order and relationship! As you find your place in His identity, purpose, vision, inheritance, and blessing, you will be aligned and set in the body to be all you were meant to be. We must simply “embrace His grace”, and experience our foundation in Him. “THAT I MAY KNOW HIM AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, BEING CONFORMED TO HIS DEATH! (Phill. 3:10)
May the Father richly bless and keep you in the love of God and in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Amen! (2 Co. 13:14)
The Shift in the church, as we know it, is taking an incredible turn! Just in the last month, since the beginning of the second half of this year, July 2012, we are seeing the people of God beginning to be mobilized from just special seasons, or Kairos, into a quality time of walking in alignment with the Father! This is the “chronos time”, or “chronological” time! It means a “duration of time, which may be a point, a lapse, a span, a period, a quantity, a measure, a duration, or a length.” Kairos (seasons) suggests kind of time. Chronos tells what day it is. Kairos tells of special happenings occurring during the time frame of Chronos!
The church, as we know it, has come to its “wit’s end!” It has come to the end of it’s own wisdom. I keep using the phrase, “AS WE KNOW IT”, because what we’re entering into is a prophetic cycle that will bring us back to our ‘apostolic course.’ I want to bring I Peter 4:7-11 to your attention, with an emphasis on what the Lord spoke to my heart when bringing a message to a conference in a church in East Texas in 1999! “But the end of all things, AS WE KNOW IT, is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister in to one another (employ it in serving one another), as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, or serves, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
The End of all things is not the finality as we might think, it is the ‘END’ of the transition, from one age to another! Again, the end of all things, as we know it, is here! The church can no longer operate out of its own strength or wisdom, we must have the “manifold wisdom of God!” (Eph. 3:10) This present evil age is being swallowed up with the ‘powers of the age to come’, that is, those who have been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,… (Heb. 6:4,5) This manifold wisdom of God is helping us transition from the old to the new, being made known “to the principalites and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed, or accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him.” (Eph. 3:10-12)
So, through His grace and wisdom, we are moving from “crisis to commission!” The love of God must increase in His people, not wane, or decrease. Our hospitality and fellowship must be sincere and done without murmuring, or complaining. Every one must be equipped to serve and minister to each other, being good stewards of what the Father has given us. Two areas are addressed in I Peter 4:11- If anyone speaks… and, If anyone serves…If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracle, or the utterance of God. If anyone serves, let them do it as to bring glory and honor to God through Jesus Christ. This will restore his dominion (his power, authority, and rule) and glory through Christ in the church. To come out of the crisis, we’ve had to experience the baptism of fire and the baptism of suffering. I. Peter 4:12-14 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”
THE KEY TO COMING OUT OF CRISIS: JUDGMENT!
When many hear the word “judgment”, they immediately think of “hell-fire and brimstone.” But the word “judgment” is from the Greek, krisis, or where we get our english word ‘crisis.’ Isn’t that interesting? What does it mean? It carries the idea of a “separating, the process of distinguishing, and selection, making a decision.” Another word for judgment is a legal term describing the judicial process of dealing with guilt or innocence. The word if used chiefly for the verdict itself, reached after an investigation. That’s why, continuing in I Peter 4:17-19 says, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house, or the household, of God; and if it begin with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “if the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful creator.”
This judgment that is not coming, but is here, is discerning the things that are different! The reason why we have not been able to judge or discern good from evil, is that we have never learned to discern or recognize, that different is not necessarily demonic! In fact, in Phill. 1:10, that says “that you may approve the things that are excellent”, means to be able to discern the things that are different. Difference, or diversity, is a part of the manifold ( multi-faceted, much colored) grace of God! We will not have true unity out of “sameness” but out of diversity. Unity is not everyone looking the same or being able to parrot the same doctrine but comes out of the “unity of the Spirit” that brings us to “unity of the faith!” (Eph.4:3,13) God made us all different, each one with a unique quality to respond to him, so He could take the differences of many, and bring them into harmony, or agreement, with Him. Coming into agreement with Him, is arriving at the same time for a “divine appointment” with Him!
The goal of the “Great Commission” (Matt. 28:19) is to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, not just converts…” The church has been in crisis because we have been content to preach the gospel to a few just like us, rather than to receive the authority that Jesus has given us, not only in heaven, but on earth, to “make ALL see what is the fellowship (stewardship, or administration) of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 3:9) The mystery is being unveiled, or made known, through the “preaching of Jesus Christ and made known by the prophetic scriptures to all nations…” (Romans 16:25-27) This is according to the “commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience of faith–to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”
There we have it: Because of the righteous judgment (crisis) of God, we are able to be commissioned with the commandment of the Father, to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. I Peter 5:10,11 says, ‘But may the God of all grace, who called us by His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, AFTER THAT YOU HAVE SUFFERED A WHILE, will Himself restore, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20,21 sums it up: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory (in the church) by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen! Yes, Yes, Yes, and Amen!!