Are You About Your Father’s Business?

ARE YOU ABOUT YOUR FATHER’S BUSINESS?
by Pam Clark (pamclark@prophetic.net)

Are you aware of the ebbs and flows in the Spiritual battle? They are definitely there. There has been a recent wave of a negative flow and many in the ministry have picked up on their awareness of it and even written about it. When they happen, you know you have to ride it out to some degree.

We learn that we have to do what Moses did when the Egyptians were coming after Israel to put them again under bondage: “Stand still and see the salvation of God!” Now there are two ways of standing still, in the Lord or in a place of shock and fear. Which do you think is better?

The warfare is very real and it does affect the whole globe, but the reality is that Jesus is taking the planet for the Kingdom of God. We just have to learn how to fight, with His rules, in His Army. “I’m just a little sinner for Jesus” won’t get you there.

There is way too much compromise in the Body of Christ and some of that is the result of false teaching. Jesus warned us about last days trouble, but He never expected us to cave in. Some really will give their lives unto the death, and some will die in the Lord, but there is the promise of the resurrection. But being in the Lord is more than going to a voter booth to make a decision. It starts off that way, but much more is required.

Many become afraid of the battle and so they go into a place of denial, often entertaining themselves with the world. But the ways of the world are getting more and more unGodly and will carry an evil price tag attached to it. If you faith has no meaning, do you really think there are benefits to it? Do you think you will get a reward?

Just because you are sitting in a church somewhere does not mean that you are being active or even in the Kingdom of God. You have to have an interactive relationship with Jesus. That involves two personalities, yours and His! His sheep hear His Voice, He says as the Good Shepherd. That means there is conversation and leadership.

If your leaders take you the wrong way, you don’t have to go there. We have had these militaristic type teachings that have gone to extremes of “obeying those in charge of you.” God set up an order for His people but His intentions are good and you should be able to discern that from reading your Bible. God never condones sin. And He is not trying to set you up in a religious order that puts them in higher place of rule in your life in the place of Him.

The Body is really starting to get a revelation of this and it is to our benefit. But we have to learn the Spirit to follow the Spirit. It will teach you to honor those in authority. And it’s not that hard, there is just a warfare over its teaching. The enemy doesn’t want you to know but many have paid a price for you to learn.

America is a great nation that many people admire, including its own citizens. But if the foundations are destroyed, another rule comes in and America is not America anymore. When people give the credit to another place, they will be surprised if not angry that “it doesn’t work that way anymore” and so their anger will rule often over the order. The foundations have then changed.

We need to find God’s defense in our lives and there is a battle to get there, but once the prize is won, we have to maintain it and also teach it to others, because the kingdoms of this world will become and are becoming the Kingdom of the Lord and of His Christ! But if we see evil ruling and reigning, do we bail out or do we seek God’s ways?

Everyone loves comfort and even some luxuries, but that is not the goal of a great Christian life, but a byproduct. Some people preach Jesus like that is the goal, but the reality is that Jesus will teach us how to navigate. Some days are good and some days are difficult but do we have His navigation in our lives or do we succomb and become overtaken, or do we find the path to His victories? We all have rough days.

If luxuries are the goal, we will become corrupt. The focus will turn to the flesh and the flesh is never satisfied. There is a character development going on in all our challenges, but if we don’t have the right understanding, our “vision” can take us somewhere else where we might get disappointed, even severely.

Remember the parable that Jesus taught of the king who made a great feast for his son and people didn’t want to attend because they had other things to do? His servants went out to the highways and byways to invite the more humble people in so the house might be full for the celebration, but even then, some did not want to do it right and had on another garment instead of the wedding garment (honor) and were thus thrown out.

This was a parable for these last days. The world is becoming more and more globally integrated, and that will not decrease but increase. There is no way to put a stop button on it. You can personally hide from it and you may have an assignment to be out of it, but you will still be affected by it, there is no escape from it. These are the last days and you have to learn to navigate them!

There is “a bent” or direction that we all have inside that makes us the unique person we are. Some people want to be different just to be different, but what they really want is attention and that can be good or bad. But God put eternity in our hearts and in that is a way to fulfill His best will for our lives and the whole Body of Christ. He has put interests and talents and spiritual gifts and we have to learn to direct them for the Kingdom of God. But we can’t do that if we don’t even know what the Kingdom of God is!

We may need attention for a little while but we need to learn to get on track for our Kingdom work. Are we about our Father’s business? It is His good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, but it does not come without relationship with Him. And to have that we have to come to know Him and the power of His might, and it really is quite fascinating!

Our ideas are not necessarily His ideas, and even though the world revolves around Him instead of us, we really can find a quality fulfillment. Things become clean and full of growth and accomplishments. Joy is there and peace too. This isn’t a wish like on a Christmas card, but a reality!

We have to remember that Christ means Anointing and the anointing is the power of God imparted to change things for the better. Jesus made the way and we get to follow His way, which is why we call Him “The Way.” He is also the Truth and the Life, as in forever life!

The enemy is resisting life and so we must learn how to overcome that. This is the hard part because he uses fear and God tells us to be strong and courageous. And we can be when we know the Truth! Then when crazy things happen, we will know what to do – or know to stand still and truly see the salvation of God in our lives.

The enemy always wants to take advantage of our teachings with false teachers. He will even try to use our believer words against us like He did with Jesus (Mark 4). He will use “turn the other cheek” to bully us into what he wants. He will say we have to be nice and comply, but even if it is sin and God does not teach that! He will say that God will do all the work and we don’t have to do anything, but all that is lies! There is an interactive relationship that brings forth the Kingdom of God. To teach otherwise denies the Bible.

God is not a terrorist but He obviously expects us to learn how to deal with them. If a vicious dog comes to your house to harm you or your animals or belongings, you don’t put a bowl of food out and try to pet him. You will get hurt! Jesus said we have to bind the strongman first. In the spirit world, some spirits will not change, we need to understand that. But we can learn what will change and work to establish His Kingdom. It takes discernment and we learn that and teach it to others by being about our Father’s business.

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The Importance of Confidence

The King James Version reads:

(Hebrews 10:35 ) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward.

The word “recompense” there means “a reward, as in wages.”

The New International Version reads:

(Hebrews 10:35) So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly
rewarded.

Most people who read ministry articles like mine, usually have a ministry at
work within them and this is the way it should be. Once the Word of God
becomes activated in a person, a desire to minister also comes up. It can
manifest in a number of different ways, but there is a life giving spring
(called the anointing) that has a force that wants to come up and out of
God’s Christian believers in expressions.

We know that is the power of the Holy Spirit. But some feel like they are to
squash it for the sake of the religious organization they may be around and
some feel they have to “fight” the organization to let it come out, and some
are in organizations that actually help them launch into their ministries.
If one is exceptionally blessed, there are those who encourage them to find
a way to do their ministry.

All of this is so important for Christian ministry fulfillment – personally
and practically. On some causes, there are still not enough volunteers, do
you know what I mean? I want to speak to anyone who has any kind of a
ministry, no matter how small or large it seems to be to them.

The five fold ministry is to equip others for the work of the ministry, and
that really comes out of learning how to do it and then just passing it on
to others. The older (or more mature ones) have to teach the younger (less
mature) in their giftings. It’s just how it works in every area of life.

We really don’t need exalted positions because you may be good at something
I am not and at the same time, vice versa! I may have a ministry meeting
somewhere, but I might need a mechanic to help me get to that meeting! We
all need respect, what ever our gift and calling is.

And it is true that we will not find true happiness and fulfillment until we
DO the calling that God has for us to do. It does not mean we will enjoy
every day of it because a lot of ministry is a SACRIFICE for Love. But there
will be a God pleasured satisfaction in serving Him and knowing it.

So I want to speak to ministers of any kind and encourage them to impart
confidence to others. And sometimes it might even get to someone’s head
temporarily, but God will pick them up from their fall to pride as they seek
Him. So really, not only do we need to impart confidence, but we also need
to do it the right way!

Everyone benefits from encouragement and some are more gifted at imparting
it than others, but it really is not something that is all that challenging
to do. It is AMAZING at what even a little bit of encouragement can do for a
person! Even if they are highly skeptical at first.

And some are skeptical because they have been burned in the past by people
taking advantage of them, or they have been approached by “salesmen” making
grand promises of an impractical non-reality. Disappointments can cause
people to walk with a limp and Jesus came to heal the lame – in whatever
capacity that is!

God exhorts us to have faith and even says that is what pleases Him, but for
some it is hard to have faith in some areas. The littlest things can make
the biggest difference and you may have a powerful ministry and not even
know it! Just by doing the little things that you do, being you!!!

God does not have to please our moods all the time, but He will work with
those who honestly want to work with Him. He is always looking for laborers
in the Harvest field and even tells us that we need to pray to the Lord of
the Harvest (Him) for the laborers, which is you and me.

Think about it like this. Every town needs a doctor for situations that come
up, but what if all the doctors were only in one place and not spread
around? As you know, we have to travel sometimes as it is to get the help we
need that way. But God needs ministers for the people who pray to Him the
same way! How many in these different areas of life are crying out and have
no sufficient answers? But the knowledge and resources for them are in the
earth, but are just not fully available in every area!

And when you think about it, the more needy a location is, there are
probably less resources. God needs qualified Christians to answer their
prayers. We have to realize that God truly does have need of us, and we just
need to connect to our callings! It may be a full time missions work or it
may be a ministry to someone that you meet out in the marketplace somewhere.
We need to be on “on.”

But to be on “on,” we need to be equipped. That is what the Church and
Christian ministries and conferences and schools are all about! We need the
head knowledge and we need the Spiritual experience knowledge with that
proper interpretation, and we need confidence in what we do.

Faithfulness has a lot of power, even when we are not “feeling it.”
Faithfulness encourages in a mighty way. I think all of us know how
important inner security is to just living life. That confidence that things
will work and be there means as much to us as the sun coming up every
morning for a new day.

Not only do we need confidence in the things around us, but we also need
confidence in ourselves. It may come more natural to some, but to some
others, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. God is
good and after creating us, He declared it was very good! But we also find
there is an enemy who wants to take away our confidence in the goodnesses of
God within and about us.

As ministers we need to realize that when we impart Spiritually, we need to
pass on confidence. It really generates a lot of love and it really builds
the Kingdom of God and the people in it. Not only does it do a good work but
that good work also will come back to us in due season. Like any seed, you
have to plant it, and water it and tend it, but there is great reward, the
Scriptures say, for this one.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of
reward. Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Be a
blessing and get blessed!

Be Properly Equipped

The Church is only as good as the people in it – even globally. So we need to be practical as well as Spiritual.  Many think God is going to do a “poof” transformation for good and while He will give us a taste of what we can walk into, He still expects our spirit man to mature in it.

God will give us wisdom, and advances because of agreement, but if we do not have – as a Body of individuals – a foundation that will hold through stress – we will not hold our position or keep on advancing significantly – until we do have that.

We can look for a leader, we can look for a meeting, we can look for a “Revival” even, and the good ones will be there, but God provided Jesus, not man to be your constant Source. Men will disappear and some men (or women) will fail in your eyes. But the Spirit of God does not change, so are you equipped???

We are the wax of a candle, Jesus is the wick, and the Father through the Holy Spirit lights the fire. Some of us will be burned up in our ascension to Him, used up to His Glory. But we will not be lost! Let’s ask, what is the fragrance of our wax? But remember that some light is better than none! It is the light that dispels the darkness.

Do you appreciate structure? Without it, without respect for it, there is no sustaining strength. God is building a GLOBAL group and He knows the “rubix cube formula” so to speak for all the needs to be met and for all the Glory to be seen. And there is sufficient available to all of us, if we learn how to access it.

If God allows a revival, but there is no equipping for the new or delivered, it will wane fast and just be talked about meetings of the past. ALL revival is borne of prayer. You may have a charismatic leader, but he or she did not get there except through prayer. The equipped cannot function without the fuel of prayers.

God answers the prayers of hearts, not the wishes of the mind. You can have a great building, a great speaker or three, or even more, great advertising, even a great media ministry, but if the anointing is not there, then you are just a good idea. I used to want someone else to pray for me – and we all need prayers – but if I don’t pray, then I don’t have the enabling encounters.

Some even pay others to pray but you know, the chances for mess ups are stronger I believe. The anointing comes through encounters with God. You have to experience His Presence and learn how to call on Him in the day of trouble with His Word. Head knowledge and human experience is not the same thing as Spiritual knowledge and personal encounters with His Presence.

All things DO work together for the good of those who are the called (Romans 8:28), but you can’t have one without the other – if you want to have a real move, that is. You can hold your own and maintain for a season, but if there is not Spiritual HUNGER, then there will not be Spiritual encounters. You will only get indoctrinations without them, and if they are false, they are targets for truth by The Truth!

If you don’t know the Bible definitions of quality life, you won’t build accurately. You won’t know what to defend or what to let go of. If you do not have vision beyond where you are and where your natural mind is, then there is no prophetic revelation with you. And we need to discern these visions!

God wants us to be natural AND Spiritual. People who miss that, are probably up to something! Just saying  “Be warmed and filled” and even trained are nothing without substance. God wants wholeness – spirit, soul and body! And He is good for it!  But if we don’t understand that or know how to apprehend it and if your gift is not contributing and working with other gifts, then we are ALL missing out.

We have to do our part and respect others. It’s a BIG creation that God wants us to be a part of. If the Church doesn’t think as big as the world does, they will continue to mock us.

A drunk man lost his wallet one night and was looking for it under a street lamp. A cop came up and asked him what was going on. He said he lost it down the street but he was looking under the street lamp because there was more light there. How much is the Body like that?

Sometimes we have to take care of the “little things” before we can take on the big! Wisdom is knowing how to apply your attention and your focus to make these advances. It is God’s good pleasure to give us His Kingdom, but we must apply ourselves through personal prayers and application.

Pam Clark
Wings on the Wind
www.pamclark.wordpress.com

The Fruity Tree

I am grateful for my upbringing, no telling where I would be without it, probably nowhere very good, if still here.

My parents were nominal Christians, they took me to our mainline denominational church, got me into activities, and those activities were my Spiritual training.

God has His Hand on my life, (Thank God!), and I did have a few encounters but I would have been clueless without my Christian training that pointed me to the Word of God.

I learned the basics, about Jesus and His life, the Ten Commandments, tolerance and respect for other people and their views, and the Bible verse that “God is Love.”  One day that verse would literally save my life when I was younger and condemned harshly (to die) by a preacher who did not share my views!

Had it not been for the love I was shown, I probably would have rejected church altogether after that!

Then in 1976 I found out about and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  It DRAMATICALLY changed my life.  A well spring opened up inside of me and my zeal had no bounds!  I was ready to defy every devil, save every soul, and raise the dead anywhere I might encounter that, even deal with institutions and government if need be.

Well, it doesn’t take that long to figure out that there are some personal limitations on your strength, but I was still greatly impressed by the Life that had been made available to me.  I was right in the middle of the charismatic wave and God was near and I did encounter His incredible Presence and saw a number of impressive miracles and ministry.

It was a whole new world.  At one point, I gave away everything I had with my zeal to be like the early disciples and live by faith.  Well, that faith landed me back at home with my parents who were the nominal Christians with a daughter “on steroids” so to speak. They didn’t know what to do with me, even though God was using that to speak to them.

The only peace that came to the wild household  is when I went to church with my mom who had quit going.  My dad was content to watch it on tv.  (He later got wonderfully saved, but that is another story.)

I was going to every exciting meeting I could get to, and needless to say, my young faith was being tested on a number of levels.  I look back and laugh at all that now, but it was a serious development stage in my faith walk.  Thank God for patient loving parents!

One Sunday morning at our downtown Methodist Church, trying to suck in every bit of life I could get from those services, I was silently telling God how “dead” it was.  Now I had learned a lot of incredible truths that really did hold my life together.  But at this stage, all that seemed BORING!!!

As I sat there, explaining that to God, I was telling Him how this church, that had held strong for over a hundred years, was so lacking.  I envisioned this incredibly big tree with large extending branches and told him how great the fruit was on it.  To me, where I was, was just a tree with no fruit!  Not like the fruit I saw!

He just played me along and said, “Really?”  Now this conversation is all silent, but very real.  I said, “Yes!!!  These people are missing it!  They are missing the gifts of the Spirit, these wonderful works, this great excitement, they aren’t studying about the fruits and gifts and seeing miracles!”  He replied, “That fruit is really grand, is it?”

I replied, “Oh yes!” and just went on and on with Him.  And so quietly He said, “What if I cut down the trunk of that tree?  What happens to all those full branches and that fruit?”

I was stunned.  I knew this was God I was talking to and He could do anything He wanted.  I had no choice but to reply, “Then all the fruit is gone!”  He had made His point with me.  I was not honoring my roots.

All this inner disdain I had (and probably some outwardly) suddenly withered.  I realized He was taking me back to the basics, and those basics are not only good but necessary.  If the storms came, where was my foundation?  It needed to be on His!

I realized there was a progression of truth.  And even if some limbs get pruned, you really do still want the trunk of the tree an its root system.  It makes for life!

I laugh at this experience but not at what I learned from it.  A loving God taught me His ways.  My zeal was precious but it needed to be grounded.  The fruit was not greater than the tree it came from.  My folks were pretty simple folks when it came to Spiritual things, but they were honest and ethical and lived pretty well and content.

I realized that I needed to be a bridge and not a bomb.  It just worked better.

While looking for a picture to go along with this of a big tree similar to what I saw in my vision then, I came across this one called “The Salad Tree.”  It’s an artist’s mock up but it seems to fit so well.  We need it ALL.  And we need to have good sense and be planted on the sure foundation.

There are requirements for full life and if we ignore that, we will miss what God wants to do through us and in us.

God bless you~

Pam

GOD says Call For The Women!

Understand the atmosphere of the context of this…   See the conditions that were going on in Israel that God and the prophet Jeremiah were dealing with.  The prophet was interceding passionately in a backslidden era. He was seeking the heart of God to find remedy…

Jeremiah 9:

15 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.

16 “I will scatter them also among the Gentiles [nations], whom neither they nor their fathers have known. And I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.”

17 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider and call for the mourning women, That they may come; And send for skillful wailing women, That they may come.

18 Let them make haste And take up a wailing for us, That our eyes may run with tears, And our eyelids gush with water.

19 For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion: ‘How we are plundered! We are greatly ashamed, Because we have forsaken the land, Because we have been cast out of our dwellings.'”

20 Yet hear the word of the Lord, O women, And let your ear receive the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters wailing, And everyone her neighbor a lamentation.

21 For death has come through our windows, Has entered our palaces, To kill off the children; no longer to be outside! And the young men; no longer on the streets!

22 Speak, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Even the carcasses of men shall fall as refuse on the open field, Like cuttings after the harvester, And no one shall gather them.'”

23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;

24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

25 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised;

26 “Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the farthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.”

God was responding to a man who was crying to Him over the conditions of the land. War was going on, the land was plundered. Hearts had turned away from the Lord.

Children were dying and the nation’s strength of the young men was dissipating. He was standing “between the porch and the altar” (the place of intercession in God’s courts) crying out.

God was angry because people had turned away from Him, so judgment was coming now for the believer and unbeliever alike. But God has mercy and God has answers because God has a Plan. And God will speak.

With all that deterioration and hopelessness, the prophet cried out in tears. And what did God answer?

Call for the women. If you read the whole passage there, the women were also under attacks and suffering. It was not like they were the stronger of the two at that point.

This was God’s answer and this was part of God’s Plan. Call for the women and give respect to the women. Was there another option? Not here, there wasn’t.

Women are not better than men, nor are men better than women. This was not God’s statement of “Women rule.” In fact we know that God names men as the head of their families. But I believe there comes a time when God thinks we have missed it and when we ask Him for help, He will respond with what HE wants.

The Lord has always wanted balance and respect for all His people. He never denied anyone from any nation who wanted to join the Company of believers if they were really believers. Women don’t have any special graces or charms that touch God more than men do. God wants respect for His grand Creation, in the manner and order that He designed it.

I think it is very interesting at this time in America that the news is full of the story about our country’s loans defaulting having the potential to dramatically the wreck the country even more, and the LDS trial of Warren Jeff facing child/girl/women abuse charges. I think there is something to it. (I have preached this Jeremian 9 message years before, so this did not just come to me.)

God wants honor for the men as well as the women. He wants them to have their respect. This is not about ego, but dignity. But I am making a point beyond that, too. When you look at the Church, the Body of Christ believers, who are crying out long and hard for revival and revolution in our lives, you will start to notice something – the women pray-ers.

The women intercessors are rising up. They are gaining a Godly recognition for their roles in seeking God. This is a sign that revival is coming! God has a fashion and order in the way He does things. We are not self designers in this call on our lives to live before Him and then receive His blessings. There is an order and a plan! And our fullfillments will be found in that.

As God is preparing us for a Visitation, you will find more and more anointing on the prayer groups of the women interceding. They will not be just women only, because God is no respector of persons. Men who are sensitive are not despised by God. He is not blessing hanky-panky (wrong actions) by either gender, but He will address the issues of what means something to Him and the way He wants to see things done.

We have much today going on in the way of social engineering, attempting to reorder the ways of God and it is just not going to work. He can shut it down. He has done it before and He can do it again – dramatically. He will let things go way beyond what most decent people think He will. But that does not mean He is not going to act. His ways are higher and grander than our ways are.

When He talks about us entering into His Life and Blessings, and what it takes, He is sincere. The reality that He is even willing to communicate with us on any level is mind blowing. But He knows what He is looking for. And He gave Scriptures to assist us.

Christians who have been around prayers know that they can change things. Prayers have the potential to do amazing things, but they are not “our” design tools. We are not the Designers. We are co-laborers with a great work in redeeming the earth.

God knows what He wants and He wants both men and women and children respected in the right spirit. We do need to search that out and we do need to follow His order, not in legalisms but in honoring the Life that He has designed.

Look for those weeping, wailing women intercessors and join them and bless them. According to God’s Word, it is going to make the difference.

Reject Rejection!

 In the Garden, Adam and Eve were blessed;  they felt loved and accepted and covered and provided for.  It’s our “Heaven” place.

 But THEN the “spirit of rejection” came in. 

 That spirit boasted of its power and understanding.  It challenged God.

 Adam and Eve doubted, and they fell. 

 If we can identify in our minds and hearts, what this spirit is –  and it is pride and anti-Christ (which means anti-Anointing) –  and if we can work NOT to  identify with it, we will get set free. 

 This spirit wants us to identify with it.  Then it will hold contests.  It will say “I will reject you before you reject me!  That makes me greater!” 

 It will boast of great power.  It will boast status.   But it’s the devil. 

 It’s a lie, because God is NOT rejecting us. 

 God sent Jesus to show us He cares, and He honors us to give us the right and privilege of choosing Him.  He gives us free will. 

 We can and must choose Him if we want His benefits eternally.

 So reject rejection! 

 When bad things happen, this evil spirit will come and present its offering. 

 It will act like it is God. But IT IS NOT.

 Receive the Love of God.

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Who Gets The Glory?

God has set an order for man that we are still struggling to get right, even from the Fall of Man. In all honesty, we must realize that we cannot do or be anything within ourselves alone. We are created beings, as are all the cosmos, by a Divine Hand and Spirit greater than we ourselves are.

When Jesus came, He not only brought a Divine Example for us, He also revealed the incredible Grace of God by laying down His Life for us, paying the price that we might know our sins can be forgiven through faith in Him. Many signs and wonders accompanied this revelation to us.

Not only was Love revealed through His Life but Power also was. Not only was the portal of Compassion brought to us through what Jesus did, but what He did also made the way for the working of the Gifts of Potency and Enablement in our lives in many forms, through the Holy Spirit. No longer were we waiting for a Messiah to come and rescue us, we were brought into a greater relationship of Family co-laboring in a Work together with Him. This is a high honor!

No longer was it just “the few” who had the words of Life, but now through Him, we all could be the kings and priests that related to Him in many levels. Just as a child must be nurtured to a place where it can stand on its own, so must we be raised up to walking and even running in our strengths in God.

The Divine Nature of the God Personality interacting with the human one is indeed an incredible mystery and phenomenon. It has many layers and dimensions. There is no question that God is Sovereign. One can look at Nature and determine that our reasoning alone is not what rules the planet, but yet we co-labor.

Even more obvious is that we make many mistakes, therefore the Divine Corrector is greatly needed! In our child-like mentality, we need to be teachable. But we must go beyond “knowing” into “living and doing.” One might call that a “living understanding.” A true Living Understanding understands the goals of Life and its Proper Order.

The Goals of Life are Divine Relationship in Unity and Purity. A river may flow in one direction toward the sea but some create tributaries that branch off and never reach it. So much of our rain depends on the water evaporation at the sea, that is then filtered through the clouds and directed by the winds to their appropriate places. While we may find interest in exceptions to the order, in truth, there is really an order in that.

Even as Scriptures say, some things were done “out” of order that we might notice and observe and learn from that. When Moses saw a bush that caught fire and was not consumed, he noticed something “out of order” with that. But in that was a revelation from a greater God than nature. Thus began an entreaty for God to work with Mankind as a group.

When God speaks or acts, He really wants us to give Him the Glory for it. There are many obvious reasons for this! And the biggest one is the human limitations that we humans have. While different abilities, acquired legitimately or illegitimately, can impress other people, when the focus is on Something or Some One greater than we are, we are still able to maintain a teachable spirit and release (let go of) the destructive warrior one.

While God knows how to enforce His Order and Will, and will even call on us to do likewise in certain situations, He really did not design us solely for war and self anihilation. War is only truly meant meant for Order!

With the foundation of compassion and humility, God invites us into power. With that He gives us the Spiritual gifts, and some are pretty impressive! So often we rally around these demonstrations and stories of the Spiritual Gifts because we want to learn and grow from them. But the day we start giving man the glory instead of giving God the glory, we begin a descent of firm correction to Divine Order.

Simon the Magician had learned how to use “natural” powers to impress the people. But when he encountered the demonstrative revelations of the Holy Spirit, his spirit quickly submitted. He saw the disciples laying hands on people and then wrongly discerned a different power at work and he wanted to purchase that technique. He was strongly rebuked for it and learned that his very salvation was threatened by his wrong discernment.

Simon had wanted the glory. He knew if he could “impress” others with his “powers” and “abilities” that he could sway people’s minds and hearts towards his will. But, a Greater Power was present that day, and it firmly corrected him!

Today we have many gatherings around the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Some are “to learn” and some are “to see” and some are “to experience,” but in too many of them we have the human honored more than the Lord. When that happens, we incur a Divine Wrath, that in all reality we probably would prefer to avoid.

Even if man’s ways seem to be presented, if they are really God’s ways, we have stolen “the glory.” When our spiritual direction becomes “led” by men and not from God, both man and leader could be set up for trouble. When men (or women) become “the way,” they can be cut off from the promised blessing as Moses was when he struck the rock rather than speaking to it, and said “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10) In this Moses stole the glory.

Moses had nothing to do with the water coming from the rock. God wanted to use Moses to reveal Himself. When Moses in his flesh altered the revelation of God, it cost him. God still provided for the people but there was a setback that went down in history and could have cost much time. It is very important to our spiritual walk that we repent for these things!

You can be sure that the Body is going no further than its pride. The flesh of man is often tempted to do it wrong and “own” the power, but the mature ones lead by example. If we are “demonstration” only, we can miss the vital communications that come offering greater life. But if we persist in having or stealing the glory for ourselves, we set ourselves at war with God and we will surely lose, and probably also damage those around us.

We have many wonderful leaders today and some that bring controversy. Some controversy is meant so that attention will be brought to the lesson or revelation God is trying to impart to us. But we obviously want to grow in grace on these things rather than setting ourselves at odds with God.

Just because we don’t “see” Him does not mean that His Spirit is not at work in our midst. He very much wants to show us the greater things and we do learn from the past, but we must honor Him over man and man’s words and ways. This is a healthy “fear of the Lord” that is more about respect than “the spirit of fear.” Cowardice is condemned, but so also is presumption. No wonder His grief over the idols of men, especially when they had no breath!

PRAYER:

Lord, we ask for your grace and mercy and for a teachable spirit that can learn how to impart your signs and wonders for our growth and for Your Name’s Sake, and for the love and compassions to give to others that so need it. Help us to come into Your Divine Order that we may not only represent You well and properly, but that we might also live in your awesome holy life too. Forgive us for where we have missed it and help us to hear clearly and correctly in Your Spirit. Give us the ability to repent properly and glorify Your Name. For this we thank You. Amen.