OPEN VISION – 2-28-15

While praying in the Spirit before falling to sleep, I had an open vision concerning this time and season, as well as our coming together in HIM.

Scene One:

I saw a pan full of stones, all shapes, sizes and colors. Upon first glance it was just a pan full of stones; but then the pan began to gently shake and the stones moved into place. There was no certain configuration or pattern as they came together in this time.

Scene Two:

I saw what looked like trees on a flat piece of property. As I was praying I saw them begin to move closer together. Then more trees from all around the area began to move toward the cluster. It was then that a strong wind blew against the trees and because they were strong, they were not destroyed. Then it seemed as though I was looking down from above at the cluster of trees and it appeared the they had become a dense forest. As the wind continued to blow it could only move the top of the trees.

By Julia Higginbotham

Note: A dear brother and friend of mine once said, “A bundle of crooked sticks is stronger than one straight stick.” Bob Terrell

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Kingdom Power & Authority – The Book

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It is my hope that this book will serve to further clarify a few things concerning what it means for the economy of Heaven to invade planet earth and what the landscape will look like after it terraforms the worlds in which we live. This book explores that reality from a Kingdom perspective based on a better understanding of the original intent and the eternal now. It is my prayer that this book will challenge those reading it to move away from a conceptual understanding of a coming Kingdom and help them arrive at a better conclusion concerning what it means to be a responsible Kingdom citizen, living in the King’s Domain. The Kingdom has come, is coming and will come in the future. His Kingdom is and Eternal Kingdom and of the increase of His Government there shall be no end. Please know that this book is not being written from a futuristic or strictly preteristic point of view, and I am not attempting to set dates or establish precedent concerning the view from my vantage point. Simply put, I have come to understand that it has always been about the Spirit and Everlasting Covenant of the Kingdom.   ‘As it is Heaven, so it is in Earth’

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The Apostolic Commission – Pt 1

The following passage of Scripture was received by my wife (Julia) on June 16, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. in the morning. I thought that it was a true word for that time, and it continues to speak to where we are in this season.   

Isaiah 6:8–13   And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “‘Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.  And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump. ESV

 In the past five-plus years this passage of scripture has come to mean a lot more to us than it did when it was first quickened to my wife, and while we continue to look for the land of our fathers and the people of our tribe, we know in our heart that His seed still remains like the stump of a tree that has been cut down. The seed lives…BELIEVE!

Note: The past decade for many of us has been about stripping, gutting and crushing everything about our lives and ministries.

 It was like being demoted, downsized and exiled to the back side of the desert. It was like being publically humiliated and paraded through the streets naked for all to see and mock. It was like being laid open, vulnerable and exposed to the elements. (Stripped)

 Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. ESV

Philippians 3:7-8 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. ESV

 Philippians 4:12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. ESV

It was like having your entrails ripped out by a meat hook and drawn and quartered by a team of wild horses. It was like not having the strength or courage to continue. It was like your head is on the chopping block and all you have known of life has come to an end. (Gutting)

 It was like carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, while trying to breathe with an elephant sitting on your chest. It was like everything in your world was imploding and collapsing in on itself. (Crushing)

 Note: I have come to understand that everything that we have become apart from Him is dying or being systematically killed off.

 Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ESV

Colossians 2:9-15 For  in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.

This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

In Him we live, move and have our being is becoming our new reality, and for me to live is Messiah and to die is gain, is our reasonable service.

Question: What has this season been all about?

1). This season has been about dying to ourselves and learning to live in, by and through Him.

Acts 17:26-28 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,“‘For we are indeed his offspring.

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

He made us alive together.

He raised us up together.

We are now seated with Him in Heavenly places. (This truth speaks to the past, present and future) – (Purpose–That He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in the ages to come)

 

The Apostolic Commission – Pt 2

2). This season has been about going down, descending and fading away. It has taken us through the dark night of the soul, the valley of the shadow of death, and levels of unmitigated HELL. And like Yahshua, we have learned the importance of being obedient by the things we have suffered.

Ephesian 4:9-10 – (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Hebrews 5:8-9  Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

1 Peter 3:18-19 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,  in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,

Note: If we are to know Him in the power of His resurrection, we are going to have to be willing to start at the bottom of the list and learn the way of humility and suffering.

 Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. NKJV

Note: Knowing Him in the power of His resurrection requires being conformed to His death and sharing in the fellowship of His sufferings. The only way up is down. The only way out is in.  We will go down and become nobody in the eyes of all of creation. We will become of no reputation before we will know the power of His resurrection. Dying don’t come easy; but it is mandatory. There is no other way to live in, by and through Him.

 3). This season has been about learning to hear the voice of the Spirit, and obeying His directives for our lives. It has been about being led by Holy Spirit into the ascended life and the consummation of all things.

John 5:24  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

Romans 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

4). This season has been about discovering our inheritance as sons and making us responsible citizens of His Kingdom.

5). This season has been about learning to live by faith, being empowered by Holy Spirit and trusting Yahweh with our life and future. It has been about NOT being moved by what we see, hear feel or think.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

6). This season has been about preparing us for the great spiritual awakening of His sons in this generation. He has torn, healed and raised us up together. He has wounded, bruised and chastened us so that we can be touched and moved by the feeling of humanities weaknesses.

Note: Religion and government are the same. They are all about power and control. He who has the power has the control…

 Note: His sons are waking up to who they are NOT in Him, and it is nothing nice. They have come to understand that they have been denied access and lied to by the forefathers and religious leaders of our time. They are angry, disappointed and determined to break out of the prisons that have kept them bondage for so long. There is a great escape and migration taking place as I speak and they are all singing the same song. ‘We’re not gonna take it – anymore’

7). This season has been about us finding one another in life and becoming properly related to one another in the ongoing apostolic work. It has been about finding points of agreement around which we can align, and about forming alliances with those with whom you can work more closely.

It has been about coming together for His greater Kingdom purpose.

Note: The problem as I see it is, after ten years, many of us are still wandering around in the wilderness, going around the mountain and twiddling our thumbs, as it pertains to the Kingdom Equation and  a better conclusion.  

The Kingdom Equation;

 Agreement + Alignment + Alliance = Advancement

Note: Holy Spirit spoke to me the other day and said; “The last ten years has only been a prelude to what is coming, if my people don’t sincerely repent, change and amend our ways”

The question still remains; “whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

The Apostolic Ministry

1 Corinthians 4:1-21 Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them. The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge. It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don’t even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The Master makes that judgment. So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God. All I’m doing right now, friends, is showing how these things pertain to Apollos and me so that you will learn restraint and not rush into making judgments without knowing all the facts. It’s important to look at things from God’s point of view. I would rather not see you inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay. For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you! It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties.

You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better. I’m not writing all this as a neighborhood scold just to make you feel rotten. I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father. I’m not, you know, asking you to do anything I’m not already doing myself. This is why I sent Timothy to you earlier. He is also my dear son, and true to the Master. He will refresh your memory on the instructions I regularly give all the churches on the way of Christ. I know there are some among you who are so full of themselves they never listen to anyone, let alone me. They don’t think I’ll ever show up in person. But I’ll be there sooner than you think, God willing, and then we’ll see if they’re full of anything but hot air. God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life. So how should I prepare to come to you? As a severe disciplinarian who makes you toe the mark? Or as a good friend and counselor who wants to share heart-to-heart with you? You decide. TMSG

The Measure of the Man

Note: The answers to the following questions are a good measure of the man.

“Sonship is our destiny and our inheritance is wrapped up in discovery” blh

1). What is Holy Spirit saying to you today?

2). If you were free and at liberty to live your life any way you wanted, how would you choose to live the life you’ve been given?

3). Will the witness of your life be worth the blood that was shed on that day?

4). At the end of the day, when you draw your last breath, who will be standing by to take up the torch in your stead?

Note: If we are not able to clearly answer the first two questions, the answers to the last two questions will be unclear. And that should serve to help us determine where we are in the process of spiritual growth and development or the making of the man.

Note: The answers to these questions will also help us to better determine the level of care and degree of oversight that is needed to help others lay hold of their destiny and come into their inheritance as sons.  

“It is the responsibility of every son, in every generation, to catch and embrace the heart and Spirit of the Father in their lifetime”

What Holy Spirit Is Saying TODAY!

The following is what Holy Spirit is presently saying to me.

1). Represent MY heart to those with whom you encounter.
2). Show them the way of MY love.
3). Teach them how to think, not what to believe.
4). Put them in a position to grow up and become.
5). Don’t keep them dependent and obligated to you or anybody.

How To Conquer the Porn Epidemic in the Church

As sobering and mind-boggling as this report is, I found myself questioning it from the perspective of being a man, son & father.

It appears that it is suggesting that porn is less of a spiritual and moral issue and more of a brain chemistry issue, and that it should be dealt with in much the same way you would deal with any other addictions or psychological problems. That being said, I am not sure that this approach will work in a society and culture that is riddled with sexual dysfunction and confusion. Counseling and a support groups may help for a season, but I believe that this issue speaks to a much deeper spiritual issue that has somehow been disregarded. The real issue as I see it is that the religion of christianity and church attendance has taken the place of real and living relationships with both Yahweh and other men. To be honest with you, I am not sure what percentage of these men have been born-again or filled with the Spirit, and I am not sure whether they have any brothers and friends who can speak to how-to avoid going down this path. I am not sure they understand the reality of a transformed mind, or the ongoing work of Holy Spirit. The truth is, we all are exposed to sensual and pornographic images on a daily, weekly & monthly basis. In the long run, it will be up to us to make a conscious decision to try to lessen and avoid our exposure, and be there for one another whenever we have an opportunity to openly table this issue with one another. Things usually do not become epidemics without exposure and contact. We need to connect the dots and help one another conquer the demon of porn.

Read the entire article:

http://www.charismamag.com/life/men/20697-how-to-conquer-the-porn-epidemic-in-the-church

 

Where Are You?

I have come to understand that it is not enough to simply be born-again by the Spirit. The truth is, our spirits are regenerated, our souls are being renewed and our bodies are becoming a living sacrifice.

Many people have prayed the sinner’s prayer and accepted Jesus as Savior who continue to live their lives out of their souls or the carnal dictates of the flesh.

My concern is, what will happen when they wake up at the end of the day and discover that most of their life has been lived around the need for provision, protection and recognition?

(In Messiah Yahshua) 

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Yahshua Messiah is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. ESV

2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. ESV

> My understanding is established in the Eternal Now.

> My Theology is Kingdom

> My Doctrine is the practical application thereof.

Note: It is important to know where you are in relationship to where you are going.

“You can’t move forward looking back” blh

Understanding the trichotomy of man  

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – Now may the Elohim of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Sovereign Yahshua Messiah. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. ESV

The tripartite man – Spirit , Soul & Body

“We are a spirit being, we have a soul and we live in a body”

Spirit – Life or Breath of Yahweh

Note: The spirit of man is the part that is most like Yahweh. The son in him responds to the voice and word of the Spirit.

Titus 3:1-7 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of Elohim our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Yahshua Messiah our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Soul – Mind, Will & Emotions

Note: The soul of man is what gives us individual identity. The orphan in him reacts to his environment and outside influences.

Colossians 1:21-22 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, ESV

Body – Temple, Earth tuxedo, Vehicle

Note: The body is the part that gives us mobility, sensory perception and human experiences. The body is subject to both the spirit and the soul of man.

Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of Yahweh, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Yahweh, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of Yahweh, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ESV

Kingdom Declaration – 1

Father, we come before You in order to intercede on behalf of Your sons, brothers & friends in every country and nation around the world.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are discovering one another in LIFE and that in every land, region and community on earth.

 Father, we declare and decree that the brotherhood is being enriched, enlarged and increased by the indwelling presence of your Your love and grace.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are SONS of the same FATHER and BROTHERS of the same FAMILY.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are laying hold of Your greater Kingdom purpose in a way that is turning heads and captivating the hearts of men in this hour.

 Father, we thank you for granting us the grace to repent and change in a way that is presently glorifying your name in all the earth.

 Father, we declare and decree that we are the glory bringing hope the worlds in which we live, and that we are beginning to fill the earth as the water covers the sea.

 Father, we speak the Word of the Spirit to Your people planted in every land.

 “You will live, finish strong and fulfill the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for your life”

 We release LIFE to every part the body of Messiah worldwide. We release salvation and deliverance to those within the sound of Your voice. We release divine healing, health and life to those who are coming to You at this time. We speak to every part of the body, and we release the LIFE that resides in Your DNA at the cellular level. So It Is!

 

Live, Finish & Fulfill

What is the Word of the Spirit for your life?

“You will live, finish strong and fulfill the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for your life.”

If we continue to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit, this will most assuredly become a part of our testimony and destiny.

“Making shipwreck is easy. Staying the course takes skill.”

When your life is on the line, no amount of pre-kingdom prayer is going to help you, and you will need the word of the Spirit for your life if you are going to finish strong.

“Yahshua did not pray for the sick, He healed them.”

Note: Yahshua knew the word of the Spirit for the lives of those whom He encountered. He spoke the word of the Spirit to them in obedience, but it was their faith that empowered the word to heal, deliver and set them free.

Faith is NOW. It is never found in the past or future. When your faith agrees with the Word of the Spirit for your life, you will have what you say NOW. In other words, the reason that you are not seeing any significant change in your life right NOW is because the provision, solution and answers for which you seek are trapped in the past, or they are waiting for you in the future you are creating.

Note: Yahshua instructed His disciples to go out preaching the Kingdom. He did not tell them to pass out tracts, protest or invite people to church.

Matthew 10:7-8 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. NKJV

Luke 9:1-2 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. NKJV

Luke 10:8-12 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.  And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’  But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. NKJV

Conclusion: Everywhere we go our lives should testify and bear witness to the Kingdom of Yahweh. We should be healing the sick, cleansing lepers, raising the dead and casting out devils where necessary. Making a difference should not be optional. Changing the worlds in which we live, should be our reason for living.