THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR 2016

The following thoughts, insights and musings are based upon what I am seeing and hearing concerning our present reality and they are very much a part of our new normal.

Many of us have entered into the place of the press  together and the multi-cluster pressing will continue until there is nothing left of who we have become apart from Him and one another. It will continue until all that is flowing out of us is the pure, unadulterated fruit of the vine. When the crushing and  pressing are complete,  what remains will be capable of carrying and containing the new wine of revelation. Then the saying, ‘He saved the best for last’ will have a brand new meaning. Remember, the blessing is in the cluster, but the life is in the crushing.

It is absolutely essential to know why we believe what we believe to be true. Soulish prognostications, false doctrine and bad theology will not serve us in His greater Kingdom purpose.

We sincerely need a clearer understanding of the revelation of Messiah Yahshua, the fellowship of the mystery of the brotherhood,  and a better understanding of the consummation of all things.

Yahshua said, “UPON THIS ROCK, I WILL BUILD MY EKKLESIA, AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT”

NOTE: {THE ROCK} – is the revelation of Messiah Yahshua and He is presently revealing Himself to His Sons around the world.

Yahshua said, I AM
John 8:58 – (YAHWEH – IS)

He is the pattern Son:

1). He is bread of life
2). He is the light of the world
3). He is the good shepherd
4). He is the resurrection and the life
5). He is the way, the truth and the life
6). He is the true vine
7). He is the first and the last, the alpha and omega. The beginning and the end.

He is Sovereign:

The revelation of Messiah Yahshua is the foundation, the cap stone and chief cornerstone of the house. Yahshua is building the Father’s house and it shall be known as a house of prayer for all nations.

The global community is made up of sons, brothers and friends who know one another by Holy Spirit. They recognize that we are sons of the same Father and brothers of the same family.

We can no longer afford to know one another by the flesh or (man-made distinctions, delineations or established designations)

The Scripture does not teach that we are building a Him a house, opening a church or establishing a ministry. On the contrary, WE are the HOUSE,  the  EKKLESIA,  and we need to count it a high privilege to be considered a part of His ongoing WORK and MINISTRY.

Note: It is not OUR house, OUR people, or OUR ministry. WE are HIS and HIS alone.

We need to reject any and everything that separates or divides us from HIM and ONE ANOTHER.

As sons of the Kingdom, we must come into agreement with the prayer of Yahshua in (John 17:21) and we must fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our oneness in Him. (Ephesians 4:1-6)

Yahshua said, “a house divided against itself, cannot stand.” “If two of you agree on earth as concerning anything, it shall be done unto them.” “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I Am there in the midst of them.” “Fear not little flock for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

If we refuse to come together in Him, our influence and impact will continue to wain. If we fail to embrace one another in Him, we may soon find ourselves alienated, isolated and adrift as castaways.

Note: A better understanding of the fullness of times and the consummation of all things will come when we fully embrace our destiny as Sons of the Kingdom and find ourselves in Him with one another. Selah!

Note: In no way should these thoughts and insights be considered the final word on any subject.

However. they should be prayerfully considered in light of what Holy Spirit is saying to the sons of the Kingdom and His Ekklesia.

Grace and Peace.

Blessings

BLH

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Dying Don’t Come Easy!

Echoes from beyond the grave – Part One

By Blake Higginbotham

I have been meditating this thought for the past few days, and what I am going to share with you next is coming out of my own personal journey and experience. The above suggestion is an understatement in light of what it really means. I have heard and used most of the ‘Brave Heart’ type phrases like, ‘Remember Your Freedom’ ‘It’s a good day to die’ and ‘Then we will fight in the shade.’

To be honest with you, death and dying does not naturally come easy for any of us in life. My old apostle and spiritual father used to say, “You don’t need dying grace until you are ready to die” Let me confirm that he was absolutely correct and I concur with that statement. As I see it, death is something that most of us try to avoid at all cost. We will do whatever it takes and everything in our power to cancel our appointment with death.

Unfortunately, the reason that most of us choose to live is because we do not like the dying process and in most cases we do not really know what is coming next. The fear of pain and the agony in death is real. Not knowing if you really fulfilled the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for your life is also a concern. You see, deep down inside, we all know that not fulfilling His will and purpose for our lives could result in hearing something other than “Enter into the joy of the Sovereign, My good and faithful servant”

Over the past few years, I have lost some of my friends and family to death and even though I know that we may be reunited in the future, it hardly addresses the empty pain and deep sadness that I felt at the time. We can think and say all of the right things when a loved one passes away; but all we have in the end is the memories that we had in life together. “Live the life you’ve been given” and “Precious and few are the moments we can share”

Get your dying done! It truly is a good day to die, and we may as well die sooner than later. Think about it this way, if we die to ourselves today, we will not have as far to go when we reach the end of the road.”

Hebrew 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28So Messiah was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

If you can hear it the moment that you choose to die to yourself, (your desires, dreams, aspirations & ways) and live only in and by Him, you will find that He will come to you in a brand new way, and you will begin to live out of a finished work mentality. His Salvation is a gift of the Father’s love and you need to receive the full embrace of His love and forgiveness. Salvation is more than deliverance and healing. It is more than blessing and favor. It is wholeness and abundant living.

1Corinthians 15:20-31 But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive. 23But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are Messiah’s at his coming. 24Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to Yahweh, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that Yahweh may be all in all. 29Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Messiah Yahshua our Sovereign, I die daily.

I must admit, that until the last few years, I read this passage of scripture with a limited understanding. The last few years have been for me like three days and three nights in the belly of the earth, and I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have a brand new understanding of ‘I Die Daily.’ Paul was not saying that he spent all day dying; but he did do some moment-by-moment daily dying. His decision to reckon himself dead was a deliberate choice to live and walk only by the Spirit. That decision almost cost him his natural life on several occasions, and finally did cost him his life when he was beheaded in Rome.

Corinthians 4:1-12  Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of Yahweh deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of Yahweh. 3But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of Yahweh, should shine on them. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Messiah Yahshua the Sovereign, and ourselves your bondservants for Yahshua’s sake. 6For it is the Yahweh who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the face of Yahshua Messiah. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of Yahweh and not of us. 8We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10always carrying about in the body the dying of the Sovereign Yahshua, that the life of Yahshua also may be manifested in our body. 11For we who live are always delivered to death for Yahshua’s sake, that the life of Yahshua also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So then death is working in us, but life in you.

The Ekklesia – Here & Now!

By Blake Higginbotham

­­­­­­Matthew 16:13-20 Now when Yahshua came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim.” 17And Yahshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.18“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock [the revelation of Messiah by the Spirit] I will build My Ekklesia and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Messiah. NASB

Ekklesia – ‘A called out and gathered together people’

Note: It speaks of a people who have been called out of the religious systems of this world. They have been gathered together by Holy Spirit for the greater purpose of the Kingdom of Yahweh. They represent the judicial branch and legislative arm of the Kingdom of Yahweh. If you can hear it, they have been strategically repositioned and synergistically placed in order to advance the Kingdom of Yahweh. They have been divinely commissioned and empowered to represent Yahshua the Messiah in every area of life and ministry.    

Hebrews 10:19-25 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Yahshua, 20by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21and having a High Priest over the house of Yahweh, 22let 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. 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, [The Ekklesia]-[What Yahweh is assembling and putting together by His Spirit] as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 12:22-29 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living Elohim, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to Yahweh the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24to Yahshua the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.25See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,26whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”  27Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve Yahweh acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29For our Elohim is a consuming fire.

v  Over the past few days I have been asking some hard questions concerning the issues that we are facing in the modern-day Ekklesia. The following represents some possible answers. These observations do not represent a comprehensive approach to the problems that we continue to experience; but they are some thoughts that we need to consider.

Questions:

I. What did the first-century Ekklesia have that we don’t have?

1. They had eye witness accounts of the death, burial and resurrection of Yahshua the Messiah.

2. They had divine empowerment through the revelation of Messiah and Holy Spirit Baptism.

3. They had a better spiritual and practical understanding of the Kingdom of Yahweh.

4. They had the first-hand, personal testimonies of the Apostles of the Lamb. (Living Witnesses)

5. They had one another and the strength of the corporate expression. They had community and family that sincerely loved and cared for one another.

  • They understood and embraced the City Ekklesia concept. They were the Apostolic/Kingdom Ekklesia of their time.

  A. What didn’t they have?

6. They didn’t have a book (The Scripture, Holy Bible, The Word, Etc.)

7. They didn’t have nice, cushy places in which to assemble. (Church Buildings and Other Facilities)

8. They didn’t have celebrity preachers and king-pin ministries with whom to contend.

9. They didn’t have books, CDs & Christian television upon which to stand and depend.

10. They didn’t have as many walls, barriers and territorial boundaries in which to overcome.

11. They didn’t have a tolerant government or system in which to live and thrive. (The government and system of that time, was hostile to their operation and very existence)

II. What do we have that the first-century Ekklesia didn’t have?

  1. We have a Book. (The Scripture, Holy Bible, The Word Etc.)-(Multiple Translations with Commentaries)
  2. We have nice, cushy places in which to assemble. (One on every street corner in every major city)
  3. We have celebrity preachers and king-pin ministries with whom to contend.
  4. We have books, CDs & Christian television upon which to stand and depend.
  5. We have numerous walls, barriers and territorial boundaries in which to overcome.
  6. We have a government and system that is tolerant of our operation and very existence.
  • The above statements of fact should not be used to summarily condemn all of these practices; but they do represent some things we need to consider as we move from a popular, acceptable way of thinking to a new way of seeing and processing the revelation of Messiah.