"And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest (abort my seed) thou me?" (Acts 9:4)
The word "abort" means the premature arrest and termination, or death, to the development of Life. It is the outcome of the act of persecution. God's Word is Spirit and it is Life. Everything that is in the WORD is a way of living. As I write, I may use allegories in Scripture to try to bring understanding to a particular thought that the Holy Spirit has given to me, but the reality is, God draws us to these places to stir our passion for the personal experience of His wisdom for our life that may have nothing to do with what I as a teacher may be sharing. However, if what I am sharing causes the listener to go to the Scriptures to seek their own personal experience, then my purpose of sharing was fulfilled.
When we understand that we are not to live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, we come to a quickening of our spirit that recognizes that God has chosen a different way for us, a different economy by which we are to live. God is not saying that we are to sit around and expect our food to magically appear on our tables, but that our provision is going to be manifested by a different way than the pattern the world is operating.
God has a way of doing "unto" and "in" you that others are not able to receive. This is not an issue of some people being greater or "holier" than others, but to establish that there is a life, a way, an economy in God that pertains to His people. This is not for all, but for those that obey and walk in the ways of God. Many in church leadership do not understand the ways of God because of tradition and doctrines that they lean upon instead of establishing a foundation of intimacy with God as Father.
God has already established the finished work of Jesus Christ. Today, we are experiencing the journey of what He finished. God is more interested in developing you into His image, than seeing the finished product. When God is ready to bestow His power and authority in us to rule and reign as kings and ambassadors for His Kingdom, it will be because we will have the attributes, character, and nature to do the Father's business keeping it Holy and pure.
God takes us through highs and lows, good times and hard times, to purge and refine us to bring forth the purity of His identity in us. Man's ways crave instant gratification, but then when hard times come, there is no foundation to stand. The realm of God's glory is so majestic that mankind does not have the capability to handle the responsibility to do the Father's business in his own understanding. Therefore, God takes us through our journey of life to establish in us that His ways are TRUTH and LIFE for our lives; not just spiritual, but the wholeness of spirit, soul, and body transformed into His image, likeness, and character to rule and reign on this earth. This requires for mercy and truth to go before just and judgment where the Father's throne is. "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and loving-kindness and truth go before Your face" (Psalm 89:14 AMP).
Total, complete, LIFE, is dependent on the WORD of God. The same practical God that gave us eyes to see, lungs to breathe, seeds to plant in the earth, the sun to raise each day, etc.; this same God that uses the earth and all that He created in it has a law, a principle, by which the people of God must live. We do not step out of the realm of practicality to come into the spiritual understanding of God's ways, but we must seek God and His ways to reap the abundant LIFE that is available to us as His people.
God has allowed different economic businesses to function for a season for the journey that He is taking us through, but we are not to be dependent on the success or failure of those businesses for the abundant LIFE of Christ to be manifested in us. Just because a grocery store goes out of business because of poor economics does not mean that God stopped producing food in the fields. It simply means that we have to change our ways of harvesting from what we were accustom to. God is still God over the economy of the earth. The earth belongs to God and the fullness of it (Psalms 24:1).
Do you trust God enough that if something is taken away, that He is greater than that "something" to restore to you a higher and greater blessing? Or are you locked into that "something" as your life and purpose?
"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 'The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, tell them which are bidden, behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, the wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how came thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"
When Jesus uses allegories in His teachings, he uses illustrations of the times and seasons that the people can relate with to help grasp the understanding of the ways of God. The marriage celebration that Jesus talks about in Matt. 22 is not a futuristic vision of Jesus the Galilean coming out of the eastern sky, riding on a white horse with wings, coming to gather to himself a church, or group of people, to be raised from the ground, and flying in the sky clothed in choir robes.
Jesus is describing a marriage feast that has to do with a level of a relationship. This relationship is based on the association we have today with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God as Father. A relationship that begins individually, and then corporately, as one body of Jesus Christ known as His bride, the church.
Nothing in God can truly become real to us unless it becomes personified by experience: God must be experienced, love must be experienced, grace and mercy must be experienced. Reading and talking about God does not make it personal; there must be an experience of a personal relationship to bring transformation into the inheritance that has already been given to us.
In Christ Jesus we have obtained the victory of the marriage to the Lamb, the finished work of the war between God and the enemy of God. This was completed over 2000 years ago. We are not going through a someday pretense of Christianity waiting to go to a place called heaven. We do not lack the inheritance of God's will today in our position with God, but we do lack the experience to see it manifested in our lives.
God must bring us to the experience of our position. Our position in God can not be stopped or reversed. What was required for the position to be the bride/church of the Lord Jesus Christ was finished by Jesus Christ, and it is irrevocable, it can not be changed.
To make the position a manifestation, there must come a point where the limited way of understanding God's word to be true must come to a closure with the willingness of faith to cross over into the position of what God has declared. This requires a person to go through internal battles where the TRUTH of God's WORD becomes reality by experience. With this experience, God releases a measure of our inheritance in Christ Jesus giving place for His authority to be released in us.
Each person will encounter three battlefields that they must overcome: The battlefield of the mind, the body, and the heavens.
The first battlefield of the mind must bring us to a position of humility, and subjection to the Word of God, where we can conquer the war of our own thoughts and control of our minds to the reality of what the Word says to us in relationship to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ.
Until this relationship is established, we are not in a position of conquering the other domains of battle. We may have head knowledge with our belief as a Christ-one, but our heart and emotions are keeping us as little children being tossed back and forth. Christians can not go forth and multiply filling the earth with the image of God if there has not been the intimacy of the bride with her groom in the bridal chamber. "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it" (Genesis 1:27-28).
The battlefield of the body is within the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. As long as there is separation and division in our belief that allows us to determine who is a Christian and who is not, utilizing doctrines and tradition, there will be a battle of the body. If the body is not in unity of one accord we open ourselves up to being susceptible to violation. Those that are Christ-ones (Christians) have the power of Life and Death through the sword of the tongue.
Many Christians declare themselves to be anti-abortionist, yet it is out of the mouths of Christians that more abortions take place. Is it not the doctrine of most churches to believe that when you are "born again" receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, that you find yourself with your mind connected to the Lord, but your flesh connected to religion that says your still of the "old Adam?"
The battlefield of the heavens is the battle between the "spirit of fear" and the "spirit of faith." This is the foundation of the tribulations being manifested around the world. The "spirit of fear" will try to separate and divide the body of Christ through areas of: religion, gender, economics, politics, and race according to our personal understanding. As Christ-ones married to our beloved Jesus Christ, we received the "spirit of faith" that declares: God's Love, Light, and Life is the authority within us to bring peace that goes beyond our natural understanding, yet conquers and removes the "spirit of fear."
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Tim. 1:7).
Everything in our universe functions by authority. Animals understand authority, and even demonic powers understand authority. Unfortunately, mankind does not understand the universal authority that God created which takes "faith" to rule and reign over. Hence, we have a battlefield in the heavens between "faith" and "fear."
Out of the "spirit of fear" we allow ourselves to justify "self preservation and maintenance" trying to hang on until we can die and go off to the other side where we think there are mansions in the sky and streets of gold.
Most Christians do not consider the church as one body of the Lord Jesus Christ, but an institution they connect with to learn how to hang on in a crisis situation. They give according to what they can "spare," but not according to seeing the suffering of others as their own body in the midst of tribulation. They justify their ability of giving to what is in the bank account, not realizing that true giving is the heart of the giver (time, talent, intercession, life for another). The bank account is to follow the heart, not justify the wellness of the heart.
The body/church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not made of many bodies of doctrines and traditions passed down through history, but one body with many members. Through-out this one body should flow; one DNA, one blood type, one electrical connection coming from one mind; the mind of Christ (Romans 12:5, 1 Corinth. 12:27).
When we allow doctrines and traditions to divide the body, we create an authority in the body of Christ that should have no place. This authority produces sickness, disease, cancer, and even death which release the manifestation of the "spirit of fear." Out of desperation and insecurities we create a "prayer chain" to God that is based on "fear" instead of "faith." The authority that we should be releasing we do not understand because the church has not been taught how to discern the Lord's body.
"Let a man [thoroughly] examine himself, and [only when he has done] so should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discriminating and recognizing with due appreciation that [it is Christ's] body, eats and drinks a sentence (a verdict of judgment) upon himself. That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason many of you are weak and sickly, and quite enough of you have fallen into the sleep of death" (1 Corinthians 11:28-30 AMP). God does not answer pray based on quantity of people praying, but on the quality of the relationship a person has by faith in God.
Solomon considered it great wisdom that the prayers of one man could re-establish a city that had been captured by a great king (Eccl. 9). In Revelation 20-22, the New Jerusalem, the city of God, is the bride of Christ that has been in bondage by a great king that rules by "fear." To step out of the "spirit of fear" we must know who we are in Christ Jesus: a child of God, a son of God, or a bride of Christ?
When we follow the authority of Jesus that He illustrated when He walked on this earth, His presence required anything connected with the "spirit of fear" to submit to His authority. Simply by His presence, there was a spirit of Peace causing any opposing spirit to flee. This is the realm that is necessary for believers in Christ to function in before the areas of trials and tribulation are dealt with. When a person in an authoritative position (president, king, Pope, general, etc.) appears before a crowd they don't care whether you agree or disagree with them, they don't have to justify their position to you. Their presence of who they are demands respect. They walk in that authority whether they feel insecure within themselves or not. However, the higher the position of authority a person has, the greater the demand of giving of their life for others.
We must have a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ knowing the love making intimacy of a bride with her groom in order to function with His authority in our natural body.
If we try to claim authority over the powers of darkness through carnality instead of by faith, we have awakened powers of insecurity, unbelief, fear, anxiety, depression, turmoil, and many others that can lead to sickness and death in different forms depending on the condition of the body and mind (Acts. 19: 4-16).
The authority of Christ is released by His faith in us, when we have the intercourse knowing that our identity is in Christ. Out of our heart, our mouth will speak His authority releasing the rivers of living water of His LIFE in us. "Jesus answered and said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.'"(John 4:13-14 NASV).
1 John 4:2-3, "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (your flesh) is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (your confessing to be a sinner) is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."
The verses we read in 1 John are not only discussing Jesus the man that walked the earth over 2000 years ago, but the declaration that today, Christ is in you, your flesh is Christ (Colossians 1:27). This is discerning the Lord's body.
If Christians give place to their mind and body of accepting the way the world thinks, then they have allowed an "antichrist spirit" to mingle with the spirit of Christ in them. This is spiritual adultery. God will not share His place of residence with another spirit; hence, we have a battle. We can not win the battle against the ways of God. We can chose to surrender all to Him while in the flesh (Galatians 2:20) giving discernment to the Lord's body, or wait till our flesh dies and is buried six feet under the ground so that we will be absent from our body (carnal mind) and present with the Lord (2 Corinth. 5:8).
WE commit "spiritual abortion" to the body of Christ, by terminating the resurrected Life of Christ within us.
There are two spirits: Christ and antichrist. Which spirit do you confess has come into you? When we confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, but then add that we are "sinners saved by grace," never able to obtain perfection while in our natural body, we mingle the antichrist spirit with Christ. Christ will not share His domain with another spirit; therefore, we have a battle within our minds.
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you (the spirit of Christ), than he that is in the world (antichrist)" (1John 4:4).
There is a subliminal message within this Scripture that distinguishes the reality within you versus the reality of the world. We, as children of God, have already overcome all those "spirits" that oppose the truth that Christ is in you. "Greater is He that is IN you," while you are still in a child like understanding.
Scripture is telling us that we have already overcome anything that is "antichrist" because of our position and relationship of what Christ Jesus gave us through the cross while we were in darkness and ignorance (sin).
When the Holy Spirit unveils revelation knowledge of this truth in us, we then have the power and authority to manifest this truth while in our natural body. The truth of our identity in Christ is real, but it takes the quickening of our spirit by the Holy Spirit to become reality in our lives.
Jesus Christ has already fought and won every battle that existed throughout time including power over death, but the victory of those battles must become personal through experiences we encounter in our minds, bodies, and heavens. As we individually allow the faith of God to be manifested over the "spirit of fear" we bring into reality the Kingdom of God on earth filling the earth with His glory.
"And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled" (Rev. 15:8).
"And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Rev. 21:10-11).
God is stirring the faces of His people to grow up in the maturity of sons of God to become the bride of Christ to produce children of God filling the earth with the glory of God. The earth belongs to the Lord and the fullness of it. He will not share His Kingdom with the double minded ways of religion, politics, racialism, gender issues, or economic turmoil.
Let us come before the Lord seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness being submissive brides to our beloved by keeping His commandments and allowing the heart beat of our Heavenly Father, LOVE, to be the banner we raise.
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment" (Mark 12:30).
"And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself" (Luke 10:27).
"And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live" (Deuteronomy 30:6).