Moving Forward in Christ: Our Direction and Height
"Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." Philippians 3:20-21.
We are told by Papa God through our brother Paul that we are citizens of heaven NOW while living in our flesh on the earth. "As we eagerly await for our Savior" is not about someday when we cross over to the other side and leave our natural body, but the unveiling of who we truly are in Christ NOW. Our Savior, Christ Jesus, is with us today ready to rule and reign in our natural body eager to take authority over all strongholds that do not align with our position that has been already established in heaven.
"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" Ephesians 2:6.
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God." Colossians 3:1.
When God put us into Christ as being born again from the quickening Spirit of the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15), we were given an elevated status on this earth. This means that we live from the place of above, heaven, while in our natural body as we are going through issues of the world. Connecting with LIFE in the Spirit is not only about our direction of moving forward, but what height are we functioning from? What height does Papa God want you to travel at as you enter into your next season?
Jesus gave us permission that whatever is bound in heaven we can bind on earth, and whatever is loosed in heaven we can loose on earth today. We must be prepared for the enemy of God to come at us like a flood, but also to be prepared in this season for God to lift us up! "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." Isaiah 59:19.
When we receive visions from the Lord that give us forward direction, but not height, we miss a hidden part of the vision that will unlock the inner mysterious of our identity in Christ. The best we end up with are prophesies of promises of God to come to us versus the truth that the fullness of those promises are already within us because God goes with us wherever we are.
The Apostolic ministry of the body of Christ has a purpose to release the paradox of height and direction for the body. Be aware of your territory the Lord has placed you in. What is the atmospheric condition? Much of the body of Christ is busy dealing with storms and crisis from the position of fear and exhaustion wondering when it will end. The Lord tells us to fight the battle from His position of rest, praise, joy, love, righteousness, and peace. What we find out is from that position, the battle has already been won. So we come down from the height we were at in intimacy with the Father to be sabotaged with the pressures of this world. Next thing we know we are exhausted trying to give others encouragement and love. Even Jesus had to spend quality time daily with the Father to re-energize Himself with the washing of LIFE (John 17).
Father God desires for us to rule and reign on this earth as kings and priests unto His glory. We each have an allotted territory to take authority over the strongholds of this world. "As He is, so are we NOW in this world" (1 John 4:17).
As we move between being sons of God/bride of Christ we have times in our life that we go forth in the position of decreeing heavenly authority as rightful heirs of the Father's ' kingdom. This is our kingship/Sonship position. However, there must also be times when we have oneness with Christ Jesus who is our King, but also our Beloved. This is intimacy on the highest level allowing the seed of our Beloved to impregnate us that we know we are carrying His name, nature, and character to birth a son as His wife and authority in this world. This is our position as priests/brides/wife. The son in us is Christ able to establish the Kingdom of Heaven, not fighting battles for the King of kings, but as His authority established already in us.
Most of the body of Christ are fired up to go forth and conquer, but not willing to take the quality time of intimacy to know that the battle is not ours, but His and it is already finished. Our real responsibility is to go forth and multiply filling the earth with HIS KIND, God KIND, taking dominion and authority of all that is not Christ from our heavenly position where we are seated and resting in Christ Jesus. (Genesis 1:26-28).
My husband and I are building a new house, but for the past month we have been challenged with every excuse of why we still have not gotten our temporary electric power pole and hook up established. After going around and around for an hour with the company on the phone not getting any more information than I already knew, I decided to go down to the local office and talk with someone face to face. As I was driving to the building I took a deep breath and shifted my thought position of coming up higher unto the Father's presence. (I know, I really should have done this first, but just being real).
I heard Papa say, "So are you ready to do it my way?" I laughed and said yes. He then helped me get clarity of what was really going on. It was the power company's internal communication system, not my problem but theirs and I didn't need to own it. If anyone working within the company were to be in my position of needing a temporary power pole they would have face to face communication to get the problem resolved, but outsiders are treated differently. The Lord reminded me that ALL outsiders were treated that way and not to make it personal, but, if I were someone like the Mayor or President they would instantly give me the VIP treatment. Papa said to ME, you are royalty, act like it so they know. I shifted my thoughts of who I AM, not in arrogance, but fact of BEING a daughter of the KING. As soon as I walked in the front door I received the VIP treatment being taken straight to the CEO who kept apologizing for the incompetence of their communication issues and that I would have the power connected within the next few days. Then he gave me his personal cell number for my husband to contact him directly if we had any further problems. That is an example of how we should be shifting our territory for bringing in the Kingdom of God Now.
How many of our leaders in the body of Christ are willing to go to a new height? Moses had to give way to Joshua; David had to give way to Solomon.
How much of another fight do we have in us willing to allow the joy of the Lord to lead? Most of us worship the Lord from tradition and customs from the formality of familiarity we hang out with of a particular part of the body of Christ. If they raise their hands we raise our hands, if they dance and sing in tongues then so do we. We get into worship by what the worship leader and band has orchestrated and determined. However, would that song and dance be the instrument and tool you would take to the front line to defeat your enemy?
Yesterday my husband and I visited a very large church. The service was great, but after we left we had to exit onto a major road where there was a law officer controlling the light signals for traffic. The reason was not just because of the heavy traffic exiting the church we just attended, but because there was also a church about the same size on the other side of this major road, and they were exiting from their service at the same time. My thoughts were taken to Jesus going to Samaria and visiting the woman at the well who had five husbands and was now living with a man. The truth of her circumstance was identified, but the real truth that Jesus wanted her/body of Christ to identify with was not which mountain to worship on, but that He was the living water; "The water/the seed that I will give shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him/MAN (male and female) unto (into, for) eternal life." (John 4:14).
"He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water." (John 7:38).
This is bedroom, Holy of Holies, intimacy with Christ Jesus. In the natural world it is the male who carries the seed of life, but in the Kingdom of God there is only one male heir carrying the seed of God and that is Christ Jesus. The body must understand their position as a woman's issue of blood in order to worship in Spirit and Truth. Natural man does not have blood issues dictated monthly by their body which determines readiness to accept the seed, and most male leaders in the church don't want to talk about this because they don't know what to do with it since they don't have any experience.
We are kings and priests unto the Lord. Levi priests worshipped 24/7, not just when they were gathered together, but also in the quiet time with the Lord. They worshipped while they worked, rested, ate, slept, and fellowshipped. Worship was not something they did, but who they were. True worshippers are atmosphere changers simply by their presence in the room. They don't need to be announced or wear the most elaborate clothes with bells and whistles, they simply radiate with the Life and Love of God because of who they are in Christ carrying His name.
If we are pursuing the presence of God we will recognize true worshippers among us. We will be drawn to them as a light in this world that takes us to a higher level in our spirit drawing us to the Father. They may be on the street corner or the grocery store. The obvious place one would think inside a church building may be where only a few are found hidden in the back of the sanctuary.
The attention will not be about them, but the awareness that they are missing something in their relationship with the Father that they desire knowing it takes entering into the secret place of their heart.
If you have been single and go to a friend's wedding to celebrate their marriage, often times there is a moment in your heart that you recognize an internal love in the atmosphere that this couple have found, and your happy for them, but there is a part of you that is still searching for the perfect mate. Oh, we allow justification to come in saying to ourselves, "been there and done that"Â and now you're dealing with the pains of a divorce, or you're so focused on your career you don't have time for real love, just non-committed relationships. These are just veils we place over our hearts not allowing ourselves to truly search within and be vulnerable before God because we don't want to deal with unmet expectations.
Our beginning when we entered this world as a baby was to pursue unconditional LOVE that we were born and created for, but our finish line is to BE in the presence of LOVE in oneness with HIM while in our natural body in the earth. Paul says it to the church in Philippi, "[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]."
Our relationship and reflection of being Christ' Ones on earth should be a demonstration of our citizenship we already have in Heaven, but if our relationship with Heaven is always from a position of trying to get there someday instead of who we already are, then when we enter an atmosphere of unfamiliarity, we don't have the weapon of worship that brings joy in the midst of our challenges to overcome our enemy. A Levi priest was not supposed to see judgment or condemnation in the People of God, but to be in a position of intercession and authority that could overcome that sin and death. When they were called into action to stand in the gap, they had to be fully armored with their identity and the position they held. If they saw the sins of the world upon the children of God, they were supposed to judge themselves asking, "What is in me that I see the sin in you?" The number one phrase Christians identity themselves and other believers with is, "I'm a sinner saved my grace." Papa God has not seen a sinner since Calvary, just children that are living in ignorance and darkness of who they truly are in Christ.
As citizens of Heaven, we are in this world, but not of it. There are no sinners in heaven. This world is built upon negativity from the enemy of God, but greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. We often are looking for Jesus to return and make everything beautiful, however, He gave us the scepter of His authority to do greater works. He breathed upon us His Holy Spirit to calm the storms, heal the sick, find hidden coins in unusual places, and raise the dead back to life while in their natural. Papa God has not dealt with sin since the cross in which Jesus took it ALL, and gave us His righteousness. It is His righteousness in us that Papa God is pulling through our natural body to be unveiled.
As sons of God we have the direction of Father God's authority, but we first must know the height and intimacy of HIM as our beloved Bridegroom in the position that we are His Bride. It is the Bride that receives the seed identity to create the son. This is the true challenge the church/body of Christ is faced with today. We have come through the season and many years of being trained and equipped by the male side of God's kind, but no matter how deep into understand the Scriptures a male preacher/teacher can release to the body, there is not one male in history able to share the EXPERIENCE of the bride ship intimacy that Jesus desires with His church/His body. There is not one male in church history that has experienced the internal changes the female side of God goes through in pregnancy and birthing a child.
When God created MAN in HIS image, He created THEM male and female in unity and equal necessity to go forth and produce His KIND, taking dominion and authority over all creatures. When the Spirit of MAN (male/female) and Christ rested together on the seventh day as one (Genesis 2), together they produced a man/son. They encouraged the man to grow up and take authority naming the creatures, which also gave wisdom and understanding of what was NOT like man/son. Yet the pattern man saw was Christ Jesus and MAN/Bride of Christ together as one. Man could find no helpmate outside himself, hence, Wisdom comes in and unlocks the mystery "Christ in YOU, bone of HIS bone and flesh of HIS flesh."
The world is under an identity crisis. All of creation is waiting eagerly for the manifestation of the sons of God as one body in Christ. However, Christ is waiting for His Bride to make herself ready without spot or wrinkle. Let us come up to where He is seated in Heavenly places (height) to get proper direction for the manifestation of the sons of God. Ego and world issues that both men and women are camping around cannot be a part of what is brought into the bridal chamber of intimacy with the KING. It is only the image of Christ that our Beloved Bridegroom seeks to consummate the marriage to produce sons of God.
Right now this is happening all over the world where men are putting aside their Scripture understanding and relationship with Jesus from their previous theology recognizing the necessity to be part of a Bride company. Yes, it is a challenge, a warfare is in the hearts and minds because of the identity crisis the world is challenged with on sexuality. Sonship and Brideship of GOD does not identify sexual preference issues the world struggles with. I can be a son of God, but in the natural I am a mother, wife, and daughter. I learn how to be a son of God by appreciating the unique differences of who I am compared to my brothers, husband, father, and my sons. What makes them tick? How do they handle situations different than me? Could I properly do a job the way they would if the challenge was there? However, no matter how well I can do a job that might be something a guy usually does, I have body parts and functions that can NOT be changed to reclassify me of being anything but a female. The same thing goes for men. Men may enjoy doing things that most women do so they think that makes them attracted to men, but men together or women together cannot fulfill the basic foundation of reproducing after one's own kind while in the act of intimacy.
If the body of Christ is only receiving wisdom and understanding from a masculine perspective, we will wait for another generation until the feminine side of the body of Christ rises up to unlock the mystery of how to bring into the world the manifestation of the finished work where the Spirit and the Bride say come; if only the body of Christ would read the end of BOOK and not just pick and choose the Scriptures to justify their position and doctrine. Intimacy involves a blood issue that carries the Life of the flesh. Men can know about the involvement of reproduction and the blood, but they cannot internalize or experience what is truly taking place. It is necessary for women to teach men in love the experience of carrying and birthing the seed of Christ to produce sons of God. Women were created to receive unconditional love. Men were created to be the manifestation of giving unconditional love as Christ loves the church.
Together a LOVE CHILD/God Child is produced. (Ephesians)
So you can't find your car keys and you're sure that your wife did something with them. Think like a woman, oh yes, she went out the back door that was locked yesterday evening to see the SON resting over the water!
"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Corinthians 1:19-21).
"The testimony of Christ is now confirmed in you: So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship/intimacy of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, by the NAME of our Lord Jesus Christ (I AM), that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." (1 Corinthians 1:6-10).
Where was the male unconditional love that should have told Eve that she was already as God kind? Thinking more with his soul than the Spirit of Christ. Eve had a void in her relationship that another voice was filling, and so adultery and false identity came in.