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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

This is Not a Rehearsal. This is the Third level.











Wings and Wheels is an annual event, which like the Goodwood events focus on fast cars, but have the added dimension of display after display of tightly choreographed and highly skilled plane manouevres. One of the main attractions just has to be the Red Arrows.

This post is dedicated to them , but is going to use them as an image alongside Gideon's three hundred from Judges 7, David's Mighty men from 1 Chronicles 11 :10 - 47 and ofcourse the 12 apostles followed closely by the apostle Paul.

The pictures are taken from a stunning double A4 spread in the Dunsfold brochure.


Fasten Your Seatbelts




1 The LORD says to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet."
2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion;
you will rule in the midst of your enemies.

3 Your troops will be willing
on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy majesty,
from the womb of the dawn
you will receive the dew of your youth.


In Psalm 24 verse 3 - 7
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false. [a]

5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob. [b]
Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

In 2 Timothy 2:19-21
19Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble us noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

In Matthew 24:38 - 44
38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

In Joel 2 : 6- 9
6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
every face turns pale.

7 They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,
not swerving from their course.

8 They do not jostle each other;
each marches straight ahead.

They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.

9 They rush upon the city;
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;
like thieves they enter through the windows.














Track off Unreleased Double CD Early Harvest:
"JOEL 2" The Plain: ©A. Christopher Welch/Michael Thom, Poem by A Christopher Welch
1990/Music:© A. Christopher Welch based on a chord sequence by John Stevens 1978.
In the shadow of the distant rocks
Across the barren plain
I saw an army approaching swiftly, a people without name
Terrifying was the sight of them, marching without a sound,
Striding forward purposefully, making for the towns.
They're rushing in like mighty men, yet never break their ranks,
As unannounced as thieves they come, none can cut them back
The sun and moon grow very dark, the Word of the Lord is strong
At last the breakthrough trumpet blasts, awaited O so long.
It is the second anointing, raising dead men's souls
Crashing through all the people's fears, whose faith was filled with holes,
Comforting the afflicted, aligning with the just,
To bring judgement on all rulers, ruled by their own lusts.
The Almighty power of the Living Word upon a multi-bannered army
Of valiant men expert in war, wreaking God's vengeance calmly,
Knowing the Word of faith to be enough to shatter the Devil's lies
Whose proud boast counters heaven and Christ's Church who he defies.
They appear from nowhere this secret army formed in a hidden place,
Hewn out of humble quarries now joined in smooth embrace
The Son of Man like lightning stands in east and west displayed
For wherever the dead body is there the eagles fly.
Eagle's Flight:© A. Christopher Welch/Michael Thom 'Telstar' type Keyboard Solo: John Daniels All additional Keyboard: Michael Thom Administered by No Name Ltd. 1991

For more on "As Terrible As An army with Banners " click here

First Love
Those who love Him by Mother Basilea Schlink

AC Welch continues:
I touched on the subject of Jesus being our first love here in the Tree of Good post
God gave us 10 commandments.
But the first one is the key to everything. Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength; which is the fuller description to "You shall have no other gods before me" in Exodus 20:3 .

Various translations of Psalm 25:14
NIV The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
New Living Trans The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
GODS WORD 1995 The LORD advises those who fear him. He reveals to them the intent of his promise.
NASV The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.

This is not a Rehearsal this is going on Now
There are two types of situations that God's glory rests upon. In the Spirit they are the same. They are a place of first love.
There are those like Mary Magdalan who literally crash into the grace of God having lived a life of deep sin and rebellion. Those who are forgiven much love much. I wrote to evangelist Steve Cattell on Facebook "We never hear anything more about "Mary Magdalen the sinner" in the gospels.


Don't ever forget that she became the NO.1 special agent who was used to undercover what happened to Jesus.


She was so changed God used her to effectively open the Door to the new Kingdom era!


She found Jesus alive! Even the apostles had a hard time believing her. This is the trouble with Kingdom stuff...its too fantastic for us. We are way behind, trying to catch up with God.


The other type of situation are those who seek God early in life. This is literally the fulfilment of "they seek Him early". God honours teens and young adults who honour Him. Every hormone in your body is pulling on you to do otherwise. God honours this purity. He shows and reveals Himself to such, and rests upon them in a particularly unique way to reveal Himself to others.


The order of Melchizedek, this order that Jesus operates from has this rather weird aspect to it.The wisdom of man honours those who are old and experienced. The order of Melchizedek honours those at any age who have this first love for Jesus. By means of the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, children of five and six, younger teens and older teens like Evan Roberts in the Welsh Revival, can receive direct from this "Eternal Now" order of God and literally impart heaven's atmosphere into a gathering of saints, or friends and family.


The Order of Melchizedek, this Kingdom of the Eternal Now is always on. It is never switched off. It is always waiting for us to get caught up in it. This is revival atmosphere. This is what Norman Grubb calls experiencing continuous revival. We don't wait for a first level, second level, third level to manifest fully in our life. God's Kingdom is "wheels within wheels" (Ezekiel). From day one of knowing Jesus we can experience Ephesians chapter 1 and 2, being seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Since the Cross, Jesus has legitimized this experience ready for every man, woman and child on the Earth.


Those young people who experience this order full on, don't want sex, drugs,highs of other types. God's Presence is like no other form of intoxification....it stands alone in leaving you intact.Or rather , afterwards you are MORE intact than you were before.But you are not particularly religious....because you manifest internal reality...not a fake outer cloak of religion.


How do I know these things? It is my life story since the age of 13. And although I rebelled as a Christian, God keeps you from the worst ravages of prolonged rebellion, teaching you His ways and the clever protection techniques that are in His Word, in His Presence, and now, above all in His Grace. All while the real process for which He called us is going on....the reproduction of Himself inside us, as us, expressed by our own unique personalities. From the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth Ps110. This is a clever phrase because it means both things I have been writing about. Those who seek Him early in life. But those who receive the grace of God later on in life receive back from God "the dew of a new youth", from the womb of the dawn of the NEW ETERNAL DAY.....the Eternal Now.


Selection


This third level people who appear from nowhere, marching in step,facing forward, with one intent, "seeing only one thing" with a single eye...


have already been through a selection process. An unconscious selection process. We see from the scriptures above....nobody knows it is going on. In Judges 7, Gideon selects from 32,000 people first those who do not have fear, then secondly and secretly, those who drink in a certain way, expressing the "single eye", the first love. In David's case, the mighty men revealed themselves in unfavorable circumstances while gathered around their "possible" new King. The promises rested upon David's life, but it sure didn't look possible most of the time they were going from cave to cave with him in the wilderness. They were totally unaware that a selection process was already underway. Jesus was already surrounded by many disciples, but only 12 were chosen to be his 3rd level special ops. on the day of Acts 2.


When we live from "first love" , we unconsciously are being selected for these special ops, like Mary Magdalen's Kingdom opening special op.,(special operation) alongside Mary mother of Jesus, who had already fixed herself by her verbal confession "Be it unto me according to your Word".


Matthew 24 is a passage beloved of final days studies, but the truth is that passage is always and continuously being fulfilled through history. Certain people fill the criteria. They are removed, or singled out for remaining while the others are removed....to singlehandedly push anti-slavery laws through Parliament....to bring revival....to effect changes on a world level ....like Harriet Beecher Stowe in America through her book Uncle Tom's Cabin.


We choose in the end, it says in 2 Timothy 2, whether we are going to be that noble vessel, useful to the Master, ready for His particular special OPs. We draw near to Him....but then we learn all the secrets of His covenant.


That none of it is of ourselves

That it's always by His grace

That more specifically it is Him in us and through us.

How do we learn all this? By seeking Him. By waiting on Him as in Psalm 123 verse 2

As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.

We become a qavah people, where qavah means to wait upon with expectation, but also to bind together with, to join ourselves intimately with. This is learning Christ as me in the same way Jesus learned the Father as Him. He did nothing unless He saw the Father doing it. How do you come to the "seeing"....through the qavah process. The Lord (2 Tim 2) needs to be allowed to KNOW, to entwine with those who are His....and then they will have power to turn away from wickedness.

When I was a teen hearing the message of first love through Mother Basilea Schlink, and another young American who stormed into a Christian school in India...believing for the whole school to be converted....and got it....

what I heard was "works". I heard loving Jesus as a verb, as a "work", as though i had to do certain things for Him to love me.

First love for Jesus is not that. It is a Divine response from inside of me, to a Divine First Move that was demonstrated above all in some open arms pegged out on a Cross. But guess what? The Holy Spirit has been given to shed this same love abroad in our hearts, in order to give us, to birth in us, the Divine tools with which to respond to our Lover.
We believe on His Word. We act on His Word. He births His Word in us. If I had to stop sinning to show Him how much I love Him, I would not need His salvation. We stop sinning as we learn the Truth about who we really are, who God is, who other people are, and as we begin experiencing the reality of His Presence. The other would be the same as all the other religions on earth. Christianity is different. It is joining ourselves to Another's Life. The life of Jesus.

Believing on the power of His life is what connects us instantly to the Melchizedek order, and more longterm is the anchor sunk in the heavenly sea floor, which enables us to reel our boat in...such that it's a DEAD CERT that we will reach maturity....
the Third Level
The father stage
as God literally shapes us and the rest of our life around the same Spirit realities that we may have learned as teenagers....
that we have died with Christ
that our lives are hidden with Christ in God
that as Ephesians says, we are seated at the right hand of Christ in God.

It's important to continually lay this grace foundation, because sometimes, just sometimes.....I had to wonder with Basilea, and with Ed Miller....that their gospel sounded a tad elitest.
Before talking about the Red Arrows I have to stress this....our selection for special ops is based entirely on us focussing on what Jesus has already done....or else it would be works. Any response we make to the obedience He demands of us, as we become more and more connected to Him, is a response of faith and trust in our Saviour. But our response to Him proves our believing ON HIM, and not just in Him. When Jesus asks a cripple to stand up....the grace and faith is there for a Divine miracle...but the ACTION of the cripple, though tentative it may be, proves a belief ON the Saviour, not an intellectual acquiescence only.

So, I've said that from the moment we believe God has connected us to His Son in the heavenlies, the Holy of Holies. We don't wait for years until we're holy enough. We're dead. We're not going to get any more holy. We are no more. Now our lives are hidden with Christ in God. Nevertheless in a bigger arc, God is maturing us as inheritors of His nature and active participants of His plans here on earth. And we do actually pass through stages of growth every bit as real as in our natural lives. Then in an even bigger arc, there is a worldwide maturation of the sons of God, as we've moved from evangelicalism, to an introduction into God's power realms, on now to Him reproducing everything that was in His Son as He walked the earth into a fantastic worldwide Body of interlinked saints exploring what it means to walk Him as me. Facebook and blogs are playing a role in this.

No show
So now I want to talk about this thirdlevel people, similar to the Red Arrows above.
There's no showiness. A matter of factness. A grim resolve.Get the job done. No frills.A concern with the bottom line. Unity of purpose. Total team-mindedness. No one stands out from the rest. Except perhaps....


Kirsty Moore
Think of another generation when this would have been possible? The CRACK RAF squadron par excellence with a female member, who is there not because of political correctness....but because of merit. She's darned good at flying in formation. Any other reason would be dangerous.
In the 3rd level, gender is pretty irrelevant. You either know Christ as you...
Or you don't.
It's too late to fake it.
And anyway the selection process has already taken place.....without you knowing. You just got on with the job....and prepared your life....as in the above scriptures
one will be taken, the other left....
so shall it be in the days of the "Coming" of the Son of Man.
The parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25. Only five hunted down that extra supply of oil.
This is the first generation where women stand alongside men equally sharing the father principles of Christ as Our Life. I am not talking about women priests in Anglican churches, or even women bishops. I am talking Spirit realities which are recognised as being already active in people's lives by all sorts of other men and women of faith whatever tag they may hold, worldwide.

Third levellers don't show up at all in any other context than THE AIR!
The most thirdlevel stuff in our local church is the Key of David Meetings and Key of David conferences. This same dynamic was beginning to show up in the Florida Outpouring two years ago. It is a revival dynamic. Norman Grubb calls 3rd level living : Living in continuous revival. Many Christians refer to it as Eagle living referring to the qavah/waiting on God scripture....those that wait upon the Lord shall renew/increase their strength, they shall MOUNT UP as eagles. More on this subject here

Unless you knew what the "reds" (Red Arrows) were about to do....absolutely no clue could be gained from observing them in civvies walking around Tesco, or Sainsbury's. Some may be extremely skilled at talking...bet yer Kirsty knows how to natter....
others with the fantastic spatial skills required for flying may be extremely taciturn. You just wouldn't have a clue at how incredible these people are from seeing them walk around. Why? Everyone walks around. But it's not their milieu.

Sometimes the ONLY place I register locally is in the Key of David meetings. I'm becoming less and less of a meeting man.....but if there must be meetings, let them be 3rd level ones.

The point of this 3rd level revolution is precisely this. It's NOT about meetings. It's about WALKING. As He is in the world, so ARE WE.

Nobody looking at Norman Grubb would guess what was really going on. But in the hidden spiritual places, "THE AIR", Norman had set his confession, that there was coming a time when the Body of Christ would know that there was more to life than a "separation" existence - us and God....that God both was and wanted to be a good deal more immanent than that....and that's what Norman had set his face to until his dying day....with, I must say....nothing more than a few green shoots worldwide to show for his pains....but as a 3rd leveller...he died in faith , trusting God to complete the intercession granted to him.

Nobody knew what Basilea Schlink was accomplishing in her ministry. Nobody could guess what was happening through Ed Miller as he wrestled over Argentina. Nobody could see the significance of Lydia Prince obeying the call to an Appointment in Jerusalem. Originally no one had a clue as to the significance of a Albanian nun called Mother Teresa who had spent 40 years getting fixed in Christ, suddenly called to the slums of Calcutta. Less still, could anyone get any purchase on the phases in Rees Howells life as he was then called to take on the Dictators IN THE AIR. Read Norman Grubb's biography of Rees Howells from here
Annie Schissler writes here

"The moment of the explosion would be precipitated and lit by the elect ones who were above the storm.
Each one of them individually, had to open as if it were a door inside them and they also had to enter an even higher place of communication with Christ, which at the same time, would open their inner doors to the manifestation in great power of this force of light."
This is about thirdlevel special ops. About the mature in Christ.

Just as it would be impossible to even conceive of the Red Arrows before Orville and Wilbur Wright's First Air flight in 1903, so it is hard for charismatics to be able to conceive that there is a third level. Third levellers don't necessarily show up that well on charismatic radar screens. The third level is not about the latest song. It is not particularly about getting someone healed or praying for them to get a job. What it is about is unseen. IT IS about flicking a switch on the inside of you that accepts the kind of Christ of whom it says " It is written of Me in the book....I came TO DO THY WILL."
Even if in Watchman Nee's case it meant returning to die in a Chinese Communist jail by his own volition in 1966, when literally any Christian platform anywhere in the world would have gladly given him endless seminar time.
It's about what Christ is doing in and through you....and you alone. Yet irony of ironies...the thirdlevel isn't about you at all....it's about how you dovetail and interlock with all the others that are living and moving in the Spirit of God. You can't manufacture this. The Holy Spirit either does this....OR HE DOESN'T. There is no way we can orchestrate how we or anyone else move corporately as the people of God....unlike the Reds...there is no choreography. The only thing we can prepare is our believing, our connecting with the Living Spirit of God.

If you thought the charismatic movement was awesome....
you've never seen a mature Body springing up all over the earth.
As it says in Psalm 1: 5 Sinners shall just not be able to stand in the congregation of the upright
They'll just be blown right away ....by what's happening.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Evangelism or Worship by Daniel Kolenda, Ole's Testimony,My angle




Someone once posed the question to me :"Which is greater: Evangelism or Worship?"
They believed that worship was greater because through evangelism we minister to one another, but through worship we minister to God. As a former worship pastor I have thought about this a lot.

Before Rebekah and I got married, we went down our local department store and spent several hours meticulously going through it picking out exactly the things that we needed for our new life together. When we sent out wedding invitations we were careful to include the web address where the gift registry (which listed the exact items) could be found. But when the wedding was over and the presents were unwrapped we found amongst all of the very thoughtful and wonderful gifts almost nothing that we asked for.

I wonder if some people walked around the shopping centre in circles for hours deliberating over which gift to buy before they finally settled on the toilet brush or our 10th mismatched towel set, when all the while we'd made it so easy for people to know exactly what we wanted.
What can you give someone who has everything..?
We all say that we love to worship God and we prove it by singing and dancing for Joy in church. We bring 'gifts' of beautiful music, singing and dancing with which we 'bless' Him. But He is surrounded by mighty choirs of angels singing songs that reverberate with harmonies so beautiful they are beyond anything we could imagine. So what can you give someone who has everything?
I have often said that the true depth of Christian's spirituality is not determined by how enthusiastically they dance during the worship service or how loudly they sing. As much as I choirs and hymns as well). All of these things are but tools we use in an attempt to provoke worship. Unfortunately, often they are more of a distraction than anything and if you could escape their clatter for a moment and truly become intimate enough with God to draw near and lay your head on his chest and hear his heartbeat, this is what it would sound like:
SAL-VA-TION,
SAL-VA-TION,
SAL-VA-TION!
God loves the world SO MUCH that He gave His only begotten Son. Could there be a more ardent exclamation of God's deepest desire? There is no mystery here... God has told us exactly what He wants.
Inseparable partnership
It is IMPOSSIBLE to be a true worshipper of God and not desire to please His heart... Therefore I say it is also IMPOSSIBLE to be a true worshipper of God an not have a worship cannot be separated from one another. Evangelism IS a form of worship because through it we give to God that which He desires and has explicitly demanded and don't forget that obedience is better than sacrifice.
An act of worship
John Leonard Dober was a potter and David Nitschman was a carpenter. Both were powerful and articulate preachers and the first of Count Zinsendorf's Moravian missionary movement. They heard about a godless, wealthy, British landowner who had purchased an Island to which he transferred all of his slaves in order to keep them from being touched by any outside influence... most especially religion. He had determined that even if an outsider were to arrive at his Island by accident, he would be sent away immediately. These two young Men, determined to win the Island for Christ, sold themselves into slavery to this landowner and used the profit to pay for their transportation to the island.

On October 8th 1732, friends and family members were gathered there at the seashore weeping and saying their final goodbyes and as the Island-bound sea vessel was pulling away from the docks. The account says that the two young men raised their hands to Heaven and shouted the last words that were ever heard from them: "May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!" That became the rallying call of Moravian missions... And that my friend, is WORSHIP!
In conclusion
Let me leave you with this question: If we know that God has asked for something which He passionately desires, yet in its place we bring something that WE WANT to bring... I ask you... Who is really being worshipped?

Daniel Kolenda

Christ For All Nations

http://www.cfan.org.uk/

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Testimony – International Grace Party 27.08.10
Posted on August 27, 2010 by Ole Henrik Skjelstad
I was religiously inclined already as a kid.

I prayed the Lord’s prayer every evening, but more like a superstitious act than anything else. Nothing evil would befall me if I mitigated God by my religious act, I believed.

At high school I began to consider myself as an intellectual, and in this realm of knowledge there didn’t exist any God. I became an agnostic.

My encounters with other Christians had rendered be with a profound disdain for Christendom and I was convinced that their view of God was more than skewed. To a certain degree I patronized Christians thinking of them as weaklings who needed a spiritual crutch.

After I had finished my education as an engineer, I was about 24-25, I began to show an interest in alternative medicine, notably acupuncture and reflexology. Reflexology is a system where we manipulate the foot sole thinking that each particular zone corresponds with a body part.

The books on alternative medicine more than alluded to spiritual realities. That aroused my curiosity and I began reading New Age literature in earnest. I read thousands upon thousands of pages and my worldview altered accordingly.

After a while I somehow developed warm hands and was endowed with healing powers. People could feel how the heat from my hands expelled pain and brought relief.

I believed in Karma and reincarnation. It didn’t make any sense that we had only one life in order to reach perfection and ultimately nirvana where we melted into and became one with the light, or whatever we called the impersonal thing we considered as God.

Everything centered on finding the light which was hidden in every man and which had the power to transform us to better persons and not at least persons who knew the hidden knowledge. New Age is briefly told a mixture of Gnosticism, Hinduism, Buddhism etc. The New Age system is based on self effort. Do the right things and you will evolve. In many ways it was a tedious and confusing time. Confusing because there were so many different ways you could follow in order to nourish your inner light, this hidden nucleus which is in every man and which has escaped our attention due to amongst other things the oppressing influence from Christendom.

In New Age circles Jesus is perceived as an important prophet, as a part of a succession of prophets who will lead mankind to increasingly higher levels of knowledge and evolvement. Love is a keyword in New Age. Those involved in the movement have a genuine desire to see the world become a better place for all to live. However, one of the fruits in my life was a hate towards everything that reeked of Christendom.

In 1992 God began to call my name, and through a process which lasted through the spring and the first part of the summer He disclosed everything I believed in as falsehood. The last stronghold that fell was reincarnation, and I was free. God placed me in a Pentecostal church. That is quite a joke because when I was a part of the New Age thinking I considered the Pentecostals as lunatics.

However, it was people from a Pentecostal church He sent in my direction, who began praying for me and who very kindly and patiently repeatedly invited me to their meeting.

Politely, but firmly I declined their proposals until God, who is a smart guy, saw to that I fell in love with one of the unmarried girls. God has His methods. The first event I attended was a concert.

Nothing scary about that. I even to a certain degree enjoyed the fellowship even though they seemed to have a blind spot concerning the truth which of course I at that time believed I represented. The next event was a regular meeting and for the first time in my life I faced the Holy Spirit in a tangible way. To tell the truth; the New Age books didn’t mention Him at all. So, here I was facing a new and very convincing divine power. It became clear to me that there exist two powers in this world. Which one to choose? In reality I didn’t have any real choice. God can be very convincing!

During my time as a New Age adherent I often suffered from anxiety and fear. Those emotions and feelings slowly abated after I had received Jesus.

I gave everything from the outset determined to become a very good Christian who pleased God in every possible way. As you all well know I failed miserably. Condemnation and misery were faithful fellows the first 12 years of my Christian walk. With a steady hand the Spirit led me towards a major breakdown.

I read the Bible almost every day, I prayed even though that was a tedious discipline. There was even a time when I thought I was called to be a great prayer warrior. Yeah right! I am not wired that way at all, but of course I pursued everything that I believed would please God and bring about a change in this world.

Soon after I had been saved I began speaking in tongues. After a few years I began speaking in tongues during meetings, messages which others interpreted. Often beautiful and life-giving messages. Then the Spirit challenged me to give the congregation prophetic words and messages. I was often stunned by the beauty I was given to convey. Many of the prophetic words were to unknown persons in the congregation and years later they would come to me and tell me how what I had uttered had come to pass. Of course this both humbled me and at the same time inflated my ego.

All those years I continued to be an avid reader. However, all those books just lay heavy burdens on my already tired shoulders. In retrospect I acknowledge they were important in order to break this proud and religious man.

In 2003 I came to an abrupt end of myself. I entered a profound depression. I was home a year before I was offered further education by the authorities. During that time God healed some deep wounds, but most importantly He introduced me to the pure grace message.

In July in 2004 Joseph Prince from New Creation Church in Singapore visited Oslo Christian Center. I was there. I had never before heard anyone expound on the gospel like he did. He proved without a shadow of doubt that we are set free from the law and that God is satisfied with us, more than that: that he loves us more than words can express. I remember how an almost audible sigh of relief went through the congregation while he spoke. I left the premises with tears in my eyes. This was what my soul had yearned for, freedom.

The next year Steve McVey came to Oslo. I didn’t know much about him except that he also preached pure grace, and I was so thirsty for more. I went to hear him. Every word he uttered was balm for my soul. I bought both his and Prince’s books and immersed myself in their teachings.

Of course I wasn’t immediately set free from condemnation and this often occurring sensation of failing. However, slowly but surely God convinced me about my right standing with him. The intriguing thing is that the more I understood of grace the more graceful I became. My new heart blossomed under this new influence and I became softer and more loving in many ways.

There were periods were it seemed like I had gone from being a religious legalist to a religious grace champion. Of course I experienced the frustrations of meeting a pastor and a leadership who didn’t understand my new revelations and my attempts to turn them onto the new and liberating path. I fought with anger, rejection and a host of other feelings during this time.

I thought God had given me the gift to teach the word, and I often during the evenings in bed preached the most wonderful sermons in my head, but every door was closed. I had to find an outlet for everything that was dammed up inside of me. Thus, in November 2008 I started my first blog. I wrote exclusively in Norwegian. I didn’t get much response, but I continued to write. I really enjoyed penning down the new things I was given to see.

Then I discovered that also Steve McVey had a blog and I began commenting on his articles and after a while I gathered enough fortitude to ask for his permission to translate some of his articles. Without knowing me particularly well he gave his consent.

I had felt so lonely during those years after I first had heard Joseph Prince so it was such a blessing and a relief to join forces with Steve.

For quite a time my wife had encouraged me to join Facebook, something which I had adamantly refused to do for several years. I thought such a social medium was for girls. However, in April 2009 I gave in for the pressure and set up my Facebook account, and l must admit I loved it from the outset.

In May I discovered that even Steve had a Facebook account. It took me couple of weeks before I ventured to send him a friendship request. Graciously he accepted it. Then I got friendship requests from Joel Brueseke, Jessica Robertson, Dave Lesniak and others and suddenly I was moving in a completely different sphere where there were a lot of people who spoke my language. More than that; I was in an environment which language was love. I have learned more about who I am in Christ on Facebook than 17 years in church.

Through Facebook I had entered a new world and in the course of a rather short time I had more English speaking friends than Norwegians. Amongst them was Fred Pruitt. Somehow he had learned about me and he embraced me with his love and profound understanding of who we are in Christ.

In a mighty and beautiful way God used him to take me to the next level, union life, that is, we are joined one spirit with the lord. Some of Paul Anderson Walsh’ articles had already given me a foretaste of this new dimension which the Spirit with great joy pulled me into. Fred became my mentor and teacher, which he still is. With great wisdom and patience he mitigated what I would call my grace legalistic streaks. DeeDee Winter and Nancy Gilmore have also been important contributors in helping me getting a better grasp of who I am in Christ. There are a host of others who through their love and encouragements have given me the necessary confidence to continue to write. Thanks to you all!

Out of the blue in July the same year as I joined Facebook I received a mail from Linda Bunting who invited me to the reunion in Louisville. I had two issues at hand. Who is Linda Bunting, and where is Louisville? I sent Steve a mail asking if he knew who these people were. He assured me that they were a fine bunch of people. To make a long story short I went Louisville last fall and experienced a genuine love feast.

In July last year my first notes in English appeared on Facebook. Encouraged by the response and pushed by an inner drive I couldn’t stop writing. Then in January a new idea came to me. Why not start a new blog using wordpress and write exclusively in English? I began posting in earnest in March and I am glad and thrilled that the blog has been well visited.

Last fall Dave Lesniak and some friends made sure that I got a Magic Jack which empowered me to regularly stay in touch with my American friends on the phone. That has been a huge blessing.

Those of you who have read my blog have witnessed how the Spirit has pushed me further and further into the mystery; Christ in us. To have a profound understanding of how we are a part of God, sons of God, has given me the peace which I once upon a time thought was an unattainable blessing.

So here I am having peace with myself and God.

Thanks for your time!
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My Angle
Why do I juxtapose these two valid pieces of writing?
Because I believe in evangelism.
Because I believe in worship.
Because I believe the Christian life is actually Union Life....whether people fully know that yet or not.

The sort of gospel Rheinhardt Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda proclaim is not quite Union Christianity. It's close. How many of us can remember the first reports coming back from Africa about how Rheinhardt was proclaiming salvation and baptism in the Spirit in one humongous package? How many jaws dropped like mine? Is such a thing possible?
But as far as people DO get in a Bonnke crusade in a few hours, they don't generally get beyond a Jesus out there , who somehow comes into my heart by His Spirit. He puts my life back the right
way up....but I still walk around with the stupid concept that
"I" am basically in control
that I am basically a god who makes his /her own way in life with the new help of an outside power who I converse with, be it the Holy Spirit or Jesus.

I do not realise that I am no more.
I do not realise that never for one minute was I an alone -I wandering around this universe. That that concept alone is total baloney. That before I asked Jesus into my life, I was a container
for an alien life form that is transferred in Adam's line from generation to generation.I was empowered by the Devil....but in a way that absolutely requires the Holy Spirit to even know the difference.
Rheinhard does not explain that we are purely containers, and that if Jesus is coming in, the devil is going to be booted out . Light cannot co exist with darkness.
It's quite a deliverance that takes place at conversion.....more much more....than most evangelists will tell you. For this reason such a war takes place on the frontline between Christians who are trying to share the gospel, and the world, who Ephesians says, is a system of submitted intelligences blinded by the god of this world.

Up until this generation, if Christians went as far as receiving the Holy Spirit in power as Ole has mentioned, and that I also testify to....it is typically DECADES.....IF AT ALL.... that Christians actually get to learn about UNION. For sceptics, can I say UNION is simply the type of Christianity Jesus was always aiming for in his disciples....and the proof is a simple reading of the chapters concerning His last discourse to them before He went to the Cross see John Chapters 13-17.

Where it DOES RELATE to Daniel's writing is in this way.
UNION LIFE is bigger than worship (as commonly understood).Or let's turn that the other way round. REAL WORSHIP is Union Life.
Union Life or in Norman Grubb's terminology : The Third or Mature Level is precisely about a level of intercession which is total. So it is no surprise that 2 Moravians literally sell themselves into slavery in order to gain the right to share in that enclosed slavery island community.

Don't worry....you don't get to sign your own commission....to emulate the Moravians. Once you "get" the Freedom that the Spirit Life is.....and no....I don't mean meetings....
I mean YOUR LIFE
YOUR WHOLE LIFE.
Once you understand who it is who is living your Life...namely Jesus Himself...through your unique personality, through your body....your commissioning will be every bit as riveting and demanding...but it's nolonger viewed in terms of courageous demand, because it is the Fire of God in your belly busting out in new ways to transfer this Kingdom leaven.

Two final things to relate to Daniel's writing above.
Like Holy Spirit anything....evangelism is a spirit. One place you catch this disease is off Evangelists. Evangelist is a ministry of the Holy Spirit whose purpose it says in Ephesians is to build up the Body of Christ TO DO MINISTRY.

When I was invited to a Holy Spirit teaching day in 1972...
It wasn't a man's idea.
The thing came about through 2 individuals having the same dream....a teaching day for young people. But it wasn't Baptism in the Spirit ...period.
It was a day of training on evangelism and the Holy Spirit.
OK, the evangelism was according to our light in 1972....but we got trained in receiving the baptism in the Spirit in the afternoon of the same day IN THAT CONTEXT.
This was the same in Lakeland Florida in the Outpouring two years ago.
On that day. In that context. I received, yes, some rather (now) limited and dodgy teaching on what evangelism was.....but I can discard some of that...
NO ON THAT DAY I received something of much greater value.
I received THE SPIRIT of EVANGELISM, which is like a burning fire in your belly. When you talk to people, a bit of that fire wants to transfer into other bellies. And if people don't want that,
then they might react or not....but either way....they've touched some of God's heart for them...and not just received dry intellectual suggestions that maybe
in a fair wind,
when they're not so busy,
when the moon's in the right position,
if it doesn't get in the way of the One Show,
or their children watching Cbeebies,
they might like to contemplate
a few religious thoughts to help them through the difficult times
as quoted from Patience Strong or something....

NO. If you have the spirit of evangelism
you can simply say with authority
Well, do you want it....or not?
Do you like what's on me?...well you can have some.
Jesus is Lord. He doesn't ask to be your boyfriend, your fratpal
He's saying right now...
"Can I bust into your life and change your life completely while
you are feeling the Shadow of My Presence upon my servant.
Take Me or leave me...but I only come as Lord. Not plaything."
Without the spirit of evangelism...you can only humanly suggest and nudge.

The second thing is about worship.
It's not that worship is irrelevant in Union. It's that the whole concept of worship broadens right out.
a. You so respond to God's heartbeat that you do what He is doing in you next. As both Daniel and Morris Cerullo say...God's heartbeat is souls. But when humans say that phrase it sounds like "scalps". When God says that phrase...it's with tears...like a longlost Lover
who wants His Bride back
No you didn't hear me. You heard "God wants His church back."
No God's heart is for His real church.
The people who are still "NOT BACK HOME", not saved. The Ones still out there, not the 99 in the fold.
b. Then we turn this subject round and say
Once we are prepared to do anything He asks, including having more souls on each of our arms,
we go back to our first understanding of Worship....as a limited activity...alongside other believers....
BUT This time it's purer
beautiful
awesome
like a piano recital given by a Jewish escapee from a Nazi concentration camp.
It's beautiful from the inside out.
Psalm 45:13-17 NASV
13The King's daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
14She will be led to the King in embroidered work;
The virgins, her companions who follow her,
Will be brought to You.
15They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing;
They will enter into the King's palace.
16In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
17I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.
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You see, it's never happened before in the history of man. First in the natural. Now in the Spirit.


Verse 16 says - In place of your fathers shall be your sons. This was alluded to in the day of Pentecost. It used to be an immutable law that the wisdom of the old governed a nation. But in the Spirit....He is crashing young broken men through at a rate of knots...


that the revelation stamping and giving identity to communities is starting to come from the young men instead.


How can such a thing be safe? Union Life is safe. It's not perfection as left-brain carnal thinking measures perfection. But it is a life quality that we kind of aspired to in the charismatic movement...but because of "separation thinking" we just ....well we weren't safe. But now we can trust that life in us and each other....and also trust the external life around us to show us....


the correct way forward.
The other thing that has come through this week, through Cindi Estep and her sister Leslie Lawson and again in clear testimony by Ole,
that God is using blogs and Facebook in unprecedented ways to build His international Body!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

If On Some Point - Rich Novek. Matthew,Mark,Luke and John followed by Heavenly Substitution by Pastor Patrick Bwayo


If on some POINT............by Rich Novek on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 at 17:56 Facebook

We have been rescued from the domain of darkness (time) and translated into the (eternal) KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON! (Colossians 1:13)



He does not function in time, and neither can we! The purpose of ALL OF THE TRIALS are to take us from this kingdom of sight with all of it's binding limitations........ into THE UNLIMITED KINGDOM OF THE EVER PRESENT SON! What darkness is to light, so is time to eternity, and striving in our own strength is to RESTING "IN" HIM!



The license we once had to operate in time is forever stamped "REVOKED", cancelled in the ETERNAL NOW of who we are "IN" Him! Waiting on God brings all of life to a standstill, and it's there when all hope seems lost we realize we were never meant to live as citizens of time!



"All of us who are mature should take such a view of things, and if on some point you think differently, that too God willl make clear!" (Phil 3:15-16)



This little hidden gem is packed wth POWER and FREEDOM! Look what Paul is talking about in Philippians 3 just before he says this!



That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this ONE THING I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, press toward the mark for the prize of the HIGH CALLING of God "IN" Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:10-14)



"All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.............." What view? The view from the HIGH CALLING, from seeing Only God in this Now! "This ONE THING I DO, forgetting what lies behind, and reaching for what is before me" This is walking in the daily revelation of the ETERNAL ONE! No past, no future, only a life in the "NOW" of the Eternal Day! "And if on some point you think differently, that too..... HE WILL MAKE CLEAR! In other words, when you walk in the revelation, and at the maturity level of seeing God Only, it is an absolute impossibility to be out of the will of God. But that is only true for people who SEE GOD ONLY WITH THE "SINGLE EYE" IN ALL THINGS! The SAME SINGLE EYE which Jesus talked about having in the book of Mathew!



The light of the body is the eye: IF therefore THINE EYE BE SINGLE, thy whole body shall be full of light. But IF THINE EYE BE EVIL (Double, or seeing more than God), thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Mathew 6:22-23)



He then very wisely gives an illustration of what the SINGLE EYE IS NOT in the very next verse!



No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Mathew 6:24)



HE WILL MAKE CLEAR! MAKE WHAT CLEAR? Whatever we are not seeing from the High CALLING, the upward call of God "IN" Christ, the wonderful place of "WHERE HE IS, SO ARE WE ALSO!" (I John 4:17)



This is the best part, this can be truly life changing if you SEE what is next! "ONLY LET US LIVE UP TO WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY ATTAINED!" I don't know about anyone else, but this sentence set me FREE when I saw it's true meaning! Paul, who at one time walked in the condemnation of persecuting and killing the people in the church, the same body of believers which he now sees himself as a bondslave to, is NOW at a maturity level where HE SEES ALL IS ONLY GOD REVEALED IN SOME FORM OR EXPRESSION! He is at REST in his "HIGH CALLING VIEW" of seeing God in everything, and everything ordained of GOD!



This is what I call the hinge where the door swings from the condemnation of BEING A DOER FOR God, to finally SEEING OUR TOTAL FREEDOM "IN" HIM AS OUR ONLY LIFE! He is saying in essence, just live your life in FREEDOM, SEEING the Father in ALL THINGS! No longer trying to find the will of God in time, but understanding at this level of maturity, there can be nothing BUT THE WILL OF GOD! All of the condemning shoulda's woulda's and coulda's were ALL ordained by HIM as much as anything else! And because He sees no distinction, Light and Darkness are the same to Him, He was and is causing everything in our lives, ALL OF IT, to work together for good! (Romans 8:28)



NOW, let's read this little POWERFUL gem in Philippians from the "Life Side" of the cross!



"ALL of us who are mature should take such a view of things, AND if on some point you think differently (than Him) THAT TOO He will (TAKE ALL OF THE RESPONSIBLITY TO MAKE IT LIKE CRYSTAL, AS WE REST IN HIS LOVE, SO THAT.........we can SEE AS HE SEES!) He will make clear, ONLY LET US LIVE (by Grace without condemnation) up to what we have already attained (IN HIM)." (Phil 3:15-16)



I hope we can see this in ALL OF IT"S POWER! But it is perfctly OK if we don't............BECAUSE IF ON SOME PONT, WE THINK DIFFERENTLY, THAT TOO, HE WILL MAKE ALL CLEAR............ AS WE REST IN HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!

Rich "IN" Christ!

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MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, JOHN.
The revelation record of the four Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John about Jesus Christ the son of man (BIBLE WORD as Son of Flesh taught in carnal knowledge) and the Son of God (THE BIBLE, THE SON OF GOD) according to the revelation teaching of the Holy Spirit) ROM 1:1-5, Heb 1.
The Book of Matthew writes about the son of man, the book of Mark writes about the Son of God who has no descendants, The Book of Luke writes about the son of man and the Son of God as the events follow one another in order, the book of John is a recording to clarify who is the Son of God that has lived among us all these years but we have not comprehended who is HE.....the lamb, WORD of God that saves world from sins so that people do not continue to worship copies and veils of heavenly things. The book of John reveals to us that from the beginning no man has ever seen God expect the New Covenant Bible, the Word who is the Son of God (NEW COVENANT BIBLE PRIESTHOOD) who declares Him. Please read the first chapter of each of the four Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to see if these things are so. Also read John 1:17-18.
Let me clarify about who the son of man is by the New Covenant Bible taught by the Holy Spirit. Son of man is the Word, Bible testified in thoughts of flesh that teach/interpret the Bible in carnal knowledge. Son of man is the Bible Word that is transformed from the Holy Spirit form to bear the image of man. The son of man is the original Old Covenant Bible that presents Earthly visible things to this day 2010 which are copies of the heavenly invisible things. The Son of God is the engrafted New Covenant Bible priesthood grafted in the Old Covenant Bible that is taught by the Holy Spirit which declares only invisible heavenly things in souls indwelt by Him. James 1: 18-21.
The teaching of the New Covenant Bible (Son of God) by the Holy Spirit drops fables, genealogies and myths and goes straight to declaration of the KINGDOM OF GOD BY HIS SON: 1 Tim 1:4, Titus 3: 9, Heb 7:3, Mark 1: 1-7, 2 Tim 4:1-4, Heb 1:1-2.

By Pastor Patrick Bwayo.


Heavenly Substitution

Earthly Visible Copies of the Bible seen by natural human physical eyes that veil invisible things of heaven are now being REPLACED/ABOLISHED/SUBSTITUTED by Heavenly invisible things by revelation in the New Covenant Bible and in the understanding of souls but are not erased from the Old Covenant Bible. 1 John 5: 7-8 by KJV Bible.


Hebrews9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 9:16 For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 9:17 For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 9:18 Whereupon neither the first [testament] was dedicated without blood. 9:19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 9:20 Saying, This [is] the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 9:23 [It was] therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
Hebrews 9:11-23
GOD is REPLACING OLD BIBLE HISTORIC EARTHLY THINGS (COPIES) WITH THE REAL PRESENT BIBLE REVEALED INVISIBLE HEAVENLY THINGS. Col 2: 10-23, Col 3:1-16.


Examples:
A) MOSES:
Earthly historical visible Moses, who lead the children of Israel physically from Egypt in Middle East to Canaan is the physical example of the deliverance of God which is substituted by the invisible heavenly Moses, who is revealed by the wisdom of God to be the Old Covenant Bible handwritten in the letter that presents earthly visible things from the Book of Genesis to the end of the Book of Revelation read up to this day 2009 but read carnally by Israel of all global nations. The invisible Moses is revealed to deliver the children of Israel (GOD) from spiritual slavery of worshipping different carnal god(s). The Children of God are enslaved by the carnal “Egyptian” preachers of the Bible up this day 2009 onwards who are figuratively the “Egyptians” or the children of flesh of Agar, the Egyptian. Slaves are born as slaves as result of testifying or witnessing the Old Covenant Bible carnally. The assignment of Moses, the handwritten Bible in letter and the special ministers appointed by God, is to fight progressively the carnal blind ministers of the Bible until Moses hands them to the new High Priest, Joshua (Christ) who is READ to lead them into the promised land of Canaan, which is figuratively the promised new Covenant Bible where they are set free from the carnal worship of the Egyptian gods by waging battle so that they worship the true God by revelation knowledge and wisdom of the Spirit of God that teaches Bible in a new way. 2 Corinth 3: 13-15

B) JESUS CHRIST.


Earthly Historical visible veiling jesus christ an angel who preached 2000 years ago is replaced with the heavenly invisible Christ Jesus who is READ from Genesis to end of the Book of Revelation and is revealed to be the New High Priest called the New Covenant Bible. Heb 10: 1-9, 2 Corinth 4: 1-18, 2 Corinth 3: 13-15, Gal 4: 1-14, 1 John 2:7-8, Isaiah 45: 7-8, 1 John 5: 7-8. 2 Corinth 5:16, Heb 1: 1-2 by KJV Bible.


C) BLOOD SACRIFICE 1 John 5: 7-8. Use KJV Bible to compare heavenly things in verse 7 with earthly things in verse 8.
Earthly Historical Visible and physical Blood sacrifice of 2000 years ago presented by the handwritten Bible that teaches earthly visible things is replaced or substituted by the invisible heavenly “BLOOD” sacrifice which is Holy Spirit which cleanses us our CONSCIENCES from all sin of transgressing the Law of God and worship idol gods presented by teaching the Old handwritten Covenant Bible carnally in human carnal wisdom and knowledge that kills souls. EARTHLY VISIBLE BLOOD SACRIFICE THAT WAS SHED 2000 YEARS AGO FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS IS REPLACED BY THE INVISBLE HEAVENLY SACRIFICE OF HEAVENLY “BLOOD” WHICH IS ETERNAL HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD THAT CLEANESSES OUR CONSCIENCES FROM THE SIN OF CARNALLY TRANSGRESSING THE BIBLE LAW WHICH RESULTS IN WORSHIPPING IDOLS OR SHADOWS OF THE OLD COVENANT BIBLE. HEB 9: 11-23, 1 John 5: 7-8, 1 Corinth 10. Heb 10: 1-9. Col 2:10-23, John 1: 17-18, 2 Corinth 4.By KJV Bible.

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PASTOR PATRICK BWAYO. Patrick's Blog is Here
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Friday, 20 August 2010

Members One of Another: Part 1 by Daniel Yordy


Members One of Another: Part 1

By Daniel Yordy – August 15, 2010
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"We, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." Romans 12:5

"For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body . . . and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many." 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

"That they all may be one, (just) as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." John 17: 21-23

"Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us." Romans 15:7

"Love one another with a pure heart fervently." 1 Peter 1:22

Here is the greatest power in the universe unleashed upon this earth. Here is the focal point of all the intention and purpose of God coming down onto one tiny point. Here is the transition between the two ages. Here is the foundation and the birthing of all that is the age to come.

Everyone assumes they "know" what this love is; few have ever tasted it. We know that none have practiced it because the ages have not changed.

So long as this level of love and relationship is not our continual way of living, we remain in darkness and deception.

Inside of Christian community we came close. Close, but not close enough. Looking back now, I know that we had erected a mighty and impassible barrier between us and this level of love. It was there, and we could glimpse it, but we never tasted it because of the barrier of separation we ourselves had built.

That barrier, that concrete and steel wall, was the order and the hierarchy of relationship in which we moved - apostle, elder, body member. Because that order was fierce and to this day remains inviolable in that same group, we related to one another on the basis of place and position in the pecking order - Always. Yes, there was love in our midst, but pecking order always trumped love - Always. Even when the apostle humbly submitted to the elders, yes it was love, but the whole engagement was still by the pecking order. And the body members, the non-elders always must "know their place."

[But I must say this, those who live in a free-for-all form of Christian relationship are further from knowing true Christian love than we were, even in our in-part expression of church order. Sorry, such a church-order is even worse.]

The last community in which we lived, Blair Valley, was too small to profit from such an arrangement, and by someone's wise counsel, they had removed the elder-body member distinction, and all adults sat together in the elder's meetings. There were only six adults, four of us elders, two non-elders, and three small children. Yet we were a fully recognized wilderness community. To exclude the two wives who were not elders made no sense.

What a world of difference that made. An entire spirit of difficulty that always plagues the communities in the move vanished as if it never existed. Every adult was treated with full respect in government. There was no shadow of "us versus them" as sits upon ALL other move communities to great harm.

[This "us versus them" does far greater harm to those who are elders than to those who are body members. I did not know that all the years I was a "body member," until I sat among the elders myself. There I saw the great damage that had been wrought by this practice in the hearts of those elders whom I had always looked up to. I saw that great harm, but I did not understand it, nor could I credit myself as a sufficient witness or judge.

It was several years later that I sat across from the two leading members from that same group of elders, the apostolic ministry and his wife, here in a living room in Houston, and they said to me that they had begun to see the very same thing I had seen, they had repented of it and confessed their sin to all the communities, but were now no longer welcome - their repentance had challenged the entire pecking order so carefully maintained in the move to this day (he was the third apostle in the move). Then I knew that I had understood this critical truth correctly.]

But still, at Blair Valley, although there was a closeness and a caring for one another that was wonderful, still, there was something that stood between us. I now know what it was. It was "the move" and the "covering" of the apostles. I believe in apostolic covering, I am just convinced that in the move we did not know what a pure apostolic covering was - ever. We could not know it because of the wrong definitions of separation and "place."

It was when my wife and I left that community and the move (and our leaving caused the end of the Blair Valley community), that I tasted of the love and heart relationship that had always eluded our reach. I want to carefully describe what happened. Not to condemn anyone, but to reach for this most precious of truths - Members One of Another.

We were three couples at Blair Valley, husband and wife. One of the couples was an older couple; then the other couple who were closer to our age, but who worked in town to earn some necessary money and came out to the farm only on weekends; and Maureen and I. Because I had not sought the witness of the apostles when we left, we were breaking a spiritual definition. Maureen and the children were already gone when I drove our van with our belongings out the long dirt road to the highway. The older couple accompanied me in their vehicle. Along the way we stopped to do something to my van, the older brother helping me. In our exchange, he spoke something very harshly against me. I replied, "Brother, I'm still a Christian." I do not remember his exact words, but they were to the effect that all spiritual relationship between us was severed, regardless of any fellowship we had enjoyed before. I had received many hard and painful blows all the years I was in the move; that was one of them.

But I want to speak about the other couple, particularly the other brother, who was already in town. He and I had enjoyed a growing relationship of trust and walking together over the years. He had been an elder all the years I had known him, but different from most. He was one of those few (three among hundreds, to be exact) who had always treated me as an equal in every way. He gave me some of the final keys of what it meant to highly regard and respect one another even before we left Blair Valley.

But once we were living in town, this brother and his wife, though they remained in the move, continued to relate to Maureen and myself at the same level of spiritual love and fellowship as before. All the definitions and masks of the move were gone. All that was left was the presence of deep friendship, the anointing of Christ, and the utmost regard and respect for one another.

We left the area a year later, moving hundreds of miles away. I am not good at maintaining relationships over distance, but the closeness of heart between this brother and myself remains to this day at the same level to which it had come.

And understand this, community is a glass house. Once you have lived with people in community for some years, you know them and they know you. There is no hiding of anything. Most church gatherings are filled with smiles and exuberant "love." That's better than nothing, but it is still an outer facade only. But those whom I know from community, I know. And they know me.

We all wear masks. We all present to other Christians the face we want them to see. You do it as much or more than I; don't kid yourself falsely. How do I know that you hide behind masks as much as anyone? Because we're still in this present age. If you had stepped out of this darkness already, the fabric of the universe would already be changed.

And much of our wearing of masks comes out of our creations of the definitions of place and order that come to us from the tree of knowledge, definitions of place and order that we so carefully maintain.

The Quakers defied that whole concept of place and order. They threw it out as nothing more than a masquerade instituting "pride" as the order of society. And that's all it is, and all it will ever be, a masquerade of pride, the wearing of faces.

I want to go on a rabbit trail, here, but I have a specific purpose for this rabbit trail. I want to enlarge our understanding of what this means - Members One of Another. I want to make our understanding as specific as I can.

There is a belief here in the United States that we gained our freedom by fighting and winning the revolutionary war against England. Those who believe this are lied to and lying.

The belief that freedom comes from killing people is a LIE!

But it is a lie that wraps itself all through the warp and woof of this country and every part of the consciousness of most Americans. It is a lie.

If you want to know for certain that the American Revolution had absolutely nothing to do with freedom, just read the first three chapters of Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts. The American Revolution opposed freedom in every possible way. In reality, it was nothing more than an excuse to kill one's neighbor and to burn down his home.

Yes, the American Revolution brought independence from England, but it did not bring freedom. Freedom came from an entirely different source. The American Revolution was a mighty blow against freedom, but freedom at that time was too strong in America to be so easily destroyed. It would take a far more subtle approach.

The Civil War and its aftermath was an even greater blow against freedom in America than the Revolution had been. The hatred that Lincoln engendered in the hearts of Americans one against the other is incomprehensible. But freedom did not die completely in this country until 1913. From that day until now, America has not known freedom.

The United States of America is NOT a nation of freedom and has not been in any form since 1913. Many other peoples on earth know freedom more than most Americans. The US is an oligarchic dictatorship that pretends to let us vote, and we pretend to chose the face of that dictatorship every four years. It is all a mighty masquerade of pretending. It is all a lie.

Americans say, "Thank God we're free," all the while imagining their chains to be nothing more than emblems of "freedom." Never before in history have a people so clung to the masquerade as tightly and as falsely as Americans do today. And the very statement, "Thank God we're free," is part of the forge upon which those chains are forged. It is all a mental game.

So what is freedom and where did it come from, for it is true that it was tasted here in America for a season and for a time. We do not now know what freedom is, but we maintain its emblems. People mistake the emblems of freedom for the thing itself.

What is freedom?

In the American colonies through the years 1775 and on, the people were split into three nearly equal parts. One third of the colonists chose to take up arms to fight violently against King George. One third of the colonists chose to take up arms to fight violently for King George. And one third of the colonists refused to join either side or to participate in any way in the violence.

If separation from England had been put to a popular vote, the colonies would never have separated. I doubt if the separatists would ever have gotten more than 45% of the vote. Now here is something you were never taught. If the colonists had been allowed to vote for greater FREEDOM completely divorced from the thought of separation from England, the vote for greater freedom would have been more than 95%. Most of those who fought FOR King George and against the rebels were also fighting FOR freedom. They were absolutely convinced that the liars among the rebels were a greater threat to freedom than King George could ever be. They were not wrong.

And here is something else to consider. I have good reason for my belief that if the colonists had been allowed to vote, and if they had voted to stay under King George, freedom would have lasted on this continent much longer than it did.

But neither those who picked up guns to kill their neighbors, either those who fought for "freedom" by fighting for King George, or those who fought for "freedom" by fighting against King George had anything to do with freedom in this country. In fact, all those who chose violence against their neighbor, all of them, were fighting against freedom, no matter how they justified their actions.

Freedom as it was experienced in this country for such a short time in the history of mankind came entirely from the middle group who refused to participate in any way in the murder of their fellow man.

That middle group was an incredibly unique combination never seen in history before or since. Because that large population of peculiar people does not exist anywhere in the world in any size large enough to affect the course of society, the reality of freedom cannot be known again upon this earth. Mankind had one window of opportunity. Only one. God purposed to give us this one taste of freedom so that some of us would understand what freedom is and thus bring freedom to the entire world.

Who was that middle group that refused to kill their neighbors?

Inside that middle group was the largest minority of Quakers and Anabaptists that any place on earth has known before or since.

May I suggest to you that the only taste of freedom that this world has ever known came to us from the Quakers and the Anabaptists, and let me throw this in as well, the Iroquois. This middle group with a huge number of Quakers and Anabaptists lived in the Middle Colonies in proximity to the Iroquois. The hotheads who led the violence were New England "Puritans" on the one side; the leaders of the southern colonies were mostly slavers on the other side.

What is freedom?

Freedom is holding one's neighbor in the utmost respect and regard without thought of any human differences.

Government within many of the Indian tribes in America was based fully on the principle of utmost respect. If you want to see such a thing in action watch Dances with Wolves with Kevin Costner, a worthy education. I suspect that the kind of government you see there was the closest to what God had in mind for the children of Israel.

It was only the Quakers who treated both Indians and African-Americans with utmost respect as people equal in every way to themselves. That respect is freedom.

There is a movie and book of a Quaker woman, named Mary Draper Ingles, who is captured by the Shawnees and eventually escapes. The movie, The Captive, is not on Netflix, so if you want to see it, you have to buy it from Amazon. The reviews that I read all miss the main point of the story. Mary, as a Quaker believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, treats her captors, no matter how savage they appear, with the utmost respect as fellow human beings. Her fellow captives cannot do that. She escapes but must leave her children with the Indians. At the end of the movie, she is back home with her husband when those same Indians appear again on the edge of the clearing. Only this time, they are returning her children to her.

Why? Because of the respect that she showed to them as fellow human beings in spite of her own fear and suffering.

That respect, that high regard for all others as full and equal human beings created in the image of God, IS freedom.

Let me continue. I am getting at something very precise here; I am getting at the very bottom line of "Members One of Another" and how it must overthrow the darkness that grips this world. I don't know that I have ever written anything more important.

It was this respect and high regard for others found among the large Quaker and Anabaptist minority in the colonies out of which freedom flowed to all others. And the only ones I know of today who stand as the last final barrier to unending and open slavery in this country are the Amish. If you and I understood the place that they hold in this regard, we would think entirely differently about the world.

Let me place this definition of freedom on a firm foundation.

The Ten Commandments carved on tablets of stone by the finger of God is the LAW of LOVE and the Foundation of Freedom in disguise. Now, a people who live separately from God, claiming, "All that the Lord says we will do," can only turn those "commandments" into death. And all "Christian" use of the ten commandments in an outward manner is also nothing more than death.

The Ten Commandments are all expressions of property rights. Property rights are the foundation of freedom, but not in the sense of my "fighting others" for my rights. Rather, in the complete opposite sense, my laying down my own life and interests so that I may regard the property rights of others with fullest respect.

What are property rights? "Property" is what I possess as an individual created by God in His image, an individual whom God loves, an individual for whom - alone if there were no others - Christ died to have for Himself as His companion and friend. "Property" is my integrity. "Property" is the value of the blood of Jesus paid to purchase me.

My most important property is my conscience, that is, the integrity of my own personal choice to follow that particular inner light that I choose to follow. This is a right God never violates. The first phrase of the first amendment is not freedom of "religion," it is freedom of conscience. Conscience is the most essential right and property that any human being possesses. That is because when I stand before God in judgment, all other people and all other possessions will not be there with me except one, my conscience, the determination of that "light" I chose to follow. That is why freedom of conscience is placed as the very first of all freedoms.

And that is why Paul's statement, "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God," is the most revolutionary political statement ever uttered upon this earth. That statement stands in total defiance of every argument of "authority" in both church and state upon this earth, that the authority that guides every individual man, woman, and child is that Spirit which is inside of them.

"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34

This Covenant promised by God is utter political anarchy from the human point of view. This is the New Covenant; it is the Kingdom of God. And it is how the Quakers alone of all Christian sects understood God's order for His church. This understanding and practice is the source of the measure of freedom that was tasted for a short season here upon this continent.

Consider the Ten Commandments. All the commandments are different ways of saying, "Thou shalt not steal." The first and second commandments are about stealing from God that which belongs to Him. Killing your neighbor is stealing his life, second only in importance to stealing his conscience. Lying about your neighbor is stealing his reputation, his good name. Committing adultery is theft of the worst kind. And the tenth commandment says, "Don't even want to take for yourself that integrity, that honor, that regard that belongs to your neighbor."

But it is my life that I hold as one of my possessions that is second in importance to my conscience. My body comes third (that is the place of habeas corpus in the American Constitution and in British common law.) Both Habeas Corpus and the 14th amendment protect my right to the possession of my own body. My right to speak what is in my heart, my possession of a voice, that sharing with others that which is inside of me, is placed second after freedom of conscience in the Bill of Rights. Whether my voice or my life is more important, I do not know.

God considers my possession of my body to be second to my possession of my own spirit (conscience). For my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and belongs to no other. If I do not possess it fully, I cannot give it to God. And God accepts only that which is freely given.

Do you see how all this works? Americans used to understand these things, but since 1913, almost no one still does.

So why was the Bill of Rights written? Again, this reality is not known, even though it is supremely important.

Tens of thousands of Americans who loved freedom were horror-stricken when the "Constitution" was presented to them to ratify in the legislative assemblies of each newly-independent state. They saw in that Constitution the creation of the awful BEAST that the American government is today. They saw in that Constitution the license to create a monster a thousand times worse than the government of King George ever could be.

There were too many people who opposed this betrayal called "the Constitution" for it to be ratified. Those who opposed it gave their reasons at the legislative assemblies and they wrote those reasons down on paper. Those who had written the Constitution sent out papers giving their reasons why the new government created by the Constitution could be trusted. Both sides have been proven wrong by history. The arguments of those who claimed that the new government could be trusted fell into the dustbin of history long ago as complete and total deception. But the arguments of those who claimed that the new government would be a worse tyrant than King George ever could be were also wrong. That government today is far, far worse than their darkest predictions. It is a Beast.

The Bill of Rights was written by those who OPPOSED the constitution and who OPPOSED the creation of the Federal Government. It was written as a final attempt to wrap chains around that government, to somehow force it to respect people. Those who wanted the Constitution accepted the Bill of Rights only because it was the only way the states would have ratified the Constitution to create the monster that did not stop growing from then until now. By the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, that Constitution and the Bill of Rights restraining it was nothing more than a worthless scrap of paper.

Please bear with me, because the only thing I am interested in is "Members One of Another." But we must understand exactly what that means. This letter will obviously require two parts. But I have a bit further to go before I can come back to the utter regard and respect for one another that is the heart of what Christ is all about.

The Shawnees in their savagery had exactly the same reasons why they should kill the whites as the colonists had to fight King George. They had exactly the same reasons, only far more. If it was "right" for the colonists to kill the British soldiers, by the same argument, it was far more "right" for the Shawnees to be as savage at killing the Europeans and driving them into the sea as they needed to be.

Those Shawnees who kidnapped Mary Ingles and slaughtered her neighbors were truly terrorists. But not as bad as the white terrorists who had done the same and worse to the Shawnees.

To Christ in Mary Ingles, the actions of the Shawnees against her and against those whom she loved had no bearing on the regard and respect, the love, of Christ in her towards them.

Would you have had the same regard and respect for Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein while they were still alive? If not, you really do not know the One who loves inside of you, the One you call "Savior." You really do not know Him.

More than that, if you had the opportunity, would you place your body in between the American soldiers and the Afghanis they are shooting right now because of your deep respect, your high regard, and your love for that Afghani man, bearded, dirty, and smelly? Would you place your body there to take the blow and the death in his place?

If you would not, then you do not know God, you have never experienced Love, and you do not know the Christ who is inside of you. He is there, you just don't know Him. You are under complete deception; you live in total darkness.

You might say, "Well, Daniel Yordy, what about you?"

And my answer would be, "I don't know that I could do that either." And my answer would also be, "Yes, Jesus lives in my heart because He says He does, but I do not know Him, not really; I am under complete deception, and I live in total darkness."

There was a Man, once, who saw it differently. There was a Man, once, who refused to participate in the vicious satanic cycle of "dog eat dog," of beast devouring beast.

They threatened Him with death and He laid down His life. They cried, "If you were truly the Son of God, you would come down off that cross." He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do."

He was the only Man who has ever lived on this earth.

And that one act, of standing between His enemies and the destruction they so richly deserved, broke the curse. That one act saved you and me. We were truly His enemies when He died for us, and in dying, made us His friends. We were truly His enemies, terrorists against all that is holy and good, when He responded to us with utmost respect, with careful and tender regard, with life-laid-down love.

And now, that same One, the only Man ever to live, the Holy One of heaven who lives now in our hearts, though we know Him not, that same One says these words to you and to me:

"Receive one another, just as Christ also received us - Love one another with a pure heart fervently."

I want to keep the same title, "Members One of Another," but in the next part, I want to explore more deeply this high, holy respect and regard for one another, this tender care for one another's heart, this "going out of our way" to make sure each tiny member of Christ knows how highly we respect and regard their heart and the integrity of their person.

And I want to show you how it is that this massive and "violent" revolution is the only thing that will transform this world and change the ages forever.

To think that it will happen because "Jesus" shows up in the sky is as contrary to the nature and determination of God as one can get.

"That they all may be one, (just) as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

This is the revolution that will overthrow all darkness and transform the entire universe as God purposed from the beginning.