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Bring Your Mind Into Agreement

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 13:

11 He explained, “You’ve been given the intimate experience of insight into the hidden truths and mysteries of the realm of heaven’s kingdom, but they have not. 12 For everyone who listens with an open heart will receive progressively more revelation until he has more than enough. But those who don’t listen with an open, teachable heart, even the understanding that they think they have will be taken from them.13 That’s why I teach the people using parables, because they think they’re looking for truth, yet because their hearts are unteachable, they never discover it. Although they will listen to me, they never fully perceive the message I speak. 14 The prophecy of Isaiah describes them perfectly:

Although they listen carefully to everything I speak,

    they don’t understand a thing I say.

    They look and pretend to see,

    but the eyes of their hearts are closed.

15 Their minds are dull and slow to perceive,

    their ears are plugged and are hard of hearing,

    and they have deliberately shut their eyes to the truth.

    Otherwise they would open their eyes to see,

    and open their ears to hear,

    and open their minds to understand.

    Then they would turn to me

    and let me instantly heal them.

Our mind is where the issue lies.  It must be transformed and renewed.  We must be fully teachable if we want to walk fully led by The Holy Spirit.  Otherwise, we are simply pretending to see and hear thus deceiving ourselves.

The Holy Spirit will correct our thinking according to absolute Truth which is only found in Heaven.  As our thinking is corrected, our body will respond and submit to The Word.  We are meant to overthrow the devil and his impact on us thus we are no longer to be misled by doctrines of men.  The Truth will make us free, not just “set” us free.

These writings are targeted to renewing our minds once and for all.  I have no interest in perpetually writing blogs but all these writings are intended to bring us into full unity with The Holy Spirit.  We don’t need 10,000 denominations, we only need to be in unity with The Holy Spirit and walk in Agape Love.  Love promotes unity.  In John chapter 17 Jesus spoke:

20 “And I ask not only for these disciples,

    but also for all those who will one day

    believe in me through their message.

21 I pray for them all to be joined together as one

    even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one.

    I pray for them to become one with us

    so that the world will recognize that you sent me.

22 For the very glory you have given to me I have given them

    so that they will be joined together as one

    and experience the same unity that we enjoy.

23 You live fully in me and now I live fully in them

    so that they will experience perfect unity,

    and the world will be convinced that you have sent me,

    for they will see that you love each one of them

    with the same passionate love that you have for me.

Do you really believe the above prayer of Jesus?  Our minds must be renewed and transformed to be in complete agreement with these Words of Jesus.  There can be no doubt found within us.  We must remove any and all rejection from our souls for that is what the adversary uses to keep us enslaved.  Unworthiness, past failures, and/or disparaging words can no longer keep us from fully accepting His precious Blood and Its power to fully cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

We are a new creation in Christ Jesus so it is up to each of us to bring our minds in line with that Truth.  As we do, our bodies will follow and line up with His Word.  He called us to lead a crucified life so let us not delay in fulfilling our calling.  It is our choice because Love gives each of us this choice.  Choose life!

Disqualified

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Our limitations have been interwoven into our thinking.  Fear, uncertainty, and doubt are the biggest hindrances to us completing the “book” which has been written about us by FATHER.  How do we deal with fear?  The Beloved Disciple recorded by The Holy Spirit in 1 John chapter 4:

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of  judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

The same life-giving power which raised Jesus from the dead is in us.  Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Romans chapter 8:

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Our mindset must be changed and brought into full agreement with The Word.  Many want to be known as Sons of GOD but if their mindset has the world interwoven in their thinking, they are not qualified to be Sons.  We must put on the Mind of Christ and take on the same ministry as Him.  We must walk in the same manner as Jesus and have the same priorities He displayed during His earthly ministry.  Our life should not reflect a passive consumption of Biblical studies without any visible fruit.  Our actions should reflect our revelation.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians chapter 9:

27   But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Yes, you can be disqualified by failing to bring your soul and body into subjection.  If you are not truly Spirit-led, you are disqualified from the reward of being a Son.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 13:

5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.

We must not take on a reckless attitude because some preacher has proclaimed us to be included in the Sons of GOD group.  The path is straight and narrow thus not all will enter in.  Only those who take on the Mind of Christ and are led by The Holy Spirit continue to be qualified.  If Paul could be disqualified, then you and I can be disqualified.  I am “all in”, what about you?

The Holy Spirit tells us the difference between Sons of Our Heavenly Father and sons of the evil one in 1 John chapter 3:

10 Here is how God’s children can be clearly distinguished from the children of the Evil One. Anyone who does not demonstrate righteousness and show love to fellow believers is not living with God as his source.  TPT

Without Love, you will be disqualified so I strongly urge you to focus on Agape Love and Its fruit.  The good news is that when we receive The Word and repent, we can become “re-qualified”.  Let us not be passive in this critical area.

The Secret Place Part 8: Provision

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Galatians chapter 6:

7 Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest. 8 The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self – life into this natural realm, you can expect to experience a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.

9 And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming! 10 Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of faith!

The Holy Spirit enforces the Covenant perfected by The Blood of Jesus Christ.  Every Word Divinely spoken has been expressed as an absolute Truth and The Blood has no limitation, no imperfection, and has been accepted as an absolute sacrifice for you and me.  Our mindset must shift and see life through the perfection of The Blood of Jesus Christ.  Let us accept FATHER’S provision once and for all.  Our past has been wiped away, purged, and made of none effect, so let us accept the reality of this Truth.

When did FATHER set aside our provision to empower our individual callings?  HE did so when HE wrote our individual books as stated in Psalm 139:

16 ​​Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

​​And in Your book they all were written,

​​The days fashioned for me,

​​When as yet there were none of them.

Each of us has a provision set aside for our use.  FATHER has given us the keys to unlocking that provision by expressing HIS Law of seedtime and harvest.  This law works for all seed, both good and bad.  It is up to each of us to determine what seed will be sown.  As for me, I purpose to plant only good seed because I seek only a righteous harvest.  I give financial seed and FATHER supplies me with greater finances.  I plant seeds of unconditional Love and receive a harvest of unconditional Love.

Where does the increase come from?  It is part of the provision FATHER established when HE first contemplated me and wrote my book.  It was set aside for me before HE formed me in the womb.  This is true for you as well.  It would behoove you to read Psalm 139 daily until you have those Words fully established in your heart.  FATHER’S Goodness originated those Words given for Moses to record.  Agape Love expressed those Words which are absolute Truth.

GOD is not mocked!  Who would dare challenge FATHER’S Law of seedtime and harvest?  People who walk according to self-interest and greed attempt to reason away why HIS Law is not applicable to them.  They are blinded to the Spiritual and cannot understand how provision held in the Spiritual realm can be manifested in the physical thus they deride, laugh at, ridicule, and treat with scorn or contempt.  They are “mockers”.

In my household, we simply continue to be givers according to The Holy Spirit’s leading and FATHER blesses us through various means.  Do I need to concern myself with the mechanics?  Not at all.

There is provision for each of us awaiting our decision to act according to The Word.  That provision was established before you were formed in the womb.  Don’t allow unbelief to keep it from flowing to you but accept the absolute Truths found in Psalm 139 and you will begin to release the flow of your provision.

The Secret Place Part 7: Probation

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

I am currently on probation to qualify for my next position with Christ.  You are too.  Probation is the process or period of testing or observing the character or abilities of a person in a certain role.  As we spend time in the Secret Place, our character is strengthened and our abilities are honed so that we can accept the next position requiring us to walk in greater Spiritual maturity.  FATHER will promote us and HE will open those doors at the right time.  We need not force anything.

As we spiritually mature, we begin to look more and more like Jesus, Our Elder Brother.  After all, we have the same FATHER.  We have been given the same ministry as Jesus, reconcile men unto Him.

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in 2 Corinthians chapter 5:

17 Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new. 18 And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. 19 In other words, it was through the Anointed One that God was shepherding the world, not even keeping records of their transgressions, and he has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. 20 We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips. So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to God and be reconciled to him.”

Let us not be reluctant to minister to sinners.  As each of us opens our hearts to this ministry, The Holy Spirit will draw men and women to us to be reconciled to HIM.

As you and I move to the higher realm, the limitations of the physical realm no longer apply to us.  The higher realm operates under a higher set of laws which supersede the physical laws we have had to submit to in the past.  Time is not an issue in the Spiritual realm and we will not be limited to time as we spend more time walking in the higher realm. 

Our bodies will respond to this higher realm as well.  There are no limitations in the eternal realm and as we consistently walk in this higher realm, we will experience our walk without limitation.  We must not let the adversary talk us out of this pursuit.  He knows the ramification of those who embrace this walk.  His kingdom suffers loss and destruction by those who walk according to The Holy Spirit.  They will destroy the works of the devil just as Jesus did in His earthly ministry.

When I pray in THE SPIRIT, my spirit overthrows my soul and forces it into submission.  My soul becomes the servant it was meant to be.  There is a sifting effect that removes all the hurt, words spoken against me, traumatic experiences, my past acts contrary to The Word, and anything else which would hinder my full maturity.

Psalm 91 was written from the cleft of the rock.  It is recorded by The Holy Spirit in Exodus chapter 33:

14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

17 So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”

18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”

19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.

In that instant, Moses received the revelation found in the Secret Place which allowed him to continue in his calling.  The Secret Place is where we experience FATHER’S presence and HIS goodness.

When our probation is completed, we move to the higher realm where the impossible becomes possible.  Our angels become more apparent in their specific missions on our behalf.  My wife and I know this to be a reality.  Our five year old grandson was awakened by one of our angels while he was spending the night.  He told us of the encounter the next morning at breakfast and how the angel spoke to him without moving his lips.  This is just one example of what to expect as you dwell in the Secret Place.

Spiritual encounters in the Secret Place create urgency.  They also create a deeper passion that expresses itself in your speech and actions.  We begin to understand the Heart of GOD is FATHER, the Face of GOD is Jesus, and the Voice of GOD is The Holy Spirit.  We are given full access to HIS Voice in the Secret Place.  Let us proceed beyond “probation”.

Our Secret Place Part 6: Habitual Habitation

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Each of us must decide if we are pursuing a supernatural visitation or are we pursuing a consistent habitation.  A visitation is an event in which Jesus or an angel appears for a specific time.  In the past, a vast majority of believers have been and continue to be satisfied to have a visitation of THE LORD at least once in their lives.  Jesus, on the other hand, prophesied of a habitation of The Holy Spirit.  The teachings by the church did not support His prophecy thus we did not set an expectation according to Jesus’ prophecy.

Jesus spoke in John chapter 16:

13 But when the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil the reality of every truth within you. He won’t speak his own message, but only what he hears from the Father, and he will reveal prophetically to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify me on the earth, for he will receive from me what is mine and reveal it to you.  TPT

Jesus expects us to have a consistent connection with Heaven at all times.  The Holy Spirit’s intent is to lead us into all Truth and Its reality in our lives… every single hour of the day.  This mystery has been hidden in plain sight but the doctrines of men do not want us to look to The Holy Spirit for the reality of Truth.  Instead, they want us to follow them as though they have some special anointing inaccessible to the rest of us.  Isn’t this the same problem Jesus exposed when He confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees at every turn?

The Holy Spirit revealed FATHER’S Love and Intent for each of us in Psalm 139:

1 Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.

2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,

and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.

3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.

You read my heart like an open book

and you know all the words I’m about to speak

before I even start a sentence!

You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.

5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,

and in kindness you follow behind me

to spare me from the harm of my past.

With your hand of love upon my life,

you impart a blessing to me.

We must realize that FATHER left nothing to chance when HE formed us in the womb.  He gave each of us a specific calling and a specific vision.  He also set aside provision for our vision.  We can go through life without this provision if we fail to embrace our purpose.  The vast majority have been hoodwinked by the adversary to live in scarcity by convincing everyone to pursue the world’s standards and direction.  This pursuit has only lead to mass confusion a/k/a Mystery Babylon.

When our eyes are opened to the reality of the Truth by The Holy Spirit, we immediately begin to change.  This change can be accelerated by the time we spend in the Secret Place.

15 You even formed every bone in my body

when you created me in the Secret Place,

carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something.

16 You saw who you created me to be before I became me!

Before I’d ever seen the light of day,

the number of days you planned for me

were already recorded in your book.

Each of us has a book in Heaven.  Aren’t you the least bit interested in what is written in your book?  It is waiting to be revealed as you seek it out.  FATHER will withhold no good thing from HIS children!  Each of us has the choice to seek it and have it revealed to us but FATHER will not compel us to have our book revealed.  Agape Love makes no demands but leaves that choice to us individually.

The adversary will use men to tempt us to walk outside of the contents of our book.  Counterfeit opportunities will arise in order to tempt us away from our calling.  I have seen this misdirection a multitude of times over the years.  The faith movement of the 70’s and 80’s promoted the view “I will take action unless GOD closes the door, for HE will bless me in everything I set my hand to.”  Instead, we are to take no action unless The Holy Spirit leads us into taking such action.  The Holy Spirit knows the contents of our book and prophesies the future which is specific to us.  Think about it!  Let this Truth soak in and you will be set free from doing those things which are totally irrelevant to your future.

Constant habitation is FATHER’S Divine Intent for each of us.  Jesus prophesied it and revealed it for us to pursue.  Let us no longer be denied.  Our angels await our decision.

The Secret Place Part 5: Prophecy Fulfilled

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in Romans chapter 12:

12 Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

2 Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

What better way to worship Our Heavenly Father than to live each day in holiness.  Some people simply “talk the talk” but we are to “walk the walk”.  As we emulate the walk of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we are achieving the highest form of worship.  Our actions correspond to our words.

Our culture would have us conform to its confused state and take on a compromised life.  If we are lax in renewing our mind, then we will be subject to the world’s way of thinking.  Our transfiguration comes through the renewing of the thoughts of our minds so we should endeavor to enter into the Secret Place each day for this will anchor our soul.  This act of submission establishes the preeminence of The Holy Spirit over the world’s alternatives.  As the saying goes, “We become like the company we keep.”

With whom do you want to be associated?  Men and women across the globe express their desired associations by their words, acts, and decisions.  In America, sports figures are often imitated by the young, hoping that they will someday take on their winning characteristics.  What lasting impact will they have on society?

Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets declared the coming of Christ that we should not be caught unaware of His arrival and critical ministry.  There have been no greater Words expressed than those of Jesus Who spoke directly from FATHER.  Did Jesus prophesy and if so shouldn’t we take His prophecy even more serious than those who are prophesying today?  Jesus spoke in John chapter 14:

15 “Loving me empowers you to obey my commands.  16–17 And I will ask the Father and HE will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you.”

26 But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, He will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you.

When you and I were baptized in The Holy Spirit, Jesus’ prophecy was personally fulfilled in our lives.  Is there a greater fulfillment of prophecy spoken by Jesus?  Have we fully understood the importance and ramification of this prophecy as of yet?  I dare say that we haven’t.  Entering into the Secret Place with this understanding will bring us to a closer relationship with The Holy Spirit and provide the proper perspective of how critical it is to seek a deeper relationship than we have in the past.

We all want access to Heaven and long for the supernatural to take place before us.  We only have to look as far as the Secret Place for such glorious access.

2020

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

My friend Alan shared the following:

A few months back I began to be stirred about 2020.  In the James Bruggeman hosted Pentecost conference in Charlotte this year, I shared a message about what I thought was important, at least to me, about 2019.  Strong’s Concordance of Greek words of the New Testament lists #2019 as the Greek ‘epi-phoneo’, a word which describes the phenomena of having a ‘sound’, or understanding, super-imposed upon you.  This word describes hearing something you didn’t expect, and weren’t looking for.  This word describes having an understanding, or unction, imposed upon your consciousness that you weren’t seeking, or searching out.

In August of this year I noticed I was becoming more interested in what 2020 would bring into play.  The Strong’s Concordance of New Testament Greek words lists #2020 as ‘epi-phosko’.  ‘epi’ is a prefix that describes having something super-imposed upon your consciousness, or awareness.  ‘Phos’, the Greek word from which we derive ‘phosphorous’, has to do with ‘light’; natural light, or Spiritual/intellectual illumination.  So ‘epi-phosko’ could be perceived as having ‘light’ super-imposed into your experience, or understanding.  As I pondered this, I realized that Our Father, the Holy Spirit of Truth in Love, was equipping us to begin to ‘see’ with a clarity and understanding that we have not previously recognized.   We are beginning to ‘see’ (indeed, we already have begun), with Spiritual eyes, events and agendas and scenarios that have been previously hidden, or concealed from our understanding.  And as we begin to ‘see’ these situations for what they truly represent, also will come with that ‘vision’ the clarity of how to remedy, repair and restore Godly Order and Spiritual Harmony to our homes, towns, states and countries. 

NKJ Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

I was awakened this morning, 12/8/2019, with the unction to share this idea.  God, Our Father, the Ultimate Ophthalmologist, is giving to us 20/20 Vision.  And with that enhanced Vision comes the knowledge / ’response ability’ of how to restore, with Holy Spirit Wisdom and Compassion, the Spiritual Order that Our Father ordained, from the Beginning, for our Garden Experience.  It’s good to See you.

Today’s Prayer

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Today’s Prayer directed to each of you found in Ephesians chapter 1:

17 I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.

18 I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!

19 I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power 20 that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! 21 And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!

22 And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. 23 And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it!

Amen

I suggest you ponder each word in the above prayer for The Holy Spirit expressed these Words from FATHER’S Heart.  These Words are HIS Divine Intent for each of us to walk by on a daily basis.

The Secret Place Part 4: Being Energized

Friday, December 6th, 2019

The result of our persistence and abiding in the Secret Place is stated by Paul by The Holy Spirit in Colossians chapter 1:5 “Your faith and love rise within you as you access all the treasures of your inheritance stored up in the heavenly realm. For the revelation of the true gospel is as real today as the day you first heard of our glorious hope, now that you have believed in the truth of the gospel.”

What is the purpose of having those treasures here on earth?  We are to do the works of Jesus.  Paul wrote by The Holy Spirit in 2 Corinthians chapter 10:

3–4 For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. 5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 6 Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.

Because of our time in the Secret Place with FATHER, we are empowered to bring every thought into captivity that is contrary and defiant of the true knowledge of GOD.  Our mind must become a servant to our spirit and kept in full obedience to FATHER’S Word and Divine Intent for our lives.  When this happens we become energized with Divine Power for the pulling down of strongholds where people hide themselves.

Demons will try to convince us of something that is not true in order to deceive us into acting amiss of FATHER’S Word.  We must prepare ourselves for the times ahead when the “lying wonders” become rampant and attempt to deceive everyone, even the elect.  We must be able to discern Truth even when it appears that the observed “facts” would challenge our spiritual understanding.  The deceptions which lie ahead are directed toward the mind, will, and emotions thus will come across to many as reality.  Only those who have taken into captivity every thought contrary to The Word will be able to properly discern what is happening.

Paul also wrote in Colossians chapter 3:

3 Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! 2 Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.

Our thought life should reflect Heavenly realities.  If we are easily distracted by the natural realm, then we are in need of more time in the Secret Place to reset our priorities.  I am the only one who can assess whether I am easily distracted.  It is up to me to fill my thoughts (set my mind) with the Heavenly realities given to me by The Holy Spirit and spending time in the Secret Place under the shadow of My Heavenly Father.

Holiness requires separation and the Secret Place is where you and I can experience the Presence of Our Heavenly Father on a consistent basis for The Holy Spirit resides on the inside of us, not in some distant temple built by man.  As each of us lives a “separated” life, the level of energized power grows within us and we become fully confident to deal with the challenges set before us.  The demons will recognize us just as they recognized Jesus and Paul.  They will depart from our midst and no longer rule over people’s lives with whom we come in contact.

When our spirit is united with The Holy Spirit, then we are walking in the Divine Nature.  1 Corinthians 6:17 expresses this Truth: But the one who joins himself to the Lord is mingled into one spirit with HIM.  Let us embrace this reality as we walk out each day.  The devil does not want us walking in the Divine Nature and will attempt to deceive us in any way possible to keep us from that union.

The Holy Spirit expressed through Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 11:

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Our ability to discern will be heightened and we will be able to rightly judge the intent of those who claim to be ministers of righteousness thus we will not be led astray by their doctrines.  When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts, we are no longer subject to the devices of the devil no matter what form those devices take on.

The Holy Spirit warns us in 2 Timothy chapter 3:

3 But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce and difficult for the people of God. 2 People will be self-centered lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great things as they strut around in their arrogant pride and mock all that is right. They will ignore their own families. They will be ungrateful and ungodly.

3 They will become addicted to hateful and malicious slander. Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right. 4 With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and wrapped in clouds of their conceit. They will find their delight in the pleasures of this world more than the pleasures of the loving God.

5 They may pretend to have a respect for God, but in reality they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like these! 6 For they are the ones who worm their way into the hearts of vulnerable women, spending the night with those who are captured by their lusts and steeped in sin. 7 They are always learning but never discover the revelation-knowledge of Truth.

Doesn’t this passage accurately describe what is happening all around us?  It is critical for us to walk in the power of The Holy Spirit so that we are not deceived in any manner.  Let us be fully energized as we dwell in the Secret Place so that we are adequately prepared each day to deal with this broken world.

Our Secret Place Part 3: Persistence

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 7:

7 “Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.”  TPT

FATHER honors persistence.  To persist means to continue steadily and firmly in the pursuit of any path or course; to abide.  Why do we need to persist in the Secret Place?  As we spend time there, we change to a higher state of maturity.  Once we have changed sufficiently to receive what we ask, FATHER will joyfully respond to our requests.  HE will not give or respond to anything which will move us to unrighteousness resulting in distancing ourselves from HIM.  Jesus clarified this when He spoke in Matthew chapter 6:

33 “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. 34 Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”  TPT

Jesus also expressed this Truth in John chapter 15:

5 “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. 6 If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned.

7 But if you live in life-union (abide) with me and if my words live powerfully (abide) within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. 8 When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!  TPT

Many immature believers want the benefits of fruitfulness without the commitment required to receive.  In FATHER’S great grace and tender mercy, HE will sustain us as we mature but at some point expects us to no longer be as children being tossed to and fro.  The more time we spend in the Secret Place, the more we abide in HIS Word and place it above anything promoted by the world.

Jesus warned “when you live separated from me you are powerless.”  In other translations, “without Me you can do nothing.”  Why should we continue in life in a powerless state?  The average person living in the world feels powerless to effect any change beneficial to him and his family.  He feels like a pawn or a servant to the current system without any hope.  This is not true in The Kingdom where Love, faith, and hope prevail!

Paul understood the importance of the inner man becoming dominant over the mind and body when he was led by The Holy Spirit to pray in Ephesians chapter 3:

14 So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, 15 the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. 16 And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.

17 Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.

18–19 Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!

Our persistence in reaching maturity has a reward surpassing anything and everything we could pursue on earth and unlocks the unsearchable riches in Heaven.  Jesus is the Door and Love is the key.  As we persist into full maturity as Sons and Daughters, we will bring those riches to earth and be a blessing to mankind.  Agape Love will begin to cover the earth and destroy the wickedness in Its path.