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Dan: Judged by Discernment

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

My friend Alan recently wrote the following:

KJV Genesis 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bare not to Jacob, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me sons, and if not I die.

When Laban gave his daughter Leah to Jacob for wife, he also gave to Leah a handmaid; Zilpah. When Laban gave his daughter Rachel to Jacob for wife, he also gave to Rachel a handmaid; Bilhah. These two, Zilpah and Bilhah, were ‘handmaids’ to Laban before he gave them to his daughters. The complete job description of ‘handmaid’ to Laban is not discussed here, and so we won’t speculate.

The story of the sons of Jacob/Israel begins to change dramatically after the birth of Judah. The competition of the two sisters, Leah and Rachel, becomes more complicated and entangled with the introduction of the two handmaids, Bilhah and Zilpah. There is so much going on in this pageant that one could spend countless hours of study to investigate all that is hidden here in plain view. This soap opera is about to take on a new dimension of chaos and stress.

Rachel was beginning to feel like she was being squeezed out of the picture, and the inheritance. Women in this culture had no real opportunity for self-sustainment. A woman was dependent upon her husband and her children for daily provision, and her family was her only security blanket. Rachel was in a pickle. Her husband had another wife that was producing heirs for sustaining the family, and her position as wife #2 was precarious, at best. At least this is what seemed to be going through Rachel’s mind; and remember, she had not yet read the end of the book to see how all of this plays out. Being told that she was Jacob’s true love was becoming less comforting as she saw her older sister producing all of the substance of the family lineage. Where was her contribution to this family circus? In her rationale, Rachel had to come up with a workable plan or she could see herself being dropped off at the waste recycle center on a journey to take the flocks to pasture. There wasn’t a great demand for used and recycled wives in this culture. Imagine the plight of very poor women in India today and you will get a fairly good idea of what Rachel might have been imagining. I don’t think that is a too farfetched scenario.

The name ‘Bilhah’ (Strong’s # 1090) is a manifestation of the verb ‘bah-lah’ (Strong’s # H1087). The basic concept of the verb ‘bah-lah’ (Strong’s # 1087) is that of being worn out; spent; used up. The idea is really more of being exhausted and consumed because of constant or continual ‘confusion’. Confusion is the basic definition of the word ‘bah-lal’ (Strong’s # 1101), and these two words, ‘bil-hah’ and ‘bah-lah’, are both derived from the verb ‘bah-lal’. Also, ‘bah-lal’ is the same root verb from which we get ‘babylon’. The literal definition of the word ‘babylon’ is “…in confusion”, and so all words derived from this verb ‘bah-lal’ are representative of the symptoms and/or results of continuous confusion.

The most prevalent use of this verb ‘bah-lal’ (Strong’s # H1087) is when describing the mixing of oil with flour for a ‘meat/meal/grain’ offering to YHVH in the sacrificial offerings of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. King James Version translates this verb ‘bah-lal’ most often as ‘mingled’; to ‘mingle’, or mix, oil with flour. Num. 6:15 is a good description of the various oil/flour mixture offerings, and each one is representative of a type of people, or a mindset of people. In this context, oil is most often associated with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, while flour is most often associated with the barley/wheat of carnal humanity. Therefore, the ‘mingling’ (bah-lal) of oil and flour is indicative of the mixture that leads to the exhaustion of confusion; worn out. Hopefully that gives a useful background, though not exhaustive, of the name ‘Bilhah’.

KJV Gen. 30:3 And she said, “Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.” 30:5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. KJV Gen. 30:6 And Rachel said, “God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore she called his name Dan.”

The name ‘Dan’ has been long associated with the concept of judgement, and/or judging, and rightly so. The primary root verb from which we derive the word/name ‘dan’ is ‘dah-nan’ , or ‘dnn’. However, this primary root form of ‘dnn’ is never used in the Old Testament Hebrew. The basic meaning of this primary root ‘dnn’ is that of being “…low; to be low in value, potential, influence or authority”. The idea that this primary root conveys is of being in a position of oppression, or suppression, and having need of a higher authority to rescue, and deliver from the situation of helplessness. This root verb is describing one that needs a deliverer to ‘judge’ their plight, and consequently give relief. This description is probably a fair assessment of the emotional state of Rachel.

KJV 30:6 “God hath judged [‘dyn’, pronounced ‘deen’; Strong’s # 1777] me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore she called his name Dan [‘dn’, Strong’s # 1835]”.

In calling this ‘son’ ‘Dan’, Rachel is declaring that God had ‘judged’ her situation, found her guiltless, and provided for her a ‘son’ to present to her husband. This very language reveals that Rachel was feeling guilty, or incomplete, for not having provided sons for Jacob. The very word used in this verse, and translated as ‘judged’ (dyn), indicates her declaring that God had investigated her plight, and vindicated her. Psalm 68:5 is a good representation of how this word ‘dyn’ is better understood. This word ‘dyn’ [Strong’s #1777] is better recognized as ‘discerned’. To ‘discern’ is to evaluate a matter through Spiritual insight. The word ‘discern’ reveals much more understanding of a situation than the more simple word of ‘judge’. A ‘judge’, or ‘judgement’, infers the activity of making an authoritative decision, based on facts that are provided to the ‘judge’. ‘Discern’, however, indicates being able to see much more than what is revealed simply by facts. Facts are facts, but they are rarely the whole story. There is always more story behind the story, and to ‘discern’ the truth often requires more than just the presented facts.

NKJ Psalm 72:2 “He will judge (dyn, #1777) Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice”. The ‘judge’ (dan) may make a judgement, based solely on the facts. But to ‘discern’ (dyn, Strong’s #1777) requires a deeper understanding; a Spiritual understanding. Such was the case with Rachel.

KJV Genesis 49:16 Dan (Strong’s #1835) shall judge (Strong’s #1777) his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Ah, the Goodness of God, in that God is not limited or handcuffed by the confusing mingling of the heart/mind of man. Dan, as the fifth son born to Jacob, was not born of the accepted wives of Jacob. And yet Dan has a major role to play as a tribe of Israel; not Jacob, but Israel. For God discerns (dyn) the heart.

KJV 30:6 “God hath judged [dyn, Strong’s # 1777] me, and hath also heard my voice,”

Rachel was also emphasizing that Leah wasn’t the only one that was being ‘heard’ (Simeon).

Rachel was declaring that God had heard the sound of her plea, discerned in her favor, and allowed her to provide a son for Jacob. Rachel was laying claim to her role in the fruitful productivity of this family pageant. However, she apparently was indifferent to her own ‘confusion’. She was also laying claim to a ‘son’ born of the confusion of a mingling, and a mixture; and that of her own making. And, she wasn’t through; not yet.

The Need To Fast: Part 7

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 13:

1 Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Paul’s anointing and calling was fully initiated by prayer and fasting.  Fasting in the New Testament emphasized being led by The Holy Spirit rather than physical deliverance from enemies as was generally the case in the Old Testament.  Now Paul and Barnabas have set out on their trip ordained by The Holy Spirit and in Acts chapter 14:

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,

22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Both Paul and Barnabas found it critical to pray with fasting in their assignment given to them by The Holy Spirit.  When Paul was instructing the Corinthians concerning marriage, he wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 7:

5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

In 2 Corinthians chapter 11, Paul speaks of his sufferings for Christ:

22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.

23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.

25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—

28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

Paul’s ministry clearly embraced fasting as a necessary aspect of staying fully sensitive to the leading of The Holy Spirit for He knew the importance of keeping the body fully subjected to the spirit.  He embraced fasting and understood its value to those who want to be led by THE SPIRIT in like manner.  Not once did Paul or any other disciple discourage us from fasting and thus we must not attempt to rationalized why it should be omitted in today’s environment where many of us are on “information overload” caused by technology in its various forms.

Those who are serious about being counted among the mature Sons and Daughters will at some point, find the lure of technology to be no longer interesting.  The priorities will shift away from our interest in technology’s attraction and we will direct our focus and priority to pursuing the sensitivity in communion with FATHER WHO is the Author of all Truth.

The Need To Fast: Part 6

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Jesus spoke about fasting in Mark chapter 2:

18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.

20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.

21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.

22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”

Jesus’ disciples did not need to fast as long as Jesus was with them for He had fasted and brought for the power from Above.  When we obey Our Heavenly  Father, we can expect HIS promises and rewards in our lives.  Jesus was in constant communion with FATHER during His 3 1/2 year ministry thus His disciples did not need to fast during this period.  After His ascension, they fasted as recorded in Scripture but their fasts were in response to the New Covenant.

Jesus differentiated fasting based on the Old Covenant (old garment, old wineskin) versus the New Covenant (new garment, new wineskins).  The Old Covenant focused on the physical, external, and often deliverance whereas the New Testament fasting is based on selfless seeking of FATHER’S perfect Will.  John Wesley wrote concerning the intent of fasting:

First, let it be done unto the Lord, with our eye singly fixed on Him. Let our intention herein be this, and this alone, to glorify our Father which is in heaven; to express our sorrow and shame for our manifold transgressions of His holy law; to wait for an increase of purifying grace, drawing our affections to things above; to add seriousness and to obtain all the great and precious promises which He hath made to us in Jesus Christ…Let us beware of fancying we merit anything of God by our fasting. We cannot be too often warned of this; inasmuch as a desire to “establish our own righteousness,” to procure salvation of debt and not of grace, is so deeply rooted in all our hearts. Fasting is only a way which God hath ordained, wherein we wait for His unmerited mercy; and wherein, without any desert of ours, He hath promised freely to give us His blessing. God’s chosen fast, then, is that which He has appointed; that which is set apart for Him, to minister to Him, to honor and glorify Him; that which is designed to accomplish His sovereign will. Then we shall find, as though it were heaven’s afterthought, that the fast unto God rebounds in blessing on our heads, and the God who sees in secret is graciously pleased to reward us openly. In this way we are preserved from ever permitting the blessings to mean more to us than the Blesser, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory for ever. Amen”

Our intent to fast should not be based on a motive of self-interest where we are trying to get FATHER’S attention.  Instead, as we are led by THE SPIRIT, FATHER may call upon us to fast for HIS Purposes.  In this respect, our fasting is intended to specifically respond to FATHER’S Divine Intent to prepare us for a specific empowerment so that we are fully equipped to handle the coming events specific to our individual callings.  Let us fast in response to THE SPIRIT rather than fasting based on our performance-based self interest.

FATHER may call the Sons and Daughters to a corporate fast and it is important to understand the need to fast now and be prepared for such a time.

The Need To Fast: Part 5

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

FATHER revealed the issues with Israel as HE spoke in Isaiah chapter 58:

1 “Cry aloud, spare not; ​​Lift up your voice like a trumpet; ​​Tell My people their transgression, ​​And the house of Jacob their sins.

2 ​​Yet they seek Me daily, ​​And delight to know My ways, ​​As a nation that did righteousness, ​​And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.  ​​They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; ​​They take delight in approaching God.

The people had sinned and rebelled against Our Heavenly Father and yet they acted as though they were walking in righteousness.  They asked why their fast seemed fruitless and FATHER answered them:

3 ​‘​Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?

​​Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

​​​“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,

​​And exploit all your laborers.

4 ​​Indeed you fast for strife and debate,

​​And to strike with the fist of wickedness.

Wasn’t Israel’s issue centered around lack of unity?  Devotion is defined as love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person which would promote total unity with that person.  In essence, a corporate fast promotes unity among the people for a singular purpose to hear from FATHER.  In the Book of Esther, it is written by THE SPIRIT:

11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.”

Esther was unsure on whether she would be accepted by the king and was reluctant to go before him unannounced.  She was faced with the potential of her demise on behalf of her people but she must have understood the value of a corporate fast in life or death situation such as this.

13 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.

14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai:

16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.

Esther needed Divine intervention as she prepared to go before the king and it was critical for her people to be in complete unity with their focus on FATHER’S intervention on their behalf.  FATHER is moved by our willingness to set everything else aside to commune with HIM and listen for HIS instruction.  There is a great reward in aligning ourselves with Our Heavenly Father and HE will deliver us out of each situation we face.  Esther placed her trust and her life in FATHER’S hands for she knew no other way to deliver her people.  The fast she proclaimed produced the results she hoped for and overcame Haman and his plot against her people.

The Need To Fast: Part 4

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

The intent of a fast is to dedicate our time to FATHER.  FATHER spoke in Isaiah chapter 58:

1 “Cry aloud, spare not; ​​Lift up your voice like a trumpet; ​​Tell My people their transgression, ​​And the house of Jacob their sins.

2 ​​Yet they seek Me daily, ​​And delight to know My ways, ​​As a nation that did righteousness, ​​And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.  ​​They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; ​​They take delight in approaching God.

The people had sinned and rebelled against Our Heavenly Father and yet they acted as though they were walking in righteousness.  They asked why their fast seemed fruitless and FATHER answered them:

3 ​‘​Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?

​​Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

​​​“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,

​​And exploit all your laborers.

4 ​​Indeed you fast for strife and debate,

​​And to strike with the fist of wickedness.

​​You will not fast as you do this day,

​​To make your voice heard on high.”

The people satisfied their selfish desires, they continued to work, they quarreled among themselves, even turning into fistfights.  In essence, their flesh guided their actions instead of them bringing their flesh into submission.  If you fast to exalt yourself above others, then FATHER will not “take notice”.

Jesus spoke in Mark 1:17  Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”  In effect He said, “Do what I do and you will become like Me.”

Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 6:

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Notice that Jesus did not use the phrase “if you fast” therefore He did not consider fasting as an optional activity.  Additionally, we should not bring any attention to our fasting else our ego will rise up rather than coming into full subjection.  Jesus affirms to us that fasting has a reward from FATHER and that in itself ought to encourage each of us to fast!

The Need To Fast: Part 3

Friday, March 8th, 2019

FATHER spoke by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 58:

6 ​​“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:

​​To loose the bonds of wickedness,

​​To undo the heavy burdens,

​​To let the oppressed go free,

​​And that you break every yoke?”

Before Jesus began His public ministry, He was led to fast forty days:

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (peirazō) by the devil.

2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

The Greek word peirazō means: to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quality, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself; to assay.  When one assays something, the intent is to determine its purity by a strict test.  Isn’t this what happened to Jesus when the tempter came to test Him?  The purity of Jesus’ ministry was verified before the power of His ministry became fully operational as mentioned in Luke chapter 4:

14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Jesus is our example and if He found it necessary to fast, we too should fast in an appropriate manner.  Our fast need not be forty days in a wilderness, but we should seek FATHER to determine the criteria by which we fast on a individual basis.  The purpose of a fast is to get the “world” out of us and bring our flesh into full subjection to our spirit.  We need to remove the noise all around us which distracts us from a pure and complete communion with FATHER.  Jesus isolated Himself from others who would draw His attention away and create demands on His time and attention.

His fast optimized His sensitivity to THE SPIRIT realm.  Jesus easily recognized sickness and disease versus demon oppression.  His ability to hear FATHER was fully operational so that He was able to deal with every situation according to FATHER’S Divine Intent.  There were no impurities in His character for His fast tested and verified the purity of His intent.

Are we willing to commit to being assayed?  When we fast with the proper motive, FATHER will expose and remove any impurities keeping us from being totally sensitive to HIS SPIRIT thus allowing us to fulfill our individual callings.  The length of the fast may be different for each of us, depending on our unique situations.  Other aspects of our fast will depend on what FATHER instructs.  Some may be called to a three day fast whereas others may be called to a seven day fast or even longer.  Let FATHER be your guide to the details.

The Need To Fast: Part 2

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Isaiah chapter 58:

6 ​​“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:

​​To loose the bonds of wickedness,

​​To undo the heavy burdens,

​​To let the oppressed go free,

​​And that you break every yoke?

FATHER explains the purpose of fasting by asking these questions.  The fast is meant to set us free of wickedness, heavy burdens, oppression and every yoke.  How many of us need to be set free of something?  I would suggest all of us have some “yoke” which needs to be broken or removed.

Jesus spoke in John 8:

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

When we fast, we become more sensitive to hearing FATHER’S Voice and receive the pure Truth thus breaking any bondage besetting us.  When we are set free, we gain a deeper understanding of Agape Love.  In Isaiah 58, FATHER speaks of the tangible results of this sensitivity:

7 ​​Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, ​​And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; ​​When you see the naked, that you cover him, ​​And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Aren’t these qualities of Agape Love?  You become a giver rather than a taker?  You seek out the opportunity to minister to others rather than to set passively by while those in need continue to suffer.

FATHER then expresses the benefits to us as we fulfill the fast:

8 ​​Then your light shall break forth like the morning, ​​Your healing shall spring forth speedily, ​​And your righteousness shall go before you; ​​The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

9 ​​Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; ​​You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

​​​“If you take away the yoke from your midst, ​​The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

10 ​​If you extend your soul to the hungry ​​And satisfy the afflicted soul,

​​Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, ​​And your darkness shall be as the noonday.

11 ​​The LORD will guide you continually, ​​And satisfy your soul in drought, ​​And strengthen your bones; ​​You shall be like a watered garden, ​​And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

12 ​​Those from among you ​​Shall build the old waste places; ​​You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;  ​And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, ​​The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

​The Sons and Daughters are to be a light in this world of darkness.  FATHER clearly tells us that our light shall break forth as a result of the fast done in the proper manner.  We must fast with proper intent otherwise we are simply dieting.  Our fast must not in any way feed our flesh whether it be physical or our ego.  Our intent must be pure as we seek to commune and deny ourselves of the world’s pleasures.  The reward is worth the commitment.  Let each of us dwell on FATHER’S Words expressed in Isaiah 58!

The Need To Fast: Part 1

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Joel chapter 2:

​​12  “Now, therefore,” says the LORD, ​​“Turn to Me with all your heart, ​​With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

The people’s response:

15 ​​Blow the trumpet in Zion, ​​ Consecrate a fast, ​​Call a sacred assembly;

16 ​​Gather the people, ​​Sanctify the congregation, ​​Assemble the elders, ​​Gather the children and nursing babes; ​​Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, ​​And the bride from her dressing room.

17 ​​Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, ​​Weep between the porch and the altar; ​​Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, ​​And do not give Your heritage to reproach, ​​That the nations should rule over them. ​​Why should they say among the peoples, ​‘​Where is their God?’ ”

​Fasting is intended to focus solely on the spiritual and at the same time, eliminate the focus on the physical.  As we take control of the body’s appetites, we are able to increase our sensitivity in hearing and communing with Our Heavenly Father.  HE becomes our total priority as our body becomes under complete subjection.

In the above corporate fast, not one person was omitted from the fast.  Even the nursing mothers were to be included.  This fast was critical to the survival of the nation and it required all the inhabitants to participate.  They had been under judgment and needed deliverance by seeking FATHER in the most solemn and reverent manner.

18 ​​Then the LORD will be zealous for His land, ​​And pity His people.

19 ​​The LORD will answer and say to His people, ​​“Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, ​​And you will be satisfied by them; ​​I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.

We often want to focus only on verses 28 & 29:

28 ​​“And it shall come to pass afterward ​​That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; ​​Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, ​​Your old men shall dream dreams, ​​Your young men shall see visions.

29 ​​And also on My menservants and on My maidservants ​​I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

FATHER responded to the fast of the solemn assembly by pouring out HIS SPIRIT on all flesh.  These Sons and Daughters have brought their flesh under full subjection which allows THE SPIRIT to flow through them unhindered by the selfish motives of the flesh.  Everyone wants the results of such a fast but few are really interested in paying the price to subject their body to full submission.  Jesus did not hesitate in preparing Himself for His 3 1/2 year ministry by first submitting to a 40 day fast.  This maximum fast produced maximum results.

As it is written by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 10, Peter was summoned to Cornelius in Caesarea as a result of Cornelius fasting:

30 So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God.

32 Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’

33 So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”

Consider the power of fasting, for it made a huge difference in Cornelius’ life.  FATHER responded to his prayers and sent Peter as a result.  Cornelius tapped into the supernatural and an angel was dispatched to him with FATHER’S response.  It is up to each of us to determine our own individual need to fast.  If done with the proper intent, it will produce supernatural results.

Eliminating Self-Importance

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 14:

 Now at Lystra a man sat who was unable to use his feet, for he was crippled from birth and had never walked.

9   This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, and Paul looked intently at him and saw that he had faith to be healed,

10   and said with a loud voice, “Stand up on your feet.” And he jumped up and began to walk.

11   And the crowds, when they saw what Paul had done, raised their voices, shouting in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!”

12   They began calling Barnabas, Zeus [chief of the Greek gods], and Paul, Hermes [messenger of the Greek gods], since he took the lead in speaking.

13  The priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance of the city, brought bulls and garlands to the city gates, and wanted to offer sacrifices with the crowds.

14   But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,

15   “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are only men of the same nature as you, bringing the good news to you, so that you turn from these useless and meaningless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them.

16  In generations past He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;

17   yet He did not leave Himself without some witness [as evidence of Himself], in that He kept constantly doing good things and showing you kindness, and giving you rains from heaven and productive seasons, filling your hearts with food and happiness.”

18   Even saying these words, with difficulty they prevented the people from offering sacrifices to them.  AMPL

Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, and does not seek its own.  Paul’s anointing gave him the opportunity to gain notoriety among the people at Lystra but he no longer had an interest in gaining a reputation for himself.  He ministered with the revelation of unconditional Love and knew that FATHER’S power was the sole reason for his success.  However, the people of Lystra were quick to exalt him to the level of a god.

Today there are countless individuals exalting useless and meaningless things which have no power to change anyone or anything.  Deep inside each person is a need to connect with the spiritual and this need has created many idols of various types yet there is only one living GOD who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them.  The mature Sons and Daughters will expose the deceptions promoted by idol worship and will expose the blindness of the multitudes.

Paul simply preached the pure Word of GOD and as the cripple man heard the Gospel, his faith was activated to the point where Paul could see his level of faith.  At that point, Paul commanded the man to stand up thus confirming the Living Word to those in attendance.  This event should not be the exception in a meeting but instead it should become the norm.  We must not allow men to exalt the “messenger” as they attempted to do in Lystra, but we must direct their focus to Our Heavenly Father and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as did Paul and Barnabas.  The ego of the old man must not be allowed to resurface and detract from the pure message from Heaven.  The remnant fully understands this and will be used in a mighty way.

Philip’s Example

Monday, March 4th, 2019

The Beloved Disciple wrote in John chapter 14:

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

There is not much mentioned about Philip in the Gospels, but in the above passage, we can see that he was “in training” and lacked revelation based on Jesus’ response to his question.  We must not allow ourselves to think that our preparation in becoming mature Sons and Daughters is tied to a lengthy time of preparation.  When we have been anointed with The Holy Ghost and power by FATHER, time becomes a non-issue.  The following is and excellent example of this anointing.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 8:

4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.

6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.

8 And there was great joy in that city.

Philip’s ministry produced similar results to Jesus’ ministry described in Luke 4(40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many…).  Philip fully embraced the directives of Jesus as he went about ministering the Word of Life in Samaria.  Many were converted and healed as a direct result of Philip’s ministry and the result was great joy in the city.  It matters not what city you live in when the anointing comes upon you.  It could come upon you today or tomorrow and your city could be converted in short order.

Think about Samaria the day before Philip arrived.  Could they have anticipated what would occur the next day?  We must not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the darkness in the world and consider how difficult it would be to convert our cities.  FATHER’S power can and will convert the masses in short order.  Do not be discouraged about any perceived delays in your ministry but simply press in on a daily basis knowing that FATHER has everything under control.  Don’t allow yourself to be restricted by your current situation for FATHER is not constrained by time, events, or our past failures.  Philip went from lack of understanding to ministering with excellent results in a short period of time.