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How Black Lives Matter in the Kingdom of God – From IHOP-KC

I had to share this article here below, its long but worth reading the whole thing. The anger and condescension that I am seeing from Christians and disrespect towards other races cannot be pleasing to the Lord I don’t think.  Liberal-bashing is not a Christian practice.  Neither is Trump-supporter bashing.

I believe the Lord is doing something in America with politics.  He is shaking us and testing our foundation, our stability, our heart connect.  He is using the current climate to see which Kingdom we are of, and testing our compassion.  There are attitudes Americans have about race that he wants to bring into alignment with His attitudes.  We know there are places where liberal politics are not aligned with Christianity.  And yes the Lord is highlighting that are actually places where conservative politics are not aligned with Christianity.  The issues of Race, refugees, Muslims, and black lives matter are being used to test us around compassion.  How susceptible have we been to the Republican gospel in the fault lines where it did align with what the Lord was saying?  How often did we ask?

Some say we would have had Black lives matter a long time ago if we had camera phones back then.  That said many police officers risk their lives and are quite noble and unprejudiced.

We must move from Republican minded to Kingdom minded and turn off the memes and news stories and articles that rile us up and begin to hear the Lord around the heart of compassion.  It’s going to get a lot worse, it’s the hour for the Church to Shine in the Darkness!!

How Black Lives Matter in the Kingdom of God – From IHOP-KC

by David Sliker

This is not an easy article for me to write.

It should be easy, shouldn’t it? Really, the facts of the matter are plain. The passion of Christ for black lives is not difficult to discern in the scriptures. The blood of a Jewish Man was spilt for everyone in every tribe, tongue, and nation on the earth, in every generation. He paid so much—a deeply personal cost—for the privilege of fellowshipping with black men and women in unity and joy for all eternity. If this is about the worth Continue reading

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Outline of the Gospels

The book of Matthew is not as Chronological as one might think.  I hope you can use this outline to study and meditate on Christ’s life so it becomes real to you by the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Its important to note that Jesus wasn’t randomly traveling but there was a purpose of His ministry seeking the lost sheep of Israel and revealing and even sometimes hardening the hearts of Jews, revealing the Father to all that they may turn repent and be saved.
Early Galilean Ministry

  1. Rejection in Nazareth & Transition to Capernaum (Luke 4:16-31; Matthew 4:13)
  2. Feast of the Jews (John 5:1-47)
  3. Calling of the Disciples & Miraculous Catch of Fish (Matthew 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20, Lk 5:1-11)
  1. First Sabbath in Capernaum (Matthew 8:14-17; Mark 1:21-34; Luke 4:31-41)
  2. Second Circuit Through the Cities of Galilee (Mark 1:39; Luke 4:43-44) & Healing of Leper (Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16)
  3. Return to Capernaum & Healing of Paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17- 26)
  4. Calling of Matthew & Feast (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-31)
  5. Bridegroom Fast (Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39)
  6. Second Sabbath – Grainfields (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5)
  7. Withered Hand (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11)
  8. Prayer and Calling of Twelve (Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:6-12)

GALILEAN PUBLIC MINISTRY

A. Healing of Multitudes (Mark 3:7-12; Luke 6:17-19)

B.Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29; Luke 6:20-49)

C. Faith of Centurion in Capernaum (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10)

D. Calming of the Storm (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25)

E. Gadarene Deliverance (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1- 20; Luke 8:26-39

F. Jairus’ Daughter and Woman with Issue of Blood (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-34; Luke 8:40- 56)

G. Second Rejection at Nazareth (Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6) M. Sending of Twelve (Matthew 10:1-15; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6)

H. Raising of the Widow’s Son in Nain (Luke 7:11-17)

I. Jesus & John the Baptist (Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35)

J. Woman at Jesus’ Feet (Luke 7:36-50)

K. Encounter with Mother & Brothers (Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21)

L. Parable of the Sower, Explanation, and Parables (Matthew 13:1-52; Mark 4:1- 34; Luke 8:4-18)

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Bride without Spot or Wrinkle

Rev 19:7 speaks of the church as a bride made ready, spotless.  But the question here is how will the bride make herself ready???  We do know this will happen in the end times, for the church is ready and tested in the end-time events, and then Jesus comes back and then it is time for the marriage.  But how will Jesus contend with our sin and compromise, and cultural excesses before then?  How will break through minds and hearts almost fully given over indulgence in television and technology etc.,  the American church today?  Part of the answer is the shaking of everything that can be shaking that wakes up the church.

But critically, part of the answer is also in Isaiah 33:17 “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty.”   God’s beauty is infinite, but we must pursue it.   This is why the prayer movement is so being established with the mandate to call the church to regularly pray Eph 1:18 that the eyes of our heart would be enlightened, and 1:17 for a Spirit of Revelation of Christ.   The prophesy to see the King in His beauty will be ultimately and finally fulfilled in the generation that Jesus returns to.  Part of the answer is causing the church to have a larger appetite for immersing themselves in the things of God and prayer.  In Mark 4:18 Jesus warned of a Christian heart getting snared by the things of the World causing it to become unfruitful (seed falling among thorns).  In the End times Jesus will have a bride alive in love, fascinated by the Spirit and Word and a heart that is free and bearing fruit.  Bold, uncowardly, and victorious.

In this last few decades, prophetically the Holy Spirit was really highlighting and emphasizing the Father Heart of God.   He is still seeking us to “root us and ground us in the reality of His love (Eph 3:17).  However I have no doubt that what the Holy Spirit is highlighting to the bride in this hour to aid in the process of nourishing and washing with the water of the Word.   Eph 5:26 reveals the process of the washing of the water of the Word related to the experience of being nourished and cherished by God.  Take some time to look at that passage if you haven’t yet.

The Bridegroom Revelation

I believe Matthew 9 speaks of our current time period and generation.  It speaks of generation where there is a new understanding, or ‘paradigm,’ of seeing fasting and prayer as desirable above earthly things, because of seeing the Bridegroom face of Jesus.  It is no coincidence that every time Jesus talked about His return He called Himself the ‘Bridegroom.’  Look at Matthew 25.  The issue at the end of the age actually will be ‘do we have intimacy (oil) with the Bridegroom?’  Bridegroom is just a bible word for Jesus as He relates to the church.

The Holy Spirit is likened to wine that makes the heart glad and imparts to us the love of God.  The Holy Spirit also leads Pastors and Teachers to different Scriptural emphasis, or ‘wineskins.’  It is the wineskins that hold the wine, it is the different Scriptural paradigms that open the heart to experience the Holy Spirit.  When Jesus talked about this, He gave the revelation of the Bridegroom face of Jesus, or Bridal Paradigm, as the premier ‘new wineskin.’

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. 17 Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved’ (Matt 9:14-16.)

The disciples didn’t need to fast, they were already with Him.  But He was taken from us at the cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father, but we can fast to be with Him!  Fasting to encounter Jesus does not increase how much God loves us, which is always infinite, but it does increase our experience of it.  Now fasting with out praying is just dieting.  Im talking about praying Song of Solomon and the many scriptures that highlight His affection like John 15:9 and John 17:26, Eph 3:16-19, etc.  Song of Solomon has always been taught about being about Christ and the church, though also the man and woman interpretation is valid.  But there is no Scripture that doesn’t exalt Jesus and even rabbis before Christ taught this book as being about a love relationship with the coming Messiah.  The Song of Solomon experience in praying it, is being led into the wilderness of prayer and broken down to the place of full dependence on God and being ruined for any other passion.

The church is called a bride in this context as Rev 19:7-9 details the Marriage supper of the Lamb where every Christian who has ever lived receives a new holy heavenly body (Mat 22:30), and the reality/concept of marriage changes but what it stands for and represents (union/communion) stays the same. There is nothing sexual or impure about loving the Bridegroom.  The “kisses of the mouth” are the same as when Jesus said “I live not by bread alone but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”  At Ihop-kc we sing ‘Kisses of the Word,’ to stop confusion.  We were never intended to picture an actual kiss, but we ask for the embraces of the Holy Spirit of the love of God on our innerman when we ask for the kiss.

Eph 5:18-19 says that we are not to be drunk on alcoholic wine, but rather be filled with the Spirit by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures.   This message of singing the Word is being spread all over the world through the prayer movement, and it needs to be a part of our prayer life.  God created the human heart so that singing opens the heart in a way that nothing else does.  Singing the Word is the main biblical prescription, the premier way, to be filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God.  Jesus was the Living Word before He became a man, and now we encounter Him by singing and praying/dialoguing the written word.  I just feel such a strong emphasis on this, WE MUST TAKE THE WORD AND MAKE IT PRAYER TO ENCOUNTER GOD, HEAD KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.

That last point is driven home here: Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)  We can’t make the same mistake the Pharisees did.  The Word only enters the heart by prayer, not memorization.  The relationship with Jesus comes alive by the Word and the Spirit, and dialogue.  What is a relationship without talking?  Studying and hearing men preach are great but are no substitute.

So very many Scriptures come impact us when we pray them directly, or depending on the verse, ask for revelation on them, or thank God for the truth in them, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man until Christ dwells within us.

A lot of people think of prayer as simply asking the Father for things we need like finances and favor.  That is important, but there is also prayer that seeks to spend time with God.  God created man to have fellowship with God.  In heaven will we esteem those who saw spending time with Jesus as what we were created for, as wise.

Prayer is the place where we are transformed into the image of Christ, by the renewing of our minds (Rom 11.)  To be transformed into the image of Christ, we must behold Him, through the Spirit, by prayer with the Scriptures.  The prayer movement is ministering to the church and in abandonment and extravagance, we are fully following and obeying God with our lives and hearts, and the first Commandment is being restored to first place, You shall love the Lord, your God with all of your heart soul and mind.

Additionally, Christian communities must redefine what they are reaching toward.  Community in the church has become about friendship and movies, where relationships are the end game.  Community without prayer the Word will end up in people devouring one another without being touched by the tenderness of God.  “The fellowship we crave with one another flows from the deep love and joy we find in Jesus in secret. Community is fruit of this communion.”-Dana Candler

How to “Pray-Read” the Word

There are atheists who study the bible and bear no fruit, there are Christians who study it and also are fruitless.  Matthew 13 reveals that our heart is a soil and the Word is a seed but there are obstacles to get the conditions right for the seed to take root.  A big one is that we would not just read the Word but to have a relationship with Jesus with the bible as our holy conversation material and means of transformation.  We want to know Him as He actually is, not who we imagine Him to be, this method helps us connect with the reality of Jesus.

It is not enough to study the Bible—we must talk to God as we study.  Bible study is meant to lead us to conversation with God by giving us the “conversational material” for our prayer life. It provides the language we use as we talk to Him. Using the Bible and speaking the Word back to God makes prayer easy and enjoyable. It “turns up the volume” in our conversation with God.

You search the Scriptures [Bible study], for in them you think you have…life; these are they which testify of Me. 40You are not willing to come to Me [talk to Me] that you may have life.” (Jn. 5:39-40)

  • Jesus called us to abide in Him. The foundation of this reality means talking with Him. We do this best as we pray-read the Word, which is simply speaking its truths back to Him as we read it.

5He who abides in [talks to Me] Me, and I in him [I abide or talk to you], bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing…7If you abide in [talk to Me] Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (Jn. 15:5-7)

  • I offer the following suggestions as a method of “prayer-reading.” As you read through the Bible or teachings notes on the Bible, I suggest that you pray the Bible passages back to God. This will help you to practically give your heart to God and to receive from Him.

There are Two broad categories of Scripture for to pray-reading the Word:

  • Scriptures that focus on promises “to believe” in God’s Word. For example, use Scriptures that declare that God loves, forgives, leads, protects, or provides for us, etc.
  • Scriptures that focus on exhorting us “to obey” God’s Word. For example, use Scriptures that command us to bridle our tongue, serve others and give time and money to God, etc.

I.

We actively dialogue with God by praying promises from His Word that we are to believe.

  • First, we thank God for a particular truth. We turn these truths into simple declarations of thanksgiving or trust. For example, say: “Thank you that You love me, that you forgave me.” Or declare: “I trust that You will lead, provide, and protect me.” When the Lord says in Song 4:9, “You have ravished My heart,” we respond by thanking Him for this truth.

II.

  • Second, we ask God to reveal (release) particular truths to us. Ask God to release a spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17).
  • For example, pray: “Father, reveal to me the certainty of Your provision; how much You love me, forgive me; how I have ravished Your heart.” Or, “Father, release Your promised guidance, provision, and protection,” etc. When Lord says in Song 4:9, “You have ravished My heart”, we respond by asking for more insight.

We actively dialogue with God by praying truths back to Him that exhort us to obey His Word.

  • First, we commit ourselves to obey God in the specific way set forth in a biblical passage. Make declarations of resolve to obey the Word as you read passages about obedience. For example, declare: “I set my heart to love You and obey You with my speech, time, money, etc.” Or “I set my heart to love you like David, to endure hardship like Paul.”

37You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart… (Mt. 22:37)

2If anyone does not stumble in word, he is…also to bridle the whole body. (Jas 3:2)

  • When the Lord exhorts the bride in Song 2:8-10 to arise in order to follow Him to the mountains, leaving the comfort zone behind. Take time to speak the intent of your heart to obey this passage. These sweet resolutions to obey will strengthen our heart.

“I set my heart to pray like Daniel or do miracles like Paul in the Book of Acts.”

  • Second, we ask God to empower us to obey a particular truth seen in Scripture. Ask God for help to give you wisdom, motivation, and power to obey in specific areas. For example, pray: “Father help me to love You, to bridle my speech, to use my time and money in full obedience.” “Father, strengthen me by your grace to love you like David.
  • When the Lord exhorts the bride in Song 2:8-10 to arise in order to follow Him to the mountains, leaving the comfort zone behind. Take time to specifically ask the Lord to empower your heart to obey this passage.

“Father, lead me away from temptation” (Mt. 6:13), or “deliver me from the works of the evil one” (Jn. 17:15).

III.

Two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our spirit

14The love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Cor. 13:14, NAS)

38Out of his heart [belly, KJV] will flow rivers of living water… (Jn. 7:38)

Methods of going deeper:

  1. Linger in God’s presence: in dialoging with God in the Word. Take time to linger as you speak slowly to God (include declaring your love and praise, praying with your spirit and being quiet).  This is ‘devotional prayer.’
  2. Journaling: take time to record thoughts and prayers as you “pray-read” through Scripture. This helps us capture the truths that the Spirit gives us and to grow in our prayer dialogue with God. The anointing of the Spirit in you is your best teacher. When you pray the Word in spirit and truth, you and the Spirit work together to provide you with a tailor made teaching in the Word.

27 The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

Examples of Pray-Reading the Word

  • Jesus promises to reveal the Father’s personality to us as the way to impart love in us for God:

26 I (Jesus) have declared to them Your name (Father’s), and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (Jn. 17:26)

  1. Pray:I thank You for Your commitment to declare (reveal) the Father’s heart to me, release more.
  2. Pray:I thank You for imparting Your love to my heart, please release more.
  • God promises to show His power to those who are loyal to Him.
  • Pray:I thank You committing to show Yourself strong in me, release it. I set my heart to be loyal to the Spirit’s leadership in all that I do with my speech, eyes, actions, time and money. Help me to walk this out.”

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chr. 16:9)

  • Jesus promises to manifest His presence to those who obey and keep or ‘treasure’ His commandments:

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him… (Jn. 14:21)

  1. Pray: I thank You for committing to manifest Your presence to my heart, release it more. I set my heart to keep (obey) Your Word in my speech, time, money, etc. Holy Spirit, help me to do this.”
  2. Note: the Father loves everyone in the sense of valuing, caring for and pursuing them. However, He only loves the lifestyle, choices, sacrifices and fruit of those who pursue 100-fold obedience.
  3. We are called to obey the Holy Spirit’s leadership in what we look at. Pray: I set my heart to not look on anything that quenches the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, help me to do this with consistency.

1 I have made a covenant with my eyes; why should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1)

3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes… (Ps. 101:3)

  1. We are called to obey the Holy Spirit’s leadership in our speech. God promises that our whole body (our human passions) will be bridled as we obey the Spirit in our speech. Pray: “I set my heart to keep (obey) Your Word in my speech. Holy Spirit, help me to do this with consistency.”

14 Let the words of my mouth…meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight (Ps. 19:14)

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may be blameless. (Phil. 2:14)

18 In everything give thanks…19 Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thes. 5:18-19)

  • God promises to save or deliver those who lay aside filthiness as they meditate on His Word. Pray: “I thank You for desiring to deliver my soul from filthiness in me, please release it. I set my heart to lay aside all filthiness and to implant your Word in my heart with meditation and meekness. Please help me to do this with consistency.”

21 Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (liberate, deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)

  • God promised that we are a new creation based on giving us the gift of God’s righteousness. Pray: “I thank You and declaration my trust that you have given me the righteousness of God, please reveal it to me more by the spirit of revelation. I declare, that all things are new and the old things of my guilt has passed away in Your sight.”

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new…21 For He (Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

Understanding the Book of Revelation pt 1

Important!

The Book of Revelation is called the revelation of Jesus because it reveals first the majesty of His heart, power, and leadership in His plan to transition history to the age-to-come.

This revelation will sustain our hearts in the deep darkness of end-times before the rapture, as we ask the Father for revelation on this.  The descriptions of the beauty of Jesus are given to fascinate the church in a time when temptation and lust and demonic distraction is at an all time high.  We must discipline ourselves in seek the Holy Spirit to escort us with revelation on the Word.  He wants to fascinate our hearts and we can’t get there without Him.  The issue is that hunger and persistence are the only way forward into this fascination.  Journal revelation and meditate slowly.  Long and loving meditation is the way in, at ihop we are focused on singing these truths, as that is how Paul said the Word will dwell in us richly (Col 3:1,16).  (Jesus asked that we seek to have His word abiding in us, Paul tells us how.)

REVELATION 1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him (Jesus) to show His servants–things which must shortly take place. He sent and signified it by His angel to…John… (Rev. 1:1)

Much of the bible is veiled, so that we would take the Scriptures to God and not be wise in our own understanding.  Sadly most commentators have missed this and this is why there is such division as to how things should be interpreted.  The prayer movement has an advantage in this, as they call the body to seeking God with fasting for revelation and understanding a virtue (Eph 1:17, Matt 9:14-16.).

Revelation is secondarily a prayer manual detailing events in the End Times to purify the church, bring in the harvest, and to replace all the evil governments on the earth as He drives Satan off the planet.

But God’s purpose in this book is meant first to reveal Jesus as the Man behind the plan.  He gives us this revelation of Him to sustain our hearts, through tribulation, if we would but take these Scriptures to God and mediate on them, sing them and keep asking for revelation on them, journaling that which the Spirit tells us.  1 Cor 2:10 talks about the Spirit searching the deep things of God, so that the Spirit can reveal them to the one who is asking, seeking, and knocking.

Each Scripture is an invitation to an experience in the knowledge of God.

I

EIGHTEEN DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 1 WITH COMMENTARY

A. Jesus is the First and the Last: humanity. He is the first to be raised from the dead and the first in authority (Col. 1:15, 18; Rev. 5:12). This is the title Jesus used most (Rev. 1:11, 17; 2:8; 22:13).

He spoke it in the context of His death and resurrection, calling us to resist fear of martyrdom.

8 These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life … 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer … be faithful until death. (Rev. 2:8-10)

15 He is…the firstborn over all creation… 18 He is the head of the body…who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1:15-18)

B. Alpha and Omega: deity with absolute completeness in wisdom and love. The Greek alphabet started with “alpha” and ended with “omega.” The common phrase “Alpha and Omega” means the first and last letters, including all the letters in between to indicate completeness.

1. This title sets forth Jesus as the sovereign Lord over everything that takes place in the entire course of history. Jesus established an eternal plan for us in which nothing is missing. His Bride has all the elements necessary for eternal love, joy, peace, and fascination without sin yet retaining a free will. The government is right, the human dynamics are right, and eternal rewards are right in varying measure according to love, yet there is no jealousy—only gratitude in God’s partnership with people forever.

2. Because of His wise leadership we will live forever with awestruck affectionate gratitude.

C. Voice like a trumpet: witness who faithfully warns the people of coming judgment. He is the Faithful and True Witness telling us the truth (Rev. 1:5; 3:14).

6 If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned … [their] blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezek. 33:6)

D. Son of Man: the God-man who rules all nations as the King of kings, seen in Daniel 7:13-14.

13 Behold, One like the Son of Man … came to the Ancient of Days … 14 Then to Him was given dominion … that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away. (Dan. 7:13-14)

E. Garment down to His feet: by wearing the robe of the high priest, Jesus shows Himself as the sympathetic High Priest who made a way for us to live in God’s presence.

19 Having boldness to enter the Holiest … 20 by a new and living way … through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest … 22 let us draw near. (Heb. 10:19-22)

14 We have a great High Priest … Jesus the Son of God … 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:14-16)

F. Girded about the chest with a golden band: breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 25:7; Lev. 16:4)

G. Head and hair white like wool, as white as snow: the Ancient of Days has white hair (Dan 7:9).

Jesus’ eternal preexistence was with pure, perfect wisdom and dignity (Lev. 19:32; Prov. 16:31).

9 The Ancient of Days was seated … the hair of His head was like pure wool. (Dan. 7:9)

H. Holding the seven stars in His right hand: Jesus holds the seven stars (apostolic leaders) as His promise to anoint, direct, and protect them. He is tender towards us when we feel inadequate or like a failure. Jesus holds His leaders as He helps us to do that which He entrusts to us.

I. Walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: manifest power with consequences because of His goodness and holiness. He walks in the midst of the candlesticks (church; Rev. 1:20) in His deep involvement with us. He walks with us, aware of our needs, frailty, and pressures.

3 I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way. (Ex. 33:3)

J. Eyes like a flame of fire: His knowledge searches and penetrates all things as fire penetrates metal. He is fully God, with eyes like fire to impart holy love and remove all that hinders love.  He has eyes of love and zeal for His people as a Bridegroom. He imparts love and holiness.

18 The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass …  23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. (Rev. 2:18-23)

K. Feet like fine brass: judgment of sin. His feet are like fine brass and judge all His enemies. His commitment is as a mighty warrior to trample over Jezebel in victory. He will bring all His enemies under His feet (Ps. 110).

L. Voice as the sound of many waters: powerful, as in Gen. 1, and directs the armies of heaven.

11 The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great. (Joel 2:11)

M. Sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth: releases the Holy Spirit and judgment. He has zeal to fight for us against all that opposes us with the sword of His mouth. The breath of Jesus’ mouth is another way of expressing the power of His words.

17 The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:17)

15 Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. (Rev. 19:15)

N. He who lives: He came back to life. He has power over death and gives eternal life. He was “dead and came to life” after He experienced the suffering of a cruel death. He understands our humanity and suffering and possesses power over death, knowing the way to victory. Our view of death is different from Jesus’ because He is rooted in eternity.

O. Countenance like the sun: exhilarates His Church and is a weapon against His enemies, since it is impossible to look directly into the sun. He is the Morning Star that fills us with brightness.

8 Then the lawless one [Antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (2 Thes. 2:8)

P. Keys of the kingdom: authority over Hades and Death, and key of David to establish the kingdom. He has the key of David to open and shut all necessary doors.

n Rev. chapters 1-3, John reports one visionary experience which highlights 30 specific descriptions of Jesus’ personality and ministry. This passage gives us the clearest picture of Him in Scripture. If we read it with the right perspective it inspires us to adore Jesus and trust His leadership. There are nearly 100 descriptions of Jesus in Revelation (especially see Rev. 1-3; 14-15; 19; 22).

Jesus is initially seen as a loving priest, righteous prophet, and warring king who judges all that hinders love in Rev. 1. However, as the book unfolds, He is presented as our Bridegroom, King, and Judge in Rev. 19-22. Jesus is shown as fully God and fully man as He openly manifests His love, power, and wisdom before all the nations.

Now these are just phrases, but at Ihop, i have heard an amazing worship set done on just one phrase!  You’re maybe heard “the firstborn from the dead” one that is popular, but I heard audra lynn’s team do 30 mins on “Voice like rushing waters.”  Click on archives/image on the right to see such worship with the word.  Deep calls unto deep, one verse in revelation corresponds with many other verses and the Holy Spirit can take you ‘into’ the reality of a verse and teach you on it.  Singing the Word to Him, opens up your heart like nothing else does.  Fasting intensifies this.  

 

Everything about Jesus’ appearance, apparel, and actions are very intentional with the purpose of communicating a message to His people.

A. We can only understand these truths about Jesus in Rev. 1-3 by seeing them in the context of eternity. We can endure persecution and understand His judgments with an eternal perspective. If we are anchored only with a temporal perspective, then His judgments seem to contradict love.

B. In Rev. 1, John is commissioned to prophesy by seeing these aspects of Jesus’ majesty. These truths will prepare the Church and form the way we prophesy about the End Times. With these insights we can avoid prophesying with a wrong spirit. We must speak with confidence, boldness and tender love without anger, fear, cynicism or timidity so that we impart a right spirit to others.

C. We must search out these truths which will produce love, humility and the fear of the Lord in us. These truths will exhilarate us with love, stir our faith, and empower us with righteousness.

D. The theme of Revelation is Jesus’ Second Coming (Rev. 1:7). It is set forth with three primary emphases: what Jesus wants us to know about His personality and ministry (Rev. 1), how He wants us to dwell together as the Church (Rev. 2-3), and what His end-time plan is (Rev. 6-22).

E. Rev. 2-3 describes how we are to live before Him. It describes how the saints dwell together on His terms, so we can mature in faith that we may fully release His power. We must build our ministry on these insights.

F. Hearing someone teach the Scripture can be compared to reading a menu that stirs our appetite. We do not fully feed on the Word by hearing someone teach. We may be inspired in our faith, but we actually feed our spirit as truth becomes part of our prayer language with God. In other words, we are not really fed until truth enters into our dialogue with God in our private life.

G. The goal of this message is to draw attention to the 30 specific truths of Jesus, in order to stir your faith, so that you may feed on them in your private prayer life for many years.

 

 

 

VI. SIX DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 2-3 (NOT MENTIONED IN REV. 1)

A. Son of God (Rev. 2:18): He has all power as the eternal, omnipotent God.

6 Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (Rev. 19:6)

B. Has the seven Spirits of God (Rev. 3:1): Jesus has authority to release the diverse ministries of the Spirit to equip and revive us.

C. Jesus is holy (Rev. 3:7): two primary applications: His holiness as a man and as God. As a man, Jesus lived set apart fully to obey the Father. He understands what it means to walk out costly commitments among sinful people. He is sympathetic (Heb. 4:15). As God, He is transcendent (wholly “other than”), or infinitely superior to all. He is worth whatever it costs to obey Him.

8 He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

D. Jesus is true (Rev. 3:7): reliable in giving extravagant promises. They seem too good to be true, but He is faithful to follow through with us, for His promises are sure.

E. The Amen (Rev. 3:14): He requires agreement with us as the way to finish what He started in us.

F. Jesus is the Beginning of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14): He is first in cause and authority. The power and authority over all creation “begins” with Him (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Rev. 1:8; 21:6).


The Power of Meditation on the Word

Oh that the church would arise in passion for Jesus!!  Sadly, neglecting prayer time in favor of media, tv film in overindulgence, is giving us what Jesus called ‘dull hearts and ears that don’t hear‘ in Matt 13:15.  Technology has taken a generation away from God into delusion. The world and the devil has us convinced that God is boring and Scripture is too hard. So we gorge ourselves on secular music, secular/social media, and the 1Cor 2:12 “spirit of this age,” which keeps us from abiding in Christ like John 15 says. We look just like the world because we fill our heart with their secular sentiments.

Jesus wants to FASCINATE us with the Eph 1:17 Spirit of Revelation and open up the Word to us, that we would delight in it with joy and passion, that John 15:7 His words would be abiding in us. John starts in John 1 with the revelation of Jesus as the Word of God, then John 5:39 Jesus rebukes the Pharisees that the Word was not abiding in them. That the Scriptures are supposed to take us to Him by prayer and the Spirit.

Then in John 14:23 He says He wants us to tend His words.  I believe this relates to the promise of John 15:7 and that He will manifest His presence related to the degree we have His Word abiding in us. But it takes hunger, time and pursuit, rewriting the code of our heart by meditation and talking to God on the Scriptures, that He would write the Word on our heart. Turn of a few things and let boredom take you to hunger, He says blessed are the hungry! Jesus is building His church on this rock, the Spirit of Revelation of Christ, that He is revealed to us by the Word and Spirit, if we like Proverbs 2 says cry out for the knowledge of God! Take one verse to work and meditate on it all day, asking for revelation and then come home and meet with Jesus. The call of the hour is to get OIL, and buy GOLD, Make the Holy Spirit your best friend get revelation!! (Rev 3:18, Mat 25)

Jesus commands about His words abiding in us and also getting fascinated with the beauty of God. Redeeming the work day is cool too!

I’m convinced where Hebrews 8:10 defines our New Covenant it is defining it as meditating on the Word, Ministering it to God (Acts14:2), so the Holy Spirit can write it on our heart, so that we can be Jn 14:23 dwelling places for God and His Words would abide in us. If we get that, John 15:7 says we will have more authority in prayer.

I should add how Heb 10:16 talks about the New Covenant involving the Holy Spirit writing the Scriptures on our hearts.

“This is the covenant (promise) that I will make with them… “I will put My laws (Word) into their hearts (emotions) and in their minds (understanding) I will write them…” (Heb. 10:16)

MIND: God promises to release the spirit of revelation to our mind as we progressively gain living understanding of His Word.

HEART: God promises to empower our emotions until we feel the power of His Word with new holy desires. God promises to write His Word on our heart and mind (2 Cor 3:3) as He wrote the ten commandments on tablets of stone (Ex. 31:18)

              Our joy is to abide in the Vine and to meditate on His Word day and night. His joy is to respond by bringing forth fruit and to make us as trees by streams (Jn15; Ps1) Living Water!

Daily Meditation

Just to give example for those doing this daily with me. Let’s use “Jn 14:23 If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home.”

There’s no wrong way here, we are just asking God that like John 15:7,John 5:38, His Word would abide in us. He promised in Heb 8:10 to write His Word on our heart by the Spirit. A common way is the “Speak it, pray it, sing it, write it method.” So I make it prayers, ‘Make Your home with Me, Father.’ ‘Release the Eph 1:17 Spirit of Revelation on this verse.’ “Dwell in me God.”

Then there’s also asking for power to obey; “Help me to keep Your Word, show me what it means to keep Your Word.” “Empower me to love You even more.” Thanking Him for the truth of the verse is good too. Slow meditation as you’re working is good. I make declarations often too, to minister the Word to God, “You are the God who loves to dwell with His children.”

The Spirit often reveals other verses that open up the one your using. You might get impressions of meaning, like keeping His Word as treasuring it, or David loving the laws and singing about them (Psa 119).

It’s good to sprinkle in a few ‘I love you’s as we meditate. 🙂 Just a note: I remember reading that the word “keep” in the Greek is like the word ‘tend,’ like tend a garden. We tend the Word like acts 6:4 “We will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” We must first minister the Word to ourselves and to God (Acts 14:2) before we can impart life to others.

Singing the Word is so powerful too.  There’s a link on the write of some guided singing and meditation that is so anointed.  It’s the picture of the bible.

As we meditate we focus on the Indwelling Spirit, and/or the throne of God that we are spiritually seated before in heavenly places, Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Heb 4:16). He loves it when we talk to Him and praise Him and ask Him for things!! Even a sentence to Him moves His heart, especially when its His Word. This verse came to mind: “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” We keep the Word and we are sustained by the Word, the Word gives us Life. What do you think it means that the “Father will love him?” What does that look like for those keeping His Word?

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Types of Reward in Heaven

I. INTRODUCTION TO HEAVENLY REWARDS

  1. There will be many different types of heavenly rewards that believers will receive at the time of the Second Coming. These rewards are not of secondary importance but rather are an important part of our destiny. Therefore, all believers should be familiar with them. The heir of a great financial fortune or one investing in venture knows the main details of what they hope to gain.
  2. In Rev. 2-3, Jesus gave His most in-depth teaching on rewards (mentioning 22 rewards). He knew what we would need to be properly motivated and stabilized during the release of the glory and crisis in the End-Time move of God as seen in the Book of Revelation.
  3. There will be a vast difference in the measure of glory of each one’s reward. Some in the Kingdom will be called the least and some the greatest (Jer. 31:34; Heb. 8:11; Rev. 11:18; 19:5).19 Whoever breaks (consistently) one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches (encourages) them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:19)
  4. There are various levels of fulfillment of these rewards in this age as well as in the age-to-come.
  5. Rewards are not given automatically but only to those who fulfill specific conditions. This is the time in our life when the “exchange rate” for obedience is the highest. To believe means to “respond to Jesus in confidence and consistency”. One aspect of being blessed is in receiving eternal rewards that are far beyond a “100-fold return” for all that we offer Jesus in love and obedience (Mt. 19:29; Mk. 10:30; Lk 8:8; Mt. 13:8; 23).29 Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (Jn. 20:29)
  6. God pays so well in our few things. To have confidence in this is to greatly impact our heart.29 Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. (Mt. 19:29)
  7. There will be varying degrees of fruitfulness and reward: 100-fold, 60-fold and 30-fold.23 He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Mt. 13:23)
  8. Jesus reveals the great exchange of “few things” to “many things”. God esteems, remembers and rewards our small expressions of obedience in our mind, emotions, and will. Those who were faithful in “very little” will have “government over ten cities” in the Millennial Kingdom.21 You were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. (Mt. 25:21) 17 Well done…you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities. (Lk. 19:17)

REWARD #1: THE GLORY OF GOD IN OUR RESURRECTED BODY

  1. There will be a vast difference in the measure of glory manifest in our resurrected bodies. This will greatly differ according to the measure of one’s obedience. The largest star known is the Pistol Star, which has a mass about 100 times that of the Sun and is 10 million times brighter.41 There is one glory of the sun…and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. (1 Cor. 15:41-42)2 Those who sleep in the dust (physical death)…shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever… (Dan. 12:2-3)43 The righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Mt. 13:43)
  2. We will have a resurrected body that is conformed to Jesus’ resurrected body. The Father “custom designed” His resurrected body, giving Him the best design He could create using His infinite wisdom and power. He has eyes of fire (Rev. 1:14; 19:12) and a face like the sun (Rev. 1:16; Mt. 17:2). It is a physical body far superior in glory to what the angels have.21 Will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body… (Phil. 3:21)
  3. Insight into Jesus’ resurrected body gives us insight into ours (Mt. 28:1-20; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk 24:1- 53; Jn. 20:1-21:25; Acts 1:1-11). Jesus had a physical body with flesh and bones (Jn. 20:27).39 Behold My hands and My feet…handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have. (Lk. 24:39)
  4. The disciples touched Jesus (Mt. 28:9) and ate with Him (Jn. 21:12–13; Lk. 24:30; Acts 10:40- 41). They recognized Jesus after He rose (Mt. 28:9, 17; Jn. 20:19–20, 26–28; 21:7, 12). He appeared to the disciples for forty days (Acts 1:3, 9-11). Jesus sometimes appeared in His glory (Lk. 24:37) but He did not always appear in His glory. Mary Magdalene and the disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Him (Jn. 20:14-16; Lk. 24:13-32).
  5. Jesus could seemingly materialize and dematerialize with His physical body. He sometimes vanished from their sight (Lk. 24:31). Jesus possibly walked through walls (Scripture does not say this explicitly) on two occasions when doors were “shut” (Jn. 20:19, 26).
  6. Our five senses will be touched by the power of God.
    1). Sight: ability to see at a distance and at close range
    2). Hearing: ability to hear with clarity and perception at great distances
    3). Taste: enjoyment of food and water to the fullest degree (1 Cor. 10:31; Rev. 22:1-2) 4). Touch: glorified physical senses
    5). Smell: supernatural ability to enjoy and discern heavenly fragrances

G. Supernatural abilities of our resurrected body includes:
1). Supernatural abilities to think: to understand, remember and reason
2). Supernatural abilities to feel: love, joy and peace, etc.
3). Supernatural abilities to communicate: with speech, song, music, writing, poetry
4). Supernatural abilities in strength: speed, endurance, lifting objects without fatigue or sickness

5). Supernatural abilities in travel: flight and speed
6). Supernatural abilities related to the material realm: some will pass through walls like Jesus?

7). Supernatural beauty: physical countenance, fragrance, light, color, etc.

REWARD #2: INTIMACY WITH JESUS (REVELATION OF GOD)

We will each receive a varying measure of revelation to encounter God in intimacy. Jesus will write God’s name on us. Jesus’ new name may point to His nature as the God-Man (Rev. 19:12).

    1. 12 I will write on him the name of My God…I will write on him My new name. (Rev. 3:12)4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. (Rev. 22:4)
    2. God will write His Word on our heart and mind (2 Cor 3:3; Ex. 31:18). God on us means that we are recipients of His desire, authority, and partnership and revelation of His heart and beauty.16 “This is the covenant (promise) that I will make with them… “I will put My laws (Word) into their hearts (emotions) and in their minds (understanding) I will write them… (Heb. 10:16)1). Mind: to release the spirit of revelation and living understanding to our mind
      2). Heart: to empower our emotions until we feel the power of His Word with holy desiresNote: we have a partial inheritance in this promise now if we pray the Word.
    3. The Morning Star is a reference to Jesus (Num 24:17-19). A deep relationship with Jesus is promised. The face of Jesus as our Morning Star shines like the sun (Rev. 1:16). Each believer will experience varying capacity to receive from the Morning Star (Rev. 2:28; 22:16; Gen. 15:1).28 I will give him the morning star. (Rev 2:28)
      16 I, Jesus…am the Bright and Morning Star. (Rev 22:16)
      20 I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev 3:20)

REWARD #3: STRATEGIC WORK ASSIGNMENTS (THRONE AND AUTHORITY)

A. We will each receive strategic work assignments that will bring us joy and fulfillment. The two functions most emphasized for the saints: priests and kings (Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6). Saints with resurrected bodies will be made kings or rulers over different spheres of life (Mt. 19:28; 20:21- 23; 25:23; Lk. 19:17-19; 22:29-30; 1 Cor. 6:2-3; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rom 8:17).

21 I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. (Mt. 25:21)
10 Have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. (Rev. 5:10)

For some this will include receiving positions of authority over nations or cities (Mt. 19:28; 25:23; Lk. 19:17-19; 22:29-30; Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; Dan. 7:22, 25-27). This refers to reigning in the Millennial Kingdom in varying positions of authority. Not all believers will reign on earth.

  1. 26 To him I will give power over the nations. (Rev 2:26)21 I will grant to sit with Me on My Throne. (Rev 3:21)
  2. The saints will have a position of authority in the governmental infrastructure to make important life enhancing decisions that determine the quality of life for many. This will influence the measure of impartation of power and wisdom that we operate in. The measure of our anointing will affect our impact and what we impart to others as they train the nations in the ways of God. Some assignments will bring people into closer proximity to Jesus.
  3. Jesus promised to give the faithful positions of authority as pillars in His government. To be a pillar is a position of authority, responsibility and honor in the Millennium. The 12 sons of Jacob and the 12 apostles will have their names written in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:12-14).12 I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God. (Rev 3:12)9 When James, Cephas (Peter), and John, who seemed to be pillars… (Gal. 2:9)
  4. Pillars bear the weight of a building as well as being ornamental in beautifying a building. They are social in declaring the honor of those who did heroic deeds of courage, goodness and love. In the ancient world, when one served their city in a special way, a pillar was built in their honor.

V. REWARD #4: HEAVENLY PRAISE OR HONOR FROM GOD

  1. The saints will receive varying praise or honor from God (Jn. 12:26; 1 Pet. 1:7; Mt. 25:21, 1 Cor. 4:5). Some will be exalted with great honor (Mt. 5:19; 18:4; 20:25-26; 23:11-12; Mk. 10:42-43; Lk. 6:23, 35; 9:48; Lk. 14:11; 18:14; 22:26).7 That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold…though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus… (1 Pet. 1:7)5 The time…the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. (1 Cor. 4:5)
  2. Jesus will confess one’s name before His Father and His angels. This is not a reference to being saved but of Jesus speaking about our love, exploits and obedience before the Father. The story of our loving devotion to Jesus will be manifest and retold by Jesus.5 I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Rev 3:5)
    21 Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things… (Mt. 25:21) 17 I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written… (Rev 2:17)

C. Jesus will not blot out our name from the Book of Life. This does not refer to losing one’s salvation but about not losing the honor associated with one’s name and testimony.

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