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Week of July 31, 2006 - "Hear Him Who is Speaking From Above"

Monday, July 31, 2006

"See that you do not refuse Him who speaks." (Hebrews 12:25)

God is speaking. He has spoken to His people through His prophets. Men of God have written down the revelations of God, and they are recorded in His Book, the Bible. Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth and spoke the Word of God. He said that He spoke the words that His Father gave Him to speak. Here in Hebrews 12, we are reminded that God is still speaking. He is speaking through His Son. Earlier, in the beginning of the book of Hebrews, God said that just as He spoke through His prophets, now He is speaking through His Son. Now Jesus is speaking the words of God through His Spirit into our spirit--into our inner being. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit that whatever the Holy Spirit hears, He will speak. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice.

God is doing what He promised to do under the New Covenant. (Jeremiah 32:40; Hebrews 10:16) God wants His truths to be established deep within us. David, after having known the depth of his sin, said: "Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom" (Psalm 51:6 NKJ). God is speaking His Word into the depths of our being. His words enable us to do and become all He wants us to do and be.

Many of us have believed lies about ourselves: "Youíre inadequate," "Youíre a failure," "You will never be good enough," etc. We have pockets of unbelief in us: "God wonít really be able to bless you," "God canít free you from this sin," "God doesnít heal anymore," etc. The truth of Godís Word, when energized by the Holy Spirit, brings healing and life. The strongholds of unbelief, guilt or shame that Satan has set up in us to destroy us can be broken. The Bible says that the Word of God even brings healing to our physical, emotional and spiritual being. Proverbs 4:20, 22 tell us: "they [the words of God] are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh."

Jesus is still speaking today, according to the passage in Hebrews quoted above. He will speak through His written Word, through visions and through the revelation of His Spirit into our spirit. His Word will break down the strongholds set up by the lies of Satan, spoken through his demonic spirits or the misguided words of others. The words and lies of Satan and his followers are temporary. The Words God speaks are eternal. Godís eternal plan is for the heavens and earth and His people to be sin-free, and to live in a place free of evil beings. This plan of God will come forth. Jesus spoke it and is still speaking these words. Listen to Him.

Father, help us to know and meditate on all that You have spoken to us through Your Word, and help us to receive the word that Jesus is speaking and quickening to us today. We confess that we need to hear Your Word and obey it. In Jesusí name we pray. Amen.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

"For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven," (Hebrews 12:25)

God is speaking. He has spoken through His prophets in the past; now He is speaking through His Son. The Words of God have life in them. Jesus said the Words which He spoke are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). His Words came from the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God brings life into the spirit of those who hear the Word of God. The Bible was written by men who were under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit when they wrote them. The Bible is the Holy-Spirit-anointed written Word of God.

Here, in the book of Hebrews, we are told that God is speaking through Jesus from heaven in these days. Jesus is still speaking to His people. He will speak through dreams and visions and through inner promptings of the spirit of His people. He is speaking from heaven, into the life and spirit of His people.

In our western society we tend to be led by the reasoning of our minds. In Jesusí kingdom, people are to be led by the intuitive sense and direction of their spirit through the Spirit and the Word of God. Most all of us, as Godís people, can recall different events when we were directed by the Holy Spirit to go to a particular place, to do a particular task, or to speak to a particular person. We have had spiritual encounters. These are increasing in these days. The times we live in are beyond the natural abilities of men to determine what is best--for our family, our nation or the nations of the world. We need spiritual revelation and direction from God Himself.

God has a plan for all of His creation. He will bring all things under the rulership of Christ. All spiritual beings who seek to keep us away from knowing and living in Godís ways will be removed from the earth and from their spiritual thrones. All who refuse to live in Godís kingdom, under the rule of Christ, will be removed from the world. This is the best for all. In this age, God is establishing His kingdom in us--in our inner being, in our inner desires, in our hearts. We will love God with all our hearts. In the next age, God will cast down the spiritual rulers who have deceived, wounded, and even killed His people. The manifestation of the reign of Christ will occur as we reign with Him. Then all evil will be removed. God has a plan. Godís ways are far above what we can conceive with our limited, rational minds. We need Divine direction and revelation. We need to enter His plan and live under the kingship of Christ NOW. We can do this. Jesus is speaking from heaven. Let us listen to Him.

Father, we rejoice in Your holiness and Your Divine plan for your world and Your people. Help us to listen to Jesus as He speaks from heaven. Help us to do all He is saying to us. Amen.

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

"...whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, ĎYet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.í " (Hebrews 12:26)

God is speaking. He has spoken through His prophets in the past; now He is speaking through His Son. The Words of God have life in them. Jesus said the Words which He spoke are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). His Words came from the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God brings life into the spirit of those who hear the Word of God. The Bible was written by men who were under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit when they wrote them. The Bible is the Holy-Spirit-anointed written Word of God.

God came to bring a specific word to His people at Mount Sinai. He descended upon that mountain and spoke directly to Moses. He gave Moses the moral law--the Ten Commandments. The earth shook when God came to bring forth His moral principles upon the earth through His people. God promised to shake things again, only this time He would shake the heavens and the earth (Haggai 2:6-7). This time He would shake not only the moral standards of the earth, but also the ungodly governmental principles that have been established by evil spiritual rulers who reign in the heavenly places.

Spiritual rulers of nations are declaring war against the plans and purposes God has for His people and His land. Spiritual rulers in many nations are seeking to kill and destroy Christians who live in their assigned territories. Spiritual rulers are allowing and even energizing terrorist groups in their lands to destroy the nation of Israel and to keep them from occupying their land.

BUT God knew of these days. HE HAS A PLAN. He is shaking the heavens so that His ways can be established in them. He is preparing His people to reign over lands and nations so that the things of His Kingdom can be established on the earth. The evil moral standards in the hearts of men are being revealed, showing all our need to have Godís righteous ways established in us. The evil desires of men to rule and establish their ways in government so the people of God will have no influence or place in their kingdoms are being revealed. GOD IS SPEAKING. He is not only speaking His ways into the moral standards and the hearts of men; this time God is speaking His ways into the governmental realms of His earth and the heavenly places. The Bible says of Jesus, R20;Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:7 NKJ) God is speaking His Word into His people and into the heavens.

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your plan. We rejoice that You are shaking the heavens and the earth to bring about the reign of Your Son. We continue to pray, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Amen

 

Thursday, August 3, 2006

"Now this, 'Yet once more,í indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain." (Hebrews 12:27)

God is speaking. He has spoken through His prophets in the past; now He is speaking through His Son. The Words of God have life in them. Jesus said the Words which He spoke are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). His Words came from the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God brings life into the spirit of those who hear the Word of God. The Bible was written by men who were under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit when they wrote them. The Bible is the Holy-Spirit-anointed written Word of God.

God is speaking truth from heaven into the earth and into the heavenly thrones through His Son. After God had spoken His moral laws into the earth from Mount Sinai, He then sent His Son so that His moral laws could be established in the hearts of His people. He sent His Son so that manís immoral ways could be removed from the earth by the power of the cross of Jesus. Now God is speaking again. He is speaking into the hearts of men, but also He is speaking into the ways men live and govern themselves in all aspects of society. He is speaking into the ways the evil spiritual powers who reign over men, lands, and nations operate. He is planning to justly remove them because of what they have done and will be doing to His people. HE IS SPEAKING INTO THE HEAVENS TO CLEANSE THEM AND FILL THEM WITH HIS RIGHTEOUS WAYS.

God wants to establish His ways in all the affairs of men, not just in our moral lives. God is also interested in bringing forth His ways into our family lives and our relationships with those He gives us to relate with. God is interested in bringing forth His ways into our business, economic, educational, and political systems. God is interested in the ways we minister to the poor and needy. God is bringing forth His kingdom principles into all of heaven and earth.

God is speaking from heaven so that we look up to Him and come into His heavenly kingdom. We should let Him bring His heavenly ways into us so that He can bring them into the earth through us. We should then disciple others so that the heavenly ways of Godís kingdom are brought into all aspects of our society. He is shaking and will remove things that are not of Him but have been brought forth by men. Only the things of His heavenly kingdom will remain. He is responding to our prayer that His kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Father, we rejoice in Your holiness and Your righteous ways, and in the wisdom of Your plan. Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done. Help us to bring Your heavenly kingdom to earth. Amen.

 

Friday, August 4, 2006

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." (Hebrews 12:28)

God is speaking. He has spoken through His prophets in the past; now He is speaking through His Son. The Words of God have life in them. Jesus said the Words which He spoke are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). His Words came from the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God brings life into the spirit of those who hear the Word of God. The Bible was written by men who were under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit when they wrote them. The Bible is the Holy-Spirit-anointed written Word of God.

God is speaking. Jesus is speaking the Word of God from heaven. The Holy Spirit is revealing the words He is hearing Jesus speak. Jesus said this would happen. He said of the Holy Spirit, "...when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." (John 16:13 NKJ)

We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. We are not just hearing words spoken by God through Jesus in heaven. We are being given words from Jesus through which we can receive the unshakable kingdom of God. God is bringing His Word into us so that His kingdom can be established in us. The words and principles we have received from other kingdoms are being shaken so they can be removed from us, as we confess and renounce them. God is building His kingdom in us so He can build His kingdom in all spheres of life through us. We are being given words that we are to speak so that His kingdom can be established in this world.

Realizing the grace given to us--to participate with God in bringing about His kingdom reign-- causes us to humbly bow before Him, in awe and holy reverence. We would guard our words and actions so that only the things of His kingdom come forth from us. We would spend time prostrate in worship, honoring our great and holy God, giving Him reverence for the great wisdom of His plan and the majestic holiness of His Being. He is able to make us partakers of His holiness, in Christ, so that we can know and reverence Him, partake of His nature, and then be united with Him in His awesome plan and purposes. Let us receive grace from God through Christ to accomplish all and worship Him. HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord of Hosts!

Father, once again we humbly bow before You. Help us to receive Your kingdom into our being so that You may bring about Your kingdom through us. We come for grace to receive all Jesus has for us, so that He will be glorified by all we do. Amen.

 

Saturday, August 5, 2006

"Our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:29)

God is speaking. He has spoken through His prophets in the past; now He is speaking through His Son. The Words of God have life in them. Jesus said the Words which He spoke are spirit and they are life (John 6:63). His Words came from the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God brings life into the spirit of those who hear the Word of God. The Bible was written by men who were under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit when they wrote them. The Bible is the Holy-Spirit-anointed written Word of God.

When God came down and rested upon Mount Sinai, the sight of His glory was like a consuming fire. Many times in the Old Testament the fire of God came from His throne and consumed His enemies. The Bible says that God is a jealous God, and His jealousy is manifested by His flaming fire. The fire of God also consumed the children of Israel who chose to rebel against God, by murmuring against Him and remaining in the outskirts of the camp. The fire of God comes to refine His people. It also comes upon His people to give them a holy hatred of evil and a zeal for Godís righteous ways to be established on the earth.

John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. In these days, God is sending His fire upon His people to refine and cleanse us. He is sending His fire to His people so they will be a people zealous for good works. He is giving them a measure of the fire of His Spirit so they will have a holy hatred of evil and be filled with the fear of the Lord. We need the fire of God upon us and in us now, so that we can participate with God when He brings the ultimate fire of His holy wrath upon the evil spiritual beings and on the people who continually want to live in sin and be apart from the kingdom and rule of God. We need the fire of Godís cleansing and refining power. We need the fire of God to give us a hatred of evil so that we can receive His grace and escape the fire of His wrath. Godís eternal plan is to bring His fire on the earth and to bring all rebellious beings into His eternal place of fire.

Father, we rejoice in You and Your plan to bring about the Kingdom of Your Son on the earth. We need Your grace and mercy to know Him. We need Him to bring Your nature into us. Help us to remember that You are a God of fire, and to receive the fire of Your Spirit so we can love Your righteousness and hate the ways of the evil one. We need great grace from Jesus in these days. Amen.

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