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November 98

 

The Spirit The Water The Blood

While studying for my message I was reading in Numbers 20; the story of Moses and the children of Israel at Meribah, the site of the rock from which God provided water for His people. The Israelites were, at this point quite fearful and unbelieving of their God. They were full of complaint about their circumstances and provision. As Moses sought God upon this matter, he and Aaron were given specific instructions as to how they were to conduct themselves as God miraculously supplied water from the rock.

Numbers 20:7-13, "and the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you and Aaron, your brother, and speak unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock: so you shall give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them,’ Hear now you rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?’ And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod and smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you believed Me not, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.’ This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and He was sanctified in them."

The portion I kept being drawn to was in verse 10, ‘Must we fetch you water out of this rock?’ It seems that somehow, as Moses was leading along these rebellious Israelites, he must have taken the burden of their sin and their walk with God upon himself, believing there was something he could do. We see this as he came before them asking what it was that he and Aaron must do for them. God was very displeased with his attitude, and he and Aaron were severely chastised. They were restricted from bringing the people into the Promised Land. God’s main disappointment here was with the sinful attitude Moses had in his heart and pre-sented before Israel. He did not believe in God’s ability to handle His people. This caused him to think that he could do something apart from God, for God. He did not sanctify God before the people. To sanctify God is to set Him apart as the only one who can perform or do something. This must be done by faith. Moses’ unbelief caused him to represent God falsely before the people. Sin is unbelief and Moses’ sin was darkness. The darkness caused God not to be seen.

If failing to sanctify God leads to failure, where then do we find victory? God never leaves us in failure. There is always a way of escape. Therefore, He led me to 1 John saying, ‘Teach them about My fellowship, the fellowship that is in the light.’

1 John 1: 1-3, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the Word of life. (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ."

This is a fellowship where God is sanctified, or set apart. It is a fellowship beyond our physical senses we normally walk in. This is a fellowship beyond where Moses was. It speaks of the manifestation of the Life of God. (It is no longer I but Christ who lives in me.) Some call it the Anointing. There is nothing man made about it rather it is all from God and therefore can accomplish His purpose.

1 John 1:6-7, "If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.

The only way to be cleansed of all sin is by the blood of Jesus Christ. This cleansing is received by walking in the fellowship of light that goes beyond the senses. It is a fellowship by faith in Christ’s blood which removes all sin and darkness from us."

Evidence of the fellowship of God is the love of God manifesting through a believer. You know a person has fellowship because you see them loving everything around them. This fellowship of God manifests way beyond the physical senses into a realm of pure love. If you break this fellowship you have bitterness, strife, envy, jealousy and contention—the exact opposite of pure love. But God has presented this special fellowship to walk, move and live in; to have as a way of life.

1 John 1:1, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life."

This walk is not based on our senses but rather, it goes beyond them to our faith because we have seen, tasted, and handled Him—His presence. This is a walk of faith and the senses continually try to pull you away from it so you must choose to do it in order to live it. It does not somehow just magically float upon you from some where. You must make a quality decision to choose life, and you walk in the spirit, where you are cleansed of all sin and no longer conscious of sin or your physical senses. This is total freedom, and that freedom is the mark that it’s God’s work. To walk successfully in it, you walk not after your senses or what other men say, but only in the fellowship of God.

1 John 1:8, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

Verses 6-8 must be taken together for if you take 6 or 8 alone they appear to contradict one another. However, if they are taken together and in the light of verse 7, it all makes perfect sense. Number one, you admit you have sin. Number two, you are cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus. The issue here is not whether or not you have sin, but how to get rid of that sin and the guilt of sin so you can enter into the fellowship of God. This fellowship produces perfect love in you, which is the issue of your entire walk with God.

God must be sanctified as the only one who can remove sin. If you don’t sanctify Him, then you’ve deceived yourself and do not the truth. If you believe your can make yourself sinless by what you do, you’re believing and doing a lie, not the truth.

1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

We sanctify the Lord when we do have sin in our lives and we come before Him, acknowledging that yes, we have sin and we confess what we are before Him. Then we turn to Him and sanctify Him as the only One who is just and able to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is our faith. He alone is just and therefore justified in the fact that He can wipe away our sin. He earned this right by His work of redemption. He’s not only just but also faithful. He’s full of faith in the work that He’s doing over us as He’s justifying us. He believes in it, and it is. For this reason we are able to have the fellowship of freedom of life eternal He purposed for each of us prior to the foundation of the earth.

This fellowship with God is so special and truly reflects the beauty of His faithfulness. Even when I’m not faithful and able to perform perfectly, He is still faithful to keep His word over me. Thus I have the freedom to go back to Him, without fear, doubt and guilt, bringing His word and confessing, "Lord, You are faithful to me." My faithfulness means nothing; His means everything.

1 John l: 10, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

The fact that any man says this makes him a sinner and a liar for if he can say this then the Word, the Truth, or the Spirit of Life is not in him.

1 John 5: 1, "Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and everyone that loves Him that begot loves Him also that is begotten of Him.

If you are a believer, you are born of God. The only way someone can believe is if the spirit of God bears witness in him or her that it is the truth. An example of this is found in Matthew 16:15-17, "He said unto them, ‘but who say you that I am?’ And Simon Peter answered and said; ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father, who is in heaven.’ This emphasizes the fact that if you are a believer, the belief you are born of came from God.

1 John 1:5, "This, then, is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."

This is who God is, yet how can we say this of ourselves? For one reason: He said it. He did the cleansing by His blood when we admitted our state of sinfulness before Him and sanctified Him as the only one who could cleanse and remove all sin from us. By this we entered the fellowship of light with Him, free from the guilt and sin and perversion of this world. This is a fellowship where, all of the old things are passed away and all things are become new

1 John 5:2-3, "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not burdensome."

What are the commandments of God?
Love God with all your heart.
Love your neighbor as yourself.

You can easily mark those who are in the fellowship because of the love they walk in with others. You can see salvation working in them. The old has passed away and all things truly have become new and are of God. This love is of God, not of man. It is based on God’s love and faithfulness to man. The freedom this brings allows God’s love to naturally flow out to others.

1 John 5:4, "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."

Who ever walks in this fellowship beyond the senses overcomes the world. What is the world? It is sickness, sin, poverty and death. We overcome by being born of God and our faith is in the blood of Jesus.

1 John 5:5, "Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God."

When faced with something to overcome you need only to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. You don’t need to focus on that He is our Healer, Provider, Peace, Shepherd, etc. This is simple, simple faith. It never needs to be complicated. Jesus is the Son of God and in that He is all that we need Him to be. Because of this we are able to love with all of our hearts. Our victory is manifest in that we love and our ability to love comes from our faith in who He is. When faced with a need or challenge, I know that my faith works only by love. Love manifesting in my life will cause every need to be met and every challenge to be overcome. I love Him with all of my heart and know He loves me, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that His Word will perform itself in my life. It cannot help but perform itself. He is the Son of God and He overcomes the world and He came to earth with the express purpose of setting me free from sin, sickness, poverty and death. He came on my behalf to remove guilt so He could then overcome all of the negative seeds Satan has sown in this world.

1 John 5:6, "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth."

I know it’s true because this Spirit bears witness in me that it is. Water is a picture of cleansing, and blood is the agent He uses for cleansing. The spirit agrees it’s true so you know the truth is that no sin can be imputed to you. He tells you, "you’ve been set free. Believe Me."

Nothing on this earth can be fought, overcome, defeated, or changed without first sanctifying God. Believing God alone is the answer in every situation. When you sanctify God you will speak of the cleansing of the water and the blood and the Spirit will bear witness with every word you say. This and this alone will produce the change that is needed.

1 John 5:7, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

There is only one message and this is it. Three in heaven bear record of that message. They are the Father, the Word manifest in a man’s body, and the Holy Spirit, who teaches us of the blood and who lifts up only one thing-Jesus Christ. The spirit convicts of one sin only: the refusal of Jesus Christ and the blood (John 16).

They all testify of one thing and they are One. They have only one purpose and it is accomplished through our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

1 John 5:8, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one.

There are also three on earth. The Spirit of God is the comforter and is the teacher of all things. He brings to remembrance all Jesus taught and said (the Word of God). He agrees with the Word and He cleanses us as the water of the Word washes us. He teaches of the blood so we can be cleansed and set free. Each of them agrees and says the same thing. They testify of the one message that sets you free and that causes you to overcome this world not by your might or ability, but by sanctifying God.

The only way to change a man’s life is by giving him Jesus Christ and the blood, self-reformation does nothing, it is all in vain. However, where Jesus and the blood are given there is Light and there can be no darkness at all. That is what sets men free.

There is one message forever. Jesus Christ is the answer through His blood. The answer for you for anything in your life is the fellowship with the Father through the blood of Jesus of which the Spirit bears witness. In it, you are totally free from the things of this world. Can you simply believe what God says about you, that you are okay, that you are perfect in His eyes? Can you believe in His love for you? To walk in light which is to be free of darkness requires only one thing of you-your faith. It is the love of God that makes that faith work.


A Vision of Redemption

Date – Early ’97

This was at a Sunday evening service where many people were speaking of visions, pastor John was even down on his knees at the pulpit. The visions were of fires in various parts of the city, lines of gold reaching to various areas. As they spoke of this beauty and of the magnitude of this gold coloring (the effects) I saw rubble- buildings in ruin and streets literally buckled. I didn’t see right away the relationship of rubble to all the beauty that was being spoken. The Spirit told me that because of this word that was going out, the city of Chicago was going to experience a magnitude never seen before.

Date – May ’97

I saw people in a crowd reaching their hands up towards a few people that were on a stage, reaching down to them. The crowd was pain and bondage looking for a way out. There was a flurry of motion to reach the hands on stage, as though struggling to touch the hem of the master’s garment, knowing that making the connection (hunger for the word of truth) meant life and release. Their hearts were ripe for the master’s touch.

Date – Summer ’97

I saw Jesus standing and His presence filled the church. He stood as tall as the windows. He walked around touching each wall with His fingers, making a continuous line. From that line blood ran down the walls. By the time He made His way around the room, the walls were all red and the blood was beginning to cover the floor, rising to our knees as we stood in the sanctuary praising Him. We needed to open the front doors and let the blood flow out into the streets. I understood that as a body we were prepared (with all of God’s fullness) to deliver that same message of hope and life in Jesus that we received when we believed on the blood of the lamb. And it was time to do so.

Date – August 30, 1998 – Sunday Evening Service

In the vision I saw the same crowd as in vision #2. The people were reaching their arms up to receive- the people on the stage were enveloped in a mist. There was movement in the mist as the Holy Spirit "hovered" over the earth. The anticipation I felt inside of me was merely a touch of the magnitude of what the Holy Spirit was going to do for these people. As I looked at the scene my eyes moved up, and beyond the mist was a big, bright, white cloud. This seemed clearly to be a picture of the last great outpouring of the Holy Spirit before the return of Christ for His church and we are going to be a part of it all.

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