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Atonement – Confession and Sanctification

This Word prepares us to enter into the Day of Atonement. In these Ten Days of Repentance, we are reaching for the reality of sanctification and to see the Lord reveal to us the root of our transgression. In the full experience of sanctification, there is not only forgiveness of sin, but the nature that caused that sin is removed.

Saul could not find repentance because he refused to discern his sin. The dangerous state of deception that Saul lived in is a warning for us in these days. If we are able to discern our sin and confess it, then He will forgive us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

In this time of repentance, we are looking for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth. We start the process of our complete sanctification by refusing to deceive ourselves and by being open to His voice about what it is we need to confess.

With this Word, we reach for the greatest Yom Kippur we have ever experienced.

This message titled “Atonement – Confession and Sanctification” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

You Are Responsible To Speak The Truth In Love

The Lord has been speaking to us about our growth and maturity as a prophetic community, and this Word shows us the first step: speaking the truth in love. When each member of the Body speaks the truth in love to each other, we grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15). It is easy to rely on a hierarchical structure because it does not require the congregants to mature in the Lord.

Maturity requires something of each one of us. If we are to speak the truth, we must begin by waiting on the Lord, praying in the Spirit, and learning His voice. Learn the truth and appropriate God’s love to speak it. Our growth and maturity as a prophetic community requires that we take this step. By speaking the truth in love, we will create a greater flow of the living Word to each other and to the nations.

This message titled “You Are Responsible To Speak The Truth In Love” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Our Goal As A School Of Prophets – Mature Sons Of God

This Word describes a new day in which the Lord is moving us out of a hierarchical structure into functioning as a family and prophetic community. We are to be a movement in which each member of the Body matures and takes responsibility.

The church was never meant to be a hierarchy, but to be a body of people growing up in love by that which every joint supplies. “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16).

We’ve heard this teaching before, but now we are going to do it. We must find a way to grow and become all that God has called us to be. Holy Spirit, teach us, lead us, and guide us as we move away from hierarchy into being a prophetic community.

This message titled “Our Goal As A School Of Prophets – Mature Sons Of God” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The God Who Manifests As Father

This Father’s Day message opens up to us a new level of a very real relationship with God as our Father. In I Chronicles 29, David praises God’s many wonderful attributes. But first and foremost, David says, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever.” He recognized that above all things, God is our Father.

We must recognize that everything God is doing comes through this relationship to us as Father. This pattern can be seen in the Scriptures. When God judged the gods of Egypt, He was bringing His sons into a relationship with Him. When God brought forth salvation, He did it in a Father-Son relationship. And from that time until now, God as our Father is bringing forth His Kingdom through a relationship to His sons.

Today, we worship God for all that He is. He is powerful, He is wonderful—beyond description and comprehension. He is over all things and created all things, but He chooses to relate to us as our Father. Let it be that real and personal. Father, help us see that in everything You are doing, You are bringing each of us into a personal relationship with You as our Father.

This message titled “The God Who Manifests As Father” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The War Over Wisdom

This Word sets us on a path to reach for God’s wisdom and prepares us to be a school of prophets. When Paul heard about the faith that existed in the Ephesian church, he prayed that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened, so that they would know the hope of God’s calling (Ephesians 1:18). We, too, need this enlightening of our hearts, because we must have understanding in order to be His ambassadors and fulfill His purposes.

There is a war against this wisdom. We live in passivity, not realizing how important it is that we reach into His understanding. It may seem that the negative side of the spirit world has wisdom; however, the Scriptures say that “If they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (I Corinthians 2:8). The only way to receive this understanding is by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:11). God has hidden the wisdom and the knowledge, but He is ready to freely give it to us by His Holy Spirit. He will impart that which is necessary for us to function as His instruments.

Lord, free us of our ignorance! Open the eyes of our hearts. He loves us so deeply and dearly. It’s time for us to repent of the passivity we’ve had toward our ignorance and become His mature sons.

This message titled “The War Over Wisdom” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The End Of The Story: All Things Subjected To The Father

What is our walk with God really all about? This message gives us the answer. Paul writes: “Then comes the end, when He (Christ) hands over the kingdom to the God and Father” (I Corinthians 15:24). God promised that His Kingdom would manifest on earth, but how do we get there? It must happen in God’s order, which means that it must happen according to God’s divine order of authority and in a specific, sequential process.

For the Kingdom to manifest, there must be a perfect divine order put in place. Christ is the first fruits (I Corinthians 15:20) because He was made perfect in obedience, and the Kingdom is all about obedience. Christ came with a heart to do the will of the Father. The Father resurrected Him and sat Him at God’s right hand above all other spiritual and natural rulers. In the end, all things will be subject to Christ and then He, in His free will, will give all things over in submission to the Father (I Corinthians 15:28). Right now, however, not all things are in subjection to Christ. In the establishment of the Kingdom, as these principalities and powers are displaced, they must be replaced with a true order in submission to Christ.

We fit into this picture because God will use us to replace the spirits who are disobedient and in rebellion. He uses the base things to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27). God is preparing us for this, because we cannot displace these spiritual dominions unless we, in our free wills, are obedient in submission to Christ. In God’s grace, He works this preparation in us.

I bless this to our hearts, and I pray that we have eyes to see what God is doing. His real purpose is bringing us into this process with Him of establishing His rule and reign. Lord, help us with this, and we pray like You taught us that Your Kingdom be established on earth as it is in heaven.

This message titled “The End Of The Story: All Things Subjected To The Father” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

Caretakers After God’s Own Heart

As God’s Kingdom comes to earth, He uses us to displace principalities and powers that are determined not to serve the Lordship of Jesus Christ. First, He delivers us out of the dominion of darkness and puts us into the Kingdom of His love, in submission to His Lordship. Then He says, “I’m going to make you My sons. I’m going to transform you into My image.” He brings us up to a level where we can replace those powers that have rebelled against Him.

When God created man, He placed him as a caretaker in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it (Genesis 2:15). In the New Testament, man was commissioned to preach the Gospel to all of creation. It may seem like a different commission, but what God created us to do did not change: He created us to care for creation. Good caretakers cultivate and improve the land, and that is God’s heart for creation. Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden left the garden without its caretakers. That position was then usurped by rebellious and disobedient spiritual rulers. However, God promised in Jeremiah 23:1-5 that He would attend to them for their evil deeds, and would raise up righteous shepherds. God is going to give all of creation caretakers after His own heart.

As caretakers, we must come to the place where we know who we are and can be objective. Unlike James and John when they were challenged by the Samaritans and wanted to call fire down out of heaven, we cannot react negatively to things in the spirit or natural world when they challenge us in their ignorance and immaturity. We are ambassadors to bring all of creation into submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We do not know which spirits will be saved and which will not. How many times have we, in our immaturity, rebelled against the Lord in our own walk?

I want us to dig into our own spirits and find that beautiful heart that God created in man: the heart that is driven to care for His creation in a way that it becomes all God purposed it to become.

This message titled “Caretakers After God’s Own Heart” came in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

The True Ministry Of The Church: Ambassadors To All Creation

The great commissioning is much bigger than we realize. When Christ commissioned the disciples to preach the Gospel to the “world,” He used the Greek word “kosmos,” which refers to all of creation, rather than just humanity (Mark 16:15). Creation includes everything God created—the heavens and the earth, with spiritual authorities set up to rule over others. Because of the disobedience that occurred in the Garden of Eden, humans have been subjected to rulers and authorities besides God. Likewise, other spiritual authorities have experienced subjection to domains of darkness.

Christ came to bring all creation out from under the domain of darkness. In salvation, God gave us the ministry of reconciliation. We are to function in reconciliation not only in this world, but also in the realm of spirit. We are to be ambassadors for Christ, transferring all creation from the dominion of darkness into the Kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).

In Luke 10, when the disciples returned from going out to preach the Gospel, Christ and the disciples realized the spiritual reality that was taking place as demons came under subjection and satan fell from heaven. Our struggle is not to get people to believe the Gospel; it’s to take down the forces that hold them in bondage—and God will teach us how and equip us to do it!

Grace Chapel of Honolulu

This message titled “The True Ministry Of The Church: Ambassadors To All Creation” came in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

We Are Ransomed Into His Kingdom

God is taking us into the next step of becoming a school of prophets, and we must recognize that God is taking us out from the dominion of every other spiritual authority. When God delivered the Israelites from the dominion of Egypt, He was not just bringing them out from under Pharaoh. He was delivering them from the dominion of other gods, or as the Scriptures say in Hebrew, “elohim” (Exodus 12:12). It was those gods that were holding the children of Israel in bondage.

How did we, as humans, become subject to these elohim? We are subject to what we obey. When Adam and Eve were obedient to satan in the Garden of Eden, satan became their owner. God had given man authority over the physical realm of earth, so when Adam and Eve obeyed satan, the ownership of all of creation was transferred to satan.

In salvation, God delivered us from the dominion of darkness and from the dominion of other elohim into His Kingdom (Colossians 1:13). By His death on the cross and His resurrection, Christ reconciled us to the Father. However, we are still slaves to whichever gods we obey. If we are not careful to obey God, we start the cycle over again and serve other gods. Once you are in God’s dominion, the point is to stay there, with God as your God.

I bless this Word to our hearts. Lord, keep unfolding this Word to us, and open up our understanding of it. Let us see the wonder of what Your salvation really is. Let us stay in Your dominion. Thank You, Father, for bringing us to this place. Thank You for this amazing salvation You’ve given us. We determine to stay in Your dominion.

This message titled “We Are Ransomed Into His Kingdom” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.

A Personal Passover Experience

Passover is personal. When the children of Israel were about to leave Egypt, each household had to obey and execute the Lord’s instructions by putting the blood on the doorpost and remaining inside, under the covering. They had to appropriate the provision, and their obedience initiated and protected them from judgment. Our experience with Christ’s salvation is just as personal, and we see how true this is when we look at Peter’s personal Passover experience.

Peter denied the Lord in the moment of His suffering immediately after promising to never leave Him. After realizing what he’d done, Peter wept bitterly and repented. Christ didn’t reject Peter. Not only did Christ forgive him, He appeared to him first after the resurrection so that Peter would know his repentance was heard. The purpose of what Peter went through was so that we could truly understand the depth of God’s forgiveness for us.

We need this aspect of the Passover experience. We go through many things in our walk with God that leave us feeling that there is no way we’ll ever be forgiven or that there is no way out of what we’ve done. The forgiveness we believe in is not yet deep enough in our own hearts. We must come to know beyond any shadow of a doubt that whatever we’ve done or been through, we are absolutely and completely forgiven through His Passover sacrifice.

There is an absolute, complete, thorough forgiveness in the salvation that comes for us at Passover. Let it wash your mind, let it wash your memories. Don’t remember what God has forgotten. Don’t resurrect things that He’s washed by His blood and sacrifice. He wants to appear to you. Stop trying to do everything in your own ability, and start functioning in the provision of this experience.

This message titled “A Personal Passover Experience” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.