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#78: Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
“Seeds of the Dreams of God”
I am of the dust, Jesus is from Above; and though Jesus is raising me up in Him, I consider myself not qualified to speak over your life – only Jesus is. For of myself I am made of clay, though set in honour, I am just a vessel that hosts and carries the Presence of the Lord. So in lifting Him up and personally coming to Him, I mean truly coming to Him, you shall be healed. He will pick you up and set your feet on most solid ground. If you receive these words that I share then you will be blessed (Matt. 10:41).
These words are a great blessing to me, and come as though the Lord is speaking and I am just a scribe. I never tire to read and go over them for they provoke great change. But if you care not for these things, this changes nothing between us, for in Christ Jesus you are my brother and my friend. The Cross has paid a hefty price for your Freedom, hence in your great freedom you can enter into the More in God or simply just stay where you are – God’s Love fully remains the same.
But if I can encourage you: if you wish to be lifted up into greater things in God, then learn the Spirit’s approach, as set in Scripture. Come gain a hunger for the Person of God and set your heart to Him and He will teach you and raise you from where you are. The Glory of our Inheritance is to what we can begin to step into today, for that is what it means to be a New Creation. So if you truly wish to bring a value to your life, and those within your care, then earnestly seek His Face, and God will respond in kind.
For God is a rewarder of all who earnestly and diligently seek Him, that is His nature (Heb. 11:6). There are many voices that speak, but what we want is the Voice of the Lord. And as He speaks, as He steps right into your midst, He will wipe away your tears and bring healing to the nations (Rev. 22.2).
I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. (John 6:28-29 NIV)
I personally wish to do nothing on my own, but in everything what my Father is teaching me. Therefore, I retain it in my heart to seek Him with all I am. It is here that Jesus confesses my Name before my Father and His angels (Rev. 3:5). And my Father is always with me for I long to do what pleases Him. I don’t seek honour from man, but I say these things that you may walk in Eternal Life (John 5:34). Though much still needs changing in me, the Lord whispers continually into my soul, showing me the right Path so that I may walk in it (Ps. 25:4-5). So as I desire to lay attentive to Him, to hear His Voice and to walk in His Ways, here I am transformed unto the Spirit.
Three parallel theme Scriptures:
1. John 15:1-16 (Abiding in the Vine)
2. Isaiah 11:1-3 (The Seven Spirits of God)
3. Revelation 2 and 3 (Being raised seated in Glory)
God constantly gives me Seeds, and through the weeks and months that follow, as I attempt to unpack them, He continually opens the Scriptures giving these Seeds legs for me to walk in. But in trying to express these things to others, some still see them as yet more commands and law. But the Gospel is not law but Freedom, for it is for Liberty sake that Christ came (John 8:32), even Life and Life in Abundance (John 10:10). So in reality they are not commands at all, but Words of Everlasting Life (John 12:50). They are keys of Truth that unlock and open vast doors.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 NKJV)
There are greater laws that overshadow all law: the laws of Life, the laws of Love, Grace, and Mercy. The Blood of Jesus totally covering all discrepancy to do with the righteous laws of God. Hence as each and every one who personally comes to believe in the Name of Jesus, they now have absolutely perfect access to the Father. So in turning to the Father, one steps through the Door into perfect Liberty. But the key is in the turning. The law leads to Christ Jesus, so now in Him you are not subject to law (Gal. 3:24), hence we hold these precious things of Love, Mercy, and Grace so dear and close to heart. And here God places a burning love for Him and His Word, and to walk in His Ways.
Christian folk are the weirdest of people, for though they serve the God of Love, they find fault with a brother because he doesn’t adhere to a vision of law of which they hold. Weird. A fellow believer (of whom Christ redeemed) is shunned because he doesn’t conform to their view of law. But the law of the Spirit of Life has totally overshadowed all law of sin and death. So hence it is to both Life and Love that I personally live. Life fully superseding sin and death … just as the law of flight supersedes the law of gravity – you are lifted up!
So from the depths of my heart, I retain a firm purposed intent: to seek the Lord for He is Life. I choose to fully step through the Door and seek Him with all my heart; for not only do I wish to fly, but I wish to soar like an eagle, even to rise up in stratospheric heights – only then to be captured again up in Him. For if I was to keep my eyes set on this earth then so shall I abide and remain; retaining only an earthly vision and capacity. Now that is not fun! But if I can truly respond to the Lord and set my eyes up in Him, set unto the Spirit of the Lord and where He is taking me, then so shall I be lifted up. No longer only retaining an earthly vision and capacity, but gaining a Heavenly one – as I abide and function more fully in Him. For one thing I know clearly: just as Christ Jesus is, so I am in the world (1 John 4:17).
In God there is no condemnation (Rom. 8;1 NKJV), lest you discard the Son then what have you (Heb. 10:29)? But when you turn to the Lord the veil is removed (2 Cor. 3:16-17), and with your heart set upon Him your eyes are made open as you are released from the grips and holds of both sin and death. With our vision set up in Him, it is He of whom takes each one of us into His ministering Presence, and teaches and shares directly of Himself. And here the Spirit imparts of the very Person of Jesus. It is here that one is transformed in their mind, and in their very person, being transfigured into His Image and very Likeness from Glory to Glory. Not in conformity to the image and likeness of man, but of God; into Him, to be in Him, unified and one in Him – just as the Son.
So for me these three things remain:
Praising the Name of Jesus,
seeking the Presence of God,
and being captured up in a Him.
The work of the Cross has brought us under Love and Grace – not law – so these teachings of the Gospel message are clearly and fully for Liberty sake, and for Life and Glory. They are of the Spirit of Life and are given in order to assist one to fully bloom and flourish as sons and daughters of Light (John 12:36). There is such incredible difference in approaching the Person of God, the Word and the Spirit, through Love and not through law. For as God has fully embraced you just as you are, He desires to fully bring you where He is – you being part of His very own – and this way before any adherence to law.
Love is so much more powerful than law, for law and reason can tell you that you have done right and done enough, but love takes you into the far, and the Beyond. Love burns in your heart whilst law becomes cold. Just like in marriage, the certificate of marriage is law, but love is what is most powerful; and it is to this that needs to be valued and most treasured; even your first love.
So God’s Word is not law, but is purposed to build you up. Just as your foundations need to be formed in order to build a building. God desires to form your awareness, giving you great avenue to step into the More of Him. More of His Dreams made functioning alive and real in you. More of His Promises, More of the realities of Him alive, dynamic, and functioning in you. For as Jesus would say to His disciples, “I have more to tell you but you are not ready” (John 16:12-13). So to call yourself a Christian; that’s law, but to seek Him in love, with all that you are; that’s Life! One’s own dream joining with the Dream of the Father, this simply making you a person who readily receives all the More. Such is the Way of the Spirit.
Satan comes in attempt to steal these Seeds given. However, as I have learnt the incredible value of laying down all cares and considerations in the Lord, and through ‘praise and thanksgiving’ entering ‘His Courts’ (Ps. 100;4); here and today my heart remains tender and soft before Him – attentive to His Voice and to abide in His Presence. Hence these Seeds do not sit just on the surface, but go down deep into moist and rich soil of heart, where the ‘birds’ cannot take them or steal them. Before my soul was so full of rocks and clay, even weeds of many cares and desires, now the Lord has made it more healthy and whole, even with a deep sense of Life in me … now that’s nice!
Scripture Matthew 13:
Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. (v19) When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:11-12, 19 NKJV)
The treasure of entering the Courts of God, even preferring to abide and remain here, for God’s Presence establishes good and healthy soil. We are called to abide in the Spirit and not resort back to the flesh; to walk in the likeness of Samuel and no longer in the likeness of Saul (1 Sam. 7:13, 1 Sam. 13:13). So a Heaven set vision, a Spirit set vision, even a vision and a heart set way up high in God, set right behind the Curtain – in ‘Throne room thoughts’ (Col. 3:1-2) – one is taken in Him. This taken right up outside of your earthly thinking and earthly capacity (this by the Spirit), and hereby gaining Kingdom thinking and Heavenly capacity, and functioning more from your Heavenly origins. Now this is better …!
Be careful what you think and what you say, for like a horse you are led by your mouth.
We are all called to ascend the Mountain of the Lord, and sit here in God’s wonderful Presence, even then to be captured up in Him. So if you can truly learn the value of this, you will grow exponentially in the Lord. Continually being given of the More in Him – raised and lifted up – for this is the Way of the Spirit. Otherwise you retain the thinking of mere man, rather than coming to gain the Thoughts of God. For such is the path of the Anointed and the Worker of Miracles, for they simply have learned to become a people who know how to receive; though ordinary in appearance, they influence the Hand of God (1 Sam. 7:13).
It is in one’s own ability to always look up, even through the forest of opposition, unto the very Face of God, that is of exceedingly great value to you – this the Abiding Place.
Man is of the dust, but God is from Above, therefore seek God. To such are built up continuously in the Lord; from Strength to Strength, from Bliss to Bliss, and from Glory to Glory. It is this tenderness of heart, that is set upon the Lord, that allows His Seeds to go deep into your soul and not just sit on the surface. Not only so, but your honour and hunger of soul only drawing Him all the more, and here in this place many more Seeds are given.
But he who received the Seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. (Matthew 13:20-21 NKJV)
So, as I delight to unpack these ‘whispers’ in my soul, these Mysteries of exploding vision, numerous Scriptures are provided giving me further broad capacity to stand. Together these make way for deepening roots of the realities of God to form, making these incorruptible Seeds (1 Pet. 1:2) able to flourish all the more. Now this is fun: the Hidden Mysteries of God constantly becoming plain and clear before my eyes, even for the Lord to take me in them where they now are part of me. Not only so, but keys are turned and doors opened to vast vast realms and gifts untold. Such is part of the wonder of earnestly seeking the Presence of the Lord, for God responds to a tender and hungry heart … even that of a child.
We don’t want to be a people who become like a dry stump, a dry branch that only withers (John 15:6). But a people who have the Spirit of Life totally overwhelming and flourishing in our lives. This is not of the flesh, nor of the confines of the wisdom and knowledge of man, but is of the Spirit of Life. It is the Spirit of the Lord that the Spirit-filled seeks and draws from; even as children of Light, bearing the Likeness of He who is Light. So hide not the Light in you, but become a people overtaken by the Light of Life.
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation. (Psalm 119:99 NKJV)
Why would King David be so prideful, to say that his understanding surpasses his instructors and teachers? Simple, because as his soul longed for the Courts of God, he was continually taken in the Lord. Man learns from man, and seeks the approval of man, but here David is famous for loving the Father, praising Him and longing to abide in His Courts (Ps. 27:4) – such is the Power found in the Secret Place.
It is here that one receives Seeds continually. And to such are also directed into the written Word with an all-consuming burning heart (Luke 24:32). It is here in this place that one is continually captured up in the Father, even shown things far beyond human sight or comprehension. For such is the Way of the Spirit of God, even the Kingdom of Heaven. Law says that you have arrived, but love takes you on further and further, and this right into the far beyond and into the far ‘out of sight’.
Missionaries understand this, for they have to, for there is little other choice. Especially those who are right out there, in foreign and dangerous lands, for they have no one else to turn to but the Lord. However, living in regular society, modern day Christians just change church if they feel like it, they change jobs and they change friends when it suits. But to really know tenacity, and earnestness of soul to seek the Lord, is a totally foreign concept; so too then, is the Power of the Spirit that Jesus walked in.
Man is inclined to law and confines of man’s understanding, that is human nature. However, God is Love, so choosing to enter into His Love, one achieves the greatest of law that overshadows all law. Man can stand proudly with their hands on their hips and say, “I have arrived”, but Christ Jesus is the Door, He is not the end but the continual joy of entering through. Believers say, “I have the Spirit” … “I am born again”, and yet stop in the visions of man and step not more forward in the Visions of the Holy Spirit. Believers resorting back to lists and lists of law, relying on doctrines of their own understanding, instead of entering and stepping into the Victorious Freedom and Power of the Spirit.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
On the Mountain of the Lord many get caught in doctrines and confines of definitions. But the purpose of being brought to Mount Zion is not to knowledge at all, but seeing the Face of God and hearing His Voice; even to be transfigured. Here in the Presence of the Lord being captured in Him and enraptured up in Him (ie; ‘found not’ (John 3:8)); imparted and shown things that cannot be seen or given by man. Such is the Way of the Kingdom of God.
It is best to be personally led and crafted by King Jesus, here becoming able to participate with Him all the more. There are many caves on this Mountain of the Lord; caves of understanding and reasoning that draw you to stay. Even cages of religion and law that confine, providing even a sense of security. But here in these caves, they demand that you follow their vision and scorn you if you do not – such is human nature.
But as a bird raised in captivity is totally unaware of Freedom, even coming to prefer the safety of the cage. However, Christ Jesus has set you free and the Door is wide open. Therefore, take your steps in the Lord, through praise and seeking His Face, and it will be the Spirit of God that will guide you, strengthening your wings, and lift you up in the Wind of the Holy Ghost (John 3:8, Is. 60:8).
The Mountain of the Lord is purposed to be climbed, the entering into enter His Courts with praise and sitting here in His Presence and His Counsel. It is here, in the Presence of the Lord, that one is Instructed and Raised – just as was the Son. It is easy to say that you have the Spirit, but those born of the Spirit also seek the Spirit and draw from His Goodness all day long.
If Apostle John was sitting here with me, and sharing the wonderful things of God, I would not follow him, but the Christ he continually points to. Man is my brother and my friend, but Jesus is my Saviour and my King. And even if Apostle Peter was standing here and I looked to him, he would tell me most firmly and in most clear terms – ‘you must follow Jesus’ (John 21:22) – for that is what Jesus so clearly told him. That is the purpose of the Church, and for each and every believer: to point to Jesus – the Rock (Matt. 7:24, 16:18) – for He is the Saviour.
Man has the thinking of man, but God has the thinking of God. Let us all then be transformed by the renewing of our own minds, into the very Image and Likeness of God. Not in the image and likeness of man, regardless of how much we honour them. For who is Apollos and who is Paul (1 Cor. 3:5)? Not even they are anything, but to the Christ of whom they point – He alone is the one to follow. We are all brothers and sisters in the Lord, and regardless of what we believe we are all fully obliged and accountable to God. Therefore, fear God not man.
- John 15:1-16
ABIDING IN THE VINE
You are already clean because of the word of which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. (‘therefore, stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you’ (ERV). As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (v9) As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. (Therefore) abide in my love. (John 15:1-17 NKJV)
Man may be able to talk to you about the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is only Jesus that can bring you here. Becoming even more accustomed to Heaven than you are of this earth. So therefore, becoming one more able to bring Heaven to earth – just as Christ Jesus – for it is here that you are called to abide and remain.
If we truly wish to be Anointed people of God, even operating more fluent in all the Gifts (1 Cor. 12;27-31), then we need first learn to be a people who abide in the Person of Christ Jesus. Not abiding in the vision of man, nor man’s vision of Him, but truly abiding united one in the Vine. Here in this place becoming more accustomed to liberally receive from the Lord, being one continually postured to receive: just as like a receiving dish that is set upon the Lord. To such are rooted and oriented in themselves to receive from Him, and here He continually dresses Himself to serve (Luke 12:37). He dresses Himself to respond to the words of your mouth and to the very dreams of your heart – for such is the fruit of faith.
Who is the designated teacher of your soul? Jesus. Who is your designated Counsellor? The Spirit of the Lord. So who, then, is your Gardener and the Master Potter? Your Heavenly Father. Man is called to wash the disciple’s feet, it is Jesus alone who saves (John 13:10). So in approaching the Lord, as the centre most root drive and purpose of your soul, ascending the Mountain of the Lord each and every day, one goes into the ‘place’ where Jacob’s Ladder stands (Gen. 28:12). So then here you set yourself most open to more liberally receive; even giving God right to craft you to receive all the more. For the clay who simply yields to the Potter’s Hand, becomes one most soft and tender through His ministering Presence. For it is only to such that one can be moulded in their Holy Purpose and in their Destiny of such high honour in the Lord.
The rocky and hard clay cannot receive this, but only remain hard and brittle and easily offended. Hence the Lord says to come to the Lord as a little child. At the base of the Cross, there is a little lowly Door been set, an inconspicuous Door without fanfare or glamour, but fits and suits that only of a little child (Matt. 18:3). This Door, however, opens to endless wonders untold, even things so far outside of man’s vision.
Law tells one that they have arrived, but the same law speaks of the Love of God; and how this Love can be set in one’s heart. This Love being so awe-inspiring that is purposed to lift you continuously up. So in love, as one bows down in deep honour for their King; to such are led through into the vast open oceans of the Kingdom of Heaven; whilst law and religion simply creates a wall and an enclosure (Matt. 23:13). Come then and respond to the calling of your Saviour and step on into His Counsel and His Might.
Man stands in place of God, but what we want is God standing in place of man. I in Him and therefore He is in me.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12 NIV)
If you take and receive the Gospel message only in part, and discard the parts that you don’t like, then you set yourself up to only receive from the Lord in part – and struggle unnecessarily in the wilderness. Jesus desires to speak of ‘Heavenly things’, but how can He, if one doesn’t honour the things He has already spoken (John 3:12)? The Gospel are Keys, they are doors into greater things, they are not law but commands of Everlasting Life (John 12:50). Gaining you increased ability to participate, to walk in, and operate from Eternity; the Eternal realms of God. Hence as Jesus says, ‘the words I speak to you are Spirit and they are life, but some of you do not believe’ (John 6:63-64).
So if you can truly come to believe and receive – in principle – the whole Gospel message with a fullness of heart – though still yet being hard to hear or understand. Then you open yourself up to the fullness of God’s Dreams being fulfilled alive in you. For the ‘commands’ of God, the very Words that Christ Jesus spoke, they of whom He said, “I only say what I hear my Father saying”, are themselves Everlasting Life!
The truth is that there are many caves of human reasoning, and cages of religious vision; holes of legalism that trap and contain the human soul. These submitting to human understanding and reasoning and not submitting to the Spirit and the Spirit’s work. To such severely hinder the ability to walk in the More that the Cross has afforded; the continual growing into the Image and Likeness of God. But instead to the conforming into the image and likeness of a human’s vision of God. Walls then being established that hinder and stop people functioning in the very Kingdom of Heaven Christ died to bring.
The Cross has afforded you complete Freedom, let them your freedom not become caged again by law (Rom. 7:6, Gal. 5:1). Christ Jesus is the Door, so the best one can do is simply point to Him – the Door – for Jesus alone is the Answer. The Gospel message is itself ‘earthly teachings’, that if one can truly come to believe, then you are made able to be taught and shown ‘Heavenly things’, ie; Heaven continually opening up to you. This is the Dream of the Father, so let it become yours also – paving the way and joining of dreams – the aligning of oneself in Him – and therefore abiding in Him.
It is time to have enough with dissipation and apathy (Luke 21:34-35, Eph. 4:18), for Satan is against all the offspring of God – ‘those who keep God’s commands and of whom hold fast to the testimony of Jesus’ (Rev. 12:13-17). And like cattle he seeks to cage and ultimately devour the children of the Lord. His purpose is to spiritually castrate, ie; to take away the potency of the believer; in order to make fat and docile and held under his dominion. But as one turns to the Lord, Fire comes and Horns are set sharp, and here the Enemy flees (Ps. 132:17-18, Deut. 33:17, Ps. 92:9-11, Ez. 29:21).
In closing: I don’t speak of these things to speak about me, I testify as to how one can seek the Lord. And in personally coming to seek the Lord with a whole heart, how He responds and meets you where you are, with the purpose to lift you up.
To be continued in the following chapters …
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Bless you Lord, Holy Ghost please continue to lead me. I recognise that I have been influenced by yeast of legalism and religion. Please lead me away from these and lead me to be one close to you. Please let me by the still Waters of the Spirit of God. Teach me your Ways, lead me in your paths; raise me up in you. I lay my life into your Purposes and your Dreams fulfilled in me. Raise me up with the Horn of the Anointing of the Lord, that wherever I stand the works of the Enemy is destroyed. This I pray in Jesus Name, amen.’