Teacher and Student

Day 16 – Feasting On John 16

Did you know we as believers in Jesus Christ have a built in teacher inside of us? Now I realize cognitively we understand this, for at Pentecost the Spirit was poured out and now we who believe in Jesus Christ have the indwelling Holy Spirit. However, the revelation of this teacher inside of us has been lost to many in the tongues of fire, rushing wind and many getting saved (Acts 2). Elijah had the same challenge we do, the earth shook, the fire blazed and the wind blew, but it wasn’t until he heard the whisper that he fell to his knees (1 Kings 19). Can you hear the voice of truth inside of you…whispering?

Pentecostals love the demonstrations of the Holy Spirit; the denominations love the truth of the Holy Spirit; but Jesus said the Holy Spirit is not just one aspect but multiple ones. “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). The Holy Spirit living inside of you is a teacher, but are we students?

Here’s the continual curriculum of the Holy Spirit:

1. Truth

2. Guided into truth

3. Authority to speak comes from God not me

4. Only say what you hear God say

5. Prophecy

These are the courses the Holy Spirit teaches, so we can be led by the spirit and not the flesh. Jesus said the Holy Spirit gives us the God advantage in the earth, but to obtain it we must become students of the Holy Spirit inside of us. The issue is not a lack of a teacher, it’s a lack of people who want to be taught forever.

We have a kingdom in us that knows no end. The wisdom of God who is king of this kingdom in us is unsearchable, that means we will never stop learning as long as we remain a student or in bible language a disciple. Do you know what pride is? It’s ceasing to be a student, a disciple, a learner. Many people love being leaders, but today the Holy Spirit is reminding us to never stop listening, so we never stop learning. This is the God advantage, the Spirit of Truth in us.

The Real Persecutors

Day 15 – Feasting On John 15

The Word of God is living, it speaks, it reveals, it corrects wrong teaching in us, it aligns us to truth, it is the gift that keeps on giving for those who read it as students letting the Word be the teacher.

I was reading John 15:18-21 and the Holy Spirit revealed a correction in my thinking and I wanted to share it with you. Listen to Jesus…”If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”

The Holy Spirit said, “Who is the world?”

I have always been taught the world is the unsaved, the unbelievers who have no knowledge of the Bible or God. The Holy Spirit said, did “the world” by this definition persecute Jesus? I stopped immediately…no they didnt, unbelieving religious people did. The religious leaders and people knew the Torah, but they didn’t know God, for Jesus said if they did they would have known Him. Could it be “the world” in this passage is religious leaders who don’t believe in Jesus? The Holy Spirit said, keep reading.

John 15:22-25 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause”

Who is the them? The religious leaders of Jesus’ day that did not believe in the Messiah who was the kingdom of God on earth as in heaven. They are the world that persecuted Jesus.

Persecution for kingdom believers is not going to come from people who are what Christians call unbelievers, it’s going to come from religious leaders who don’t believe the kingdom is at hand again. Why, because just like then it is now, it will threaten their system, they will lose their followers and this will infuriate them. Multitudes of people are going leave the system to follow Jesus again, it’s already begun and will continue.

We are living in Biblical history and we must think cyclical not linear if we are going to understand what God is doing on earth right now as it is in heaven. Truly 2 Chronicles 7:14 is what we must do, My people, must humble themselves (become teachable); turn from their wicked ways (unbelief) Seek My face (Matthew 6:33) and pray (listen to the Holy Spirit and obey); then I will turn and heal their land (their life, their hearts, their soul)! This is the day the Lord has made, I am rejoicing and being glad in it.

Multi-Mansion Man

Day 14 – Feasting On John 14

The words Jesus spoke before He died were to encourage those who would be discouraged when He died. The challenge they faced is the same challenge we face, they forgot what Jesus said and so do we. Forgetfulness is a problem we as believers must overcome if we are going to remain in peace, no matter the circumstances we see, hear or encounter.

Jesus made a statement before He died that many believers have been taught applies to us when we die. Jesus said in John 14:1-2 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.” I remember as a young Christian designing my future mansion in my mind and also requesting who my neighbors would be.

Now that I’m older, those childish material things have matured into their spiritual understanding and the truth has set me free (John 14:6). Jesus said, Let not your heart be troubled, this tips us off to the reality they would be troubled by His death, because they didn’t understand His resurrection and what it would do/did and neither do we, henceforth, why we get troubled so easily.

What if I told you, Jesus is a multi-mansion man dwelling through the Holy Spirit in believers like you and like me? Would you believe Jesus if He told you, you were the mansion He was/is preparing? Mansion in Greek is dwelling, abode, to remain as one. You are the mansion on earth Jesus is preparing. Jesus is dwelling in us through the Holy Spirit on earth, no wonder He said more than once in this chapter, do not be troubled, He’s in you! You’re His mansion on earth now as you will be in heaven. Nothing should trouble you, Christ is in you!

Raw Power

Day 13 – Feasting On John 13

Have you ever thought about why the establishment hated Jesus so much? He never incited violence among His followers; He followed the Torah in ways they didn’t understand; He was good to everyone He met; He fulfilled all their prophecies; and yet the establishment hated Him while many people followed Him. Why did the establishment hate Him?

I would propose that this is why…”Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” (John 13:3-5). Jesus was a different kind of leader than them and they hated Him for it.

Jesus had raw power, while the establishment had manufactured power. Raw power is maturity, raw power is identity, raw power serves others, raw power helps others, liberates others, teaches others the truth that sets them free. Jesus had raw power and they hated Him for it. Raw power is what Psalm 110:3 says, “Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power!” Raw power puts the want to in people. Is it any wonder the multitudes followed Jesus.

Manufactured power has to coerce you to give, has to manipulate you to follow, has to lord over you as your covering, demands you pay them for their teachings or prophetic words to you. Manufactured power freaks out when their Twitter followers are removed, their Facebook algorithms are altered or their Instagram goes down. Why, because they must control what you hear, that’s why they want you to stay in their church or their party.

Jesus did not manufacture His power through marketing, He manifested it through healing. Jesus’ raw power was displayed in the washing of feet, the casting out of demons and the walking on water. His raw power said don’t tell people what happened, but go show yourself to the priests. Jesus had raw power so He wasn’t looking to be famous, but faithful to His Father.

Church, we are witnessing raw power right now and it is exposing manufactured power. This is not the time to rejoice in someone else’s exposure whether political or religious, but to observe so we don’t make the same mistake. Keep your eyes on Jesus, for idols are falling, systems are crumbling, and the kingdom is manifesting again. Don’t get distracted by all the dust, but delight yourself in the Lord and remember love covers a multitude of sins but it doesn’t remove consequences for choices. Welcome to the days of raw power! This is only the beginning.

Turbulence

If you’ve ever flown on an airplane you know when the captain comes on mid flight to tell you we are headed into some jet streams that will cause turbulence so please take your seat. Once in your seat it’s time to put on your seat belt and make sure your tray table is in its upright position.

After the passengers are settled the flight attendants scurry to finish up any drinks or dinner service and when their done they do one more walk through before they too are seated with their seat belts on.

Next there is a silence, stillness on the plane as all activity has ceased and it can make you wonder if the captain was mistaken about the supposed turbulence. But no, the captain saw things we couldn’t and sure enough the turbulence comes and it can be a short or long duration but it is turbulence nonetheless. Honestly, it can be scary at times, but when the plane passes through the turbulence, everyone exhales and the flight continues.

Once the plane arrives at its destination the stewardess says, be careful when opening the overhead bins for things may have shifted during the flight.

We are on flight name Victory Belongs to Jesus and we are on God Alone is on the Throne Airlines. The angelic stewardesses are doing the final walk through of the plane and are taking their seat in preparation for the turbulence. But fear not, for they are singing When I Am Surrounded I Am Surrounded By You. As they start singing from the back of the plane, eventually the sound fills the whole plane as everyone joins in the one song.

Pour It Out

Day 12 – Feasting On John 12

It’s six days before the Passover. This will not be just any Passover, this will be the Passover on which Jesus, the Lamb of God is crucified, but it’s six days before this feast begins. Jesus and his disciples are at the house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Without notice Mary comes with a pound of very costly oil. Next thing we know she is spilling this oil on the feet of Jesus and the fragrance from this oil has filled the room. If you didn’t notice her spill the oil, you can’t not notice the fragrance in the room.

The fragrance in the room demands a response from everyone in the room. Mary is using her hair to wipe Jesus’s feet; while Judas is demanding answers as to why this oil was not sold and the money given to the poor. The two responses are significant, one person spilled the oil another person wanted to sell the oil. Neither response is wrong, but knowing what time it is is critical to knowing what response is required. Remember it’s six days before the feast of Passover where Jesus Christ the Lamb of God is about to be slain.

The story has an air of drama about it, it causes our imagination to put us in the room with these men and women, it’s as though we can almost smell the fragrance they smelled. However the issue in the room is not a matter of who is right and who is wrong, but rather understanding what time it is in order to offer the correct response. Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us there is a time for everything. Judas was a disciple of Jesus who walked with him every day for three years. He heard all the sermons Jesus gave, he saw all the signs and wonders that Jesus did. And yet he did not know what time it was.

Before we go pointing our finger at others for a wrong response in this time, we should bend a knee and give thanks that the time is now to pour the oil on His feet, not the time to sell it. Many did not understand what time it was, but Mary did. If you know what time it is pour the oil on his feet so that the fragrance of that oil can fill the atmosphere. Maybe some will smell the sweet fragrance of worship and praise and recognize the incredible day in our in which we live, just like Mary did and just like some of us do.

He’s Still Rolling Stones

Day 11 – Feasting On John 11

Did you know one of the blessings of trials, situations, or circumstances that make us uncomfortable and feel out of control is that it reveals our theology? Theology is the study of God or I like to say how we view God or what we believe about God and His word. Division in the church is all about theology, so it should not be surprising people are divided when trials, situations and circumstances happen nationally. It’s revealing our theology.

In John 11, a situation arises in which Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha dies. Sounds final, no changing this outcome, right? Put yourself in their shoes, the man is in a tomb for four days when Jesus arrives and we hear Martha’s theology in her discussion with Jesus. Listen…”Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:20-26).

Martha believed in a future resurrection of life for her brother, but Jesus was about to update her operating system to a now resurrection of life. Shifting from some distant reality to a now reality is a huge transition for a generation that has been dipped in a theology of only in heaven, not now on earth. We are no different and God is using situations that looked closed, finished, final to update our operating system to the God Who not only was, Who not only will be, but Who is!

When Jesus got the news of Lazarus being sick He declared, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4). We as the nations are about to see the glory of God arise in Now time and His glory is updating our operating system so we can be activated for the kingdom of God is at hand and the harvest is plentiful. Get ready for the Now time God to resurrect what we thought was dead. He’s still Rolling Stones!

Can You Hear Him Now?

Day 10 – Feasting On John 10

No one likes division, but division is inevitable because not everyone hears the same thing. Now we can all “hear” the same message, speech, talk, whatever, but we don’t all “hear” it the same. Have you ever wondered why that is? Jesus says, it’s because not everyone is of His fold.

Listen to Jesus in John 10:8-10 “All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Did you know some people can’t hear good news, they can’t hear life, they can’t hear truth because they believed what the first one who came to them said, not knowing at the time the ones who came first, were thieves and robbers? When our ear is used to hearing stealing, killing and destroying when someone comes with life we can’t hear it.

We all need our ears circumcised, for we can’t hear clearly. Jeremiah 6:10 says, “To whom shall I speak and give warning, That they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, And they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the LORD is a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.” Acts 7:51 says it this way, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.”

We need our ears circumcised because we are tuned to the thief and robber but not to the One who is here with life and life abundantly. This is why many are without hope or joy and are bracing themselves for survival rather than abundance. I warn you, things are going to be so good your cheeks are going to hurt from smiling. Can you hear it, it’s really good news, He promises!

He’s Giving Us Sight

Day 9 – Feasting On John 9

John 9:39 “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

Judgment means to render a decision about a matter. In a courtroom situation people go there to have a judgment determined in the matter being presented. I like watching Judge Judy, not only is she funny, she is brutally honest and can see through people’s charade. Jesus wasn’t in a courtroom setting in John 9, but He said He came into the world to render judgment, to make decisions.

The decision Jesus rendered in John 9 was that a man born blind from birth was going to see as an example of what was happening to many in Israel at that time. The man was physically blind, but Jesus always speaks on many levels and blindness in this chapter was not just physical it was also spiritual in those who were born into religion (Judaism).

The question must be asked how can we be in church for years and still be blind? The Pharisees in this chapter pestered the blind man that was healed and his family, because “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (John 9:32-33). NO ONE had ever given the blind sight before Jesus! Selah.

One thing I tell people is that you can’t expect blind people to see, they are blind. But many blind people like the Pharisees think they can see, but their blind. Many people and leaders in the church think they can see, but they are blind. At least that’s what John said in Revelation 3:16-18 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

Now thanks be to God even though some have been blind from birth, when the kingdom comes they will see for they are not blind because of sin, but so the works of God may be revealed (John 9:3). Most people are blind to it, but the kingdom is manifesting right now in our generation and very soon all will see, John 9:39 “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

It’s a great day to be alive! We are living in Job 42:5 (MSG) “Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.” Which is the feast of John 9. Blind eyes are about to see!

Do You Want To Be Free?

Day 8 – Feasting On John 8

Can you imagine being told and believing your an expert in your field, only to find out you know nothing? This humiliation would produce anger due to embarrassment, disbelief and shock. The thought, who do you think you are to tell me, I don’t know what I’m talking about would be palatable. I mean I’ve done this my whole life and here you come thinking you know something I don’t. Who do you think you are?

The more we are convinced about something, even if that something is a lie, the harder it is to dislodge us from it. When a lie becomes our truth it locks us in and doesn’t want to let us go. But not only that, we prove we’ve believed a lie, because even when the truth is presented to us we can’t hear it or understand it, for the lie is so deeply imbedded in us.

This was the reality of the religious in Jesus’ day. Listen to what Jesus says in John 8:42-47 “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

When truth comes, it can seem offensive, abrasive, strong, and many say, who do you think you are? Why do you think you know something we don’t know? Jesus said, ““You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” (John 8:23) Jesus’ brother James said it this way, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:13-17)

Many religious people, devout Jews, sincere Torah readers missed Jesus in their midst because when the truth came they couldn’t hear it, see it or understand it, because they had believed a lie, the fruit of their life proved it, but they were not willing to humble themselves in order to be set free. May we never be so proud we miss the truth that is manifesting right now all around us. Our freedom depends on us knowing the truth!