God Loves To Laugh!

How close are love, joy, and fun connected?
I understand when Jesus said; “that you joy may be made full.” Where there is pure love, will there be joy?
Where there is sadness will there be pain?
Pain, many a time is the fruit of an absence of love.
Where there is joy is there an element of fun?
Does a happy person have fun?
So why should breaking out and laughing when the Holy Spirit gives utterance is such a no no in the church? This is religiosity!
Is God not pure love, and therefore pure joy, and if the Holy Spirit is full of joy does He not promulgate fun?
Of course I am against fabricated manifestations, but if our churches were filled with the joy of the Lord and manifest fun experiences that a joyous God gives, will it not attract a world that is desperately seeking joy?
If our churches are so much of a religious service, why should young people who want to have some fun at the beach give it up to come to church?
I am not espousing a crazy zoo of carnally created manifestations.
Neither am I saying that the Holy Spirit is not serious, nor does He not convict of sin, nor does He not want to teach us the scriptures.
What I am saying is that when the joy of the Lord is greater in the church than in any other worldly institution, the people will naturally come.
People are drawn to joy and fun. For that to happen, the Holy Spirit must be the only person of interest in our churches.
We need to be delivered from getting religious when the Holy Spirit breaks in with joy, laughter and let it rip!
For this revival will have joy and fun in it, the antithesis of what is happening in the world.

The Siamese Soul

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Greek Paraphrase:  It’s impossible for a double souled man to firmly take a stand in all of his ways.

Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 

Greek paraphrase: Purify your hearts, you double souled people!

Yesterday, I received a significant breakthrough in my life.

Double mindedness, or as the Bible more accurately calls it, being double souled, is a huge problem in the church.

I have suffered from this disease all of my Christian life.

Remember that man is spirit, soul and body.

Our spirits must our strongest bodily part if we are to be effective for God.

The soul is made up of our mind, will and emotion.

Our spirits are the organ which house the Holy Spirit.

Our spirits pick up the testimony or evidence which the Holy Spirit gives.

But it’s the function of our souls to recognize the Spirit’s voice. This is what our mind, in submission to the voice of the Spirit does.

The mind tells our will to obey the voice of God which it has recognized, and our will pulls our bodies to obey that voice

But a double minded man is in fact functioning with two separate souls.

His mind is sometimes submitted to the voice of the Spirit and appropriately does what the Spirit tells him.

Other times his mind is submitted to his fleshly agendas and he end up functioning outside of the Spirit’s voice.

Fruit bearing and success with God comes in proportion to pin point accuracy in discerning and obeying the Spirits voice.

Every person who comes into a relationship with God comes with the disorder of double mindedness.

A lot of it comes from our inability to trust God, so we end up trusting ourselves.

Or we don’t trust God because we think that we know better than Him.

For thirty four years God has freed me from this illness.

I can say that as to my rational, and conscious thinking, being doubled souled is something that God has freed me from.

Yet, I have seen myself responding angrily to things that God tells me to do .

Why, God?

Bill Gothard was a conference speaker in the 80’s.

He said that anger is an indication of unyieled rights to God.  Boy is that correct!

Whenever we don’t want to surrender something to God, we become angry.

Ps 37:11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Mt 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Gothard went on to to say that the opposite to anger is meekness.

Meekness is not weakness.

The meek man is one who has yielded his rights to God, and by doing that He inherits the all that God has.

Surrendering the little that we have to God entrusts Him to give us everything, for He can trust that we will yield back to Him what is not of Him.  But the unyielded and angry man holds tightly on to the little box of his rights, blinded to the immensity of all that God wants to give to him which surrounds his box.

I’ve been feeling so angry recently.

I wondered why if I am free from double mindedness and have yielded my right to God, where did it come from?

When I prayed with my wife yesterday, God revealed the mystery.

Double mindedness or being two souled is not only a malady of the conscious, but of the subconscious and unconscious mind.

I realized that by the power of God I must cast off and put off all traces of being two souled in the sub and conscious mind.

Yesterday, I had to take these to the cross and the blood of Christ.

I finally hit a pure connection with the presence of Jesus in my spirit. Until then, I struggled with discerning the will of God and going with that will . Double mindedness in my sub and unconscious mind were waging battle against me, and I would be tossed to and fro

A huge battle has been won!

2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity <572> that is in Christ.

2Co 1:12  For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity <572> and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Mt 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single <573>, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Lu 11:34  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single <573>, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Haplous and haplotes are a noun and an adjective.  These are Strong Words # 572 and # 573.

They are the opposite to being double minded.

The haplous man is one who lives in the singleness, simplicity, integrity, wholeness and soundness of one who is freed from double mindedness in his conscious, sub and unconscious mind.

He is in pure contact with the will of God and the voice of the Holy Spirit.

He has a pure connection to the God who lives within Him. He is single in his soul, rather than double.

2Co 8:2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality <572>.

2Co 9:11  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness <572>, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

2Co 9:13  Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal <572> distribution unto them, and unto all men;

It’s interesting that liberality and generosity is also the word , haplous.

God is liberal and generous.

The haplous man  is liberal because He lives in “ live single wire” contact with the Spirit of God, who is ultimately generous.

He who refrains from tithing under the guise of its not in the NT, must check out if he is double souled. I suspect that his real reason for not giving is his “Siamese Soul.”


The Battle: The Revelation of Christ

2 Cor 13:3  Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

2 Cor 13:3 tells us that The Christ which has been given to live within us, is always mighty and powerful in ability.  His might and ability becomes a reality in proportion to His revelation.

4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

The Greek further tells us in verse four, that in the same way that a tree lives from its roots as they get nutrients found in the soil, we must live our lives rooted in the power of God, as it is released in proportion to the revelation of Christ.

 Philip 3:21  Who shall change our lowly body, that it may be fashioned like his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things to himself.

Another vital treasure dwelling within Christ, and one, which we will refer to in the rest of this study, is “the Christ whom subdues all things to Himself.”

To subdue, is a military term comparable to a general with an army in perfect submission, hierarchy, and order, beneath him.

One of the most important desires of Christ is to subdue all that is not of Him in this military and hierarchical order. The verses immediately below all use the very same Greek word found for the subduing in Philippians 3:21; thus showing a vital part of the mind of God towards us in the finished work of Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:27  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

1 Corinthians 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 Ephesians 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power (dominion) of his might (inner strength).

Christ ability to subdue is an absolute necessity for you, since it is the work of Christ to set us free.

Subduing however, can also have a very negative connotation.  Dictators, such as Hitler, Castro, and others, focused their whole lives on the subduing of people.

Christ, likewise, focuses much of His work in subduing, but only of things that are evil and harmful to humanity.

In the case of evil dictators, the subduing of people is called dominating, or exercising dominion over them. This evil exercise of dominion accomplishes a power as it is carried out, called the power of dominion or domination, in proportion to the strength of the dictator.

In Eph 6:10 we find this exact principle at work.  Translated for us it commands us to be empowered in the Lord and in the domination or dominion exerted by His strength.

This dominion or domination is what gives the Lord the ability to subdue all things unto Himelf.

Are we beginning to get the picture?  The revelation of Christ within us, triggered by the law of the cross through our obedience, reveals the Christ who dominates and subdues all, thus setting us free!

Eph 3:16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened(dominion) with might (dunamis power) by his Spirit in the inner man;

Greek: That God’s power deposited into your inner man through the Holy Spirit will be seen or translated as Christ’s dominion within you.

The results of this subduing or dominion whisks us right into verse seventeen.

17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

To dwell, is defined as a inhabitant being in comfortable control of his home, thus allowing him to live in the peace and authority which has been purchased through that control.

Christ desires to dwell in this very fashion within our hearts.  He can only do so in believers that fully obey Him, allowing “the Christ that dominates and subdues all evil” to set them free, so that He may dwell and exercise the full authority of the kingdom, through them.

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty( inward strength) power,(outward dominion)

The exceeding greatness of this power is funneled into those who continuously believe.  The inward strength of God, which is displayed as His outward dominion, is translated as the exceeding greatness of His power, which is funneled into the believer. This funneling is limited to the continual believing of the Christian, which in turn is defined as the uncompromising moment-by-moment obedience to God’s rhema word.

20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

He wrought: This is very powerful!

The Greek perfect tense is used with this verb.  As we know, the Greek perfect tense is an accomplished event in history, having an eternal impact.

Which He wrought, can be defined, as the working through, or the accomplishing of something with absolute effectiveness, resulting in its becoming fully operational.

The exceeding greatness of God’s power; the translation of the dominion of the strength found within God, is fully and eternally operational inside the Person of His Son!  This very Christ lives within us, beloved!

The effective and full operation of this dominating or subduing power can be proved in that Christ sat down at the right hand of the Father after His resurrection.  One who sits down can only do so after conquering all; it is the position of rest.

This is why we always see Christ sitting down in the parables of His kingdom and glory.  His sitting down is the result of His absolute victories, thus allowing for the release of His glory through the works of the kingdom

Matthew 8:11  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Matthew 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Herein is another aspect of God’s dominion fully operational within Christ, in that He was raised FAR IN DISTANCE above all that is opposed to Him.

22  And put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

The full and effective operation of the exceeding greatness of God’s power inside of Christ, is not only witnessed that in all things to Christ, He rose far above them in physical distance, but they are now likewise subdued in a military fashion under His feet.

Finally and most important, THIS VERY CHRIST which has the full operation of the exceeding greatness of God’s power resident within Him, has been given to live within us!

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Greek: Fills all things in all people.

To fill all things in all people, is the fullness of Christ’s revelation, which reveals the Christ who has the full operation of God’s dominating power, which sets us free!


What Is Freedom?

For many, freedom is the power to choose as they will and to do anything that they will. But for Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner freedom has to do with the actualization of human existence in its unity and totality. In other words, freedom is the conscientious choices that man make towards becoming the realized human that he was created to be in all of his unity and totality. The work of Jesus Christ was to re-open the door for human being to become the transcendental, supernatural, eternal creäture, liberated from death and corruption, and fit to the enjoy the realms of eternal glories, in company of the eternal God. This is what Rahner calls the actualization of human existence in its unity and totality. Hence any pre conceived freedom which man performs which does not take him towards the actualization of the fullness of his human existence is really not freedom but slavery.  In Christ Jesus, I believe, dwells then the true freedom of man.