Tofu


What is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost? It’s kind of like tofu. I will explain.

When John the Baptist baptized the Lord Jesus River for the repentance of sins, the Lord was submerged underneath the water. This act of submergence and His emerging out of the water had much more significance than the simple physical act of plunging into the waters of the Jordan.

Symbolically speaking, when the Lord was immersed in the water He portrayed the burying of humanity’s old life without God.

His coming up out of the water was symbolic of humanity coming forth out into a new life free from sin, to serve the living God.

In my case, days after being baptized into the Atlantic Ocean, I started to experience a freedom from sinful habits that I had not been able to until then. The simple act of submersion and emergence from those cold February waters had an influence or effect back on me.  The immersion and emergence from the waters had in a way set me free.

The baptism of in the Holy Spirit has the very same effect on us, just in a different dimension.

Mark 1:8  I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you (Immerse, and submerge you) with ( Greek grammar case of location. Not “with” but “in”; residing within a location, or a domain, world and its sovereignty) the Holy Ghost.

While John baptized INTO the water for the forgiveness of sins, the Lord Jesus baptizes INTO the Holy Ghost.  Why is the baptism in the Holy Spirit so important?

Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing,  (Greek: a “ready mind”)  but the flesh is weak.

The world of the Spirit is as that of a “continual ready mind” or a mind that is in perpetual state of readiness, while the world of the flesh is weak and infirm.

Biblical baptism entails the imbuement or submersion of one object into a second object. The submergence or immersion of the first item into a second item places the first item into the location or inside the world or domain where the second item resides.

Once within the sphere of the second item’s world, this latter one can now exercise its influence back upon the first one, even to the point of changing the first item to resemble it, by permeating it with its qualities and characteristics.

The effect of the second item working its effect and influence back through to the first item as it permeates it and changes it is called the instrumentality of the second object.

Galatians 3:27 tells us that we are located in the sphere of the world of Christ, so that Christ can work instrumentally back through us, by affecting us, to conform us to His image.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ(submerged into the domain, sphere, or world of Christ’s influence and sovereignty ) have put on Christ (now wear Christ, whom as clothes which totally cover us, influences and affects back through us to conform us into His image.)

I once read an excellent example of Biblical baptism.  In the days of Christ there was a recipe to create a “pickled” vegetable.  It was said that a vegetable was BAPTISED into THE LOCATION or SPHERE of a vinegar solution.  After a while, the vinegar WORKED INSTRUMENTALLY BACK through the vegetable and “pickled” it.

Tofu, likewise, acquires the taste and texture of any food that it is baptized into.  We can say that with whatever food the tofu is BAPTISED INTO, it is INSTRUMENTALLY influenced back by that food to make the tofu like it.

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Bahamian coffee with Nassau Royale

 

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Pneumatism


1 Thessalonians 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit(pneuma) and soul(psyche) and body(soma) be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul (psyche) and spirit( pneumatos) , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The role of the human spirit is generally a passive or inactive one.  The soul on the contrary is always active.  Our spirit works as a protective womb for the presence and the motions of the Spirit of the Living God within us.  It is very much connected with our hearts, and our consciences.

John 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

The role of our spirit is not to do, but to give an eye witness account.  Our homes have no other function but to house its dwellers.  The building is really of no importance.  The activities that take place within it are the ones of consequence what our Lord does.

We are “character witnesses who observe, and give evidence to the reputation, conduct, and moral nature” of the indwelling Christ to a dying world. (Meridian Webster dictionary definition).

It is only God’s activity that counts, and often it has little to do with ours.  Our busy activities many times get in the way of the Lord.  The body of Christ gets deceived because it does so much instead of just being.  Does a bottle work, or does it simply demonstrate what is inside?  God does need a lively Christian with a head full of bustling programs and agendas.  He needs a dead one that will display Him.  Remember, we are dead!  Christ is the one living in us.

The soul is a combination of our mind, will, intellect and emotions.  Its function contrary to the spirit is not to reveal, but to actively work and choose.  It is the mediator between our bodies and our spirits.

The soul is constantly involved in a struggle to choose between the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the promptings of our carnal flesh, our un renewed minds, the world, and the trickeries of Satan.  The Spirit of the living God within us, must become manifested enough to win the battle for the soul.

The responsibility of the soul then is to submit itself continuously to the Holy Spirit.  When it does that, the soul will take us in the ways of the Lord.  God must bring our will to a point where it has no more desire than to submit itself to the wishes of the Holy Spirit.

Our emotions must be healed and stilled before the Lord by the cross, so that we can attend to that “still small voice within”.

Immature believers, or believers that are still bound in the throes of demonic oppression or past hurts, are unable to discern clearly the quiet voice of the Lord within.  Because the emotions are still screaming out, they drown out the presence of the Lord.

All deliverance, inner healing, counseling, and therapy must be directed at setting us free to hear and uncompromisingly obey the Holy Spirit.  Healing is the means of becoming spiritual or pneumatic Christians.  Our mind and intellect must be renewed by the word of God so that it can adequately understand what the Holy Spirit wishes.

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Big Fruit


The rhema word, differs from the logos word.

Jesus is called the Logos Word.

The Logos Word describes an idea or concept.

Jesus defined to humanity the concept of the invisible Heavenly Father.

The rhema word on the other hand, is a specific and living word given by the Holy Spirit to meet you in a specific circumstance.

It’s essential for us to learn to hear and live by the rhema word.

 Luke 5:5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy RHEMA word I will let down the net.  

The disciples of Jesus had been painfully laboring throughout the night to catch fish, and had produced little.  This story tragically defines the activity of our churches.

Much of our work has been spent upon programs, agendas, and committees, and little upon the guidance, strategy, and power of the Holy Spirit through the rhema word.

The church is notorious for sowing much and reaping little because of this

If we would get less busy and spend more time listening to and doing the rhema word of the Holy Spirit, big fruit is guaranteed.

Notice that the “one rhema” of Jesus brought a huge catch.

Without ever compromising the gospel of the power of God, the church must get the strategy of God through His rhema word to be relevant in this social media culture.

Christian leaders must become spiritual entrepreneurs by the rhema word.

 

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Who has the best ideas? I think that its Jesus. @ The Met, NYC

Person To Person


Christianity is not About Things But About the Revelation of a Person!

  • The church is supposed to preach a person, and not things, but it doesn’t!

1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

 1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

  • Only the Person of Christ being formed and birthed in us is of any capacity or ability for us to overcome and get the victory.

Gal6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth(inward strength and force, to have strength to overcome health, ability, capacity) any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Ga 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,(as a baby being formed in the womb)

  • We Don’t Need Blessings, We Need the Revelation of the Person of Christ, the Source of All Blessings

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all  spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

  • In the Revelation the Person of Christ We Have a Complete Victory Over the Devil

Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

  •  In the revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ we experience total victory over the devil

Joh 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

1Jo 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

  • In The Revelation of the Person of Christ We Have an Absolute Victory Against the World

1Jo 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • In the Revelation of the Person of Christ We have an Absolute Victory Against the Flesh

Ga 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Ro 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. The revelation of the person of Christ Jesus brings forth has broken the bondage of sin

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ is the Source of all Spiritual Gifts

1Co 1:6  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7  So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:  The revelation of the person of Christ Jesus is the source of all spiritual gifts

 Re 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ We Are Complete and Need Nothing Else

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ dwells all of the fullness of God.

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: The revelation of the person of Christ Jesus makes us complete in all that God has for us, and in our deliverance and freedom.

Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.   The revelation of the person of Christ Jesus fills each of us with all that Christ is and has for us in all aspects of our lives.

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ is the Power of God .

1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ of Christ is our freedom from sin- redemption

1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ the will of God is revealed

1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

  • In the revelation of the Person of Christ is our Healing

Mt 8:17  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

The church has still not gotten it after two thousand years that its all Person to Person.

Watch Average White Band perform Person to Person

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAtqfQoaUo

Fruit Bearing


Col 1:5  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Col 1:6  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

These are remarkable scriptures. They tell us much of how we should live as believers, as well as manage our local assemblies.

The gospel, in its written “logos” form, and through the spoken “rhema word” is a fruit-bearing dynamo.  Fruit bearing in the kingdom of God is made up of two dynamic features.  God always begins by working first in our spirits, and outward to our bodies, bringing spirit, soul, and body into the loving subjection of His voice. The word of God has the dynamic ability to first work inwardly in each of us, sanctifying us and filling us with God’s presence.

The infilling of God’s presence through His word then works outwardly to produce our spiritual gifts and ministries and compels us to go into all of the world for Christ’s sake. This is the two fold fruit bearing operation of the Word of God.

Fruit bearing through the word of God must meet two requirements if its two fold dynamic power is to be functional in us.  The end of verse six in Colossians says, “and knew the grace of God in truth:” The word “knew” is the Greek word “epiginosko”.  This word describes knowledge, which probes, and is thorough, accurate, and complete. So much so that this type of knowledge transforms us.

Of course, we won’t attain to a full knowledge of the things of God until we end up in eternity.  But our earthly motivation should be ever to grow more and more into this accurate, thorough, knowledge of God.

Secondly, is the word “truth”. The Greek word “aleithia” or truth, describes what is genuine, accurate, and in accordance with facts.  We must so know the word of God to comprehend fully the facts about God. We must quarry the gold mines of the gospel deeply to know accurately and comprehensively the genuineness of the things of God.  For us to benefit from the dynamic fruit bearing qualities of the gospel we must know it in full knowledge and truth.

God will not free us if what we think to be truth, is not. Our opinions are not worth a hill of beans if they don’t line up with the word of God.

Many teachings today are based on opinions and not the truth of the Bible.

They will do little in your life, and lead into greater error.

 

Invite Jose and Mary to teach, speak or minister at your group or church. Blessings!

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In Kampala Uganda waiting to minister

 

Glory


Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The church’s most important job is to bring forth the glory of the Lord into all of the earth, and throughout all eternity.

Glory is the invisible God becoming visible.

The glory of God is of supreme importance.  Through it, men are ushered into eternal salvation, physical healings take place, people are set free from demonic oppression, spiritual gifts are displayed, and revival of cities and nations that ultimately change civilization are started and carried out.

Civilization’s most essential requirement, and its most desperate need, is to be capable of beholding an invisible God, who desires to make Himself plainly evident, through Jesus Christ in His glory.

The key to all of humanity’s needs, past, present, and future, lie locked in the Person of Christ.  To the proportion that the invisible Christ becomes visible to mankind by His glory, is to the exact proportion that all of mankind’s needs will be met and answered forever.

The church of Jesus Christ is GOD’S ONLY UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENT, which can make Him visible by the fullness of His glory.

Aside from His glory as seen in creation, God has made for Himself no other avenue that will allow Him to become visible in a real, personal and intimate way to people.

God’s glory manifested through the church becomes the object of the world’s praise to God.  The more glory, the more praise.  The more glory, the more that Jesus Christ will be lifted up, and draw all men unto Him.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Pattern


Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
When Moses was about to build the tabernacle for God, God cautioned him to accurately construct it in accordance to a specific pattern that He would show him.  The Lord has a particular and unique pattern of ministerial construction for every local assembly, and every corporate and individual ministry.  In our Greek scriptures the word “admonished” is defined as “divine instruction according to revelation.” This is an exhortation for us to cautiously build our ministries step by step in line with the Holy Spirit’s wishes.
Every earthly ministry is as “an example and shadow of heavenly things.”   “An example”, is a copy or a model of the original.  Every ministry, which God calls us into, is the copy of an original which God has already created and dwells with Him in the heavenlies.  The brilliancy and the glory of these heavenly ministries create for us a shadow, or lets say an outline, for the ones who have been called to faithfully reproduce these ministries here on earth. The vast responsibility of all believers is to reproduce its heavenly original with the greatest of earthly accuracy.  The blessings of God will fall upon each ministry in proportion to how accurately it has been reproduced in “accordance with the pattern shown in the mount.”
One of the church’s great problems is that it has failed to grasp that every ministry has a “pattern shown in the mount.”  Because of this failure, we actively subscribe to, and create many   church activities.  Sadly enough, not many of them have much to do with any “patterns” that God has initially for them.  We sow much and reap little.  We will do much more by seeking and waiting upon the Lord for revelation, than in busily getting wrapped up in a host of church activities.

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