The imaginations and thoughts of the heart are meant to be in use. It is not meant to lay dormant for emergencies only. If it is not in use we are limiting God in the things He wishes us to bring forth by faith. We should be continually growing in all areas and should be living exiting lives where we believe for things we would have thought impossible in the past. The present political situation in our country, challenges in our health and family should be a challenge to overcome in our minds to not live in it but above it.
Deut 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live:”
I believe that all our readers have the understanding that the imagination can bring forth the things we really desire. God has given each one of us imaginations and thoughts of the heart. He has made a way for man to be supernaturally provided for. In Gen 6:5 God destroyed the earth because the above mentioned thoughts and imaginations of the heart was continually evil . The imaginations were not in use to bring forth good but evil.
As we can see the place inside of us, is the heart of man which has also been identified as the conscience. For the sake of understanding this letter let us call it the “IMAGERY”. This is of course the kingdom of God in us.
This is the place in us we used to play in as children, in our imagination.
I am sure that each one of our readers have managed to bring things out of the imagery. Anything we really have need of can be seen in the imagery, and if we can do this continually those desires of the heart will come because God promises it. This place inside us is like soil that when it has been properly prepared we can sow a seed in it and expect the power of the soil of the imagery to bring forth whatever we have imagined. Eph 3:22
From the last Email it must sound like very hard work to live this Kingdom of God life.
However the rewards are high. We are not only promised everlasting life but peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Rom 14:17: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
The promise of peace and joy in this life is not a small matter. The people of this world go to extreme lengths to have peace and joy. Most think they will be happy if they have material things. While they are struggling to get the money they have to use drugs, sex or gambling to find some peace in the mind while they are waiting for their ship to come in.
I know Christians that are struggling with illnesses, deep regret, broken hearts, fears and even superstitions. We are not being spiritual if we think the devil is hidden somewhere in a physical object. We already have enough trouble with the lusts of the flesh to go and give Satan other powers he does not possess. In the words of Martin Luther: “We have enough to do all our life long in taming the body, slaying its lusts and compelling its members to obey the Spirit and not the lusts”.
Some of our readers are still struggling to understand the practicality of the kingdom of God.
Is it really the way God supplies all our needs?
As explained many times before the natural man is a carnal man driven by the fruits of the flesh, living by pride or for itself. This natural state in the heart of man is as Genesis 6:5 describes.
Gen 6:5: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
God caused the flood because of this heart that is wicket, ignorant and evil and chaotic. This is described as being the kingdom of darkness, deep and dark. Some people choose to give their kingdom of the mind to the beasts of Revelation 17:17. If the Holy Spirit chooses, He moves upon the face of our deep and calls light into being. This is when we give our hearts to God. Gradually we grow into being the Kingdom of God. Revelation 12:10 and the old kingdom which is called Babylon (Rev 17:5) begins to fall. Slowly the Holy Spirit finds more and more room in our hearts until the imaginations and thoughts of the heart becomes the dwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Last month I started telling of the way the Kingdom of God functions by faith. To explain all of it will take a book, but I will tell of the way it was explained to me by my brother Paul, who had no idea that he was explaining the power of the kingdom of heaven; he was simply aware of this power and used the power to live by, to give God glory.
The kingdom works with a seed of like substance. If you want maize you need to sow maize seed and so on. I do not know what your particular need is but if you want to use this principle you must ask the Holy Spirit to show you what seed you must sow.
Example, when I grew tired of being alone I asked the Lord to give me a wife and asked Him to show me the seed I must sow. It turned out that I must sow myself. I had to sow my flesh and not look at another woman until God send a woman who would repack my closet. This was to be my wife and together we practiced the principles of the Kingdom of God.
During my resent holiday I have seen lots of misery and have come to the conclusion that the Kingdom of God is not preached as Jesus told us to. Jesus spent a lot of time saying how the Kingdom of God functions in many different ways using Parables. For lack of space I cannot list them all here.
The crux of the matter is that God supplies exactly what we sow by the way we sow. A Good measure pressed down shaken together running over like in Luke 6:38. If we judge we will be judged, if we forgive we will be forgiven. What we sow we will reap.
As a young man I had to learn this simple lesson that I should just begin to do what my hand finds to do. Today I know this to be a kingdom principle. It seems impossible but this is the miraculous way God supplies all our needs. This principle alludes many and causes a lot of frustrations and jealousy.
Last month I wrote to you concerning exercising discipline in our lives as a way of dying to our flesh. Previously I mentioned that I have been reading the work of Martin Luther. Luther has a very deep understanding of the flesh.
Luther accuses the Pope of his time to have darkened the word “flesh”, to mean only sexual lust or lechery.
The monks divided themselves into different religious orders which followed different teachers and church leaders very much the way we still do. They wore their hair differently, believed themselves to be holier than all others while some lashed themselves to kill the flesh, others did not think it was bad to be obese. Luther concludes by saying “that these are works of the flesh.”
In this same way the word flesh is still darkened and hardly mentioned in sermons. Popular teachers are motivational speakers that use the Word, but the cross and sanctification is never mentioned. I am leaving it to the reader to decide which of these things are of the “flesh”. I would like to add that we are not to judge others but rather avoid.
Growing in the spirit is what the gospel is all about, for Christ is the life giving Spirit. (Giving life and life abundantly in John 10:10.) To grow in the spirit has humble beginnings which lead to more humility.
Those who think that works make them holy have missed it. That’s the wrong path. Our purpose is to die – to the flesh. Before we can however assail such a mighty enemy as those mentioned in Gal 5:19 we have to begin with humble tasks such as making our bed and cleaning our room. Leaving a filthy bathroom for others to clean for you is not anything God will bless.
I was under the impression that the tasks I was performing was of greater importance than those humble tasks servants can perform. I thought, let me go forward. Let me do the things others can’t then they can have something to do. However, everything you do out of a unorganized and undisciplined mind will fail. I have had to learn the hard way. Never place yourself that high. Leaving things in an untidy state behind you is showing the state your mind really is in. From the moment you rise in the morning until you go to bed shows the order in your mind which results in spiritual growth. As the physical house or job becomes orderly the spirit becomes ordered and life giving. The Bible teaches us that physical things are also spiritual.
Historically it has been proven that the church is never better than when it is being persecuted. In our time it is not so much a physical persecution but one of the spirit.
Attending the funeral of my late friend Rudi de Ridder, I noticed how few people are standing up to the challenges we face in this country. For the persecution we face is of threats of losing our property or suffering in drought, being pushed of the road by taxis and losing your job. I do not get out a lot, and driving to Johannesburg and listening to all these people and the complaints of bad roads and hospitals, terrible service in government departments the arrogance and pride. The sewerage plants are broken and my friend cannot be cremated because not one of the crematoriums is working. This all sounds like persecution to me.
As I have been experiencing a breakthrough in my prayer life, I feel that I should share it with our readers because many are still not entering in to the presence of God. Most people don’t have the time but others are misled into other religious doctrines. I have spent a lot of time trying to understand the point of view of many well meaning teachers. The problem is that most teachers don’t understand that all things that are physical are spiritual. One fellow does not want people to anoint themselves with oil for he reckons (correctly) that the anointing must happen inside the hypothalamus. However it is the physical anointing that causes the spiritual anointing. In the same way the physical flood, flooded the world and drowned all that lived, we are flooded by inner turmoil that causes spiritual death. Jesus is our Prince of peace who gave His life on the cross so that we may live a life free from the flood the enemy causes in our heart.
Isa 59:19: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
The fact that each husband should be the priest of his household seems to be widely accepted yet it seems that there are a lot of misconceptions in the implementing of this task.
Some of the guys want to lay down personal laws and expects the family to fall in line- which causes rebellion. Some people are leaving churches for instance because they do not agree with the rules. This same thing happens in families and businesses or partnerships. The key to having successful partnerships is mutual respect and being in agreement.
Mat 18:19: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
Gen 1:3: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
The word “light” is translated as ‘illumination, lightning, Happiness’ and my favourite is ‘morning sun.’
As you know by now when you draw the line across the forehead in the place you wear a crown, the upper half of the cranium is similar to the shape of a rising sun. When you visualise the thorn crown on the “line” we realise how Christ gave His life so we may have a Christ mind.
We wish all our readers absolute infilling of the Christ Spirit in this year. Greater awareness of His Spirit within us as He teaches us to be transformed and renewed in our thinking. May our spirit be enlarged as the Holy Spirit is enthroned in our hearts. May the eyes of our spirit be ever more unveiled so we may see further and continually.
Another year in which we can strive for the integrity of the heart as we learn to guard the heart against the W.I.F.E. (Will, Intellect, Feeling and Emotion) by remaining in Christ.