The Harp
He That Hath an Ear
Healing Is The Children's Bread
His Planting
How Shall We Escape
Joy Cometh!

The Harp . . .

While Sharon and I were visiting the Harrari Harp factory in Jerusalem a number of years ago, we learned one of the most interesting stories concerning David and his first harp.

It is held by tradition that Israel’s Psalmist, King David, taught himself to play the harp as he watched the flocks of his father. This was long before he was called to be the King of Israel. The harp he played made no audible sound but was held close to the breast and nestled against the temple and cheek bone. The “sound” resonated in the bones of the musician and, thus, turned his entire body into a sound board.

I was reminded of that story just recently. The Lord impressed me that the  instrument was personal, meant only for the private enjoyment and intimate worship of the individual musician. Only the worshiper and God could hear the “new song” that was played on the strings by fingers guided by the issues of the heart.

This intimacy of worship, learned by the shepherd boy David, is what qualified him to be King of Israel and caused God to say, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22 KJV) 

It was there, in the cold dark of night, when the bear and lion, went about seeking whom, or what, they might devour, that this worshiping shepherd boy learned to draw the strength and courage that would allow him to save the sheep of his charge from the ravaging animals.

It was out of these hours of intimate of worship that David eventually came to the place where he would bring down the giant champion of the Philistine army. It would be done with nothing but a sling, his love of the Ancient of Days, and a stone guided by the God of the whole earth.

The Heart . . .

As this, what to me was a revelation, gently and sweetly settled into my being, I came to ponder a verse of scripture that I had read. This verse is found in the sacred text of the Bible in the book of John. This one verse began to speak volumes to my heart :
     Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved . . .; which also leaned on his breast at supper, . . . (John 21:20 KJV). 

The Apostle John was so aware of the love of God that he called himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” In another version it reads, “the disciple that Jesus dearly loved and highly esteemed.” This young man understood grace and was not ashamed to lean on the breast of his Savior and Lord.

Jesus, the exact image and likeness of the invisible God, the Word, or Sound, of God:
     [Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15 Amp) .

This verse in John 21 shows us the disciple with his head leaning on the Harp of God.

As he laid his head upon this holy chest of the Incarnate, he came to hear the very heart beat of God.

That he heard with his natural ear goes without saying, but it can be seen that he heard with his “inner ear,” His spirit heard the pulse of God who is Love. He heard what no one else could hear and worshiped.

It was out of this time of intimate worship that John came to the place where he had no fear of being associated with the Master. He was willing to be at the Cross, commit to caring for Jesus’ mother, endure banishment to Patmos, and come out of a cauldron of boiling oil with worship in his heart.

How Shall We Escape . . .

The first quarter of this year ended with the Resurrection promise of the Easter celebrations. We have once again been faced with the Cross of Calvary and must decide what we will do with so great a salvation:

   How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]? For it was declared at first by the Lord [Himself], and it was confirmed to us and proved to be real and genuine by those who personally heard [Him speak]. Hebrews 2:3 (Amp)
If we neglect it’s implication and refuse to pay attention to it, we will most certainly find our lives shipwrecked upon the Rock that will grind us to powder:
    Everyone who falls on that Stone will be broken [in pieces]; but upon whomever It falls, It will crush him [winnow him and scatter him as dust].  Luke 20:18 (Amp)
The decision to cast their lives upon the Stone (Christ Jesus) has been left entirely up to each individual. The wrong decision inevitably leads to utter destruction as surely as the right decision leads to a life of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost and the promise of everlasting life.

Grace has been extended in such a lavish display of the love of God that we, too often, consider that it must have had no cost. This we do much in the same way we take the universe with all of its galaxies for granted, smugly suggesting that all of the harmonic symphony of mass, motion and light were a happenstance explosion of extremely heavy, albeit infinitesimal matter, without explaining where this matter might have originated.

It Cost God Everything . . .

The simple truth is, it cost God everything. Grace is free to receive by faith, but not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
 

    For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;  Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] Ephes. 2:8-9 (Amp)
Grace carries the love of God that never fails, and, therefore, the power of God.
    For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16 (Amp)

   Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end] . . . 1 Cor. 13:8 (Amp)

It carries His wealth, in that “He became poor that we might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9), and His healing provision because, “by His wounds you were healed” 1 Pet. 2:24 (Amp), as well as every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).

What more do we want? How can we neglect what cost God everything? How can we but give our all to Him who gave His all for us? Let us fall on “that Stone” and allow our “self “ to “be broken [in pieces]” so that we, following after, “may apprehend that for which also [we were] apprehended of Christ Jesus. Philip. 3:12 (KJV).

Healing is the Children’s Bread . . .

“And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” (Matthew 15:22-28 KJV).

All who were not of the house of Israel were considered gentile dogs. This precious woman of great faith understood the grace of God Almighty. She recognized that even the dogs eat the same fare as is set on their masters table. This great truth is proven out again and again in Scripture and in modern day experience.

The message of the Gospel is that, healing is in the atonement and is available to all who will reach out to Jesus, the Healer.

In the Second Chapter of Mark we see Jesus healing a man in order to verify His ability to forgive sins: “Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (Mark 2:9-11 KJV).

The man was instantly healed!

Jesus Christ, the same ... Today!

I have just returned from a very fruitful ten days in Nigeria, where not only the children were healed but the lost as well. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8 KJV).

Two young deaf boys now hear clearly because our God is still Jehovah Rapha [The God that heals] and His Word is still true: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 KJV). “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24 KJV).

The stripes of Jesus not only gave them the ability to hear, but one of them was also dumb [unable to speak] and now is able to talk. His future is brighter than ever because Jesus passed his way. Many others were healed and delivered from demonic torments. The result was, that close to a hundred people came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the nightly evangelism crusade.

Each of them has been followed up and will be discipled by the sponsoring church. The Rev. Dr. Boma Lawson and his Calvary Temple International Church congregation put on the “Prophetic Signal 2004” conference that included the nightly crusade meetings. The church was filled and over flowing, with people standing outside the windows and over sixty children in a tent next to the church building.

He said that morning, “The church has not been full since we built it. This is very exciting!”

Calvary Temple and two other Nigerian churches will be starting the G-12 vision as soon as we can send them the training materials. One church in Benin is also going to join the G-12 vision with us.

Thank you for your support and prayers!

HeThat Hath ...
Over and over again, the Lord admonishes us to Hear what the Spirit of God is saying. Each time we press in and pay attention with a hearing ear we are given a charge and a promise of eternal worth:
     Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the  paradise of God.

Could it be that a person living in the 21st Century can hear the Voice of the Lord? We confidently and boldly answer, YES!
     Rev. 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

We must also learn to hear that still, small voice speaking Spirit to spirit. It will never alter nor contradict the written Word but will bring specific insight, direction and encouragement to each individual that will dare learn to listen.
     Rev. 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Prayer and fasting can, and will, help to tune one's ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. God is speaking. But, are we listening?
     Rev. 2:29, 26  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  ...And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Hear  ...
Several years ago the Lord spoke to me that the scheduled Conference in Legaspi, Philippines should be canceled. Pastor Sharon and others had a similar leading. Had they not listened to the Voice of the Lord they could have been among those evacuated from the villages surrounding the Legaspi area as the Mayon Volcano erupted.
     Rev. 3:5, 6  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,  but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

As we learn to listen to the Voice of God we need the balanced help and instruction of others more experienced.
     Rev. 3: 12,13 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of  my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Be a student of the art of communication. Conversing with another human being or with God Himself is a skill that takes a life time to perfect. Enjoy the process!
      Rev. 3:21, 22  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I  also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

His Planting...
The Lord has desired to have a people of His planting since before the Garden of Eden. In this dispensation He desires to plant His children in the House of His choosing. He wants them firmly established in the House of God, the local church of His calling.

    Exodus 15:17  Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
Many precious children of God are missing the blessing of belonging to a local church (Sanctuary) which God has established because of their own unwillingness to yield to His way of nurturing, developing, strengthening and maturing those who belong to His family.

E ven full time ministers need a place that they can call home; a place where God has planted them for their nurturing and care. Traveling ministers need a home more than any other saint, if that be possible. It is for mutual protection and carries a promise of fruitfulness and prosperity.

    2 Samuel 7:10  Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more,... [1Chron. 17:9]

    Psalm 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of ourGod.

In The House ...

His promise to those in the house is that their ministries will spring up, fly out, break forth and  flourish.  Many go it alone simply because they have been hurt or disappointed by someone or something and so never really learn to enjoy the strength, comfort, joy and comradery that is available to every dedicated member of a local church. Fear that someone will control or restrict their ministry is nothing more than a root of bitterness that has taken hold because of   someones immaturity or a misunderstanding that was not worked through to resolution and has given place to a spirit of fear. Being held accountable is not legalistic control and should hold no fear. If accountability is a problem so is integrity.

G od wants each of us to be accountable to someone. First, to Him and His Word. Secondly, to the leadership that He has called to come along side us.

Last month I dealt with the danger of soul peace and being lead by the impressions of the soul that allows the flesh to protect the soul (redefining terms and concepts to satisfy the context of our desire, thereby satisfying the soulish nature and achieving soul peace rather than the peace that agreeing with the Spirit brings). We must train ourselves to apply the Word of God to our situations and circumstances rather than letting the soul be comfortable.

Beloved, let God plant you so that you can be one who gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; so that every sheep of Gods pasture might be called a tree of righteousness, the plantingof the Lord, that He might be glorified. Let's  build the old wastes, raise up the former desolations, repair the waste cities, and the desolations of many generations as we return home.

Joy Cometh!

One of the great promises in Scripture is that Joy Cometh! What this means to the Child of God is that, Joy came, is coming and will always come. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8 KJV). In Him there is always the promise of renewal: ...    weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  Psalm 30:5

Morning renewal is a now, and ever present life style to those walking in faith: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Psalm 51:12

What exactly is "morning renewal"? By that I mean that Joy Cometh when the bright and shining Morning Star comes; when the Sun of Righteousness is arisen in our hearts; when the Outraying of the Divine sheds His Light abroad. In other words, you don't have to wait for sun rise, you only need Son rise to dispel the darkness of your night! Malachi 4:2 (KJV)  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun [Son] of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

By accepting the joy that God has given in the Person of His Son now ("Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" - Heb11:1) instead of waiting for it to break through our darkness, we learn that Joy Cometh is not outside of our reach but is received by those who believe. We learn that this kind of joy is not circumstantial or situational, but that it rests solely upon our relationship with Jesus. We find that we can call Son rise before sun rise and that the darkness of hopelessness, fear and depression will fade away in light of His glorious grace.

Give It Away!

It is true that God so loves each individual that He gave His Only Begotten Son. It is also true that it gives the Father great pleasure to bless each of His covenant children. However, the love and provision of God was never meant to stop there. Every time a child of God is blessed there is a release of blessing that is meant to flow out to others.
Genesis 22:18 (KJV)  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Galatians 3:16 (KJV)  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

You are an heir of the promise made to Abraham as you abide in Anointed One, Jesus. In Christ you are blessed and are meant to be a blessing.

There is a song that says, "The world didn't give it, and world can't take it away ...". Joy Cometh is a spiritual truth that can not be counterfeited. It is not natural in it's origin and cannot be lost by the occurrence of natural events. Neither can Satan take your joy from you. He didn't give it, and he can't take it away. If you let him steal your joy he will steal everything else because you will become weak.
Neh. 8:10 (KJV) ... the joy of the LORD is your strength.

When Joy Cometh it is meant to be given away. The revelation of how to appropriate the same joy that Jesus has with the Father must be imparted to as many as will receive it. Sowing will always cause you to reap the benefits. Satan will be overcome and you will live in resurrection power. "... they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony..."

"The world didn't give it, and world can't take it away ..."
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