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I want to show you from a new point of view who Satan is. Yesterday we said he is the unconscious mind of men. Today I want to give you some ideas of how spiritual warfare works.
Satan is the corporate mind of the natural man. You have heard of the mind of Christ, and you know that he flows through many members. Satan is the unconscious mind flowing through the many members of the human race. We are not always aware of what he is thinking through us. Unless we are very strong in Christ, and unless we have been training in Christ to discern what spirit is giving us thoughts, he would have his way through us.
This is how spiritual warfare works. We had a lot of harassments today in the home that I am living in. As we were driving here, sister Cybil was saying that she has never seen such traffic on a Monday and wondered where all the traffic was coming from. We lost our electricity, we lost our water. A spirit of strife and division came into the household. We have been in prayer all day.
This is how it starts. I will show you how it works. Some of you may know how a rainbow in the sky is formed. We have some sunlight and then we have rain (Pastor SV drawing on the board). I am a very poor artist; these are raindrops, in case you do not know (laughter from the congregation).
When the rays of the sun (white light) hit the raindrops, science tells us that some of the rays are reflected off, whilst some rays pass through the water of the raindrops. These rays that pass through are refracted, that means they stop going straight and they bend, and go off in all different angles, and because of the change in medium, the white light separates into colors. This is known as dispersion.
When the rays hit the rear of the raindrop, they are reflected out again and form an image of the dispersed light in the sky, and you see a rainbow.
Sunlight passes through water, and we see in our natural sky, a rainbow. The light which is white, has been broken down to many parts, each part a different color.
This is our natural example which will help us to understand how the mind of Satan works. He is a spirit. We know he is darkness, but we are going to say he is a light form, spirit. We have the water of the living soul that died. We are all born of water. This world is 96% water. Your body is 96% water. The spirit of Satan is flowing through the water of our soul. He takes form, and looks like a man. He is many men.
This whole world system has taken form because this spirit has penetrated through your mind. He is the spirit of your mind, and is your ability to reason, to think, to formulate thoughts, to draw conclusions. That is what comes from the spirit. This spirit has literally penetrated the soul of the many members of the corporate soul, and he is appearing as the mind of the old man. There is one mind, and this mind, as a result of its thoughts, has projected the image of this world system.
However, we have the spirit of God, and he is penetrating the same soul. There is a new mind in the earth today. It does not think negative, it does not think death. It does not think hatred, strife or division. It thinks life.
We therefore have two minds in the earth today, and the battle is about what is going to appear in our world. Whose thought is going to appear, materialize, in our world? Was I going to get here tonight or was I not going to get here tonight? Was this meeting going to come together tonight or was it going to fall apart? Were you going to be here tonight or were you not going to make it here tonight? I am sure something happened in every one of your lives to make sure you were not going to be here tonight. This is the spiritual warfare.
There was an idea from the mind of God. The Lord says in one of the Prophets, I think good thoughts towards you.
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. KJV
What God thinks towards you, that is what you are. If you are here today, God’s thoughts materialized in your life, and that is who you are. If you are not here today, Satan’s thoughts materialized in your life, and that is who you are. We are talking about high realms of spiritual authority that have the power to bring their thoughts to this form.
This is a battle of two minds. I am not preaching to you what a lot of other preachers preach, that there is a war going on and we are not sure what the outcome of it would be. I am not preaching to you that Satan is God’s equal. He is not. We know the end from the beginning.
Satan is a wild venomous beast who got out from the beginning of time, but God has everything under control. He has never been out of control at any time. He let Satan run loose for a season, for His purposes. His purposes are finished, and because of the nature of Satan (he is lawless, he is unredeemable, he is insane in his mind), the Lord would not ask him to come back, because he is incapable of keeping the law, and the word of the Lord is a law.
If the Lord says,come back,Satan would say,no!The Lord knows that, so the Lord is overtaking him with thoughts that are coming from His mind. Satan is being attacked by the thoughts of God. He is being circumvented and swallowed up, till only the thoughts of God are in the earth.
This is the spiritual warfare. There are two spiritual beings thinking thoughts about you. One says that you are going to be here tonight, the other says that you are not going to be here tonight. This is the best science fiction I have ever heard in my life, but it is the truth. There is a superior spiritual intelligence that when they think, it happens. The thought went out that I am not going to be here tonight and this incredible traffic jam manifests. But there was another thought, glory to God, and it said that I am going to be here.
There is only one way that you are going to overcome this mind, and that is to fight the spiritual warfare. When God calls you to a place that you become a threat to Satan you are in the war. You become a threat to Satan when Christ begins to be formed in you, because Satan begins to lose his power over you. When you start turning towards God and turning your back on Satan you become a threat, because when the thoughts of God are manifested in enough minds, the whole world system is going to change.
What you think, is an image that is projected from the mind of Satan, the lawless, corrupt insane mind of the spiritual entity known as Satan, and he is our unconscious mind. If you are in Christ, you are at war with him. This is his world. Some people call it hell. Some people think that hell is a place you go to after you die. They quote the Scripture that says,it is given unto a man once to die and after that the judgment.
27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: KJV
I say unto you that you were alive when you were in the heavenlies, and when you were born into this world system, you died. Everything in this world system is dead. Everything here is dead. It is corrupting. Your body corrupts. If you are not in Christ, your mind corrupts. If you have a child and do not train him up in righteousness, he becomes a corrupted child.
There is no doubt about it, this is the valley of the shadow of death. The Lord has indeed put a table out for us here in hell. It is His Word, His Law, His Spirit, His righteousness. There is safety in hell. Does the scripture not say,If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there (Psalm 139:8)?
Let us get something straight here today. You are not going to burn in hell forever, because the fire that is in hell is Almighty God.Our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12.29). Our God is likened unto the sun. He is light. He is heat. He is Life. He is Glory. Satan is dark. He is cold. He is death. He is sin. David says in the Psalms that His God is with him when He is in hell.
I want to tell you that the fire in hell is Almighty God, and He is judging the sins in hell, and it is right here, now. This is it! You cannot see the forest for the trees. Every one that is suffering knows that this is hell. Brethren, you can adapt to anything.
The creation fell, it fell down into hell. At least you all know humanity is fallen, right? Where did it fall to? It fell down to hell. You do not have to leave here and go to hell, you fell into it already. Of course there are different degrees of hell. In this country (Nigeria), we see a lot of poverty. In other countries, there is not as much poverty, but it is still hell.
Either it is hell for your body, or it is hell for you soul or it is hell for your spirit. Some people suffer in all three. Some people suffer greatly in their body. I have heard of people who have 3 major diseases in their body at the same time, cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Some people have demons in their minds. Some have pain in their flesh and demons in their minds. A lot of people have money, they have material things, and they are lonely. They have painful situations. Some people have drugs problems.
We are fallen, and we are in hell, and in hell we must suffer trials. The degree of your suffering is dependent on the extent to which the fire has to burn away the family line sin in your life; that is the same measure to which you are suffering.Kiss the Son,the Scripture says,when His wrath is kindled but a little.
12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. KJV
It means get close to him, join with him, become one with him, to recover from the storm. What storm? The storm refers to all the things that are trying to destroy you, your whole life.
From the moment a child is born, there are all kinds of destruction coming against the child, including physical diseases. In the United States, we have a plague of parents destroying their own children.
Money is not the answer. I am not telling you to be poor, but I am telling you that money is not the answer. You should have enough money. You should pray for enough money to meet your needs. You should not be grieved in your heart because your needs are not met, but money is not the answer. Money has its own set of problems, but they are not as obvious, not as visible as physical poverty.
The only deliverance, complete deliverance, from the torment in hell is to join with Christ. When you are completely joined with Christ, and you are one spirit (But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.1Corinthians 6:17),and His spirit is your spirit, and His mind is your mind, then you will never be lonely again. You will never be sick again. Every problem you have will be solved because you will be dealing with it with the mind of Christ. You shall be in heaven.
When enough people are manifesting the mind of Christ (I do not know how many people it is going to take), then this whole world is to going to change. This world is just an image, it is a projection, it is an illusion. The only reality is spirit. Spirit has no form or shape.
The example the Lord has given me for you isThe Invisible Man. This is a film that came out about 20 years ago in the United States. It is a story about a doctor who was experimenting and he became invisible. He could not communicate with anybody. When he went to his family, he frightened them when they heard a voice just coming out from the air. So he took bandage, crepe bandage, and wrapped it around his face, and wore a coat, gloves, shoes, and a hat, and he was seen. You could see his features and everybody realized he was a man.
That is what the Lord is doing. You are spirit. You are spirit. You are not this body, neither are you this personality. You are spirit. The Lord has given you form and shape, because He decided he wants to appear, He wants His creation to appear. He has given you a soul so that you can be recognized by your personality. In the realm of the soul you are recognized by your personality, and in this realm of appearance, you are recognized by your body which is your garment.
This body is your garment, your tent, your tabernacle, and the only reason we need this is because we are fallen. Our spirit cannot stay in this realm of appearance without a body and a soul. This is a prison house. It is dark, and it is dense, and it is solid. The Scripture likens it to lead in the Book of Zechariah.
7And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
8And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
9Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.
10Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
11And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base. KJV
This is a parable about a woman called wickedness, who has been locked inside a kettle, with a lid put on it. Our spirit is locked in this body. It is a judgment for wickedness. Our original ancestor sinned. We have not sinned after the similitude of Adam, but nevertheless we sinned. What was Adam’s sin that was so great? He separated from God. He separated from God in his mind, and that is why we have two minds in this world.
God created the creation to work together, the invisible spirits to be woven together, like the weaving of a fabric. God is light, and the threads go one way, lengthwise (warp), and Satan is darkness, and the threads go the other way (woof). The light of God’s Spirit is being woven together so closely with the darkness of Satan’s spirit, with the earth, so that we can have a solid garment. Right now, Satan has stolen the garment. He has covered himself with you and with me.
It does not matter if you speak in tongues or go to Church every Sunday, if you are in a physical condition where you know that unless God moves sovereignly, at the end of 90 or 100 years or so, you are going to die, then you are still under Satan. This is because if the spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you it is going to quicken your mortal body.
11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. KJV
If you perceive yourself to be human enough, if you get ill from time to time, and you expect to pass on eventually, you should know that the spirit that is giving you existence is Satan.
What has happened is the Lord Jesus Christ has gone right into your heart and He has confronted Satan straight on, and said,I am going to increase and you are going to decrease. When I increase to the point that I fill the whole earth of this person, I am going to kill you. I am going to destroy you because you are the enmity in their flesh.
When Christ in you is strong enough to keep you alive, He is going to slay the enmity in your flesh. He is going to fill the fullness of your earth, and He is going to shine through you, and you would be a light being.
This is the warfare. It is what you think. Are you going to continue to serve the mind of Satan? If you have decided not to serve the mind of Satan, if you have made a decision to resist that mind, and start thinking the thoughts of Christ, count the cost, you would not do it without a battle.
I am not trying to frighten you. I am being very straight forward. We have preachers in the Church that travel all over the world, including the United States, and they are telling the people,Just do your thing, listen to my messages, read the book, speak in tongues here and there, and you will wake up one morning and be in full stature.It is a lie. If that is what you believe you have got a rapture mentality (Laughter from congregation).
You still have a lot of idolatry here in Africa, in Nigeria, but a lot of you have come out of it and have become Christians, and you have become educated. You do not worship stone idols anymore, but do you know about the idols in your hearts? Everything that you have seen as an abomination in your life time experience has the potential to exist in your heart.
It is easy to see the stone idol out there, and say you would not bow down to it. But do know there are idols in your heart? What is the idol in your heart? The idol in your heart is the image that Satan has projected. If you are obeying his mind, there is an idol in your heart. The whole human race is guilty of idolatry, including me. I am not in full stature yet.
You have to resist his thoughts, but how can you resist Satan’s thoughts if you do not know what the thoughts of God are? You must know what the thoughts of God are. You must desire righteousness. You must desire the Spirit of Truth.
You can ask Him for it, but you must count the cost, because when you say,Lord, I am willing to go, He is going to apprehend you. Once he apprehends you, and sends you, and you go, and you see giants in there, you cannot turn around and run. He is going to throw you right back there. This is no game.
Sister Cybil was sharing a dream that she had with me on the way over here. There was a road on which people were on, and all sorts of things were happening on the way, accidents, people dying, and people turning back. I said to her that, that is the road to the Kingdom of God.
It is very hard. It is very hard but you can do it, because all things are possible with God. However, do not think you are going to get there without warfare because you are not. Nobody makes it without warfare. Satan is going to rise up against you, like you can never imagine. You have to fight!
I am just starting to get to know the national character of Nigerians, and I do not know how you feel about fighting, but back in New York, a lot of the people the Lord sends to me do not want to fight. I have my work cut out for me just convincing them that they are in a war.
You have two minds, and the battle is in the heavenlies. Every time you refuse to think Satan’s thoughts, you are in a battle. Just the fact that you are here tonight is a victory. You did what God told you to do and Satan suffered a great blow.
As we said yesterday, it is not enough to be baptized in the Holy Spirit; it is not enough to speak in tongues. That is the Spirit of the Father; His son must be born in you. When His son is conceived in you, and you are pregnant with Christ, you are in the battle. Whether you fight or whether you run, you are in the battle, and it is better to fight.
This is no joke. The sons of God are going to manifest really soon. If you are hearing this word, if you have received this word in your heart, you have received the invitation. Not everybody is getting an invitation at this hour. God is no respecter of persons but He has a job to do. He has got a job to do, and He gets it done in small groups. He is a mighty superior being. He is a General of an army and you are his chosen soldiers.
It is not that He loves you and does not love anybody else. We know that He has much furniture, vessels in His house. Some are vessels of honor, some are vessels of dishonor. Everybody has their function in the house. If you are called to this, this is your function, to be one of the vessels that He is going to appear in. That is your function.
17For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? KJV
God is working this whole thing together. The creation is not finished yet. He wants it in His image and likeness, but we are not in His image yet. To be in His likeness means to be made out of the same material. He is spirit, and we are spirit. We are in His likeness because we are spirit.
To be in His image means to be an exact replica of God. God is righteous, we are unrighteous. He is good, there is no one that is good. We are in His likeness, made out His substance, waiting to have the image of His personality engraved in our soul. The Scripture likens our soul to clay, or soft wax.
In Europe, in the 17thor 18thcenturies before they had pens and pencils available, the Kings had signet rings with their seal on it and they would melt some soft wax and put their ring on the soft wax, and the wax would be engraved with their seal. The wax must yield to the metal placed on it, it must take on the image of the metal.
Our soul is clay, and it has not been baked in the oven yet. The product has not been made permanent yet. Right now there is an image on our clay, and that image is Satan. That is the idol that has been engraved in our soul. It is the abomination of desolation that sits in the temple of God, and calls himself God.
The Father is coming with fiery trials to erase Satan’s image off of our soul. When the work is complete, and His righteousness has been imparted to us we shall be raised from the dead. We are in the process of being raised from the dead, but it is either you have been raised from the dead or you have not been raised from the dead.
Either you are alive or you are dead. If you are truly alive, there is nothing in this realm of death that can kill you, because you have life. That is why nobody could take Jesus’ life from him. His life was given to him by the authority of the Father. The prince of the power of the air that rules in this realm of hell had no authority to cause His life to cease.
The only reason people die is because the prince of the power of the air has the authority to take their life. Even if you are a Christian, you have not been raised from the dead yet. I am not going to lie to you. Either you are pregnant or you are not. Either you are alive or you are not.
But I tell you, the one that raised Jesus from the dead is full well able to finish the good work that He started. The truth is going to set you free. It is not supposed to cause you anxiety, and it is not supposed to cause you fear, but the truth is going to set you free.
You have work to do. You cannot sit back and say that you are okay and are going to heaven when you die, because it is not true. We are bringing heaven here! This is God’s creation. We are not turning it over to anybody, we are taking it back, and it starts with your own mind. God is starting with the individual.
I would like to review what we talked about last night. I feel God is telling me that when I made the comment that Jesus did not die instead of you, in your place, that I did not explain it clearly enough.
The Scripture says that we are crucified with him.
6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. KJV
20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. KJV
It does not say he has been crucified instead of us. We are crucified with him. What does this mean? I remind you that if Christ is being formed in you, you have two souls, two lives within you. You have Christ and you have fallen Adam. Christ is perfect. He is the Logos of God, the perfection of God. He is righteous, he cannot sin. He is incapable of sin. Adam is fallen, he is wicked, and he is sin. What the Lord is doing is joining the two of them together. You are going to have one new center, and you will be part of the new man. Of the twain, he made one new man, the creation of God.
15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: KJV
To partake of this joining, your adamic soul must be sacrificed. How is he sacrificed? Christ is swallowing him up. Christ is absorbing our adamic soul. The Scripture likens it to the Levitical sacrifice. Our adamic soul is being sacrificed unto God, and God is receiving him and giving us everything of His life. We are offering up our soul that is fallen, that is death, that is killing us, and He is giving us everything of His life that is spirit.
The two of them shall be joined because our adamic soul is needed, because the creation is to be seen. Remember, we are spirit. The life of Christ is spirit, so he is joining the two, weaving them to form a garment. In the Book of Revelation, we read a lot about getting a crown. The word translated crown in the Greek is not referring to the European type solid gold crown. It is a Greek crown, the type they put on Jesus when they crucified Him. It is made from branches woven together. Our two souls are being interwoven.
We do not have to have our bodies crucified. We do not have to go through the crucifixion. The reason Jesus’ body was crucified is because men are carnal, we are all carnal, and we need to see things to understand. He needed His body to be crucified, so that a book could be written that says,Jesus Christ died on the cross that you might be made alive. It is not that he died instead of you, but that you might be made alive.
How? When He was raised from the dead, and ascended on high, that glorified spirit has returned to the earth and He is in you, and He is your new soul. He is Christ in you, and He is going to swallow up your fallen adamic soul. That is how he died for you. He died for you by giving up His soul life and taking up a form whereby He could enter into you, the individual, and be your life, and be your righteousness, and be your faith. But for Him to be these things in you, you have to stop being the other things. That is how He died for you.
Paul says he was crucified with Christ. What does that mean? When you are crucified, your adamic soul and the life of Christ in you have become one. Crucifixion is a joining. Jesus was nailed to the cross. The word translatedcrossin the Greek is actuallytree, and I know the Jehovah’s’ Witnesses made a big issue of this, but I hope you all here are sophisticated enough to know that you are not the only ones that have some truth. The Jehovah’s witnesses got something right. They got this right. The word istree. When you study the Scriptures, you would find out thattreesymbolizes the adamic man. We are made out of wood. Jesus was nailed to the tree.
Jesus said we should pick up our cross, and come after Him. Our cross, our tree, is our adamic soul.
24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. KJV
Pick up your adamic man. Do not let him walk or lead you, pick him up. Do not let him talk to you; do not let him give you instruction.
Christ lives, and because He is living in us, we have the machinery, the spiritual machinery that is going to raise us from the dead. The procedure we must follow is to crucify our adamic soul by joining him to Christ. We are to be crucifiedWITHChrist. The tree of our life has to be penetrated by Christ. The nail symbolizes Christ. We found Scriptures in the Old Testament where He is described as the nail. We found this in the Book of Judges, in the story of Sisera, the enemy of Israel.
21Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
22And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into hertent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nailwasin his temples. KJV
Sisera was killed by a woman, and a woman is the type of the living soul. Spiritually, we are all women. Jesus Christ is the only man. The manchild is being born. Since the foundation of the earth, since the fall, this living soul that died has produced only female children. Some have male bodies, and some have female bodies, but spiritually she has produced only female children. And because there is no spiritual male to protect her and to provide for her, to judge her, to give her wisdom and to rule over her, this whole creation is dying.
However, she has finally conceived the manchild. The many membered living soul that died, has finally conceived the manchild, and that is the child that is going to save her in child bearing. But she has to have the baby. We are one living soul in many members. There is a piece of that soul in you, and there is a piece in me. The way the whole creation is going to be saved is that the whole living soul is going to be joined to the soul life of Christ.
The head of the body, Jesus Christ, has already crucified his humanity and he has given us his deity. He has said to us,Be crucified with me. Render up your soul life and let it be joined to my deity that you too might be gods.A lot of people get upset when they hear,Ye are gods, and in some instances, justly so, because we have people that call themselves Christians, going around saying they are already gods in their present natural condition.
6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. KJV
You will be a god, when the mind of Jesus Christ fills you up, and every thought that you think is Christ, and everything that you do is Christ, and there is no darkness in you whatsoever. When everything that you touch, you impart life to, and you are incapable of destruction, then you will be a god. What is so bad about that?
When a natural man is god, that scares me. The truth of the matter is, that is the condition of man now. His unconscious mind is Satan, and he is still under the dominion of Satan, the god of this world.
The Scripture says that Satan keeps alive those that the Lord would keep, and he kills those that the Lord would let go. What does that mean?
Have you not seen someone die of a disease, and you say, Lord, they washed the feet of the saints! They were in Church every night, they swept the Church floor, they spoke in tongues, they prophesied. Why did they die? Satan decided they would die, and just how they will die.
Many Christians fall away because they cannot understand why Satan has so much power in the life of the Christian. But it would not always be like this. I am telling you, the day is coming when God will raise man up, even thoughhe stinketh.
Do not worry about it if you do not understand it. Know your God. He is sovereign, he is mighty, and he is all powerful. He is in no hurry to convince unbelievers and mockers of his strength. He says,When I come back will I find faith?
7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? KJV
He is not worried. You are worried. He is not worried. Everything is okay.
I have been of my track. I was telling you about Sisera.
21Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. KJV
Sisera was killed by a woman, typifying fallen man or the living soul that died. What did she do? She took a nail (it was not a carpenter’s nail, it was a spike that they used to hold the tent down), and she put it to his temple, signifying the carnal mind, and she pierced through his mind, and nailed him to the earth. He was lying down, and the nail went all the way through, and nailed him to the earth, typifying the earth of the living soul. That is the condition in which the creation would be raised from the dead.
The living soul died, but it shall live again,yet not I but Christ in me, not us but Christ in us.
20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. KJV
This is the condition of the creation, which is the soul man, and Christ is in the process of penetrating him. The sacrifice is the death of our soul. We shall be raised from the dead by the impartation of His life to us.
Paul also said that he was crucified to the world.
14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. KJV
He was crucified with Christ and crucified to the world. That must mean that Christ is crucified to the world. What does that mean? In the Greek, there are 3 different words that are translatedworld. In this particular Scripture, the word translatedworld, is the Greek wordcosmos. It meansworld system.
We are all part of one whole world system, and each of us is a system. Each of us is a system. We each have our heart and lungs and function independently within the whole. When Paul said that he was crucified to the world, what he meant was that his own world system, his soul life, was crucified to the life of Christ.
This is what is waiting for us.The word of the hour is that Christ must be formed in us, and this is not the same thing as being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
A lot of people think similar Scriptures mean the same thing, but that Bible is a piece of scientific, mathematical precision and perfection. It is mathematically accurate. When the words appear slightly differently, they do not mean the same thing. There is no Scripture out there that says the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the formation of Christ in you. If there is, show it to me. It is not there, and it is not the same thing.
Christ has to be born in you, and when he is fully born in you, you shall be saved in child bearing. This is the word of the hour. This is what the Lord sent me from New York to tell you. He must be formed in you. You have got to have the baby.
You may have some discomfort during the pregnancy, because Satan does not like it that you are pregnant. He goes mad. He is more vicious in some people than in others, depending on your background, and what your family has been into. There is no condemnation. If one brother appears to be a little stronger than the other, it does not matter. The only thing that matters is that you finish the race.
You have to go through trials, and you are supposed to help each other. If you see a brother or a sister with a problem, you are supposed to strengthen them. Condemnation is never of Christ.
Do you know that you cannot dislike somebody in Christ? You cannot dislike somebody. Somebody said to me recently that I am the only one that likes that person. What do you mean that I am the only one that likes that person? He is a human being.
They may have an obnoxious quality. Some people have obnoxious qualities. That means that they are sick. That is an illness, a spiritual illness. It is usually as a result of lack of love. You are supposed to pray for them. You are to help them, pick them up, and bring them to where you are, just as the Lord sent someone to bring you up.
We do not have to compete with anybody. There is enough ministry for everybody. There is enough work for everybody. God is fully capable of ministering to every one of His children.
Strife and competition and dislike of your brethren are all carnality. You have to slay it. You have to resist it. What do you mean, nobody likes that person? What are you talking about?
When I hear people talking about someone they do not like, I like them. It gets me mad, and I would like to believe that it is the spirit of God in me. I would like to believe it is Christ in me that is saying,what do you mean, you do not like them?
Now, please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that if someone has a problem, and they are hurtful to you, that you have to spend the rest of your life with them. I am saying that in your heart, you have to be able to forgive them, talk to them and lend your strength to them.
We are going up as a body. There is no division in Christ. If there is anything in you that is divisive, other than the spirit of righteousness, you are carnal. I condemn you not, but you have got to start to recognize it, and you have got to resist it.
On the other hand, the spirit of truth will bring division. Jesus said that he came with a sword.
34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. KJV
Therefore you must obtain an ability to know what your motives are. How do you get this ability? You ask the Lord for it. He gives to all liberally. You ask for it. You must know what your motives are.
Wherever I go, I bring trouble. Wherever I go, there is trouble. But I want to tell you this; I am on my face before God each time, asking Him to tell me if this is not of Him so that I can repent. I say Lord,If this is not of you, you must tell me because I want to repent. I said it because I believe you told me to say it; that was my motive, Oh God.
As you increase in Christ, he will require a greater and greater sacrifice from you, but He will never give you more than you can bear. Do you want to be raised from the dead? To be raised from the dead you have got to be Christ-like and to be Christ-like, you have to live a sacrificial life.
Someone told me that they could not wait to travel in the spirit and go wherever they wanted, as soon as they are raised from the dead. Brethren, this is not witchcraft! There are people in the Church who want to lay hold of the power of God and use it like witchcraft. We read about it in the Book of Acts, Simon the sorcerer, and there are people like that in the Church.
Acts of the Apostles 8:9, 18-19
9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. KJV
Someone came to me a couple of months ago, a highly reprobate person. They asked me how I got all this power. I told them that I do not know, it is just there. I just do what my Father tells me. I have no control over it. I really do not have any control over it. I serve the Lord. He does not serve me. People come to me and ask me to pray for this, and pray for that. I tell them,no, I have to ask Him if it is His will. I always pray, if it is your will, Lord.They say,oh, He will do it for you. I tell them,no, he would not.
He is a righteous God, and he is not my servant. I do not have him in my pocket. I do not cast spells. I do not speak charms. I do not work wonders. I do not heal and I do not cast out demons. I do what my Father tells me to do, and I pray on a regular basis that I should faithfully deliver the word that He speaks from the back of my mind, that it should come out of my mouth, that you should be edified.
If His word is healing, I would have power to heal you. If His word is deliverance, I would have power to cast out a demon. If His word is doctrine, you would be taught of Him. Lord willing, everything that you are hearing is by Him speaking through my mouth.
When we did a word study in the Book of revelation, we found out what the 7 thunders are. The 7 thunders refer to the mystery of God. The Lord Jesus Christ would speak to your Christ mind, and if you are spiritually mature, you, the son, would have been imparted with the ability to faithfully repeat what He has said, to the people who are not where you are.
We have preachers all over the world, who are faithfully repeating Satan’s words, and they stop talking to you if you do not believe what they preach. They even throw you out of their Church if you do not believe it. What kind of Christian is that?
God is doing a new thing. We have a whole Church full of people that believe a lie that Jesus Christ is in charge of their Church, and they are going to find out that He is not. How are they going to find out? The Lord Jesus Christ is about to manifest the genuine article.
At this point, I do not know anybody that is the genuine article except Jesus Christ of Nazareth who is no longer in the flesh. He is my flesh and He is in your flesh but we are not in full stature yet. Jesus Christ of Nazareth in full stature is the only man that I know off that was ever the genuine article. We are in the process of…. We are being made into his image.
I do not know anyone that is the genuine article. I know we have a few preachers in the earth that are doing the best they can, faithfully reproducing His word. However, when he stands in his firstfruits company, in full stature, when the real thing is visible to everyone who has eye to see, the counterfeit will be revealed.
Most people would believe whatever you teach. People are in bondage to the false church. They are in bondage to false doctrine. They do not know any better. What is Jesus waiting for? What is taking Him so long? He must have a man in the earth and that manchild is about to be born. He will impart leadership. He will impart authority, and He will bring the Church into perfect order.
He will bring righteousness and justice for the widow and the orphan, and that is not only for the physical widow and orphan. There are millions of people in this world that are orphans, they have no Father. Jesus Christ is not their Father. There are millions of people that are widows, they have no husband; spiritually they have no husband.
We are to plead the cause of these people. You have been called to a very serious calling, and when you come to a place where you care about people, where you care about someone that has been robbed or cheated, God is going to give you authority to minister to these people. He is going to back you up with His power. You are going to pray, and you are going to see Him answer prayers. Maybe you are already seeing this; I do not want to offend you. If you are, you would see it in greater power.
Jesus Christ wants His people under a Godly authority that would intercede for them. In the Book of Isaiah the Lord is indicting Israel that the priests are offering blessings for hire, they are preaching for money. There is nothing wrong with getting paid. I like to be paid, but our motive must be right. Preaching cannot be your profession.
There are people who become preachers and evangelists because they had a choice between being a doctor and an evangelist or preacher. The most confusing part of the whole thing is when you look at their ministry, they do have some anointing. How can you explain that? God is so desperate for people to serve Him that He will even use them, because no one wants to serve Him, unless there is money in it.
When I say,no one, I am generalizing. He always has His faithful remnant. To really serve God, is a sacrificial walk. If you are called to a ministry, and He gives you authority, and there is no sacrifice, it is only for a season.
As soon as the genuine article appears, He will withdraw His anointing from you. Be sure, God is not mocked. You shall surely reap what you have sown. Your motives are important.
You are called to a high calling, and the higher you go, the more of your life you must sacrifice. This calling is not only a ministry where you stand in front of people. It can be that but it does not have to be that. The world is full of people with needs. They need someone close to them. The ministry that they can get from a meeting like this is not enough for them. They need personal counsel. They need personal love. They need personal affection.
I know people who are already moving in this form of ministry. The Lord will join someone to your life, and they will draw on your strength. They will draw on what the Lord has worked in you. When they are strong, He will separate you, and send both of you to someone else.
Do not look for your own glory. Maybe He will let you preach like this, maybe He would not, but it does not matter. The only thing that should matter to you is that you are in obedience to Him, and that you are doing what He tells you to do. What kind of an army is this if you are not doing what He tells you to do?
I do not know about the Nigerian army, but in the United States army, if you do not do what they tell you to do in the time of war, they shoot you (laughter). I know I am making a joke, but I want to tell you something. If you are called into this army and you consistently refuse to do what He tells you to do, you are going to die spiritually. I am not kidding you.
What good are you to Him if your salt has lost its savor? Salt is a preservative. What are you preserving? You are preserving the life of the soul. How do you preserve it? You preserve it through the impartation of righteousness.
Therefore, if you are in Christ and you are not living for righteousness, if you are not healing as a result of your righteousness, if you are not imparting life, healing, mercy and grace as a result of what has been imparted to you, what good are you? If your salt is not preserving the life of your brothers, your salt has lost its saltiness. You might as well throw it out in the garbage.
You have been taught for years that you are King’s kids. I am not sure if you have that slogan here or not, but in New York, it is a big thing. They tell you that you are King’s kids and God wants to give you everything. Maybe for a season he wants to give you everything, but the time comes that you have to take on responsibilities, now that you have everything.
He wants you to grow up and be a man. I hope you all know that there is no male or female in Christ Jesus. The spiritual life that dwells in us determines our spiritual sex. If Christ is ruling through you, you are a man. If Christ is not ruling in your mind, and in your behavior, I do not care what your body is, you are a woman. I do not mean to insult you, or stress you out, just tell God you do not like it the way it is. He wants you to be a man. He does not want you to be a woman.
You have to honestly evaluate your walk with God and know what you are. If you are a woman, and you convince yourself you are a man, you will not grow. You will not grow. You will stagnate. You do not stand still in the spiritual realm; either you go forward or you go backwards. Self-deception will only kill you. Admit your weaknesses, to God or a close brother or sister, someone that you trust. You do not go and tell your worst enemy what your weaknesses are.
You do not stand up in the middle of a meeting and explain to everyone for 15 minutes how vile you are. I saw someone do that. That is not God. He loves you. He wants you to be strong. He wants you to have self-respect. He wants you to be grounded.
He wants you to increase in spiritual knowledge and wisdom, and understanding that would give you pre-eminence in the realm of the spirit, not by man’s means, not by muscles, not by your intellect. There is nothing wrong with this, but you could go to college for the next 20, 40 years, and have 5 PhDs, and you could be a billionaire. I tell you if this world system changes, you cannot take any of it with you.
You live your life. You get your education. Get your job. If God gives it to you, have a good life, but know that it is temporal. Know that you cannot keep it. Do not make it an idol in your heart, and do not sacrifice your spiritual development for it. Ask God about everything.
Ask Him how much time He wants you to devote to every aspect of your life. He wants to be the Lord of your life, that means everything. That means everything. He wants you to ask His counsel on everything you do. He wants to be making and influencing your decisions. He wants to live through you. He wants to be your everything.
As we mature in Christ, our life becomes more and more sacrificial. I made a statement earlier, that I am not telling you to live with someone who is obnoxious and is hurting you. However, I want to tell you that when you come to a place in Christ where the Lord knows that you would not be destroyed from such an experience, he will put you in a relationship with such a person.
The Lord did it to me. I am not saying that He will do that to everybody, but I have seen Him do it to people and He has done it to me. He will put you in a relationship with a reprobate person. He did it to me and I complained to Him. I said,What are you doing to me? Get me out of here. I said, Give me a Scripture for this, if you want this woman in my life, because she is killing me.
He put her in my house. She was living in my house. She was killing me. I asked Him for 2 witnesses for this. Do you know what He said to me? He said,God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son….
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV
He would do it when you are strong enough. Do not do anything as a religious work. It would destroy you. He has great plans for you, but they are not the plans that you thought. He is not necessarily going to give you a great powerful recognized ministry. But if you are willing to give Him your life and to serve Him, your life would be rich. You will have a place to live. You will have food to eat. You will have your every need met.
You will flow with His anointing and in His glory. He will work supernatural miracles in your life. He will take you where He wants you to go. He will bring people into your life and develop you spiritually so that you can recognize the way He wants you to move. He who is led by the spirit goes where the wind blows him. I have wound up in places where I did not know why I was there.
He has shown me how important it is to do everything by the spirit. He does not tell me why. I would like to know why because I want to control my own life. But he does not tell me. You cannot control you own life. If you want the glory, you have to depend on God.
Sometimes He tells you to do something that seems so insignificant, and when you get there to do it, you find out that there is some really powerful spiritual experience or ministry waiting for you. If you did not obey, you would have missed the whole thing. However, that person will get the ministry, because He will send somebody else.
This is what is waiting for you. This is what it means to be a son of God. He is not going to let you feed 5000 if your pride is going to destroy you. He loves you too much. He is not going to give you more that you can bear.
We always think that Scripture means he is not going to let us be hurt more than we can bear in our emotions. It means He is not going to give you spiritual gifts and he is not going to give you physical riches that will destroy your spiritual life. He is not going to do it.
Get ready. We are about to go up, and I really think it is coming soon. Not everybody in this firstfruits company is going to manifest at the same time, let me tell you this, so if you wake up one morning, and you see that your husband or your wife or a member of your family is in full stature and you are not, do not panic.
The Lord describes his body as a tree. I am going to draw it as a tomato plant. One day you wake up and you see the plant. The Lord planted the seed 2000 years ago, on the day of Pentecost, when the male seed of His life entered into the earth. It is a slow growing plant.
You come out every morning and you look at the plant. There are no flowers. Then all of a sudden, one morning you see flowers on the plant. Every morning you come out and you see more flowers on the plant. The plant grows, it gets bigger and bigger, and there are flowers all over the plant. Then the tomato fruits start appearing. I hope you know that out of the flowers grow the tomato fruit.
If you wake up one morning and your wife is manifesting full stature and you are not, do not panic. The Lord is not going to stop until the whole creation is in Christ.
There is a lot of work to do. There is a lot of ministry required. There is a lot of hurting people. You have to start by loving your brother. Check out your own thoughts. You cannot dislike him, but you can dislike his behavior, and you can recognize it as sin, and you can put it before the Lord. Now, that does not mean that you start working witchcraft on his sin.
I have heard Christians say,I do not like that person. They really aggravate me. I am going to bind and loose until they stop that behavior.I want to tell you something. That is witchcraft. You cannot control someone else’s personality, unless you control it by the love of Jesus Christ. That is the only legal control. The love of Jesus Christ will break the yoke. You cannot exercise spiritual power to shut their mouth. It is witchcraft.
There are Churches all over the world, binding and losing. They say, Sister so and so speaks false prophecy, so we have to shut her up. Do you know how God deals with false prophecy? He speaks the truth. During a fellowship, where the Spirit of God is manifesting, and everything is in order and He is there, if someone comes forth with a false prophecy, you watch it. As soon as the last word comes out of that person’s mouth, a true prophet will stand up and bring the correction.
You are required to discern which is the false prophecy, and which is the true prophecy. You do not throw the people out of the Church. You pray about it. If the Lord tells you to bring a correction, you bring it as gently as you can. He wants you to instruct the people.
In this hour our enemy is spiritual. The person manifesting Satan needs to be enlightened. You pray for them. There is a prayer that will break every yoke, and it is a prayer that wants to love that brother. It is a prayer that says,Father have mercy on that brother that is in the grips of Satan.It is not a prayer that says,if that woman does not stop telling me what to do, I am going to be finished with her, so I bind you up, you domineering spirit.
If you succeed in binding her up, you have worked witchcraft on her. If you do not succeed in binding her up, you have still worked witchcraft, but you have no power (laughter).
Jesus said,this kind comes out only by prayer and fasting.A lot of people think that means fasting from food. I want to suggest to you that it does not mean fasting from food.
15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. KJV
If you have a measure of anointing, certain demons will come out, but there is one kind that comes out only by prayer and fasting. I remind you that prayer is a continuous union with the Father. It does not mean a religious, ritualistic, repetitive prayer like the Pharisees pray.
Fasting is the denial of the whole soulish existence. Jesus had no part of it. Satan came and he had nothing in him.
30Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. KJV
That was the fast that gave him the power over the resistant demon. You have to deny your soul life, and have a righteous motive for praying the deliverance. Your motive has to arise from a true Christ-like desire to see them helped. If you are having marital problem with your wife or husband, and your prayer is,Lord fix her up because I cannot stand it another day, your prayer is bound to fail.
You are supposed to be dying for one another. The prayer that is going to get you through is,Father this is my wife, and you say we are one flesh, and there is a problem in this flesh, heal this flesh.Wherever the problem is, if the problem is with your mother, your brother, your mother-in-law, your employer, ask God to help you.
Do not ask him to defeat your enemies. He says love your enemies, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and he will decide whether to take vengeance or give them a salvation experience. If they have had a salvation experience, he may bring them to the place where you are.
Whatever He does, it is not likely to be what you expected. He probably would not deliver her until he gets a Biblical response manifesting in you, until Christ appears in you, because that is your judgment for being carnal.
Does anybody have any questions?
Let me explain what I just said. I did not mean that God is punishing you for being carnal. The judgments of God are merciful. When there is sin in us, the judgment falls so that we could be perfected.
If there is carnality in you, the Lord wants it converted into the spirituality of His life. The means by which He does it is through the fiery trials in your life, and these trials are usually from the people closest to you. That is just the way it is. He is choosing the people closest to you. Does every body understand that?
God is merciful. He has one desire for you, that you should grow up to full spiritual manhood, and be a glory to your Father. That is His motive in everything He does.
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