For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.1 Corinthians 13:12
Power of God
In The Fullness Of Christ
It is illegal in the Kingdom to be born again and yet carry on with the carnal mind. We will not be able to grow in intimacy with God if we are continually mixing the ‘old man’ with the ‘new man’. The ‘old man’ is suppose to be dead. The ‘old man’ is limited because it is fuelled by human nature. The ‘new man’ has no limitations because he is fuelled by the living Spirit of Jesus Christ.Jasmin Frank
Revelation and Relationship: Elijah, The Prophets of Baal and Pyro-Theology
“And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.”1 Kings 18:24
There are many false gods today: wealth, popularity, sex, drugs, admiration and worship of others etc., etc.
None of these will sustain us in our needs or rescue us from our dead-end lives. All they do is increase our death drive. All they do is increase our hunger and thirst for that which does not satisfy.
In 1 Kings Chapter 18 we find the story of Elijah and his challenge to the prophets of Baal.
The prophets of Baal called and called, begged and pleaded to their false god. He gave no answer.
“They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.” – 1 Kings 18:29
On the flip side, The One True God answered in fire and in power:
“Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!– 1 Kings 18:38
This passage testifies with evidence to the legitimacy of The One True God. The Living God comes in Fire and power!
He answered Elijah that way. He came upon the early disciples on the day of Pentecost in this way; with fire and power! Baptizing them with the Holy Spirit.
He comes upon all believers in the same way.
This is the evidence of God in every believers life: Fire and Power.
The fire of the Holy Spirit manifests it’s self in peculiar ways at times.
Jasmin said something to me once, along these lines, “If you are not involved in the Church, all this stuff would seem weird. We must look like mad men to those looking in on this” (paraphrase)
Does the power of God look strange to those on the outside looking in? Yes it does!
Does the fire of God manifest itself in strange ways at times? For sure!
So how are these things not strange to believers? What makes the difference?
Relationship and revelation.
There are several ways that one can react to God’s manifest power.
The people who gathered on that hill with Elijah saw the fire of heaven fall down. Many of those present reacted to this fire by following Elijah as he put to death the prophets of Baal. (verses 39 & 40)
King Ahab reacted by running back to his wife Jezebel with his tail between his legs. He told her what had happened and together they plotted Elijah’s death. (1 Kings 19:1-2)
Some reacted to the power they saw that day by acknowledging that Yahweh was truly God. (Revelation)
Some reacted to the power they witnessed with fear and anger. Fearful, that THERE IS INDEED A TRUE GOD; angry that their false gods were exposed for what they were. Angry that their prophets (keepers of their lies and falsehoods) were slaughtered.
It is the same today. One can see the Holy Spirit move in mighty miracles and react in fear and anger.
Many of those who violently oppose the teachings of Jesus fall into this camp. Many others who claim to be Christians are guilty of the same fear and anger. They discount the works of the Holy Spirit because they would rather make an idol out of a book so they can use it to control and manipulate others.
They are fearful of a Living and Active God. They are angry that He would dare move apart from their say so. If the Bible can be used as a static object, rather than “living and active”, then it can be dissected and misinterpreted to give men power over others.
When the God of the Bible shows up in power, this disrupts these leader’s “teaching” and exposes them as the charlatans that they are. Their natural response to these disruptions (the power of the Holy Spirit) is fear and anger. This is the same religious spirit that moved in King Ahab and Jezebel, the same religious spirit that moved within the Pharisees and Sadducees who put Jesus to death.
Some of those who witnessed the fire of God fall upon Elijah’s sacrifice continued on in their sin and pride while others humbled themselves and submitted and committed their lives to the One True God (Relationship).
“And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”– 1 Kings 18:39
And God told Elijah, “... yet I will preserve 7000 others in Israel who have never bowed to Baal or kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18)
How will you react to the Living God today? How will you react to His calling, to His power?
The Holy Spirit falls in fire on the sacrifice of obedience. He consumes the sacrifice presented.
In Elijah’s day the sacrifice was the flesh and blood of bulls and goats. On the day of Pentecost it was the living sacrifice of the early believers. In both cases the fire of the Holy Spirit fell when the followers of the One True God responded in obedience.
Jesus is calling you into relationship with Himself. He died on the cross to purchase your freedom. To free you from the false gods you have aligned yourself with. He died so that you can come into relationship with Him. He rose again so His power can live within you and flow through you.
Jesus is acting right now for your benefit. He is drawing you close to Himself so you can become who He created you to be. Jesus works in power to draw all of His lost children back to Himself.
This is the character of Father God.
How you respond to this fire is your choice. How you respond to the revelation of Jesus is your choice! You can react in fear and anger or you can react by coming into relationship with the One True God—- Jesus Christ!
The Spirit of God falls like fire on those who are open to Him. He will consume you with fire and power if you call upon His name and obediently submit your life to Him as a living sacrifice.
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Resurrection: Momentum 2
Covenant keepers, covenant breakers.
Blood of man, blood of God. Covenant Maker.
Rock rolled away. Life with no delay.
Body breaking decay.
Body breaking forward out of the grave.
First among many.
New creation, new nation.
Dirt and breath,
Body and bone,
Enemy under His feet,
Feed my sheep,
Tongues of fire,
Holy Spirit released,
Lord and Saviour,
Alpha and Omega.
Living By The Spirit
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”Romans 8:14
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The Bridegroom and His Church: A Teaching On The Song Of Songs
“ Place me like a seal over your heart,Song of Songs 8:6-7
like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
with all his wealth,
his offer would be utterly scorned.”
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Face to Face Video Series
Face to Face Series: August 2021
Byron and Jasmin spoke a series of messages at Deeper Life @ SBC which centered on coming into a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
There is no hope with shallow faith to know the true depth of Jesus or the power of the Holy Spirit.
We really felt to release these videos all at once rather then individually so each session would build upon the next.
These 8 in-depth messages will lead you to come to know Jesus is a fresh and tangible way!
Session 1: Put Your Trust In Jesus
Session 2: Relationship With Jesus
Session 3: Jesus The Living Water
Session 4: Ministry Of The Holy Spirit
Session 5: A Baptism Of Fire
Session 6: Growing As A Disciple
Session 7: Living Sacrifice
Session 8: Finishing Well
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“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”Matthew 5:11-12
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The Goodness of God
Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”Mark 8:27
Guilt and Healing
There has been a lot of guilt talk surrounding healing. People feel badly when they are not healed. “I didn’t have enough faith.” People feel badly when they pray and do not see someone else healed. “I didn’t pray with enough faith.”
These feelings of guilt stem from some bad teachings as well as reliance on our own will and understanding rather than relying on the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Guilt has no place in our relationship with Christ. He paid for our guilt on the cross. Those feelings of guilt do not come from Jesus. It is Jesus’ will that all be healed. (Matthew 8:1-3, 16-17) Guilt has no place in healing for healing is in the will of God. He paid the price for His healing power to be released upon the Earth, to be released using the hands of His servants in the Church of Christ. (Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 10:8)
We should not hold onto guilt but give those thoughts and feelings to Christ to deal with. Guilt comes from having a wrong understanding of who we are in Christ. Guilt shows that we are experiencing an identity crisis. If we are in Christ then we have no guilt. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and hearts so we will accept our position in Christ. When we are established in who Jesus made us to be, when we are firmly rooted in Christ, guilt will no longer find a place in our lives.
We should not confuse feelings of guilt with conviction nor should we allow those feeling to keep us from praying for others. Conviction tells us to move forward into the vibrant life Jesus has for us. Guilt beats us down and makes us fearful of stepping out.
Though we should not hold onto feelings of guilt, we should check our motives when praying. “Why am I praying for this person? Is it because of love? Am I seeking Christ?”
It is possible to seek healing with the wrong motives. Many want to be seen as the man or woman of God who the Holy Spirit works powerfully through. They wish to be seen as someone special or with a “special anointing ”. This attitude is of pride and should not be present as we minister healing. When we approach someone in need of healing we should do so as a humble servant, understanding the authority which we possess is through Christ. It is not through our own spirit in which a person is healed but through the Spirit of Christ by which the healing power flows freely. It is not by our power: it is God’s power.
We should pray for healing as a child of God. It should not be something we do but a continuation of who we are. As Christ healed because of who He is, the Healer, we respond out of who we are in Jesus, given authority by Christ, one with Jesus in the Holy Spirit.
Above all, the Spirit of Christ within us rises up in love for the one in front of us. If our motives are right and we are in line with the Spirit, guilt and pride will have no place in our actions.
All of this is dependent on relationship with Jesus, as it is with all that we accomplish that is of worth is dependent on Christ. He is the One who transforms us from darkness to light, who gives us a heart of flesh instead of stone. He moves us from “glory to glory”; He never wants us to stay where we are.
Holiness in not a stagnant pool in which we sit idly, but a river that flows into an ocean.
As we continue on into deeper relationship with Jesus the miraculous will become more evident in our day to day lives.
All for the glory of Christ Jesus!