THE WORD FROM THE LORD,
RECEIVED TO PREPARE ME FOR 2019
Each year, for a few years now, the Lord has given me a word, that the letters of spell out some facts that He wants me to consider for that year. Last year, the word was ‘RESTORE’. During the year, the acrostic words were experienced by me, and probably others of you, as a message and reminder from God of what He was doing. The Lord works in our lives, He is ever present and continuing His work and revelations to us of His plan.
We might have jumped to conclusions on what all this word might have conveyed. Yet, it is always best not to jump to conclusions. Each year we need to let the Lord reveal the message of what He is seeking to prepare us for, within the year.
When I asked the Lord about 2019, the word came quickly, and surprised me again with its sudden revelation, plus the acrostics for it came within seconds. The nature of the word this year, does not cause consternation, but is encouraging, and directive in a way not alarming. Yet, what the Lord is conveying by each word, each year, needs given time to teach us, to lead us, and to enlighten His meaning, not just the meaning we hope it to find in it.
We, as Christians have been called, anointed with His power, and given direction in ministry through our years of service down here on earth. We are nearing a time of the fall of satan, and though he has been boasting and proudly flaunting his seeming successes, he is soon to fall. We are in this time of bringing that fall to completion. We have, in this year, seen many horrible works of satan, bringing in the final sinful to the max, time of the last days. Our ministry has entered the end times battle against this final attack of the devil. We are finishing our time here on earth, in this final time of battle. Lies abound, attacks on the righteous, sin being portrayed as good, and good being attacked as evil, have abounded in manifold ways.
We all have human frailties, but Jesus works in our lives to change us into great witnesses. We have a mission to complete, we must be involved in th final days of the church age, and be ready for our rapture to heaven, before that great and terrible day of God’s judgment on the devil and his cohorts.
Jesus is soon to return, and we have a special mission to announce His soon return. Some listen, some reject. We need to ‘wipe’ the dust from the places of those who reject, and go on to the next group. We have a mission that Jesus has given us special miracle power, and the demons are totally subject to us. The devil tries to stop us, but he is a failure.
Eschatology is a branch of theology that studies future events. It focuses on what the Bible tells us of the last days, and the end times. Jesus spoke of the ‘kingdom’ that would ‘come’ when He returns, and of the ‘kingdom’ that was to be prayed for ‘on earth as it is in heaven’. We are to tell this world that the kingdom is about to come in a literal way, in the return of Jesus to this world. I do not expect it to be long before the literal kingdom is to be set up, it will be at least 7 years till then, but we, as disciples today, are to preach to the world that the kingdom, the literal part, is soon to occur.
I Timothy 4:1
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed (prosecho, Greek, meaning "to bring near, give attention to, to be addicted to") to seducing spirits, and to doctrines of devils."
Due to the delusions, false doctrines, seductive spirits of the last days, we need to be ministering and preaching of the soon coming of Jesus. In recent years, the world escalates the condoning the killing of unborn children, the condoning of perverted sex with the same gender, the making legal the immoral marriage of those of the same gender, the blaspheming of the Almighty God and of Jesus Who died for us, and the calling of we Christians to be "fanatical", "crazy", or "mad" for going to church frequently, for reading the Bible often, and for talking about heaven and God.
Paul was not crazy, mad, nor beside himself, when he preached a message that was not politically correct. He had found the Savior, and His behavior is only misunderstood by those who have not found Jesus. We like Paul, have to say, as he did:
"But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner."
No, Paul was not crazy. Neither are we, and though political correctness has tried to rebuke the Christian message, we know that God's ways are "crazy" to human nature.
We found there is reviling and persecuting, and the saying of evil falsely against Christians who take the Biblical truths as the real truth.
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you."
"And He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that he might send them forth to preach."
Jesus called them then, and all us in this time, for a purpose. He had plans for them. This was not a social club, but a training school. The church (ecclesia, Greek for "called out ones") is a continuation of the calling our of the twelve disciples.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power (Greek = exousia = authority) is given Me in heavens and in the earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
So, where are we for this new year of 2019. In 2018, we saw the Lord RESTORE us, and now, restored, what are we to do and what are we to expect for 2019?
The word for 2019 is REJOICE.
This is an acrostic, and each letter of the word speaks a message to us for this year.
R = REPENT
E = ENCOURAGE
J = JOY
O = OCCUPY
I = INCITE & IGNITE
C = CHAMPION
E = ELECT
The first word, REPENT, is certainly reminiscent of last year, for much of what the Lord taught last year, was that repentance is vital and necessary to maintaining the relationship where God can bless, anoint, use, and share fellowship. It is vital.
Jesus commanded ‘repentance’. After John was imprisoned, Jesus took the message of repentance, and the first words of His sermons were to repent:
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Repentance continues to be a command, for all of us, no matter how long we have been a Christian, no matter how purified we are:
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Repentance must start with ‘godly sorrow.’ If one is not truly sorry for their sins, they cannot truly repent. Repentance without ‘godly sorrow’ brings more guilt, shame, confusion, and deceit. Therefore, those who have tried to imitate true repentance, have soured on the fake, see it as sickening, and fight all who do then preach for true repentance. They have tasted the poison of false repentance, and are sickened and angered by anyone mentioning true repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11 (KJV)
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
If ‘repentance’ is true repentance, it brings sorrow for sin, a new carefulness to avoid those sins repented of, a feeling of a weight being removed from your person, an indignation against the damage the sin has done to you, a fear of ever being bound again by the sin, a vehement desire to serve the Lord without sin, a zeal to serve Jesus, and a willingness to revenge upon yourself any slip or fall back into that sin. Repentance brings a knowledge of approval from God, that repentance has done a work in you, and grace from God now abides upon you. Those are radical changes of mind, changes of attitude, that the godly sorrow for sin has wrought through repentance.
We are to REJOICE in 2019, and until we repent, and find the blessings of repentance, any REJOICING without it, is superficial.
Repentance is a ‘change of mind’, a turn from following or being bound within sin, to a new direction, a new way of thinking, a transformation of the sinful mind, to one that seeks the righteousness of Jesus. Only with REPENTANCE can there be REJOICING.
Ezekiel 14:6 (KJV)
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
REPENTANCE BEGINS THE TRANSFORMATION THAT BRINGS REJOICING.
We are commanded to let God transform our mind. Our minds are normally carnal, self centered, ill-informed, easily misled. Sin has corrupted the thinking of our minds. Yet, we are more than a body. We have a soul and a spirit. God Who made our body so fantastic, also made our soul and spirit fantastic. We are made in the likeness of God.
‘And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him.’
Adam’s and Eve’s sin brought evil upon others. Mankind had changed from being innocent to being a failure. The ‘eyes were opened’ and man immediately sensed and saw the change. God’s desire to re-clothe man, and man’s attempt to re-clothe themselves, shows the recognition of the change.
Mankind had become totally depraved of any goodness, their rejoicing was gone, sorrow and shame replaced their joy. The former innocence and righteousness that they once had was gone, and with it, their REJOICING. The original righteousness was corrupted and instead of an inclination to do right and good, mankind has since has the inclination toward evil. Every tear, every drop of sweat, every pain, every sorrow, every death, every heartache, all trace back their origin to the first sin of mankind. Mankind’s whole nature is tainted by sin, and REAL JOY is gone until REPENTANCE BRINGS OUR PERSON INTO HARMONY WITH THE LORD.
With unrepented sin, the human spirit is darkened (Ephesians 4:17-18, I Cor. 2:14), the soul is inclined to sin (Jer. 17:9, Eph. 4:11), the wll is easily misled (Romans 7), the conscience is deadened, and needs awakened
(II Timothy 4:2), the mind is deceitful (Gen. 6:5-12, Romans 1:17-28).
God offers, as He did to Adam and Eve a new garment that covered their sin, a new garment of righteousness of Jesus that totally removes our confessed sins. The garment is the righteousness of Jesus, and repentance is the means to appropriating this garment, and the REJOICING that is engenders.
I Corinthians 15:39-58
(53, 54) “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying, that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.’
Our thinking has been so distressed, corrupted, or at least, tainted by the world in which we live. The ill manners, the immorality, the sinfully inspired ethics of the world affect the minds and beliefs of many. What can we do to heal faulty thinking? We are told in the Bible to ‘let this same mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus’. That means that we are not to let the world’s thinking be ours. We are to think in a healthy way, as Jesus did. We enter a process of transformation, when we repent. True REJOICING comes when we repent.
Philippians 2:1-12 (KJV)
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies
This passage is saying that if there is any ‘consolation’, i.e. encouragement, in Jesus, and any comfort of love from Jesus, any fellowship of the Spirit, and any bowels of mercy from the Lord, then we should have the ability to do what Paul is about to instruct us. As Christians, we should have experienced JOY from Jesus, love from Jesus, fellowship with the Spirit, and mercies often from God.
So, what excuse would we have, to not know that the thinking of God is far, far greater than our thinking. We must realize that a ‘change in our thinking’, i.e. repentance, is vital, necessary, and unquestionably needed. The people of God need to allow God’s love and care to affect our thinking. We need this God Who wants us to be JOYFUL, to change our misery through REPENTANCE.
Fulfil ye my joy that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Paul instructs that we need to make his joy complete by doing some specific things. If we do these things, the ‘mind of Christ’ will be manifest through our lives, through our words, through our thinking.
Becoming like minded is done by having the ‘same love’, getting into ‘one accord’ on doctrines, and having one mind on decisions of how to serve the Lord. One should not therefore be seeking self notice, or be striving for superiority. Rather we should humbly esteem others as better than themselves. We should not be seeking our own good, but seeking good things for others. This is how God thinks, and we must repent and change from any other kind of thinking.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God
The saints are to allow the same self-emptying thinking that Jesus had when He came to be a man, suffer hardships, and even be crucified for the sake of others, to be in us. Jesus was ‘in the form of God, and thought it not robbery to be equal with God.’ That means He knew Who He is, and was not conscious of being less than His true power and glory made Him. We are not ‘God’, nor equal to Him, but we need to recognize who we truly are, what are our strengths, our weaknesses, our blessings in Jesus.
Though Jesus knew that He Himself is Divine, is all powerful, is omniscient, etc. still He chose to willingly humble and empty Himself for our sake. To have His mind, we must likewise will willing to humble ourselves, to lay aside whatever good blessings we possess, to make ourselves of no reputation, to take the position of a servant, and become obedient even if it means our death.
That is the ‘mind of Christ’ referred to by Paul, and he sought to have that same mind. We may think it impossible, but we can have divine help:
II Corinthians 13:5-6
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
Once in the process of mind transformation, i.e. repentance, we need a daily examination, while living in a sin infested world. We need to see if we are in the true faith.
The Greek word for ‘examine’ is peirazo (G3985). It means to make full proof by testing. If we ‘test’ and ‘examine’ ourselves, we will know if we are truly thinking aright in our minds. The Word of God is our ‘testing’ agent. It is where we go to find the standards for which we are to measure our thinking.
Then we must “Prove” ourselves. This is the Greek word: dokimazo (G1381) meaning to assay metals; to prove or test with the hope and expectation of finding great worth. One does not test ‘gravel’ for gold content. One will test a stone that appears to be gold, that weighs like it is gold, and that all signs suggest it is gold. That rock is taken to the assayer, and one is anxiously awaiting the news that it is ‘gold’ as they thought. So, the word ‘prove’ suggests we should be living, thinking, acting in such a way, that when we ‘test’ our thinking, we are in assumption that it will prove to be Godly.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
We should be ‘perfect’. For the Greek of the word ‘perfect’ is katartizo (G2675), meaning to adjust, to put in order again, settling by mediation. In the proper thinking manner, ordained by God, we get into the ‘one accord’ by understanding another’s viewpoint, finding common ground, being more concerned with peace than with being right. By jointly agreeing the Word of God is the infallible truth, and then searching and understanding it as it is meant, we then begin to believe "the same thing." Then we can think and teach those same things, and to have no disputes. The church will then be living in peace and harmony.
If we yield our mind to God, via REPENTANCE, and if we make ourselves a living sacrifice, making our thinking to be holy, full of light, dead to sin, alive to God, we become REJOICING.
Romans 6:10-13 (KJV)
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Our body is the ‘temple of the Holy Spirit’, and that means it should be holy. That means more than the outward washing the pharisees did, for we need to be sure our minds are healed from the carnal, sinful, wicked thoughts that are common in the world. Repentance is a change of mind from the sinful way of thinking to wanting and acquiring the Lord’s way of thinking.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (KJV)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV)
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
The word 'repentance' itself is distorted in the minds of many. The woman caught in adultery repented, but never prayed the sinners prayer, never mentioned her sin to the crowd. Her mind saw her own sin as wrong, and no longer thought it was all right, so Jesus saw her heart's change, and told her to 'go and sin no more'. She was repented. Repentance is the change of heart, from justifying sin, to seeing it as does God.
One can pray the sinners' prayer, not change their mind about the wrongness of their sins, and not have repented, not be saved. It was 'meaningless repetition as the Bible calls it.
So, what is REAL REPENTANCE? It is mind transformation. It is a process of seeing sin as evil and to be avoided, and watching then our Lord give us the same kind of thinking as He has. It replaces shame, guilt, weakness, sorrows, with JOY of relationship with our holy Lord.
Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we come to Jesus, it is a process of presenting ourselves to Him, and by His ‘mercies’ be presented a ‘living sacrifice”, made “holy” by His blood washing away our sins, and thereby we become ‘acceptable unto God.’ This is “reasonable’ that we do this.
No longer do we want to be ‘conformed’ to this world and its ways. No longer is REJOICING a task to seek, it becomes normal and constant. Persecution and trials cannot remove it, we joy in the worst of circumstances, we face even death with joyful certainty that we are soon to be in the arms of our Savior.
Our minds need ‘renewed’ and made clean of all sin. This is a ‘transformation’ process that begins at salvation, and continues with that renewed mind now seeing all things different than before.
be not conformed to this world
The word ‘conformed is the Greek: suschematizo (G4964) meaning to conform to another's example. It is the ‘mind of Christ’ to Whom we are to ‘conform’.
Be ye transformed
The word ‘transformed’ is from the Greek word ‘metamorphoo’ (G3339), meaning ‘transformed or transfigured by a supernatural change.’ This refers to a supernatural miracle, doing what cannot be done without God’s power. REJOICING then is the norm, the unforced reaction to the transformation done via our repentance.
Our "mind" is what needs ‘transformed’. Our thinking is warped by the world, lied to by the devil and his cohorts, and twisted by the cursed circumstances of life. The Greek word is ‘nous’ and means the "capacity to perceive." Our perceptions and thoughts need to be reshaped by God's presentation of truths shown in Scriptures.
We can then be totally in God's will. The word dokimazo, prove, means to be assured positively knowing God’s will. Paul is saying that we can trust God's will to be good, to be acceptable, to be perfect, for our life. We will be thinking aright, so we will easily understand God’s will.
If we can ‘think soberly’, we look at ourselves honestly, we can realize the needs of others, and we can be of use of the Lord being that ‘living sacrifice.’
Romans 12:9 (KJV)
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
The transformed mind, the correct and Godly thinking, brings a ‘love’, and this love is for real. It causes the children of God to abhor evil, and cleave to good. To function well in one’s thinking, we must have this love from the thinking of the mind.
Love is not some conventional concept. Love is a way of thinking, it is an expression of the heart. The transformed thinking is based on love, is motivated by love, and judges all things with this love. Love is wonderful.
The ‘renewing’ of our mind is not a mere change of decision, but it is one which results from an entire alteration of the whole way of thinking, the whole nature of the being.
The others letters of the acrostic for REJOICE will show further revelations for this 2019 year for us to REJOICE. REPENTANCE is the key that opens the door to the JOY. Let us plan to REJOICE THIS YEAR.