This is the second part of the teaching I brought on October 22, 2017. If you missed the first part, here is the link. Let’s go on and look at Romans 8.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.(My old nature) 3 For what the law (God’s instruction in the Old Testament) could not do in that it was weak through the flesh (our old nature couldn’t do it), God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin (our old way of life) in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us (not FOR us) who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
I always looked at this statement, “will give life to your mortal bodies,” as being healing for our bodies. Yes, but there is more. He is also gives us grace and strength to walk in righteousness. Where our old sin nature used to keep us from walking in righteousness, we now are enabled to do so. I believe that is what Paul is addressing here. Holy Spirit gives us power to walk in our new life.
12″Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit YOU put to death the deeds of the body, YOU will live. 14 For AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE SONS OF GOD. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
The Spirit of adoption in Biblical understanding is maturity to walk in accountability to God and to the community as an adult. It is not let’s adopt this baby and bring him home to be part of our family. Adoption means we are responsible for our sin and our choices to live a righteous life. Of course in all of this we are looking to Christ who has already provided our righteousness, but we have to lay claim to that righteousness by being obedient to the Holy Spirit.
16 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Obedience is NOT a walk in the park. We may suffer from the verbal or even physical attacks of others. We may suffer emotionally from rejection by those who supposedly love us the most. Or, we may even lose our lives, doing what God calls us to do. BUT if we are obedient to Holy Spirit we will be glorified together with Christ and be joint heirs with Him.
As I sat with the Lord about this message, He told me many things about obedience.
- Obedience is a gift of love to Me. It strengthens your walk with Me.
- Obedience is worship to the One who gave all for you.
- Obedience sets you free from guilt and condemnation and releases joy.
- Obedience is a weapon of warfare that dismantles strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
One of our major spiritual weapons is obedience.
Let’s look at: James 2:18, 20-24
Someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.”
We can say:
I am a Christian – but does our life mirror Christ?
We can say, I am a singer. But can we sing?
We can say, I am a doctor or a painter, or a baker etc, but do we show that we have the skills?
Until we step out and put our faith to work through obedience, we cannot say we have faith.
Philippians 2:12-13 “Therefore, My Beloved, as you 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; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
God gives us the will and the ability to do His will, BUT WE must work it out. We must obey His will. He’s given us the tools. What are we going to do with them? We have to put them to work.
In July 2017, the Lord shared some words with me:
“Be still My daughter, Be Still. Greater things are yet to come. You’ve only seen a glimpse. Continue to lean on Me. Continue to fix your gaze. Embrace My love for you and walk in obedience. Greater things are about to manifest in your life and in the life of My church. The world has not seen My church yet. But soon and very soon it will. My church, those who are pursuing Me with all their heart, mind, will and emotions are about to astound the world with their beauty, authority and strength. Love will take on new dynamics and seasoned saints will be astounded at the manifestation of My power through those willing to believe.
“To Believe is more than a mental ascent. It requires action and obedience to be true belief.
- Fix your gaze on Me
- Listen to My Spirit
- Walk in obedience to My word to you
And you will be part of My endtime glorious church.
“The time for talk without action is over. The Kingdom is not built with talk. I am sending you into the harvest fields. Speak what I tell you to speak and angel armies will assist you.
“Do what I tell you to do and I will back every word with action and power. All hell will come against you, but I’ve already raised a Standard – Jesus. Walk in unity with Him and there is no reason to fear. For you have already died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Back in November 2012, He told me:
“You are on a quest for Truth. I AM your TRUTH. You will discover more of Me in the journey. It’s not about striving—it’s about following—obedience through faith. My ways will be hidden from you, yet as you follow Me, they will be revealed miraculously and perfectly.
I saw myself crossing a stream. There were a series of round rocks like stepping stones about a foot across. I knew I needed to walk on them to get to the other side. There was fog all around but as I stepped on each stone fire and sky were revealed beneath them.
As I walked He said, “It IS limitless My daughter. It IS limitless. My yoke IS easy and My burden IS light. The simplicity of the gospel is obedience by faith for it leads to Life.”
In December 2012, He told me, “Obedience in faith is always honored, even when you get it wrong.”
Isn’t that good news? If we think that God has told us something and we act on it, God is going to honor it whether it is right or wrong. If it’s wrong, He’ll get you back on the right path. Because your heart is pure toward Him. You are believing that what you are doing is His will and you are doing it for that reason. Even if you blow it, you will be honored by the Lord, because of your obedience.
“Remember ALL things work together for good to those who love God. To those who are called according to His purpose.”
Then He reminded me of the scripture in Isaiah 55:11 which says,
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
THE PURPOSE FOR ALL OBEDIENCE IS BLESSING He blesses us and usually others. His perspective is always bigger than ours.
Luke 6:46-49 says, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Obedience is co-laboring with Holy Spirit. It requires humility and a willingness to seek His counsel and then DO what He says.
In June 2014, God gave me these words:
“You are on stage for the main event…the one all of creation has longed to see. All the players are in place and I am about to ring the bell for round one. This will not be a 10-round fight. I am your coach, your referee, your timekeeper, and your strength. Obedience is key. All of heaven is cheering you on and those who walk in obedience will come out with the victor’s crown.
“Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready! Rest in My love and wait for My orders. All is well.”
That was in 2014, and I believe we’ve seen a manifestation of that word beginning.
Here is one last word I will share with you. Along with living a life bearing the fruit of repentance and sharing God’s love, one of the biggest areas we need to bring under the control of our new nature is what we speak. What we say to and about others and what we say to and about ourselves.
On October 1, 2017, God shared some prophetic words with me and one word was highlighted. That word was Decree.
Decree looks like this: Strong’s #1504
Gimmel 3= Divine perfection Means: Camel, Generous Rich man, To Lift up, to Give, to Benefit, to Toil, Retaliate.
Zayin 7 = completeness, Perfection, Fullness. Means: Sword of the Spirit (Word of God), Dagger, Weapon or Seed
Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience. (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)
DECREE: (Gimmel) Is to retaliate with the (Zayin) God’s Word- used as a weapon against the (Resh) head – the insufficiency of human reasoning vs. obedience to God’s Word.
When we decree what Holy Spirit tells us to decree, we are cutting the enemy off at the pass. We are coming against human reasoning and false identity.
Now, let me put this in context with the word He gave me. Here is the word:
I was thanking Him for the Truth that He shares with us. And He started speaking to me:
“There’s more truth to be told Beloved, My Truth. Are you ready to receive it?”
“There is a war coming. A war of words that will lead to war in the streets. Civil war, fueled by the enemy of pride and control.
“Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and I will lift you above the fray, so you can speak into the fray and bring peace. Do not join the war of words or you will be swallowed up in the streets.
“My Bride does not war in the streets. She remains with Me. On word from her mouth fueled by heaven’s song, will end the battle. One word of command.”
This scripture came to mind: Job 22:21-28 KJV
21 “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28 Thou shalt also DECREE a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”
“My Word is powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, dividing joint and marrow. Open your mouth and I will fill it in the moment of greatest need.”
So when we are in crisis, we need to be calling out to Holy Spirit and asking, “What do You want me to say? Is there something I can decree that will change these circumstances? Not responding out of our own emotions, but calling on Him.
“No weapon formed against you will prosper. My word will not return void. I will accomplish My will with My Word.
“Handle it well, My Bride. Handle it with purity and love. I do not want any to perish. Timing is of the essence. When you hear Me, speak what I tell you. You will stand in awe at the weight of My Word to divide and to conquer.
“The weapons of your warfare are mighty to the tearing down of strongholds. My Word in your mouth will divide and conquer. Handle it well. Use as I direct and do not allow anger, frustration, or human reasoning to rule. Stay in submission to Me and My timing. I will instruct you and lead you in the way you should go. I will guide you as the apple of My eye.”
It is a joy to be in a community where there are many prophetic people. In the body of our six congregations and the ministers that minister with us, there are many with prophetic gifting. The very next day after I got this word, Alan Garren, an evangelist in our area, posted the following message:
October 2, 2017
The Gathering of the Sheep.
As I closed my eyes this morning I began to see a gathering of people in the streets in different pockets in America. It looks like the crowd started in the states of Texas & Las Vegas, Nevada. It was though it was a gathering of riots and the innocent together.
As I continued to look in the Spirit I heard very clearly the Lord say, “It’s the Gathering of the Sheep”.
What do you mean Lord? I asked.
“It is a detour for the saints, it is an on slot, a pre-meditated plan of the enemy to draw the Christians into a war that has already been won. It is “The Gathering of The Sheep” As Sheep Led to The Slaughter! It is the enemy trying to lead My people out of light into darkness; he is trying to get them to battle in a war that has already been won. It is his attempt to separate them from Me.”
“These are the things to com,” the Lord Spoke; “There will be violence in the streets, and many will leave the light and join in, sound the warning and the alarm! They have already won the battle! They are fighting from victory and not for it! Sound it loud! If they do not stay seated in heavenly places they too will be drawn out! It is the time to “Decree & Declare My Word! It Is Finished!
“These outbursts are great deceptions of devils and the unbelievers working together in unison to slaughter the Sheep!
“Stay firm in seeking and thinking on those things which are above….Stay firm My beloved…For these things must come to pass, as I draw closer to My return…Decree & Declare from heavenly places, not from the streets! Pray My Words…Speak the Word only! And you shall see the enemies snares trap himself! Says the Spirit of the Lord!”
Have You Forgotten Who You Are?
I will close with this word I received yesterday before I finished putting the notes together. (October 21)
“Draw near, come aside and see. My heart burns for you. Set aside all else and come. Obedience flows with ease in My presence. It come with joy in My glory. Obedience is impossible apart from Me.
“Draw near. Make time to be alone with Me in the quiet. Make Me your first priority and all else will takes its place.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength. It is only found in My presence.
“In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. The battle’s already won. Come to Me and eat of the spoils. I have food for you that will change your chemistry, heal your body, your mind and your soul.
“Obedience is ministry to Me. It is worship.
“Do you love Me? Then do My will.
“In Me you live and move and have your being. Anything I ask you to do is possible because nothing is impossible to Me. Taste and see. Put it to the test. You won’t be disappointed.”
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord…”
Those who are obedient to the Lord. That is what the waiting is. It is not sitting in the corner with your hands folded, staring at the sky and saying, “I’m waiting on the Lord. I am just waiting on the Lord.” No, it is being obedient to what the Holy Spirit is telling you at the time. Being activated in God’s will.
“Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
The hourglass has been turned over. We are in the neck of that hourglass. How are we going to fill our time?
Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we come to You as Your children. Each one of us knows we have not been fully obedient to You in our lives. We have not repented for the things we have done wrong. We’ve tried to bribe You with sacrifices and good works. We’ve worn ourselves out and then blamed You for making us work too hard, God.
Lord, forgive us. I know You already have, but we confess all these things to You. Thank You, Lord, that You will cleanse us and help us to walk in newness of life.
Lord, help us to burn down the past and never return to it or even think about it. Help us to tune our ears to hear. To hear with the intent to obey. Help us have heavens vision so we know Your strategy to do the things You are calling us to do. And help us open our mouths to speak only the words You tell us to speak. That the influence of the enemy will be silenced and a harvest of righteousness will come forth.
Lord, may Your Kingdom come on this earth through us. May it be seen in us and may we share it with everyone we meet.
We thank You for the answers to this prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.