The Winds of Doctrine
“But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1-2
The reason today that people are not flocking by the multitudes to the House of God is because God’s people have not really understood and do not know in reality that they are the House of God. We sing songs about it, such as, "Know ye not, know ye not, ye are the temple." and many others, but we have not experienced much of what we know. We know intellectually that we are the House of the Lord, because we have been taught it for years.
In these days God is revealing and unveiling Christ within a people. Doctrines without the reality will no longer satisfy us. We are hungering and thirsting after Christ to be formed in us. If you haven't seen this yet, if it is still mostly intellectual teaching or doctrine for you, I can promise you that if you are hungry for truth God is going to unveil your eyes and you are going to literally see that you are the House of God. Then you will be able to understand, and know of a certainly that Christ in you is the hope of glory.
The people of the Lord are the most beautiful people on the earth today. Yet, many of them are the most discouraged, disheartened, and disappointed, because what they know and have been taught, for the most part has not become experiential for them. All this has been for a purpose --- to make us realize we can't make it. There is not even a slim chance that you, in your human personality, and your carnal nature, are going to make it. But there is an awakening taking place and a shaking in God’s people today. There's a stirring going on inside of us that no man, not even your carnal mentality, is going to stop the arising of the Spirit of God within you. God is rising in His Temple and nothing will stop it. If you do not have this understanding, go to God, and ask him to reveal to you the truth, the revelation of His Spirit in you, the Christ of God.
We Live by the Life of God
”But 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 give life your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” Rom 8:11
We have within us the Spirit of the Living God. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from among the dead now dwells in our being one we have been regenerated by His Spirit.. We are overcomers. But when we say we are overcomers, if we are looking at our past failures, we feel that that's not true because we're looking at our carnal nature thinking that some day we are going to overcome that nature, with that nature, which is impossible.
Our carnal mentality will never overcome. If you have been born again by the Spirit of the Living God, you are no longer a fallen human being. It is not your carnal nature but it's the Spirit of God in you that's the overcomer. You must understand that it is the Spirit of God in you that is the overcomer. If you really understand that, you don't have any more struggles with the flesh.
My heart cries out to God every day, "Give your people a revelation. Open the eyes of their understanding". As long as you are trying to overcome in the flesh with the natural man, you will miss what God is doing. Yet if you have a revelation of Christ within you and realize that you are an overcomer, then you will begin to overcome. An overcomer always overcomes. You don't have an undercomer in you; you have an overcomer in you. In fact, you are the overcomer. But it's not the "I" that's the personal ego, it's the "I" that is Christ. It is what Paul said so many years ago, “I 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.” Gal 2:20.
We have known these things for so many years. In fact, when I first gave the message and wrote the book on “The Oneness of God in Man,” I definitely had the revelation of that word, but I did not have much of the experience. It has been 10 years since I gave that message and God has brought line upon line and precept upon precept, moment upon moment, day after day I have literally watched my life change without any effort. In fact, every time I make an effort in the flesh, I take 3 steps backward. The carnal man was never meant to overcome. We need to reaffirm every day that “We are not Adam we are Christ.” We no longer live by a limited human consciousness but by Christ in us. We are a living manifestation of Christ in the flesh. You may say “Not me.” If you say this it is because you have not had a revelation of Christ in you, or you are refusing to acknowledge that you are not any longer living by Adam but by Christ.
Let's look at Ephesians chapter 4 verse 1-2 where the apostle Paul writes, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness in meekness with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love." This is what is going to bring the House of God into such a position where people will literally flock to us in countless numbers. They are going to begin to see a people who are not high-minded; a people who have no competitive spirit; a people who are not promoting themselves; a people who are preferring one above the other. This is not out of a performance but a life lived out from Christ within us!
If you are familiar with our ministry you know that one of the basic things we teach is that God is not interested in your performance. You cannot perform the Christian walk ---- it has to be a lifestyle. Let's suppose you are a teacher or a preacher. Did you ever get a bunch of preachers together and listen to the competitiveness sometimes in the conversation? Or get a bunch of preachers together and they're all itching to get to the platform? When you find a group of people who are not interested in performance, but are interested in what God has to say and do not care who has the platform, you can have wonderful fellowship. The more you have of a real heart revelation of God’s character, the less you want to do anything. And the more you realize the value of every believer. To walk worthy of the Lord is to begin to walk in your new nature. REPENT! Change your mind about who you are. You are a visible expression of the invisible God. YOU are what is seen of Him who invisible. Do not let that slip from your mind. When you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and say “Good morning Christ. Today you are going forth to display the loveliness and the beauty of your creator.”
"Forbearing one another in love" is the very hallmark of one who is becoming filled with the nature and character of God. You sense a burning love for God and all of His creation. You do not have an ounce of prejudice. You love the ones who do not know God and you love those who do. You love the Christians, all of them. You can also look at one who is in the deception of any religion of the world and love them and bring the word of the Lord to them. We all know that the description God gives of Himself is that He is love. Love always prefers the other.
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Eph 4:3-6
Looking at today’s Christianity, it is very hard to realize the unity of the spirit. This verse does not say that we must keep the unity of the doctrine, or the unity of the knowledge; it is the unity of the Spirit that we must keep. Almost every systematized congregation in the denominations and non-denominations and free groups and home groups has their declaration of faith. If you do not adhere to this statement of their faith you will not be welcome among them. Oh they may say they love you, but their actions prove otherwise. They will only love you from a distance. They will be afraid that you may deceive some of their flock because you do not adhere to their faith. This is unity only among those who believe like you do. Even among the same groups there are many divisions. The Baptists are divided among themselves, the Pentecostals are divided among themselves and the divisions go on and on. As long as you base your fellowship on the doctrines of your particular beliefs, you will never know the unity of the Spirit that Paul is sharing in these verses.
Paul says there is ONE Lord, there is ONE faith, there is ONE baptism, and there is ONE God and Father of all who is in all. There is not a Pentecostal Lord, a Baptist Lord, or a Lutheran Lord. What then is the unity of the Spirit? The unity of the Spirit is simply living out from the Spirit of God within you, and He is not divided or prejudice against Himself. God will fellowship with you regardless of, and in spite of your particular religious faith. If you are in a religion and have a heart for God, He will bring you out of that religion into the unity of the faith. You will begin to walk in the heart of God and in the love of God. Not just for your neighbor. Not just for those who go to the same fellowship you do, but for the world. Christianity is so divided and that is why they are such a mockery to the world. They tell the world that God loves them and the majority of them will not even fellowship with one another. I have been to so called Kingdom Churches that are within a few blocks of one another and refuse to fellowship with one another. This is a disgrace to the kingdom of God. How can we reconcile the world if we cannot reconcile with one another and we both love and worship the same God?
"There is ONE body and ONE Spirit even as you are called in ONE hope of your calling. ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all who is above all and through all and in you all."
The Seed of God is in Every Man
One of the verses to show this is in Zechariah 12:1 “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him.”
You remember that in Genesis 1 God said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness.” God is spirit and he is the Father of spirits. As Hebrews 12:9 says, “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live” In the beginning God created us as spirits. He is the Father of that spirit. In the fall Adam lost his identity of being spirit and found himself with a limited human mentality, which was separated from God. When we are birthed into this human plane, we like Adam are separated in our consciousness from God who is in our spirit. That is why when we are regenerated we become conscious of God. He has regenerated our spirit.
And then John said that Jesus was “The true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9. Proverbs 20:27 says that, “The spirit of man is the candle or light of the Lord.” This is an Old Testament scripture that says that the spirit of man is the candle or light of the Lord. It does not say it will become the candle, but it is the candle. We must see that God is in every man. Not every man is aware of it, but nevertheless for the people of God to come into a unity that's going to bring the nations in among us, we must have the vision to know that God is in every man, every woman, every boy and every girl. The seed of God is in all of humanity waiting to burst forth and flow into their consciousness. All they need to do is open up, even in a small way and call out to God and He by His Spirit comes alive in them and begins to give them a hunger and desire for God.
There is Only One
There is ONE Lord. There is ONE faith. There is ONE Spirit. There is not a Baptist faith, a Lutheran faith, a Christian faith, a Hindu faith. There are no such things. There is only ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, and ONE faith. Show me if you can, where any of our denominations are found in the bible. They are absolutely a counterfeit of the Church. I am not saying that the people in them are not God’s people, or that they are not born again. It is the system of Babylon that has them so deceived. The religious systems of carnally minded men are just as deceived in Christianity as in any other religion of the world. Christians have the knowledge of Jesus and His sacrifice of Calvary, but they are caught in a system of Doctrines and works. For the most part they do not know who they are, or where they have come from.
No matter where you are today on the face of the earth, if you have heart for God, if there is something in you that is longing and crying out for God, it is only because He is either drawing you or has drawn you. It is YOUR time to come into the knowledge of God. We, as people of God, must realize that no matter where a man is, no matter what his condition in life, no matter what his faith is, no matter what's he's been taught intellectually, if he has a heart for God, if he's hungry for God, God is drawing that man. As long as you have any bigotry in your heart at all towards any man in any condition you are going to miss what God is doing today.
I hear bigotry coming from all corners of the Christian world today. The Christian man made religions don't have a corner on God. God today is raising the consciousness of His presence in all the peoples of the world. I have said this before, but it bears saying again that some of them have been taught Buddhism is the way, some of them have been taught that Hinduism is the way, some of them have been taught that the Baptists are the way or the Pentecostals are the way. But there's only ONE way. There is only ONE way to God. That is through a revelation of Christ and a heart relationship that desires only him. If you desire God He will reveal Himself to you.
It is very important in these days that we drop the bigotry. We cannot expect man to have a proper intellectual knowledge before we can accept him as someone who God is drawing. We need to minister to people by the spirit. We should not minister to the intellect, but to the spirit.
We should never try to convince someone that we are right and they are wrong. The only way that we can convince anybody of anything is through our love. You can love somebody who has been totally deceived by any religion in the world. Simply by loving and ministering to them you can bring them into the light where God Himself will reveal Himself to them. But if we do it how it's been done in the past through intellectual teaching, we will fail.
The only thing people need to know in the beginning is that God is love. God is your Creator. God is in you whether you know it or not. And if you will simply open to Him in the smallest way, you will experience what the word calls a quickening, or regeneration. I want to read to you what the Scriptures says in Acts 17:22. This is a very famous passage in the New Testament because its Paul's sermon on Mars Hill. I just want to remind you of what Paul said to these heathens --- these people who worshiped all kinds of gods and because they didn't want to miss out on any god they had one god they called the unknown god.
Listen to what Paul said to them. Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill and said, "You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. For as I passed by and beheld your devotions I found an altar with this inscription to the unknown god. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands, neither is worshiped with mens hands as though He needed anything, seeing He gives to all life and breath and all things. And He has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the face of the earth and determined the times before appointed in the bounds of their habitations, that they should seek the Lord if haply they might feel after Him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being, as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring." Acts 17:22-28
You have to realize Paul was speaking to heathens. It would be like me today going in to a Buddhist temple and bringing this message. You can literally say to someone who is bowing down to an idol in ignorant worship that in God you live and you move and you have your being. They may be bowing down to their idol, but if I am not bigoted I can introduce them to the real God. The one in whom they live and in whom they move and in whom they have their being. I can only introduce them to God, as I speak to them by the spirit. God, as He opens their eyes to understand that they are His offspring, and they have within their being the seed of His life, they will immediately stop bowing down to an idol and turn to the living God.
But if I go into their temple and start coming against everything that they have believed all of their life, if I start telling them that what I have is God’s word, but that what they have is not, how could we expect them to believe us? What would happen if someone tried to tell you that your Christian bible was a fable? We have to reach people right where they are. We have to touch the hearts of God's people.
So many people are saying that this is a New Age gospel. But you know, I want to make something clear, I really don't know too much about what the New Age is except what I've heard. What I've heard is that the New Age is trying to meld all the religions of the world into one. I want to tell you something --- that's NOT what I'm talking about. What I am talking about will deliver you from religion. Once God begins to live in you, you won't touch religion of any kind. If God comes alive in you, if His Spirit is living in you, how could you be religious? How could you sit and listen to the doctrines and precepts of men? How could you let any man tell you his carnal doctrines is the truth, if you have the truth inside of you?
The message for the world today is only one --- that God has reconciled you back to Himself. He didn't just redeem a few. He didn't just forgive a few. He didn't determine that a few would be saved and the rest would be eternally lost. God has a plan that is so perfect and has worked out every detail to restore all of mankind back to Himself.
If you understand that no matter where you are today, God chose you before the foundation of the world, that you would be holy and without blame before Him in love. If you can believe this simple word you will rejoice. I know the condition of carnal humanity. I know the condition of some people who love God. I know the carnal condition that most of us are in. The truth is --- and the truth will set you free --- you are holy, unblameable, and irreprovable in His sight. Not in your carnal adamic life, but in Christ. Christ is holy, unblemished, and undefiled. If you can accept that you will be that experientially. If you can't accept that you won't yet experience it but you still will eventually as God brings you into the knowledge of your true identity. God has never, ever, made one human being that will fail except for a purpose, because He works all things after the counsel of His own will. Known by God are all His works from beginning unto end.
It says in the Amplified Bible, Eph 1:23 that "We are (speaking of us) the fullness of Him who fills everything everywhere with Himself". The problem is, and this is something I keep saying over and over and over, we look at our carnality. That thing will never get any better. NEVER. We keep expecting that we will overcome by the carnal nature. You will not! You never will. But if you understand who you really are, if you understand that in God's eyes there are no failures, in God's eyes the sin of the world was dealt with. In God's eyes He holds no man accountable for his sin. In God's eyes I am complete. We know these scriptures but we have trouble believing them. The Apostle Paul says in Col 2:10 “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” We will never be complete in our carnal human nature. We are complete in Him? Where is He? He's in His Temple. We are the temple of the Lord. Today He is being revealed in His Temple.
“There is one body. There is one Spirit. There is one Lord. There is one faith. There is one baptism. One God and Father of all who is above and through all and in you all.” I realize that here Paul was writing to Christians, but in Athens he was talking to heathens and he said basically the same things. You may not realize it, but in God you live and you move and you have your being. And He wants to live and move and have His being in you. As God removes the veils from our eyes we begin to walk in this reality. .
One of the greatest needs among God's people today is oneness. We can never be one experientially until we understand that we are one. We don't have to try to be one. The problem is we try to be one in mentality. We try to be one in doctrine. We will never be one in doctrine until Christ is fully mature in all of us. When He is mature within us then we will all agree. But until then all of us are at different stages and levels of spiritual growth. What I see, someone less mature than me cannot see. If they can't see it they may be in disagreement with it, but the unity of the faith is in the uniting bond of peace. It's the unity of Spirit. If we are regenerated we have the same life operating in us. You have Christ in you, and I have Christ in me. Our oneness is in His life not in our concepts and doctrines.
One of the things I like to say is this, “It’s oneness in diversity.” We don't all have to think alike. We don't all have to believe alike. But we do have to learn to appreciate and love one another right exactly where we are. We must stop expecting people to believe everything just like we do. We think that just because God spoke it to me, you have to believe it. No, you don't. I heard it expressed once that God's word is like an onion. There are several layers of His truth. Some people who are unskilled in the Word or are newborn babes in the Word will read the Word and will not understand the spiritual application.
For instance, today there are many Christians who are looking for this Holy City, the New Jerusalem, thinking that its some kind of a beautiful city with pearly gates with streets of gold and water running down the street and they see this literal physical city that's coming down out of the sky. Someone who peels the onion back a little further will see that streets of gold represents divine life. And streets concern the walk So to walk on the golden streets mean that I am walking in the divine life of God, which is the New Jerusalem And as I walk in the divine life I have a river in the center of my being. There is a river of the water of life. And as I walk in the streets of gold, as I walk in the divine nature, the river in me begins to flow. That river in me that flows is nothing less than the divine life and Spirit of the Living God.
Therefore, as I am walking in the nature and character of God, as I speak what flows out of me is living water to water and heal everywhere it flows. That's what we're coming into. We don't all have to believe the same way. We all know by now that intellectual belief is what has caused all of the divisions and all of the problems in the church. Right now, people all over the world are beginning to wake up and realize that on the inside of them God is stirring. This is happening among the Buddhists. It's happening among the Hindus. It's happening among the Pentecostals. It's happening among the Baptists. It's happening among the New Age people. Those who are searching for God will find God no matter where they are. If your just looking for something to satisfy your religiosity then you will get deceived by religion until God brings you to the point of wanting truth above everything else.
What happens when people begin to wake up is that every one of them, as they progress and as the Spirit of the Lord draws them, gets out of religion of all kinds. Please do not misunderstand me here. I am not supporting all the religions of the world. I have said many times that the Buddhist needs to come out of Buddhism, the Hindu needs to come out of Hinduism and Christians need to come out of the system of Christianity. When you shake off your religious traditions and the Spirit of God rises in you, He will speak to you and lead you into all truth.
We recently gave a message and wrote a booklet on "God's Infallible Guidance System". The world over people are beginning to wake up and learn to follow the spirit within them The teacher can only confirm to you what God has said to you. If what I am saying to you tonight does not bear any witness, does not make any sense, don't pay any attention to it. You are not obligated to listen to me. Jesus said that when the Spirit of Truth is come He will guide YOU into all truth. Once you discover this you no longer need me to tell you what to do, because if you are born again, the Spirit of God, which is in you, will lead you and direct you. More and more across the world and in all religions today God is drawing people by his Spirit. People are waking up, shaking themselves, and finding that there is such an abundance of His provision and His life.
Ephesians 4:11 it says, "He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists and some pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying (or building up) of the body of Christ until we all arrive in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God into a perfect man."
The Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and teachers are to build up the saints by speaking the truth in love, by the spirit. This truth has no boundaries as far as geographical location, religion, or mindset, and you don't have to be taught all kinds of religious theology. You simply have to have the knowledge that God is in you. I don’t mean just an intellectual knowledge. Knowing God is in us is just the beginning. Just very simply go to Him and say, "God, if this is true, if you can come alive in me and live in me, if You by your Spirit can infiltrate and saturate my being, please do so.” (I did this 30 years ago)...this was the end of my search to find the reality of God. I looked for this since I was 11 years old. I grew up in church and never knew that God could come alive on the inside of me. This is the answer. Once this happens to you, if you don't listen to religion, that living guidance system will guide you into all truth. But because we listen to religion, and we listen to our carnal mentality we miss the living guidance of the Holy Spirit within us.
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Eph 4:13-15
Have you ever been carried about with a wind of doctrine? If you've been a hungry Christian I guarantee you that you have been in many winds of doctrine. I am not implying here that doctrine is a bad thing. There are some bad doctrines in the Church but that is not what I am addressing here. We can be carried away with a good doctrine as well as a bad one.
I'll never forget that one of the things I wanted to learn about when I was a new Christian was the rapture. I was really interested in it and I thought it sounded great. But as I studied the doctrine I found out that there are three different positions on that doctrine. There is pre-trib, mid-trib and post-trib. I wanted to find out the truth so I got all the materials I could find, I went to libraries and different places, and I read all the information on pre-trib rapture. And was convinced that it was true. Then I read all the literature and I could find on the mid-trib rapture. I did the same thing with post-trib. whatever I was reading at the time I was convinced that that was the truth.
People don't believe these things because there's not some validity to what is being said. But the moment that you focus your attention on a teaching or a doctrine, I don't care how scriptural, I don't care if Jesus Himself spoke that teaching or doctrine, if you focus on a doctrine it will be a wind that will carry you away from the reality of Christ. It will be a wind that will carry you away from the unity of the Spirit, because you won’t want to fellowship with those who don't believe like you do.
We think that when God tells us something that the whole world needs to do the same thing. I'll tell you a story about my mother. She was a very proud woman. She wouldn't answer the door in the morning until she had her make-up on. I don't care what happened she would not let anyone see her without her make-up on. One day God spoke to her and said, "Helen, you are a proud woman. You need to wash your face and don't you put that make-up on again." This almost killed my mother. You cannot believe the humiliation it caused her to go out in public without make-up on. She had no eyebrows at all and she was very self-conscious. But she did it.
God spoke that to her and I'm sure God has spoken that to many women who are proud to do or not do certain things. We have a doctrine in some of our holiness churches that women shouldn't wear make-up. I'm sure there have been times when God has spoken to people, "You need to take that jewelry off. You really think you're something." God will tell you anything it takes to do away with your pride or whatever it is that's a problem. God will speak to you. But that doesn't mean that He is speaking that way to everybody. So we have had holiness doctrines that say you can't wear make-up, you can't cut your hair, and many other things.
Do you know there is one group of Christians today who are divided doctrinally over Baptism? There are many different denominations and groups over just the one doctrine of baptism.
The Pentecostals have taken one of the most precious truths in the Bible, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and have not produced oneness but have produced more division --- the doctrine, not the reality of it, but the doctrine. Because, you see, the reality of it is that if I am full of the Holy Ghost, what does that mean? That means that the Spirit of God is once again living and moving on the face of the earth in my body. It's not about doctrine; it's about an experience. If you speak in tongues 10 hours a day and your life is not being transformed, if you are not finding yourself becoming more Christ-like, there is something wrong.
I can't stress this enough, no matter how good your doctrine is, a doctrine is a wind that will blow you away from the reality of Christ. The only thing that you can depend on is not what Gary Sigler says, or any man says. The only guarantee you have of hearing God correctly is to hear what He is saying to you. Then whatever He says to you, you do it, but don't expect everybody else to do it. The unity of the Spirit is in Christ. Christ is in you and Christ is in me. This is where the unity is found.
Something that causes me a lot of grief is this thing that we have among Christians that you must believe right or you can't know God. If your intellectual concepts are not scriptural, you couldn't possibly know God. We judge by outward appearance and by intellectual knowledge. If someone does not believe in the virgin birth we think they cannot be saved. Yet many people who go to Church and believe in the virgin birth do not know God at all. The only one who can convince us that the virgin birth is true is God Himself because it is something that is impossible to happen. To really know God we must go much deeper that just the intellect. When you are regenerated you will begin to hear God and He will then lead you into truth. Christians are forced to believe what their pastors say no matter how carnally minded they are. Once you know God intimately it will be easy for you to believe in the virgin birth. The religious man says if you do not believe right you God cannot save you. What a sad thing it is to degrade the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to intellectual beliefs.
"That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine." There have been many winds of doctrine in the Church to carry people away from the reality of Christ. A good scriptural doctrine in the Church is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Christians have held on to a doctrine that has been interpreted by carnally minded men and caused many divisions in the Church. Brother, do you believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost? Do you believe that everybody needs to speak in tongues or they are not filled with the Holy Ghost? Some even teach that you are not really saved unless you speak with tongues.
A big wind that has carried multitudes of Christians away from the reality of Christ is the gifts of the Spirit. Some seek the gifts of the Spirit and receive them only to be carried away from the reality of Christ. Whenever your main focus is on anything other than having the character of God formed in you will be carried away with a wind.
When it comes right down to it there's only one thing of value in your life and mine --- only one. How much of Christ has been imparted to you? Do you think God is offended if I don't know His name? Do you think God is offended if I don't know about Calvary? Do you think it is possible for me to be regenerated without knowing about Calvary and without every hearing the name of Jesus? Because if you don't think that's possible you don't really know the depths of the heart of God.
If you center on one thing you can’t go wrong and that is --- God, I want to know YOU. I want to know you and the reality of your Spirit that you have placed within me. If you will forget everything else and simply center on the seed of God, if you will center your attention, your focus and your mind upon what God says that you are, you will see very shortly and very quickly that you really are an overcomer, because you have taken your attention off the flesh and are centering it on God.
There are people all over the world today who are waking up, who are being stirred and being called who have never heard the name of "Jesus". Oh, they will, but if you don't understand that you can't help them because you will be trying to get them to believe exactly like you do; Just minister to them and feed them, you have to love them, and you have to help uncover the Christ within them. Their intellectual beliefs, then, will fall away, just like ours do. Most of you who are reading this know that Jesus on the cross paid the price for the redemption of the world. This is what we need to let them know.
Ephesians says that “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:5-7
We must realize that this verse is true for the whole world. Jesus on the cross took all of the old creation into death and when He rose from the dead we rose with Him. We did not know this until His seed was germinated within us and then we became aware of what had already happened. All of creation was saved at the cross, but not every one is aware it. Can you believe that Hindus and Buddhists and all of creation were saved at the cross? If you really see this by revelation you will be able to minister life to anyone in any condition. God loves those who are bowing down to idols, and if you inter into His heart He will give you the love that He has. You will then not condemn them; you will minister life to them.
Years ago I studied SO much. I wanted the reality of God. There was a time when I could quote the whole book of Ephesians, about half of the book of Romans, and I had so little reality. I did that because I was hungry. I did that because I was taught that to get to know God is to get to know His Word. I was so full of letter of the word. My wife can tell you that we could drive an hour and a half from Los Angeles to Lancaster where we lived, and I could quote the scriptures all the way. However I did not have a lot of reality. It's not WHAT you know; it's WHO you know that brings the reality to your life. The apostles did not have this book (the new testament). This book came out of their experience. They had such a love for God and people that they became the New Testament.
God proved His love at Calvary. He died that you might have life. Do you realize that He didn't die so that you would have to crucify yourself to have life? You don't find life by crucifying the flesh with the flesh. Paul says, “If we through the Spirit put to death the works of the flesh you will live.” Rom 8:13. You find life and life overtakes the flesh. "I am come that you might have life." John 10:10. We've got into so much religious activity and haven't found life. Listen folks, only you know if you're not living by His life, if His life isn't being formed in you, if you cannot see a progression of Christ living in you, then you are just being religious or you haven't really understood the truth.
We need to repent. This is what it means to repent --- CHANGE YOUR MIND. You think you are a sinner and if you have been taught you're not a sinner you still think you are a failure. You are NOT a failure. Adam is a failure. But you are not Adam you are Christ.
“Speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Eph 4:15
What is the truth? I you have been regenerated you know what the truth is, you really do. God has given you a new heart and renewed a right spirit within you. Stop speaking from the Adamic mind and speak the truth from your Christ consciousness. Speak the truth in love. Speak it to yourself and speak it to one another.
When someone comes to me and they are so discouraged and depressed, I minister to the spirit within them. Some people can be so full of lust, or bitterness, or gossip. They can be so miserable looking at their carnal nature. However, I know that in that person there is the Seed of Christ and I look at them through the eyes of faith. I see them as God sees them, lost in the adamic mindset. I cannot help them by trying to put law on them or by trying to adjust their carnal nature. I refuse to focus on their failure. I don't see someone full of anger and bitterness; I see the seed of God that is in that person. You can literally speak life to their inner being. If you try to bring them correction, if you try to tell them they can't do that and get to God, if you try to adjust their outward carnal man in any way, you will fail. But if you will simply speak the truth in love, you will succeed.
Do you realize that in the very center of your being, far past your mind, far past your emotions and will, deeply embedded in your consciousness is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? The very seed of His life is in you. If you will simply learn how to water that seed, the life of God in you will begin to rise and take over your life.
We need to minister to one another and fellowship with one another. If you have a desire for God, let me pray with you, let me minister to you, and that seed in you will begin to grow.
If people sense no condemnation coming from you, if they sense nothing but a caring and a love and a concern to help them, they will change so quickly. If they don't, that's God's business and not yours. It is YOUR responsibility to love all of God’s creation and minister to them. God has given you an assignment that you would come and minister to creation and minister nothing but the truth and speak the truth in love. The reason most Christians haven't done this is because they haven't really known the depths of God’s love for His creation.
We know the scripture that says "He took away the sin of the world," but we don't really believe it because sin is so evident in our creation. But sin will always be rampant in the natural, carnal, human mentality and in the human race. But in Christ, there is no sin. You have within your being the seed of His life. You have a life that has never known and has never been touched by sin. You have a life that is far beyond human comprehension. You have a life that has no bounds and knows no limitations. You have a life that will absolutely swallow up your darkness. You have a life that will swallow up the lust and the hurt and the prostitution and the homosexuality. You have within your being the very substance of who He is. Learn to tap into that life and you will never be the same.
Speak the truth in love. The world has had so much condemnation. People go to church Sunday after Sunday and get beat up. They don't hear the truth in love. They hear all about what they must do and how they must perform before God will really accept them. The gospel is all about knowing and loving God, that's all it's about. That is why the very first commandment is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all you mind." We all know that that's impossibility until He is birthed within you.
When His life begins to arise within you there is a burning desire for nothing but God. You can't manufacture that. You can't cause that to happen. Neither should you condemn someone who has not had that happen. Let's let the walls of separation come down. He took the handwriting of ordinances that were against us and nailed them to His cross.
Remember what Paul said in Ephesians, “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having 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; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph 2:11-18
The above verses do not happen when you believe them. They happened at the cross. When you receive the Word of God, and He quickens you, then you begin to experience what He did for you two thousand years ago.
"You Gentiles, (there were only two classes of people in those days in the Jewish mindset, there were the Jews, the people of God, and there were the Gentiles, the sinners). Paul boldly told them in Ephesians, He has taken both Jew and Gentile, He has taken both of you, and through the blood of His cross He has united you together in one body. There is no such thing today as a sinner outside of the body of Christ, they just don't know it and have not yet experienced it. It is our pleasure; it's the Good News that we have to bring to them of their inheritance in God. How long so you think a carnal unregenerate man will remain a sinner by choice when this revelation dawns within him?
There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female. There is only one and that one is Christ on the earth, everything else is falsehood. The only REAL thing in the universe is Christ and His Church. Jesus is the Head and we are the Body. Is the Body any less divine that the Head? You have to hear what I'm saying by the spirit. If you hear it you will arise in glorious victory, because it is not Adam that hears this, Christ hears this word. And you can then understand the Scripture that says, "Arise and shine, for you light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." Paul says “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor 4:18. The things that we see are temporal (subject to change) but the things that are not seen are eternal. You may see yourself today in Adam, not able to walk as Jesus on the earth, but that is subject to change. Christ in you is not subject to change and He will come forth within you in glorious victory.
There is only one message today and that is the revelation of Christ within His people. Doctrine hasn't worked, teaching hasn't worked, and the church system hasn't worked. Today Christ is rising up in His house again. There are people in the earth today who are coming out of all forms of religious thought and mentality and becoming one in Spirit. They don't all necessarily agree doctrinally. Somebody was telling me yesterday “All of you kingdom and sonship preachers do not agree on everything. Of course we don't. All of us are at different levels of growth and understanding. But we do understand what God is after and that is the rising up of Christ within His Temple. All of us are ministering to those ends, that God would have His inheritance in His people. And that is what's happening.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Could you tell us the rest of the story about your mother?
Well, the end of the story was that she went without make-up for a long time. One day she was in the bathroom and God said, "You can put your make-up back on now." He had dealt with the pride in her life and set her free from it. That's going to be true in all of our lives, there's going to be things that God is going to touch. There are some things that I can do that some of you can't do. There are some things that you can do that I can't do. We have to break out of this religious mentality. Oneness is not everybody being exactly alike. Oneness is the fact that we all have the same life, we all have the same nature, we all have the same God. That is our focus of unity, not what we think in our minds. You have to experience this for yourself.
One of the things that has caused God's people a problem is several years ago there were books on spiritual warfare and I think that those books have probably done as much damage to the Church as any books that I have ever read or ever seen. I had a precious friend one time that after hearing me teach the way I taught tonight send me about 3 pages out of a book on spiritual warfare. This is what I read on those pages, "When a person has their heart open and is really seeking after God, and is really beginning to spend time seeking after Him, is their most vulnerable time to be deceived by the devil. In that time of their life when they are so open and so hungry and so vulnerable they may receive a false spirit of love or joy." Have you ever heard any teaching like that? Jesus said, “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:11-13
There is a verse in the Old Testament that says, "Woe unto those who call light darkness and darkness light." How could you look at someone who displays the characteristics of God, one who lives in peace, one who displays the loveliness and the character of God, and say, because they don't believe like you do, they are in deception? I am hearing this all the time. Until we wake up and realize there is only one God and if you are manifesting His character you are of His Spirit. You cannot fake the love of God. Why would the devil want to? Think about it. What's the point? If the devil gets everybody to love one another, what's wrong with that? We would sure have a much better world. I don't think, from all that we have ever been taught about this character (the devil), that's that what he would want to do. Of course all of our teaching about the devil has been wrong too, but that's another message in itself. I realize there is a soulish love but that is not what I am talking about. Soulish love only loves when it gets its own way. Soulish love is from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When you see someone who is manifesting the character of Matthew chapter five, that is the fruit of the Spit and the carnal nature cannot manufacture that.
You need to have God unveil your eyes to Christ in His creation and you will see Him everywhere. You have to let Him be everywhere and not have mindsets that say, "That couldn't be God" because they don't believe this or they don't believe that or they were raised in some other religion. God is coming alive in all of His creation.
I do not want to leave the impression that I support all the religions of the world. I support none of them. I love God’s creation and will go anywhere and minister if God sends me. I could go into a Buddhist temple and minister Christ. We in this message know that God’s heart is to let the world know that He has redeemed them by His blood. We must not get into intellectual doctrinal debates to minister to the peoples of the world. We as sons of God on the earth have the fire of God burning within us and as we minister the word, it is a consuming fire that will burn out all the rubble in the hearers. May we all go forth in the love of God to reconcile all of creation back to our Father.
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