The Ekklesia & Kingdom

(On Earth as it is in Heaven)

Without Holy Spirit, Christianity is just another religious persuasion. Without Holy Spirit the Bible is just another book of writings.

Without the ability to communicate Spirit to Spirit and Heart to Heart with our Father, we will never remember who we were in creation before formation. In other words, we will never be able to receive the full embrace of the Father’s love and forgiveness or become all we can be in Him as SONS of the KINGDOM. Without the Spirit of Truth, we will never understand the Word of the Spirit for our lives and will continue to know and prophesy in part, as it pertains to His will and purpose for our lives.

Romans 8:1-17 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His Own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that lives in you. Therefore, brothers, we are debtors not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if through the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of slavery again to fear. But you have received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God, 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 with Him. MEV

1 Corinthians 13:9-11 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect comes, then that which is imperfect shall pass away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, and I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. (The Revelation of SONSHIP by HOLY SPIRIT)

Note: Praying in the Spirit is more than praying in tongues; but if we want to pray with understanding we will pray in the language of Holy Spirit and become aware of His promptings and leadings.

1 Corinthians 14:14-15 & 18 & 20 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding.

I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than you all. Brothers, do not be children in your thinking; rather be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

Jude 20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Pray in the Holy Spirit. MEV

His Second Coming:

Actual – existing in fact; typically, as contrasted with what was intended, expected, or believed.

Virtual – almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition.

Literal – taking words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory.

If He returned on the day of Pentecost in the person of Holy Spirit, then we are actually, virtually and literally a part of His Ekklesia, Second Coming and Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Note: If that is the case, then we are not waiting for Him to come again. He is in reality is waiting on us to become all we can be in Him. When the Spirit and the Bride say come, it will because we are prepared to leave the bride’s chamber in order to be presented to the groom. We will be ready to rule and reign with him in His Eternal Kingdom. Until then, we are supposed to be preparing, adorning ourselves and ruling and reigning in life by Messiah Yahshua.

We are the movement

We are the next wave

We are the glory bringing hope.

 

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Apostolic Reformation Reconsidered

The grim reality that we are facing as a civilization in this hour is a very large demographic of this generation has been all but lost to the Kingdom, unless something beyond the religion of Christianity speaks to them personally. The answer is an open encounter with a true son of the Kingdom who has been fully empowered by Holy Spirit, and who has been properly trained and equipped for the works of service. Unless the true sons of the Kingdom begin to rise up and become the express image of His Glory, the world as we have known it will be fundamentally transformed, and life as we know it will become a faded memory of what shoulda, woulda, coulda.

The Problem:

1). The CURSE that has been visited on our civilization as a result of false and powerless religion, and the gut wrenching realty of a generation that has not been fathered by elder brothers and mature sons, who know and represent the FATHERS heart and way. The reality is, we are only now beginning to see the effects of our neglect and abandonment.

As a son, brother and friend who represents the Father’s heart I ask you to forgive me and others for whatever part we may have had in failing to answer the call and represent the Father’s heart to you and the world’s in which we all live.

The Solution:

WE are the movement!

WE are the next wave!

WE are the glory bringing hope!

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself. Philippians 2:1‭-‬5 MSG

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
James 3:17‭-‬18 MSG

Kingdom Resources – Pt 2

By Blake L. Higginbotham

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of Yahweh and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry (be anxious or fearful) about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Ref. Matthew 6:19-34

  • Have you ever noticed that Yahweh’s supernatural provision is somehow directly or indirectly tied to our available resources? That’s right! He uses the things within our reach to meet us at the point of our need.

The Wedding Feast – Water into Wine

John 2:6-10 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7Yahshua said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

Note: This was the first miracle that Yahshua performed, and it involved several factors.

1). The servants were instructed to do whatever Yahshua told them. (The Word)

2). They had to be willing listen and fill the waterpots. (Hearing)

3). They had to be willing to draw some out. (Obedience)

4). They had to be willing to take it to the master of the feast. (The Work)

Question: Was the water turned into wine when they filled the waterpots or after they drew it out?

Answer: I believe that the water was turned into wine at some point after they drew it out, and as they were taking it to the master of the feast.

Result: When the master of the feast tasted the wine he said, “You have kept the good wine until now.”

Lesson: Hearing and obeying the word produces an atmosphere in which the supernatural can work. Turning water into wine was no cheap parlor trick and the proper emphasis needs to be placed on the fact that the miraculous flows out of a totally surrendered heart, and fully consecrated life.

  • Signs and wonders are a direct result of hearing, obeying and walking out His word. Miracles will be common place in our lives when possessing the power to perform them is no longer an issue. To be honest with you, signs, wonders and miracles are more for the unbelieving and immature than they are for the believing and mature. The supernatural should never be over emphasized or exploited in order to acknowledge and verify the presence and glory of Yahweh, and it most certainly does not validate the word being spoken as absolute truth.

Feeding the Multitude–Bread & Fish

Matthew 14:17-21 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

John 6:8-15 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”10Then Yahshua said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11And Yahshua took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”13Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Yahshua did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”15Therefore when Yahshua perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Note: With this miracle, over five thousand people were fed and satiated by the supernatural multiplication of two fish and five loaves. Now we have two thousand fish and five thousand loaves and don’t have enough left over to help seven people. It may be that we need to rethink what we are doing in light of that which lacking, wanting and coming behind.

Romans 12:9-13 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Matthew 17:24-27When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25He said, “Yes.”And when he had come into the house, Yahshua anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” 26Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Yahshua said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

Question: Was the fish already waiting with a coin in his mouth even before the disciples agreed to go fishing, or was it simply the uncommon way that Yahshua chose to pay their taxes? I believe that the disciples’ ability to hear and obey the word and step out by faith caused the necessary resources to appear in the fishes’ mouth. If the disciples would not have heard and obeyed the word, would the gold coin still be in the fish’s mouth until somebody else caught him.

Answer: When the disciples heard and obeyed the word to go fishing, it was something with which they could identify and wrap there faith around. If they had not heard the word or gone fishing, then there would have been no provision made available for paying their taxes, and the gold coin would not have been in the fishes’ mouth for someone else to receive. Both the fish and the resource would have been lost to the Kingdom of Yahweh.

Lesson: No matter how outrageous the word sounds at first, step out on it by faith, and the necessary resources will be made available to you.

John 21:1-13  After these things Yahshua showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4But when the morning had now come, Yahshua stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Yahshua. 5Then Yahshua said to them, “Children, have you any food? ”They answered Him, “No.”6And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7Therefore that disciple whom Yahshua loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10Yahshua said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”11Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12Yahshua said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13Yahshua then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.

Question: Were the fish already in position before Yahshua told them where to cast their net, or did they swim into the net when Peter heard and obeyed the word to cast his net on the right side of the boat?

Answer: I believe the answer is both. Yahshua knew where the fish located, and Peter heard and obeyed the word to cast his net on the right side of the boat.

Lesson: Hearing and obeying His voice is more important that anything you are doing at the time. It is a matter of life of death as it pertains to life and ministry. The problem as I see it is, somebody is not listening, or we just don’t trust Him as much as we should. One way or the other we need to get real and ask some hard questions about Kingdom Resources.