The Genesis of a New Creation

Before we could approach the subject of prayer in this small treatise, we are prompted to evaluate the natural state of every human being, and that being unregenerate, spiritually dead, impotent. A man that has been seeded from the earth, born of the flesh, is therefore flesh. We originally being fleshly and blind to the things that of the Heavenlies, are in need of new “genesis” in the deepest part of ourselves. That “genesis” differs from the Biblical account of the origins of the material world in that it has an entirely different source. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” – John 3:6. This source afore mentioned is rooted in the Heavenlies and shares nothing with the soil we stand on now. The Source from which this comes is from The Spirit of God Himself.
Mankind needs a total rebirth, an absolute rejuvenation that is sourced from that Heavenly sphere from which springs up a new creature. Mankind cannot be remade, remodeled, or refashioned. You and I need a new genesis – a creation that is not made from the materials from ourselves, or this world.
God created this universe not out of mandate but out of love, and because of love God sends His only Son into it to rescue it. Jesus’s love and mission to this world was terminated by the ingratitude and sin of man (and of you and I). Yet it was the Love of the Spirit of God for humankind that raised Jesus from the dead and burst Him from the sullied grave.
Thus we may be reborn by this Love from Above. Anyone that allows the Love of the Spirit of the Father to enter and believe on His Son that He sent, will be a recipient of a supernatural miracle – a rebirth of the Spirit of God. Something or rather better stated; Someone will be born inside that is born from Above, that is sourced from Above, and speaks the language of Above.
!This is the new creation that the Bible speaks so much of. This new creation is born of the Spirit and cannot sin, fail or be destroyed. It is sourced from the Seed of the Gospel of Grace. Just as a new born babe cries out for it’s mother’s breast and her caress, so this new creation hungers and thirsts for God; His Word, His Love and His Communication to the inner most parts of who we are.
This is beginning of prayer.

Quotes from "Fiery Faith" by A.W. Tozer

I've been meditating and digesting A. W. Tozer's book "Fiery Faith" recently and noted for my personal study a series of quotes from his book. I hope you enjoy these and are as blessed as I was reading this spiritually meaty book

• Before there can be any faith there must be enlightenment first - Jn 6.44

• Faith is not abstract and is to be for the immediacy of the physical life - see the words that reflect the physical: "taste & see that The Lord is good" Ps 34.8

• Imagination tries to create - projects unreal images out of the mind and seeks to attach reality to them

• Faith creates nothing but simply reckons on what's already there.

• There is no difference between the spiritual and the real - one does not contradict the other - the spiritual is the real

• Faith is present - living in the present of God - people live in their past with God and they're in the future hope in God and the work but live lonely in the present because they live with out present of God in faith

• Christian rationalists, Christian moralists, vs Christian mystics

• Faith never goes contrary to reason - it just ignores the reasons and rises above it

• The original sin was not disobedience but it was unbelief. Unbelief always proceeds sin

• Faith cannot use tangible worlds like "mountain, star, lake" if it could it
would become pagan. Faith uses words that are intangible "love, forgiveness, promises"

•Unbelief is a moral thing. Living in unbelief is demoralizing because it assumes the immoral condition of the heart before it can exist.

• There are things reason cannot do that are beyond it's capacity, for example - “wonder” - "they all wondered at Him" leads to marveling - faith moved forward supernaturally and reason follows wide-eyed in amazement - this is the way it should always be

• A believing Christian is a miracle - the moment you can explain him he is no longer the wonder of a Christian but a religious idealist or religious philosophist

• Faith must rest on not the promises but on God's nature first or the promises are taken out of context and misapplied - promise follower vs Christ follower

• Ps 116.11 we are brought up in an environment of lies Jer 17.9

• Satan’s first attack upon the human race was his sly efiort to destroy Eve’s confidence in the kindness of God. Unfortunately for her and for us he succeeded too well. From that day, men have had a false conception of God, and it is exactly this that has cut out from under them the ground of righteousness and driven them to reckless and destructive living.

• Much Christianity since the days of Christ’s flesh has also been grim and severe. And the cause has been the same - an unworthy or an inadequate view of God. Instinctively we try to be like our God, and if He is conceived to be stern and exacting, so will we ourselves be.

• They continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42) So says Luke of the thousands who received the Word and were baptized following the preaching of Peter on the day of Pentecost. Conversion for those first Christians was not a destination; it was the beginning of a journey

• Came the revolution, quietly, certainly, and put another construction upon the word faith. Little by little the whole meaning of the word shifted from what it had been to what it is now. And so insidious was the change that hardly a voice has been raised to warn against it. But the tragic consequences are all around us. Faith now means no more than passive moral acquiescence in the Word of God and the cross of Jesus.


• Such a faith as this does not perturb people. It comforts them. It does not put their hip out of joint so that they halt upon their thigh; rather it teaches them deep-breathing exercises and improves their posture. The face of their ego is washed and their self-confidense is rescued from discouragement. All this they gain, but they do not get a new name as Jacob did, nor do they limp into the eternal sunlight. “As he passed over Penuel..." Limping Gen 32.31 

7 Characteristics of True Friendship

We've been teaching on a series of the Life of David which has been a rich journey. We are now on the subject of Jonathan & David's Covenant Friendship. Here are a few points on our message.

The most sacred relationships are friendships that have gone through the Cross. Many people do not have real friendships because they haven't allowed their relationships to go through the Cross. When a friendship goes through the Cross, the flesh and self is crucified and buried, and Christ is risen within the spiritual souls of the individuals.

The Bible says in John 15:13 that the greatest friendship is manifested when someone lays down his life for a friend. Jesus said to His disciples, “You are my friends if you do what I tell you. I will no longer call you servants, for a servant doesn't know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have told you every single thing that My Father has told Me” (see John 15:14-15). 

Jesus was the greatest example of a friend - a friend of publicans and sinners!” (Luke 7:33-34). Think of it! Jesus Christ knows everything about us. There is not one thing hidden from Him; yet, He desires to be our personal friend - 1 Jn 3.20. This is our great confidence - “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24b)


7 Traits of Godly Friendship

1. Godly Friends Love Sacrificially - 1 Sam 18.1-5
John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends 

Let God chose your friends for you. If we choose our friends based only on what they have to offer, or what we need - we'll rarely discover the blessings of a genuine friendship. Need based relationships become a curse and an end in their own. Philippians 2:3 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 


Being fufllled in your relationship with God means you approach your relationships full and not from deficit producing toxic relationships. By valuing your friend's needs above your own, you'll be on your way to loving like Jesus. In the process, you'll likely gain a true friend.


2. Godly Friends Love Unconditionally - 1 Sam 19:2
Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. God loved Peter out of his failure. Jn 13 "Loved you till the end" - Telos - completion of His work in you

We discover the best of friendships with brothers and sisters who know, love, cover and challenge our weaknesses and imperfections. A true friend tells the truth. Only your enemy would not tell you the truth because he wants you to be just like him.

If we're easily offended or hold on to bitterness, we'll have a hard time loving people. No one is perfect. We cannot be looking for idealistic relationship. People make mistakes. If we take a truthful look at ourselves, we'll admit that we bear some of the blame when things go wrong in a friendship. A true friend is quick to ask forgiveness and ready to be forgiving and when you are in trouble, Not a conditional friendship


3. Godly Friends Trust God Completely for you. 
The Bible says that in order to have friends, you need to show yourself friendly (Proverbs 18:24a); showing ourselves friendly goes beyond the niceness of friendship. Hebrew play on words - friends "ra'ah" but friendly "ra'a" meaning the "h" falls off. There is something we lose in friendship. There is vulnerability. Risk. Chose to trust. Trust is the currency of relationships.


4. Godly Friends Keep Healthy Boundaries - 2 Sam 1.26
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy ... Soul power relationships. Phileo vs. Agape love.

David and Jonathans friendship went beyond the physical and soulish but was grounded in something spiritual. Godly friendships set people free - not putting them in bondage. If you feel smothered in a friendship, something is wrong. Likewise, if you feel used or abused, something is amiss. Recognizing what's best for someone and giving that person space are signs of a healthy relationship. We should never let a friend come between us and our spouse. A true Christian friend will wisely avoid intruding and recognize your need to maintain other relationships. It is not possessive or controlling, manipulative. It is not cliquish or party spirited.


5. Godly Friends Give Mutual Edification - 2 Sam 1.20 
Proverbs 27:6
Wounds from a friend can be trusted ...
True Christian friends will build each other up emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Mutually encouraging in the faith walk and growth. Proverbs 27:17 means when it says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Does this friendship encourage me to grow in my calling?


6. Covereth a multitude of sins - 2 Sam 1.20
Proverbs 17:9 says, “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a
matter separateth very friends - Proverbs 10.12, 17.9 - 1 Peter 4.8 - Friends do not repeat people’s sins or gossip. Mat 18.15 - They go alone to a friend to deal with a matter. They forgive AND forget.


7. A Covenant Friendship - 1 Samuel 18:1-3 & 2 Sam 9.1
Jonathan's soul was knit with David's soul. Jonathan recognized the anointing in David's to be king and gave him the kingship. Because he loved him as his own soul, Jonathan made a covenant with David - 
- This will cause a knitting of souls and hearts in friendships.

The Covenant Friendship between David and Jonathan lasted after Jonathan’s death and Jonathan’s family continued to receive the love and benefits of the covenant love with crippled Mephibosheth being the recipient 

Going Beyond The Words in our Communication




There is much more to communication than meets the ear. We've all heard it cited "loose lips sink ships" and we've read what James had to say in chapter 3 verses 1-10 regarding the untamable tongue. But what constitutes communication? Where do people go wrong in relational conflicts or marital communication breakdowns? When someone we love storms off in fury what we often do is throw our hands up in the air and ask "what did I say wrong?" We then attempt to repair the damage done by a selection of carefully chosen words.

The reality is that very little of our communication is in the form of audible words.
7% to be exact, according to recent studies, of what we communicate is the result of the words that we say, or the content of our communication. Very little of our communication with others is really what is being said. While someone listens to what we are saying nodding their head smiling, are we sure that our audience is hearing what we are saying? What are we really communicating?

Words are just containers of thought, spirit and vibration. We must calculate with the 7% of communication 2 other factors: "verbal behavior" and "nonverbal communication".

38% of our communication to others is a result of our verbal behavior. Verbal behavior includes tone of voice, timbre, tempo, and volume. It does not take an Einstein to know that the way something is said supersedes the selection of words used to deliver the thought.

55% of our communication to others is a result of our nonverbal communication. Non-verbal communication is in our body posture, breathing, skin color and blush as well as our movement - also known as body language.

Thus 93% of our communication cannot be really controlled. The spirit of what we say, or our body language and facial expression betrays our words if what we are thinking contrasts what we are actually saying. Built inside people is an antenna that interprets what's behind the words and actions, thus they know when someone really loves them when they hear "I love you"

The key is in Mat 15.18 "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh". What we hold in our hearts and minds about people will always be communicated to them no matter the words we choose to use. What needs to be changed is how we think about those we communicate with or those we may be in conflict with.

Behind every word that God speaks to you and I are the multitudinous thoughts of peace and love - Jer 29.11. God's thoughts towards us pack the Words He speaks to us, thus the tone, the Spirit and the vibration we experience when we Hear God's words is consistent with what He is thinking. His words are never clouded with the shadow of inconsistent thoughts with love and grace - thus He never changes in His mood. This breeds trust and faith in our relationship with God.

Thus the solution in our discussion. We must guard our heart and thoughts about others. Hold people in the dear light of God's love and how He thinks of them. Think of how God loved Israel in her backsliding in the book of Hosea and how God though pressed by the wandering of His people, never forsook His Covenant of Love with His People.

A pastor, a father, a husband must lead those he influences by quietly and secretly holding God's People in the embrace of God's perspective. When we spend more time loving people, forgiving people, and cherishing people in our hearts and minds; it transforms our communication. It spontaneously revives joy, love and trust in our relationships.

Transformation in our communication and resolution to our relational conflicts is not in carefully selecting words or actions but is found in a change of the content of our thoughts about those we struggle with.

The Genesis of a New Creation in You




(From The Preface of my book "The Drawing into Prayer" available here: http://amzn.to/1sRhhfR). Before we approach the subject of prayer in this small book, it is important for us to consider that the natural state of every human being is spiritually unregenerate, dead, and impotent. A man that has been seeded from the earth and born of the flesh, is merely flesh. As a result, he is blind to the things that are of the Heavenlies, and is in need of a new "genesis" or beginning in the deepest part of himself. Our spiritual "genesis" differs from our biological beginnings because it has an entirely different source.  "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." - John 3:6. This source afore mentioned is rooted in the Heavenlies and shares nothing with the soil we stand on now. Our Source comes from The Spirit of God Himself. As you begin your journey through this book, you will discover that the drawing into prayer involves a spiritual exchange or communion between the spirit in you and the Spirit of God.

Therefore, mankind needs a total rebirth, an absolute rejuvenation that is sourced in God, from that Heavenly sphere from which springs up a new creature. Mankind cannot be remade, remodeled, or refashioned. You and I need a new genesis - a creation that is not made from the materials of ourselves, or this world.

God created this universe not out of mandate but out of love, and because of love, God sends His only Son into it to rescue us. Jesus's love and mission to this world has been met with the ingratitude and sin of man (including you and me). When God became a man and dwelt among us, He was put to death on the cross. Yet it was the Love of the Spirit of God for humankind that raised Jesus from the dead and burst Him from the sullied grave.

Thus, we may be reborn by this "Love from Above." Anyone that allows the Love of the Spirit of the Father to enter and believes on His Son that He sent, will be a recipient of a supernatural miracle - a rebirth sourced from the Spirit of God. Something, or better stated--Someone, will be born inside that is born from Above, that is sourced from Above, and speaks the language of Above.

This is the new creation that the Bible speaks so much about. This new creation refers to the person who by choice, receives Christ and is born of the Spirit.  This regenerated person, spiritually born again, cannot sin, fail, or be destroyed. His new birth is sourced from the Seed of the Gospel of Grace. Just as a newborn babe cries out for its mother's breast and her caress, so this new creation hungers and thirsts for God: His Word, His Love, and His Communication to the inner most parts of his being.

If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do so now. Believe on Him today as your Forgiver from sin and your Guarantor of Eternal Salvation. The peace of God will flood your soul as you trust Him in surrender. You will witness the genesis of a brand new miracle--YOU!

This is beginning of prayer.