GROW UP!

BY:  JOHN LEWIS

YEAR 2002

LANGUAGE BARRIER

GROSS ME OUT!

MILK vs MEAT

2-THINGS FOR PROPER GROWTH

UPDATES

HEAVEN SPEAKS

PROPHETIC INSIGHT

As we look around us we see constant development and growth, everything seems to be in progression. Technology, economics and industry seems to be at an all time high, even in the slowest developing nations there is growth. “First that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.” I Cor. 15:46

The writer of the book of Hebrews noticed the secular growth of his day, but was somewhat appalled at the lack of spiritual growth. It seemed as though only a few were continually growing while the majority had stopped. We can probably all relate to someone in our life at one point telling us to “Grow-Up.” I feel this simple phrase is so profound and that the Spirit is shouting this to what is called “the Church.” In the natural, I can think of (3) things that can stunt a child’s growth.

1) Deformity

2) Improper Food (lack of nutrients)

3) Not Enough Exercise

The writer of Hebrews was faced with the same problem we have today, immature Christians. These were people that had been serving God for many years, but they were babies (immature). The majority of our Churches and pulpits today are filled with people that have become human fixtures, filled with criticism and contempt. They have been stunted in their growth, spiritually deformed, spiritual dwarfs.

“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.” Hebrews 5:11 (Taking a closer look at some of the Greeks words used here will provide more insight).

“Hard” (dus) means, with difficulty “hard to be uttered” means, very difficult to set forth, translate in a language for understanding. “uttered” (leg’e) means, to reveal in a systematic discourse, to make known one’s thoughts. “dull” (no-thres’) means, sluggish, lazy, stupid.

Can you hear what the Spirit is saying? God’s desire is to share with us His thoughts and plans; He wants to reveal Himself to us in a systematic way. Our spirituality was not meant to be a one time experience, nor a one day a week experience. It was designed to be daily and even a moment by moment experience of unveiling the Christ within, as we understand His thoughts (Word). But there is a problem (hard to be uttered), we speak a different language from God.

LANGUAGE BARRIER

We often hear people rail, “when God speaks it is not confusing, because He is not the author of confusion.” Most of the time when Jesus spoke the religious people went away scratching their heads confused. They even said, “we never heard it on this fashion.” They often took the sayings of Christ literal and veered off from the intent of the message. God is not the author of confusion, it is the Babel-on (confusion) in humanity that distorts and misinterprets what God is really saying.

The language of God, which is Spirit cannot be comprehended by the carnal, intellectual, western, religious mindset. It must be from Spirit to the spirit. The Apostle John on the isle of Patmos experienced a breakthrough in the language barrier. He became one with the Spirit by transcending natural and soulic knowledge. Out of this experience he was projected into the futuristic day of the Lord within. The Voice of Spirit within was as clear as a trumpet to him.

When Spirit speaks to mankind within the deep parts of his being, the human super unconsciousness, it has to be translated into words, images, symbols and intuitions for us to understand. However, during this process if the filter of the Holy Spirit is not activated, the messages become contaminated as it passes through the unconscious to the conscious state. The major problem is in the unconscious or subconscious state. If it is filled with the sewage of religious dogma, rhetoric, negative emotions and other distortions, the intent will be lost. Thus, we have the many religions and religious wars of today.

GROSS ME OUT !!

“I have many things to say to you, but you cannot handle them now.” John 16:12 For this people’s heart has become Gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed…” Matthew 13:15 Jesus says this generation of believers are GROSS.

We have what is being called the gospel on TV, radio, and in literature. Why is there so much confusion and ineffectiveness? What is being served on many tables of fellowship is a gross distortion of the Truth accompanied with the untreated sewage of human self serving wisdom, legalism, fables, fairy tales, watered down teachings, doctrines and traditions of men. “You make the commandments (revealed word) of God of no effect by your traditions… but in vain do they worship me, teaching from doctrines and commandments of men.” Matt. 15:6, 9- Mark 7:1-13

Society has been Brain-Stained with the sewage of man’s religion. When God desires to reveal Himself and His Word systematically, the brain-stained mind rejects it and calls it error. Truth is called error and error is called truth. The writer of Hebrews said that the people were “dull of hearing”, sluggish, slow (snails) when it came to spiritual truth.

“For when the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again the first principles (elementary teachings: Salvation, Baptism, Holy Ghost, etc) of the oracles of GOD, and are become such as have need of milk and not STRONG MEAT. “Principles” (base word-steicho) means, to conform to virtue and piety, keep in step, walk orderly. God says, the time that we should have been maturing, growing up to instruct and teach others – we still need to learn how to keep in step with the Spirit. We’re out of step, off beat, therefore, it is hard to receive Solid Food. It’s time to be weaned! Give up the sugar-tits!

Samuel could not go before the Lord and minister from the temple experience until he was weaned. 1 Samuel 1:22-28. Neither will this generation experience the life and ministry from the temple within until we are weaned from the tradition of men, deceptions and fables.

“But they (religious leaders) also have erred through wine (spirits)… they are out of the way (out of step with God’s Plan). The Priest and the Prophet have erred… they err in visions, they stumble in judgment. For all tables (places of fellowship-churches, etc) are full of vomit (teachings not suitable for the spirit man to digest) and filthiness, so that there is no clean place. Whom shall he teach knowledge? And to whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Those who are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast.” Isaiah 28:7-9 GROSS!!!

MILK vs. MEAT

“For everyone that continually uses MILK is unskillful in the word of righteousness; for he is a baby. “unskillful” (apiros) means unexperienced, ignorant; from the word (pirah) denoting without piercing, testing or experience. Hebrews 5:13

How do we get experience? “… But we glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation works patience, and patience experience…” Romans 5:3-4 The answer boils down to testing, the challenges of life that come to teach us the important lessons of RESPONSIBILITY. However, the religious stained mind seeks to deprive us of this important nutrient that’s vital to our growth by using Fear. They have also created the doctrine of “Escape Rapture.” John 16:33, 17:15, 1 Thess. 5:9 Millions of religious people are hoping for something that will never happen, the Fairy-tale of the 21th century. Some even sing about it to lullaby the Big Babies to sleep, the babies that refuse to grow-up.

“But strong meat belongs to them that are not satisfied with the elementary teachings, but of full age (maturing ones) even to those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14

There is the MILK, MEAT and STRONG MEAT (Solid Food). This shows us the (3) types of food for spiritual development.

1) MILK- “As babies desire the sincere (adolos, means- un-deceitful, unadulterated, not a formula mixed with other things.) This is the realm of Learning the Will of God. 1 Peter 2:2

2) MEAT- Jesus said, “My meat (food) is to do the will of him that sent me. John 4:32 This is the realm of Doing the Will of God. Hebrews 10:36

3) STRONG MEAT- Full aged ones, pressing toward maturity, perfection, overcoming. This is the realm of BECOMING the WILL of God. John 1:12-13

The word “use” in the Hebrews 5:14 is the Greek word (hexes), meaning to take hold of, a habit. This is where we get our English word Hex, a spell. “Exercise” (gumnazo) to practice naked, train; this is where we get our English word gymnasium from.

There’s a people in this hour that has been Hexed by the Holy Ghost, and taken hold of by the Revealed Word; our Habit is practicing righteousness. This spell is challenging us to aim for the high calling of God in Christ, being changed from glory to glory.

We must become naked and not ashamed. This is the removal of religious coverings, denominational labels, false humility, and the false expression of limited humanity. Also the garments of ethnicity, cultural, and expectations of others must be removed.

Join God’s Spiritual Gym, take off your ways, and ideas to get fit for LIFE. This training produces the spiritual fitness and power to overcome. In this experience we work out our salvation for the Spirit, Soul, and Body. One must get completely off the Spiritual Junk Food that’s pumped up with the hormones of human Ego. God has a dietary plan that’s 100% Spiritual; no additives, or synthetic ingredients. GROW UP!

3 – THINGS FOR PROPER GROWTH

1) Proper Food- Strong Meat (100% Spiritual Health Food)

2) Practice- Obedience to the Word

3) Exercise you Faith and learn Truth from Error.

“But speaking the Truth in love…that we henceforth be no more children tossed to and from, carried about with every wind of doctrine, but Growing Up in Him in All things…unto a PERFECT MAN (mature one) unto the measure of the statue of the Fullness of Christ…who is the head.” Ephesians 4:13-15

G – give yourself (body, soul, spirit) totally over to God.

R- receive God’s love so that you can understand His corrections.

O- obey God if you expect to receive the benefits of Sonship.

W- walk in step with the Spirit producing the fruit of the Spirit, as Christ is fully formed within.

U– unity with others can only be fully realized when one understands that he is one with God and everything.

P- progress toward spiritual maturity by changing whenever necessary.

“Don’t be like concrete, all mixed up and firmly set in your ways.”

“Some Christians never grow up, they just grow older.”

“The beauty of growth is change, but some enjoy ugliness”

“It hurts to grow, but time heals all pains”

UPDATES:

Thanks to those of you that responded to the Urgent need in the Philippines for the Missionary Guest House/Church. Pastor Nathan sends his gratitude. He is overjoyed with your interest in the work of God there.

We look forward to seeing the fruit of what a few people’s contribution have accomplished in the future as we rejoice with those that come into the Kingdom. Thanks again for your obedience to touch the nations.

HEAVEN SPEAKS:

The Sun is now in the Zodiac sign house of Gemini, the Twins. The ancients have looked upon this as being the Celestial Adam and Eve sitting upon the ecliptic. Other myths say they are the sons of Jupiter, the god of gods.

For the sake of understanding in a more expanded spiritual light, lets’ take a closer look. First of all Gemini represents the Age of Duality, Adam and Eve was created at the end of this Zodiac Age over 6000 years ago.

Gemini teaches us the Law of 2, or Opposites as they are laid out in the first few chapters of Genesis. (This is further explained in our Book, “Secrets of the Cherubim”) There are 85 stars that make up this Constellation. Gemini speaks of the 2 natures becoming one. This is the union of soul and spirit or the marriage supper of Christ and the Bride. Out of this expression comes the new heaven and new earth, full expression of the New Jerusalem-the golden city within.

The ancient names given to these figures denote Rulership and Authority. The figures appear to be sitting with weapons in hand, but not fighting. They also have a harp. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God. The weapon of unrestricted praise and worship is all that is necessary once duality has been swallowed up in oneness. The people, circumstances and things that appeared as enemies are no longer a problem. No more fighting with yourself. The false self is dissolved through a simple act of worship.

Let this be a season of unrestrained praise and worship. Celebrate life and notice the little things and be thankful. Allow the Benoni (things that produce sorrow, pain, suffering) be swallowed up into the Benjamin (things that produce the promise, blessings, happiness and authority.)

PROPHETIC INSIGHT:

We have spoken and written so many things since September 11, 2001 and also years prior to the event warning people everywhere. Those that are aware of the world events can clearly see many of the things we spoke are being fulfilled right before our eyes.

In October 2001 we spoke that it would be made public that the government did have foreknowledge of 9/11. As I write this letter the FBI is going through a hearing about these matters.

It seems more and more clear that we are moving faster toward the New World Order as President Bush seeks to unite all the agencies under his command.

We spoke that when this happens there will be a public outcry resulting in violence and terrorism within the country. I heard the Spirit say last year, “The terrorist that we would have to be concerned about in this country will not be people wearing turbans and quoting the Koran, but they would be wearing crosses and quoting the Bible.”

(Many will feel betrayed and deceived by the government. This is the time to intercede for those that are far right and considered extremist).

Keep these things in much prayer. We are also planning to go to Russia in August of this year for Russian Mission trip number 8.

God bless you,

 

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