IMAGINATION 2 – Breaking Out of the Lies that Keep us from Soaring!

Imagination – A Deeper Look that Breaks us Out of the Lies that keep us from Soaring!

I’m just going to come right out a say it.  I’ve meditated on this and processed it many times over. This is what I believe God is showing me. “Imagination” is simply a word created in the English Language (which has only been around for about 1500 years) to attempt to describe the work of our spirit from a secular mindset.  It is evident in its use in our world today that we use this word to describe the functions of our spirit.  They are one in the same. However, the definition of the word “imagination” comes far short of describing the power of our spirit.

Think about it. Is there anything that we do with the imagination that isn’t performed as a function of our spirit also?  If so, I’d like to know what they are.

Your body is a temple (I Cor 6:19).  Your spirit lives in your temple.  It is what gives you life. If you are a Christian then you have also invited Jesus/Holy Spirit to reside in you.  So, it is God who gives us the freedom to choose what spirit or spirits we want to open the door to.

I would love to be able to say that once we open the door to Holy Spirit that we are done.  But the evidence tells us otherwise.  We may be saved, but that does not take away our freedom of choice.  Holy Spirit may have to put up with a lot of crud we allow in even after accepting Him.  We let the spirit of fear in, the spirit of doubt, spirit of anger… you name it.  We can choose to let any spirit in that we want.  Now ideally, we don’t and won’t.  But the hard truth is we do.  We have to learn to kick out all other spirits that are not of God and repent for opening the door and agreeing with those evil spirits.

So, we do have the ability to choose which spirits we want to let in and work through us.  Adena and I teach a class on hearing the voice of God.  Mark Virkler teaches this as well.  One of the important lessons to learn and understand when listening for the voice of God is how to tell the difference between the voice of God, your voice, and the voice of the enemy.  It can be difficult, but with practice, you can learn.  But here are the basics.  If the voice you hear is telling you good things and building you up, that is probably God.  If it is tearing you down and condemning you, it is almost certainly the enemy.  Sometimes you may find you talk to yourself, and that is ok if it is not out loud in a small group of people. Ha!

With imagination, it is very similar.  Your imagination/spirit can be used for evil, personal use (solving a problem), or to engage with God and all of Heaven.  How do you know which is which?  I can tell you that for me and what we teach in the Ultimate Impact Discipleship Course (UIM) that we do not step into the use of our imagination to engage with our Father’s Kingdom without first going through a process to make sure we are stepping into and through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only door to Heaven.  There is no other.

Bottom line is, you can engage your spirit with the demonic, personal use, with Holy Spirit anytime you want. You will know if you are doing it through the demonic if you are engaged/partnered with the demonic.  If you’re trying to engage the spirit realm and you’re not going through Jesus, you’re engaged with the demonic – STOP!  If you’re engaging your spirit/imagination to solve a problem or view a vacation spot you’re hoping to go to, that is probably just you using your spirit/imagination for yourself.  There is nothing wrong with that.  However, Jesus is the way and He is the door if you want to enter Heaven.  In UIM we teach how to safely engage your imagination/spirit so you can step into God’s Kingdom.  We teach you the Bible verses that show this is what the disciples did and how it was actually an expectation that we (God’s children) should engage with our Father in Heaven. This is not reserved for so-called spiritual giants.  No!  This is for you!

These things are true!  I can tell you after doing this multiple times a week for months and going on years, that there is nothing like it.  More and more people are experiencing the same thing.  It’s amazing to hear someone else describe what they see in Heaven and realize it is just the way I saw it!  There is so much to learn in God’s Kingdom, and yet we are only scratching the surface. I can say that after getting to know dozens of people personally who are doing this and seeing the intimacy they have with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that if that was the only thing that ever came of this, it would be so well worth it!  And no one can tell me this is of the devil.  That, I can say with full assurance, is a lie of the enemy. The devil is not in the business of teaching people how to develop a relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This may way off your grid or out of your paradigm.  But I believe that this is a marker of those who will be helping the church shift into the age to come. Almost everyone can sense that church as we know it shifting.  How that will look, we don’t really know.  But we know that from age to age we continue to grow in our understanding of God and He loves to reveal more of Himself with each new generation.

If we can get past the stigma that our imagination is a toy and realize that the word itself is simply a lame attempt by secular minds to describe the functions of our spirit without admitting that we have one, then perhaps we will make massive leaps into this new season!  Imagination is part of who we are!  It’s time we give it the attention it deserves.  What better tactic of the enemy to keep us from our full potential than to convince us that our imagination is just a fluky daydream toy that will get you in trouble by your boss or teacher if you’re not careful.

Let’s learn to intentionally engage!

IMAGINATION!

IMAGINATION

Where does it come from? Where does it go to?

First of all, I will say up front that some of the material I am about to share came from Chris Carter’s conference “Age to Age.” Chris does a fantastic job of sharing the journey of words and how they came to mean what they mean today. At some point in the future, I will get a video clip from that conference and I will post it. We love Chris and his humble yet entertaining delivery. If you ever get a chance to see him at a conference I highly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity. Many people, myself included, felt it was one of the best conferences we had ever attended.


Now, on to the meat.
The word “imagination” did not exist in its present form around the time Yeshua walked the Earth. What did exist was the word “inspiration.” This word carried, and still does carry to some extent, the connotation that an outside source, a spirit of some sort, came into a person and gave them ideas or thoughts… “in” “spiritization.” In other words, if a person came up with a new idea or a revolutionary thought it was due to a spirit from the outside coming into a person and “possessing” them with a thought or idea.
However, after Yeshua ascended into the heavens, He sent Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit came into those who invited him, BUT, did not leave. Holy Spirit inspirited people by permission only and stayed.
I hope you can begin to see this shift with me. Before, the idea was that a thought or idea, if or when it came, would come from the outside to the inside of a person and possess them with an idea or thought. Now, after Yeshua ascends and Holy Spirit comes, all of a sudden men and women begin having new ideas and thoughts (imaginations) that come from within them from the Holy Spirit.
Keep this in mind, your body is a temple. You get to choose what spirit you allow inside. Holy Spirit dwells in us permanently if we invite him in. However, we know from experience that we can still allow other spirits in that contaminate our temple. (That is a whole other article about how to get them out and close the door for good!) Holy Spirit will humbly take a back seat if you choose to ruin your life, by voluntarily opening the door to other spirits. God will not violate your free will.
So, now we have the Holy Spirit living within us and if we choose we can open ourselves up to more and more of the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we do so, you might notice that your level of wisdom begins to increase dramatically when you begin to live from the inside out. It is God (Yeshua/Holy Spirit) in you!
When you begin to engage with your sanctified imagination/spirit man you will begin to move and operate in new ways.
Some of you may be painfully aware of your unsanctified imagination and need to go through some exercises with Jesus’ blood to cleanse those unsanctified imaginations and get rid of them. However, when you begin stepping into the awareness of your existence in the Heavens and operating in conjunction with Holy Spirit led imagination, you will begin to see a whole new world and level of the Kingdom.
I guarantee you imagination is NOT a toy. God takes it very seriously.
In Genesis 11 when Nimrod and his people are building the tower of Babel. God comes down. Notice this, before they were finished, He says, “But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.” [Gen 11:5 NKJV]. Now some translations will end that verse with the words “sons of men were building.” However, that is not the correct translation of the “Qual perfect” form of the Hebrew word. Qual Perfect is a completed act.
You have to understand, that when you imagine it, you’ve done it! That is why it is so important that we take every thought captive. It does not say every word or action. (“…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, [2Co 10:5 NKJV]). Our imagination is a very powerful tool that once we imagine it, it is done. “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” [Mat 5:28 NKJV] NOW, we know Holy Spirit resides in us. When we begin to engage with Holy Spirit to step into and engage with our existence in the Heavens we are working in conjunction with the Holy Spirit to see or perceive the Heavens. If you feel like you’re making it up, YOU ARE! With the help of Holy Spirit, you are engaging your imagination to interact with Heaven! I know this is a paradigm shift for many of you. But work with it. It is the truth. Ask anyone who is engaging in the Heavens and they will most likely tell you they are engaging their sanctified imagination to do so.
There are certain hurdles that tend to keep us from engaging the imagination because we think it is untrustworthy. One is the fact that we see children using their imagination all the time, and we don’t want to be thought of as childish. But remember what Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” [Mat 18:3 NKJV] Wow! Let’s unpack that. First of all, He starts off with a strong “Listen up… Take this seriously! It is true and faithful!” That is what “Assuredly” means. He says unless you are converted… born again of the Spirit… and become as a little child, you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Here’s my interpretation. If you are not willing or able to be born of the Spirit so your spirit (sanctified imagination) can come to life, you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Because it is only in the spirit that you can enter into the heavens! Let this sink in, your imagination and spirit man are one in the same. You can choose which spirits you want to allow in your temple. But if you choose Holy Spirit, then when you engage your spirit with Holy spirit you will see things and go places in the Heavens. If you choose to engage with the demonic, then you will see things and go places that the demonic wants to take you in your imagination/spirit. That is what witches, warlocks, new agers, etc. are doing.
Had Paul had the word imagination to work with when he was writing his letters, I believe they may have read more like this, “I pray that your imagination may be enlightened…” Instead of, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened… [Eph 1:18 NIV] I challenge you. Ask Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus. Ask Father. What is imagination? Why do I have it? What purpose does it serve? Why did you give it to me? What am I suppose to do with it?
If you can shake off religious spirits and preconceived ideas and just for a few moments give God the opportunity to show you something new and fantastic, you may find a tool that He has given you to engage with Him has been there all along.
The enemy, again, has temporarily won a battle over imagination by convincing us that, as Chris Carter said it something like this, imagination is ok for children under 5 and adults over 70, but the rest us need to stay grounded and logical. Therefore, the enemy has effectively taught us to disengage from our spirit and put soul and body above it. Spirit is just an impractical thing that is in the way.

I have been a logical, western thinking, skeptic most of my life. I began to see through the deception that the enemy has fed us, thinking that logic and reason are king, rather than spirit, I made choices to put aside my skepticism (always trying to find reasons why NOT to believe) and began to reason within my spirit to see how things actually might fit together. My life has become so full of God encounters that I will never go back. The experiences I am having are phenomenal! My intimacy with God has grown exponentially in this season! I know Him better than I ever have! My love for Him is greater than it has ever been. If using my imagination and believing and understanding it to be my spirit does only that! I’ll sign up every time!
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” [Mat 7:22-23 NIV] You can have your prophecies, miracles, and casting out of demons! I’ll take my intimacy with Yeshua. I don’t want to chase after those things, I want to chase after Him. When I have Him, those things will follow.
Amen!

Can You Go to Heaven and Back without Dying?

As Christians, we glibly quote verses like Ephesians 2:7 about being seated with Christ in heavenly places and Hebrews 4:16 about boldly coming to the “throne of grace” for help in time of need.  We usually don’t stop to think about what this really means.  Is it simply poetic language?  Or is there a powerful truth of what we have access to here and now?

Most of mainstream Christianity teaches you that you cannot enter heaven until you die.  Why?  My guess is because it is what they were taught. For the most part, we (most Christian churches) have only regurgitated what those before us taught. It takes fresh eyes, sometimes, to look at things a bit different.  Scripture seems to indicate a person can indeed go to the heavens before they die.

However, we have often been taught that “You can’t go to Heaven until after you die.”  This basically is telling us that death is the door to Heaven. Death is how we get there.  Until you die you can’t see Heaven.  Yet, in scripture and all throughout history there have been people stepping into and seeing into the Heavenly realms without dying and coming back. With the exception of Enoch and Elijah whose final trip took them there with their body, the rest were evidently going only in spirit.

To name a few Biblical characters who encountered heaven: Job, Jacob, Moses, Elisha, David, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Stephen, John, and Paul.

I think we would all agree that Heaven is not something we can see with our natural eyes or senses. One way to describe it is that Heaven is in another dimension. Scientifically, we can exist with or next to other dimensions simultaneously. Jesus said in Luke, “… behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” [Luke 17:21 KJV] Wow! Another mind tweaker. Not only is the God and Creator of the Universe living inside you and me, but He’s a huge enormous (unmeasurable) being that exists across every dimension He has created. So, if this is true, why would we be limited to just this one dimension of existence. If we are in Christ, and He is in us, and Jesus is in the Father, then are we not all in the Father with Christ? And, if Jesus is a gate into the Heavens and we have Holy Spirit in us to help us communicate with God, is that not a gate? Are we not a gate into the Kingdom/Heaven as Jesus was/is?

Whoa!  I know some people may be checking out right now. But hold on!  Do you believe in Heaven? If so, Why?  I suggest it is because that is what you have been taught.  What if the teachings of the church have fallen short of teaching the fullness of what God intended?  If you believe in Heaven, then shouldn’t we believe and accept that the God of the Universe that dwells in you has likely given you unique abilities.  I’m convinced that the key to tapping into those abilities is humility and selflessness. The only way up into His Kingdom/Heaven is to go low.  It is the principle of Priest and King.  When you understand how to be a great priest, then and only then, will you be given power and authority to tap into the supernatural power that resides within you.

You see, that power within each of us, Holy Spirit, is the power to do God’s will.  But until we fully submit to His will, we can’t receive its fullness. It is the power to bring us to maturity as sons so that we look like Jesus.  Jesus was a firstfruit. “…Christ the firstfruits…” [1Co 15:23 NKJV] Jesus was not only the firstfruit of resurrection, but He fully expected us to operate in power and authority as He did and MORE! Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do because I go to My Father. [Jhn 14:12 NKJV]

What did Jesus do?

He Controlled Nature

  1. Calming the storm – Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:37-41; Luke 8:22-25
  2. Feeding 5,000 – Matthew 14:14-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14
  3. Walking on water – Matthew 14:22-32; Mark 6:47-52; John 6:16-21
  4. Feeding 4,000 – Matthew 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-9
  5. Fish with coin – Matthew 17:24-27
  6. Fig tree withers – Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-14, 20-25
  7. Huge catch of fish – Luke 5:4-11; John 21:1-11
  8. Water into wine – John 2:1-11

He Healed People

  1. Man with leprosy – Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-44; Luke 5:12-14
  2. Roman centurion’s servant – Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10
  3. Peter’s mother-in-law – Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:30-31; Luke 4:38-39
  4. Two men possessed with devils – Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-15; Luke 8:27-39
  5. Man with palsy – Matthew 9:2-7; Mark 2:3-12; Luke 5:18-26
  6. Woman with bleeding – Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48
  7. Two blind men – Matthew 9:27-31
  8. Dumb, devil-possessed man – Matthew 9:32-33
  9. Canaanite woman’s daughter – Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30
  10. Boy with devil – Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 9:38-43
  11. Two blind men – including Bartimaeus – Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43
  12. Demon-possessed man in synagogue – Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37
  13. Blind man at Bethsaida – Mark 8:22-26
  14. Crippled woman – Luke 13:10-17
  15. Man with dropsy – Luke 14:1-4
  16. Ten men with leprosy – Luke 17:11-19
  17. The high priest’s servant – Luke 22:50-51
  18. Nobleman’s son at Capernaum – John 4:46-54
  19. Sick man at the pool of Bethsaida – John 5:1-15
  20. Man born blind – John 9:1-41

He Raised the Dead

  1. Jairus’ daughter – Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56
  2. Widow’s son at Nain – Luke 7:11-17
  3. Lazarus – John 11:1-44

Other Fascinating Miracles

  1. In Heaven and Earth at the same time – Jesus said, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.” [Jhn 3:13 KJV]  Jesus told Nicodemus, “I’m in Heaven” even though He was seated in the physical right there with Nicodemus.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Where are you right now as you are reading this? Well, guess what, You are also in heaven at this very moment. “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” [Eph 2:6 NIV] This says that He HAS ALREADY seated us in Heavenly places.  It does not say, “He will.”  It is already done.  We have to learn to believe so we can operate there.

  1. Angels ascending and descending on/through Jesus. – “He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.” [Jhn 1:51 NIV]

Hmmmm? Sound familiar? “He [Jacob] had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. … 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” [Gen 28:12, 17 NIV] Do you see it?  Jesus is the gate to heaven.  We’re taught that death is the gate to Heaven.  It is not.  Jesus is.  Death without Jesus will not get you to Heaven.

  1. Transfigured – “After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. [Mar 9:2-4 NIV] Here we see Jesus shifting from His normal body, like you and I have, to something totally supernatural. Here is a question to ponder.  Was this the first and only time Jesus did this?  Or, was it simply the first time He invited His disciples to see Him do it?  Jesus went away to pray a lot.  I suggest this was not the first time at all.  And, that this is one of the things we can expect as we become mature sons.
  2. Jesus walks through people – “When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.” [Luke 4:28-30 NLT]
  3. With a word, Jesus pushes over a group of soldiers – “Now when He said to them, “I am [He],” they drew back and fell to the ground.” [Jhn 18:6 NKJV]

There are so many more things Jesus did, and yet we are expected to do more. Is going into the Heavens so unexpected? Is it that far of a stretch considering all that Jesus did? No!  It is fully expected, especially since Jesus is already there, now.  We are invited into the Heavens.

Death is NOT the door to Heaven.  Jesus is the door.  He is the only legal way in. This is so cool!  Look at this, Jesus says “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. [Jhn 10:9 NKJV]  It says those who enter through Jesus will “go in and out.”  In and out of what?

Well, what is Jesus the door to?  John 1:51 Jesus says angels will ascend and descend on Him in and out of what?  Heaven!  Jesus is the door to Heaven.  Jesus is the Way!  He said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. [Jhn 14:6 NKJV]

Jesus came to tear down the wall of separation that kept us out of Heavens.  “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split” [Mat 27:50-51 NIV] This also took place in the Heavens so that we could boldly step into the Heavens.  “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body” [Heb 10:19-20 NIV] “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. … Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” [Heb 4:14, 16 NIV]

WOW! Why has this not been taught?  It is difficult to teach what you do not understand.  For the most part, Christians have not had a grid for this.  It does not fit our normal everyday life.  And up until recently, there has been only a handful in each generation that has by faith stepped in. BUT NOW!  God is revealing this to His people in masses.  It is time for the mature sons to rise up and take their place on Earth and in the Heavens.

My wife and I have been teaching this at our church in the Sacramento, CA region as we receive greater revelation.  It is changing lives!  We have seen an increase of intimacy with Jesus like never before!  If that were all we ever got from it, it would be far more than enough! But we are seeing so much more power and authority beginning to be released.  People are being set free and we are becoming what Jesus called us to be – His Ekklesia…  His government on the Earth.

This has been an extremely abbreviated summary of this topic.  There is so much more you can learn from our online course called “Ultimate Impact.”  You can join it at www.UltimateImpactMovement.com

Blessings to you and yours!

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Do We Legislate or Administrate from the Heavens?

There have been questions about whether we administrate or legislate from the heavenlies. The answer is, “both!” However, the confusion comes in the use of the words.

Legislate:
leg·is·late lejəˌslāt
verb
1. to make or enact laws.

Administrate:
[ad-min-uh-streyt] 
verb (used with object), administrated, administrating.
1. to administer.

For the most part, we are called to administer the laws, powers, authority, etc. that God has already put in place. We have been given power and authority to rule and reign. But, we have yet to fully administer the laws and authority He has given us.

We seldom are involved in making new laws in the heavens at this time. I didn’t say we don’t, but I have yet to find a time or situation when God has had me make a new law. But I am constantly aware that I need to administer the laws that are already there.

Hope that helps.
Blessings.

Mature Sons

MATURE SONS…
 
What a powerful, exciting, and intriguing realization. God wants you to be like Jesus! Jesus was the first fruit of those who would follow. Now, it took God in the flesh, Jesus, to show us how it was done. But, He did it in human form with no advantage over us except that He knew it was attainable. The power and authority Jesus displayed He said we would work the same works, but even greater. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” [Jhn 14:12 NIV]
Many get the cart before the horse. They seek after the power rather than the relationship. Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom and ALL these other things would be added to you us. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Mat 6:33 NIV] When we have right alignment with God’s will, seeking Kingdom first, seeking Him first… (Mat 6:33 and “Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Mat 22:37-38 NIV]) THEN, “…these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” [Mar 16:17-18 NIV]
God is ALL about relationships. That is why LOVE conquers all. Jesus was clear, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [Jhn 13:35 NIV]
He is love and that is number one to HIM. Here is a great passage to meditate on and allow it to soak into every fiber of your existence. “…God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. [1Jo 4:16-20 NIV]
This is Kingdom! Love permeates all of Heaven. It supersedes everything else. Pride and arrogance of being “Right” has caused so much division that Christians appear to preach one message while living out another. Our interpretation of scripture takes precedence over loving one another. There are people who preach Kingdom yet divide it by doctrine. If anyone uses their interpretation of doctrine as the plumb line then they have eliminated part of the body of Christ that does not believe the way they do. Some will say, “But we must maintain truth!” What is truth? I proclaim Jesus Christ to be the Life the Truth and the Way. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” [Jhn 14:6 NIV] I’m sorry, but that verse does not say that people get to the Father by knowing the right doctrine. It says we get to Father by knowing Jesus. Intimacy/love with Jesus is the key. Are there boundaries? Yes. Are there standards? Yes. Those who practice sin will not enter in.
Today, rather than gather in love for one another and for Jesus Christ our King, we divide one another based on our interpretation of scripture. If you’re worried about Truth, get to know the one who is Truth, Jesus Christ. Because in the end, it won’t matter if you had the right doctrine. What will make the difference is if you had an intimate relationship with the ONE. “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” [Mat 7:22-23 NIV]
Chasing after signs and wonders is not where it is at. Chasing after right doctrine is not where it is at. Chasing after Jesus in the Kingdom is where it is at.
Kingdom mentality does not divide. Kingdom mentality is based on relationship and love for one another. Let Jesus work on the heart of each person. You and I are not God that we should presume that we are so smart that we have all the right answers and should convince everyone to believe as we do. It is arrogance and pride that rises up and deceives us into thinking that we have all the answers and our way it the right way.
I want to be an open book. I want Jesus to be able to mold me in any way He wants. If I think I know the best and only way to interpret scripture I may miss what Jesus really wanted me to get. I believe, and you will have to decide for yourself, that if I seek Him and operate out of love, that is the best anyone can do.
Don’t get me wrong, I have my opinions and beliefs of scripture. And, I will share them if anyone really wants to know what I think. BUT, I will not waste my, or anyone else’s, time trying to convince you that you are wrong. Because if we are all honest, we have to admit that there have been issues that we have taken sides on in the past, then later changed our minds on, right? If not, well… I guess we SHOULD all be learning from you if you’re perfect already (I’m being facetious).
Kingdom is built around the Tree of Life. Doctrine is based around the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life is about living in relationship with each other. The Tree of Knowledge of good and evil is about being right or wrong. Had Adam and Eve remained in relationship with God, they would have received all the knowledge they could ever want but they would learn it in the context of relationship. Instead, they chose to take it now and in their own way outside of relationship. Whenever we act in a way that puts knowledge and doctrine above relationship, we are operating out of the Tree of Knowledge and the end thereof is not pretty.
I choose to love and work in relationship. When I am in relationship with Jesus I have all the Truth I can receive. And, I trust Jesus is giving those around me who are operating out of the Kingdom/Love and relationship all the Truth they can receive. Truth is not a divider. It is a man/God, Jesus Christ who prayed we would all be one. And unless you have a relationship with Him, no other amount of correct doctrine will make any difference. The adverse is true, as well. If you have a relationship with Him/Truth, no other amount of INCORRECT doctrine will make a difference. For it Jesus Christ who saves, not correct doctrine. Be careful with what judgment you judge with (we are to judge) because you will be judged likewise. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” [Mat 7:2 NIV]
Love and relationships are keys to growing into Mature Sons.

3 Feasts and the Ekklesia – The Fullness!

Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Ekklesia!
 
Why is this season different than any other?
Well, maybe it’s not.
BUT, everything in me is saying, “Look Up!” I feel like God is screaming at us through His signs and wonders in the sky. With all that just took place in 2016 & 2017 (Please someone list all the signs!) We would have to seriously be burying our heads in the sand and placing our hearts and heads in “Denial” mode to not see that God is telling us that something is coming.
 
Here is what I see.
God gave us 3 main feasts to celebrate. He’s pretty serious about these feasts for a reason.
#1 Passover – also represented by the outer court of the Temple.
#2 Pentecost – also represented by the Holy place in the temple.
#3 Feast of Tabernacles – also represented in the Most Holy Place in the temple.
God gave us so many ways in scripture to show this pattern to us for a reason!
 
The first 2 feasts have already taken place.
The first great feast is Passover – represented by the Blood of the Lamb being spread over the door to our heart. Jesus was the Lamb of God.
The act of asking Jesus into your heart brings Salvation – the first step of a 1000+ step journey with God.
 
Side note: I felt God say to me some time ago that I was personally 2 steps into that 1000+ step journey. I have to say I felt greatly discouraged. But then He said. At 10 steps in I would begin to see things like I never have before. At 20 steps I would be operating as a full mature son/king with full authority from Him to reign and rule. This is meant for all God’s children if they chose to move in it now. I still had to ask, “What about the other 980 steps?” He said there are infinite steps through eternity with Me. And, I will begin accelerating things toward the end so that the 20 steps will come much sooner for those who are entering into my Heavenly place for training! Whoo Hooo!
 
The second great feast is that of Pentecost. We see at Pentecost the fire and power of the Holy Spirit was received. Those who walk in the power of the Holy Spirit know what this supernatural power of God is like! It’s awesome when He is flowing through us.
 
I hear over and over people and churches saying, “If only we could recapture the power of the early church.” But even Paul and Jesus said that the signs and wonders seen in those early days were only a very small portion of what is yet to come.
Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (Jhn 14:12 NKJV)
Paul said, “Not only [that], but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit…” (Rom 8:23 NKJV)
 
So come on! Pentecost was only the down payment for what is to come! AMEN!
 
WOW! This stuff is so cool!
 
Are you ready? Get this. The Feast of Tabernacles (SUKKOT) is the feast that has not been fulfilled yet. All the signs He has been providing tell us that something big is coming. And the message being received is that the mature sons are coming. The kings are coming!
PEOPLE! WE ARE MOVING INTO THE FULFILLMENT OF THIS LAST FEAST!
 
Oooooohhhhh my goodness… We are moving into the time of God’s last great move on this Earth! He is looking for men and women who are ready to give it all! He, and ALL creation, are looking and yearning for those mature sons/kings who are willing to lay it all down so He can bring the FULLNESS! GOD FULLY IN US! Tabernacle! Holy Spirit lives in us, but He is looking for those willing to lay it all down so He can FULLY FILL us! Pentecost was the down payment… Christ in us. Holy Spirit in us. We are His new temple, after He left Herod’s temple. But He has yet to operate at full power. But that is where we are headed! The Feast of Tabernacles is God in us – Fully! It us with God in the Holy of Holies! Hallelujah!
 
This is now the operation of Ekklesias all over the world… To bring Heaven to Earth. His will on Earth as it is in Heaven! AMEN! He’s looking for mature believers ready to lay it all down so He can fill you. These will then, in turn, begin to bring Heaven to Earth as Kingdom Kings with Kingdom Authority!
 
All creation has been groaning for this!!!!! Let’s line up!
If you can’t tell, I’m extremely excited about this. Adena and I have been working like crazy to get this full teaching out there. It is online in the Ultimate Impact Movement. www.UltimateImpactMovement.com. There are currently close to 90 different teaching, each about 15-20 min long.
 
Take a look at what others are getting out of it.
Its so awesome seeing God move this into place. The course is being used by small home Ekklesias all over. Anyone can start a group or go through it as an individual!
 
Things are about to shift!
 
Hallelujah and Amen!
 
I can say that 2018 is going to be an extraordinary year. It will have it challenges, with our eyes on Jesus, we won’t notice the challenges much at all.
 
What I see as a bigger thing to be concerned about in this new year is the enemy will use the good things to keep you from moving in your destiny. There will be and are so many other great things to do, you need to make sure that what you are doing is what is in your book (Ps. 139:16). This is your priority. Do what is in your book!
 
IF you’re called to be the Ekklesia, get on board and let’s do this! If your destiny is something else at this time, then stay focused on that. We are the body and we all have to do what God is calling us to do in this season!
 
Amen!
 
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Deep Law of Giving

The Deep Law of Giving…
 
God’s law of giving is, I believe from my experience, the breakthrough law! It’s not about how much you give or how you give, it’s about your heart. And God is always after our heart. The breakthrough comes when we reach a place where we are so in love with God and His creation, especially people, that our heart has no greater pleasure and desire other than to respect, bless, honor and somehow give to those around us. Often times, and usually the easiest path or way to give is money. It is the route that is used the most and there is nothing wrong with it.  But you could give your time, service, etc.
It takes meditation on His word and intimacy with Him so He can transform your heart to reflect His image… a giving and loving person. When we reflect His image in giving, THEN, comes a whole new level of breakthrough!
Tell me, have you experienced it?
This does not mean you wait until you have millions of dollars to give.
As we move forward with Ekklesias Arising around the globe with the desire and hope to see the Earth shift, WE FIRST, must shift.
Giving is a characteristic of a mature son of God. God is a giver. His children will reflect His image!
PASS IT ON

Wounded Warriors

There are lots of wounded warriors in the field. These are not outcasts. They are wounded people (Christians) and need love and care to bring them back into God’s camp.
You may recognize them… They hold on to bitterness and unforgiveness. Bitter toward people. Bitter toward God. Bitter toward the church. Don’t make the mistake of responding to their bitterness by building a wall or responding in the same spirit. Give them some space and respond in the opposite spirit with love and acceptance… even accepting them where they are at and letting them have the space they want. Take time to rebuild trust with them.
God created them to be a treasure and a blessing and He may be calling you to bring that treasure out of them. You can’t do it if you respond with a counter attack. 
Keep in mind that what you think is acceptable may not be the same as what someone else thinks is acceptable. You may offend someone because they feel you crossed a line. You may not have that same belief or conviction but respect and honor theirs. If you don’t, you may never have the opportunity to get close enough to them to share the loving, sacrificing God you know. Some people are much more sensitive to certain things because of past experiences – and rightfully so if you knew their story. Take the time to get to know their story.

 

Gil Hodges.  My wife (Adena) and I started an online course in July of 2017 called “The Ultimate Impact Movement.”  You can find it at www.UltimateImpactMovement.com. We won’t dazzle you with eloquence words or fancy film and studio settings.  This course is simply meant to find those meek and humble ones who want to work together AS ONE in the body of Christ to see His will brought from heaven to earth.  We believe in a wholistic approach to entering into His presence and doing His will to see His Kingdom revealed on Earth through His Ekklesia. Although it is best done with a group/Ekklesia, this is an online discipleship course you can take at your own pace with direct connection to Adena and myself to help you through.  Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

 

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Where It’s At

“WHERE IT’S AT”
Where “it’s” at… All too often people are looking for the next great thing… The New Thing. We can’t be distracted by all the “New Things” otherwise the enemy will keep us chasing our tail. This is not to say that God is not continually giving new revelation for the season we are in. But we must always remain humble in our hearts to realize that the next new revelation is not “Where it’s at.” 
Signs, wonders, and miracles are not “where it’s at.”
Courts of Heaven is not “where it’s at.”
Ekklesia government groups are not “where it’s at.”
Going into the Heavens and exploring what’s there is not “where it’s at.

Where “IT’s” at is in a relationship with God. Doing the will of our Father. Everything else is only a piece of the puzzle to help us get there. They are tools to help us engage and understand our relationship to HIM.
What stands in the way is pride and arrogance. Pride and arrogance cause us to take the new revelations and tout them as the new and great thing God has given ME! Humility sees them as another step closer to the Father’s heart.
My heart is to see HIS will done on the Earth as it is in Heaven. I still see things happen in the Earth and Christians assume they know what the Father’s will is without checking in with Him… relationship (I do this, too, when I’m not thinking – so I’m not pointing fingers.) We need to take the time to take all things to the Father. Because our ways are not His ways. His plans are not like our plans. Often times, what we are freaking out about, God is not, because He knows ALL things work for the good of those who love Him. He has a big a plan! If we are not careful we can often find ourselves praying and opposing what God is doing.
Lord, I pray, give me a humble heart to receive what you are doing with gladness and joy and to seek YOU for YOUR plan. Mature Son’s/Kings will look like Jesus. They will only do what their Father does. They will only say what their Father says. I think we all have a long way to go. But be encouraged… He is accelerating things.

 

Gil Hodges.  My wife (Adena) and I started an online course in July of 2017 called “The Ultimate Impact Movement.”  You can find it at www.UltimateImpactMovement.com. We won’t dazzle you with eloquence words or fancy film and studio settings.  This course is simply meant to find those meek and humble ones who want to work together AS ONE in the body of Christ to see His will brought from heaven to earth.  We believe in a wholistic approach to entering into His presence and doing His will to see His Kingdom revealed on Earth through His Ekklesia. Although it is best done with a group/Ekklesia, this is an online discipleship course you can take at your own pace with direct connection to Adena and myself to help you through.  Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

 

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Protocol for the Heavenlies

A short summary of Heavenly protocol.  If you would like to learn more, see the links at the bottom.

As we are entering into the heavenlies, into the courts, to get verdicts and to learn what Pappa wants us to do and how He wants us to bring His Kingdom to the Earth. I see in some group sessions people get excited and in their excitement sometimes forget why we are there in the courts… in the heavens.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. YES! He designed you and gave you a passion to run with.
2. Those God-given passions/superpowers are your contribution to the Body of Christ – You WILL use those in His grand plan, but within His Body – not alone.
3. Keep things in order. Don’t let your passion override HIS plan. Some people can get so passionate and enthusiastic about what He has given them, that they tend to think every part of the body should fall in line with their passion. (I believe most of the time this is done unintentionally.)
4. We’re here (on Earth) to represent His Kingdom, not our own.

Humility is a key to making sure we are doing His will and not our own. Our passions WILL be used in the Body. But, part of being a mature son/king is learning to operate as part of the body, not the only piece of the body.

One of the best teachings for this is understanding who Christ was as our firstfruit. He was a King and Priest. He led the way. We are to follow suit but become even more in HIM.

Being a priest is a very low and humbling role. It strips us of all our pride. This we need so we can become empty of ourselves and filled with HIM.

When we go to the heavenlies to seek what He wants in the Earth, we need to seek HIS will, not our own. Sometimes it can be hard to lay our own down, but we must!

 

Gil Hodges.  My wife (Adena) and I started an online course in July of 2017 called “The Ultimate Impact Movement.”  You can find it at www.UltimateImpactMovement.com. We won’t dazzle you with eloquence words or fancy film and studio settings.  This course is simply meant to find those meek and humble ones who want to work together AS ONE in the body of Christ to see His will brought from heaven to earth.  We believe in a wholistic approach to entering into His presence and doing His will to see His Kingdom revealed on Earth through His Ekklesia. Although it is best done with a group/Ekklesia, this is an online discipleship course you can take at your own pace with direct connection to Adena and myself to help you through.  Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!