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The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand… – Exodus 4:2-4
Oh Father, our heavenly Father, wash us in the blood of Your Son again today. Let us come to you with a clean conscious. Wash us in the Water of your Word. Open the eyes of our hearts to see Christ, receive Christ, and enjoy Christ. In Jesus’ Name, which is above all names, Amen!
In Egypt, Moses had the highest education and was skilled in speech (Acts 7:22). When the Lord came to give Moses the revelation that He would free the Israelites, Moses tried to achieve the Lord’s will in his own strength and ended up killing an Egyptian. Trying in his own strength, just led to death.
The Lord took Moses through 40 years of death in the wilderness. Moses was a broken man when the Lord appeared to him again. Moses could no longer speak well (Exodus 4:10) and he needed a staff for walking.
We all have many staffs that we rely on. Every earthly thing that you rely on for your daily living is a staff. Your career is a staff. Your education is a staff. Your news is a staff. Your hobby is a staff. Your caffeine is a staff. Your sweets are a staff. Your family is a staff. Your car is a staff. Your intellect is a staff. Your emotions are a staff. Your television is a staff. Your video games are a staff. Your internet is a staff.
There is no Life in these staffs. These staffs are dead wood. When Moses threw his staff down it became a serpent. Not only is your staff dead, but it is also a serpent.
Whatever you rely on, other than the Lord, becomes a serpent.
Your staffs must be thrown down and put to death. Only then, by the Lord’s command, can you grasp the serpent by the tail, and lift the staff up in resurrection.
Don’t abandon your family. Don’t set up a law in your heart on what you may eat or drink. But turn to the Lord, beholding Him and giving Him your ear. Give everything that you rely on to Him and let Him give you back what you need in resurrection.
In resurrection, you are no longer reliant upon the staff, you are reliant on God alone.
Father, we cast our staffs down before you. Open our eyes to see the things that your enemy uses to usurp your rightful throne in our hearts. You provide everything we need as we seek Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness first. Let us grasp the enemy by the tail in Your Resurrection Life, that we may be overcomers in Your Victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If I’d know Christ’s risen power.
I must ever love the Cross;
Life from death alone arises;
There’s no gain except by loss.
If no death, no life,
If no death, no life;
Life from death alone arises;
If no death, no life.
If I’d have Christ formed within me,
I must breathe my final breath,
Live within the Cross’s shadow,
Put my soul-life e’er to death.
If God thru th’ Eternal Spirit
Nail me ever with the Lord;
Only then as death is working
Will His life thru me be poured.
The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of mIeat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
Exodus 16:2-3 NASB
The Lord frees us from Egypt at the time of our salvation. This is the objective Reality. But, the Lord must experientially remove Egypt from our hearts.
The Lord has judged Egypt, which is a type of the world. The Lord sent 10 plagues to show His People what the true state of the world is. Don’t you know that the Lord could have finished off Egypt with but a word? But no, we need the lesson. We need to see the world how the Lord does. The Lord was very patient in teaching the Israelites, and so He is with us. Today, we can see the fruit of sin the world is bearing. There are bombings, shootings, kidnappings, rapes, climate change, disasters and more. This is the natural fruit of the world, under the enemy’s rule, enslaved to sin.
Yet, we still desire the things of this world. We want to be entertained, fulfilled, and successful. We want to find satisfaction in this world. This is just what the Israelites wanted. So many called ones of God want the meat of Egypt today.
I hope the Lord has blocked your way in finding satisfaction from the world. This is great evidence of His care for you. The world is just salt water, which will dehydrate you. The Lord is the fresh Living Water, always new and abundant. He is so available. The Water is flowing, open your mouth and drink!
The Spirit and the Bride say “Come”! (Revelation 22:17)
The dissatisfaction with the world makes a Way for us to find Satisfaction; the hunger and the thirst open the heavens for the Heavenly Manna.
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
John 6:32-35 NASB
We need to embrace a holy boredom. If you are bored or worn out, don’t go seeking the things of the world for help. Don’t go down to Egypt. Turn to the Lord and offer your boredom to Him. Embrace your boredom as a time to enjoy the Lord. The Lord wants to be our Entertainment. The Lord wants to be our Satisfaction. The Lord wants to be our Enjoyment. God has given us Christ, in the Spirit, to meet all our needs. He is our Life and Life-supply. He is superabundant and always more than we need.
Take Christ as Everything by faith. He is even our Faith. If you need this Satisfaction, turn away from the things of the world and turn to the Lord, within you. Confess your dissatisfaction. Declare to the Father that Christ is your Satisfaction! Whether you feel like it or not, take Him by Faith. It is His responsibility to bring you into the experience of Christ as the Good Land, Christ to meet our every need.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Psalms 34:8 NASB
Oh dear Father, wash us a anew in the blood of Jesus and wash us in the water of Your Word. Thank you for cleansing us of our sins and all the worldly dirt. There is no satisfaction in this world. The more we drink, the more thirsty we get. You are the real Food and Water. We eat You and drink You now by Faith. Thank you God for becoming edible, in Christ. We eat You and become constituted with You, to be one with You for Your move and expression on earth. In Jesus’ holy Name, Amen!
Drink! A river pure and clear that’s flowing from the throne;
Eat! The tree of life with fruits abundant, richly grown;
Look! No need of lamp nor sun nor moon to keep it bright, for
Here there is no night!
Do come, oh, do come,
Says Spirit and the Bride:
Do come, oh, do come,
Let him that heareth, cry.
Do come, oh, do come,
Let him who thirsts and will
Take freely the water of life!
Christ, our river, Christ, our water, springing from within;
Christ, our tree, and Christ, the fruits, to be enjoyed therein,
Christ, our day, and Christ, our light, and Christ, our morningstar:
Christ, our everything!
We are washing all our robes the tree of life to eat;
“O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!”—Jesus is so sweet!
We our spirits exercise, and thus experience Christ.
What a Christ have we!
Now we have a home so bright that outshines the sun,
Where the brothers all unite and truly are one.
Jesus gets us all together, Him we now display
In the local church.
Dear Body of Christ, we can learn a lot about this Life, that we have gained in Christ, from the Scriptures. The Old Testament is like a living painting, while the New Testament is like the description below the painting. What the New Testament says in plain words, the Old Testament says in detailed color.
With that in mind, I want to take a look at the signs that the Lord gave to Moses, when he was called. The 4 signs are the burning bush, the rod that turned into a serpent, the leprous hand, and the Nile’s water turning to blood. These signs were lessons, not only to Moses, but also to us.
Let’s start with the burning bush.
The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” – Exodus 2 NASB
This bush symbolizes us. In the original language, this is not only a bush, but a thorny bush. The thorns grew out of the earth as a result of Man’s fall (Genesis 3:18). Thus, this thorny bush symbolizes fallen humanity. But the thorny bush is able to contain the fire without being consumed. This is the divine Fire, God Himself.
Don’t be stumbled because it states the angel of the Lord here. This angel of the Lord is Christ. Paul was so bold to say the the rock, which followed the Israelites in the wilderness, was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). Is Christ only our Follower, and not also our Leader? Surely, if Christ is the rock who followed the Israelites, He is also the angel of the Lord who led them.
Praise the Lord! Even though we are thorn bushes, we can be the Lord’s vessels. By nature, we just prick and hurt each other. But thanks to the Lord Jesus, we can be one with God. Not only are we one with God, but we are also one with each other. We all have the same Fire. This is a corporate thorny bush carrying the divine Fire. This is God’s Assembly, His House, the New Jerusalem!
At the end of Moses’ life, he even recalls this sweet sign: “And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush” (Deuteronomy 33:16).
Our dear Father, cleanse us anew in the blood of Jesus. Thank you for cleansing us of our sins and making us white as snow. We are dead in Christ, resurrected, ascended, and seated at your right hand. Thank you for clothing us with Christ as our Righteousness. Thank you for abiding in us as the divine Fire. May we abide in You always. You have made us one with You and one with each other. Lead us to experience this oneness, that the world may know that Jesus is Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
In the wilderness for God!
Just a common bush aflame!
Thus may I be, blessed Lord,
For the glory of Thy Name.
Just a common bush to be,
Something in which God can dwell,
Something thru which God can speak,
Something thru which God can tell.
All His yearning over men,
All His purposes of love,
Flaming with no light of earth,
But with glory from above:
God Himself within the bush,
Nothing seen but just the flame;
Make me that, just that, O God,
For the glory of Thy Name.
Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the LORD’S Passover. (Exodus 12:11)
Dear called ones of God, I am concerned that some of you have not yet made it to the wilderness, let alone the Good Land, and still remain as slaves in Egypt, living under Pharoah’s harsh rule. You have indeed put your faith in Jesus, and have taken Him as your Passover Lamb, but you forgot that He is Food for the journey. The Israelites were to be dressed and ready for travel when they ate. There was a rush to get them out of Egypt. The Passover Lamb was to be their Energy to leave Egypt.
We have a journey to embark on.
Sure you may have been taken out of Egypt objectively, but you need the subjective experience. Never be satisfied with just an objective head knowledge. God desires for us to experience and enjoy Christ. If you have not been separated from the world, then do it now. There is not time to waste. Give your stomach, your career, your news, your sports, your hobbies, your video games, your television, and your family over to the Lord.
Whatever has a hold on your heart, give it to the Lord. Quit trying to find your satisfaction in Egypt. This is terrible. Find your satisfaction in Christ. God has provided Christ to be everything for us.
Confess to the Lord that you cannot free yourself and that He must free you; and He has indeed freed you. It’s for freedom that you have been set free. Christ is our Freedom. Take Christ as your Freedom by faith.
Your enjoyment of the world is limiting your experience of Christ. He is a Chair for you to rest in, but you have cluttered your path to Rest.
Turn away from the world and set your eyes on Christ, beholding Him by faith. It’s in this Way that we are able to eat Him.
Don’t make this into a law of something you need to achieve for God to please Him. He is only pleased with Christ. But offer to God your experience of Christ. If you cannot enjoy Christ in an activity, then it is not profitable. Stop judging according to what is good and evil, and start judging according to what is of Life, what is of Christ. Give God the firstfruits of your time. He deserves the richest portions, the fat of our offerings.
If you have believed into Christ, you have been set free from the world. The Lord has crushed the enemy’s head. Sin no longer has any power over you. Now walk accordingly.
Our dear heavenly Father, we have been crucified in Christ. Our old man has been put to death and we are a new creation in Christ. Wash us anew in the blood of Jesus. Wash our feet of all the worldly dirt. Renew our hearts for You and for your Kingdom. Lord Jesus, You are our Bridegroom. Let us only have eyes for You. We love you Lord! Be our First Love now and forever. Let us love You with the Love you have poured into us. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
We are the Hebrews! Praise the Lord!
We’re from the other side.
Throughout our hist’ry we have passed
Through rivers deep and wide. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
He has brought
All us river-crossing Hebrews
To the land, to build up
The temple of our God.2
Old Noah’s age was so corrupt,
In deep depravity;
So Noah passed across the flood—
That separating sea. Praise the Lord! He has brought
From the old
To a new recovered region
Where he built in this land
An altar for his God.3
Then Abraham was called apart,
For Godto take a stand;
So through the river he was led
Into a new, good land. Step by step he was led
Through the river into Canaan,
That good land, there to be
The servant of his God.4
The Israelites in bondage were
To Pharaoh’s choking hand.
The God of Hebrews made a way
For them to leave that land. Through the sea, they all passed;
Hallelujah! In the good land
They built up God’s own house
To satisfy His heart.5
Then wand’ring through the wilderness,
The land they could not find;
Till through the Jordan they did pass
To leave themselves behind. Praise the Lord! In the land
They built up
God’s own temple. Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord! There they dwelt,
His people and their God.6
But then religion conquered all,
So John the Baptist came
And buried all beneath that flood.
The Jews were not the same. Buried all! Buried all!
Underneath the Jordan River
Buried all to become
The Hebrews passing through.7
Now in the church life, we have left
The world, religion too;
Now we’re the river-crossing ones,
Enjoying Christ so new! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
We have passed
From the oldness, Hallelujah,
Into Christ—one new man.
And now we’re one with Him!8
O Lord, You’ve taken us across
The fiery sea of glass,
With all the worldly things beneath;
Across the sea we’ve passed. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Now we stand
As the Hebrews, Hallelujah,
On the sea! Praise the Lord!
We’ve passed through everything!
A brother, David Bolton, invited me to join in with him and another sister, Preeti Rachel Rajkumar, to share Christ together through writing a blog post. I hope you enjoy Christ through each of our portions!
A collaborative post by Peter Ski, Preeti Rachel Rajkumar, and David Bolton
for “The WORD in 3D” initiative.
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“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:2-3
Have you lost the simplicity and purity in Christ? Has your relationship with Christ become complex? Can you quiet yourself and enjoy Christ within you? Can you just turn your heart to Him and love Him, with the Love that He has showered you with?
Us with the Lord is simplicity. Us with the Lord is purity.
But there are so many things that bring in complexity. You may…
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And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” [Gen 3:15 NASB]
When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came near and put their feet on their necks. Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.” So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening. [Jos 10:24-26 NASB]
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”– [Gal 3:13 NASB]
Beloved saints, there is so much in the above verses. I just want to touch on a little of Christ in these scriptures.
We know that the Seed in Genesis refers to Jesus Christ. In Christ, our flesh has been crucified and the serpent has been crucified. But Joshua is about our experience of taking Christ as our Good Land, God’s provision for our every need. In Joshua there are peoples that represent the fallen flesh and their king’s represent the serpentine powers that dominate our flesh.
In Joshua, we see Joshua(Spirit) leading us and calling us to put to death the flesh(Canaanites) and the powers(Kings). We are to join with Him in overcoming the enemy and putting him under our feet.
We don’t do this by following outward laws and rules and regulations. We follow a Lord within us! We follow the Law of the Spirit of Life. He is leading us inwardly to overcome our flesh. This is the application of all that He accomplished on the cross. What was objective to us, is becoming experiential as we follow our Lord inwardly.
As we turn to the Lord and enjoy Him, we are experiencing Him and His shining is overcoming all of the darkness within us. But, we must turn away from all of the distractions that draw our flesh, that entice our minds and emotions; we must turn to the spiritual Life within us. As we do this we our gaining Him and He is gaining us, for our mutual enjoyment.
And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:23 NASB
There are so many distractions from Christ available for us today. These distractions come in the form of social media, news, tv shows, video games, hobbies, politics, and so much more.
This isn’t a post about whether these things are good or bad. These things fill up our minds and prevent us from turning to our spirit.
You may spend your day off playing video games and watching tv, but when you go to pray, it’s very difficult to turn to your spirit. Instead of being filled with God, you have become filled with so many other things.
With a day of video games, you may have difficulty enjoying Christ, in a deep way, for a week. Every time you attempt to deny your soul life, and turn inwardly, your mind runs wild. All of a sudden, your mind is back on the video game. You reject those thoughts, silencing yourself before the Lord, and suddenly your mind is on your favorite tv show.
After drinking so much salt water, you have been dying of thirst, and are so parched, that you can only take sips of the Living Water. The more time that you give to so many occupying things, the more difficult it is to enter into the kingdom of heaven, which is within you.
Don’t let things occupy you. You must reign over the things by Christ, rather than allowing the things to control you.
Perhaps, you are reading this post because you are concerned how Jesus uncharacteristically made a whip and drove the merchants out of the temple. If that is the case, I want you to see this story in new light. You are missing much in the gospels if you just read them plainly. The gospels are story books. This is one of the pictures from those story books.
We can’t take this picture and apply whatever interpretation that we desire. But, we must turn to our spirit and interpret this according to all of the scriptures.
I don’t want to just tell you what this is a picture of, I want you to see a whole new way of reading the scriptures! So Let’s take a look at the main features of this picture.
We have Christ in the temple, full of zeal for His Father’s house, driving out merchants.
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
We are the Temple of God. This is a picture of Christ within us, as the Spirit, zealously cleansing us.
But, who are the merchants? Canaanites mean merchants. Jesus driving out the merchants out of the temple, is the same as the Israelites driving the Canaanites out of the good land.
So, what is our God so zealous to cleanse us of? The flesh.
And the LORD said, My Spirit will not strive with man forever, for he indeed is flesh; so his days will be cone hundred twenty years.
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Dear saints, your Old Man has been crucified in Christ and you are no longer a slave to the flesh. You must crucify the flesh by the finished work of Christ. The very Spirit within you is the Reality and Effectiveness of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The flesh is crucified by your Faith in this One within you. Everything that is not Spirit, is flesh.
Hallelujah! As much as we hate this flesh, our Lord hates it so much more and He is filled with zeal to cleanse His House. Deny your old self, pick up the cross, and follow our Lord, who is within you.
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God gave the Law to the Israelites, but He dealt with them according to the Tabernacle. If He dealt with them according to the Law, they should have died. But, He dealt with them according to the Tabernacle, so that there would be atonement for their sins. Paul even points out that the Law was just something temporary. It was never God’s desire to give us the Law. But, God did desire to Tabernacle among us. There is so much depth to the Tabernacle. Every detail described from Ex 25-31 is a revelation, but that could take an entire book .
Mainly it reveals God’s desire to dwell on earth among His People. John reveals to us that Jesus tabernacled among us. The Tabernacle is a shadow of Jesus. It’s not just a picture of Jesus, but also of us.
The Tabernacle is a picture of the New Creation. At the front of the Tabernacle was the altar, which represented the cross. The cross is the way in the New Creation.
The Outer Court is the body. It’s visible to all. The Holy Place is the soul, or mind, will, and emotions. It’s not visible to all. Only a select few can gain access to a person’s soul. The Most Holy Place is the spirit, where God dwells. It’s where we enjoy God and our senses are useless there. We must enter into our Holy of Holies to worship in Spirit and Reality.
The soul is the person, the connection between spirit and body. This was also displayed in the Garden of Eden, where we are set before the Tree of Life(spirit) and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil(flesh). We are always eating from one of these Trees. Every time we turn to our spirit, we are enjoying Christ, the true Vine Tree of Life. We have even been grafted onto this Tree of Life and made a part of Him, as His branches, living by His Life Sap and producing His Fruit.
Since the veil was torn, in the flesh of Jesus, we may now turn to the Lord Spirit in our spirits and be transformed into the same Image as Him, who is the Image of the invisible God, from glory to glory.
I’m not qualified to teach this, but I will share what I have experienced. To deny the soul-life is to deny you mind, will, and emotions.
Rather than coming to God to pray will so many thoughts and desires, we first must come to Him with our soul quiet. We must quiet ourselves and just focus ourselves on God within us. When our mind wants to follow rabbit trails and think about other things, it must be pulled back to the place of rest in the spirit. When we are so worried and anxious about things, we must turn to God within us and rest. We can certainly pray about things and people, but we must first quiet our souls, so that our prayers will be that of our spirit. The more we turn to the spirit, the more natural it will be as the spirit gains dominance over our soul.
These are times of sowing in the spirit, so that we may reap in the spirit. Another analogy is that we are eating the healthy food, God. When we eat, we are taking the life of something else into us and assimilating that life.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Today, while I was praying for a brother, I felt the urge to pray for that brother to overcome what he is going through. So I prayed:
Let my brother be an overcomer.
But, I felt within that, this was not the right prayer. So, I prayed:
Make my brother an overcomer.
Still, I had no peace about what I prayed. So, I prayed a third time:
My brother is already an Overcomer, in Christ.
And I had the peace and a smile came to my face.
For a more thorough dealing on overcoming, read The Overcoming Life by Watchman Nee.
It really hasn’t been too long since I decided to stop blogging and I am already contemplating blogging again. Let me explain to you what this has been all about. I don’t want to share with you just knowledge. Instead, I want to share something of the living Christ that I have experienced.
Knowledge is gained easily, but profits little. We need Wisdom and Understanding, which come from our experience of Christ. Indeed, Christ is our Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding.
I really appreciate those of you who have encouraged me and stuck with my blog through this little break.
I don’t plan to blog on a regular schedule, because then it feels forced. I will probably blog rather erratically.
Whenever I feel that I have something of Christ that I would like to share with you, I will write a blog post.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.
The title really says it all. I don’t really have much to say in this post. Since I am in the middle of a series, I will finish the series with one more post summarizing what I wanted to say, without going into all the details. Also, I will have one more blog post after that as a farewell blog post. In that post, I will give my reasons and a little more information than in this post.