The Apostolic Operation of our God

Ephesians 4:7‐16 (NIV) 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When He ascended on high, He took many captives and gave gifts to His people.” 9 What does “He ascended” mean except that He also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very One who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. 11 So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

This is the written revelation of the heart, mind, plans, purposes, and methodology of our God. He has clearly provided believers with His plan for building and mobilizing the Body of Christ, individually and collectively.

NOTE: In response to the damnable doctrine that the apostles are no longer being added to the Body of Christ by our God, ask the spiritual common sense question, “Is the Body of Christ built up; are we unified in our faith and knowledge of the Son of God; are we mature reflecting the full stature of Jesus Christ? No; then apostles and all of the five fold ministry are still being added to the Body by our God!

Our God gives five-fold ministers the grace, gifts and tools to complete their assignments in the building and mobilizing of the Body of Christ. Whenever I hear the word apostle or apostolic, the terms building and mobilizing come to heart. The early church was an apostolic church that built and moved (meeting together in smaller groups; then coming together to hear their leaders). All believers, every ministry and church should be moving apostolically; we should all understand that we are co-laborers with our God, working toward a common goals: fighting the same enemies, winning souls, and developing leaders, as we build the Body of Christ together, according to the specifications revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Whether one stands in the “five‐fold” grace gift of an apostle, or flows as a part of an apostolic team, they should understand the ultimate purpose and goal of ministry is building the Body by winning souls, speaking the truth in love, developing strong disciples, training and releasing leadership into service for our Lord. This is the operation of building the Body.

Jesus Christ, The Author and Finisher of our Faith at Work

Let us take a look at our Chief Apostle; Let us follow Him in the Scripture
1. Sent by God (to do His will, His way)
2. Gathered His men
3. Taught them, getting them rooted and grounded in our God’s truth; taught them about the Kingdom
4. Watched over them, teaching, guiding, correcting and encouraging them to bring them to maturity
5. Leadership training: Built their confidence, teaching them to walk in the grace, authority, and power that was on His own life.
6. Sent them out 2 by 2 to do the things He did (Mark 6:7: He gave them authority over evil spirits).
7. Encouraged them to take all they learned and been commanded by Him to the nations, and to  keep the pattern going (Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our Chief Apostle has shown us the apostolic process of building the Body of Christ. This is Ephesians 4; 7-16 in operation. Jesus, who has the Holy Spirit without measure ( John 3:34) embodied the five fold ministry, using all grace given to Him to get believers rooted and grounded in God’s Truth and the reality of His kingdom, trained as leaders, and released them into service. Ephesians 4:7 tells us He dispenses this grace among His people, so that we can continue the pattern. 

We understand that the Apostle Paul had clear revelation of the Apostolic operation, as he writes Ephesians 4, (may we sees as Paul sees). We see Paul following  Jesus’s apostolic pattern, as He speaks to Timothy:

2 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV) Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Apostolic Grace
We understand that all we are, all we achieve and gather is by the grace of our God:

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Our God never leaves us alone in this process. Trailblazing new paths, rooting up unsound and establishing sound doctrine, furthering the Gospel, building and mobilizing the Body of Christ, and governing the spirit realm are distinguishing characteristics of apostolic ministry:
• His grace (His Loving help to be and do that which is impossible for us; 2 Corinthians 12:9).
• The revelation knowledge of His character, Love, nature, Word (Scripture and Jesus), and the power, authority, and His Holy Spirit (Hebrews 1:3).
• The revelation knowledge of what a manifested son of God should look like (Jesus Christ; Romans 8:28-29)

Our God has ordained, that apostolic service flow from His revelation knowledge of the Gospel of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Apostolic people have revelation of Jesus The Christ, The Blueprint for the Body of Christ and knows He is what believers should look in their character and thinking, both individually and collectively. They are about the Father’s business, His way (Ephesians 4).

As one of our God’s watchmen, I see Him restoring the framework, authority, and power of the five-fold ministry. All believers should be taught to follow this pattern, understanding this is clearly our God’s plan and He will have His way. His word does not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).

Let us ask God to help us make full use of the grace He reveals in us and in those around us
• Speaking His Truth in His Love
• Watching and praying for one another
• Praying for and encouraging one another in the faith and service to our Lord

Our God provides THE BIG PICTURE, reflected in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, so that we are equipped to serve successfully! Ministry is so much more than me, my four, my church, my denomination and no more. It is time for the Body of Christ to arise, in Jesus name!

THE POWER OF KNOWING GOD

Matthew 14:25-31 (KJV) 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, He walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

I have heard this passage taught most often in a manner that criticized Peter. I find that approach interesting, considering none of Peter’s “scorners” had walked on water themselves. SELAH.

Recognize Jesus never condemned Peter. He rebuked his stinking thinking and behaviors, but He never condemned him. Each time, throughout Scripture, when Peter faltered Jesus gave him Divine Knowledge or God’s Truth. Each time Jesus supplied him with knowledge that reestablished his faith and redirected his focus. In the case of walking on the water, Jesus’ correction rebuked Peter’s fear and faith in the threat of the wind and waves, and turned his attention back to the sovereignty of our God.

KNOWING OUR GOD IN THE TESTS
Jesus Christ said all believers would be tested by evil and flesh in this world:

John 16:33b (KJV) In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Only God truly knows the heart and constitution of every human. He is the Master Potter, only allowing the turns and pressures sufficient to transform and restore our lives, as His sons (offspring, image, and likeness). He alone knows the level/strength of our faith, how much we can bear or endure. He reveals this truth in His Word saying,

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV) No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing, He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Peter’s “faith failure” is common to humanity, but if we use the tools of true repentance,faith, confession, and obedience to keep our hearts and minds in agreement with the character, Word, and will of our God, He will provide a way of escape, or the strength to endure, conquer, and overcome. We must never lose faith in the reality that our God reigns over good and evil, and every created thing (named and unnamed) must bow and conform to His Truth, power, and authority. ONLY BELIEVE.

Whether in everyday life, or deliverance ministry, our God promises that the weapons evil forms against us will not be able to prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Why? He will expose them, and show us how to disarm and dismantle them. He promises we can live in the secret place He sets aside for us, the place where we safely watch the wicked suffer because of their evildoing (Psalm 91:8). ONLY BELIEVE.

THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GOD IS POWER
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the knowledge and power of our God revealed (Romans 1:16-17)! No matter the situation, we must know (like Jesus) that our God is the only True and Living God and the Final Authority on all things. People of God, we must know our God, the One who orchestrates our steps, is willing to teach us how to allow Him to lead.

We must know our Heavenly Father loves us, desires we succeed and fulfill our destinies, and yes, even have the desires of our hearts. We must know that His Love and His Truth willingly lights the paths of our lives (James 1:5). We must get to know our God personally, through His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit.

PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE COMES BY APPLICATION AND EXPERIENCE

2 Peter 1:2-8 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We will never “know” the level or strength of our faith and authority until we apply God’s Truth to our lives, trusting Him when we experience tests and trials. We will never “know” the sovereignty of our God if we never face things that are impossible for us alone. I use the term “know” meaning: (1) to understand, (2) to be acquainted with personally, (3) to be convinced of, and (4) to be skillful or wise in (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon, Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

We obtain information through study and/or exposure. This information does not become knowledge until we are able to understand it. It is only after understanding this information does it become useful; only then are we able to recognize, classify, measure, and apply it.

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
The Apostle Paul shares the revelation of humanity’s need to “know” our God. He tells us in Philippians 3:10-11 that he gave up his earthly goals and pursuits, along with the accolades of humanity, so that he could truly pursue and come to “know” Jesus Christ. He wanted to “know” Christ through personal experience. He understood the need to become more acquainted with Him and understand His Person more completely. He understood the need to experience the same Holy Spirit power that snatched Jesus Christ from the grips of death.

NOTE: The Apostle Paul understood that application of God’s Word attracts the attention of the enemy. More importantly, he understood using his faith in God promises during these situations would give him greater understanding of our God, and mold his thinking, choosing, and believing. Applying and living the knowledge of God, (the Gospel) IS the power that works to transform us into sons in the kingdom of God.

“WE MUST KNOW WHAT THE FIGHT IS ABOUT”
We must know that satan wants to keep spiritual information (the Gospel, God’s Truth) from being known by humanity.

Luke 8:12 (KJV) Those beside the road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and takes the message of God (the Gospel) away from their hearts, so that they will not believe in Me as the Messiah and be saved (delivered, set free, blessed…).

We must know that testing (temptation to walk beneath the reality of whom our God had made us) comes from satan alone. We must know we live in a world wherein Truth wars against deception, Light wars against darkness, Good wars against evil, and the flesh wars against the Holy Spirit. The fight is over the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ!

We must know, satan knows that the earth and all it contains was given to humanity by our Heavenly Father. We must know he is jealous (the source of his cruelty) beyond natural description that our Heavenly Father created humanity in His own image and likeness, with access to His power and authority. Humanity possesses the very things Lucifer (now satan) lusted after, and he hates us for it.

We must know satan’s time is very, very short, and all his tormented soul works feverishly to delay what he knows is inevitable. We must know that satan and his cohorts are fully acquainted by experience of their absolute defeat by Jesus Christ, but they do not want humanity to know, recognize, become acquainted or skillful in this Truth!

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS OUR ARMOR AND OUR WEAPONS

Ephesians 6:13-18 (KJV) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, (1) having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the (2) breastplate of righteousness; And your (3) feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking (4) the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take (5) the helmet of salvation, and (6) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:

1. Truth: the knowledge of God’s Word, which is Truth,

2. Righteousness: The knowledge that we are approved in the eyes of our God, because of the shed the Blood of Jesus,

3. Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: the knowledge of the Good News that God loves us and desires us to be whole (have peace in every area of life) and to share that with others,

4. Faith: the knowledge of power of belief in God, trusting Him and taking Him at His Word and acting upon it because of that belief,

5. Salvation: the knowledge that we are saved, and being saved (conversion, regeneration),

6. Spirit and the Word: The knowledge of power of the Anointed Word (promises) of God.

KNOWN BY GOD, HUMANITY, AND THE SPIRIT WORLD
Watchmen all over the world, we are already known by our God and others can attest to who we are. Remember also, knowing God and operating in His Word and Holy Spirit through the tests and trials makes us known to the spirit world.

Someone I respected greatly called me stubborn. It caused me to struggle and stammer a little, until I took the situation to God. Our Lord revealed to me that satan used this person to speak this to me. He revealed the wicked spirit (operating through this person) was frustrated at its inability to influence me to back down on a Scripturally based spiritual Truth! Our Lord let me know that I am known to have “stubborn” faith in the spirit realm. HALLELUJAH!

Watchmen all over the world, know that you too are known by God, humanity and the spirit world. Refuse to fear or back down from the threats of evil and deception. Though the Holy Spirit may tell you to hold your tongue, do not back down from your faith in and knowledge of our God and His Word. (The battle is in the spirit realm; know that satan will back down.)

James 4:7 (AMP) Submit to the authority of God. Resist the devil, stand firm against him, and he will flee from you.

FATHER GOD,
We love You. Thank You for Your love, faithfulness, and longsuffering. Thank You for Your Truth, Your Ways, and dumanis power. You promised to write Your Word in our hearts, and that no one will have to tell the other to know You, because we all will know You. Thank You for the fulfillment of Your Word. Thank You that the Ecclesia, the True Church of Jesus Christ is awaking from her slumber. Do all that is in Your heart, today and every day. In Jesus’ matchless name we pray. Amen, amen, and so be it!

THINGS WE MUST KNOW AND DO

I am speaking to a particular people with this post. If you are among them, this is not a new idea. No, our God has been dealing with you about this for a while. He has been giving you instruction and revelation preparing you for the change, the transition, the cross and resurrection that is to come.

Our God is calling us into our place in Him, the place of our destinies. Some of us, our God is calling into marriage, some to change employment, some to make major decisions and purchases, or to sow major seed, some to walk into ministry, and the like. Whether or not you are among these people, I come to remind God’s people of the things we must know as our God walks us through these transitions.

WE MUST ALLOW JESUS TO MENTOR US!

Hebrews 12:2-3 (NLT) Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

We must keep our Great Example and Living Tutorial, Jesus Christ before us, focusing on His mind and methods. He shows us how to make the impossible, possible. We must believe, as He knew that all creation works to manifest our Heavenly Father’s promises, when we believe and act upon His “Rhema.”

Please did not “try” to achieve anything because it sounds good. We must tune out all fear and doubt; get before our God and ask Him for His mind, will, and perspective for our own lives and all we steward. HE WILL SPEAK TO US (Isaiah 30:21; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 91:5; James 1:5)! Once we receive His instruction, we must move out on His Word, just as our forefather Abraham (Hebrews 11:8-11). Our Heavenly Father has promised to order our steps, and lead us “line upon line and percept upon percept.” Our God has promised revelation/enlightenment as we go (Psalm 119:133; 37:23; Proverbs 4:18).

Throughout His physical, earthly ministry, Jesus (the human), made statements that revealed He was fully convinced of the character, Love, Word, power, and authority of our Heavenly Father, and He was granted His Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34). He warned us of the struggles against flesh and demonic forces, as our Heavenly Father planned and fulfilled their complete defeat. We must keep His Word and ways as the guide for our lives, so that our lives will manifest the victory over flesh and demonic forces, just as He shows us in Scripture. We must wear humility towards our Heavenly Father as our spiritual skin! This is worshipping our God in spirit and truth (John 4:24)!

WE MUST KNOW HE UNDERSTANDS THE JOURNEY,
AND IS WITH US ALL THE WAY!

Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.

We must know that our Lord, Savior, Master, and King Jesus Christ has experienced everything we experience spiritually/physically. In order to overcome, we must use His methods of faith in our Heavenly Father’s character, Love, Word, power, and authority (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus’ knowledge of our plight qualifies Him to sit at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, making effective intercession possible; we must trust our God and refuse to fear.

Hebrews 13:5 (AMP) Let your character (your moral essence, your inner nature) be free from the love of money (shun greed; be financially ethical), being content with what you have. For He has said, “I will never (under any circumstances) desert you, nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless. Nor will I forsake, or let you down, or relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!”

One of satan tactics is to divide, separate, and conquer. No matter how lonely, how misunderstood he tries to make us “feel,” we must remind him of our God’s promises. We must give him some “It is written!” We must know that others who are called of our God, are struggling to protect their faith in our God, just as we are; we must use the knowledge of our God, His Word and Holy Spirit, and trust Him to redirect our steps, when and if we get off course.

HEAVEN HAS OUR BACKS!

Psalm 34:19 (KJV) “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

Exodus 14:13-14 (KJV) “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’”

Romans 8:28 (AMP) We know, with great confidence, that God (who is deeply concerned about us) causes all things to work together, (as a plan), for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

We must know that Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Father, the Scripture, and His heavenly host have our backs as we walk into His predestined will for our lives. No matter how it looks or feels we must get our refreshing from our God’s Presence and Word, knowing no matter what, our God will make all things beneficial to our lives.

EACH STEP IS A PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT STEP

Genesis 1:28 (NLT )Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

John 14:6-7 (AMP) Jesus said to him, “I am the only Way to God, and the real Truth, and the real Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had really known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Our God is progressive. He works with us, (as He did with Jesus), helping us fulfill His charge to be fruitful, multiply, and govern the earth, according to His will and ways. We must recognize Jesus Christ, fulfilled this charge and left us “the way, the Truth, and the life” to follow back to the life our Heavenly Father intended for us. Every step Jesus took, every event and situation, (when faced and addressed with our Heavenly Father’s perspective), led Jesus to the fulfilling of His will, and humanity complete dominion over all darkness through Him! We must watch Jesus!

WE SUFFER SO OTHERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE
Though this change is for you, it is for the service of many others. Some of us must walk through situations and circumstances (with victory already assured), so that we are fully convinced of our dominion through Jesus Christ. Some of us must bear and overcome particular crosses, so that we can assist others, as they do the same.

JESUS IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER!
We must understand that our lives are to reflect the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is indeed our Heavenly Father’s Word made human. Humanities’ dominion has been reestablished through Him; our Heavenly Father has made Him, human Lord of all. In Him, we are fruitful, multiply, and take dominion over the works of the hands of our Heavenly Father.

We need the fellowship of other saints. We need mentors and counselors, yes. We must never, ever forget; however, that our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His presence in us and the earth (His Holy Spirit) are our FIRST mentors. We follow all others, as they follow our God!

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Our Lord has impressed upon my heart that it is time to give myself totally to the work of the ministry. Like the Apostle Paul, I use my skills and training to provide for myself as I minister the Gospel. Over the past few years, (yes, years) our God has reminded me of the following Scriptures continually:

Acts 6:2 (AMP) So the Twelve called the disciples together and said, “It is not appropriate for us to neglect (teaching) the word of God in order to serve tables and manage the distribution of food.

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NLT) In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News (the Gospel) should be supported by those who benefit from it.

Though I understand what our God has been saying to me, I FAILED to develop the faith I needed to act on it. Faith unused and unattended are missed spiritual opportunities to manifest our God’s Will in our lives and the earth (I have repented.) If we all hold the things our God has shared, we will all “cross over to the other side.” We will see our God’s Word fulfilled in our lives, and walk in His glory!

WE ALL MUST OBEY GOD
There is greater truth and revelation to be revealed. Greater levels of prophetic and apostolic anointing are available to take teaching and deliverance to greater productivity, and furtherance of the kingdom of our God. There is much work to be done (in prayer, fasting, and any other service our God reveals). We know deep in our spirits that there is so much more our God wants us to do, and we must be about His business.

Our God has allowed our faith, prayers, decrees, and declarations to shake the kingdom of darkness. I have commanded the treasures stolen from our family lineages to be released in Jesus name. We have work to do. Our Heavenly Father gives us wealth to further His covenant in the earth, not to build bigger dynasties. He gives us wealth to take care of His people, and win souls to His kingdoms. He gives us wealth to tear down the works of darkness, and free up His people to serve Him and others.

We know our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus, our Lord!

FATHER GOD,
Thank You so much for the grace to do all You have set before us. Help us to be vigilant in our faith and prayer for one another as we step out in faith. Make us more sensitive to Your Word and Your precious Holy Spirit. We desire to do Your will.

Breathe on us again, open our understanding even the more to Your Word. We ask that You take over our lives, completely and perpetually. We desire to be vessels, continuous ready for Your use. Increase the anointing on our lives so that we flow freely in Your Holy Spirit, doing Your will in the earth. Teach us to walk among humanity, using Your wisdom and revelation knowledge to win souls, heal all who are oppressed of the devil.

Anoint us to be excellent stewards of all You place in our hands. Thank You for keeping Your hands on our lives as we enter into great wealth of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, authority, grace, favor… yes, even finances. Help us to represent You properly in the earth.

We trust You have heard the cries of our hearts, because we have repented, turned from wickedness, and trust You to keep Your Word. Do all that is in Your heart. Help us to see You at work. We love You so dearly. Thank You for loving us first. We trust, obey, and wait on You. In Jesus name, we pray. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!

DELIVERANCE FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE

Hosea 4:6a (NLT) My people are being destroyed because they don’t know Me.

The Gospel of Jesus The Christ leads us into the revelation knowledge of our Heavenly Father, empowering and authorizing us to use the keys of His kingdom, by His Word and Holy Spirit.

Our God has provided everything we need to live in the realm of His rule and right way of doing things.

He has provided everything we need to live in the realm where “every knee must bow and every tongue declare the Lordship of Jesus The Christ, AND the sovereign rule of our Heavenly Father, by His Word and Holy Spirit.

Our God has provided everything we need to walk in His character, ways, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, authority, and power in the earth. He has given us everything we need to establish His will in the earth, through Christ Jesus, His promises, and that by the help and guidance of His Holy Spirit.

Our God has provided us with so many spiritual keys (spiritual Truths) and each one leads to doors of revelation knowledge, deliverance, overcoming power and authority! Think about it; our God says we are destroyed because of our ignorance of Him, His character, nature, will, and way of doing things (Hosea 4:6). Does it not stand to reason that knowing HIM is the key to knowing all we need to live the overcoming Zoe life?

THE PURPOSE OF DECEPTION
What is the purpose of deceiving or deception?
(1) Merriam Webster Dictionary (2015) lists one definition of deceive is “to cheat.” Rest assured; satan wants keep us ignorant of spiritual Truth so we will be cheated out of living in the power and provision of our God (John 10:10a).

(2) Another definition offered by Merriam Webster Dictionary is “to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.” Rest assured; satan want us to believe things about our God that are not true or valid. Remember Jesus told us the Truth we know will set us free to live as our God intended (John 8:32).

(3) Vine’s Complete Expository of Old and New Testament Words lists a definition of “to catch by a bait.” We are not ignorant of the tricks of the devil (2 Corinthians 2:11); we know satan sets temptations before us, hoping we will take the “bait” and be pulled off course or shipwrecked from our Heavenly Father’s will.

(4) Another definition offered by Vine’s Complete Expository of Old and New Testament Words is “to give judgment against or to condemn.” Isn’t it just like the devil to attempt to guilt or shame us into turning away from the love, power, and authority of our Heavenly Father, who has already told us that unrighteous judgment and condemnation has no place in the life of a believer who is genuinely seeking after Him (Romans 8:1).

Vines also lists the following definitions for deceive: (1) to cause to wander away from, (2) to lead astray from, (3) to miss the mark, (4) to fail, and (5) to cause to wander.

We must understand the purpose of deceiving or deception is to TO HIDE OR DISTORT TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, AND WISDOM, and TO GET US OFF TRACK FROM FOLLOWING CHRIST! Why? Our Heavenly Father’s Truth, knowledge, and wisdom empower those who learn and use it AND Jesus shows us how to use our Heavenly Father’s Truth, knowledge, wisdom, authority, and power!

DARKNESS IS DESPERATE!
The kingdom of darkness seeks to keep humanity ignorant of (1) who our God is (our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture/Jesus) and His Holy Spirit), (2) how our God truly feels about humanity, (3) what our God, has, can and will do, along with (4) who HE has made us to be and do, which is demolish satan’s kingdom!

All of darkness is feverishly desperate to keep humanity ignorant of our God, our Christ, and ourselves. However, the spiritual Truth that shakes the foundations of the kingdom of hell can no longer be hidden!

This powerful spiritual Truth is found in Matthew 16:13-19. When Peter CHOSE TO BELIEVE IN AND FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST, he RECEIVED THE REVELATION KNOWLEDGE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON! Jesus gave Peter the master key to all the keys of the kingdom (our Heavenly Father’s rule and way of doing things), which is the revelation of the Person and purpose of Jesus The Christ, Son of the Living God.

We must understand that this interaction between Jesus and Peter reveals that believing and knowing “who, what, why, and how” about Jesus opens our understanding of our Heavenly Father and our faith in Him equips us to operate (rule) in His power and authority.

The revelation knowledge of Jesus The Christ (found in the Gospel), reveals the love, power and authority of our Heavenly Father. The Gospel proclaims all that our Heavenly Father did for and through Jesus The Christ, He will do for all who believe. He empowers believers to bind the works and effects of evil, darkness and all contrariness to His will on and in earth, with His heavenly hosts backing our declarations, decrees, and demands!

HOW ARE WE DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE?
The Key is knowing our God and His Righteous Rule. We learn who our Heavenly Father is by listening to, watching, and following Jesus Christ. This is what He mean in John 14:9 when He said to Phillip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

The Gospel of Jesus The Christ IS the revelation of the walk of faith made available to all humanity because of our Heavenly Father’s love.

John 14:21(KJV) He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.

Deliverance from spiritual ignorance is deliverance from the destruction of satan’s and deception. Jesus says to all that believe on Him:

John 8:31-32 (KJV) “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

BE DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE
Choose to believe and walk in our God’s Truth (as revealed in and by Jesus The Christ), to wield His power and authority to root up, pull down, destroy and throw down the kingdom of darkness.

Choose to believe and walk in our God’s Truth (as revealed in Jesus The Christ), to build, plant, and further His kingdom through prayer, decree, and declaration.

USE THE KEY OF THE REVELATION KNOWLEDGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST, AND
BE DELIVERED FROM SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE