Spoken and Written WORD

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In my article, The Most Important Signs and Wonders, I ended up with mentioning the spoken and written Word of God. It’s important to understand the difference if you want to produce genuine new creations in Christ in your church—and genuine new creations can only be produced by the hand of God. Thus, his signs and wonders.

Human theology, hermeneutics, sound preaching, denominational doctrines, church programs or even worship programs cannot produce new creations in Christ. Only God’s signs and wonders can. And signs and wonders are produced only by the spoken Word of God in the bible.

“…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” [John 6.63]

The spoken Word of Jesus, they alone give you life in the Spirit. Nothing else. If you want to operate in genuine signs and wonders, you have to thoroughly understand this. If you do not operate in the spoken Word of God, you do everything through human effort which counts NOTHING in the spirit realms.

“…the flesh counts for nothing. [John 6.63]

The NLT version says it more clearly:

“Human effort accomplishes nothing.”

You can be preaching good and have thousands of people running to the altar to “accept” Christ, but if it’s all derived from the written Word, it’s nothing. It’s mere human effort. And you can be performing signs and wonders resulting to great healing and miracles, but if it’s all derived from the written Word or the “letter,” it’s still human effort.

In fact, the “letter” kills:

“…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. [2 Corinthians 3.6]

Everything should end up with people radically transformed into new creations in Christ. If you don’t have that, everything is in vain. Or at least, people should understand the concept—anyone in Christ is a new creation—and realize that God’s salvation isn’t cheap. His gift is free but it isn’t cheap. It’s a new creation in Christ or nothing. They either go all-out for that salvation and surrender their lives radically to God or reject the idea outright.

There’s no such thing as half-baked Christians or mixed creation of the old and new. It’s either you are a new creation or you’re not. From being a new creation in Christ, you start to grow in spirit. Only new creations grow. Others just get old and rotten. Active in church, yes, but rotten. One mark of a genuine new creation is that they SO LOVE the spoken Word of God. Job foresaw this:

I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. [Job 23.12]

The danger is when people just “accept” Christ without hearing and craving for the spoken Word of God. They just understand with their minds how hell is scary and that Jesus is the Way out of it all. So naturally, they’d accept him. The church thinks they are born-again, yet there is no visible radical change in them (no old is past, no new has come). What’s more obvious is that they merely changed church membership.

Worse, such church people even seem to grow worse as the years pass. At first their characters were tolerable. But as they became familiar with church over the years, they became rebellious and manipulative, trying to control the church and the pastor.

Genuine born-again is when we believe with our hearts, not understand with our minds:

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. [Romans 10.10]

Once you believe with your heart, the spoken Word then initiates the renewal or transformation of the mind. Only the spoken word of God can protect us from the patterns of this world.

Again, only the spoken Word of God produces radical new creations in Christ.

All signs and wonders in ministry should have this as its goal. The church Jesus will be coming back for is a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and pure. A church of radically transformed new creations in Christ. Jesus won’t be coming back for a rotten church.

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Why Sons are Exempt

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It’s a Kingdom secret—God made a lot of laws in the Old Testament and commands in the New Testament—but true sons and daughters are exempt from them. They are free from all strictures and yet imbued with a high standard of  discipline. I know how this can raise some eyebrows, but it’s true.

Consider this—God declares you righteous in Christ by grace through faith. Therefore, the law, or anything similar to it imposed in churches, is NOT for you, because laws are for lawbreakers and rebels. No one righteous in Christ can be like that.

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, [1 Timothy 1.9]

In Paul’s time this was common knowledge, but not today. A lot of people still prefer to be under the law, observing Old Testament rituals and special days. Not only so, Christian churches invent their own “laws” to keep their denominations intact. The church’s life, in fact, is its “laws” expressed through its church manuals, policies, doctrines and other rules and regulations they strictly adhere to.

They continue to create a lot of these man-made laws and put in lots of bible verses to make them sound legit and authoritative. In fact, they even have worship “programs” (which serve as the “law” during worship services) which everyone is expected to follow during worship. It’s how they view “order,” through laws.

But Kingdom “order” is different. It’s not by laws or man-made rules or policies or manuals. It’s by the Spirit of God. Believers who have the Word of God alive in them daily are moved by the Holy Spirit to be one in nature—Christ’s nature. Their lives and thoughts agree without meaning to. They move and think freely and yet are always in one accord—exactly as the three Persons in the Trinity do—because they have God’s nature in them through Christ.

Laws and rules are only necessary if there’s a chance that someone might violate protocol—or some ignorant guy might do something contrary and not know it. Like in church, someone may act or move contrary to established norms or programs. So laws and rules are needed.

However, laws and regulations just make you inclined to break them. “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.” [Romans 5.20] The more you rely on them the more you want to disobey. Rules and laws tend to make you rebellious. “But when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died,” [Romans 7.9]. No wonder churches always have dissenters and detractors in them.

But in a place or gathering where grace is sufficiently lavish and everyone is a true son and daughter genuinely intimate with the Father and imbued with His nature—possessing everything that is His—no laws or rules or doctrine are necessary. Sons and daughters are exempt. It’s in their nature to simply flow with God’s will.

“From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” Jesus asked. “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. [Matthew 17]

I don’t impose rules or laws in my household. But my sons know me and know exactly what I want. By living with me daily and being so familiar with my character, they’re aware of the “protocol,” and it’s something embedded in their hearts. Yeah, they slip now and then and do wrong. But when they do, all I have to do is look at them in the eyes and the protocol in their hearts start working again immediately. Often, no scolding is needed. They understand at once and behave accordingly. Why? Because they are my sons and I am their father. There is true relationship. A common DNA with me binds us.

But with our household helpers, we impose rules and regulations. There has to be some kind of “manual” or rules for everything because they often just do things their way. We also use some kind of a “doctrine” so they’d know what kind of family they’re serving, and the difference between our family and the family next door—or other families for that matter.

Unfortunately, sometimes you’d see the most undisciplined people in church.They’re often difficult to coordinate because they stubbornly refuse to cooperate. Probably, that’s their idea of freedom. I was once asked to help some young people from a church with their fitness activities. I was to teach them some steps but I found it hard to make them. They utterly lacked discipline. I had to keep telling them to be serious about it.

On the other hand, I’ve also seen how some fathers disciplined their sons by cruelly hitting them physically. Sure enough, they easily control their children because they have successfully enslaved them. Their sons obey them more out of fear. God disciplines his sons and daughters differently. He puts his spoken Word into their hearts and minds. His principle is always that perfect love casts out fear. Notice how the father disciplined his prodigal son in Luke 15.

A lot of church people misconstrue discipline. They think it has to be harsh. I’ve seen how some church leaders shamed other people publicly and abused them with words as a way of “disciplining” them. God is not like that. He disciplines his children rigidly, but not with cruel punishment, rules or laws. God disciplined David and Moses with severe punishment, but that was Old Testament.

And if you’re a true son or daughter of God, you should be highly disciplined by nature, though totally free.

In Christ, disciplining is different. Rigid discipline is still there but it’s more on character honing than mere punishment per se (or as a resultant punishment). For instance, did Jesus punish Judas for stealing from the ministry offering bag or Peter for disowning him three times? Ananias and Sapphira were given a chance to repent instead of being punished outright, but they preferred to stick with their lies.

When David sinned, he was given several choices for punishment, all of which were severe. When Moses disobeyed, he was not allowed entry into the Promise Land though he begged God to. All these involved breaking some law.

God’s discipline in Christ comes more as his expression of fatherly love than kingly wrath. But beware. If his discipline is ignored after warnings, you can suddenly just fall flat on your face dead like Ananias and Sapphira did.

In God’s Kingdom, there are no rules or regulations or laws—because the Word of God is inside every believer, indwelling them. It has become flesh in them. In fact, it has become them. You and the Word have become one and inseparable. In a sense, you have become the Word because the Word has become your life. “They are not just idle words for you–they are your life,” [Deuteronomy 32.47].

It’s a powerful Kingdom concept. For instance, you don’t have to read the bible like how they do it today because THE WORD IS IN YOU, the Word is the LIFE that runs your body and mind, occupying every cell, molecule, fiber and circulation. It’s your system, your culture, your mindset, your personality, your life, your DNA. You move and act and have your being in the Word.

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Traditional church people are required to read the bible daily. They “study” it in cell groups or small bible study groups, which are all good. They memorize verses and passages and study them as the world does academic subjects in universities.

But you don’t. Instead, you “eat” and “breathe” the Word day and night.

Every son and daughter of God in Christ eats and breathes the Word. They don’t need to be told or encouraged about reading the bible daily because it has become their natural daily sustenance to breathe-in the Word—taking it without even thinking about it. Do you need to be told to breathe everyday, or else you’re going to die? Do you need to tell yourself each moment that you must breathe air? You don’t. You do it quite naturally, without a single thought, because it is in your system. The same with you and God’s Word.

Jeremiah the prophet prophesied about true sons and daughters in church (which finds fulfillment in these last days) when God showed him what the genuine coming Kingdom on earth through Christ would be like. True Israel, in the glorious church of Jesus Christ, will be the complete unity of Jew and pagan believers worldwide.

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. 

I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. [Hebrews 8.10-11]

In that condition, there is nothing that isn’t allowed. No more prohibitions. No more don’t to this or don’t to that. You are like the wind that blows wherever it wills. The wind can go through locked doors and windows, secret passages, underground, and all prohibited places. Others can’t but you can. You have permission and access. Others set limits on themselves but your are FREE. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom [2 Corinthians 3.17].

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. [Colossians 2.20-23]

Rules, including denominational manuals and doctrines (though “bible-based”), are all human inventions. They prove that you are still part of this rotten world which is destined to perish. Many Christians cannot live without the limiting (or enslaving) effects of some law or regulation they impose on themselves. They choose to be bound by them (like the Pharisees and teachers of the law did) rather than live and do ministry freely as Jesus did. Jesus was not just “bible-based.” He was (and is) THE WORD.

They couldn’t break the Sabbath law but Jesus “broke” it anytime he wanted to. They couldn’t speak to Samaritans (especially Samaritan women) but Jesus easily did so. They couldn’t walk on water or change water into wine, but Jesus easily did both. They couldn’t touch the unclean, but Jesus touched and healed them. No one could be both perfect God and perfect man. It defied all logic and reason. But Jesus was exactly that. He was the Son—he was exempt. They couldn’t but he could. Jesus was free to do anything. Why not? He is the only begotten Son. And you are a son or daughter of God through Him. You are co-heir with Christ.

They all thought Jesus was breaking the law. But how could he, when he was the Word of God and the final interpretation of it himself? He was God’s own Son found to be faithful as “the Son over God’s house” [Hebrews 3.6].  And in Christ by God’s grace, we share the same position.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. [Romans 8.17]

In another breath, the Word says:

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, [Ephesians 2.6]

As sons and daughters, laws, regulations and doctrines formulated by men (even if “bible-based”) do not govern us as they never governed Jesus. Only the spoken Word of God dwelling in us does. It dwells in us richly [Colossians 3.16] as well as increases, multiplies and flourishes in and around us [Acts 12.24]. Our only reason for existence is the spoken Word [John 6.57].

True sons and daughters grow deep in the spoken Word in ever-increasing glory, not as an obligation or requirement, but because God has made it their unchanging nature. It’s all the work of God. It’s one of the marks of being born from above. You have no struggles with the Word. The Word makes its home in you and creates a huge, abundant and unfailing source there, welling up to eternal life.

But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. [John 4.14]

In any given situation you face in life, the Word quickly and automatically takes charge and moves your mind and body to God and His present move. It’s something like digestion. You don’t need rules or regulations or laws to set your digestive system to work. It simply works according to the digestive system God put there.

But don’t get me wrong. A lot of individuals I shared this wisdom with twisted it around and thought they could just do anything they wanted with the “freedom” they thought they had in Christ. They even thought they could sin freely and disobey every rule or law they saw around them. God’s truth can do two things in you—get it fresh from Gods’ own mouth unadulterated and have LIFE, or twist it around and become a slave of the devil—like what happened to Adam and Eve. God had told them personally what to do but they twisted it around.

One thing noticeable about people who try to get this teaching without being transformed into the likeness of the Son is that they are NOT deep in the spoken Word. They may know the bible (or the letter or the printed Word), but NOT the spoken Word of God in the bible.

They struggle with the Word and need to follow a program so they can read it one or five or ten chapters a day. Some of them cannot understand anything unless they listen to Sunday sermons. Most Christians don’t get anything from the Old Testament except history. Many of them struggle a lot just getting the spoken Word straight from the Father’s mouth. All they get are earthly teachings.

Sermons are good, but each true son or daughter should be able to get the spoken Word fresh and direct from the mouth of God supernaturally, any time of the day.

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him. [1 John 2.27]

People who cannot get fresh wisdom straight from God even have to go to seminary to try to understand what God is saying in the bible, to no avail. All they get are human theologies which cannot exempt you as sons and daughters. Only what God puts in you supernaturally and permanently renders you exempt and this only happens when God re-creates your body composition with the DNA of the pure Word. And then you begin to experience what Paul said about how it’s not you who live but Christ—the living, spoken Word—who lives in you.

It’s genuine—it’s not really you who live but Jesus in you. Some guys mock me about this and ask if the DNA of the Word can be seen through a microscope in a blood chemistry test. It is there in your blood and muscle fiber, believe me. But the eyes, even if aided with the best tools of Science, won’t be able to see it.

But if your spiritual eyes are opened, you will. “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” [2 Corinthians 4.18].

A true child of God will first “crave pure spiritual milk” [1 Peter 2.2].

What young believers “crave” in church today are concerts, musical performances, choir, stage worship and instrument playing as their favorite rock star does it. Do you “crave” for the Word? “Crave” means “feel a powerful desire for” says Google. This is among the marks of a true born-again believer. He first craves for the Word. A desperate longing. An insatiable greed for the Word.

Then, a true child of God will later “leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity” [Hebrews 6] by letting or allowing the Word of Christ to dwell in them richly [Colossians 3]. The Word “dwelling” in you is not just about bible studies or winning bible quizzes or attending bible school or seminary.

I know a lot of folks who have seminary degrees and titles but do not have the Word dwelling in them richly. This is something more than being able to explain passages in the bible through hermeneutics or present sermons in scholarly, intellectual fashions.

Most theologians today only end up sounding like some Western philosophers or psychologists—or some smart Aleck or politician trying to outsmart everyone. They try hard to sound scholarly. But they never sound like Jesus Christ. When they speak, there’s discussion. But when Jesus speaks, there’s LIFE.

When the Word indwells richly and God looks at us, he sees Christ (the Word), not us. Angels and all creation also see Christ in us (not us) and obey our every beck and call. It’s when mortality is swallowed up by LIFE.

God’s plan is that we first “crave” spiritual milk. “Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” [1 Peter 2.2]. After drinking lots of it, we let it “dwell richly” in us. Without the “craving” part, nothing will dwell richly in us. It is important for true born-again believers to crave for the pure Word, or feel a powerful desire for it. Covet it and greedily devour it.

Then spiritual milk transforms in you as you meditate the Word of God day and night. The “letter” becomes the Sword of the Spirit that pierces through soul and spirit. The more you hear God’s spoken Word in the bible, the more you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And then you learn deeper things in the Holy Spirit, what Christ calls his “heavenly things” (and which I call third-heaven revelations). As you nurture in God’s spoken word, rivers of living water are created in you. God places a great Source of LIFE in you so that you never thirst or hunger.

You become what you eat. The spoken Word becomes your life.

Unfortunately for most people, they never get past spiritual milk. They drown themselves in church activities, denominational ministries and human theologies and have no more quality time left for the spoken Word from God’s own mouth. This food is the only thing that can exempt you.

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready, for you are still worldly. Are you not walking in the way of man? [1 Corinthians 3.21]

While there is still even a tiny, minuscule measure of the world or man in your ways, you are still carnal. You cannot receive the solid food of the Spirit. Things like worship programs, tradition, Christmas, Easter, church anniversaries, church buildings, human theologies and church denominations all keep you from hearing the spoken Word of God—and most likely, what you call your “spiritual life” revolves around these earthly things. They make you still part of this world and therefore not exempt from its laws and principles.

Remaining on the spiritual-milk level will get you nowhere in God’s Kingdom except what you achieve in the physical realms—what the eyes see and what the flesh appreciates. “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world,” [1 john 2.16].

I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. [John 16.12]

And also:

Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food! [Hebrews 5.12]

This explains why most churches today are a far cry from the ministry that Jesus did. They do not look one bit like Jesus. Instead, they look more like community or cause-oriented groups like the Rotary Club. Traditional churches have all become like that, so that any church that radically looks like Jesus becomes odd to them.

Some of them even need to associate with politicians or be used by them just to gain some influence on the community. They haven’t gone past the spiritual-milk level. Jesus never did anything like that. And you’d see how rules, regulations and denominational doctrines run their ministries and also keep them apart. All these keep them bound to the world, not exempt from it.

In heaven, believers are governed by the Spirit of God, not by rules or regulations or laws. “Do not steal” or “do not covet” lose their meaning in heaven because they do not apply. In heaven, your nature easily flows with God’s will. And Jesus said that God’s will in heaven should be done on earth as well.

If you’re a son or daughter, you are exempt from the world.

How You Enter God’s Rest 1

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There are only a few things important in the Kingdom of God, and one of them is entering his rest. You cannot truly serve him (do ministry) if you haven’t entered God’s rest.

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. [Hebrews 4.11]

You know how serious it is if you fail to enter this rest? You “perish” because it is disobedience. Whether “perish” means salvation is lost or you get weak spiritually is up to the reader. Imagine doing ministry with a dead spiritual life. It happens a lot. Church folks entangled by worldly problems and cares serve God.

You enter this rest through faith, and faith, says the Hebrews passage, is obedience.

Obedience to what?

Many Christians think that as long as they’re doing church ministry, they are “obeying.” And not doing any ministry is “disobedience.” They’d probably be shocked to know that many who are active in ministry may really be disobeying if they have not entered God’s rest—and many who are not in a church ministry are actually in obedience to God.

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God is very particular about obeying his Word in his Ways alone:

That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ [Hebrews 3.10-11].

Obeying God using his ways, this is what matters to God. And believe me, if you do things his way, you experience genuine rest in God. No sweat. When you do things his way, it is God himself doing it, not you. As Paul said, “It’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”

Many people do lots of things in church. They stress themselves out so that later they end up sickly. They set high goals and try their best to achieve them. And then you see lots of pastors with this or that ailment. Many of them end up with high blood pressure, serious heart problems, diabetes, cancer or ALL of the above.

Is that abundant life? Jesus said he came that we might have life and abundantly. If we serve God in his ways alone, we find rest in God. And I mean REST. Relaxation. Ease. Peace. Funny, but a lot of church people today do not know anymore how to relax—especially pastors. To them, you don’t serve God until you are well exhausted. I don’t know where they got the idea.

Ministry is simple. Look at how Jesus and the Acts church did it. They absorbed themselves in the WORD and asked for guidance in prayer and then did things in the supernatural ways of God. They did everything in God’s strength and efforts—-never by human efforts.

Just meditate the WORD, day and night. That’s what the Word says. Then God speaks to you supernaturally. That spoken Word also gives you supernatural wisdom, strength and capacity.

But be careful. The warning says:

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.

Stubborn people still do things their way even if God tells them in the bible to rely on him alone. Many church people have been accustomed to follow only procedures allowed by their church denominations. This is NOT God’s way. Even if you accomplish a lot of things “for God,” it is still disobedience.

True obedience is this: You hear God’s voice and you obey as he says using his ways. Period. That’s true Sabbath rest.

You do nothing by human understanding or effort. Instead (let’s repeat for emphasis), you hear the spoken Word of God as you meditate the bible and make sure to obey by using God’s ways alone. GOD’S WAYS ALONE. That’s it. That’s real Sabbath.

If you do this, you find real rest in God—and you keep out of ailments as well.

Problems come if you don’t hear anything from God because you have become so accustomed to your denominational ways.

How Word-Made-Flesh Rules the Spirit World (And Crashes Satan’s Power)

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It is the witness of the Word-made-flesh (God’s Word filling your flesh) that matters to God most of all. How the Word-made-flesh remains Godly and Kingdomly out there while under pressure by the world is the real ministry. It is how the Kingdom of God is built on earth—NOT denominational “church planting.” Sharing the Gospel with people while having the Word of God made flesh in you is the real ministry.

While the Word-made-flesh endures to stay pure for God amid wolf territory, something powerful happens in the spirit world. Word-made-flesh affects the spirit realms tremendously as it gets its share of carrying Jesus’ cross. It rules in the spirit.

Jesus sees Satan fall like lightning each time the Word-made-flesh performs spirit-submitting feats on earth amid a wolf pack. The Word must be made flesh and dwell among people—and persevere in purity for God—so that man, turned into Word-made-flesh, may rule the heavenly realms and defeat the enemy there.

Unless the enemy is defeated by what we do, our ministries remain useless, no matter how “prosperous” or “mega” they may seem on earth.

While the Word becomes flesh in us, God’s Kingdom comes on earth, and things get established as it is in heaven. We go back to God’s original plan in Eden—to be in His image and likeness—and we can then be the god of this world again, as God had planned a long time go. But man was deceived and Satan stole the title from us.

Thus, Satan’s greatest fear was when Jesus’ flesh died on the cross—a most humiliating way to die in the eyes of the world but the most powerful (and only possible) means for the Word-made-flesh to conquer enemy territory—because this started tearing Satan’s plans apart.

Word-made-flesh hurts the enemy in the spirit world so much, at the same time that it suffers for Christ’s sake on earth. Do you see how Satan is only in a lose-lose situation? He wants to hurt believers through persecutions and testings, but the more hardships and persecutions, the more they grow stronger. In other words, the heavier the cross, the more powerful we become.

But he also has no option but to give them difficulties and temptations—because he has been cursed with the task of being a thief that kills, steals, and destroys. He has no other option but to make things difficult for us. It’s his nature. He feeds on it. But the more he feeds on it, the more the true church is empowered to defeat him.

The more difficulties the devil put in our way, the more we become powerful like Jesus. And as we are tested to our limits and feel weak—crying, “Father, why has thou forsaken me?”—the more we grow stronger in the spirit, for power is made perfect in weakness. In this sense, we become limitless.

The problem is, too few of us see this, and too quickly give up at the sight of tests, failures and temptations. Or else, they find it hard to believe this strange Kingdom truth. They do not see that Satan has no power that Word-made-flesh cannot demolish! Satan has no power, except on people who are blind to the Word-made-flesh Kingdom principle, people whose main knowledge about God is what their myopic church denominational doctrines, theologies, policies, and programs teach them. People who are working hard to set up the Babylon kingdom, using the bible, but only helps Satan’s plans in the process.

Only The Jesus Cross Destroys The Enemy

The Word needs to dwell among men. This is how we take the territory back to God, our Master. Satan stole our inheritance through Adam. Now, through the Second Adam, we can get back the inheritance, the territory allotted to us, area by area, region by region, nation by nation, continent by continent—by carrying the cross Christ puts on us—the “light” burden he invites us to carry.

“Anyone who wants to follow me must pick up his cross daily…”

In another breath, he says,

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light…”

This is not just discipleship—this is warfare strategy to take back our inheritance. “Ask of me and I will give you the nations as inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possessions.”

Dispossessing the enemy cannot be done with church programs, activities and gimmicks (even their  powerless version of “discipleship” today) just to up their membership—or concerts or anniversaries or Christmas services or Mother’s or Father’s Day celebrations or Easter Sunday or “fellowships” or what-have-you. These are mere wastes of time, simply garbage. We should be taught and trained how to pick up our crosses daily, not in church, but out there where people hate Jesus and His true church and His Word and His will.

This is true worship.

Word-Made-Flesh Worship

We should present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. This is true spiritual worship, not the kind we have in our churches where stage celebs and performers want to be seen and applauded by fans at the altar. What we have today is nothing but showbiz worship. It doesn’t count, no matter how beautiful or biblical.

What God wants us to do is offer our bodies as living sacrifices. Sacrifice means you give it away as loss, never to be recovered back. A sacrificed sheep was symbolic of worship in the Old Testament. Now, Jesus introduced a new worship when he declared that, “I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves.”

If we go out there and live like sheep among wolves, that in God’s eyes, is TRUE WORSHIP! Living like Jesus in enemy territory is the highest form of worship. Later, in this way, we make the enemy retreat, claiming enemy territory for God. The gates of hell shall not prevail.

The Word made flesh and dwelling among men is awesome, to say the least. It is God’s work. It was the one thing Satan tried to prevent when he authored the massacre of infants in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. It is the only church ministry the enemy is terribly scared of.

And Dwelt Among Us

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The Word didn’t just become flesh—the Word dwelt among men. And this was where the power tripled. The Word is powerful. The Word turning flesh is more powerful. But the fleshed Word dwelling among men is most powerful.

“Dwelling among men” means being seen in the flesh and identified with fellow flesh. Being in spirit did not accomplish this. “In spirit” is awesome both in the natural and spirit realms, but the flesh cannot identify nor relate with it. The flesh is moved only by what it can identify with. So the spirit needed flesh.

Paul said “The Law (or Word) is spiritual, but I am carnal.” Carnality can never appreciate the spiritual except in pretense or religious acts. So the Word, which is spiritual, needed to assume flesh and dwell among men. The moment the Word starts to actually dwell among men, real awesome and triple power begins.

This is triple anointing.

When the Word “dwells among men” it is never fully appreciated by the flesh. But at least, the flesh begins to get awed by it, though only in part. It begins to see right from wrong, good from evil. It opens the eyes of men, though most of them will hate it.

Now here is the key: the more it is exposed to and mocked by men, Word in the flesh gets more powerful in the spirit!

If the Word had remained spirit, it would not have received the spiritual boost as when it was given flesh. Promotion or demotion in the spirit depends on what happens while in the flesh. In heaven, you can no longer be promoted. Rank promotion happens while your spirit lives in the flesh on earth.

In heaven, you will neither marry nor be given in marriage but will be like the angels. Hence, Lucifer rebelled when he saw how man could get promoted while man’s spirit was in the flesh living for God, and angels could not. Angels remained messengers to minister to those who are to inherit salvation. Of course, the rest of the angelic army were satisfied with their lot in the Kingdom.

But Lucifer and a handful of deceived followers were not.

Tremendous power in the Word comes when it is made flesh in us, and we live it out there in the world—where we mingle with real people, be persecuted and mocked, live powerfully as we remain meek and belittled, and triumphant in difficulties, testings, and temptations. Word power seldom comes when confined in the four corners of the church building.

Among the greatest deceptions today is being active in church—practicing in the choir, training hard for the worship team, making sure you get the tenor or soprano voices accurately and having your voices blend well, and things like that. These do not promote the Word being made flesh and dwelling among people—people who will crucify you because of the Jesus they see in you.

WORD Became Flesh

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To be sure, God found Jesus worth risking for. He saw no problem having himself made flesh in Christ. But how about having Himself made flesh in us? This was the dangerous risk God took.

Each time a human being decides to surrender himself totally to God, God takes that risk of having Himself made flesh in that person. Word being made flesh takes place in us each day. So God risks daily.

Do we understand this?

God-is-spirit truth is awesome, so God opted to have that nature. Being spirit in nature is powerful, but God-in-the-flesh alone can repair fallen humanity. Not only this, it also demolished (and demolishes) Satan’s kingdom, wiles, and borrowed powers. Satan has long been an underdog in the spirit realms—he’s just among speck-dust-size particle-creatures whirling under God’s feet.

However, the fleshly realms is another story. Here, Satan gained the upper hand when Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Adam should have been “god of this world,” but gave up the title for a measly bite of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.

Pretty much like what Esau did in favor of pacifying his fleshly craving.

Now, God’s masterpiece creation was put under challenge—flesh can only be saved by flesh, not by spirit. God himself had set this policy—what is flesh is flesh, what is spirit is spirit. Well, as far as man’s spirit was concerned, there was no problem. God could take care of that in spirit.

The problem was, man was of the flesh. Yes, man had soul and spirit, but his spirit was dead. There was no way he could relate with God to have his spirit saved. Flesh to spirit was a definite no-no. Man could only relate to anything of the flesh. And his soul was easily sucked into the realms of his fleshly proclivities. By his own choice, God, who is spirit, disallowed himself from coming down to save man, who was of the flesh—though God could’ve done that so easily because nothing was impossible to him. But he chose to disqualify himself as spirit.

Everything should be done to the letter—God’s letter. God’s standard. God’s way. So God had to become flesh (that was how he planned it all from the beginning). Man’s salvation was possible only if his flesh recognized God’s flesh in Christ. If his flesh accomplished this, then his spirit will be quickened.

Why take that risk? What is it about being in the flesh that made God risk his spirit nature? Was being in the flesh worth risking? What kind of power did spirit-in-flesh produce that “lured” God to push through with it? “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Definitely, God saw something in being made flesh. Though flesh is weak, God opted to go all out for it—because power is made perfect in weakness.

In fact, salvation is not just salvation of the spirit—but of the soul and body as well. Salvation cannot be merely spiritual; God’s plan is to save the whole man. The first task here is to save his spirit and strengthen it, so the soul can get sucked into the spirit realms. The soul cleaves to whatever holds power—whether the spirit or the flesh. To get through man’s spirit, God had to first affect man’s flesh. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

The animal sacrifices in the Old Testament preceded this—burning flesh to save human flesh. When they were in trouble—or when their flesh was in trouble—they needed to sacrifice animal—sheep or goat—to appease God’s wrath. That took care of their earthly existence and earthly connection with God. But it was never enough. Something was lacking. When Old Testament saints died, they waited in Paradise until the coming of Jesus. Jesus (God in the flesh) would conquer the fleshly realms so man’s flesh can release the spirit inside him to God. Jesus would take care of the whole man—spirit, soul, and body.

The Word is First Conceived 

The Word was first conceived in God’s mind. So it was given birth in God’s imagination. To understand God’s mind, let’s consider man’s mind for a moment—though God’s thoughts are higher than man’s thoughts.

Human brain cells work 24 hours a day, even while we sleep. They are able to accomplish trillions of tasks per second. Brain digital monitors were once hooked up to volunteers who were made to sleep. Brain cell activities were indicated by blinks on the monitor, and experts say they blinked in astounding speed and frequency! That’s fast! What more the mind of God.

Try to imagine how quickly God’s mind works, how fast he imagines, and how fast he sees everything from start to finish, and even to things beyond that. Did you know that he has seen everything in a glimpse and has thought out everything from start to finish—even to the beyond? So, how come churches still makes “plans” and pray for them? All they have to do is seek God’s plans and implement them in his strength and grace.

God thinks out the Word and then releases it through his mouth. Then we have the powerful spoken Word. Tremendous power and energy are involved in that split-second process, from God’s mind to God’s mouth. The moment he thinks, creation begins a huge process to make that thought come to pass, so that the moment God speaks, everything falls into place, precisely as God imagines and intends it.

The Word is Then Spoken

Then God spoke the Word, and the universe was created. The earth took form from chaos and formlessness. And the heavens spread out and divided. The conceived Word is powerful but the spoken Word is doubly powerful. The moment it is released from God’s own mouth, heaven begins to be busy, angels glide in haste with lightning speed to convey messages, demons flee and Satan steps out of the way, and atoms and molecules split and re-create and things take form in a glimpse!

And Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone but (hear this) by every Word that comes out of God’s own mouth.” The spoken Word is awesome! We need it daily, each moment, not just for spiritual empowerment, but to make things happen on earth as it is in heaven. It is a vital tool for Kingdom building on earth. Do you eat the spoken Word regularly?

The Word Should Be Made Flesh

This is the next-to-ultimate power of God: When the Word is made flesh. This means an obedient human being hears the Word (or “eats” and “breathes” it) and offers himself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, to carry on Word propagation on earth, be a vessel dedicated to NOTHING else except offering God a fleshly vessel to live in. Like what Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me!” Like what Mary said, “May it be done to me according to your Word.”

And when Mary said thus, the Spirit overshadowed her and the result was God made flesh! See the pattern? The angel brought the spoken Word of God to Mary, Mary also released her spoken Word (which was inspired by God in her). That brought all heaven, and most especially, the Spirit, to work fast, (and imagine how all the cells and systems in Mary’s body began to work to make this happen) and out came the Word made flesh. And the world turned upside down! This is God’s way of building the Kingdom on earth. It’s through God made flesh alone.

The Word in Our Mouths

The same principles work when we release the Word from our mouths. It is first conceived in our minds (so we have to have to mind of Christ). We release it from our mouths. Then it is given flesh in the physical world. Jesus described the power of this principle: if you have faith, you can say to this mountain, “be thrown into the the sea!” It will obey you. And this is not figurative. This is literal. The context is about Jesus telling the fig tree (Jesus talked to objects and nature, see?) to never bear fruit again. Sure enough, the tree obeyed. This is the power of the Word released from our mouths and given flesh. It commands creation. This is the power of God’s flesh.

The Church is Too Worldly

The problem with the church (man’s church) today is that it is too worldly to grasp supernatural Kingdom principles like God made flesh or Word made flesh. The church is the first to laugh at and mock principles like this because it imagines itself as a scientific club. It imagines itself more scientific than supernatural. It relies on its theology (which it calls a science) based on acumen, philosophy, sociology, men’s religious wisdom, and some bible verses.

I read once in a “missionary” book how some American missionaries dissuaded a Korean from believing God’s miracle. The Korean had brain cancer, and one night he dreamed that Jesus healed him. He said it looked so real, and he believed God would heal him. The missionaries calmed down the poor Korean (who was a student attending their seminary) and tried to reason out scientifically that it was all just a dream, and that he should just accept his fate. The Korean died. And being proud of what they had done, the denomination wrote a book about it—about how they downplayed God’s miracle power and spiritual conveyance and convinced the poor Korean to just accept what the medical findings told him.

The church teaches it and easily memorizes it—“And the Word became flesh”—but it does not understand or believe it.

In the Old testament, God utterly rejected his own people because they also came to a point where they just kept their religious or “denominational” rituals intact but not their belief in a holy and supernatural, powerful almighty God. They relied more on their human ways, which God called idolatry and adultery. In Jeremiah, God cursed the temple they so trusted in. It was God’s temple, but they made an idol of it—like today’s denominational church buildings.

Denominational people think God lives in their church buildings. They feel that their service inside those buildings are pleasing to God. They are blind to the fact that God desires to see God made flesh in the bodies and lives of believers—our bodies are the temple of the Spirit—and not man-made programs done in man-made buildings.