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House of HopeFreedom Quest April 2014 Freedom from Anger Accuser of the Brethren
All humanity is a joint temple So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.Eph 2:19-22 Unforgiveness breaks unity of the temple.
Desecration of the Temple • Receiving the Seed of Pride to be Judge. • The Offender is the sacrifice instead of worship or sacrifice of cleansing been offered.
Desecration of the Temple • We do not have clean hands and feet as we have defiled the temple of God and others’ temple with our judgments, reactions and behaviors. • Instead of inward reflection, we focus on the outside causes and judgment.
Bitter judgments block eyes from seeing self and the other person’s destiny, kingdom worth, and calling • Bitter judgments sow: • Responsibilities of a judge • Defilement • Illness • Condemnation • Generalized False belief systems, Bitter Laws of Life, Bitter Expectancies.
Bitter expectancies and false belief systems block the experience of God’s provision, God’s intervention and blessings to self and others. • One sees their destiny, provisions, dreams and hopes cut short.
Bitterness corrupts prayer and it is no longer a sweet smelling incense unto God: Inner vows, selfish ambitions, self-directed intercession, soul-ish prayers (according to my will, binds the free will choice of the other person, ex: “make them repent”), “ordering God”
Veil is experience as it it’s not torn and the Ark (God) is hidden. There is grace as God will always reach out but there is a separation that is tangible to the bitter person where they have a hard time experiencing and enjoying the love of God. Ex: Elder son of the prodigal story.
Forgiveness is cleansing and reestablishing your own Temple and the collective Temple of God
Forgiveness is: Aphiemi = to send away, leave alone, abandon, let alone, leave. To grant pardon for or remission of an offense, offender, sin, etc; to absolve (to set free from an obligation, guilt, debt, penalty); to acquit; to cancel a debt; to cease resentment against.
The Brazen Altar Recognize power of the Blood and for whom it was shed for . Sacrifices of forgiveness, free will burnt offering. Sacrificing the pain and cost of the pain. (count the cost of keeping the pain and keeping the temple defiled.) Sacrificing the role of a judge (letting go of the punishment, restitution and the need to enforce payment, need to enforce change) and delegating it to Jesus. Humility.
Brazen Altar Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:3 Blessed are the humble. Bringing oneself of the pedestal of a judge knowing good and evil and standards of righteousness. Letting go of the pride of life, pride through knowledge.
Forgiveness = Humility, stunting the growth of the seed of pride. Admitting that our set of law to determine good or evil is limited. Limited knowledge (prone to assumptions), understanding and wisdom. Admitting we have limited ability to be fair. Though we have authority to pronounce guilt for offenses done to us, we can chose to delegate the role of a judge. Sacrificing our right to and decide what is owed as we have limited sentencing options. Admitting that we have limited ability to enforce the sentence.
Give back to Jesus’ His Role as Judge The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. John 5:22. "For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us." Isaiah 33:22 Humility in admitting that there is nothing I can do make the pain go away. No amount of punishment, recompense can restore me except by God’s hand, my wound can be healed.
We can plead our case to the Judge. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Isaiah 1:18 If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God who give generously to all without finding fault. James 1:5
Trust that God will act, sacrifice our unbelief and fear that God will not act on our behalf: For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Eccl12:14 God’s restoration. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. Mark 3:5
Myth/Lie Bitter Root Judgment God is a wuss (weak or ineffectual) when it comes to judging and been fair. He is “always” merciful and let’s people off the hook. God loves all and forgives all so they are going to get away with it. Bible says: Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Prov 3:12.
Forgiveness = Mercy Letting go of Your Right to and decide what is owed: sentencing, and letting God decided when, how and what. Releasing them to God’s discipline. Releasing yourself from policing and enforcing the sentence. Forgiveness DOES NOT mean letting go of the Platform to communicateand inform the other person of what hurts, what’s not acceptable, and what the boundaries are.
The Brazen Altar Recognize power of the Blood and for whom it was shed for . Sacrifices of forgiveness, free will burnt offering. Sacrificing the pain and cost of the pain. (count the cost of keeping the pain and keeping the temple defiled.) Sacrificing the role of a judge (letting go of the punishment, restitution and the need to enforce payment, need to enforce change) and delegating it to Jesus. Humility. Sacrificing our false belief, judgment or fear that God is an inadequate father who is too soft to take vengeance or discipline His children.
The Brazen Laver Reflect on self and our part in the conflict, our sin of defiling the temple of the other person, our own actions, behaviors in defense or retaliation. Is where the priest washed their hands and feet. The water and the mirror reflects their own image back to themselves
Brazen Laver Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4. If we are humble, knowing that our gifts, blessings and power comes from God, we are grateful and is mourned by our fallen state and the hurts we inflict on others.
The Golden Lampstand Matthew 6:22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. Hammered in one single talent of gold (Ex 27:17, 24) and kept perpetually burning (Ex 27:20-1) = Having a constant Kingdom vision—what are God’s long term and short term purposes of unity, how does God see the person and situation.
Jesus prays for unity in John 17:11, 13-15. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one…My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.
The Golden Lampstand Submitting our bitter roots judgments that cuts unity and be open to see things, worth, goals and destiny as God see them. (self and others) Matthew 6:22“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. Hammered in one single talent of gold (Ex 27:17, 24) and kept perpetually burning (Ex 27:20-1) = Having a constant Kingdom vision—what are God’s long term and short term purposes of unity, how does God see the person and situation.
The Golden Lampstand Blessed are the meek(mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth. Matt 5:5 Instead of passing judgments, one can choose the more difficult higher path of restraint and long suffering.
Myth If I make a choice to let go of bitterness and I don’t feel it to be true than it’s not genuine and I am been a liar. Body, spirit and soul. (Soul = emotions, mind and will. Will is set free by God to make decisions not bound by experiences, past, body, mind or emotions). We have free will to choose.
Table of Showbread • Eating of the bread = communion = aligning self with God’s provision, presence, and sovereignty = submitting our bitter expectancies and false beliefs. Laws of Life • 12 bread for the 12 tribe of Israel. • Representation of God’s presence, provision, glory, communion (eating of the bread) 12 is also the number for government and order. Recognizing God’s sovereignty.
Table of Showbread Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness(uprightness and right standing with God) for they shall be filled. Matt 5:6 Instead of focusing on how your life has been violated/destiny cut short by the offender, one can focus on and agree with the righteousness promises of God, God’s overall sovereignty and one’s destiny set by God has not been deterred.
The Altar of Incense Placed before the veil, our approach to God. (Lev 16:12-3). Censer full of burning coal from the brazen altar in one hand and ignite it by sprinkling a sweet incense held in the other hand. A thick cloud of smoke arise and fills the room. Incense is made from beating the spices. Incense suppose to be a pleasing aroma to God and represents our intercession. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Cor 2:14-6
Power behind our prayers: (the 7th seal) Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Rev 8:3-5
Not for Personal Use. Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord. 38 Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.” Ex 30: 37-8.
Do Not Defile the Altar There is a difference of what we deem to be righteous and holy and God’s definition. Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it. Ex 30:9
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord…“This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: “‘Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’” Lev 10:1-3
Behold I have put My words in your mouth. Jeremiah 1:9 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Prov 18:21. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:23
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
The Altar of Incense Confess and renounce inner vows. Pray with the help of Holy Spirit. Intercede for self and others with the emotions, thoughts, intentions as Christ would for His church, His bride. Speak blessings over curses. Prophesy life, ‘flesh’ over dry bones, heart of David. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Cor 2:14-6
Altar of Incense Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Matt 5:7
Torn Veil and Ark Exposed Heart of God revealed to a fuller degree with our submission to Him. His presence is no longer hidden but can be fully manifest. To you and others.
Veil and the Ark Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (for being and doing right) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:8-10.
What is spiritual warfare? Satan and his forces Target is a human. Pawn is a human Human to fight human. Human to fight self. Human to fight God. Relinquish our destiny. Based on what we have been discussing: Who is attacking? Who is the target? Who is the pawn? What is the goal?
Spiritual warfare is not against flesh and blood, not about who is right and who is wrong but is one of maintaining the sanctity of one’s temple, holy and set aside for God. Kingdom Warfare is about keeping unity in the temple, focusing on the well-being of the kingdom.
Critical decision: Is it more important that I’m right or is it more important that I have a right standing before God?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehoodAnd has not sworn deceitfully.5 He shall receive a blessing from the LordAnd righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Ps 24:4-6 • Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Matt 5:8
Exercise Pray-read John 17. (ie:… starting vs 2. as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to insert your (a) name as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that ____ may know You…I have manifested Your name to ____ whom you have given Me out of the world… etc)
Picture Adam and Eve in the garden. Can you pin point the moment the spiritual warfare started or was taking place?
At the moment of temptation Spiritual warfare begins in the arena of thoughts: Our interpretation and assessment about what is going on based on our limited knowledge/understanding of good and evil. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Cor 10: 4-5
Spiritual warfare aims to manipulate the free will choice of a person. At the point of decision making. The enemy may test how firm the will in that decision is. 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10.