Five-Fold Today - Conviction Is Good - Other Foundations - Time Of Tearing - Pearl Up From the Fire - Habitations of Glory - For Earth's Sake

May 14, 2001

Conviction Is Good

Undrai Fizer

Conviction is from Holy Spirit. It is painful, but it is still needed. Conviction is the Spirit's way of letting you know that you are fully responsible for how you are thinking, living, and perceiving.

Some of us have laid the blame of our spiritual ineptitude's on others, circumstances, and ministry disappointments. We have found our secret, personal control in a pursuit of being "protected" from other people's abuse. We have put up inward shields of protection from more disappointments.

However, a prophetic word from the Lord will release you, or at least challenge to release you, from the inner shield of protection. The word will leave the "ball in your court." It will leave you with no room for the excuse to live "protected" any longer. It will expose you to the fact that you can deal with this situation, and that there is no room for any more excuses!

Conviction reveals what we really want to do with our lives. It reveals all of our desires, whether good or bad. Usually, when a person has settled within themselves that they will not change and go forward in maturity, they will say that they are feeling a "spirit of condemnation." They will feel that you are condemning them. But the truth may be that they ARE CONDEMNING THEMSELVES.

Conviction releases the truth of God to you. It let's you and I know that we are in the "know" of whatever season, sin, or circumstance, we may find ourselves in. It is the Spirit's way of saying, "You are no longer ignorant." It's God's way of saying that we are now fully responsible and He wants to see the maturity of our actions concerning His Word in the matter.

Conviction is good. When the Word of His Mouth is truly spoken and released by His servants, this feeling of conviction may come. It is the truth being revealed. There are no "gray" areas in truth. (Why do so many believers get offended at "black or white" words of truth?). The truth will free us, not "half truth" or diluted truth." God's truth will free us, indeed.

The word comes with no room to hide. It makes it very plain. Some of us like things to be "cloudy" because it releases us from the responsibility of commitment. It exposes the slothfulness of our spiritual lives. Those who walk slothful may feel offended when they are in the presence of committed believers.

They may even despise the committed by making them feel "guilty" or calling them arrogant because of their commitment to Christ. They may even say, "they need to learn to walk in love." Ever notice how the uncommitted always talk about "being loved"? They seek understanding over being responsible. Not good.

Conviction causes the slothful to realize if you love something, you must commit to it. You will commit to the things you say you love, right?

Conviction is good. Conviction is right. Conviction is from the Spirit. And if you are feeling "condemned," it's because you have given up on your own self.

Don't give up on yourself. Do the right thing...

Undrai & Bridget Fizer

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Other Foundations

Ras Robinson

There are those today who are building other foundations than the foundation which I laid. Each is seeking to establish the new in his own image and according to his insight. Many foundations are being established. Confusion is beginning to emerge. Disillusionment is the ultimate outcome. People are seeking after the correct foundation for their lives. Even my church, the body of Christ, is affected by this foundation building. You speak of different streams and movements today. But I say unto you be very cautious of those who are building new things according to their own insights. There is only one foundation, the one that is laid by Jesus himself. Everything must clearly be built upon this foundation and this one alone. My foundations were established by the apostles and prophets with Jesus as the cornerstone. You are to seek after the age-old foundation and learn from them. Lay the plumb line on all that you see being laid today and see if it lines up with my foundations. My sheep have been misled over and over again only to become discouraged and defeated by those establishing their own foundations. Beware. Seek my foundations. I am now revealing it to my body. Trust your heart and my word by the Spirit. Watch my hand move now on the earth.

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3

And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Isaiah 58:12

According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

Fullness in Christ Church, Pastor

Time Of Tearing

Marsha Burns

There is a time to tear down and a time to build. You, My people, have been going through a time of tearing, and even a tearing apart so that you can see clearly what has been built on your foundation which will not endure. The fires of testing have burned to purify your faith, and those things that have been purged are best gotten rid of, for they serve no purpose in My kingdom. You are now coming into a time of rebuilding and repairing that which has been torn down. But, I issue a warning today that you must not try to build again those things which are contrary to My plans and purposes. Do not try to take up again that which has been disposed of. Strengthen those things which remain.

Faith Tabernacle
Kremmling, CO 80459

Pearl Up From the Fire

Arlette Pollard

Just had some really wild visions - haven't been seeing as much lately because He has had me focusing on other things in the spiritual realm. Really basic, huge flames of fire - someone arising from the flames (us?) holding the precious pearl up from the fire. Then He moves me to see the pearl become larger and larger until it is a living breathing object. Then He moves me out into the heavens and it looks like arms that come together to make an entrance - a long tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a sun. Then the arms of the tunnel become the beams of the temple - from there it takes off to become an eagle and in the center of his flight is an angel blowing the trumpet. Then the last thing is the angel of the Lord - standing filling up the entire vision. Obviously the pearl - Gods children - are saved through the fire and brought to completion (the living part of the vision). The temple is made up of us also - that is why it is living and of course the sun = the "Son." The trumpet - the eagle - good reminders to stay awake - stay alert - today could be your personal rapture. Can't afford to let our love grow cold - or let our oil run out. You just don't know.

So love those around you. Easy - what used to frighten me so much in the beginning is getting easy to handle - well not easy - but easier.


Habitations of Glory

Debra Westbrook

Heaven is My throne and earth is my footstool. Where is the house that you will build for Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made and all those things exist, says the Lord. But on this one will I look On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit And who trembles at My word. Isaiah 66:1-2

In reading this verse, God began to unveil a picture before me regarding habitations of His glory. He simply said: "I'm building a habitation for My glory, a place where I can put up My feet and rest among My people."

I began to see God moving among His people, the train of His robe kicking up dust wherever He manifested His presence in the midst of services, congregations, home groups, etc. The visible manifestation of His presence has often been seen as gold dust upon His people and in an atmosphere of divine glory. God began to show me that He is indeed, kicking up this dust as He moves amidst His people. We have marveled, in awe and fascination in this display of His glory as well as other manifestations of His glory.

Yet, I know in my spirit that there is so much more coming that is beyond our comprehension and understanding. God desires to not only kick up His dust, but to dwell, to abide, to habitate, to establish places of His glory. He wants to put His feet up and dwell in the midst of His people in power and authority. The earth and all in it is His footstool.

In places where those who dwell are broken and contrite in spirit, God will put up His feet, and abide. I saw these places, these cities of refuge, so clearly before me. The glory of God will rest in these places....He will put His feet up among a people who have hungered and prepared for the days of His glory. This is analogous to someone who puts his feet up on a footstool to rest and relax.

I then knew as the Lord impressed upon my heart, that we are in a season of intense preparation for this greater glory. There have been times of visitation where He has visited us in wonderful displays of manifestations that have left us hungering for more of the Lord. But, there is a caution.......we must not camp out at any current level of manifested glory but must continue to press into more of what God desires for His people in establishing habitations of divine glory.

In my mind, I cannot comprehend or understand the magnitude of this but by my spirit, I cry "Yes, Lord." Then God asked me a question, "Are you ready for the demands My glory will place upon your life?" This is a question not just to me, but to many out there, "Are you ready?"

God began to impress to me that He will not pour His glory through unsanctified vessels but upon those who have chosen a life of "Holiness to the Lord" (Exodus 29:30) much as the priests of old. So He demands the same of His priesthood today. "Be holy as I am holy." (1 Peter 1:16)

The Lord then said:
"My glory demands holiness unto your God. My glory, to abide and dwell among you, demands obedience unto your God in all things. My glory prepares a path of righteousness in your midst, a highway for the King, who alone is righteous and holy, to walk upon into the midst of My people."

These places of glory will be places that will have a magnetic pull for those who are truly seeking God. By His Spirit, God will draw people to these places, these habitations of His glory, to meet their God. From these times of encounter, people will be renewed and transformed by the glory of God. Yet, there is a purpose for transforming glory. Many will go forth from these places, these cities of refuge, saturated with the presence of God, Christ in them the hope of glory. Going forth back into the darkness of the world, they will be lit up with the illumination of God's glory, to pierce the darkness with His presence. Praise the Lord!

The glory in and upon their lives will permeate the atmosphere where they walk. Miracles, deliverances, healings, and salvations will occur in the presence of God's glory upon His people. The greater things will be manifest through our lives. John 14:12 says, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

The glory will flow forth into the darkness, out into the streets and into the marketplace, pouring through wherever God's Ark Bearers, the carriers of His glory, walk and set their feet upon. How wonderful and how awesome! To even fathom these things is too much for each of us as we stand in awe and fascination of our God. Our God is indeed mighty to the praise and glory of all the nations. He will make His glory known through His people - young and old, male and female, all ages, all colors. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him" - but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God." Amen.

Rivers of Eden
Debra Westbrook
May these words bring glory to Jesus!

For Earth's Sake

by Rick Joyner

For the last few weeks we have been looking at our heavenly calling, and how every Christian should become more at home in the heavenly realm than on the earth. We discussed how the messengers of God ascend and descend upon "Jacob's ladder," going into the heavenly realm in order to bring heaven back to earth. It is the calling of every Christian to not only experience heaven now, but to live a life that demonstrates the reality of heaven to the earth.

The Lord came to the earth to redeem mankind, but He also came to redeem the earth itself. As we read in John 3:16,

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The Father gave His Son because He so loved the world, not just man. Man was of course foremost in His love, but He loves the world itself. The world also loves Him, and desires Him, as we read in Romans 8:20-22:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Adam was given authority over the earth, so when he fell all that was under his authority was subjected to his futility, "not of its own will," but because that is the nature of authority. One of the lessons that Israel quickly learned when fighting for the Promised Land was that if even one person in the camp sinned the whole nation suffered. This was demonstrated in the story of Achan in Joshua 7. The Lord did not do this to punish everyone for one man's sin, but to demonstrate that His creation is called to a harmony that requires unity. There are blessings that come with unity, and there are consequences that come with division.

There are likewise blessings that come when there is unity in a church, and there are tragic consequences every time there is division. That is why the whole creation is now waiting for mankind, through Christ, to be restored to the Father so that all of the corruption that is in the world through sin, which is discord, can be removed. The ultimate demonstration of that corruption is death. Death came into the world through man, and through "the last Adam," Jesus, it will be removed.

The reason why the emphasis is now upon the redemption of man rather than the whole creation is because man must be restored before his domain, and that domain will be restored through man. Psalm 115:16 will always be true,

The heavens are the heavens of the LORD; but the earth He has given to the sons of men.

It is, therefore, right that our emphasis should be to preach the gospel to mankind, and to work for the redemption of mankind, but it is also right that we treat the whole creation with the love and respect that it deserves. It is right that we live in harmony with the creation. For this reason we read in Revelation 11:18 that when the Lord returns He will "destroy those who destroy the earth."

Christians should be the foremost environmentalists. This is not to imply that we should be extremists, but hugging trees is not a bad thing. It is only out of whack when we try to live in harmony with nature but live in discord with other people. The creation will not be restored until people are restored. Even so, the environment should be the special domain of Christians, and we should have respect for it-yet in this we have allowed the enemy to seize the high ground. The ground must be retaken, but becoming more extreme about it will not retake it. As Philippians 4:5 states,

"Let your moderation be known unto all men" (KJV).

Moderation has more power, dignity, and grace than extremes, and we should be devoted to it.

It is a most selfish, and distorted view of salvation when we see it as only benefiting us in that we now have eternal life. That is certainly a benefit, but the evidence of a truly redeemed soul should be to begin feeling the same love that the Father does for all who are still under bondage, including the whole earth. With eternal life should come a love for life, and respect for it in all of its forms.

This does not mean that we do not use the earth, and even living things, as they were intended. We see Peter being told before going to the house of Cornelius, "Arise, Peter, kill and eat." (Acts 10:13). However, all Christians should have a deep respect for life, and repulsion for needless destruction or killing of anything without purpose. We also know that when the period of restoration that Peter talked about in Acts 3:21 is complete that there will be no more hurting of anything on the earth (see Isaiah 11:9).

The true result of redemption is a restoration in us of the image of God for which we were created. That is, we should start to see the world with His eyes, and love it with His heart. It is right that we feel a burden for the land that is suffering drought, and that we should pray for it. But we should be the foremost conservationists because we esteem life. For this reason the Lord promised in II Chronicles 7:14:

and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The ultimate result of true repentance will also be a healing of our land. Don't hug a tree when you should be hugging your child. However, it is right that we should love all of creation because we love the Creator, and in turn love His workmanship.

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