Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Substance of the Anointing-Righteousness - David Mitts

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:13 NIV).

The anointing is the power that we are clothed with from on high to manifest the will of God in the earth.  It has a purpose, the thoughts and intents of the heart of God, which is called the mind of Christ, or the mind of Messiah.  Christ or Messiah means literally anointing.  So, to be in Christ, is to be operating in the anointing.
"I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,"  Romans 9:1.
Listen to "Substance of the Anointing"

In the anointing, the Holy Spirit is speaking to our spirit and we can, if we choose to, tell the truth that we hear from Him, which then testifies with the Holy Spirit in agreement and produces the power of that truth. Our conscience bears witness that we operate in the truth, in the anointing.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. (1 John 3:21-22 NKJV)
The anointing, or power of God to do the things of God, has objectives.  It has come to restore things to their original intent and purpose. I believe that each person has a unique destiny.
""You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."  Acts 10:38
The oppression of the devil takes the form of poverty, sickness, broken hearts, thwarted generational destiny, addictions, bondages, and various other attitudes of toxicity of mind, heart and body.  The devil is a destroyer and a thief who seeks to devour the children of a loving God. Human Trafficking, sex slavery is a work of the devil.
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."  1 Peter 5:8
The devouring of the adversary begins in the mind, because unlike any other created being man is what he or she thinks.  If the enemy can direct your thoughts, he can derail your life.
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you."  Proverbs 23:7
The devouring of the enemy comes by building imaginations in the heart that are in opposition to the love of God.
"[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),"  2 Corinthians 10:5
Proud and lofty sounds like a person who is proud of themselves. While that is true, it is more insidious than that.  Proud and lofty is really anyone who operates in fear and anxiety.  Fear and anxiety are rooted in self-sufficiency as is proud and lofty.  Another way of thinking about this is that we have an alternative power source instead of the anointing.
While our enemy is a defeated foe, he is re-empowered when he seduces us to trust in another power source. He does this with fear.  We are the anointed of God and we need to train ourselves in accessing the anointing.  The access occurs through aligning the thoughts and imaginations of our heart with the truth of His Word.
God is spirit. Another way of saying that is God is Being.  He told Moshe, Moses: “I AM Who I AM”.
"And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.' ""  Exodus 3:14.
Being is the “isness” or identity of who someone is.  Abba Father is Himself fully.  He changes NOT.
""For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob."  Malachi 3:6
He and His thoughts are ONE. This is the essence of the prayer declaration called the SH’MA. Deut 6:4:
""Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!"  Deuteronomy 6:4
Yeshua, Jesus was in complete agreement with the Father.
"Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."  John 5:19
He acting in oneness with the Father is why the anointing was operational fully in His life.
Since man’s “isness” or “being” arises out of the thinking in His heart, then when we align our thinking with His, having the mind of Christ, the mind of the anointing, then that same oneness will be our “being” and we will operate fully in that same anointing.  This was Yeshua’s final prayer for us.
""I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:"  John 17:20-22
This oneness of “isness” or “being” is why we worship.  Worship aligns our being with His Being.
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.""  John 4:23-24
Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth is the act of aligning ourselves with His thoughts in our mind and heart.  This is the place of joy and peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.
"for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."  Romans 14:17
Today, I want to look at the quality of righteousness.  There is probably no more contested ground than righteousness. The enemy knows that if we gain the viewpoint of righteousness, all is lost for the kingdom of darkness.
So exactly what is righteousness?
If you look up a definition, you will see that most people define righteousness based on behavior.  Righteousness based on behavior means doing what is the right or just thing in a situation.  It is being moral, ethical, and honest.
While that is certainly the common form of righteousness it is NOT the righteousness in the anointing.  The righteousness in the anointing is transformative!
Righteousness that is external is definitive.  We define people and actions by their behavior.  Righteous people in this sense do righteous things.
The righteous through the anointing do right things but more importantly, they become righteous.  
This is the righteousness of faith. It isn’t that the righteousness of faith produces the right behaviors but that it transforms the heart into an identity of righteousness.  You aren’t a sinner who overcomes their sin nature; rather you are transformed into a new creation who “is” righteous.
"and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;"  Philippians 3:9
No longer is the righteousness of our own behavior but of the mind of Christ, the oneness of God through opening the ears and eyes of our heart to align with Him!
This is not just a positional reality but a new and living way, an inner Torah, a new covenant reality.
What this means is that instead of being wrong on the inside trying to be right on the outside and so being defensive and insecure, trying to cover up with our own fig leaf, we become right on the inside and can let that righteousness shine through.
Next week we will go deeper into righteousness. Today I want to go ahead and begin an activation to release into it:

Activation: Identify a problem area of your life where you feel you have failed or missed the mark in some manner.  By attunement through prayer and meditation, become as clear as possible within yourself as to what you believe to be the best way to proceed.  Is it consistent with the Word of God?  If so, apply that solution patiently and persistently with the consciousness that the try is counted as righteousness.  Regardless of the immediate outcome, are you more aware of yourself as a soul exercising your will?  When you meditate, do you feel closer to the Holy Spirit within?  This is oneness and the place where the anointing of God flows through your life.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Anointing Series: Peace Part 2 - David Mitts

Last week we looked Peace in the anointing.  The anointing is the power of God, or of the Kingdom of God that is released when we are in faith, or agreement with His Word.  The anointing has specific intent which is detailed in Isaiah 61.
In Romans 14:17-18, Paul tells us of the qualities of the anointing, what is the currency or power manifestation of the Spirit of God.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:17-18 NASB)
Listen to "Peace Part 2"

2 weeks ago, we entered into joy through the secret place.  We saw that by gazing into face of Yeshua, the same power that was activated in the cross, joy was activated in us.  Joy becomes then the condition of the anointing in our lives.
Last week we looked at Peace or Shalom and we saw that when the disciples were commissioned, anointed, by Yeshua, they were instructed to look for worthy men in the towns and cities they were sent to.  Worthiness is determined by covenant hospitality.  The worthy ones were determined that by their strength, “chayil” in Hebrew and their strength included covenant protection for the visitors.  This became a test for the “worthy”.  If they received the disciples, peace would remain on their homes. This is what is known as peace through strength.  The strong of character are a haven for the weaker ones, in this case the disciples.  The twist is that the disciples brought with them in their weakness the true strength of God which brings peace.  This is a kingdom exchange.
First Yeshua deliberately weakens the disciples: Look with me again at Mathew 10:9-15
"Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. "And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. "As you enter the house, give it your greeting. "If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. "Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city  (Matthew 10:9-15 NASB)
The weakening of the disciples puts them in the place of being the lesser.  The home owner then is the greater and his favor can either flow or not flow depending on the condition of his heart.  If the favor flows, then covenant is established and peace comes to that house.
The covenant protection of a home separated that home by identity.  You enter and become mishpachah, family or clan, tribe. This means you are identified with them and blood becomes thicker than water.  This is the place of shalom relative to that family.
Shalom and Shalem, which means to settle a debt, becomes the kingdom peace experience.  The alternative system is slaves and masters.  There is no peace when there is debt.
Today I want to go deeper and look at the peace that passes understanding in the anointing. Turn with me to Philippians  4:4-9:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.(Philippians 4:4-9 NASB).
This is the peace of God that is connected to intimacy with God.  The first level of peace is the one most easily obtained.  We receive salvation. We come to God as the lesser, the one with nothing to offer.  This is like coming to stay at someone’s home but with covenant understanding.  We have peace and the home has peace.  
There is a deeper peace however that is available because of the new covenant, the brit hadasha.  We aren’t just let back into the Garden. We are let back into the place of walking with God in the cool of the day. It’s not just about eating of the Tree of Eternal Life but also of love.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB)
When the bible tells us that He writes His commandments on our heart, this isn’t just a positional reality.  Church teaching loves positional realities. By that I mean, our salvation is about position.  We are saved like a state of being.  Rather it is about a relational reality.  I am not just saved, like being married but I am in love.  Many people want the outer court reality, I am married and the happily ever after is supposed to be a given.  BUT the truth is there is an inner court reality, a holy of holies reality a face to face, panim al panim.
So it is with peace or shalom as the tangible Presence of the Anointing.  There is the outer peace or shalom of covenant dwelling and then there is the inner peace of intimacy.
This is heart and mind guardian peace.  When I am known and I know Him in whom I trust then my soul is at true peace.  In AP, we learned that there are lies that are embedded in pain and dis-ease of the soul.  These lies are ungodly beliefs that rule as truth in our soul.  They are a form of truth but NOT the truth that transforms.  They are the voice of the adversary, lies that seem true in the context they originally occurred but are NOT the truth of His knowing of us and our knowing of Him.
Look with me at the end of the love chapter of 1Cor 13:9-13
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.(1 Corinthians 13:9-13 NASB).
This is a description of the inner covenant life, walking hand in hand, face to face.  Our knowing is partial.  It is rooted in childish realities of trauma, pain and covering up.  It is the knowing of ourselves and God through filters.  Through the intimacy of the inner covenant, the new covenant we begin to unveil true knowing of Him and true knowing of ourselves.
Take for example what Lisa and Donna are doing today with these adult survivors of sex slavery.  It is difficult for free people to understand slavery and its effects on the heart and mind and thus the body.  To become a slave, you first have to be “broken in”.  Man or woman is free in spirit and soul by design.  God made us in His image and likeness and He is free.
2 Corininthians 3:17 tells us of this reality:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.(2 Corinthians 3:17 NASB)
When does the spirit of the Lord leave a person?  When they lose the hope for liberty.  How does this happen?  Through fear.  Fear is a powerful weapon of the adversary.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. (Hebrews 2:14-15 NASB)
Fear, and specifically the fear of death, is the leverage power tool of the enemy.  Once we have been broken of our hope in God, then we become servants of fear which is called slavery.  
The Good News or the Gospel is that Yeshua became a slave to sin and death that we could be set free from slavery to fear and restored to our inheritance and destiny.  This is the vision of Destiny House and if you want more freedom in your life, support what we are doing here.
The key to healing slavery if trust.  We call that faith in religious circles but many of us have traded true trust for a pumped up counterfeit.  What I am talking about is the baby step of hope coming back into the heart of the hopeless.  Once hope has returned now trust can grow.  Once trust has begun to grow then true love can be experienced.  In that place then, the peace that passes understanding begins to bloom.
You see we can have positional peace with God by receiving Yeshua into our heart.  But true peace comes when we surrender our fears to Him and then hope can enter along with trust and love.  In that place we lay down our guard.  The fear that has broken our lives is then healed and replaced by love and we become alive again as children of the free and wild untamed one.
Our true nature is to be free and that is where the true peace that passes understanding lives in us as we are true to the uniqueness of our created nature in Him.  It does begin with receiving Him but it is perfected in true love.

Activation:  Isaiah 30:15:
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." But you would not, (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)
Last week we activated the first part returning and rest by practicing forgiveness.  This week we are going into the place of power: quietness and then strength.  Now we know that at our true nature we are wild, free. Now wild and free is different for different people.  A wild turtle is different than a wild tiger.  I think a lot of the nature spirit worship came from trying to identify ourselves with the spirit of the wild animals.  But we are of a different order.  We are of the thinking in our heart order.  SO we are going to put on some alpha wave sounds.  Our brain is designed to do different things at different sound frequencies.  Our ears are not just a way to gather data.  They are also a gateway to our faith, to our trust.  Faith or trust comes by hearing.  So we are going to practice some hearing, some trust building exercises with the Holy Spirit.
I am going to play the sound of rushing waters.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. (Psalms 29:3 NKJV)
The we are going to ask Him to show us a picture of ourselves restored to freedom.  What do I look like free of fear, free of slavery?

Play Free.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Anointing Series: Peace, Shalom Part 1 - David Mitts

I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.' (Isaiah 45:7 NKJV)
Last week, we looked the substance of the anointing, how we know in our experience that we are in the flow of the anointing.  The Scriptures tell us:
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:17-18 NKJV)
Listen to "Peace, Shalom Part 1"

These are the outcomes produced by the anointing, being acceptable to God and approved of by men.
The qualities of the anointing illuminated here are:
Last week we looked at Joy.  We looked at activating joy in the secret place.  Today we are going to look at peace. Let’s look at the next verse in Romans 14, verse 19.
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (Romans 14:19 NKJV).
We are instructed to pursue “peace”.  Peace is the heart of the good news, the gospel.
and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Ephesians 6:15 NKJV)
Let’s return to the first commissioning of the disciples in the Gospel and see if we can get a power key to the anointing of peace.
These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: "Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food. Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! (Matthew 10:5-15 NKJV)
Let’s begin with a strange command among many. Inquiring who is “worthy in the town”.  The word worthy in Hebrew is Chayil, which means strong as in a warrior or an army.  This is impact of character.  The gifts and callings of God are without repentance, but the anointing of God is affected by character.
Saul, who was king of Israel lost the anointing when he disobeyed the Lord and the anointing passed onto David. 1Sam 10.  Also Samson lost his anointing for a season because of his character flaws.
So, Yeshua is telling His disciples to go into towns and look for those who are of proven character., the worthy.  I want to take a minute and talk about our names.  When I am speaking of a name, I am not talking necessarily about our given name but by the name that represents who we are.
Proverbs 22:1 tells us: “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1 NIV)
At first glance this might seem to be a comparison, your name over riches.  BUT actually, this is a condition of where the greater contains the lesser.  Your name is more valuable than riches because being precedes doing which precedes having!  Names express being, or character.  Character produces diligence.  Diligence produces wealth.
So Yeshua was sending His disciples into city and they were for people of proven character.  In the middle eastern culture, this was people who were of covenant-nature.  Their word was their bond.
So when Yeshua said the household was worthy, it meant they were a covenant household, who understood and lived the truth of hospitality as given by the Lord.
Look with me at Job 31:32, the oldest book of the bible, by some accounts:
but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler-- (Job 31:32 NIV)
This was the sign of worthiness, how you treated the stranger.
We see Yeshua using this measure in what is called the parable of the “good Samaritan”.  Luke 10:25-37.  
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"(How can I be determined as worthy?)  "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:25-37 NIV)
You see the Gospel of eternal life is more about covenant and community than most realize.  We have emphasized our personal salvation to such an extent that a gospel of individual salvation has become the central focus.  We come to the altar to be saved from Hell.  Yet because of the devaluation of Hebraic roots and culture, we lose the peoplehood covenant of God.  God chose Abraham to be a blessing to the families of the earth.
And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."(Genesis 12:2-3 NASB)
In the modern corporate church, this family blessing has shifted into the background.  The Gospel and the anointing on that Gospel were always targeted to families and homes.  The condition that Yeshua put on the Kingdom being manifested was hospitality, what He called being worthy.
I remember my own search for Him, not knowing it was Him that I was searching for was to be a man of worth.  I searched high and low to try to find that place of personal value.  Lisa and I climbed mountains, walked on fire, meditated and took every course or seminar we could find to become what I now know was worthy.  It wasn’t until I heard a talk on the contrast between being a man of worth versus a man of success that I realized that was my search.  When I finally heard that my worth was determined not by what I did, or what I knew, but what price was paid for me that I realized that I could accomplish my worth quest by receiving the price paid for me, the blood of Yeshua.  
Once I opened my heart to Him, then He entered and brought the peace to my heart of knowing that my life has purpose and value!  My value comes through my covenant with Him!
You see the attack of this time is on covenant.  Once covenant is replaced by divorce and broken families then love will shift from commitment and sacrifice, laying down our lives for one another to a new modern gospel of hyper grace.
In Hebrew the word for grace is Chen.  It is the word picture of the Chet which means boundary or fence and the nun which is the seed.  Grace, chen, is the power of boundaries to nurture the seed of God’s Word and also physical seed.  This definition of grace has been replaced with forgiveness.  Forgiveness is certainly part of what Grace brings because unforgiveness puts us in the place of judging good and evil.  BUT the cross is the cry of grace!  It is the clear boundary of death and resurrection life.  There is no fuzziness in the cross!  
When we make grace about loosey goosy gooey permissiveness, a kind of tolerance for sin and broken covenant, we make a mockery of the cross and the clarity and power of the new birth and new life.
You see in biblical Hebraic culture, if I took you into my home then I would die to protect you. So when the disciples went into a house and thereby deemed it worthy, it was worthy because of covenant.  That home owner would die for them, and in that they would die for Yeshua who then died for them.
Peace or shalom would come into that house.  Shalom means “nothing between us”.  The word shares the root with the cousin word “shalem” which means to satisfy a debt with a payment.  Debt is anti-shalom.  It is inherently a system of slaves and masters.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave. (Proverbs 22:7 NASB)
Slavery is the counterfeit for covenant. In slavery I take what I want because I am stronger than you.  In covenant I surrender who I am and what I have to you.  Slavery is based on fear. Covenant is based on love.
The anointing comes to bring the acceptable year of the Lord, the Jubilee, the canceling of debt.  This brings Shalom or Peace.  Salvation is Jubilee.  Salvation is Shalom, Peace.  Salvation is Shalem, the cancellation of debt and the liberation of slaves to sin into the freedom of the Spirit.
Therefore, it is called the Gospel of Peace.  Peace implies worthiness, which implies hospitality, covenant. Can you see it??
Activation:  Most peace retreat to find peace.  They close things out.  But Yeshua brought a new kind of peace, reconciliation.  SO today, we are going to activate reconciliation:
Letting Go, #1.  To complete either the Apology or the Forgiveness processes (or both) requires a softening of the hardened heart, which in turns requires, at some point, a letting go of whatever blocks the free flow of love and His healing power.  Try this:
Sit quietly, spine erect, feet flat on the floor, quieting the mind by paying attention to your breathing.  When you have reached a state of calm, think of a relationship in your life that calls for reconciliation. Focus your attention on your heart, and notice how it is constricted regarding this relationship. Ask the Lord to show you feelings or thoughts are you holding on to?   
Pick one of these that is impeding the flow of love in your heart, that you are ready and willing to change, and breathe into it. God uses the breath to soften what is hardened, gently easing the tightness. As you prepare to release this obstacle to the love of God, first ask yourself how it has served you. You had this reaction for a reason that made sense at one time, even if it no longer serves you well. Be grateful for the lessons it has brought you, is bringing you even in this moment, and, when you are ready, release it on the out-breath into the hands of Yeshua, to be recycled like compost into something more nourishing. Sit for a moment with this release. How do you feel?  What, if anything, takes the place or fills the space left by that which you have put aside?  Imagine the other party to this relationship in front of you. What would you want to say to them in this moment about the release that just happened?   

Now finish by asking the Lord to show some of His qualities that He has given to this person. Pray a prayer of Blessing.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Anointing - The Adornment - David Mitts

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 NIV)

One of the major keys to the anointing is the cloak or mantle that we wear, the symbol of our authority in the Lord.  This is NOT visible in the natural world, though it can be felt of perceived but it blazes in the spiritual world. Another name for this is the “glory”.
Listen to pre-teaching "Have you put God in a box"
Listen to teaching "The Adornment"

There are 2 kinds of glory, worldly glory which is developed through competing and winning and heavenly glory which is about our manifestation of the best that God has deposited in us through the seed of His Word which manifests in the 30-60-100 fold increase.  The Apostle Paul spoke of this comparison in 1 Cor. 9:24-27:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize( the glory)? Run in such a way that you may win (the glory). Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.(1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NASB)
Anyone who reads this carefully sees that the life of the Spirit is NOT passive.  Paul is telling us there is an imperishable glory which is obtained through the anointing which manifests as self-discipline.
In this attainment of the life of Spirit there is great joy.  Isaiah speaking of this aspect of the anointing, begins with “delighting” in the Lord.  The key to the delighting is the “in the Lord”.  In Hebrew it is very clear!  It reads “B-Yahoveh” or if you like B-Adonai.  The key is the prefix “B” which is the letter Bet, which literally means in the covenant home of God.  So the picture is a rejoining in the home of the Lord.  The word rejoice comes from the same word picture root for horse, SUS.  The picture is of a freedom like the prancing of a free horse.  There is a place in the anointing where the Spirit of the Lord is so powerful that we are like the prancing horse in the house of the Lord.
Isaiah continues to target the experience as specifically the soul, nephesh, rejoicing in “my God”. This is an ever deeper and more intimate place of joy.  The name of God used here is an exquisite intimacy, elohai.  Elohim is the often used expression of the trinity of God.  Elohai is a singular possessive.  The yud on the end is a personal possessive grammar.  So there is a soul rejoicing in the place of covenant oneness.  The word for rejoice is gil, and it means to dance in a circle.  So again there is an abandonment of self to the oneness of love.
In this place then comes the garments of salvation.  In the Hebrew this is the begged Yeshua.  The word beged is the word for clothing or garment.  It comes from the root concept of deception.  Or a way to think of it is that clothes “make the man”.  In other words we make judgments on people by the clothes they wear.  Yet we only see the outside.  They can look good but be broken inside.  SO clothes are seen as deceptive.  BUT here we are speaking of Beged Yeshua.  The garments of Yeshua or salvation.  This is literally putting Christ.  Now from the world’s perspective this is a deception.
What do I mean by that?  Well it doesn’t matter who we were before we put on the garment of salvation.  SO in the world’s system, we may have come through a bad pathway, lying, cheating stealing, but when we put of salvation, we are disguised by the salvation.  We are hidden by the garment from the adversary who would judge us according to our failures.
Yet in the garments of salvation, we are hidden in Him!  Col 3:1-3.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.(Colossians 3:1-3 NASB).
The garment of salvation deceives the deceiver by making us only visible in the garment of Christ, Messiah.  Let’s continue in Colossians 3 and see this part of the anointing a little clearer.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.(Colossians 3:5-11 NASB))
To me, this scripture gives the impression that the anointed life is a choice of deliberate choice with a focused intent.  The Lord has given us authority and it requires an activation with our focused intent.  It also requires us to NOT put on the garment that Paul is referring to as the life that dies with Yeshua at the cross.
This is especially evident in the last part of the verse which obliterates the distinction of earthly backgrounds.  Remember the word “Christ” means anointed. So the end could read “but the Anointing is all and in all!  
Does this then mean that my past is of no value? No it doesn’t mean that.  Your past is your past.  It’s value lies in that God is writing a story with your life which makes your relationship with Him center stage.  The anointing which is “in All” is in you!  Rather the message is that there is no condemnation to those who are the anointing of Yeshua!
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.(Romans 8:1 NASB)
There is no background that excludes you from the life of the Spirit.  This is the garment of salvation!  It hides your background with its brilliance or glory!
BUT it does more than that!  It also redeems your life!  All that you have learned and suffered becomes part of your calling through the garment.  Like Aaron the High Priest, Cohen Gadol, when you put on the garment of your salvation, your identity is transformed into your calling in God.   It wasn’t that it wasn’t Aaron wearing the robes of the High Priest but that it wasn’t about Aaron and his past alone anymore.  It was about Aaron, his past, his present and his future made relevant in the kingdom!  In the same way your salvation, through the anointing releases destiny which includes you life story but embeds it into a past, present and future of power and purpose!
That’s why the next part of the verse states: I am arrayed in a robe of righteousness.  Righteousness is one of those powerful words which religion has obscured the intent of for many.  In Hebrew it is tsaddik, This word means a person who is fully human recalibrated to the exact function design of the manufacturer.  So the robe of righteousness is a word picture of being restored to our original unique and special one of a kind nature.  
Now the word robe here is a little misleading.  The Hebrew is Meil.  The root is 2 characters the “ayin” and the “lamed”.  The “ayin” is the character for the eye.  The lamed is the character for the staff or shepherd’s rod.  Together they represent a yoke, which is a structure which provides vision and guidance.   So this is the representation of the indwelling Holy Spirit which uniquely knows your purpose and destiny and sees for you along the way like GPS and adjusts your life to obtain that destination!  He recalibrates you into the you that is your true self, obliterating any distinctions that are limitations, be they race, religion, suppose d intelligence, etc.
The scripture finishes with a beautiful image of the adornment of the bridegroom and the bride.  Why does Isaiah complete the picture with this picture?  Because the ultimate expression of our salvation and our righteousness in the anointing of God is the intimacy of marriage.
Marriage is the picture of the Lord and His people.  We are His Bride.  Being the bride isn’t just about identity, who we are, but also about our bearing the fruits of the Spirit into this world!
We bring fruitfulness which brings us full circle in our teaching on the Mind of the Anointing, the Mind of Christ which are the thoughts of the heart that bring forth the 30-60-100 fold increase into our lives.  Faith works by love and when we fall deeply in love with our redeemer we manifest that love as fruit.
So returning to Colossians 3, we see now a clear reference to the life of the Spirit:
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.(Colossians 3:12-17 NASB)
This is the life in the anointing, the Mind of Messiah.  This is how we bear fruit.  Fruit is really who we become not just the outflow that people see.  We become compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.  We learn to bear with one another.  We forgive and walk in mercy. We above all things put on love which is the perfect bond or yoke of unity.
This then is the life of the anointing and so the final verse of Isaiah’s prophecy on the anointing is:
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.(Isaiah 61:11 NASB)
This is then the full picture of the seed falling into a heart that contains the heart and mind of the anointing and brings forth righteousness and praise, fulfilling the call on Abraham to be a blessing to all of the families of the Earth!
Activation: Form small groups. We want to practice exchanging the dead life attachments that have grown into our self-image with the garment of salvation.  Salvation if Yeshua so we are speaking of putting Him on.  Each group will have a facilitator and that will rotate.  The role of the facilitator is to spiritually be the voice and presence of the Father.  Each group will also have a participant whose role is to be the focus of image healing.  The other members of the group will serve as intercessors and add agreement.  We being with prayer and end with prayer. First we pray an agreement prayer that this is a safe place.  Then we will ask the Father for what He wants to heal today from our past that is interfering with who we are in our salvation. Next, we ask for the thorn to be exposed.  The thorn is the self-statement or belief that we have concluded based on pain.  It is the splinter in our soul.  Once the Lord has revealed that to you then we will put on the garment of salvation by asking Him what the truth is.  Finally we will pray a blessing over you to seal this in your heart and mind.