Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Anointing and The Divine Exchanges - David Mitts

To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.(Isaiah 61:3 NASB)


We are the planting of the Lord.  Yeshua called us the branches of the Vine that He is.


I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

Our lives are designed for fruit. We have been pressing in for the heart knowing that releases the fruit.  These are the heart thought environments that allow for the seed of His Word, His thoughts to produce in and through our lives.  These thoughts are what the heart condition aligns with to release the anointing of God in and through our lives.  The anointing is NOT just given to a King like David or a prophet like Samuel.  The anointing is for everyone who believes.


But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. [5] I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
(1 John 2:20-21 NKJV)
We are going to continue our pressing in for the anointing as expressed through the Mind of Christ.  All of creation begins with the Spirit of God and the Mind of God expressed through His Word.


In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3 NIV).


What we see here is how the anointing works. God thinks and He speaks and it manifests.  The anointing is the description of the how God’s Mind becomes our reality.  Now notice in Genesis 1 several realities. First there is a non-light emptiness and formlessness.  Then God speaks and an exchange is made of light for darkness, order for chaos and disorder.  Also transparent to most readers is the role the waters play.  The waters record the transaction, they are the witness.


I wrote about this in my Acupastor.com blog this week because we are in the season of water.  Science has shown that water responds to identity and communication.  On my blog I show a video of a science project where a beaker of common water drawn from the Rhine River in Germany, is divided out among a group of students.  Each student then takes their part and drops an eye dropper fulls on a slide which is observed under a microscope.  What is amazing is that the water drops change in appearance to match each student, uniquely!  AND all the drops are the same for each student.


The water is a living testimony or record of the student’s identity!  Another scientist Masuro Emoto in Japan took water and placed various words in front of beakers and then froze the water into crystals.  He then looked at and photographed the crystal and the crystals changed dramatically based on the words, such as love and kill.
The point of this is that water bears testimony. Minimally it responds to identity and message and maybe more.  Maybe water is conscious in some way that we don’t understand. Look briefly at 1 John 5


This is He who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. (1 John 5:6-8 NKJV).


Today we have little thin silicon based chips that store our data and run our computers.  But what if the true living supercomputer that God placed here is water?? Just a thought. But since over 60% of our body is water and for sure we know now that water stores identity and thoughts maybe the Mind of Christ is a dynamic reality that exists in our make-up of water, blood and Spirit.


OK. So today we are looking at exchange.  This is one of the most powerful realities of the anointing, the power that is released in our lives with the heart reality called the Mind of Christ.  Let’s look at Isaiah 61:3 from the Amplified Bible:


To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion--to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit--that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.(Isaiah 61:3 AMPC+).


First the exchange begins with an action verb that is translated here as “to grant”.  In other translations it is “to appoint”, “to provide”, “to console”.  The Hebrew verb is LaSim which means literally to put in place.  BUT it is also used in the context of getting your heart into something or for bringing your attention and intention to bear. “Samti lev”.


So the anointing brings or puts things back to where they are supposed to be with an intentionality and focus.  This is not a passive, do it to me verb.  This is a take action with your heart. To me this means active choosing.


OK, so the first exchange is joy and comfort for mourning and it is specifically tied to Zion.  Now we know Zion is literal Israel and specifically the Mountain where Jerusalem sits.  BUT Zion is also the place of God’s authority focus.  It is the place where the heavenly shofar is sounded!


Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand: (Joel 2:1 NKJV)
So Zion represents the Kingdom!  The anointing includes the Lord making things right.  How do you turn mourning into joy?  By trusting Him to make things right! We actively release the kingdom back to Him.  We take our losses and see gain in them.  Our seed dies but it rises imperishable, perfected and full of fruit.


How can mourning become comfort? We trade it through the cross.  The anointing of the cross, takes loss into gain. Paul said it this way:
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 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; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, (Philippians 3:7-10 NKJV)


This is the divine exchange in Christ, in the anointing!


Ashes for beauty:


In scripture, ashes are used to denote vileness, meanness, frailty, or humiliation.
Ashes are by-product of being all burned out and used up, of no real value.  In the anointing He revives us and rekindles a new destiny.  The Hebrew word for beauty here is the word Pa-ar.  It means to bring Glory to someone.  The anointing is that power of God that brings fullness to our purpose.  This brings out the glory and then in turn brings God the Glory!


Oil of joy! Shemen Sasson:  


Oil is the carrier of fragrance and touches deep in our being.  The oil of joy is an exchange for mourning.  It is a release of joy into the heart of a Believer.  The heart is healed by joy.  Joy is power. Mourning is depicted like a garment that is worn that comes with a flow of tears.  Joy counters this with an anointing of oil.


Garment of Praise for the spirit of heaviness:


Praise exchanges heaviness for thankfulness.  When we feel oppressed and victimized in life, we can turn to God in Praise and His anointing lifts the heaviness.

All of this brings us to a place where we are called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.  This whole thing has been about bringing for fruit, 30-60-100 fold.  The key is to have the mind of Christ, The heart thoughts of the anointing.  These divine exchanges access the planting of the Lord that will bear the fruit.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Year and a Day; Favor and Judgment - David Mitts

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To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, (Isaiah 61:2 NASB)


We have been activating the Mind of Christ. In the context of being fruitful, it is living in the 30-60-100 fold return, the incorruptible seed of God’s Promises that are already planted into the soil of our hearts. The Mind of Christ lives in our heart NOT in our head. It is heart knowledge, not head knowledge. The difference is that it is congruent with our feelings, and actions. It isn’t what we know in our minds but what we KNOW in our hearts that changes our lives. Heart knowing isn’t just about change, it is about transformation.

Heart knowing is a oneness.

"You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. (Deuteronomy 8:2 NASB)


The word for “know” is yada. When God says He “knows” what is in our heart, it doesn’t mean He just knows the thoughts we have. No it’s deeper than that. He has a oneness with what is in our heart that the thoughts spring out of. As the scripture we just read says, He tests us to see what is in the heart.

This isn’t the idea of a test we can fail. No, it is more of the refiner’s fire that continually burns away the dross to reveal the true mettle of our character. So God’s knowing of us includes His constant inspection of our heart. Don’t be intimidated by this, be encouraged!

"Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Rom 8:27-28 (NKJV)


Like a cook who tastes the soup to see how it tastes, the Lord is testing our hearts to see how the taste of His goodness is in us. This is His perfect will for us. Then He makes adjustments to our flavoring, what He calls intercession. And we know we can trust that all things work together for good.

This flavoring is the God in us what Yeshua called our salt or seasoning.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." Mat 5:13 (NKJV)

The refiner’s fire is the tasting. God is refining or perfecting the flavor that our lives are. He is the master cook who keeps adding flavoring or salt to our lives.

"For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." Mar 9:49-50 (NKJV).

Today I want to look at two more characteristics of the anointing, the mind of Christ. First I want to look at the “year” of God’s Favor, or the Acceptable Year of the Lord. Then I want to look at the “day” of vengeance of our God and see how these factor into our heart’s attitudes that can release the 30-60-100 fold return on the seed of the Word of God in our heart, the promises of God for our destiny.

To recap briefly we spoke about the anointing mindset:
  1. Good news to the poor - mindset 
  2. Binding of broken hearts - new birth, new beginning 
  3. Liberty for captives - Become captivated 
  4. Release from darkness, or the dungeons, a transformation in how we see ourselves.
Now we are going in for the year of God’s favor. The word year in Hebrew is shana. Shana comes from the same root as shen or shnia. It is the number 2 in Hebrew and also the word root for sleeping. The word picture is a complete cycle of activity. A year is a complete cycle, sleeping is a complete cycle, the number 2 is the number 1 doubled or completed. So the year of God’s favor points to a complete cycle of God’s favor. This is a picture of complete fulfillment.
The anointing then comes to bring completion. Have you begun things and gotten bogged down? There is an anointing to complete the cycle. Fruit requires a ripening a completion of a cycle.

Many people are not experiencing fruit in their lives, not because they don’t have hope or vision to begin but because they don’t come to the fruition of the vision. The year of God’s favor, the acceptable year is about finishing things. It takes maturity to finish.

Favor in this context is the word ratzon. It comes from the same root as the Hebrew word for running. So favor is also the liberty to run. There is an anointing for the liberty to run that comes with completing things, bringing the cycle to completion. There is an alternative which is staying in the cycle of beginning things.

Turn with me to 2Tim 3:1-7:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7 NKJV)

I want to focus on the last line. There is in us a hunger for knowledge. At the root of the hunger for knowledge is the craving to be right. It goes back to what we spoke about earlier, the temptation to know what is right or wrong, good and evil and so uses that power to judge others and be as God. This is the temptation again of Satan in the garden. Knowledge acquired for this purpose is all about pride. We live in a treacherous time in many ways. Many prophets are arising to speak about this hour and there is an underlying agenda to be right. I am not trying to be critical but we need to guard our hearts.

Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. (1 Corinthians 8:1-3 NKJV)

The anointing is about results not just knowledge. We have a fascination with knowing but true freedom comes through application, what is really wisdom. And love is the foundation of wisdom.

The year of God’s favor is the power that comes from finishing things. It is displayed the most clearly in the prophetic time of the Jubilee. In the Jubilee there is a restoration that happens.

The primary emphasis of Jubilee is a cancellation of debt. It is detailed in Leviticus 25. I am not going to go through the whole chapter right now, but I want to step back from the details of it and see the purpose. Jubilee is about release from the cycle of debts. Debts are the product of a lack of meekness on our part. We exceed our authority and we find ourselves in debt. One way to look at this is what happens when we trust in our own wisdom, we get off track and that is into debt. There is an anointing for restoration of meekness, or the boundaries of God’s voice.

Yeshua told us that the meek will inherit the earth. In other word the anointing releases us from the hunger for knowledge which is the hunger for power to be right to be like God. Instead the anointing brings us God’s favor, the completing of what we have begun through meekness.

The key is the love that edifies. The Jubilee, the year of God’s favor is the anointing of love. Love edifies, it builds on another’s qualities both strengths and weaknesses. Knowledge looks for weaknesses and exposes them to gain advantage. The insecurity of needing to be right that was released in mankind has been hungering and thirsting for more and more knowledge to win by making others lose. It was the power behind the murder of Abel by Cain.

In the face of this is the anointing of God’s favor. His favor is about restoration. It is about release. It is about forgiveness. It is about meekness and kindness. It is about preferring one another. We have to learn to let go of our addiction to power to trying to be the center of our own world.

When we lose in God’s kingdom, we win. It is by giving we get. We can keep accumulating all the world and because we resist love we lose our own soul. Remember salvation isn’t just about being “in” the Kingdom. Salvation is also about being out of the win-lose kingdom.

Let’s take a quick look at something no one wants to look at, the Day of the Lord, the Day of God’s reckoning with us. It’s called a day of God’s vengeance. It’s really about I think healing the mourning. It is really a trust that God is our ultimate defense. We don’t take vengeance because He alone knows what is right and wrong. We can be so right and yet so wrong. God will come and set things right and in that He will comfort all of those who have been wronged. It is our job to stay in the place of tenderness and forgiveness.

Activation:

Who are you holding in your judgment? Remember Jubilee is all about releasing debts, operating in forgiveness. You cannot have true abundance without forgiveness. It doesn’t matter really if they did wrong to you. You are not the judge. SO who are you holding in bondage in your heart?

Let’s pray and release the Jubilee year into our lives. As we forgive others their debts against us the power of debt itself is broken. No one has a greater debt than a sinner. We were all sinners and have been forgiven when we received Yeshua. It is time to come into agreement with our forgiveness by releasing all to Him.

One final prayer point. Do you have unfinished business? Is there something you have been resisting completing? Remember the same anointing that brings good news to the poor wants you to be fruitful, to be in Jubilee.

Let’s pray for the latter rain outpouring in your life of His Spirit so you can bear your destiny!

Play: Living Water by Lisa Mitts

Altar Call:
  1. Unforgiveness 
  2. Jubilee Release 
  3. Manifest Blessing

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Liberty in the Anointing - David Mitts

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1 NKJV)

Proclaim liberty to the captives. Captives are those who cannot come home. Liberty is coming home, living in the Shabbat, peace of God. Captives are wanderers.

Listen to Liberty in the Anointing

We have been looking at being fruitful and multiplication in results. We looked at the 3 unfruitful states of heart and mind as described by Yeshua in Mark 4.
  1. Adversarial, judgmental 
  2. Shallowness, unrootedness without covenant 
  3. distracted , mammon centered relying on works and self alone 
Next we began to look at the heart conditions that produce the 30-60-100 fold return. This is having and living in the Mind of Christ. Christ means the anointing, so it is by having anointed thoughts that we begin to manifest from the seed of God’s Word and promises the reality of the Kingdom.

Let’s look at Isaiah 61:1-4 and see how the anointing manifests mind sets and heart conditions that create the atmosphere of the Kingdom in our lives."The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV)


  1. The first thing we saw is that the anointing, the mind of Messiah, is the power to preach good news to the poor. Good news to the poor is that they don’t have to be poor. Poverty is a mindset and is independent of resources. It is the perspective of lack. You can have lots of great things in life and feel lack. The root of lack is an unthankful heart. The anointing is the mindset and heart space of counting the good in our lives and this is the secret to ending poverty. What we lose appreciation for, leaves our lives. The key scripture for turning poverty around is:

  2. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
    (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)

  3. The second dimension of the anointing is binding up the broken-hearted. We saw that the key to binding up something is having a clear vision of whatever is wounded being restored to its original intent before the wound. If we have a physical injury, to effectively bind it up we need to know what uninjured looks like. The heart gets broken wounded through the impact of our lives and our responses and beliefs about ourselves or life that results. In the Ancient Paths seminars we come to experience these responses and beliefs as lies. What they are is the stuff of broken-hearts and then broken lives. The anointing is the heart and mind condition of a transformed life. When we are born again, we are transformed past-present and future. We looked at Yeshua’s first miracle of turning water to wine as a picture of our salvation. Wine, especially good wine is already aged. It comes with a past built into it that fits its new reality. It cannot remember being water. It is now wine. We in a similar are transformed by the new birth and our redemption includes our whole lives. Like the wine, we don’t actually have our old past anymore! The binding of our broken hearts is complete! We actually are a new creation, new wine, in new wineskin. We can be whoever the Word says we are! This is how we bear 30-60-100 fold return on the seed of the Word!
  4. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

  5. OK, now we are going to look at third dimension of the mind of Christ, the anointing; proclaiming liberty to the captives. First let’s look at the word “proclaiming”. There is power in proclamation! 

  6. The word in Hebrew is “qara” which means to call or to summon someone. A summons implies a purpose for the summons, for example if you receive a summons to go to court it means you are being sued by someone and the court is asserting it has the power to hear the case.

    In that sense, a “summons” contains an authority decide a change of state. In the lawsuit example, you can lose property, or boundaries, or money. In the case of the anointing you are losing being bound in captivity. What I want to emphasize first is that the anointing carries an authority for legal change.

    In the case of the anointing the legal change is into our calling. WHo is being sued here is the enemy. He has held back through the captivity of sin our destiny our inheritance. The anointing comes to free us into our calling. We are called by the anointing out of captivity to sin, into liberty of our destiny.

    Now liberty in this sense is NOT liberty to do what we want, but liberty to become who we are called to be.

    There is in that anointing a liberty to actually be bound again but in this case to our true destiny. You see we were never created to be alone.

    The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." (Genesis 2:18 NIV).

    We are created to be in oneness with another, to be in covenant.

    Turn with me to Ephesians 4 and we’ll see the anointing works to proclaim liberty to the captives.

  7. As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. (Ephesians 4:1 NIV) 

  8. Paul describes himself as a captive or a prisoner of the Lord. He has been called out of captivity to sin, which is self-centered life rooted in experiences with conclusions based on lies, a broken-life with a broken-heart. AND he turns to the Ephesians, who are One New Man and tells them to live lives worthy of their calling, the proclamation, the summons that leads them. Next He describes the Mind of the Anointing in this pursuit of the 30-60-100 fold return.

  9. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV) 

    Humility or focus on the calling our purpose if key. Pride is the opposite of humility and it is rooted in a focus on the past. When I am prideful, I am defensive. I am identified with my “way” of the past. I am defensive because I live with the fear of doing something wrong and messing up. In this place I am sensitive to the accuser. I become judgmental. Even if I seem non-judgmental by pretending to accept everyone, I live in a framework of having to judge right and wrong, good and evil. It is the nature of identity to do that. Humility is just the opposite. Humility focuses on what I am becoming in the anointing, my calling. I don’t need to judge myself because I realize that I am a work in progress. I am free to make mistakes as part of my growing process. I am calling focussed NOT identity driven.

    This focus allows me to be patient and gentle with others. I am secure in where I am going and I can be kind to my fellow Believers. The result is an atmosphere of love. In the pace of true love, consecrated by the CALL, there is a unity of the Spirit which is actually a recognition of diversity. We are united because we are different. Our uniqueness is celebrated not just tolerated because it doesn’t irritate another because we are secure in who we are and what we are called to. We are yielded to the Spirit and realize He is BIG enough for all of us!

  10. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Ephesians 4:4-7 NIV) 

    Each person has a grace that is uniquely theirs given by the anointing. The anointing is the guarantee of uniqueness. No 2 musicians are anointed the same, no 2 artists, no 2 doctors.

  11. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people." (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) (Ephesians 4:8-10 NIV) 

  12. The proclamation to the prisoners of liberty is the giving of their unique gifts which now binds them to their gift. Another word could be compelled. As we discover in the anointing our calling we come into a greater surrender and in that surrender we learn the secret of our calling.

  13. So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV) 

  14. This is the true purpose of the ministry to facilitate the calling, the proclaiming liberty to the prisoners to become new prisoners of their calling.

  15. One final scripture, 2 Cor 3:17-18 

  16. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV)

    You see the anointing of His Spirit in us is calling centered. He has gifted us with spiritual gifts for divine purpose.

    Activation:
    Most people know the answer to life’s questions if they would just answer them.

    Next time you say, “I don’t know,” ask yourself, “If I did know…what would I say?”
    Every person who has asked that question is batting 99% on coming up with an answer.
    You know the answer, but we are afraid to say it.
    Preconceived notions about ourselves keep us from making critical life decisions. We say things like:

    I can’t do that; it’s too grand.
    I’m not supposed to be rich.
    I’m not supposed to be an author.
    Here is the exercise to get past the fear and discover what is in your heart:
  • Sit down with a blank page with nothing else on your mind except the question, “What is my purpose?”
  • Get in a peak state of excitement by playing music that makes you happy, creating motion, jumping up and down, hallaling, etc.
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes and start writing anything and everything that crosses your mind. Do not stop until the 15 minutes is up.
  • When the timer goes off, look at what you have on the page. Half of it or more will not be usable, but the parts that are will be things that will either cause you to find extreme joy or cry. You will find intense truth.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Walking in Fruitfulness - Part 2 - David Mitts


"For "WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?" But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Co 2:16 (NKJV)

We have been looking at how to maximize results in our lives.  We want exponential change.  This is called by Yeshua the 30-60-100 fold return on the seed of God’s Word or His promises to us.
We looked at Mark 4 as the master parable of increase. Let’s turn there and read from verse 1.
And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air [15] came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And He said to them, [16] "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mark 4:1-9 NKJV)
We see ¾ of the heart soils are not productive.  One takeaway from this is that success is NOT a crowd event.  If we are going to bear fruit in our lives, we should first recognize that it is not common.  75% of the heart conditions are non-fruit bearing. If we have built our lives either consciously or subconsciously by trying to find out who we are through the words and actions of others then changing the condition of our heart is going to feel very uncomfortable. OK Let’s continue:
But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.' " [17] And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? (Mark 4:10-13 NKJV)
Here, Yeshua makes a distinction between disciples and outsiders.  Disciples have voluntarily submitted themselves for God’s best in their lives.  That is what this BEST program is about.  Giving you access to Kingdom keys that are just parables or stories to others.  For many the Bible is a book of stories.  We are talking about entering the story, becoming living epistles.
For that to happen we need a new perception skill, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and understand and a heart that is committed to turning, to repentance.  In this place our sins are forgiven.  The word translated forgiven is a quote from Isaiah 6:9 and if you turn there and see the Hebrew it is the word “Rapha”.  Rapha means literally a restoration to the original intended design and function.  The word picture is of a head with an open mouth.  This, can mean that the confession of the mouth is open to the Spirit of God.  Rapha could be seen that health is when the Word of God gets  in our hearts aligns with our speech.
So as disciples, we need healing in our perceptions.  It is like there is a plague in mankind of mediocrity.  It is a sickness and the medicine for the plague is a new set of eyes, a new perspective, a way of activating our true inner man and a new set of ears that can hear the voice of God and a heart that is filled with His Love which all together allows us to turn, or if you will to return to the original seed that is eternally in our heart.
OK Let’s go to the explanation that Yeshua gives His disciples to unlock their hearts so they can walk in their destiny.
The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." (Mark 4:14-20 NKJV)
We saw over the past few weeks that these are 3 heart attitudes that are common and rob us of our inheritance.
1.     Criticism, and accusation or judgments
2.     Shallowness, no roots or commitments
3.     Becoming distracted by outer cares and signs of success through riches.
The solution then is to have a different kind of heart, which the Scripture calls the Mind Of Christ, which is the thoughts of  the anointing.
Last time we spoke about the anointing. We looked at Isaiah 61:1-4 and began to examine what the purpose of the anointing is in terms of conditions of the heart:
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV).
The first area we looked at was the preaching of good news to the poor.  Good news for the poor is that they can get out of poverty by dealing the with heart condition of poverty which is lack.  Now remember that the Lord said they need eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand to turn and be healed.  Healing for the poor is not about money but about the Kingdom and righteousness.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
Righteousness is about what is right.  Another way of saying that is righteousness is what is true in the anointing.  This is what is true “in Christ”.  In Christ, means in the anointing.  So in the anointing “My God shall supply all of my needs by His riches in glory through Christ Jesus”.  In glory means in the true identity of God and His Kingdom.  This is the mind of Messiah, His thoughts.
The second part of the anointing is binding up of the brokenhearted.  Binding is a way of collecting things together.  How do we collect things together?  We do it with a system.  Organization is part of healing the broken heart. Organization requires what? A vision for a finished product!
The seed contains the blueprint of the finished product. The acorn contains the oak tree.  You might ask, “when is it an oak tree?”   It is always an oak tree.  The acorn cannot produce a different tree.  Its DNA is OAK tree.  When we get born again, it isn’t a changed version of ourselves with the Holy Spirit in our heart.  That isn’t being born again.  That is carrying 2 people, two seeds, you and Him.  When we get born again, the Bible tells us our sins go from scarlet to white.
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
(Isaiah 1:18 NASB)
This is not a change but a transformation.  Being born again means that our entire life is transformed into a new creation, past, present and future.  The broken heart is the fractured life we lived in our own response to life.  It is a life of ungodly conclusions and reactions to a fallen world.  The anointing that lives in us as the transformed life that was born again eternally of incorruptible seed is has bound our lives into an organized heart that is one again.  If that were not true, we couldn’t receive healing.  Healing is already in our heart!
When we received the Lord’s salvation, he already healed us in our heart.  All we have to do is receive what is already present.  His anointing, the Mind of Christ already has brought wholeness to our heart.  It is already present like riding a bike as an ability.  When you learn to ride a bike you always know how.  You aren’t always riding.  You have to get on a bike but you always know how.  You’re being is transformed from non-bike rider to bike rider.  In a same fashion when you receive the Lord you go from broken hearted to bound up hearted, organized and in order.  Now, like the bike to you have to ride!  You have to walk as a whole and healed person.  Any emotions or thoughts that arise in your head or in your feelings that are contrary to your healed condition are lies from the broken world system that you see all around you by the eyes and ears and knowing of your experience through the externals.
But Yeshua has given you eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand, so you can turn and be made whole, be bound up, and be healed.  You just have to get on! See yourself healed because you are. Hear His promises. Know Him!  What life in this world is reinforcing through fallen eyes, fallen ears, and fallen hearts is that we are changing.  Mostly the report is one that is reinforced by our history.  Yet what is true is that we are NOT changing, we are transformed!


What is transformed is our entire lives, past present and future.  One seed, the life of the flesh has died and a new seed has been planted in our hearts, the life in Christ, in Messiah.  This seed comes with a new history, a new present and a new future.


Yeshua’s first miracle was transforming water into wine.  Wine must by definition have a history.   The best wines have a long history.  They are called aged.  When He transformed the water into wine, it came with a new history.  If you could talk to the wine it would speak of being grapes and being picked and being fermented and being placed in oak barrels and after many years it was ready to be poured out.  Where did all of that happen?  It happened in the eternal realm.  When Yeshua called it forth, it came with the DNA of wine and its transformed history.  It was wine, past, present and future.  You have a new history.  You are no longer the shy kid or the sneak.  You are no longer the abused child,  You are no longer water.  No you are wine.  You have a Holy redeemed past, present and future.  The anointing that lives in you is not from your history as water but His history as sinless, free and powerful.  Your heart is bound up now.  It is no longer fractured.


Now, the life you live in the flesh you live by the faith of the Son of God.
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.(Galatians 2:20 NASB)


Activation:  We need to exercise the eyes of the Spirit in us, hear with ears of the Spirit and understand with heart and in doing that return and be healed.  We have been transformed with a new past, present, and future.  Write out the story of your childhood, now as the childhood that was sinless and free.  Take 3-4 times when you were hurt or disappointed in your story and ask Yeshua to be in those times and allow Him to re-write the story.  Whatever weakness you took away from the event, let Him transform it into new wine.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walking in Fruitfulness - Part 1- David Mitts



"For "WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?" But we have the mind of Christ." 1Co 2:16 (NKJV)

Over the last few weeks, we have been pressing in for lives that operate in the 30-60-100 fold fruitfulness in the Lord. We have looked at heart attitudes that preclude our bearing fruit in our lives the way that we could if our hearts were the fertile pure soil that the Lord would have them be.

Our proof text or guidebook has been the parable of the sower which we looked at in Mark’s gospel.

"The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."" Mar 4:14-20 (NKJV)


We looked at heart attitudes of: 1. being judgmental, 2. rootlessness, and 3. the distractions of the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of thinking life is about riches. Each of these heart attitudes choke out the Word Seed of God’s promises for our lives and our ability to trust in the promises. Instead counterfeits arise that drive us into self-reliance and fear.

Today, I want to begin to look at the heart condition that brings about the 30-60-100 fold return on the seed of the Word of God.

First let’s be clear about one thing: wherever we are at, we can change. That should be a huge relief to all of us. OK, so what’s going to be our access point to the multiplication of 30-60-100 fold?

Listen to Walking in Fruitfulness - Part 1

Let’s turn to Proverbs 23:7

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you." Pro 23:7 (NKJV).
The key is in our thinking in our heart. Is there a difference in thinking in our head and our heart? I think so. Our mind has thoughts based on what is in our life. Our heart is the container of the thoughts. Like the goldfish bowl, the container limits the growth of the thinker.

Another way to think of it is as boundaries and limitations we set through our belief on our lives.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Pro 4:23 (NIV)

In other translations it speaks of the issues of life that come from the heart. The word “issues” in Hebrew is the idea of where I eliminate what is not me. It is the same root for exit from a building. SO the idea is a word picture of change of authority or responsibility from what is my responsibility or under my authority to what is not.

From this definition, Jim Richards gives the idea of heart boundaries, or faith limits. A way of thinking about this is what we allow ourselves to believe is truly ours. These are our heart “boundaries.”

When we speak of 30-60-100 returns or yields from the seed of God’s word which is multiplicative in nature, then we are speaking about the boundaries in our hearts that allow for that kind of explosive change to occur.

We will go into more depth in the weeks ahead but for right now, I just want us to realize that our belief window, how we see ourselves and our effectiveness in our world affects our world’s makeup.

Now I want to look at the “Mind of Christ.” The Apostle Paul states: “We have the mind of Christ” in 1 Cor 2:16.

The word “Christ” isn’t Jesus’ last name. His last name was his family name, maybe something like Ben Yosef, son of Joseph. Christ is also not only a title like King or President. No Christ is a unique word derived from the Hebrew for Messiah. It literally means anointed with oil, which is where we get the word massage from.

What does that have to with thoughts or how we think and the boundaries of our heart? Well the anointing, is the unction to function. The anointing is the transformative power of the Holy Spirit on a Believer’s life. It is the power from on high that transformed scared Peter into the Apostle who helped turn the world upside down.

How does this affect our thoughts and our thinking? The anointing gives us God’s thoughts. These thoughts have focus and purpose:
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV)

The anointing, the Mind of Messiah, gives us power to change our thinking into His thinking! Let’s look at some of His thinking.
Good news to the poor. Who would do that? Only one who knows that being poor is just a state of mind. I can have a lot of money and still be poor. Or, I can have very little money and be rich. Paul tells us:

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)

I used to think of this scripture as: wow what a great attitude! Paul isn’t affected by his circumstances. But what I realized is that I was missing the point. I was trying to understand the scripture which was in the Mind of Christ through the lens of the mind of me, which was rooted in lack. So I thought well I guess I can learn to be OK with wherever I am like Paul, which was a partial truth. However, I realized from the thinking perspective that Paul was telling me that when He changes his thinking from the fishbowl of lack awareness which always leaves us broke, even when circumstances would be otherwise, compared to others, we can never be content.

Paul is giving us the key, in the oft quoted “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” I thought of this as a power promise and didn’t realize it was also a thought changer. You see the promise gives me a picture or the way Yeshua thinks about the issue, in this case the good news to the poor. The good news to the poor is that poverty is a state of mind. Our thoughts in our hearts define the boundaries we believe for and therefore act upon.

OK. More next week. Let’s activate the anointing for breakthrough in the poverty mindset.